8692598449_289bf47c2b_cHappy 1st Birthday, Remi! We absolutely adore you.

A few days after her actual birthday, we had a party. This small party was not only a special occasion for the special girl, but also for Roy and I, as first-time parents, we survived the first year !

My mom was visiting from Japan and Roy’s NY family and our friends joined us to celebrate. It was a wonderful day! Thank you to everyone who came. We feel so lucky to have many special people in our lives.

Remi’s 1st birthday cake was banana cake (I made 1 for her actual birthday & 1 for the party). I’ve been trying several no-sugar or low-sugar cakes recently, and this was the popular one with my people. Remi likes banana, as most of babies out there, and yogurt cream was just her regular food, so this was a successful choice for this special day.

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1 year old’s Banana Cake (with no sugar!)

–Ingredients–

* 3 banana (about 120g/each)
* 100g  butter (unsalted)
* 2 eggs (large)
* 200g  flour
* 2tsp baking powder
* 1/2 lemon (juiced)
* a pinch of vanilla essence

*Greek yogurt, optional, for the decoration

  1. Generously butter pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess flour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  3. Set a baking pan or mold with parchment paper.
  4. Sift together sifted flour and baking powder into a bowl.
  5. Mash bananas with folk and mix with lemon juice.
  6. Melt the butter and beat in a large bowl ( an electric mixer is faster but not necessary) until pale and fluffy.
  7. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla.
  8. Add banana and mix well.
  9. Add flour and lightly mix with spatula.
  10. Bake for 30~ 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

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I’d love to share a few more photos of her first birthday party….

8693575980_ec24245792_hThe theme was … Miffy (again)!
8692645663_b73684824c_cThe first “walking” elephant.
8693654200_64d8382f15_cGrandma and Nana.
8693764310_3d2b1bfb35_cFriends who support us.
8692644755_8480a46d1a_bThe birthday girl in her dream….
DSC00708I can’t believe this has been a year!

レミの1才の誕生日から数日後、小さなパーティー(12人)を開きました。日本から駆けつけてくれた私の母、とロイのNYの家族、そして日頃お世話になっている友人数人が一緒にお祝いしてくれました。

去年のベイビーシャワーに引き続き、テーマはミッフィーの第2弾です。この1年、レミの周りはすっかりミッフィーづくしなので(私の日本の家族に感謝です)違和感のないテーマでした。

数ヶ月前から1才のケーキはお砂糖を入れないものを手作りしようと果物や野菜で試行錯誤していたのですが、結果このバナナケーキに落ち着きました。やはりバナナがダントツに甘いので、私の周りでは大人が食べる普通のデザートとしてはこれが評判良かったです。デコレーション・クリームにはいつも食べているグリークヨーグルトをそのまま使いました。レミはケーキも既に試食していたので、とりたてて目新しさはなかったようで、普通に食べていました。手づかみも今の所好きではないので、”手づかみでケーキに貪りつく1才”の写真は残念ながら取れませんでした。

ともかく、記念すべき1才の誕生パーティーは、(親も娘も)皆に沢山遊んでもらって、とてもいい日になりました。

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