Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Birthday Cake Hacks

The littles birthdays are coming up quickly, and because they are actually back to back; quick, simple, and easy are the names of the game.
You are all familiar with my donut mountain.  
However, since I constantly hear the, "it's not fair," since the kids are old enough to finally understand the meaning behind what we do, I really want them to feel special and individual on their special day.
I started thinking about adding in birthday dinner. 
And birthday cake.
Only problem is most of my pre-made cake options contain nuts, or traces of nuts.
I'm sure I'll be burned out after their party, I never learn from my previous mistakes since I'll be doing all the cooking and baking.  

Here is a cake hack that will help make that cake extra special-in an extra simple way!

I actually had visualized this idea in my head-and I plan on practicing on a welcome home cake for our downstairs neighbor when he returns next week.  
It seems simple enough-you just cut out the message/pattern from wax paper or parchment paper, lay it on the iced cake, and pour  your sprinkles.  
 You have to follow the directions to make sure the frosting is ready to receive the sprinkles, and I imagine it might be difficult removing the stencil and not having the excess sprinkles make their way onto the rest of the cake.  
But, it seems simple enough. 

Polka Dot Inside-And-Out Birthday Cake

Another hack I saw was using cookie cutters as the boundary so to speak, and filling that in with sprinkles. 
I can't find the tutorial on it now, but essentially just sprinkle within the boundaries of the cutter.  
Voila-seems simple!
Follow me on Instagram to see the final result next week!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


The summer months are always jam packed for us. 
Since I entered the working world, I've opted to continue working through the summer by providing speech services to those in need of 12-month services.  It's not the most relaxing way to spend the summer, but I'm helping children who need it, as well as making some extra moolah. 
But besides that, all of our littles have birthdays in the summer months. All within one month of each other.  We don't have any big celebration planned for this year, so we're going to be doing a joint birthday bash at our home with some entertainment.  I can't wait to show you details. 
But in the meantime, I am hard at work planning multiple birthdays.  

Now that the boys are old enough to have an opinion, I though it would be nice to let them tell me what they would like for their birthday, instead of me using the opportunity to gift them underwear.  

I created a little sign for them and we sat around the table and discussed what everyone would like.  We don't have cable so they aren't exposed to the commercials of kids toys-so it was quite interesting to realize they don't really understand what to ask for.  In typical Dovy fashion, he kept telling me, "I haven't decided yet."  But true to my boys' form, they requested a couple of musical items. Oh, and a firework shooter gun...hmm, I don't think that one is getting purchased! Sparklers, maybe-a firework shooter gun, how about not?!? 

Is it bad to not buy them anything from their list?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Cookie Update

It has been almost a year since I've updated with pictures of my cookies.  
Here are my most recent ones...follow me on Instagram to see cookie updates and more..

I even did my first event

Here are a few others to get some more cookiespiration

I can assure you, these taste as yummy as they look!

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