Pen is a part of Dance Company at school and she was supposed to be with them the weekend of her birthday, competing at a Shakespeare festival a few hours away. Bummer for Pen that she had to stay home to retake the SAT (since the test was administered incorrectly the first time). So, we tried to make it up to her by pulling her out of school and taking her to lunch. I ended up having to stay home with a sick Edith, but lucky Ginger got to tag along. I'm just happy they brought some Thai food home for me.
After dinner that night, we opened gifts, of course. All of her siblings made her a little card and gave her something small (sometimes re-gifted). :) It was so sweet.
I went for it and made Pen a vegan chai tea spice cake for her birthday. We forgot to buy the vegan butter to make the frosting, but thank heavens just about everything is good with powdered sugar on it. This cake was so good in fact, that I doubt anyone would ever guess it was vegan if you gave them a slice. Bud wants it for his next birthday, de-veganized with vanilla bean whipping cream frosting.
I still can't believe Pen is 17!