Lollipop Cake

So after much consideration for a Candyland theme birthday, I tried many different options for a first birthday cake. At first I tried a cupcake cake, but didn’t like the results. I thought about ordering a cake, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted. Finally one night at dinner my Mom said, “why don’t you make a cake in the shape of a lollipop?” So after several different test runs of frosting, sugar crystals, sprinkles, and lots of mess, I finally got a cake that I think turned out pretty well. The final cake was an eight inch round funfetti cake with white frosting and a variety of sugar crystals, and rainbow sprinkles. I made a stick for the lollipop by mixing vanilla meltable candies with rainbow sprinkles and dipped a pretzel stick in the mixture (which was actually a favorite of the party, my husband is still eating the left overs). Here are my messes and one final success just in time for the birthday!

Lollipop Attempt 1
Lollipop Attempt 1
Lollipop Attempt 2
Lollipop Attempt 2
The final lollipop
The final lollipop
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Rachael’s Pumpkin Soup

So I haven’t been creating many recipes of my own lately. Between work, birthday parties, and oh yeah being a Mom I found myself out of just about everything this weekend and trying to figure out if I could get away with waiting to go grocery shopping until Monday. This is due to my absolute refusal to grocery shop on the weekend unless it is completely necessary. I do understand that people need to grocery shop on the weekend, in fact most people grocery shop on the weekend. However, since I do not have to grocery shop on the weekend I make it a point to try to wait it out until the week, and even early in the morning to avoid crowds, so I can shop in peace (ha! with a one year old). So as our pantry was getting pretty empty this weekend, we had various dishes of fish sticks, muffins, and eggs (except for our little love bug, who always eats better than we do!)

I digress. In my attempt to have better dishes this week I was looking around food network and came across a recipe that is a favorite of mine and especially fitting for this time of year. If you haven’t tried this soup before, you need to. I started making it as part of Thanksgiving lunch four years ago and even the pickiest eaters have tried it, gone back for seconds, and love it. So here’s the link for that delicious recipe: Rachael Ray’s Pumpkin Soup.

Here’s a picture…of its deliciousness!

Rachael Ray's Pumpkin Soup
Rachael Ray's Pumpkin Soup
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Doggy Sitting

While my Dad had back surgery last week, my husband, A, and I watched my parents two dogs Sebastian and Paddington. Now Paddington used to be my dog, but he loves Sebastian too much to ever live with us. Sebastian on the other hand could live by himself happily (Ha!). Anyway, we had a great time watching the dogs and A especially enjoyed having the “das” as he calls them around. The spent the most of their two days together watching the cars out the window in A’s bedroom and Sebastian spent much of his time sleeping under A’s bed in his room. Here are some pictures from their weekend together!

Sebastian and the Bunny Looking out the Front Window
Sebastian and the Bunny Looking out the Front Window
Sebastian says "I'll just sleep under the bed"
Sebastian says "I'll just sleep under the bed"
Can I keep the Doggies, please?
Can I keep the Doggies, please?
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Seriously Handy…My New Organizer

I am not someone who can commit to one diaper bag, purse, etc. I carry different ones for different trips, or just to switch things up. However, I never liked having to move items from one bag to the next because I would inevitably forget something. After seeing the Pish Posh Mommy Organizer on Natalie’s Sentiments website, I thought it was the perfect answer to my diaper bag switching. I mulled over it for a few weeks and finally decided to get it. I am so happy with the purchase! It fits well in all my diaper bags and in the purse I got from Target to use as an occasional diaper bag. I picked the hot pink pattern with the brown interior and the zipper. I need some pink in my life, since I have a lot of blue :).  It is super cute and functional! Here is a picture of my new organizer!

Lombard Swirl with Zipper
Lombard Swirl with Zipper

Oh and here is the purse I got from Target to go with my new organizer…

Merona Slubb Hobo
Merona Slubb Hobo

And here is a purse I wish I could get to use with my purse organizer…. (Ahh to dream!)

Coach Patent Glam Poppy Collection
Coach Patent Glam Poppy Collection

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Eleven Months

Oh my baby is going to be one year in one month! I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by. We were sitting at the table the other night and I asked my husband, what were we doing at this time last year? And my husband replied in his very engineering way…waiting for the floor to be fixed in A’s room. Oh right…thanks for the reminder! Mainly because I was completely panicked at the time that we wouldn’t get the room finished and set-up before A  arrived. Now I’m not sure what I was worried about. A didn’t even use that room until he was about two months old.

Now I am in the middle of work, crafting birthday decorations, and running around the house chasing after a hilarious and very fast eleven month old. Let’s just see what Super A is up to this month…

– A sits with his legs crossed on the floor (no doubt mimicking us…but it’s funny when they have little short legs).

– A is now down to three bottles a day, loves strawberry toast still, and could eat yogurt for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if we let him. He also loves crackers, and is amazingly good at taking bites of food.

– A is wearing size 18 months in most things at this point, so my fingers are crossed that my sale fall/winter items will fit in a few months.

– If you don’t pay attention to A at the table now he says “hey, hey, hey, HEY, HEY!” until he gets some sort of response.

– A is definitely a mimic. Everything we say he says back (or tries to say back), and this is his favorite game with Daddy.

– A loves to stand at the tub in our bathroom and turn the water on and off, and on and off, and on and off….

– A knows where his nose is and loves to show you where your nose is if you ask him.

– A is walking holding on to the couch, the walls, the cabinets,  and he can pull up and stand on his own for a few seconds. We are waiting for him to take off soon.

– A twists his ear and his hair to calm himself.

– A now loves to talk to strangers and tries to get their attention (much to my chagrin) by waving leaning backwards out of carts, highchairs, and talking.

– A still loves taking baths and they have now become part of his nightly routine.

– A will sit quietly if you read to him, but he is getting tired of certain books that we read often. He will push them away or close them, or say i doh (which means i’m done).

– A loves to share his pacifier, his cheerioes, or his toys with anyone willing to take them.

– A loves “hide and seek” (or a more elaborate version of peek a boo) and I spend a good part of my day crawling around the couch and ottoman, as he crawls after me.

Favorite Memory of the Month: When we were at my sister’s house watching the Auburn game A started crawling across the floor nodding like a horse…and every time someone said “how do you do?” to him he would nod in their direction and keep crawling. It was hilarious…and I’m still disappointed I didn’t grab my camera to videotape it.

Aidan Eleven Months
Eleven Months
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