Cocoa is a miniature black and tan male dachshund and he is our sweet boy.
When he was a puppy, he was naughty and destroyed my shoes, my daughter’s toys, and cords. He loved squeaky toys so much and we needed to take it away because of so much noise. He liked to play in the water and he was very active.
He had been an only pet before our baby Haru who is shaded cream female long hair dachshund joined in our family. Cocoa became a good big brother for Haru. He protected Haru from other big dogs and let Haru to get all our attention for herself. I believe he felt sad a little or jealousy but he never showed his feeling and let Haru do whatever she wanted.
We had many adventures together to go to Oregon, California, or eastern Washington. Cocoa has been always with us in good time and bad time. On February 8th, he turned 14 years old. His beautiful tan fur turned white. He often stumbles and doesn’t like to walk. His eyesight got weak. Although he has a big appetite, he became very skinny. He got more and more stubborn as he got older, but he is a still very sweet and beautiful boy.
We will take very good care of you, Cocoa. Please stay healthy and strong for many more years so that we can spend more time together. Happy birthday Cocoa! We love you, sweet boy!
No matter how old I turned, flowers from family or friends make me happy. I am not so interested in the present anymore. I value more how I spend time on my birthday. Yet I still want have flowers and a cake, a very good one.
My husband and I started making a cake for a special occasion like my daughter’s graduation, Mother’s Day, or birthday. It’s always same cake, a simple sponge cake with berries and whipped cream, but it’s super delicious just like a cake sold in my home country, Japan. My husband baked a sponge cake and I helped the decorations for my birthday cake.
I took a day off and enjoyed a photo walk with my favorite camera. Later my husband and my dogs joined and we had a good time at the park in warm sunny winter afternoon. There was no present because I didn’t want anything. However, I was so happy spending my special day with my husband, my dogs, flowers, a cake, and my camera. My favorite things. 🙂
One of my favorite memories from my childhood is a birthday cake or a Christmas cake with whipped cream and strawberries on a sponge cake. The sponge which is soft and moist perfectly matches with sweet cream and fresh strawberries. My parents got this cake from a cake shop or a bakery. Since then there have been so many different kinds of cakes I had, but this simple sponge cake with whipped cream and strawberries is always my top favorite.
It’s not easy to make this cake especially the sponge. The sponge was always hard and dry, but my husband found a recipe from a Japanese guy in his blog and he tried it. It turned out the sponge was perfectly soft and moist. It’s dense but not too much.
Now it’s my turn to finish the cake. I checked the images of the cakes in internet and found one which I like. I simply coated the sponge cake with whipped cream and laid cut strawberries around the cake. For the accent of the color, I added blueberries and raspberries here and there. Finally I added powder sugar on top.
This was a cake for my Mother’s Day made by my husband. The taste was exactly same the one I had when I was a little girl.