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Monday, April 19, 2021

A Peaceful Birthday

a cream-filled chocolate cupcake à la Hostess cupcakes

While excitement can be enticing, for me a quiet and peaceful birthday is preferable. One daughter was home all day, so she and I went for a long walk in the morning, stopping by a free pile and garage sale along the way. We snagged some gardening supplies and outdoor decorations for the great price of FREE. The other daughter came home around 1 PM and the two of them cooked a nice, late brunch for the 4 of us. The weather was gorgeous all day, so we dined on the deck. After brunch, I worked outdoors, organizing the portable greenhouse and potting some hanging baskets. My lovely daughters also made dinner for the four of us, which we ate while watching a movie using the roku. I also made the ginger ale syrup to use on Saturday night when we celebrated as a 6-some (with son and daughter-in-law). Just a very nice, laid back sort of birthday. 

A few days previous, I had mentioned a momentary longing for a Hostess cupcake, the kind with a cream filling. Well, my two daughters made a batch for us to have as my birthday dessert on Friday. They followed a scratch chocolate cupcake recipe of mine, filling with a copycat Hostess cream filling, and topping with fudge frosting. The copycat cream filling is one of many found online that contains marshmallow cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, hot water, and shortening, like this one. My daughters modified the recipe slightly, making a marshmallow cream substitute with mini marshmallows and corn syrup, and then adding a bit of butter to taste at the end of mixing all of the ingredients. Very delicious and satisfied that longing.


  1. It sounds like your daughters and family made a great birthday for you. We had a very low key birthday celebration for my son recently. It was just what he wanted, too.

    Homemade Hostess cupcakes. You definitely piqued my interest with those. I've decided that I'm going to try to cut back on my sugar intake, or I'd be trying those this week.

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      Happy birthday to your son!
      Good for you for trying to cut back on sugar. I keep working at that goal.
      The cupcakes were delicious, however.

  2. A belated Happy Birthday to you! Sounds like your daughters put time and care into making it a special day for you--wonder who they learned that from? :)

    1. Thank you, Cat!
      Yes, the two of them really put in the time and effort to make it a special day for me. I'm a grateful mom!

  3. I love how your daughters went to so much effort to make the day special for you. You raised them well!

    Sounds like you are still enjoying your Roku. You almost have me convinced to get one! Maybe that will be my birthday present! :)

    1. Hi Kris,
      They really did put in the work to make the day special for me, and I am very grateful!

      We use the roku regularly. We don't have cable and our antenna no longer seems to work reliably. So watching anything has to either be done with roku or our computers. The only downside to roku is the temptation to pay for subscriptions to different streaming services. So far, we've left that up to our daughters. If they really want a particular service, then they pay for it. Otherwise, I'm happy watching whatever we can get for free. But I'm cheap that way. ;)


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