Today my sweet niece Greta turns five years old. FIVE YEARS. WHAAAT? I mean. How is that even possible? She was just a baby.
I talked to her earlier on the phone and it was like talking to a “grown up” person. She thanked me for her birthday gift (my sister said that she gave her the stick-unicorn – that she is holding – as a gift from me and Greta is IN LOVE with it, as you can clearly see) and she said that they were having a big party at her house. Haha! Oh, too be five again. I would have loved a stick-unicorn like that. Oh and look, she can already perfectly write her own name (and actually her brother’s and my name as well).
As always, I wish I could be there to celebrate with her. There is not one birthday in our family that goes unacknowledged, there’s always birthday cake and a party! I think it’s so important to celebrate and honor the wonderful people in our lives.
My Mom baked this cool birthday cake for Greta. It’s called “Kalter Hund” (which literally means “cold dog”), because it’s a non-bake cake made out of butter-biscuits and chocolate (which in the old days you’d put together and then take to the basement to cool). Kids love it and it’s the cake that my Mom used to make for my sister’s and my birthday every since I can remember. Definitely brings back childhood memories and I most certainly wish I could indulge in a piece right now. I am so glad that she’s passing on this tradition. And yes, that would be cheesecake right next to it (with the birthday candles). Wouldn’t mind a piece of that either.
Did your Mom/grandma make a special cake for your birthday when you were little? Do you have any other birthday traditions?