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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Recap: Daphne's 8th Birthday

Here are some photos from Daphne's special day:

Birthday decorations competing with Halloween ones!

Giant tissue flowers

Double great day:  daphne's |birthday and we learned that Molly is going to be a Big Sister!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cake 101?

So over the past 2 weeks we have had 2 birthday parties.  One for Dapher and one for Jeff.  So I had to make two cakes...

This is Daphne's cake:(  When I tried to take it out they both broke!  Thank goodness I had just watched an episode of 19 KIDS and Counting, where they had a cake disaster and in order to fix it they froze the cake.  I froze the unfrosted cake over night, woke up the next morning and did a crumb frosting, froze it again.  When I got home from work I did the last layer of icing...

And VOILA a #8 cake for Daphne!
This was Jeff's cake.  It is 2 layers of brownies (I made 4 pans in total, the first one broke coming out of the pan and another was from a double batch and I did not divide the batter evenly so one was really thin and brick like:()  Each layer had a thin coating of chocolate icing and then in between there was a whipped cream/marshmallow layer...

Way too sweet!!! 
(No I did not use the Hershey syrup in the last photo on the brownies?!)
Thank you to all who so kindly ate the cake.
CONCLUSION:  I will buy the next cakes or stick to my ice cream sandwich cake from B's birthday last year.
It may not look pretty but at least it tasted delicious!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Yet another b-day...

Happy birthday Maddie!
Hugs & kisses from moi!!
Wanted to let you know I am thinking of you!
Time to party!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Another Happy Birthday!

Happy happy birthday Sean!
You are so sweet, cupcake!  We wish you nothing but the best.
Sean is twinsies with Jeff (November 2nd b-days just a few years apart!)
By the way we need to get together so I can get some new pix to use for your next b-day?!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thank You Pat Trew

Breton delivers the EMC our local newspaper.  Within this paper, there is always a recipe from Pat Trew (recently I blogged about Kitchen Sink Cookies, a modified version of her Breakfast Cookies).  I have also adopted her homemade oatmeal recipe and it has become my traditional Christmas Oatmeal that we eat all year round.  This recipe, we even used as Christmas gifts to our parents in my class last year.  Well Pat Trew submitted her final recipe last week.  After 34 years of recipes, she revealed that she is battling lung cancer.  So sad:)  Not only have these two recipes become part of my regular recipe box but I have collected and tried several other recipes from her.  I actually looked forward to them each week.  I knew, as I flipped through the paper when I saw Mary Cook's article, in a couple pages there would be Pat Trew's recipe.  Thank you Pat Trew for inspiring me to cook with your easy to follow yet so delicious recipes. if you want to look through past recipes from Pat Trew