German Chocolate Cake for Sylvia’s Birthday. She turns oopsie into comic gold.

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Sylvia got 8 candles in one row, 9 in the next. Child decided.

My friend and the neighborhood’s reigning matriarch had a birthday today. She didn’t want a big party this year, but next year, one of those zeroes, definitely a party because her son will be here from abroad come Hell or high water. (Ha! Literally.) We agreed to a small sit-down dinner instead of balancing plates on our laps here and there, and that’s what we did.

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Her favorite cake? German Chocolate. When somebody requests that cake, they’ve had the homemade version based on the little green box and that’s precisely the cake they want. I long ago clipped the recipe on the box, only I substitute a better chocolate.

The star of dinner was a huge potato and cauliflower and 4 cheese gratin, some fixed up green beans and orange chicken. Sylvia said that she will always remember this birthday for a special reason. Whilst the chicken and gratin made it safely to the table, I twice dropped a pan onto the floor on its way to a bowl for the vegetable.  Yep, I spilled the beans. She’s 89.

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There were 7 beans left in the pan. We each got 1.

We made up for the lack of beans, though. I also made a surprise with the cake’s crumbs. We had fresh Caramel and Cake Crumb ice cream.

Sylvia’s birthday is the 20th, WordPress.

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