Here she is in circa 1982, looking fly.
Here we are last weekend, geeking out at Phantom of the Opera.
She is great in every way and I try and remember that every day, but of course on Mother's Day I try and do a little extra. Every year we go to a local garden center and buy plants--sometimes they make it, sometimes they don't, I'd like to think we have a little bit better than 50% mortality rate but nobody's really keeping track. This year we went a few weeks early so she could get the plant of her choice, which was a good decision because this weekend is mostly 100% rain.
This year, of course, I am celebrating All The Things with cake, and this is no exception. I made her a wee ladylike cake with some piped flower-type things for her sugary enjoyment:
You would not believe how many people at Trader Joe's were buying flowers.
I love it when the little cakes fit in the little boxes.
What we have here: the world's shortest two-layer 6" Earl Grey Tea cake (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens via Sprinkle Bakes) with honey vanilla Swiss Buttercream frosting (which is just a standard Swiss Meringue Buttercream with less sugar at the beginning and some honey added at the end). It was a little too short to do the roses all around the side but I like how it turned out with a wreath of the roses on top and some other random little piped bits scattered around.
I haven't tasted it yet but it did make the kitchen smell AMAZING, so there's that.
Edit: good cake! The tea flavor came through nicely and I'll definitely use the base to experiment with other steeped flavors in the future. Here's one more picture: