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Never give up…..

Never give up…

If only I had reasoned this way through life...

Motherhood is…

Motherhood is

amazing, sticky, emotional, messy,

joyful, selfless, tough,

inspiring, beautiful.

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How much money do you spend on your toddler’s birthday party?

Please take a minute out of your busy day to take my poll.

Thank you!!

Puppy/Disney Princess Birthday Party, Part 2

Sorry to all of you that got notified of this post before I ever got to write it! My fault! 🙂

Today I would like to share with you all the princess cookies and Disney princess cake that I made for Little Miss. I think these sugar cookies were the best I have even made or even eaten! As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I put buttercream frosting on the the cookie, then my homemade marshmallow fondant and then lined them with a glaze. I love the way the glaze came out. You will see on the high heel, or as Little Miss called them, “glass slipper” cookies, the glaze was very shiny. I really wanted to share the recipe with you all today, but, now I can’t find where I saved it. I promise to share it with you all once I find the recipe.

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Top of the cake

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Side view of the cake. Disney Princess Edible Cake Border Decoration can be found on Amazon.com.

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The crown, 4, and CLAIRE are all printed out of my marshmallow fondant using my Cricut Cake printer/cutter. More on this new toy on an upcoming post. In the meantime, check them out on Amazon.com. This looks like the one I have. 

I don’t want to let you all go without sharing at least one recipe that I used, so I am sharing 2!  Little Miss’ cake was a chocolate chocolate chip cake. It was soooo good. You can find the recipe by visiting Christy. I am not really a fan of chocolate cake but this one has to be the best one out there! She also shares her buttercream frosting recipe. I did not use her’s though.  Thank you Christy for sharing this with the world!

The other recipe I wanted to share is the one for the sugar roll out cookies. I used the recipe from the back of a Wilton cookie cutter package. It is as follows:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoon Wilton Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract

1/2 teaspoon Wilton Imitation Almond Extract

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. Mix flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle. Use desired cookie cutters. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 8-11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

I found that I had to keep adding more flour to my dough because it was too sticky.

Thank you for letting me share my kids birthday cakes and cookies with you.

Happy baking!

“Being a mother…

“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” Linda Wooten

Puppy/Disney Princess Birthday Party

As I write this, I am still trying to recover from our huge birthday party for the kids last weekend. YES, I am still recovering! There were waaaay too many people, too many kids and too many people not watching their kids. Yikes!! I’m glad that it is over.

The Little Man loves puppies and the Little Miss loves Disney Princesses and everything princess. I’m not sure how this born and raised country girl could give birth to such a girly girl! Oh well, I guess that’s what happens! Especially when your raising your kids in the city. 🙂 I know the 2 themes don’t really go together but I wanted the kids to have what they like and wanted. They are only 2 and 4, good chance they won’t even remember this party but that is why we have pictures to show them.

For the puppy theme I made a vanilla flavored puppy cake, “puppy chow”, “pupcorn”, bone, dog and paw print cookies. I loved the way the cake turned out but I wasn’t too found of the taste of it. This is the 2nd vanilla cake I have done that didn’t taste very good. It was edible of course, but very dry. But hey, it looked cute! The cookies were awesome! I will be making those again! 2013-09-05 13.50.46                                   I was trying to make these cookies like cookie pops. Above you will see that I covered the cookies in buttercream frosting before covering with my homemade marshmallow fondant and outlined in a brown glaze.2013-09-05 22.08.42-1

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The Little Man is watching his cousin try to steal some frosting.

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Little Man following in his cousins footsteps. 🙂

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PUPPY CHOW For all!!

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My masterpiece! The CAKE!

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Every puppy party needs some “pupcorn”.

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Stay tuned to see the pictures of Little Miss’ Disney Princess Cake and Princess cookies!

Mom vs. Mom: The War I Didn’t See Coming

I have been wanting to write a post about just how tough it is being a mother. All the pressure from ourselves, family, friends, fellow moms and society to be the perfect mother. We feel the pressure to have the cleanest most organized home while having the best behaved and dressed kids while having our hair and makeup perfectly done. Oh! Don’t forget about having the most fit body, eating only organic and having your kids in a million activities. (Even if they are only 3 years old)

I recently read 2 great blog posts that I would love to share with you. They both hit the nail on the head. Better than I could ever have said it.

Loving My Lot

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Before I ever had a single child, I knew that one day I would wage war with an enemy who sought their hearts and souls.  I anticipated battles ahead, knowing my children would test and defy me.  But I never anticipated the Mommy wars.  I think I watched part of an Oprah episode years ago on competitive moms, but that was about it.  I didn’t give it a second thought.  Not until I joined the club.

Let me begin by saying, the Mommy Club is a beautiful place.  The moment you join, you find within your heart this unexpectedly raw capacity for love.  All at once, you are a protector, a nurturer, a defender of innocence, a storyteller, an imagination factory, a kisser of boo-boos, and a cheerleader forever.  Even on the scrape-me-off-the-floor-with-a-spatula days, you are being sanctified and learning to see God’s grace in a brand new light.  It…

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