Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
The top layer was divine chocolate cake with Kahlua ganache and decorated with buttercream and chocolate coinsNaturally, Colin wanted a cake. I led him in the direction of a Fire Truck Cake. I even braved a box of rolled fondant for this one and it made me so mad. That cake just would not look the way I wanted it to look. Colin thought it was the coolest thing ever but I was unhappy with it. See, I'm restless and I just couldn't stop fiddling with it.
The front part was red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and the caboose was chocolate of some sort (I forget). It was decorated with buttercream, rolled fondant, gum drops, liquorice and chocolate donuts
Then came Heidi's birthday and she was diagnosed with multiple food allergies but by God I wasn't going to have my baby go without a cake on her first birthday. I searched and found a gluten free, vegan cake recipe...and it was good. She matched her Hippo Heidi Cake and it was adorable.
Bottom layer was Mexican chocolate with Kahlua ganache, middle layer was golden coconut with lemon frosting and the top layer was a layer of each. It was decorated with rolled fondant and the hippo's tutu was a fruit by the foot. All was gluten free and vegan.January of this year rolls around and the boys start discussing their cake plans. We did google image searches and got ideas. They found a totally bad ass dragon cake they wanted me to make but I had to veto that cake. It was cool but I would surely need a straight jacket before I finished anything of that magnitude. Raph decided on a Phineas and Ferb Backyard Beach cake. I had to make this one for this bowling party and let me tell you what...it is not easy to transport a tiered cake! It weathered the drive to the party and all his friends thought it was awesome. There was a moment of fighting over the Perry the Platypus surfboard but I decided no one gets it and that's that.
Top layer was a domed Mexican chocolate cake with Kahlua ganache and the bottom layer was French Vanilla with buttercream. It was decorated with the buttercream, rolled fondant, brown sugar and Swedish fish. Top layer was gluten free and vegan.
Colin's request was simple and by simple I mean very very vague. He wanted a Blue Doggie Cake. Um, okaaaay. I thought about this one over and over and came up with a plan that involved moulded chocolate dog houses and dog bones. He loved it and it was a hot mess but that's OK.
I got tired of vanilla and chocolate so I changed things up. Top layer was coconut cake with vegan "butter"cream. Bottom layer was a S'mores cake (graham cracker cake, fluff filling that you can see dripping on the table and chocolate glaze). It was decorated with rolled fondant, "butter"cream, graham cracker dog bones and a moulded chocolate dog house.
Now...I have a few months to plan for Heidi's creation. Its expected at this point so I have to plan ahead. Its a huge time suck but the kids absolutely love it. Its far cooler to have Mommy make a cake *just* how you want it and in 3D than it is to pick one up from the bakery with those weird edible screen prints. Plus, I don't know of many gluten free and vegan bakeries so anything for Heidi must be homemade. That's OK, I don't mind the work all that much except when I'm cursing fondant. This is something I can give them that they will always remember. Isn't that the job of a restless stay at home mom? Making memories.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
I was dreading meal planning yesterday. DREAD. Then I read in Real Simple about procrastination...fitting, no? My take home message from that article was to do that thing you dread the most before you do anything else. It will loom over you, nag at you, judge you and make you miserable until you sit down and do it. Even if it is something really small its better just to DO IT already. Kind of like the 30 seconds or less rule. Mental clutter is just as bad as physical clutter. At least with physical clutter you can escape it by leaving the room...mental clutter just follows you around. The article was right. I sat down, did a meal plan and I was done in about 10 minutes. The whole rest of the day was cake after that. I was finished with that one thing and I had a spring in my step. I had such a feeling of accomplishment. Its silly though isn't it? I didn't actually DO anything but I felt better so who cares.
Monday: Thai beef salad with fresh herbs
Tuesday: Spicy Asian noodles with chicken
Wednesday: Mushroom and Sausage Ragu with Polenta
Thursday: Spiced Chicken with Couscous Salad
Friday: Linguine with Spicy Shrimp
I should note that this is what Mike and I will eat. The kids usually eat a variation or something entirely different. I know its bad but whatever. You try feeding a family of five and avoid milk, egg, wheat, peanut and pineapples. And have it be something everyone likes. I dare you!
I published without a picture! The horrors! I'm pretty sure he's not going to hit anything shooting like that ::snicker::
Friday, March 18, 2011
Part of the reason my life is the way it is currently is because I was doing this for a week with Mike. Now we are both paying dearly for that serene bliss...
After the park we come home and make lunch. I get the little ones in bed. Colin slept for about 20 minutes and Heidi never fell asleep since she slept through the traffic jam. Lovely.
I'm not really sure what they were doing but my neighbor across the street was laughing at them as he loaded his truck.
During "nap time" I remembered that Raph has not read a single book since probably last Wednesday. He's supposed to read daily and keep a log of his books...yeah, his is empty. I feel delinquent this week. I had the idea that I would take the kids to the zoo today even though its not going to be particularly awesome weather. That was until I was up in the middle of the night for over an hour with a hideous allergy attack. I looked on weather.com and they had a huge banner that was a blinking alert: VERY HIGH levels of Juniper tomorrow. Scratch the zoo we are staying INSIDE and I'm doing laundry. I already want to tear my face off, I'm not subjecting myself to a day of torture outside. Plus we have to go to the ENT in the afternoon...with all three keeps during arsenic hours. Pray for me!
Heidi attempted to follow in their footsteps but didn't quite know what they were doing. I kind of feel the way she looks in this picture.
Oh and one more gem for the day. Raph had Taekwondo and before class the kids all run around like maniacs. Colin always joins in the game and last night Heidi did too. It was so cute to see her little stubby legs running as fast as they could take her and try and keep up with the big kids. At some point Colin and Raph knocked her over. She was fine and this happens about 27 times a day. After the teacher had the kids all line up she gave them a lecture about watching out for little kids and how she was disappointed in them. ::hangs head in shame:: I got a group of little kids in trouble b/c my kids are maniacs. Sorry guys!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
This week's challenge on I ♥ Faces is all about sun flares. I can't wait to check out all the other fabulous entries!
I'm not sure what it is about this picture. I have a whole series of sun flare filled swing pictures of Heidi from this afternoon. I like this one b/c it shows her fat baby fingers and toes. Little snausages and her peeking over the top of the swing.