Happy 11th Birthday Trystan! Mom loves you!!
You have grown up way too fast into such an AMAZING little lady! We love you, Rowan!
Back on May 11, we finally adopted our AMAZING little Grayson. It was a CRAZY journey; One that I will never forget. Tell you about that later.
Happy 8th birthday to this beautiful girl. I love you a bushel and a peck! I am so happy to finally call you “daughter” forever and ever. You are an AMAZING and a beautiful Monkey Tickly Pit Monster.
Happy 10th birthday to my Berlyn. I remember how scared I was when the doctors used the word, “autism.” They said you may never read or write or even talk in full sentences… And here you are, doing amazing at our homeschool program. You are smart, and funny. I love you SO MUCH!
This year, you even made the Special Olympics Equestrian team here local. You love Star Wars. And the other day, joked with me saying that you weren’t going to be 10, but will stay my little 3 year old boy forever.
I love you, Mr Double Digits!
I am so very proud of my SHELBY! Shelby, you have accomplished so much! You are an an amazing woman, growing daily into the person that I knew that you would become. You are a hard worker and that shows by working full-time and college full-time. All of the kids in the house look up to you. I honestly can not believe how fast time flies.
WOWWIE!! 7… you made it!
Happy birthday little man!!! I am so glad that you are in our family!!
What do I love most about you?
Your love for food (although sometimes it is over CRAZY),
Your love for your “twin”,
Your holding my hand,
Your love for the movies,
Your silly jokes,
Your blue eyes
But most of all, I just love YOU!
Happy Happy 7th Birthday to my beautiful Rowan!
I love that you are so independent!
I love that you snuggle every morning with me. (And try to steal my warmth!)
I love that you adore your “twin”.
I love that you love to pet the chickens.
I love that you sneak the kitties your dinner thinking that I wasn’t watching you!
I love how you were so excited that you lost your first tooth!
I love how you sing Frozen Songs on Karaoke!
I love that you hold my hand!
I love that you have a red-headed temper (and live up to your middle name of Aidyn).
I love that you are Daddy’s girl!
I love that you and El jokingly fight over who loves mom more.
I love that you pretend to not read when we are doing school work in order to make Trystan do all of the hard work (and then later read something without mistakes to me!)
I love that you have a BFF (and Ali loves that too!)
I love you SO MUCH!
I have been doing a ton of research on creating the perfect Star Wars birthday for my son Berlyn.
Some of the sites that I found were:
- And my absolute favorite: http://justjennrecipes.com/foodbuzz-24×24-the-ultimate-star-wars-party/2010/10/04/
We created a FUN menu and a fondant covered cake for him with both the good and the dark side of the force.
We then made an INCREDIBLE menu – Han Burgers, Light Saber Dogs, Sarlac Wraps, Degoba Dip, Bantha Beans, and of course Han in Carbonite (only thing that I was missing was the Vader Taters)YODA SODA!
Looking for a star wars font? I found one here: http://www.galaxyfaraway.com/gfa/1998/12/star-wars-fonts/
What a fun weekend!! (besides having Larry not feeling good) I wanted to do something AWESOME for my nephew Jake’s birthday. I have been reading the book by Buddy, the Cake Boss and decided to make a cake covered in fondant. I had eaten a decorated one before at a scout event that had store bought fondant at it was bitter, so I was a bit hesitant. So, I found several recipes to make my own I altered what I found to fit exactly what I needed.
Here is my home-made fondant recipe and it is sweet and super tasty:
- 1 16oz bag of marshmallows
- 1 2lb bag of powdered sugar
- 4T of water
- 2T of Vanilla
- Shortening to grease EVERYTHING
- Cornstarch to dust your board when creating
- Coloring – optional – I used Wilton Cake paste in mine (there are only 4 colors without red dye that are sold at my local craft stores.)
I made mine in 2 batches so it is EASY to cut the recipe in half. (made 1 plan white with no coloring and 1 with a touch of turquoise)
- Grease a large Glass Bowl, your KitchenAid Mixer Bowl and Dough Hook and a Scraper with shortening (GREASE EVERYTHING).
- Add 3/4 of your powdered Sugar to your greased mixer bowl.
- Melt marshmallows in greased bowl in microwave for 1 minute.
- Add marshmallows to the mixer bowl along with water and vanilla and turn on low for 2 minutes until it forms a ball of dough.
- Add additional powdered Sugar as needed reduce stickiness of the fondant. Continue to mix until the dough is balled up and has the consistency of play-doh.
- Remove and (with a greased hands and counter) kneed the fondant for 5 minutes.
- wrap in cellophane and place in fridge until needed for cake (let rest 1 hour on counter if you plan on using it right away)
- When you are ready to use it, microwave for 10 seconds or until soft and pliable.
Roll out (lightly cornstarch your rolling pin and board to prevent sticking) and place on butter-creamed cake. I used my pasta roller for the stars and cut them with cookie cutters. Lightly damped the back of the decorations with water (pastry brush or fingers) to adhere to base fondant.
CHOCOLATE CAKE FROM SCRATCH
There are so many times that I am “tempted” to just reach for a boxed cake mix and then I am reminded of the taste difference – and the fact that most of them have ingredients that I just don’t want to put in my body or in my kids’ bodies. It is always an experience learning to make things from scratch and take some getting used too. This recipe is EASY!
|1.||Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 3 – 9 inch round cake pans. In medium bowl, pour boiling water over cocoa, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.|
|2.||In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at time, then stir in vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture. Spread batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans.|
|3.||Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool.|
- 2lbs Powdered Sugar
- 2tsp Vanilla
- 1/2c Milk (1/4 cup added at a time)
- 4 sticks butter
- optional color
Mix together in stand-up mixer. Add less milk (or more powdered sugar) for a thicker consistency for creating decorations.
Here is an AWESOME video on fondant decorating:
We decided to spend it together as a family. El wanted to go to a movie and out to dinner. Sometimes it is REALLY hard having a December birthday, but we try and separate it as much as possible in our house. (not decorating for Christmas until after her birthday, etc).
El wanted a girl’s night out. So we ventured to the theater and watched “TANGLED” by Disney. We all had such a GREAT time. Then, off to Buffalo Wild Wings for Thursday Night Wings.
Luke 1:79 – to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” —