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

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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!

Princess Cake & Monkey Cake

This past weekend was my daughter and son’s birthday party! Whew, it was a party! I am still exhausted! I will never do that again. You know how it goes when your from big families, you have to invite EVERYONE or someone will be mad. So, to keep the families from getting mad at us, we figured we would throw one big housewarming, Little Miss 4th birthday and Little Man’s 2nd birthday all at once. Little Miss’ birthday was a couple of weeks ago and Little Man’s is next week.

Before I share with you all the cakes I made this year, I would like to share the cakes from last year. It was Little Man’s first birthday and he LOVES bananas and monkeys, so what better theme?!?! I made one special smash cake for him to enjoy on his own. The only problem was…I shouldn’t have covered it in fondant. I should have covered it only in buttercream. It was kinda hard for him to tear through it and really get messy! Oh well, lesson learned! Plus, for his 1 year old pictures my friend made him a giant cupcake and we let him tear through that one and captured it all on film. We got some great pictures out of that.486709_4607609158638_2608490_n

Isn’t is so cute!! It is all edible too! (except the candle)

Little Miss got a small birthday party with just her friends here in town at the park. She wanted a princess cake. This is what I came up with. You will notice it is a bit crooked. I thought I was Cake Boss and decided I could trim the cake without my handy dandy Cake Slicer/Leveler. I just used a knife. HA HA I will never do that again! We live and learn, right?

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. It was hard to capture it on camera. I had also lost a few of the sugar pearls. This cake is not one of my favorites. Too messy. 😦

Stay tuned to see what I came up with for their birthday parties this year!

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Happy Wednesday!!

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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Why I Gave Up Trying to Be a Perfect Mom | Money Saving Mom®

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Basketball Cake

Around this time last year I got a request from an old friend to make her daughter’s birthday cake for her 11th birthday. He daughter is a huge basketball fan and her favorite team is the Celtics.  This is what I came up with.

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Kya is her name and the number 4 is her number on her basketball jersey. The basketball and jersey are covered in fondant and the rest of the cake is buttercream.                       2012-08-11 12.46.26

When I first saw this idea I thought it would be very easy to do. Of course, this time around, my fondant was not cooperating with me. It kept on tearing and cracking. I really wanted the “folds” on the jersey to be pronounced.

My first attempt at the jersey just didn’t look good. Too small…too unrealistic. So with about 2 hours left on the clock….I re-did the entire jersey. I re-made my fondant and started all over again on the jersey. With just 5 minutes to spare, I finished it up and my friend arrived for pick up. Whew that was a close one.

You just never know how your fondant will turn out…even if you follow the same recipe time after time!

The cake was hit! Kya loved it!

Sand Pail Birthday Cake and Cupcakes

Today I would like to share with you my sand pail birthday cake and cupcakes. This had to be the funnest and best cake I have ever done.

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Everything on the cake was edible and the cupcake fish were sticks.

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When I did this cake, it was the first time I worked with modeling chocolate. It is so much fun to work with! I became addicted to it. The crab, octopus and starfish are all made of modeling chocolate. I have to admit I did have some help from my husband on the little critters. He is the artistic one!

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