Monday, February 23, 2009


I miss my mom!

Wish I lived closer.

I'm so lucky for the woman she is, and the example she is.

She is a fighter.

An inspiration.






Thursday, February 19, 2009

MY Cakes

Since I still have yet to discover if I can create a photo album on this site, I will just post this - the pictures themselves!

"Logan's 1st Birthday" - January 9th, 2007

We did a sports theme - so I made his cake to look like a baseball, and a bigger cake for the rest of us. These cakes was chocolate, with buttercream frosting.



"My First Wedding Cake" - February 2007

I did this cake for the receptionist that worked in my husband's office! This cake was chocolate with buttercream frosting.


"7-7-7 Cake" - July 7th, 2007

I did this cake for the boss that worked in my husband's office - she wanted a poker table groomscake, and a 7 tier wedding cake. We nicknamed her wedding cake "The Dr. Seuss Cake" because of how extremely whimsical it was. The Groom's Cake is chocolate with buttercream frosting and fondant, with fondant cards and chips. The wedding cake is white with buttercream and fondant.



"Keeley & Nate Anniversary Cake" - August 2007

My best friend Keeley and her husband Nate's cake. This was a red velvet cake with buttercream and fondant, with fondant and hand painted detail.


"Bucket O' Duckies Baby Shower Cake" - October 19th, 2007

My friend Carin asked me to make a baby shower cake for her sister-in-law. This was a black forest cake, stuffed with cherry pie filling and topped with whip cream.


"The 'Big Deal' Cake" - November 3rd, 2007

I was so worried when the bride came to me and asked me to include detail, several different colored flowers, vines, ivy, a figurine, a mirrored floor, pillars and more in her cake - would it be too busy? Did I have any idea what I was doing?!? But it came together in the end. This was a red velvet cake with buttercream frosting and artificial flower and leaf detail.


"Logan's 2nd Birthday" - January 9th, 2008

Logan LOVES Spongebob. I wanted to include that in the theme for his birthday, so I made Spongebob and Patrick (with a little cake) in front of Patrick's house (a rock). He LOVED it! This was a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and gum paste Spongebob, Patrick, and the cake.


"Madalyn's 1st Birthday" - January 10th, 2008

My best friend's daughter turned 1 a day after my son turned 2 - of course I had to make her cake too! This was a vanilla, chocolate, german chocolate, and red velvet cake with buttercream frosting.


"Rick's 30th Birthday" - January 22nd, 2008

My husband kindof got the lazy cake - this was so easy to make! Which is good because I didn't have a lot of time to put into a cake when I was busy trying to do the rest of the food for the party! This was white cake, chocolate cake, and buttercream frosting.


"Relief Society Birthday Cake" - March 20th, 2008

I made the cake for our Relief Soceity Birthday party, celebrating the creation of the Relief Society! This cake was vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, german chocolate, and red velvet with buttercream frosting and royal frosting decorations.


"Easter Cake" - March 23rd, 2008

I was in my first trimester and quite frankly some days I had no energy to brush my teeth, let alone make a cake!!! This was a big hit, but definitely not my prouder cake moment. This was chocolate cake, buttercream frosting, and various easter candies.


"The Phlebotomist Cake" - April 14th, 2008

My friend Carin finished her schooling to become a phlebotomist and wanted to thank the people in the office with a humorous cake. How could I turn this project down?!?! LOL. Red velvet and chocolate cake (of course!) with buttercream and fondant, and gum paste decorations.


"Terry's Birthday Cake" - April 18th, 2008

My husband's buddy is a wrestler - so we gave him a cake of himself in a wrestling ring! Chocolate cake, buttercream frosting, and fondant, with a gum paste figurine.


"The X-Box Cake" - April 19th, 2008

I worked with a girl who - small world - married a guy my husband went to high school with. She called me one day and asked me to make a birthday cake for her husband, who apparantly was in love with his X-Box 360. This cake was vanilla and buttercream frosting.


"The Second Phlebotomist Cake" - April 24th, 2008

Someone at church saw the first 'arm cake' I did for my friend, and just loved it. She said her son was a phlebotomist and his birthday was coming up, so it would be really funny if she sent a cake like that to her son while he was at work. It was a big hit!!! Red velvet cake, buttercream frosting, and gum paste decorations.


"The Graduation Wrigley Cake" - May 24th, 2008

I made the cake for my cousin-in-law's high school graduation party. We're a family of big Cub fans!!! The cake was a huge hit. Chocolate cake, buttercream frosting, with royal icing decorations.


