10.15.2014

The Princess and the Cake


day 1.... 
one year...
two...
three!

all mischief...




Thanks to Pinterest and a few other lovely recipe combinations for a new buttercream frosting, Grace got the princess cake she requested for her birthday. Being forgetful as I am, I neglected to call our token cake lady on time, and so was stuck with trying to finagle a "creation" of my own.  It wasn't as tricky as I thought, but I never have had a GREAT buttercream frosting that everyone loves, so that was the main challenge with this cake.  I bought my first ever Wilton cake decorator (the cheapest one) and had a go at it.   This may look complicated, but it is NOT (veteran decorators are cackling in the background).  I'm a beginner and can't frost a sheet cake to save my life, so you can do this, too, if you have a little girl wanting a a cake.

I love that she loves to dance, she's into pink (and I never really was a girl) and loves to pretend to be a princess.  Not the Disney kind, just the beautiful dancing princess that she pictures in her own mind.


I used approximately 31 cupcakes (ate #32) and probably way too much frosting. I filled in the really huge gaps with extra frosting, and used silver ribbon for the bow and belt; and the necklace, tiara, and wand were part of her birthday present.  I also added the little pearl candies to dress up the dress on the hemline and centers of the cupcakes.

And the REALLY awesome GENERIC princess dresses were from Sam's Club (in a 2pk).


Happy Birthday little love!

8.26.2014

Wherein I discuss cloth diapering, canning, breadmaking, homeschooling, and everything under the sun.

Wow... where have I been?  I've been experimenting in all things domestic, and settling into our new digs.  The past 6 months has flown by with all of the projects that our new house has given us.  A huge blessing and a backbreaking endeavor, to say the least.  I know it will take a while for me to get settled in, but we'll get there eventually.

First... we have grass.  Sort of.  Mostly grass, some crabgrass, some bindweed (ok... a lot of bindweed)... but we put in our yard earlier this spring and its so nice to run and play outside without the mud.  And over the winter months, boy did we have mud.  We did that whole 'do it yourself' thing with our yard and broke our backs for an entire weekend seeding it ourselves... but we're pretty happy with how far we've come.  It's almost overseeding time, so we'll be at it again!


My garden.  It has been wonderful having a garden again this summer.  Although the 'organic matter' we put in might have been a little spicy at first for some plants - I've had tomatoes, cucumbers, butternut squash, parsley, basil like crazy, and the pepper are FINALLY coming back, it's managed to convince me to try my hand at canning this summer.



Cloth diapering.  Do you? What's your favorite cloth brand?  This past spring I realized our double-diaper-duty-budget was being eaten up quicker than I liked, and with my sister having a newborn soon (and hoping to cloth diaper), I tried these and these this spring.  And these.  These ended up being my all-time favorite, for a thousand different reasons, and I probably use them 40-50% of the time now.  I still use some disposable (... I'm a little too practical 'on the go' and don't want to carry around anything soiled).  But when we have long days at home, I don't mind a little extra laundry.  But I do NOT like the poopy diapers...

Breadmaking.  Oh my.  How lovely our house smells when I bake fresh bread. I used to think you had to be a whiz to get the breadmaking thing down, but these recipes were a cinch! My mother said her mom used to bake bread like this, and I have to say, there is nothing quite like fresh warm bread with butter & strawberry jam.  Some favorite recipes... here and here.


Homeschooling. We are! We are about 2 weeks in and its been fun.  Chaotic and crazy managing a 1-year old while the older two work, but I'm figuring it out as I go.  I'll share our little school room with you soon.


Someone turned 1 this summer! This guy.  And he's walking, talking, jabbering like a fool.


I hope to add thoughts to several on these topics in the upcoming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.  Please share your favorites in the above areas, I'd love to hear how you are doing!


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