However, I was prepared yesterday and did not even know 7 months ago I would need to be prepared.
I packed an angel food cake mix in the shipment that came with me to the Middle East.
Every time I go to the grocery store, I look in the cake mixes to see if they have angel food, but they never have. Thank goodness I was prepared!
You may or may not know this, but our family has a tradition of angle food cake baked fresh and served on your birthday. We even have a funny story about how this became a tradition in the H family. Once at Christmas, I videotaped my dear mother-in-law telling my husband how this tradition was started when he was a young boy. Now that BSB is expecting her first baby and Tudy is no longer with us, having this videotape is even more valuable.
Family traditions are very important to us. It gives us a foundation to know where we came from, and to realize how much we care for each other no matter what happens in our life. Family is always there.
Yesterday was D’s birthday and I baked my special cake that traveled 7,000 miles for this one day. Not much of it is left this morning.
|I guess I should have taken a picture before it was cut. It may not be pretty, but it was tasty.|
I purchased an oven thermometer that helps, but the temperature can easily spike over 425 if you turn it up too high and then drop to 200 when you turn it down just a little bit (Fahrenheit). Every time I bake in the oven, I have to watch the food very carefully or it will burn. Burning food is a specialty of mine because I tend to be distracted while I cook so watching the food becomes an even bigger challenge. (All my kids re laughing at this. – I always burn the bread at holidays because I am not paying attention to it.)
I invited a few of our US friends to join us for dinner and we walked to the Ritz for a wonderful evening in their special restaurant, Primavera.
|Palms outside the Ritz.|
|A birthday toast.|
After dinner, our group walked back to our flat and ate cake with vanilla ice cream (another tradition). The cake was well worth the challenge. And, I am extremely glad I was prepared.
Another tradition carried on for another year -- even in the Middle East!