In my “tribe” there are three of us with July birthdays. The beginning of July is also the approximate anniversary of the closing on my house and those long, sweltering, messy weekend trips to it to paint bedrooms. And then, of course, there is the Fourth of July. So I thought it was high time to throw a party.
There was a birthday trifle, loosely based on Battenberg cake. This is yellow cake (some of it dyed pink) with vanilla whipped cream, strawberry-rhubarb jam, marzipan, and fresh raspberries. Mmmm. There was also, sadly unphotographed, a staggering turtle (as in chocolate, caramel, and pecans) cheesecake.