Yesterday was my (little) brother’s birthday. Tommy turned fifteen. Fifteen. Whew! That takes a bit for me to swallow down. I still want to think of him as my little brother. Always and forever. It won’t be always and forever, though. Soon he’ll be driving, dating, and then heading off to college!
I remember when my bro and I were really little. We were tight buds. Really tight, even despite the five year gap between our ages. Every summer, we’d spend each day, all day outside, playing in the sandbox or riding bikes. We’d spend hours indoors when it was raining drawing picture after picture together. We’ve hiked mountains with each other. We’ve gone on long walks in the woods and kayaking across lakes. I love my brother. I know there have been times when we’ve grown apart. Hey, it’s not always easy to get along with a ten year old boy when your’e a teenage girl. I guess it’s easier to find things in common now that he’s older. Really, it’s something I should embrace 🙂
Ok, he was way cuter as a clown than I was as a fairy.
Ummmm…where are my legs?!?!
My brother and I today. Hiking buddies 🙂
Tonight, we celebrated my bro’s birthday. There was an excellent football game (Go Packers!), enough food for an army (even though we were 9 people in all), and cake. Birthday cake. I love those two words put together 🙂
Everyone deserves a birthday cake on their birthday, and it must be a homemade one at that! Personally, I jump at the chance to use a birthday as an excuse to bake cake. For my brother, I knew it must be chocolate. Actually, he probably wouldn’t touch it if it wasn’t. Sad story, I know. So I made the kid happy and did devil’s food cake with dark chocolate ganache.
I sneaked in a pink raspberry buttercream in the middle 😉
Oh yah, you can imagine how wronged he felt by the fact that I put something pink in his cake! When he saw the frosting, the first words to come out of his mouth were “Pink? Why isn’t it red, like raspberry!” Yah, ok Tommy, it would take a ton of raspberrys to actually tint it red. It would taste extremely potent, too! I’m sorry you’re cake has to be a teensy bit girly. Gosh darned it, though! I refuse to make yet another completely chocolate cake!
Thankfully, he loved the flavor.
You really can’t go wrong with raspberry and chocolate. It is my favorite flavor to pair with chocolate after orange. If you’ve never tried orange and chocolate together, you are missing out. But, I digress. We shall save that for another post.
Thinking back to when we were little, I really miss the cute little boy my brother was. Not that he’s not cute anymore! Good thing he doesn’t read the blog or he’d be super embarrased by that! Anyway, as we get older, I know we will do way more awesome things together. He doesn’t know it, but I plan on doing a huge backpacking trip with my bro out west someday after he graduates from high school. Not sure exactly where, but I don’t think he will object to this.
I can’t wait for all the adventures we will go on together, but for now, I’m happy I get to hang with my bro every weekend I come home from college. Soon, we get a whole weekend hunting together! Can’t wait 🙂 Until then, there is half a cake to finish eating.
Not a bad task at all if you think about it 🙂