What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Birthday Cakes

Today is my Birthday.  We won't discuss age and all that.  But, we will discuss cakes.  Birthday cakes are a BIG DEAL in our family.  We never buy bakery cakes throughout the year because those are for Birthday's only.  Birthday cakes must be heavily frosted with real Buttercream icing.  Not that whipped stuff.  Patooie.  Whipped stuff is okay on an every day cake.  Just not on a birthday cake.  They should be appropriate for the person receiving the cake.  See the one above?  That is last year's cake.  Pink? Yes, please.  Flowers? Yes, please.  Name spelled correctly? Thank-you.  (That's a biggie and one we have had problems with in the past.  I am not Sarah or Sararah or Shari.  Thank you.)  That cake was per-fect

Then there is the other end of the spectrum.  I think we all remember this one from 2008:
Ack!  The Bean requested a "cute monkey cake.....like Curious George." 


(At least they got my name right!)

The cake was so hideous that I almost didn't even take a picture of it.  But, at the last minute, I did.  And, then I heard about Cake Wrecks, so  I submitted it. 

And, the rest, is history.

Sorry.  Try to erase that "monkey" from your mind. 
There, that's better.

I haven't seen my cake yet this year.  But, I hear there was a bit of a communication gap when my Mom ordered it.  (She requested a cake "pretty enough for a Princess" and the girl suggested stenciling on a Disney Princess.  Oye.)  I'm certainly not a Princess.  But, I'm not 4 years old either.  Oh wait, we're not discussing age, are we?

Have a happy day, ya'll.  I plan too! 

*And, thank you to Sue for the Birthday Shout Out.  You're so SWEET!

Edited to add this year's cake:

Bee-u-ti-ful!  Similar to last years cake, but opposite in color.  And, it is/was Yum-O!!!

Not book worthy, but tummy worthy!


  1. Happy B-Day!

  2. Hope you have a fantastic birthday! Enjoy it whatever you do, and I'm sure the cake will be great :o)
    Very best wishes
    Rose H

  3. Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday to you!!! If I could sing this I would!!! Happy Birthday to you!!! and many more cause I know you are but a young thing Miss Shara!!! Really have a great day!! I agree Monkey Cake begone and pink flowers yeah!

  4. a very happy birthday! I hope your cake has lots of butter cream frosting on it. Wonderful wonderful people are born in August! I should know.

  5. Today is your birthday,da da da da dah, happy birthday to you......and os the song goes, if only I could come sing it in person.

    Love you tons and hope your day is extra special, cake and all.

  6. Well, whatever the cake looks like you deserve a Happy Birthday! Just be sure to post pictures of the cake, you can't leave us all hanging! :)

    Hope it's a GREAT one!!

  8. Anonymous11:06 PM

    Ahhhh..so pretty! Did you use the toasting glasses?
    I hope you had a great birthday.

  9. Sorry I'm late! Happy Belated Birthday! Is there any cake left for me?

    Seriously, looks like a delish cake and you got a serious belly laugh out of me with Curious George cake!

  10. PocketChange12:50 AM

    Happy Belated Birthday, Shara (internet problems for me)! Love seeing the pretty cake this year, and love to laugh seeing the monkey cake again! Here's to many more birthday cakes!

  11. Happy Belated Birthday! I thought of you as we were driving through Waushara County in Wisconsin!

  12. Happy belated Birthday Shara! The pink cake is so pretty.

  13. Happy belated birthday! Hope you got lots of vintage 'junk' as gifts. :)


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