I am so very grateful to each one of my clients, friends and followers. Thank you for the kind words and encouragements this past year. It is because of you I'm able to continue doing what I do. I wish each one of you a very merry Christmas and an even more wonderful year ahead!
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I can't believe how fast time goes by. Last weekend the love of my life turned two. I feel so unbelieveably blessed to have been able to spend the last two years raising this amazing child. He is such a blessing! Brindley is a typical boy as in he loves trucks, diggers and tractors. I knew that he would really enjoy a digger themed party, so about a month ago I started planning. My husband's aunt has always made our family cakes, but sadly, last year she passed away. She was an amazing baker and an even more amazing person. She and her cakes are missed by many.
I didn't want to just get any old cake for Brin's party, since our family is used to the best (Aunty Lulu's) so I decided that I'd have to try to make it myself. I am completely in love with Pinterest (follow me here) so I started there and I found this digger cake that I knew I had to make. It was completely beyond any kind of baking I've ever tried. I had my doubts, and they were pronounced by the people surrounding me. Both my mother and my husband tried talking me out of the whole idea. But I knew I had to make this cake. Eventually my husband came around and decided that he would help. Yay! So after collecting the necessary elements, frosting, cookies, icing, and of coarse the construction toys, we began, 2 days before the party. I did not make the cakes from scratch because I decided just assembling them would be enough work. I did however make the inside frosting using dark chocolate cocoa. (See recipe at the bottom of this post) It was so yummy.
We decided to make two cakes since we have large families and we didn't think one would be enough. After everything was baked, cooled, frozen, cut and frozen again we started the decorating. I won't go into all the details, but my husband and I were up decorating this cake until one in the morning. We had fun together, placing all of the chocolate rocks around the cake, creating the river, and deciding where the toys would go. We built a bridge to connect the two cakes and filled the little dump truck with frosting and rocks and the "2" candle. When we were done, it was perfect. Beyond perfect. We were very proud of it, and even more proud when we cut into it at the party and everyone got to see the inside. It was perfect!
I have to say thank you to the Fredillicious blog for providing the idea to build upon and to my awesome husband who helped me make my dream cake for my son and did all the decorations you see below! I made the signs and he did the balloons, caution tape and section for the cake. We work really well together. In the end the party was a huge success and Brindley is now the proud owner of several brand spankin' new diggers. Also a four wheeler rider, a big wheel, several books, a train table and lots of other toys and PJ's.
If you are interested in making your own digger cake please see Fredilicious (link above) for the tutorial because she did a great job explaining how to make it. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the photos!
Dark Chocolate Frosting
3 cups Powdered Sugar
2/3 cup dark cocoa
1 stick butter
Melt butter and add in dark cocoa, slowly mix in powdered sugar and milk (with whisk). More milk may be needed to moisten the frosting. Eat and enjoy!
"I am sharing my holiday home decor and cleaning tips for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls and Great Cleaners."
I don't really have any cleaning tips other than if you see something is dirty, just clean it. Don't put it off, that is my number one tip. Other than that I could really use a new vacuum, mine needs a break for a while.
But on a good note...the Christmas decorations are up and done! After evaluating my Christmas bins I've decided I need to get rid of some of the decorations I have...I no longer am able to use all of the candle holders and fragile decorations, with a little guy running around. A two year old, glass and an open flame are not a good combination. Same with the glass ornaments. Oh geez, did you know when they shatter, they literally break into a million pieces? Decorating takes on a form of it's own when you have a toddler I guess. This year I have three trees, that is a first for me, I've maybe had one and a half up and decorated before, but never three. One is a snowman tree (blue and white), one is a fancy tree (gold and maroon, complete with those glass ornaments, something tells me I'm going to regret that) and our regular Christmas tree with colored lights and homemade ornaments. That one is my favorite. It use to be that I HAD to have a tree with just white lights and all the ornaments had to match and blah, blah. I blame it on my OCD. But once my son came along I imagined the excitement he would have looking at each special (different) ornament and staring at it in wonder. Sure enough, he loves the colored tree most of all. He rearranges the ornaments on it quite often for me, and knows just where each one is.
Slowly, I've been taking decorations from my parent's house that I had growing up. The Santa and sleeping boy pictured below is just a cardboard cut out, but I can remember looking at that when I was my son's age. I love being able to provide him with the memories that made me so happy growing
All of the decorating is a lot of work, but when I see how much my son enjoys it, it makes it all worth while! Below are a couple photos of my decorations. Thanks for reading!
Hello, I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and a good St. Nicks day. It's been a while since I've been on here. It's a busy time of year. I'm not very good at keeping a schedule to blog, that will have to be on my New Year's resolution list. I've had quite a few projects lately and I realized the other day that I probably only put on somewhere between 30-50% of what I do on this blog. Boo. I wish I could share everything with you, but I just don't get how mothers do that. How do you have time to actually do work/project/craft, take step by step photos of it, edit the photos, upload them online and then write a blog about it? Like every day? When you have kids? I don't get it. It's not possible for me to, I'm not wired that way and I'm trying to accept that. But I will always strive to be better and do better, because I AM wired like that...so the battle continues.
We had a nice Thanksgiving at my house. I carried on my favorite Thanksgiving tradition. I rolled out my giant bean bag out of my office, parked it in front of the TV and watched the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade curled up in it, with my favorite little guy. When I was a child I use to bring my plastic blue bean bag from upstairs and do the same thing. Things are just a little different now because my bean bag had a serious upgrade. (This thing barely fits though the doorways!) And now I get to share my beanbag with someone special. I am so very blessed to be able to do that, and everyday is like Thankgiving for me because I am constantly thanking my maker above for all of the blessings he gives me each day.
As far as St. Nick goes. I am completely baffled by this. St. Nick didn't come to my house growing up, so I have no idea who he is. My husband has simply told me that we must put little gifts in our stockings on December 5th. I do, and I don't question it, but I really don't want to. I think that Santa is enough of a stretch for me as a parent and why must I convince my son that there is another Santa like character that comes in December? I don't like it and it feels wrong. I've been meaning to google the whole tradition and see if I can make sense of it, but I haven't found the time. If anyone wants to explain to me their version of St. Nick in the comments below, I would love to hear it!
What are some of your Thanksgiving and St. Nick traditions?
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