Yesterday my little guy turned four. FOUR! I can't believe it's been four years since I woke up at 5 a.m. and thought I may be in labor. After the stressful event of nearly giving birth to Annelies in the car, I had decided that if I thought I was in labor with Julian, I was heading to the hospital. My midwife agreed. So, off we went. I thought they would tell me it was going to be a while, and send me back home. Imagine my surprise when my midwife told me I was a good 7 cm dilated. Shocked! I was fortunate to have a very nice, relaxed and peaceful labor. Julian was born just after noon. He's a really sweet little fella. (When he's not being a little demon.)
He was lucky enough to have two birthday celebrations. The first one was at my parents' house on Saturday. He had a Spiderman ice-cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery. It was pretty good, but I prefer homemade cakes. He loved the novelty of the cake, though, so it was really cool.
Yesterday, we had a small party here and invited just a few friends. I made some baked beans, macaroni salad and cupcakes. We also had hummus, guacamole, chips, veggies, fruit, etc. I'm going to re-post my baked bean recipe here because a couple of the guests requested the recipe. It is a modified version of the recipe my mom has always used for baked beans.
2 large cans (28 oz?) of Vegetarian Bush's Baked Beans
1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 jar of Newman's Own pineapple salsa
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
a couple squirts of mustard
1 TBS of molasses (Optional. I've made them without and they're just as good.)
Mix everything up in a large baking dish. Bake covered for 2 hours at 375 degrees. Uncover and bake for an hour or so, or until the sauce thickens up.
For the cupcakes, I went with two vegan versions. A plain chocolate with plain buttercream frosting. I found the recipe for the cupcakes and the frosting here, but I think it's from Vegan Cupcakes Rule the World. I also made the Coconut Heaven Cupcakes from VWaV. I didn't eat any of the chocolate ones, but the kids seemed to really like them. The coconut cupcakes were just off the hook. I'll be making them again for sure. Like soon.