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Princess Birthdays

In Baby, cake, Dessert, Girls, Kids on July 18, 2010 at 6:22 am

My dear friend asked me to help her make birthday cakes for her two little cousins. It was clearly a princess party from the moment we arrived! We matched Ally’s cake to all of her gifts and her decorations, adding a little edible sparkle to make it extra special.

She may not be much of a smiler, but it is apparent she was pleased with her cake!

It was also little Laney’s birthday, so we made her a small cake as well.

Keeping to the color scheme, we matched the inside of each cake to its exterior. Needless to say, all of the adults and children were all extremely surprised!

I very much enjoy being part of the occasions I make my cakes for! I love seeing my clients’ reactions and being able to enjoy all the fun right along with them! Thanks for having me P & G’s!!!! Glad you liked the cake!

The Big 12…

In cake, Food, Kids, Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 12:15 am

This is a photo of me and the best man at my wedding a little over 4 years ago. We tried to keep things pretty simple for the occasion, so my husband thought of just one person to be his groomsmen/best man and decided that Jake would do an excellent job. He REALLY did. Speech and all.

He has always been one of the sweetest little people I have ever met. I am so happy to be related to him. This next photo was taken at our reception. Later that afternoon, we got a call from his parents about a conversation they’d had with him in the car.  He’d described the day as one of the best he’d ever had. In response, his mom asked if it was because his uncle got married? He said “no”. She then inquired if it was because he got to be the best man and give a speech? He again, said “no”. “It’s because I got to kiss a girl…”

I have this photo in a lovely frame collage in my house. It was one of the best days (and moments) of my life, too, Jake.

Last week, our best little man turned 12. TWELVE! I can’t believe the time has gone by so so so fast…and if I feel this way, I can only imagine how is mom feels. I got a little glimpse during the sweet slideshow she put together of his life. I must admit, it brought me to tears a little bit. I’m happy to have known this little guy for as long as I have.  He’s a great example to my own son – of many great things.

My husband has had the pleasure of helping Jake’s dad coach Jake’s football team a few years and, as unbiased as I can say it, Jake is a STAR athlete. I am continually impressed (but never surprised) at his amazing abilities.

Jake and his little sister would ask me every week when I was pregnant, how my growing little baby was doing, giving my ever growing belly lots of hugs and love. It melts my heart a little every time they get to play together to see how thoughtful and sweet Jake always is. He keeps Beck out of trouble in the kindest ways (so as not to make the baby cry) and finds ways to keep him entertained and happy. He is so thoughtful and always in for a good time.

So, for his birthday, I made him a little cake that had a lot of fun in it. I knew that if anyone, he would appreciate the surprise underneath his favorite colored frosting…

AND NOW, for the surprise!

(I got the idea a while ago for this rainbow cake from Studio 5, but I couldn’t find the original post. It’s still pretty fun!)

I also made some cheesecake bars, but those will be posted later…this post is mostly for Jigglins’.

Here is a very Happy Birthday wish to you, big guy. I can’t believe you have grown up so fast. I am happy to have such a great nephew and like a said before, a great example for little Beck. Beck’s lucky to have a great cousin and such a sweet family.

I can’t believe how much has changed in just over 4 years!

Madagascar Cake and Par-tay!

In Baby, cake, Dessert, Dinner/Meals, Kids on April 29, 2010 at 4:17 am

I just arrived home this afternoon from my very first trip to California. I spent the last six days in Danville and had probably the most FUN day of my entire life!!!! I have Baby Wyatt to thank for the occasion and his parents for having a baby one year ago last Friday. I also have his Aunt Jennie to thank for inviting me to join the party and stay with her family (Becky didn’t ask…she pretty much told me I was going to come and make her kid’s cake…love you Becky!)

While I was there, I enjoyed the most amazing bowl of fettuccine with fresh scallops and prawns in a sherry cream sauce from The Great Impasta. Jennie’s ravioli was incredible, too….I also enjoyed Bruce’s tri-tip and famous party chicken. Mary made some AMAZING lasagna from scratch (which I, to this day, have still not done!) I am going to miss the incredible sourdough, too – we had lunch at Boudin’s on Pier 39 in San Francisco and I wanted to try so many things, I ordered myself two meals. Clam Chowder and a turkey sandwich on sourdough. O.M.G. I should have smuggled more bread on the plane in my bra or something…it was SOOOO good!

