Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dinosaur Cakes

Have I mentioned my self-imposed challenge related to the boys' birthday cakes?

For the boys' first birthday, I made them baseball themed smash cakes. On their second birthday, I used the same cake pans to make piles of dirt for their truck-themed cakes. Not really on purpose, but it worked. But after last year decided that it would be neat if I could use the same pans each year, regardless of the theme.

1st Birthday Cakes
2nd Birthday Cakes

So I was pretty proud of myself when I found this inspiration on Pinterest:

While the fondant was a bit intimidating, I was sure I could do it. I had 'mastered' the fondant thing when I made Ben's grooms cake for our wedding just a few years ago.

I used a homemade fondant recipe thanks to my dear friend Kristi. It's not nearly as disgusting as the Wilton fondant out of a box. This recipe is simply melted marshmallows and powdered sugar and a little water! Oh - and a LOT of kneading.

I baked the cakes and let them cool completely. We kneaded the fondant for probably 45 minutes. It took a long time to get it the right consistency and then also to add the color and get it just right. Next we rolled it out and as soon as it was ready I put a very light coating of frosting on the cakes so the fondant would stick to the cake. From that point I totally winged it. The neck took several toothpicks to keep it from falling down.

I asked Erika if she wanted to help. I don't think she knew what she was getting herself into. I think her comment was "my Mom never made me cakes like this!" 

As soon as the boys saw the cakes the next morning they were so excited. They told me several times not to touch their cakes!

And weeks later they ask me if I still have their dinosaur cakes!

sneaking a morning left over snack!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Insta-Weekend 2.12.12

I know I missed a week with my insta-weekend posts....the weekend of the big party. I'm still accumulating my pictures (from multiple cameras), videos, and thoughts for those upcoming posts. Until then, here's last weekend.

Shades - even when it's dark out...


Watching their favorite movie, "John Deere Heaven" - aren't these dino tails the best? HUGE thanks to Grandma Julie for making them! You'll see we had to wear our birthday outfits again last weekend.

Dinner with our neighbor buddies

It wouldn't be a weekend without a trip to "Nards" or Home Depot.
Helping vacuum the pantry

Installing the bead-board. Next up - the cabinets!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Heart Day

I told the boys I love them as many times as I possibly could. And we celebrated with some heart shaped "frenchy toast" for dinner (as the boys call it). With red sprinkles of course! And we opened our valentines presents from our grandparents. What a great day!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday to My Boys

February 6. The day that changed our lives forever - in the BEST way possible.

I took the day off from work, was "in the moment", and enjoyed EVERY SECOND with these two. It was the best decision I've made in a long time. The three of us had so much fun. The coolest part was that I could tell how special it was for P&M.

We went in to see Dr. B for their 3 year check-up (separate post on their stats to come). We had a fun birthday lunch with Erika at Noodles. I let them choose what they wanted for lunch and they chose their fav - mac and cheese!

We rounded the afternoon with a with a relaxing cuddle/nap session, we played with our new toys, went to swimming lessons, and finally....we had cake for DINNER! How fun is that?!

The proud smiles on their faces when you sing happy birthday to them is heart-melting. I never want to forget today. 

Especially when they are teenagers and their mom is the last person they want to spend their birthday with...I guess I can work on those birthdays!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Insta-Weekend 1.29.12

My little artists
The theme of the weekend: Party Planning!
Birthday haircuts
A cute candy store had just the "dino eggs" that I needed
What birthday party is complete without a pennant?
Aunt Cara and Grandma Julie were in town to help with the planning - how nice is that!? Little Belle was even helping!
Cara even made dinosaur "fossils" with the boys. Lucky boys!
Thanks Kristi for my FAVORITE snack!
My boys helping with my lists
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