Tuesday, March 20

family | Happy 13th Birthday Ema

My middle daughter, Emalyn Anne...
turned 13 this past Friday.
thirTEEN...*sigh*

Where did the time go...seriously?
I remember like it was yesterday...

My ongoing efforts to convince this serious tomboy what a beautiful GIRL she was/is...
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and how her silliness and laughter would warm my heart and light up any room...
laughter in your smile

She's still serious...a very deep thinker...
and she's still got the silliness and the most beautiful smile in the world.

So what did my cheesecake loving daughter request for her birthday dessert this year?
Fruit. Salad.
*sigh*

Don't get me wrong...
I'm thrilled she actually asked for something healthy.
The creative side of me was frozen though...
No baking?
What was I to do?

I enlisted the help of my awesome Facebook Fans...
and after some wonderful feedback...
I decided on creating this...

A "Fruit Cake"...
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Using a watermelon as the "base" of the cake...
I then used pineapple, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, strawberries and kiwi for the cake decor...

She had no idea what I had created...
So right before we brought it out with the candles lit...
I said, "I know you asked for fruit salad but I just HAD to make you a cake"...
(She of course rolled her eyes and was a bit disappointed at my announcement)
AND THEN...
She was pleasantly surprised to see I really did listen to her request...
And she thought it was SO awesome...
she's thinking of asking for one EVERY year! *wink*

Happy 13th Birthday my sweet, sweet Em!

KEEPiNG iT REAL
The toughest part about making the "fruit" cake was cutting the rind off of the watermelon...
and carving it into a round "cake"
But once that was done...
It all came together rather quickly.
And it was surprisingly satisfying...
I quite enjoyed it!!

Oh...
just in case you didn't know...
the two images at the beginning of the post...
those are scrapbooking layouts I did years ago -
back when I was all-things-scrapbooking.
(That's for an entirely different post). *wink*
Ema continues to beg me to start back up...
She loves looking through the albums.
That's one of the reasons I decided to include the layouts in today's post...

6 comments:

Alba Linea March 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM  

what beautyfull pictures and just a supersweet girl! love everything you share with us! thanks so much and a great sunny day! di
;0)

Alexis March 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM  

My daughter is 13 today! Crazy isn't it? Love the cake :)

Anna,  March 21, 2012 at 8:34 AM  

Love the cake.

Just curious though... why did you put "GIRL" in capital letters? I'm hoping it's just a coincidence and that the important this is that she is a beautiful PERSON, not a beautiful girl. Right?

jess @ pen n' paperflowers March 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM  

Thanks for all of the comments everyone. Ema loved the cake and I had fun getting creative with it.

Anna...I highlighted "GIRL" because she's been such a tomBOY her entire life. Anyone that knew her prior to becoming a teenager hardly recognizes her today. She went from "never wanting her hair fixed and shopping in the boys section" to a young lady who obsesses over her hair being perfect. The fact that she's so beautiful on the inside is what makes her beautiful on the outside. *wink*

mel March 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM  

Smart idea about the "fruit" cake!

Been gone for awhile, wondering what happened to the pastry pedestal stand from the French Vintage styling you did. Did it ever make it out of production? I bought one of your first pedestal sets but have yet to use it. I've even given two sets to baking friends... but I think if I had the stand I would use it.

Susan March 23, 2012 at 12:45 AM  

Happy Birthday to your beautiful "Girl"!! You've always been with me for mine *wink* sooooooo it's my turn! I wish all the best for her, may all her dreams & wishes come true!

xoxo
twentyfour7

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