the one on the right – 21 years old today

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.


25 thoughts on “the one on the right – 21 years old today

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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