What a difference a year makes to someone turning 12 rather than 11. This year I could barely wake her up to come to breakfast on her birthday. She found it difficult to smile as she opened her gifts. She didn't want the "birthday fairies" to come but last minute (once we were asleep) she sneaked out and decorated her own table with fairy decor. She is done with American Girl, Dolls, Dress-up, Wooden Toys and playmobile and instead loves Selena Gomez CD's and books of any kind.
Yesterday around lunchtime I got a call from the school letting me know that Cerys didn't feel well and that she needed to be picked up. On her birthday.
When our children are sick we take them off all sugar and begin to make their immune systems stronger with herbs, remedies and healing food. Cerys was crushed when I explained that her original chocolate cake with vanilla frosting would be put on hold until she was better. We compromised and decided to have Pamela's Gluten Free Cornbread with a honey spread. I buy it by the case.
At the last second though I found this amazing recipe for honey frosting.
Ingredients * 1 1/4 cup Honey * 2 egg whites * 1/4 teaspoon salt * 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions 1. Heat honey in a saucepan, over very low heat, stirring occasionally. 2. In a large bowl, combine egg whites, salt, and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer until the egg whites are stiff, but not dry. 3. Slowly pour honey into the stiffened egg whites, while beating at a low speed. 4. When all honey is combined, crank up the mixer speed to high and beat for 7-10 minutes, or until the mixture has stiffened back up. Recipe by SunnyBella. Since the cornbread was smaller than a cake I simply made half of the recipe. It was perfect. I won't mention how many spoonfuls of icing that I enjoyed.
The frosting was a soft, decadent meringue with a lovely taste of honey. It was delicious and Cerys actually told me that it was the best cake that she's ever had. It was kind of odd to have something so rich on top of corn bread but it kind of worked. And it made my 12 year old smile and I couldn't ask for more.
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