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 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.
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!
2 cups boiling water
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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.
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.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool.
2lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2c Milk (1/4 cup added at a time)
4 sticks butter
Mix together in stand-up mixer. Add less milk (or more powdered sugar) for a thicker consistency for creating decorations.
Today was Little Elwyn (aka Beanie and JellyFish)’s Birthday. WOW! 7!!! Where did that year go!
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.” —
Griffen had been asking to have a birthday party. Since we moved to a bigger house this last week, we decided to let him have just that… What do you do for an 8-year-old boy?
We chose 2 colors – Blue and Green (and bought decorations to match)
Game#1 – Run By Drop: for this game, take 2 egg cartons and paint them team colors. Each kid gets 5 pennies and as they are running by, need to drop their pennies into the egg carton. They get 1 point for each penny that successfully falls into the carton.
Game#2 – Penny Toss: Draw circles in the team colors on an over sized piece of paper and kids stand 6 feet away and toss 5 pennies each onto the paper. They receive 1 point per penny that lands in their color of circle… however the opposite team gets a point for each penny that lands in their color.
Game#3 – Penny stacking: Each person stacks as many pennies in a stack as they can in 15 seconds. Each person receives one point per penny in their stack.
Game#4 – Gelatin Dig: add 40 pennies to each of 2 bowls of gelatin. put 2 minutes on the clock. Each child takes turns trying to get out as many pennies as they can using 2 butter knives.
Game#5 – Spoon Carry: 50 pennies in a kitchen spoon, run and carry them around the cones. Pass the spoon to the next player and they have to run the pennies – 10 extra points to the first across the line. 1 point per penny in the spoon at the end.
Make metals for everyone out of felt and add a penny to the center. 😉