This is how to multi-task on your birthday. Whisk your cake, receive birthday calls and become part of a photo shoot. The joy of being two!
This is what coconut flour looks like, very white and fluffy, full of protein and hearty so it fills your belly. You use it in combination with many eggs, 6 in this recipe. I store it in a large jar in the fridge as recipes only call for 1/4 to 1/2 cup.
This is my favorite moment. Before the lasagna comes out of the oven, or the wine is opened. Before the messes start and the salad is dressed. That moment of knowing all the effort and thoughtfulness has deep meaning. That this moment will be inside of you as you wash the dishes and plan the next celebration.
This is the way we like to eat. Garden fresh cucumbers, collards and tomatoes mixed with olives and basil. This is the food we love to share and serve and look at. This is the salad the two year old won't eat yet, but loves to help mix and chop.
This is when you know, at the age of two, that something great is about to happen. That when you blow out each candle, as though you had been doing it your whole life (yes, the two years of it) you are now something new. You are special and loved and important, today and always.
This is the cake after the singing, after the candles, after the wish. Chloe says, "half of that cake was eaten by me." That is why we love homemade, this is why we spend days preparing for our celebrations. I haven't quite mastered this recipe, mine never has that light, airy appearance, but it's a tasty treat. It's the kind of food you can feel good about.
This is the day after the celebration, waking up without the excitement of presents and cake. Starting the day slowly, gently and getting back to the routine of every day. This is the day where presents are unwrapped and can be discovered and enjoyed. This is nice.