the one on the right – 21 years old today

December 8, 2013

Laura and Elly

Being a mother is simply the best, the hardest, and the most joyful thing I’ve ever done and I cannot imagine my life now without my two gorgeous, intelligent, feisty daughters. I’m proud of them for so many reasons – but mostly because they are incredibly decent people.

The one on the right is 21 today. She’ll kill me for this  – but here’s a tiny bit about her…


  • was born in Melbourne, Australia
  • was a beautiful, beautiful baby (even taking into account post-pregnancy hormones)
  • is a strawberry blonde
  • loves animals
  • is a loyal and devoted friend, daughter, and sister
  • is terribly camera-shy
  • loves pizza, sweets, and candy
  • prefers champagne, like her mother
  • is a seriously talented artist
  • is an incredibly dedicated and serious science student
  • swims like a ballerina – so graceful
  • is a loving, caring, beautiful, real, thoughtful, and unpretentious human being.

Because she’s studying for final exams – we took her for a champagne brunch at a favourite Kingston restaurant and then left her with dinner including these poppy-seed cupcakes with browned butter fudge frosting.

poppyseed cupcakes with caramel fudge icing

Make whatever cupcakes you like – these are poppy-seed because they are one of the birthday girl’s favourites. The icing is key!

Browned Butter Fudge Icing

1/4 cup salted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp cream (I used un-whipped whipping cream)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups icing sugar

Melt the butter in a good solid pan. Let it just start to turn brown – about three minutes from the point that it melts on medium-high heat. Add the brown sugar. Bring to the boil and boil for one minute, stirring to prevent from burning. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cream. Add the vanilla and continue whisking. Stir in enough icing sugar to reach the desired consistency. Add more cream if necessary. Spread over cupcakes while the icing is still warm – it will continue to set as it cools. Will ice approximately 20 cupcakes. If you like it really thick – double the recipe or halve the number of cupcakes and slather it on.

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  • Reply apuginthekitchen December 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Happy Birthday to your 21 year old. Both girls look gorgeous and I can certainly understand why you are so proud. The cupcakes are beautiful too!!

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you Suzanne! She’s my youngest. 21 is a landmark for me too…. a little bittersweet.

  • Reply Jennifer Smeltzer December 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    You left out one thing about her….
    She is blessed to have an amazing mum….

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Awww. Thanks Jen. Isn’t having two daughters the greatest thing ever?! xox

    • Reply Kendra Pople-Easton December 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      You are so right, Jennifer.

  • Reply laura mechefske December 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Aww! I love this post Mum! And I have this picture up on my wall – I loved that visit from my sis 🙂 Jealous of her cupcakes – and that amazing sounding brunch!
    xoxoxox LOVE YOU BOTH

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      The one on the left! We missed you at Chez Piggy. Such a wonderful brunch. and you were and are just as beautiful, intelligent, feisty, and fabulous. See you soon. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Reply Kendra Pople-Easton December 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Happy 21st to the one on the right. Thanks for sharing a little bit about your daughter, Lindy. She sounds like an amazing young woman. Good luck with your exams birthday girl.

  • Reply Amanda December 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    What a beautiful post. Happy 21st! And congratulations on raising such a good young woman. These cupcakes look delicious. Thanks for sharing something that means so much to you. Champagne brunch sounds like a lovely way to start the year!

  • Reply chef mimi December 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Happy Birthday to you. Enjoy it all, as I’m sure you do. My older daughter just turned 30. YIKES!

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      You’re sweet Mimi. And surely we are much too young to have daughters this age?!

  • Reply Alain December 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    All the best for her 21st. You are certainly justified to be proud of her!

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you Alain. How nice to see you here! Just received a note from Lorne and sending one back.. xo

  • Reply Maria Dernikos December 9, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Wishing your daughter every happiness. 21 is such a wonderful age. Those poppy seed cupcakes look delicious. I also wish her every success in her final exams.

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 9, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      Dear Maria – over on your blog we are planning a trip to Greece! A trip that does not involve buses or trains. What fun!

  • Reply kathryningrid December 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Hope your daughter’s birthday begins a fabulous year for her! I can’t imagine a better start than with those delicious sounding cupcakes!!

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      Thank you Kathryn! She’s graduating from university this year and the lucky girl already has a job lined up.

  • Reply tinywhitecottage December 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Oh Lindy I cannot imagine my son turning 21. I can tell you are an amazing mom and friend to your girls. Your daughter sounds like a beautiful gal and graduating from university is such a fine accomplishment….already! Here’s to you for 21 years of being a wonderful mom to your lovely daughter!

  • Reply Elly December 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm


  • Reply dedy oktavianus pardede December 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

    congrats for your daughter then….
    somehow, this post made me missing my home and my mom for christmas even more now!
    lovin brown butter all the way!

  • Reply Karen December 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Daughters are so special and your’s sounds like a special young lady. It sounds like she had a wonderful birthday. The cupcakes with your delicious frosting sound great.

  • Reply Mary Frances January 3, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Those cupcakes look and sound fantastic! Your daughter was one lucky birthday girl!

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