Happy Birthdays!

Country Woman - - CONTENTS - JEN­NIFER ZEIGLER

Ilove mak­ing a lit­tle fuss over birthdays. In my fam­ily, that means mak­ing a gor­geous layer cake.

But I won’t be bak­ing any time soon, as there aren’t any Septem­ber birthdays in my fam­ily. That’s un­usual. Sept.

9, 12 and 19 are the top three days of the year for birthdays, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral data.

That rev­e­la­tion called for cake. You’ll find a host of birth­day cake ideas be­gin­ning on page 36, in case you have loved ones who line up with the sta­tis­tics. And even if you don’t, skip the can­dles and tuck one of these con­fec­tions into a pic­nic bas­ket for a late­sum­mer al fresco lunch. This is­sue has a bunch of ideas to help you plan: Find sim­ple make-and-take recipes on pages 16 and 42. In­struc­tions for a clever way to dress up plain plates are on page 66. Also on page 16, you’ll find some fa­vorite prod­ucts for pack­ing up the whole meal and tak­ing it wher­ever you’re headed. What a lovely way to send sum­mer off into the sun­set. Birth­day cel­e­bra­tion or not, just don’t for­get the cake.

We apol­o­gize for in­cor­rectly iden­ti­fy­ing in the June/July is­sue the Toeter­ville, Iowa, home of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

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