Whew! I’m worn out! We’ve almost finished birthday month at our house. No, we don’t celebrate MY birthday for the entire month. I wish we did since my birthday is my favorite day of the year. Starting in February, we have 5 birthdays in 3 weeks. This year we have a 10 year old, two 12 year old, a 14 year old, and a 40s something. It can be a LONG month. One way we make it special for each person, especially since we have twins, is to have birthday dinners. Each birthday kid gets to pick the family dinner for that night including dessert. I don’t typically limit them – whatever they say goes unless they want to add something after I’ve already been to the store. It is one of our kids’ favorite family traditions. The meals cover the gamut. This year it was:
· chicken pot pie with ice cream sundae
· hot dogs with ice cream cake (That was an experience making an ice cream cake)
· tacos and my “World Famous” Lemon Pound Cake (named world famous by the 10 year old)
· venison tenderloin, grape salad, homemade baked beans, and corn bread with sour cream coconut cake.
We’ve eaten pretty good this month. I’m sure you can see why the kids love their birthday dinners. It was a birthday tradition that wasn’t intentionally started. I just asked the kids what they wanted one year, and it has continued to grow to the point that we decided to keep it around. Aren’t those the best kind of traditions? I’d love to hear some of your family’s birthday traditions.
I know you are wondering about that “World Famous” Lemon Pound Cake. I really don’t think it is world famous. Actually, I’m pretty sure it isn’t. Let’s just say I’m expected to bring it to church potlucks. I made the mistake one time of not taking it, and I won’t ever do that again. Ha ha! This is the best picture I have of it. The cake doesn't normally stay around very long. Here we were taking some to a church friend who was sick.
The recipe came from my sweet friend and former co-worker. She graciously shared it with me, and I’ll graciously share it with you.
World Famous Lemon Pound Cake
Lemon Pound Cake
3 sticks butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp lemon flavoring (the more lemon the better my hubby says)
2-4 tsp of lemon flavoring
1 cup or so of lemon juice