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Family birthday photo

The best family photo we could get… The candle is blown out, we should be eating cake!

Today we celebrated Baby’s first birthday! As my cousin wrote me this week: a year with a kid goes by quickly, even when some of the days go by very slowly. So here we are. Year One gone already.

Since this day last year, I’ve watched Baby grow: from 8lbs to approx. 25 lbs, from 52 cm to approx. 71 cm. Watch out — she can reach what’s on the table now! She seems so big compared to this time last year, and yet she’s still so small.

She has six teeth and is taking her first steps. She went from dark hair to light hair. I remember wondering back then what she would look like in a year. I couldn’t imagine it, and now I can’t imagine her any other way.

I’ve also watched Baby develop into an alert, bright, curious, determined, energetic, lively, playful and social little person. It’s fun to be with her. Her giggle is infectious. She brings out the crazy in both her parents, especially her papa! And every day she does a bunch of quirky little things that make us both laugh.

Her fun these days is making music; squishing blueberries at breakfast; pulling anything with a string; playing with water; swings; books, especially turning the pages; riding in the bike trailer; and climbing over any obstacle, none of which are too big.

Baby making music

Baby making music with instruments received from maman and papa.

Baby exploring tunnel

Baby getting ready to crawl through her birthday tunnel.

It’s fascinating to watch Baby play and figure things out. The wheels in her brain are turning all the time. Sometimes I just sit and watch with quiet wonder.

We invited family for lunch to share the celebration. On the menu: gazpacho, slow-roasted salmon, a wild rice, corn and Swiss chard toss, goat cheese with fresh herbs, and peach blueberry cake with whipped cream. Even though it was quite an “adult” menu, it included some of her favourite foods: salmon, goat cheese, corn, rice, peaches and blueberries!

Baby eating birthday cake

Baby eating peach blueberry birthday cake. Yum!

Now Baby is asleep, and it’s time for us “new parents” to start our own BIRTHday ritual: bubbles after bedtime. As we get ready to raise our glasses, we’re reliving some of the moments surrounding Baby’s arrival and celebrating the day that changed and enriched our lives forever, being parents, and making it through the year with a bit more wear but no tear. Cheers to that!

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Ontario peaches are ripe, sweet and juicy! They’re perfect eaten out of hand, peach nectar trickling down your arm. Luscious.

I couldn’t help but be inspired for this week’s muffin though, and put together a classic combo: peaches and raspberries.

Recipe: Crunchy-Top Peach Melba Muffins

Crunchy-top peach melba muffins

These crunchy-top peach melba muffins are David's favourite ones yet!

Wet:
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup cubed peaches
½ cup raspberries (make it a generous ½ cup!) – frozen raspberries are fine

Dry:
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
pinch salt

Topping:
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line/grease 10-12 muffin cups.

Prepare topping by mixing flour and sugar in a bowl. Add butter and rub ingredients together with fingers until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Place in refrigerator until needed.

Combine all wet ingredients, except for raspberries. Combine dry ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and blend until flour mixture is just moistened. Gently fold in raspberries.

Fill muffin cups. Sprinkle topping mixture on top of each muffin. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and tester comes out clean.

Recipe Variation: Crunchy-Top Peach and Blueberry Muffins

Contrary to David, I think this recipe actually works better with blueberries… Replace the raspberries with 3/4 cup of blueberries.

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