Happy Birthday Aaron!
Aaron is our youngest son. He is currently a student in the UK.
And, he turned 25 yesterday.
And, I baked a cake for him!
Aaron doesn't get to eat this cake, BUT I did have one shipped to him, compliments of Simply Delicious Cake Company in the UK (via Amazon). Gotta love technology!
“Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them.” Dr. Jonas Salk (1914-1995)
When I was nurturing my kids, waaaay back in the day, I may have put toooo much emphasis on the 'wings' and not enough on the 'roots'. Dooh.
Aaron has done an impressive amount of traveling for a not-independantly-wealthy 25 year old! Suffice it to say, he has been extremely fortunate and has worked very hard.
After high school Aaron spent 3 months in Brazil and 3 months in Quebec with Canada World Youth.
During his undergrad, he had a student job with Veteran's Affairs and spent 4 months in Arras, France as an interpreter at Beaumont Hamel. He did a bit of scouting about during that period and saw other nearby countries like Greece and Belgium. He also traveled for a few weeks through France, Spain and Portugal in 2009. The snap above was taken in Lisbon and is one of my favourites of Aaron and Adam.
Aaron also lived in Ottawa for 2 summers when he had student jobs with Parks Canada and he went to Cuba with the school choir.
And now, he is a grad student in Brighton, UK.
Of course, I am not serious about putting too much emphasis on the wings; it is something that is valued by all of us in the family. I am quite confident that his roots are also pretty strong and, if he doesn't come back home to live someday, he will be bringing the best of NL with him wherever he winds up. Bonus- Greg and I will have interesting places to visit!
The chocolate cake recipe I always use is one I have had for awhile and it is deeeelicious and has never failed (which is why I call it 'Never Fail Chocolate Cake').
The last ingredient is boiling water. The first time I made it I thought "Yikes! What did I do wrong?". Apparently, nothing. It was supposed to be runny like that.
Never Fail Chocolate Cake
1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water
Combine dry ingredients. Mix eggs, milk, oil and vanilla into dry ingredients with a blender. Add water and gently blend. Pour into 2 round greased pans or a tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for around 35 minutes.
Some new photos of old photos. Aaron and Merry (short for Merry Christmas). Happy Birthday Aaron!
Aaron's actual birthday cake. In his words "dense and decadent". My kinda cake. My kinda pretty-much-anything, actually.
Thank you Simply Delicious Cake Company for helping us to celebrate Aaron's birthday remotely :-)
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