The Weekend Whisk – 1/12/13

by Kate on January 12, 2013

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This weekend is big. BIG  I tell ya!! Monday my baby, Hania turns 15 years old!! How crazy is that? So I’m all excited about the event so I bring up the grand event and start to discuss the plan at which point she tells me, “I don’t want a party.” What?!? NO party? I say, “Well, we at least need to have a small something. There must be cake!” To which HB replies, “Nope, I don’t want a party.” Ugh. Ok, at what age do we outgrown the desire to have a birthday celebrated with fanfare and grandeur? I’m 35 and I’m certainly not there yet.

Well, in true mom fashion I’m going to completely ignore what she said because I think deep down she does want a party. You see, HB just started high school. With high school inevitably comes drama. HB has been having some ups and downs with her friends and I think the idea of a party in her mind meant picking and choosing who would be invited given the current drama going on with all these girls. So I say, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a nice family dinner. At that dinner there just might be a cake. Oh, and there may be decorations just to make it look nice but no, no, no… it’s not a party. Just a gathering in celebration of Hania and the lovely young lady she’s grown into.

Hania Dance Age 5

But she’s not in the know just yet. Today my brother and I will be taking her into Manhattan for the day. These days since Maddy and Molly came along Hania gets put on the back burner. A lot. There are baby schedules to adhere to. Nap times, feeding times and of course, excessively early bed times. HB takes it all in stride but I know it must be hard for her. For the first 10 years of her life it was just the two of us. We did what we wanted, when we wanted. One of our favorite things to do together was to go into Manhattan together for the day, often with my brother and go out for lunch. We’d go to a museum, an exhibit or a broadway play. Since having Maddy and Molly we haven’t done any of those things. So today, it’s all about Hania. We’ll be spending some quality time together at MoMA in the morning and then off to our favorite restaurant for lunch.

Hania Bean 2

She’ll think that’s it. Afterward we’ll hop a train to “head home for dinner.” In truth, we’ll be hopping a train to go to my mother-in-law’s house where HB’s sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins will be waiting to surprise her with a birthday celebration. I know she’s going to love it even if she says she didn’t want a party. There’s no way, I could let her birthday go uncelebrated because as young as I was when I had her, as scared and unprepared as I was, as much as she turned my life upside down… Hania is one of the greatest things to ever happen to me and that is cause for celebration. In the meantime, as always you’ll find a recap of the things you may have missed this week here on Food Babbles and some deliciousness that I bookmarked that you may like too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!



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and the most popular post this week was…

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Babbles Bookmarks:

Vanilla Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies from Whipperberry: It’s no secret around here that I’m a super HUGE fan of all things sweet and salty together. I love chocolate chip cookies all by themselves but up the vanilla factor by sprinkling them with a bit of vanilla sea salt and I am SO in!

Make Your Own Goat Cheese & Sausage, Mushroom, Goat Cheese Wellington from Creative Culinary: So another thing that’s no secret around here is my intense love for goat cheese. It’s pretty much my favorite food on Earth! After reading this, I’m inspired to make goat cheese from scratch but not only that, this Wellington is simply gorgeous and simple to make as well. Filled with goat cheese, sausage and mushrooms, what’s not to love?

Earl Grey Poppy Seed Tea Cakes from Sprinkle Bakes: These little cakes are exquisite. There’s no other word for their beauty. I want to try decorating cakes with stencils now and I want to make a cake with Earl Grey as a flavoring. From start to finish these little tea cakes are inspiring and you must see them!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie @ poet in the pantry January 12, 2013 at 8:32 am

Happy birthday, Hania! 🙂 Love your idea for a surprise party! Enjoy the day in the City. It’s been almost a year since I’ve last been there and it feels like too long.


Kate January 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

Well you definitely need to get back to the city and when you do, you still owe me a face to face meeting 😉 I know you’ve been dealing this a lot though so you get a pass but someday, we’ll meet. Thank you for the happy birthday wishes for Hania. I’ll pass them along. Our outing was a complete success and she was thoroughly surprised!


Mimi January 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

She’s beautiful! Happy birthday!


Kate January 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

Thank you Mimi! And i’ll send her your birthday wishes.


Barbara | Creative Culinary January 12, 2013 at 11:51 am

I love the thought you’ve put into making her day special Kate. I’ve been there and know how it is…and yes, deep down they DO want to be celebrated but with that comes a lot of stress over the how and way. Taking it out of her hands and making it all people who love her? I’m betting lots of smiles ensue.

Again, you are so generous and I appreciate your mentioning my post. Now I expect you to make some! Have a great day…and Happy Birthday to both you and your beautiful daughter. I always felt it was important to celebrate a bit for me too…I mean after all…moms are the ones who actually remember the day!


Kate January 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

I loved your post so it could not go unmentioned. I have to wait to make it one night when my husband is at the firehouse and it’s just the girls and I because he doesn’t like goat cheese or mushrooms so there’s no way he’s eating it 😉 But all three of my girls will thoroughly enjoy this so it’s on the menu for this week! I can’t wait to make it. As for Hania’s special day. It was a complete success. We had an incredible day together and she loved her party!! So glad I didn’t listen to her 😉


Margaret Crane January 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Love this particular Weekend Whisk . . . since it’s all about two of my most favorite young ladies in all the world. Hania was such a little beauty and such a sweet little girl . . . and look at her now. Just keeps getting better and better. Make sure you give her a big birthday hug from her Nana–and one for yourself while you’re at it. Can’t wait to hear all about the celebration, all that you did and plenty of pictures of that birthday cake!!
Love ya, little mama.


Kate January 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

Birthday hugs have been delivered, Nan! We had a wonderful day and Hania truly enjoyed each moment to the fullest. Love ya!


ChristineM January 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm

aw….. sounds like a GREAT birthday! Have a wonderful time!


Kate January 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thank you Christine! It truly was a wonderful day for both of us.


suzanne January 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Happy Birthday to Hania! She is beautiful and so lucky to have a great Mom. I think it’s great that you are throwing a surprise party and I know she will love it, deep down she has to want a party.


Kate January 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

I am so glad I ignored her “no party” statement because she had a blast and so did I. It was a great day from start to finish.


Stacy January 16, 2013 at 2:05 am

What a special day! Hania is a very blessed young lady, with such a loving mom and family. It does them good, especially in the crazy, am-I-enough high school years to be surrounded by loved ones who say, unequivocally, You are more than enough! You are loved!


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