Let’s get to the main event….we spent 3 days  on this cake…filled with approx 20+ hours! of hard labor, teaching and baby tending. About five minutes into cake making I was labeled as the “Warden”. What can I say? I am really good at delegating. It also helps when I have such talented you-know-what’s do do my work with me!

I do wish I’d gotten more pictures of the cake making process, including frosting and powdered sugar fights…alas, all I have are photos of the finished product and some slices of the most tasty cake I think I’ve ever had the pleasure of Baking.

In perfect baby’s-first-birthday and Becky fashion, she requested that we have fresh fruit in the cakes….what better fruit to use in California than fresh strawberries? They were quite ripe, perfectly sweet and mine for the tasting….

The zebra layer of Wyatt’s cake was OH SO delicious and Jennie and I had shared our cake (one piece of each) so we really didn’t get as much as we would have like to. So, late Saturday night, we decided to run out to the store and bake another cake, this time really only going for the easiest way to get the flavor. It turned out just as delicious as we dreamed. We didn’t go to be till after midnight, but we’d been up that late the previous two nights, so we figured, what the heck! It was totally worth it, too.

Wyatt shared a piece of his cake with my little one, who was well past his nap time but didn’t want to give up his cake. We gave him a little more later to make up for it!

My boy, eating his piece of cake

I very much enjoyed my trip to California – the weather, the people, the trees and all the fun!!!!! I will miss having helpers to make cake with! We’ll be back together in June this year, so we might have to create something else! Thanks for all the fun ladies!


Gifts for Daisy

In Clothing, Crochet, Crochet Flowers, Girls, Hats, Kids on April 14, 2010 at 5:33 am

My dear readers, I am sorry I have neglected you….I don’t have a good excuse. I HAVE been working on a number of different projects, which, I will share with you in due time. For now, here are some gifts I made for baby Daisy.

I crocheted the hat and headbands out of organic cotton yarn. I also crocheted some of the flowers. The Daisies were re-vamped flowers that were on sale at Michael’s for just $1! Great steal at just the right time, too. I love the satin flowers – my friend Jennie taught me how to make those….so cute and just the right size for a tiny baby girl.

Dear Daisy,

In Baby, Blanket, Clothing, Crochet, Crochet Flowers, Girls on March 7, 2010 at 5:24 am

I have been waiting about 3 weeks to write this post! Can you believe I made my first baby blanket and actually forgot to take pictures?????

There are approximately 1,200 miles from where I live now to my hometown…and guess where all of my sisters live? That’s right…so very close to my original home. What does this mean? It means that I don’t get to make little girly things for my nieces and the ones I have by marriage are all too old for the sparkly, frilly bows and dress ups….that is until now! We are incredibly pleased to welcome a new niece into our family. She was born here, so we have been able to enjoy her for the past 2 weeks and for 1 more very short week before she goes to her perfectly (and gorgeously prepared) new room in the city that I love, New York. She is one of the most beautiful baby girls I have ever seen – and she is named after my very favorite flower….Daisy.

I took advantage of having a baby girl close-by for a few weeks by making her some lovely “welcome to the family” gifts. I started by crocheting her a blanket.

Let me remind you, dear readers, that I have never made such a thing in my life. I actually made it 3 times, unraveling it and re-making it when the stitches didn’t turn out just right. In the end, however, I was quite pleased with the result.

My grandmother used to crochet so very long ago and taught me how to chain a single stitch when I was probably about 7-8 years old. She had a very wide living room and I remember working very hard to make the longest yellow yarn chain ever – one that would easily be strung from one end of the room to the other. I never learned how to turn it around and go the other way….

Luckily, I figured it out. This is what I came up with….

It's made with organic cotton yarn and satin ribbons

As you can see, I also figured out how to crochet flowers. I found these great buttons and it was all I could do to let them go. I only wish I could come up with something to make to keep them for myself!


Doesn’t this pink complement her beautifully? She opened her eyes just enough to check us out during her little visit to our house. We’ll be very sad to see her go home – we love her so!

