Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fall Confirmation

I started making this confirmation cake by making the cross and the scroll with Joshua 1:9 on it.  In the middle of my day when I had just finished up the scroll, I got a call from the school nurse telling me that my daughter was in the office and had hurt her arm during recess.  I quickly brushed the cornstarch and powdered sugar off my shirt and sweatpants and jumped in the car.  I'll spare you the details, but she ended up with a cast on her left forearm.  While we were waiting for Xrays, I showed her a picture I'd snapped of the scroll and she read it.  We discussed how this was one of those wonderful promises from God that we could cling to during bad times like this.  We really can be very courageous when we know that God is with us wherever we go.  She especially liked the cake because she got the first preview of it and the verse was a good fit for her situation.

My neighbor, who was confirmed on Sunday, ordered a cake in one of my favorite flavor combinations: lemon with raspberry cream filling.  Her favorite color is red and she opted for something a little more unique than a typical white background, so I incorporated the beautiful colors of the season with red flowers on a fall green palate.  I have to admit...I kind of love it.

Congratulations, Nicole!  May you be strong and courageous, not discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  He loves you!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cars, not Trains

We finally finished up the last family birthday this year.  By the time I get to October, I'm partied out.  I like making the cakes.  I love it, but when I've got dinner and gifts and table setting and the entire party to throw, even if it's just family, by the time I get to the cake, I'm out of all desire to do anything else.

My son had been asking for a Thomas the Train cake for weeks, but I didn't want to make it.  I knew he'd be asking where is Percy and Gordon and Diesel and James and every other stupid train that's on that stupid show and I didn't want to use 45 different colors of fondant and have to make a dozen little engines and I knew I'd miss one.  Then  he got this great idea for a Paw Patrol cake. (I shut that one down right away)

So, nice mom that I am, I googled a bunch of Cars cake pictures and convinced him that he wanted a cake with Lightning McQueen ("Li-a-queen" as the 3 year old calls it and he argues with me as to the correct pronunciation.  He can actually say the real name, he just thinks it's wrong).  It's a measly three colors - so much less work than a colorful little train engine (or 12).  I patted myself on the back and went to work.  I think he was still a little disappointed that it wasn't Thomas, but in the end, he liked the cake and wanted to watch the movie the next day.

Here's the idea I knocked off from someone...

It was a fun party and he was a little mad when he ate the front of the car because he couldn't pretend to drive it any more.  I didn't feel bad for him.  I was sad that he destroyed my car.

His sister made him a 3D paper car with a sock monkey driver.  We were all impressed.

 Happy Birthday, little guy!  Welcome to 3. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

a very tiny party

I could not have been more thrilled when my tiny girl wanted a tiny party for her 7th birthday.  She had never had (nor really wanted) a party with school friends before this year and she invited just 5 of her special friends. She is such an appreciative child, never expecting special treatment, but reveling in it when it comes her way.  She loves feeling special, so she had a wonderful moment of thrill when each of her 5 friends RSVP'd that they could come.  She anticipated for months and planned with me for weeks with her ideas.  The day finally came!  So, to make you all think I'm extra amazing and wonderful and all, I share with you her special day.

tiny welcome

tiny cakes

tiny table decorations

 tiny place card, tiny forks and spoons, tiny party hat

tiny hot dogs, cookies, french fries, Rice Krispy treats

tiny balloons

 tiny party games

tiny craft


Happy tiny Birthday, sweet girl!