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.