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries and Veggies

In Dinner/Meals, Food, Kids, Recipes on March 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

As promised, here is how to make them yourself…a day late!

I love sweet potato fries, but they can be a little too fatty for those of us who are still losing baby weight….so here is a delicious alternative. Surprisingly, the idea stolen from my mom. Only, when she made them, they accompanied chicken tenderloins that had been rolled in mashed potato flakes and (extremely dry) whole wheat pancakes….this was for dinner…and recently….

Anyhow, in this post, we’re going to roast some vegetables. My son is just a little guy-we’re trying to put some weight on him without clogging his arteries. He loves french fries- especially from In N Out – so this easy side is perfect for adding a little extra carb without the extra grease.

Of course, start with your vegetables.

Peel them...

Cut them into your desired shape

Toss them onto your cookie sheet

Sprinkle or drizzle a little olive oil and a little salt over your veggies before you put them on the tray

Roast them at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes. Put them on a higher rack for a crispier outside.

Toss a little salt on your sweet potatoes and carrots. Less salt is of course healthier!

And viola! Lunch for the little guy. I also made him a pork chop, which he ignored and ate all his veggies instead.

You can, of course drizzle a little caramel over the sweet potato for a little Sammy’s-like flavor, or just eat them as a side to a little steak or other protein-filled main dish.

You can also use a variety of other vegetables, adding a little black pepper, too. Some yellow squash, zucchini, red potatoes (really any kind of potato).

Next to some pasta, lasagna, or chicken parm, you can use a little Italian dressing instead of Olive Oil on and add some halved cherry tomatoes with asparagus (broiling them in the oven would be good, t00!). In this case, a dash of garlic powder couldn’t hurt, either.

I also would like to recommend those McCormick grinders – they have a sea salt and peppercorn grinders -the flavor is so much more vibrant than usual!

P.S. I made curry last night and it was delicious! I had leftovers for lunch….

Williamina Ballerina

In Clothing, Girls, Kids on March 3, 2010 at 5:53 am

Last week, our family was blessed with a new niece! She is absolutely precious and with her arrival, I finally have an opportunity to make some of those girly things that have been stirring up in my head. I figured I would need some practice to get me in the right mode for making girl stuff, so I started with a tutu. I found this zebra print ribbon on sale and really wanted to make something with it.

Yes…my son is standing in as my little model…my husband doesn’t quite approve, but the boy sure thinks it’s pretty silly.

I can also make these longer and in a number of other colors and combinations. Stay tuned for more tutus here and in my new Etsy shop…details will follow in a few days as I get things better setup!

Who Doesn’t Like Minnie Mouse?

In cake, Dessert, Food, Kids on March 3, 2010 at 5:40 am

As it turns out, Minnie Mouse is a popular favorite for birthday cakes. I do love Minnie, myself. I hope to make a red one of these someday….although I love pink, too!

AND – As usual, I am taking pictures as my cakes are being sent out the door! I really should learn better time management….please please please ignore my decorating debris.

Crochet – Slouchy Hat

In Clothing, Hats, Kids on March 2, 2010 at 6:25 am

I made this cute little slouchy cap for my little boy. He might be small, but he’s got to have style! He’s my kid, afterall.

The One.

In cake, Dessert, Kids on March 2, 2010 at 5:46 am
One Boy, Two cakes.
My son turned one year old today. I made his cake, of course.

The bottom layer was a lemon white chocolate cake with white chocolate pudding in the middle and the top layer was french vanilla with chocolate pudding in the middle. The design of the cake was inspired by the decorations in my son’s room. The walls in his room are light blue with one milk chocolate brown wall that has white (vinyl) birds flying across. I also used a print from a painting in his room from Creative Thursday. This artist is incredible and I adore her work!!!! She is creative and genuinely inspiring. The characters from the painting “Jackalope and Friends” are made of gum paste, sculpted by yours truly…I must say, I don’t think I have ever sculpted a thing in my life! I was, however, pleased with how they turned out…I did learn a lot, however – which will be beneficial for gum paste figures in the future.

This is the baby cake that my son didn’t actually eat, but only poked his finger into lots of times, licking off the icing. Weird kid, I know. I’ll let him have a real piece tomorrow.

Dang, I love that kid.