Mama’s Birthday

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Yesterday was Mama’s 80th birthday.  I had been planning to have a gathering, if not a full fledged party, for her for months.  Of course, the best laid plans…

Mama’s birthday happens to fall on or near our Glen Rose weekend each year, and this year was no different.  Bill and Dan wanted to spend the week at Glen Rose this year since we had to miss ALL of last year.  I told them that even if I didn’t have to work (which I do) that I was going to give my Mama a birthday party.  This year her birthday fell on Tuesday, which as you know is regularly our Family Day.  I figured what better way to plan a party than on a day most all of her loved ones already plan on being there!  I had meant to get my “extra” guest list together a couple of weeks ago, but days have been whizzing by and I’m not the most organized person on a slow day!  But Bettye and Scooter accepted my last minute invitation, as did Mama’s pastor Doug.  So we had 3 more added to our regular crowd of me, Nathanael, Emily, Arie-Jean, Gen, Parker, Amy, Dave, Kenny, Missy, Dad & Mom.  Carly joined us for cake! 

Mama can rarely tell us what she wants to eat; she most always says “I don’t know…”  Trying to make a birthday menu was a daunting task!  We kept giving her ideas, and she’d say, “Anything is fine with me.”  When we asked her about chicken, she said, “Only if you fry it!”  That was as close as we came to getting out of her something she would really enjoy, so that’s what we did.  Dave fried chicken in his deep fryer, Kenny grilled a few pieces for the dieters, Amy made the mashed potatoes, and Gen fixed the green beans and the gravy for the potatoes. Gen had made rolls earlier in the day, and also made Gooey Cake for dessert. 

We ate outdoors at the picnic table, and we just had a grand time.  We all really missed Dannye Reigh – not only is she great fun & a hard worker, she also took her camera to Glen Rose with her!!!  (For a peek at what Bill and Dan are doing, see Bill’s site!)  So I have no photos of the day.  I’m hoping to get some from Bettye, but she still doesn’t have internet after Ike.   

Everything was sooooo good!!!  We probably didn’t need dessert – Gen’s rolls are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and the rest of lunch was done to a turn.  But in the Allen family, Gooey Cake is more than a dessert – it’s an icon!  It can be yellow cake with a vanilla icing, or chocolate icing.  We mostly choose vanilla, though – it’s the best!  We used to love watching Mama and her mother, my Nana, make Gooey Cake.  You see, the cake is baked, and the icing is cooked, and the cake is iced while both are still warm so it kinda melds together.  Mama always cuts the top middle out of each layer, pours icing in it, places the top back on, pours on more icing, and does that to each layer (it is a three layer cake).  Then she uses a case knife to punch holes in the whole thing while pouring more icing.  And we all giggle to hear her getting more and more excited as the cake begins to fall apart – “It’s gonna fall!  It’s gonna fall!”  As though it has never fallen before!!  Mama puts more toothpicks in that cake, trying to hold it together!  The cake has to be put on a cake plate with sides so the icing won’t run out onto the table! 

Gen has become the Gooey Cake master now.  She was concerned that she wasn’t able to ice the cake while it was still warm – afraid the icing wouldn’t soak in properly.  It was really good, though!  Bettye said if the icing were soaked in any more, we’d all be dead!!  We just about were, anyway!

After everyone went home, Dad and Mama both said over and over what a good day it was.  They both so love the opportunity to see Bettye and Scooter, and Dad especially enjoyed his visit with Nathanael.  Mama never got anxious or nervous, and although she was pretty tired at the end of the day, she was very happy. 

Happy Birthday, Mama!



About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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10 Responses to Mama’s Birthday

  1. Dannye_Reigh says:

    AAAWWWWW!!!!!!  I am so sad I missed it! It sounds like it was one of those perfect Mamaw days, and eating outside… just doesn’t get any better!  Tell everyone I love them, and happy birthday to Mamaw!Yes, this is Dannye on xanga, who would of thought..???

  2. Anonymous says:

    Blue Bell ice cream…you must be in TX!  That’s one great thing about our time in TX, we loved going for ice cream on a hot night.  Happy birthday to Mama!

  3. pettybunch says:

    @Marmee_Ann – We are fortunate to live within an hour of the Creamery!!  We do love our Bluebell.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Really…I’m not sure if that’s a blessing or a curse!

  5. pettybunch says:

    @Marmee_Ann – You are sooooo right!

  6. so much fun! i’m glad we were able to come, even if only for a short time!

  7. maryhurlbut says:

    Ha, I miss Dannye’s pictures too!But it sounds like a wonderful family gathering,May the Lord bless your momma!

  8. auntkarl says:

    I guess I wasn’t MISSED! J/K

  9. pettybunch says:

    @auntkarl – You know that’s not true; you just normally work on Tuesdays so we didn’t expect you!

  10. AuntGen says:

    The chicken was delicious, and we get another taste from Kunk’s deep frier tomorrow—fried turkey!  Yum!  Mom really had a good time, and it was so sweet of Scooter to drive B out here for that.  I know he loves Mom, too, but I also know he did it for B.  It was wonderful to have “Doug” out as well.  He is such a sensative, loving pastor. 

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