Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Happy Birthday, Daddy!
You would have been 87 years old today.
Mother would have baked your favorite cake --
Chocolate Potato Cake

Your military days...

Here you are at the beach. You were attending the
reunion of the 7th Armored Division, of which you
were their historian.

Your father took you on many adventures...
such as lowering you down into the Carlsbad Caverns
in Carlsbad, New Mexico... in a basket!
It only led you to many adventures in your lifetime.
WW II, working and living all around the world...
including a trek to the Khyber Pass.

Here you are on the right as an older brother.
You two were always off on an adventure...
Living in a hotel with your parents led to
daring acts of dropping a cat off of a hotel roof
but not before making a parachut for the cat. It was just a trial run because you were going to try "flight" after the cat.
Watching, up close, pole watchers, cowboy and Indian side shows, early days of movie theaters and so much more,
led to only stories your mother would repeat.
It was a great life you had, Daddy. You showed us how to live with honor and respectability.
I miss you!

Chocolate Potato Cake
Temperature: 350 degrees

2 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
4 eggs - separate and whip the whites until fluffy
2 c. flour
4 Tbs. cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. milk
1 tsp. EACH: cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg

2 c. hot mashed potatoes (not instant)
1 c. pecans, chopped
1 tsp. vanilla

1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 egg yolk
3 Tbs. cocoa
5 Tbs. hot coffee

Cream 2 cups sugar with 1 cup shortening. Add 4 egg yolks and cream well. Sift together: flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add alternately the milk to creamed mixture along with hot mashed potatoes.
Fold in 4 stiffly beaten egg whites, pecans, and vanilla.
Grease 3 round cake tins and line with wax paper. Bake for 25 minutes. Frost when cool.

Today I am sharing my recipe at

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Theresa said...

Oh dear Karen, Happy Birthday to you Daddy! He is so handsome in all of the pictures! I know you miss him, I sure do miss mine too! Love you bunches and big hugs as you remember days gone by!

A Vintage Chic said...

Good morning, Karen...and Happy Birthday to your dear father! What lovely photos and memories of a wonderful man--thanks so much for sharing them today.

Hope your day is just lovely, my friend!


Lisa said...

Your sweet father was so handsome! It sounds like he was simply delightful. I know you miss him. Thanks for sharing him with us.

Kathy said...

What a beautiful post Karen, touches my heart

Deb said...

what a handsome fellow.....great post...

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Wow..this is proof that men age so wonderfully! He was a darling little boy, a fine looking young man and a very handsome older version..Happy Birthday indeed! It's so wonderful of you to honor his spirit on t his day..you are a great daughter!

Nana said...

Very sweet post! The cake sounds very yummy. I am going to have to give it a try.

Kuki said...

Blessings to you as you remember your "Daddy" on his special day. My parents have passed and I know first-hand how very precious our memories are.

J Boykin said...

My oldest brother. A lovely tribute, thank you so much Karen.

Anonymous said...

What a handsome guy, your Dad! How funny...I've looked for this song in years past - I love it, too! Thanks for the recipe, too...yum :)

Nancy's Notes said...

Dear Karen, what a special post about your precious daddy! I know you miss him so. He was such a wonderful man, handsome, intellegent, kind and gentle, a true gentleman. I'll always be thankful that I was able to meet your dear daddy!