Birthday Cake

 Today is my 62nd birthday and I need cake.  Cake makes it official.  Cake makes it special.  Cake makes the day different from the other 364 days of the year–with a candle on top. 

My husband purchased my cake-of-choice, a lightly glazed angel food, from Trefzger’s bakery on the north end of Peoria.  Trefzger’s is a local institution.  Trefzger’s baked our daughter’s wedding cake.  Trefzger’s has old-fashioned glass-topped counters and take-a-number service.  

Entering the small interior of this confection land is like time travel.  Thumbprint cookies in pastel colors, iced brownies, snickerdoodles, and gooey yeast rolls aren’t as trendy as multi-grain, but they transport me to childhood–like a pretty white angel cake with a blue birthday candle.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to Birthday Cake

  1. So sorry I missed your special day! I had no idea. Glad you got your cake. Way to go, Butch!!

    • Sharon L. Clemens says:

      Loved the cake but spent a bit of extra time on the elyptical to make up for the guilt. At my age, carbs have consequences!

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