To my Older Husband

Sweetheart, Happy Birthday! I consider every year of your life as a gift to ME. I am truly blessed above all other women.

So, darling, since you’re older now, that makes you my OLDER husband!  😀   Ooooh, I love how that sounds.

16 Responses to “To my Older Husband”
  1. Michelle says:

    (kids are singing with me)

    Happy Birthday to you (cha cha cha)
    Happy Birthday to you (cha cha cha)
    Happy Birthday dear Jeeeefffff
    Happy Birthday to you (CHA CHA CHA!)

    Dawn, as one who is married to an OLDER man, let me tell you it is just SUBLIME!

  2. Michelle says:


    …that cake up there sure looks good…
    …… this a private birthday party or can anyone come?

    What IS the requested birthday cake out of curiosity?

  3. mamashortcake says:

    Here’s my birthday cake recommendation…of course it’s too late to make it today, but it’s NEVER too late for chocolate cake 😀 .
    Here’s our personal family adaptations to the recipe:

    Instead of using the whipped cream icing in between the layers of cake, make homemade cherry pie filling (be sure to add a little almond extract to the filling). Use the whipped cream icing all over the outside of the cake just like the recipe says.

    Also, instead of the chocolate glaze recipe using the cane syrup (which I could never get to set up right) just use a basic ganache recipe. 12oz. of semisweet chocolate, 1/2 cup whipping cream, 3 Tablespoons butter – heat chocolate & cream until melted, whisk in butter, let stand 20 min then beat until soft peaks form. ( I can’t remember if I actually beat it last time though or just let it sit – it needs to be soft enough to pour over the cake but not warm enough to ruin the whipped cream icing). Half the recipe of ganache is probably enough otherwise the cream icing slides under the weight of the ganache.

    This cake make a HUGE three layer cake. You can half the cake recipe for a smaller 2 layer. It is SOOO yummy!!!!

    BTW, the mamashortcake name is because I LOVE to bake (and obviously I am a mama) 😀

  4. Javadawn says:

    Oh MY! mamashortcake…yummity yum!!

    Michelle – the requested cake is Grandma’s Cranberry cake with Butter Rum sauce. 😀 (Now, is it YOUR grandma’s recipe or mine?!!!!) 😆

    BUT, ssssshhhh – Jeff Clark, if you’re reading this – go AWAY….did you leave? FARTHER….no, to the other room away….

    Okay, we will do the Cranberry cake this weekend, but for tonight, we’re doing Javadawn Cheesecake. 😀 Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm (What do you mean you don’t know what Javadawn Cheesecake is….dark chocolate and coffee, of course!) 😉

  5. Michelle says:

    1. YOUR Grandma’s (mine is the non-alcoholic version…they didn’t have money for rum from the stories I hear)

    2. And when exactly is my invitation coming? Dark Chocolate, Coffee, AND Cheesecake? JOHN?!! Go start the car honey!!! :oD

    3. Mommashortcake……..I’m droolin’ over that recipe of yours and all the adjustments you’ve made and since I love to bake as well, I might just have to make that cake this week to celebrate the end of my father-in-law’s chemo (I hope, I hope).

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry I had to yell, we’re a long way from southern Indiana.)

  6. Michelle says:

    You knoooowwwww, I was kinda’ thinkin’ he might request that Cranberry Cake since he didn’t get one at Christmas this year.

  7. javadawn says:

    Michelle, You may come, but NO GUILT over the lack of cake at Christmas. 😉 Any further reminders will result in my calling you on the phone and making yummy noises while I eat the cheesecake and SLURPING noises while I drink my coffee. 😆

    PS Butter Rum sauce meaning rum EXTRACT. She was Methodist, for crying out loud!! 🙂 😉

  8. mamashortcake says:

    BOY…now I am hungry..that 1/2 a can of (organic) soup and an apple I had for dinner isn’t working for this pregnant mama. At least it was better than cooking with three little boys running around and daddy working late though….now I am off to raid the fridge and the chocolate chips 😀 Nighty night!

  9. valerie says:

    Ok, that cake at the top of the page is literally making my mouth water! I’m trying to lose weight before our holiday, and food like that is verboten! Thanks, Dawn! (lol!)

    Happy Birthday to your husband!!!


  10. javadawn says:

    Sorry Val – it would indeed be pretty brutal, in that position. 😕

    msc – soup and an apple?! That’s all? GIRL, get some more protein in that menu. 🙂

  11. winkies6 says:


    Dawn… you sound just like my dad who is two weeks younger than my mom. LOL Hubby is about 8 months older than me. 😀

  12. Lazy_linx says:

    Happy birthday:)
    ………By the way I like the pics at the top. I made some new post on my blog.

  13. Happy Birthday, Jeff! 🙂

    How old are you? We’re not supposed to ask women, but aren’t men fair game on this question?


    I had to crack up with the rum extract/Methodist joke, Dawn. I grew up Methodist…and you are so right! 🙂

  14. Happy Birthday from me too!!!! All the cool peeps are born in February don’t cha know! Scott is only 10 days older than be and we both have February birthdays, it’s good to know we’re in good company!

    Anyhoo, HAPPY BIRTHDAY…a little late!

  15. javadawn says:

    Holly, My grandmother would hide her rum soaked fruitcake, that was a family tradition for YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS (I used to think that meant it took that long for the whole thing to be eaten because it tasted so nasty, but in a snit Grandma explained otherwise) 😉 in the garage, just in case anyone came over from church while it was “marinating.” 🙄

  16. javadawn says:

    PS He just turned 44. (I know this because there is a large 44 in my dining room – were that not present, I would not remember how old he is, because I do not remember how old *I* am)

    This year, the children didn’t help me remember via candles as we didn’t have “enough” according to them. So they took the 6 from a b’day a few years ago and a 0 from a recent 10 and the “ish” from my Mom’s 50th (18 yrs ago! PACK RAT that I am!!!!!) and put them on his cake. Read: “60ish” He threatened to withhold cake allotment to them. 😆

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