October 1, 2011

He's SEVENTEEN!!!! (how did THAT happen????)

My very first thought this morning was that it is Man-Child's 17th birthday.  One of the later thoughts included one that went something like this, "Crap!  I should have started earlier and came up with a brilliant and loving tribute to the last seventeen years to post!"

But, I didn't.  I suppose I could go that route now, but to be honest, that might make me weepy.  I'm done with weepy.  These past few days have been good days and I aim to keep them that way, thankyouverymuch.

So instead of a mushy, gushy birthday post you get this instead - a post that is overloaded with pictures and a recipe.

First, I hunted and hunted and hunted for a picture of me and the newborn.  Guess what?  I don't have any pictures of me with a newborn!  No pictures of baby and me bonding in the hospital.  NOT ONE!

Then, as now, if I wasn't behind the camera then pictures usually weren't being taken.  So this was the first picture I came across of the two of us.  When he was ten days old already.  I can only assume my mother took this picture since I'm in it.

Hmmmm, not the most flattering photo for either of us.....we were both MUCH cuter; I promise!
Then I got busy.  I asked and asked and asked Man-Child what he wanted to do for his birthday.  What he wanted.  I got nothing in return.

Finally this morning he asked for a dessert that I made several years ago....ONCE.  Apparently, he loved it so much he's been pining for it ever since.  He's asked me a couple of times lately, for various events, to make it. But he couldn't remember exactly what was in it and I couldn't find it.

But the birthday-gods must have been smiling on me this morning; because I found the long lost recipe.  He looked it over and said that it "sounded" like this might be THE ONE.  So I set about making this birthday treat.  Along with a cake for tomorrow (when we will have our friends-who-are-so-close-they-should-be-family over to celebrate).

This has to be the easiest dessert EVER to make.  Here are the only ingredients you need

Ooops!  I left the milk out!
It's called Graham Cracker Eclair Cake.  I do not remember where I found this recipe.  But, apparently, it's quite memorable.

15 honey graham crackers, broken in half (30 squares or so), divided
1 1/2 cups milk
1 pkg (4-serving size) Jello Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1 tub (8 oz) whipped topping, thawed
1 cup chocolate ready-to-spread frosting

Arrange 10 of the graham squares, overlapping slightly, in the bottom of an 8 inch square baking pan, set aside

Obviously, I didn't read the "overlapping" part!
Pour milk into large bowl.  Add dry pudding mix.  Beat with a wire whisk for 2 minutes, or until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes until thickened.

Anyone else singing Michael Jackson's "Just Beat It?"  No?  Just me then.
Gently stir in whipped topping with wire whisk until well blended.

Still singing.....
Spread half the pudding mixture over graham crackers in the pan....

I'm done singing now, you can un-cover your ears.
Top with 10 more of the graham squares and remaining pudding mixture.  Cover with the remaining graham squares.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours.  Spread with chocolate frosting just before serving.

While I was doing all this the boys (Man-Child and Hubby) decided to go out and play pool and do "guy stuff."

After they came home, Hubby succumbed to an allergy-medication induced nap (I forgot to get a picture!) while Man-Child surfed the 'Net while simultaneously exchanging dinner possibilities with me.

Once we'd determined where we would dine we headed out to an upscale Chinese restaurant.....and no, it's not P.F. Chang's (although we love them too! I think this one is only local, so I need to keep it under wraps - sorry!  But if you come visit me, I promise I will take you there!).

M-C, preparing to chow down.  Yeah, he dressed up.  Can you tell?
After a wonderful dinner we headed home.  Where M-C immediately began pestering me about dessert.  Seriously??  How could he even begin to think about eating more food?

So, I finished off the dessert.

It's not the prettiest thing - but apparently, it's amazing!
We stuck some candles in it (so what if it's not a cake?) and sang Happy Birthday....

I could only find TWO candles!  Gah!  I've GOT to get organized!  What is happening to me??
Took a couple of pictures to remember the occasion....

Man-Child & Hubby

Julie, add this one to THE collection.....

Then he tucked into the dessert.....

And it was EXACTLY like he remembered.....

So he ate it all in short order.....

And then asked for MORE!!!!!
And, according to him, it was a GREAT birthday.....before he headed to hang out with his friends.

Me?  I agree.  It WAS a great day!


  1. I have made that dessert and I think I got it from Kraft Food and Family. And it is one of my favorites too!!!! I will eat the whole pan in one day if I don't restrain myself. So Man-Child was spot on IMHO.

    Happy 17th Birthday to Man-Child. It's a biggie and it sounds as if you celebrated it in style. I remember my 17th year of life as being one of my most favorite years.

    I have made a mental note that the picture of you with Man-Child is THE one. I wonder if I can put an asterick by it for safe keeping. Hmmmm....

  2. Happy 17th Birthday, MC!

    I'm taking that recipe, Gigi. My grandkids will love it. (who am I kidding, I'll love it)

  3. By the way, this is almost the same recipe as my Boston Cream Cake, except you don't have to melt the chocolate. I like that! Thanks again!

  4. Happy Birthday, Man-Child!

    That is so funny about the recipe. My son does that same thing - he'll remember something I made years ago and talk about it wistfully. Boys. Huh. That recipe sounds delicious, though - I'm printing it out and saving it for a special occasion.

    As for the two candles - yay you! When The Princess celebrated her birthday last week, I couldn't find ANY candles. Not a single one. So, we used our imaginations and she blew out an "air candle" (kind of like playing air guitar).

    I LOVE that picture of the two of you!

  5. Yes, it's amazing how fast the years roll around, Gigi. Great pictures, but since I'm trying to keep my weight loss from creeping back on, I'll skip the recipe! Oh, and Happy Birthday, MC!!

  6. What a nice looking family you have.

    And that recipe?! Gigi, I used to make that recipe all the time about 25 years ago!! How very cool to see it again. MAN but that's a tasty dessert... It's funny how often guys especially want their mom to cook for them for their birthdays. Dylan asked for several things that I hadn't made in a while -- including tapioca! -- and it always makes the birthday sweetly sad...


  7. Hmm, guess what's for dessert tonight? Hailey and her boyfriend and my cute new "friend" will love it. I have the same problem with pics of me and Mo when she was little but you look wonderful now! Happy Baby Day Momma, you do good work! Now the countdown begins....

  8. Happy Birthday, Man-Child! :-)

  9. I cried.

    He looks so grown up. I LOVE the pictures of you with him and Him with your husband : ).

    It sounds like a perfect day.

    Maybe I will make that dessert for supper tomorrow. Kaish told me last week I never make desserts or proper suppers any more. : (. I asked him why he didn't think Trader Joe's Orange Chicken was proper and he said I wasn't normal... perrhaps, not.

    Happy Birthday to your best boy!

  10. That looks delicious!

    Happy Birthday to you baby boy! And Congratulations on surviving this long.

    It seems so far away from where I am now, but I know the time will fly and before I know it, my little guy will be all grown up!

  11. Oh how adorable that picture is of the two of you! Happy Birthday to your baby! (they grow up too darn fast!)

  12. Happy 17th Birthday Man Child Xxx

  13. A belated Happy Birthday! Yum...that looks delicious, we don't have all those ingredients here but I may try and adapt it. Thanks for sharing. x