Our Lucy Lu is 2, which seems impossible. At the same time, it feels as though she has always been here, always a part of our lives. We are blessed to be her primary babysitter for all this time, and were lucky enough that she and her mom even lived with us for many months during this past year. We could not be happier having them around, especially at birthday time.
Snuggled up in bed one day, Nana asked Lucy what kind of cupcakes she wanted. “I want chocolate,” she said. “What kind of frosting do you want?” Nana asked. With no answer coming quickly, Nana whispered into her ear, “cherry.”
At our house, any birthday begins with the baking, and, of course, the photographs of the baking. I decided to try the ice cream cone cupcakes, which sounded good but required something to support the batter-filled cones in the oven. Our solution was a couple of inverted disposable aluminum cake pans with a dozen cone-sized squares cut into the bottom. It worked perfectly, but if any of you have a better idea, we would love to hear it.
As you can see, the cone cupcakes – conecakes? – turned out beautifully. These treats were small but tasty, and surprisingly moist. I still can’t figure out why the cones don’t burn in the oven, but who am I to question the best chefs at Keebler?
And there was enough batter left over that we had plenty of cupcakes for friends and neighbors (well, mostly just me) for days after the party.
All the guests were invited to wear princess tiaras, which Prince Papa enjoyed showing off.
--> Carrie had a delightful and refreshing picnic for us, with chicken salad sandwiches, veggies, fruit (and her secret recipe fruit dip), and cold water and juices. Here, Lydia and the birthday girl sneak over to the gift table while everyone else was eating.
There were gifts aplenty, but Lucy had little patience for the wrapping and tissue paper. As you can see, Dora the Explorer and Hello Kitty were welcome guests.
Perhaps the start of Lucy's motor cross career? She seems to have the personality for it. Aubrey, Carrie, Libby and Lydia all took turns showing Lucy how the pedals work.
Happy birthday, Lucy Lu. We all love you.