This is a crazy week of birthdays for me. Every year this is the week where I not only bake myself stupid but go totally broke. Starting May 19th (Jay’s sister Jen’s birthday), then May 21st is my grandmother’s birthday, and then the 23rd is Jay’s birthday. This year I didn’t have any time to bake anything for Jen’s birthday, which is sad. But I also wasn’t sure how long they’d have to sit in the car, and I didn’t have any cupcake boxes. I really need to start investing in buying those things in bulk. Jay has already told me what he wants for his cupcakes & I’m getting ready to make ’em. But my grandma?
My nana, Agnes, at 16 in 1934
She asked for vanilla cupcakes this year, and she mentioned doing something “green” with them (her favorite color). Easy enough. When someone is turning 93, you make ’em whatever they want! If she wants green vanilla, she’ll have green vanilla.
So basically, it’s just some cupcake porn today. No new recipes, just pretty pictures. Green plaid liners (you may recognize them from here) from Cupcake Social. Vanilla cupcake (basic two-egg yellow cake), vanilla frosting (just a simple confectioner’s sugar buttercream), candied lime peel garnish (recipe here).
It’s amazing to think of all my grandmother has seen & lived through. When she was born, women couldn’t vote. Most of her childhood it was Prohibition. Her family didn’t have a telephone, let alone a car, & when she was a child they were actually one of the few families in her building with a radio. She saw WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm & now the mess we’re involved in now all happen. She’s seen 16 U.S. Presidents take office, and been alive for 17 Presidents. She lived through President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Martin Luther King’s assassination, Malcolm X’s assassination, and the attempted assassinations of Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan. She saw the WTC/Twin Towers built, and she saw them decimated. She’s seen the invention of the television, then the color TV, the cordless phone, the cell phone, the transistor radio, the walkman/discman, THE INTERNET, the iPod, the Blackberry (& not the fruit) and now the iPad and iPhone. VCR’s, camcorders, cassette tapes and now DVD’s and Blu-Ray. And she’s fascinated by “those thin little TV’s” nowadays. And this is just a smidgen of the things she’s seen in her long life. You might remember this post where I mentioned my grandpa, her husband. If only he too had been around to see all this stuff. He’d have loved the internet.
She’s one of seven children, my grandma. Actually she’s the oldest. She’s sadly seen most of her brothers (& one sister) pass away, as well as her husband and her son. But despite all the sad things she’s lived through, there’s been even more joyful things. And she still has her youngest sibling, my great-aunt Marilyn, who she’s very close with, as well as the middle child, her brother Joey (although they haven’t seen one another in a while). I can’t even imagine seeing 93 years worth of world events, or having that many years of experiences. I’m turning 30 this year & it boggles my mind how much I’ve seen. And as far as the world supposedly ending today, she said and I quote: “Isn’t that ridiculous? They’ve been pulling that nonsense for as long as I’ve been around… and for Christ’s sake, I’m almost 100!”
Happy birthday, grandma, and many more!