"Vodka and Chicken Wings" - June 11th, 2008

My husband's boss is Russian - and loves vodka and chicken wings. The guys in the bunker wanted a hilarious cake for him for his birthday. Happy Birthday Oleg - vodka and chicken wings it is! This was a white cake, and buttercream frosting. This was probably my favorite so far, because it's hilarious.


"Second Wrigley Cake" - July 19th, 2008

Someone at the graduation party for my husband's cousin saw the cake and had to have it for their mom's birthday. I made the cake much smaller than the graduation version, but it was a huge hit all the same. Chocolate cake and buttercream frosting, with royal icing decorations.


"Christmas Cake" - December 20th, 2008

This isn't much to look at, but it's the best cake ever, because it's like three desserts in one. This is a chocolate cake, with chocolate truffle loaf filling, frosted with chocolate frosting, drenched in rich ganace. Optional: Wrap the cake in tiny stick cookies (pirouette? I think that's what they're called). Extremely rich. We call it the Christmas cake, because that's pretty much the only time we make it. If you want the recipe, I can give it to you!!!


"Logan's 3rd Birthday" - January 9th, 2009

Logan loves Spongebob, but he also loves Blues Clues. This year? A blue cake - a total Blues Clues pawprint theme, and the thinking chair. This was a chocolate cake, with a peanut butter buttercream frosting. (YES! Peanut butter!) I made the "Thinking Chair" with a hot glue gun and some fabric from a red hankie, and then fabric painted the seams black, like the one on the show. Royal icing decorations. (In hind sight, not my best choice - too fragile to stick in a cake)


"Madalyn's 2nd Birthday" - January 10th, 2009

Did the first birthday, had to do the second. This year's theme was "Tinkerbell" - so I made a garden for her fairies. The cake was vanilla, (colored green) and the frosting was buttercream (in the middle it was purple), and royal icing decorations.


"Rick's 31st Birthday" - January 22nd, 2009

Like I said, we're big cub fans. Vanilla cake, buttercream frosting.



"Rick's 31st Birthday Party Cake" - January 25th, 2009

I had to make a cake for when we had the party too! This was chocolate cake, with peanut butter frosting. BIG hit!!!


"Motorcycle Cake" - February 7th, 2009

This cake was made for the sister-in-law of a girl I worked with, for her son's 3rd birthday. Vanilla cake, fresh cut strawberries in the middle, with buttercream frosting, a little fondant on top, and hand painted image on top.


"Valentine's Day Treats" - February 10th, 2009

Ok so these aren't really cakes, they're rice krispies treats. I frosted them with buttercream frosting, and put each on a little cake board. I thought it was more fun for my visiting teachees than just a plain plate of treats. :o)


SHEW! That's everything up-to-date!!!

Dangerous 5 Minute Chocolate Cake

5 Minute Chocolate Cake (in a Mug)

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
in a large coffee mug.

1 egg
and mix well.

3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
small splash of vanilla
and mix well.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. (You may have to reduce to 70% power if you have a stronger microwave)

The cake will rise up over the mug, but don't be worried - it won't fall out or cause a giant mess.

Allow to cool for a few minutes.

Tip out onto a plate, if desired. Top with whip cream, frosting, cool whip, fruit, or topping of your desire.

Dangerous because we are all 5 minutes away from cake, any time of day or night.


(My review: I'm still experimenting and adjusting this recipe. When I find the perfect mix, I will edit this post or post a new one. I find the cake is a little rubbery for my liking, but it's not horrible enough that you won't want to eat it!) :o)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009



Being a stay at home mom is wonderful, and there are perks! Oh I wouldn't give it up for anything - I love being able to hands-on teach my children and see them grow and it makes me feel so proud.

But I'm also lonely. I'm not going to lie! Being at home all day is lonely after a while - I don't really have very many friends, I've realized. And the one good friend I do have is moving in July. What am I going to do? I leave the house to go grocery shopping. Where is the fun in that? I have a few hobbies... but sometimes after days and days of tackling the same dishes and picking up the same clothes off the floor, I feel down.

I'm not saying being at home and cleaning all day long is depressing, but it makes me sad sometimes - like I feel unappreciated, and I feel so.... defeated when the same things happen day after day. The dishes never go away. The laundry never goes away. Like I'm in a continuing cycle, with no breaks. If I take a day off, it's most certainly pointed out to me that I've let things get "gross" in the house... and then I feel bad, like I'm not doing my job!

