Thursday, December 17, 2015

A sweet little patissiere

From the show-window
There are four festive occasions in my family in December including one anniversary, two birthdays and Christmas. Looking back, I mostly treated my loved ones to gifts from the kitchen trying various sweets recipes each year before my children grew into adult.  Even when the appearance was not so good made by this clumsy mom, they looked happy with the taste.  In the course of the time, such a spirit has worn out gradually, and these years, I've tried some sweets from various popular confectionery brands.  I have weakness for sweets.

A fun and delicious birthday cake is something kids look forward to on their birthday. Parents feel joy to see the sparkles in their eyes on the prepared birthday cake, but this year the parents of my eldest granddaughter F let her make a birthday cake for herself.

The previous day of her birthday, F challenged making (to be exact decorating) her own birthday cake guided and supported by a pâtissier of the confectionery nearby.

Look at her smile of accomplishment!
(I-phone photos by my son so far)

At 4-year-old in January, F was proud of picking up beans one by one with chop-sticks.

In the mood of her role, a cat of Town Musicians of Bremen in Feb.

Pleased with making some sweets in the shape of "sushi"

Can be imaginative, inventive, and resourceful, when it comes to having fun.
She keeps us entertained.

A nice elder sister, friend, and rival to the younger one.
She got able to cycle without training wheels.

Prefers playing to eating in general,
but enjoy eating with family.

She turned 5 in early December.
Wish her keep sprinkling special flavors in our life.

I'm grateful to her parents for their unconditional love, patience, 
and searching for opportunities to satisfy her curiosity and interest.

This is the priceless only one cake in the world made by F!
I-phone photo by my son

Thank you for all the encouraging, inspiring, stimulating, or pleasant comments 
throughout the year, my dear Friends.
I'll have a break for a while over the years.


  1. On these pictures are "all" sweetness of the world.

    best regards

  2. These photos are bringing a smile to my face on this snowy Colorado morning, Yoko. How F has grown and developed special skills! I believe she'll remember her 5th birthday and this beautifully decorated cake forever. What a wonderful smile she has! I used chopsticks last week when we ate sushi with our Denver Grandchildren (their favorite food). I can assure you that F is more skillful than I am!

  3. I think I would love to celebrate the holidays with your family! What delightful confections, and beautiful as well as creative children. I wish the very best to you and all of your loved ones. You will be missed, but I understand the need for a break.

    BTW, the surgery was successful and no further problems were discovered.

    Take good care, my friend!

  4. Vad underbart att få vara barn och göra så fina saker till sin tårta och godis. Vilken lycka och så fint att du delar med dig till oss av det.
    Ha nu en fin och skön JUL med familj och vänner Och ett Gott Nytt År! Vi ses på andra sidan tolvslaget 2016
    Kram Meta

  5. she's adorable! so is her cake creation! sweet girls. i know you love them so.

  6. I love the photos of F showing such concentration and happiness in her achievements. All of your grandchildren are delightful.
    That is certainly a different way of getting your windows cleaned!!
    All of these food photos sparkle with colour and look simply delicious.

  7. F has created a masterpiece of a birthday cake... BRAVA! It's beautiful, and I hope it tasted good too. F looks very serious in her chef's hat. I love the pictures of your two little girls, they have such happy smiles.
    Best wishes to you and your whole family, Yoko. Enjoy the Christmas season, and I wish you good health and many happy times in 2016! Hugs to you.

  8. A yummy post with lovely smiles !!!! And a great "chef" !
    Have a nice weekend !

  9. Thank you, Yoko, for your kind comments on my blog. I always enjoy hearing from you and I appreciate the insight that your bring to my posts! Please take good care and have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

  10. This is such a delightful post, very sweet! I love all your photos! Merry Christmas to you! Hugs. :)

  11. These are wonderful photos and F has done a splendid job! I admire how professional she looks, and clearly is such a capable person, despite being only 5 years old. Some people, I think, are capable and clever from the very earliest stage of their life. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and new year.

