Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Birthday, Julian!

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.


Crusselldrums said...

Thanks so much for having us over to help celebrate Jude's 4th Bday! Alec had a blast and is till talking about the party. Thanks also for the hospitality... and for posting both the cupcake and bean recipes! Both were delicious!

jeffk said...

Wow, I can't believe how big he's gotten. Happy birthday, Jude!

The Dalai Mama said...

crussel: I'm glad you guys came over! This morning, Julian said, "It sure was a fun birthday party!".

jeffk: I don't think you've seen him since he was a baby! They always talk about going to NYC, and they know that "Daddy's friend Jeff" lives there. We'll bring them up sometime. They'd love it.

olives and more said...

Um, YUM! Those coconut cupcakes were delectable, as Penelope would say. See, you do learn stuff from T.V. Well, at least from Oswald. Thanks for having us over. Made it to Fayettville. Now, I need to go to bed..Yo! I still want my Bright Eyes? CD. G'nite. Note: the character code below almost spells DORK.

The Dalai Mama said...

olives: The genius things my kids have picked up from cartoons are amazing. Oswald is one of the good ones. I'm glad you guys came over, and I hope you're having a good time in Charleston, SC.

I'll have a copy of the Bright Eyes cd for you when you get back.

The Heretic said...

Wow, he's HUGE! I think he was barely walking last time I was up there. So, you gonna publish a cookbook? My first day on this network, and already somebody traveling from Motown to Chucktown! Olives: Make sure to chow down at SERMET'S CORNER or FIVE LOAVES while you're here! Charleston has great food!

The Dalai Mama said...

Heretic: Hmmmm. A cookbook? Maybe one of these days. I guess Julian was just over a year old last you saw him. I'd love to see you all sometime soon!