Sometimes I get sad that I'm picking up someone else's clothes so many times (no matter what I say) that I just stop. Then they pile up. Then someone wants to know where a shirt is. Oh - it's piled under this, this and this. Ok now it's my fault for not finding it and cleaning it for that exact moment. Hello! People - why would you pile clothes 4 feet from your hamper, when the hamper is RIGHT there!!! Not difficult.

I've come to the conclusion that I need a week or two on vacation in Tahiti. Maybe if I start saving now, I can go when I'm 60. Because heaven knows I don't have the money to go any time sooner.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Have you ever left your child alone in the car?

I opened my email today, and there was a link to BabyCenter - where I found a survey I just HAD to see the results of. It was titled "Have You Ever Left Your Child Alone in the Car?" and had a few questions.

82% of people said YES. 16% said NO.

8% said they ran into the store to run an errand. How would they know how long they would be gone? There is no way you can predict it will be a "quick" errand.

6% said they let their child finish their nap in the driveway. Alone. In the car.

3% of people said they were gone for 15-30 minutes (or MORE).

And the last question, Could you see your child from where you were?, 35% of people said NO.

I strongly disagree with some comments left on the survey about how being a single mom means it's impossible to NOT leave your child in the car a few times - if you can put them in the car to go somewhere, you can take them out once you get there. Your children are a responsibility. I never leave my kids in the car - not even to return a grocery cart.

They come with me.

Returning a cart with two kids, it doesn't matter. It's teaching them a lesson as well!

I have a 3 year old and a 4 month old, and it's not easy, but what would I do if something happened to them? They are relying on me. What if something happened to me and nobody knew they were in the car? I have heard too many stories about babies dying in hot cars and children being snatched to cover my eyes about the evil out in the world. I can't be ignorant to assume it could never happen to me - because that's what happens right before something DOES happen.

And that's my two cents for today.


Ah, Valentine's Day...

Ah.... Valentine's. The most romantic day ever. The most celebrated couples holiday.

I woke in the wee morning hours to tend to my 4 month old daughter, crawled into bed a few hours later when she was settled, only to awake again to tend to her once more. Just as she was content, and I was starting to drift off into some needed extra hours of rest, my 3 year old decides to start his day. SIGH - maybe a nap later on?
I hang on to hope, but.... puh-leeze!

Hey, a girl can dream!

Well after the morning has passed by, my husband tells me he's called his aunt, and we have a babysitter so we can go out - that's right! We can have a date on Valentine's! I'm so excited, I never go out, let alone on Valentine's Day. My first treat of the day? I get to go grocery shopping with no kids.

Bless Costco for stomping out what could have been an enjoyable experience! I get there and the parking lot is stuffed to the brim - also there is an extra dose of crabby-housewife-in-large-SUV driving around, and also in the store. One proceeds to hit me in my heel with her cart several times (apparantly shopping in Costco was THE most important thing EVER at that moment), before I whipped around and burned a hole through her oversized sunglasses with my most peircing "I-would-beat-you-with-this-cart-if-I-could-right-now-if-you-don't-lay-off" look.

Basically my trip ended in running through Costco grabbing what was on my list and jumping in the shortest line I could find, to get me home asap.

No worries! So I had a bad time at Costco... no biggie! I'll go home! We'll get ready, we'll have a fab night.


I get home, my husband has decided that since it's Valentine's Day, he doesn't want to fight the crowds. And you don't want to fight the crowds too, right honey? I would say yes, but he feels guilty and will get angry like I'm guilt tripping him into taking me out. Then what fun would THAT be. So fine, we decide to stay home. ("we")

Instead, we could watch a movie! Let's do that. We can't agree on a movie. Ok no movie. Silence... and he picks something by himself. Hello? Do I live here?!
Time to do some dishes.
SOO glad I got to do something nice today.... oh wait, no. No I didn't.

Monday, February 9, 2009

First Post Ever!

Here it is. My first post. I can't believe I'm a blogger.
Well I have to say I'm rather enjoying having a moment to tell this little white box what is up in my day - I feel a bit of relief, rather than feeling like my head is going to explode! (Only sometimes, only sometimes.)
First entry will be short - I have a 3 year old and a 3 month old to attend to, and quite frankly parenting is probably a great deal more important than blogging. :o)
For now, I'll just say I'm excited to have somewhere to dump my thoughts.