    By the way, I began writing you an email, and then I complete it. Life has been busy for me, but the half-completed email is still waiting! :)

  12. Oh, how I wish I could have a piece of this lovely cake by F for myself too. Belated birthday wishes to F, she is a super adorable young lady and supremely talented too! In the age of technology, celebrations like these where the entire family come together in such inventive ways, really warms the heart and brings a smile on my face. Hugs to F from India, and to you too Yoko, enjoy the festive time!

  13. こんばんは。幸せそうで微笑ましいですね。お孫さんと楽しまれるのは何よりです。 いろいろなイベントがあって、今のお子さんは幸せですね。

  14. I love how F takes her role as chef so seriously. She is real cute and must have light up your life and all family members.

    1. Thank you for this comment. I feel comfortable with the lovely flowers and critters in the balmy breeze whenever I visit your blog. Again I have to apologize that I didn’t leave a comment as your blog asked me to add a comment with my full name, which I wouldn’t like to do. Wish you and your family a healthy and peaceful New Year.


  15. I like how the soft colors formed behind the rain-streamed glass, and the strawberry faces are cute and cleverly designed. Having children make their own birthday cake, and keeping the home kitchen clean, is a great idea for a business … not something I have seen in my corner of the world but something that would surely catch on. Children are such a delight, especially during the holiday season. May your cup continue to run over with youthful exuberance, peace and joy in the New Year!

  16. Laughing joy to look at and wonderful granddaughter's birthday cake. Regards.

  17. Feliz Natal!!! Que a manjedoura do seu coração esteja pronta para receber o Menino Jesus que irá nascer!!!
    Um ano novo repleto das bençãos de Deus!!!
    Doce abraço com carinho, Marie!

  18. What a treasure it is to have such cute grandchildren - all of them are adorable! I cherish a dream to meet them.)) Are the cakes at the beginning your own creations? Unbelievable!
    Happy coming Christmas, dear Yoko! Have you recieved my e-mail? I don't mean to hasten you, just checking.

  19. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year for you and your whole family, dear Yoko-san!
    It has been and still is always a pleasure to rest for some minutes on our blog posts. For me it's like a short trip to Japan and a chance to get an idea of a different kind of thinking and living. But there are much more things we have in common than differences between our cultures! Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and impressions with us throughout the year!
    All the best from your German friend, Uwe.

  20. Very sweet and lovely post, these little chefs ♥
    I wholeheartedly wish you a Merry Christmas Feliz Navidad.... But above all to continue sharing.

  21. Beautiful post Yoko......such concentration......will she remember?

    Happy holidays to you all,
    Wishing you joy,peace and love,

  22. What fun for your grand-daughter and what a beautiful cake she made! Wishing you good health, happiness, and fun with family and friends over the holidays.

  23. cool !
    Hats off to the lovely kid...:)
    Merry Christmas !

  24. あけましておめでとうございます。



  25. 新年おめでとうございます。
    可愛いですね。 思わず頬がゆるんでしまいます。


  26. Feliz 2016!!!
    All good things to you! ♩♫ه° ·.
    ❤ه° ·.

  27. 明けましておめでとうございます。 ずーと風邪をひいていまして、最近調子が戻ってきたところです。歳のせいかな~?治りが遅くて、、、ブログをやめたので、精一杯グータラできました。まさに寝正月になりました。

  28. 遅い訪問になりました。パテシェさんのかぶる帽子なんていうのですか?Fちゃんよく似合ってて一人前ですね!

  29. Αγαπημένη μου Yoko
    Πόσο πολύ χάρηκα τα εγγόνια σου!!! Είναι πανέμορφα!! Και τι ωραίες δημιουργίες! Πόσο μεγάλωσαν!!!
    Σου στέλνω τις καλύτερες ευχές μου για τα γενέθλια! Υγεία, πρόοδο και ευτυχία στα παιδιά σου!
    Υγεία και αγάπη σε σας!
    Πολλά φιλιά

  30. Stunning post! I wish you and sweet family all the best! Also wishing you a wonderful New Year filled with good health, joy and peace!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft


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