Saturday, December 23, 2006


El Guille turns THREE today. I know! A surprise to us too!

Kiki wanted to know what the theme for the party was. "Stuff Three Year Olds Like," I said.

Ok, so maybe I did go with a red and white theme: balloons, candy canes suspended, white cupcakes, etc. I stayed up last night and put it all together. But would he like it?

"What is THAT? A special treat!" He exclaimed upon his first morning survey. Oat flour waffles first thing, then whatever he wanted to eat for the rest of the day. Turns out if you let a kid eat whatever they want they will eat candy canes, chips (original and BBQ) and gingerbread cookies.

Time to have friends over for a party.

Yes, sometimes kids WILL eat veggies, especially if there is dip. Huh. Kind of like adults. The ginger ale is a hit too. "Spicy!" says the Gav Meister.

A sparkler in the shape of a "3" instead of a candle? Awesome! Well, only a little scary.

Ok, scary enough to require a potato chip shield.

How do grandmas know exactly what little boys want? (The Cars movie.)

There's nothing better than racing around in circles holding a bunch of balloons.



noelle feather said...


compulsive writer said...

Happy Birthday El Guille! And way to go Carina--it looks like you wildly succeeded making it a great day (and separate from that other big day in December). He's a lucky boy.

Great pics--I love the balloons! And sometime (later) I would love your recipe for oat flour pancakes. Those sound heavenly.

Emmie said...

So CUTE! The candy canes suspended from the ceiling idea is particularly impressive.

AzĂșcar said...

Thanks, I worked hard, but he's worth it. He really had fun. He could not get over the candy canes.

In the future, when he complains that his birthday and Christmas are at the same time I will remind him that since he was nearly a month early, his birthday is his OWN fault and not mine.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 whole eggs, beaten
1/4 c. unsalted butter, melted
2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
Vegetable spray, for waffle iron

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl beat together eggs and melted butter, and then add the buttermilk. I usually end up nuking the buttermilk for 30 seconds to bring it up to 'room temp.' (If it's not at room temp the butter will clump back up.) Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined. Allow to rest for 5 minutes while you heat the waffle iron.

Ladle the waffle batter onto the iron that you've sprayed with vegetable spray. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve. I will put leftover waffles into the freezer to pop in the toaster at any time during the week.

*I ran out of whole wheat and wanted a heartier alternative to more white flour, so I processed 1 1/4c. rolled oats in my food processor until mostly finely ground. The oats should measure to 1 cup when ground.

*Add one mashed, ripe banana and crushed/finely chopped walnuts to batter for banana-nut waffles.

*Try adding finely minced dried cranberries and nuts. So delicious.

Anonymous said...

So cute! We're sad to have missed it... C.J. loves balloons AND candy canes AND chips. Bummer. He got a lame family party instead.

~j. said...

So much fun. Thanks for letting Mocoface attend. I had fun, too. Love 3-year-old conversation. And, I learned something: when cookies are involved, don't even try the singing.

Anonymous said...

Too,too adorable.

Kiki said...

CUTE! Happy birthday, El G.

Bek said...

Happy Birthday to the big man. I love the decor...... what a good mamma you are...

fijiangirl said...

Happy Birthday little one... If he ever does complaign about the time of his birthday... just tell him that you get to celebrate his birthday while the rest of the world is celebrating Festivus!

Anonymous said...

How fun. He's so lucky - he's always going to have the coolest party...and the food only gets better. ;-)

By the way ... my favorite part of Cars - the VW Bug.

Anonymous said...

Happy B-Day, El Guille! What a handsome little man.

Anonymous said...

My eyes are wet from laughing so hard at the "Ok, scary enough to require a potato chip shield" part. He's just darling. He looks so much like you in the sparkler pictures...

Happy Birthday, Guille! Someday you'll forgive me for laughing at your fear of sparklers. But I couldn't help myself when I saw that potato-chip shield. You remind me so much of my own three-year-old.

Little boys are awesome.

Anonymous said...

I loved that potato chip shield. He may be on to something there. :)

AzĂșcar said...

I know! Protective and edible--he's a genius!

Rachel said...

What a cutie! Almost makes me think having one of my own wouldn't be so bad... *Almost* They're so cute at that age. Ah, to be three again.

Happy birthday, El Guille!

PS If that's you in the first picture you are a HOTTIE!!!

Anonymous said...

Yay! Happy birthday Gilly!!!

Gina said...

My kiddo did the same thing with his balloons on his first birthday... balloons are like the cheapest funnest toy for them!

Very cute son you have! So handsome!

Anonymous said...

there have been many-a-time when i wished i had a potato chip shield. many-a-time.