3 Tier Ladybug Cake for 1st Birthday

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After about 7 hours off and on of mixing, measuring, baking, more mixing, kneading, chilling, tinting, rolling, shaping, and decorating....the cake....is finished! I'm actually quite happy with how it turned out even if it is a tad different than originally planned. After realizing that black fondant is IMPOSSIBLE to make, I altered some of the decorating. We've still got 3 layers, the bottom is yellow cake, the middle is chocolate cake, and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Buttercream and Marshmallow Fondant

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Today I thought I would share my two favorite cake icing recipes since I will be doing a lot of baking this weekend. Most people tend to shy away from fondant because they think its gross or too difficult to make. I swear....you'll like this recipe! This fondant has a very sweet, and rich taste and if you end up not liking it, just peel it off and enjoy the yummy buttercream icing underneath. Marshmallow Fondant Ingredients 16oz package … [Read more...]

Ladybug Cake Preview

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My daughter will be celebrating her 1st birthday on Tuesday...and of course we had to choose a theme. We decided to go with ladybugs, pretty typical but cute as ever. As part of our family tradition I always make the birthday cakes. Cake decorating is another hobby of mine and while I'm not great at I do try. Here's my unprofessional rendering of what her cake "should" look like. It will be covered in marshmallow fondant, over a thick layer of … [Read more...]

How Quickly they Grow

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It seems as though it was just this time last year, I was moaning and complaining, begging for my daughter to get her foot out of my rib and come meet me. I blinked. Now she's running all over my house as of one month ago, has a full set of teeth, and weighs twice her birth weight. She smiles, she laughs, even gives me kisses. As much trouble as babies can be, I still wish I had a pause button for her and could cherish this first year over and … [Read more...]

Pregnancy Dreams

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Lately I've been having quite vivid pregnancy dreams. I was actually having them about a week before I knew I was even pregnant. The subject of all these dreams.....twins. Yikes. Now I have no family history of twins, or even the slightest inkling, aside from the dreams, that I would even have them. But the shear thought of it makes my heart race. I know there's a lot of parents out there that dream of the day they have twins, but I know, as a … [Read more...]

Let’s Go Quilting

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Now I must admit, I don't have a lot of time for hobbies, but this one has always been so interesting to me. With my baby girl's first birthday approaching I wanted to give her a gift that was special, something she could look back on when she has her own babies. So last week I embarked on a project, a quilt celebrating her first year of life incorporating her first birthday party theme, ladybugs. Here's where it got tricky...the closest … [Read more...]

3 Kids and Us!

It wasn't until recently that I felt the urge to share my life beyond my close friends, family, and a few select online communities. Over the course of the past week I've found myself needing an outlet, crying out for someone to understand what I'm going through, advise me through my journeys and possibly guide others who find themselves with nowhere to turn. I'll start at the middle...the beginning is much too dramatic for today.... Here I … [Read more...]