Sunday, December 6, 2009

Happy Birthdays

An unexpected soft wet snow with huge flakes started falling at 10 AM on Saturday but it didn't stop the family from making it to our house for my husband's and granddaughter's birthday celebration. Friday evening I made the birthday train from my railway mold and lots of candies, icings, and tiny marshmellows. It was sort of like decorating a lot of little gingerbread houses and would have been a great group project for a child's party, which I will have to remember for ABJ's children. I had firm plans for the engine, cabose, coal car and the two cars loaded with raspberry jellies, but my creativity was feeling strained by about 8PM. I wished ABJ were here because we would have been finished by then plus she always has such creative ideas. I do think the marshmellow "snow" was inspired - a last minute idea as I contemplated what I was going to do with all the leftover marshmellows once I had built the smoke.
In any case, it was a great hit with the birthday girl, and my brother (always a train-lover) took a picture with his new iphone (his newest toy).

There were exactly nine cars, so each person got to pick out his own car, starting with the birthday girl. She picked the one with the red raspberry jellies. In case you don't know NJB, her expression is one of extreme happiness. My brother tried to get the car with the dark purple jellies, but his wife made such sad noises that he generously gave it up to her :).

My grandson took the one with the little chocolate mint candy cane logs.
Happy birthday HB and NJB!!!

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