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March 7, 2011

Warning: Granny post……………with a bit of cake included!

Some of you may have followed the journey of my cute grandson Jay over on my original food24 blog so this is for you, and for those others who are interested of course. I’m a grandmother after all….and grandmother’s like to brag a lot sometimes!

Last Sunday this little guy turned 3 years old. I can’t believe it….although he is such a big fellow and so advanced that they asked to check his birth records when he started pre-school in January…he wears size 5 clothes and shoes and he has a large personality to match. What you see is what you get with Mr Jay…and such a happy boy.  

For his birthday I used my very easy hot oil and milk vanilla sponge recipe.

Instead of my usual 3 round layers I used a couple of loaf tins to make coaches and a couple of empty condensed milk cans for an engine and turned it all into a train cake.

Jay’s older brother Ty insisted that there had to be a pond with frogs around it as he found a packet of jelly frogs while we were hunting for accessories and decorations in the grocery store.


Jay loved his cake so much that we had to light the candles and sparkler TWICE!! A perfect candidate for those magic candles that cannot blow out I would say………I can just imagine his surprise and glee when they keep lighting up again.

I mean, just look at the delight on that little face…….the hours of work were SO worth it………


For those who don’t know the story about  Jay – he was born with congenital cataracts in both eyes, plus an overlying condition called Nystagmus where the eyes have rhythmic and involuntary movements – sometimes worse than others. He  underwent 4 eye operations last year to try and correct part of his problems. He has had to have both lenses with cataracts attached removed and he now is sporting plastic intra-ocular lenses. He is doing well and goes in for a check up again in April. We don’t know quite how much he does see but we know he sees quite a lot. He still stands up close and personal to watch tv and his books he holds about an inch from his nose when he “reads” I think distance vision is better than we think but the close up is not so good…but I could be wrong. He is very afraid to go out near the road and even though holding a hand he gets panicky when he hears cars approaching. Not a bad thing I guess.

 Have a great new week,

 browniegirl xx

20 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2011 12:56 PM

    You are the bestest granny ever! So special of you to share Jay’s story – sending lots of love for a good result in April.
    🙂 Mandy

    • March 8, 2011 9:45 PM

      🙂 Thank you Mandy and thank you for the love. Always welcome xx

  2. March 7, 2011 12:56 PM

    That face makes all the work worth while

    • March 8, 2011 9:46 PM

      It sure does Mel…he has asked if i could please bake him another one…just for him 🙂 xx

  3. Santana permalink
    March 7, 2011 1:20 PM

    He is a beautiful little boy !! Has an angel face . Give him a huge hug from me Colleen *hugs* dear one

    • March 8, 2011 9:47 PM

      I will thank you so much Santana. Lovely to see you visiting here. Hugs to you too xx

  4. Debra permalink
    March 7, 2011 1:21 PM

    Aaauw Colleen, this is such a heart-warming post. Jay is such a gorgeous little boy! And oh boy, what a stunning train cake! I better start researching birthday cakes!

    • March 8, 2011 9:47 PM

      Haaah Debs, your days are going to start soon. best get researching sooner than later hehe…thank you so much for your lovely comment. Hugs to you and Jamie xx

  5. March 7, 2011 1:57 PM

    He clearly sees enough to recognise a fabulous cake, look at that face!

  6. March 7, 2011 4:30 PM

    fantastic Colleen !! and snap I also had to make a birthday cake last week for my 2 year old grandson !! ( am busy writing the blog :)) but will save yours for next year’s birthday thanks so very much

    • March 8, 2011 9:49 PM

      You are welcome Gabs and happy birthday to your little grandson too. I didn’t know you had one 😉 Will check out the blog about it. And you’re welcome. Us grannies have to come up with lots of plans and stick together 🙂 xx

  7. March 7, 2011 11:01 PM

    Happy birthday Jay! You’re very lucky to have such a cool granny. 🙂

  8. March 8, 2011 12:15 PM

    Hi Colly, such a lovely post and great to see you back on your blog again after all the chaos of the last few weeks!! 🙂 Hope things have calmed down drastically for you now so that you can really enjoy special things like Grandsons! x

    • March 8, 2011 9:51 PM

      Thank you so much Sarah. Yes, slowly calming down. Still a lot of paper work to do following fbi2011 but will get there….loving my grandsons. And so blessed that they live down the road from us xx

  9. March 8, 2011 2:55 PM

    Happy Birthday Jay! Such a cute cake Col! 🙂 He’s lucky to have a granny who would put so much effort in for him!

    • March 8, 2011 9:52 PM

      Thanks so much Robyn, I shall read him all the birthday messages. He loves it! Thank you for your kind comment. I always somehow find energy to do things for those two little guys! Love them to bits xx

  10. March 12, 2011 6:48 PM

    What an adorable cutie-pie he is! And YOU are a superstar for making that incredible cake!

    • February 23, 2012 12:42 PM

      Thank you so much Nic. Only saw this comment now almost a year later hehe. xxx

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