Thursday, December 31, 2009

A little help from my friends...

I am quite sorry that I haven't taken the time to introduce some of the new friends that the kids and I made over the holidays!

We made these lanterns at the Creative Camp we had on the first day of holidays...
First Sarah's, then Sean's and finally my sample...Sean was sitting next to his best friend ever at camp who made his snowman a Pirate Snowman! Sean knows a good thing when he sees it so now we also have a Pirate Snowman lantern! I love it when the kids let their creativity kick in!

Now we have another Frosty and a Rudolph...
I was totally in love with the noses on these fellas when I made them! Rudolph's nose is fleece and Frosty's is half a pipe cleaner wrapped around a mustard lid (you have to use your lid around here!...Please do pardon the pun but I really couldn't help it!) I should mention, Rudolph was for a birthday party and Frosty was for the Creative Camp as well!

Finally, the kids also got to decorate their own Christmas Trees at the Camp...
I told Sarah and Sean that they couldn't eat them till after Daddy got home...then I made them get their jammies on before they actually dug into them...
What ever works right!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Enjoy and Stay Safe!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's topsy turvy time!

I have been wanting to do a topsy turvy cake for some time...a really long time...but everything I do tends to be trial by fire. I don't have much time for baking cakes for no reason. I am home with 3 kids and running a small today I first topsy turvy cake!
Here are the layers you just saw stacked (well one of them is a redo...but that's another story!)
Sadly I was working on this cake late and it was delivered early so my lighting is all funny...but here it is...Now I felt that the eaters should know what their options were so...I made a little sign and found paper that happened to co-ordinate, perfectly!
Buh-Bye my sweet! I might have liked some time to admire you before you shipped off...Happy Birthday to Michelle! A wonderful woman who reports that 22 feels pretty fine!


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Eve at our house...

T'was the night before Christmas and

...a friend dropped in with this beautiful arrangement.
...the kids and I made peppermint bark.

...I had my annual fight with pastry to make tortiere.

...we left bread out to dry for our baked french toast on Christmas Morning....we bought flowers for our Music Director and for the teen who wrote and directed our Christmas Pageant.

...Sarah and Sean were Mary and Jophish (as pronounced by Sean) in the pageant.I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family. Ours has been blessed and is not yet over.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pretty Pink Princesses

The cupcakes for this party were provided by me! It's the first time I have had a party and a cake order combined!
Isn't she sweet...note 1) The cornstarch hands - we made marshmallows and 2) The hairband - everyone made one of those too!
The birthday girl!
The loot!
We had 14 girls at this was hard to keep them organized!!! And they really seemed to like the lollies!
Happy Birthday Lauren (it was her real birthday!)


Monday, December 14, 2009

Bugs, bugs, everywhere bugs!

Well, I was lucky enough to celebrate Jake's 5th Birthday this is one of his friends eying our cupcake batter...chocolate, yum!
Here is Jake himself working on his Shrink Art Charms...
Nothing gets kids (or me) more excited then watching shrink art shrink!!! So funny how it entertaining it can be! Of course as they watched the bug charms curl up in the initial stages of shrinking they got really excited because it appeared as though they were 'curling up to die!'
We had all kinds of cupcake creations...they were meant to be bugs but the variations were endless!
The birthday boy with his marshmallow creation!
We hope you had a very happy birthday Jake!


Sunday, December 13, 2009

A little delayed...

It would seem that both this post and my sign were are the critics...watching to see how this all goes down.

Here is the sign on the exciting!!!
The auger at work...
Sean explaining the process to me (who had a raging fever, chills and general ill feelings at the time).
Putting the finishing touches on...
Hooray! Let's hope this beauty helps work some magic at Creative Bug Headquarters! Thank you to Zebra Signs for your hard work and patience too!


Saturday, December 05, 2009

While you were sleeping...

My Dearest Simon...

Friday was a half-day at school. So, we picked up the kids, had lunch and you went for your nap...while you were sleeping we...

Cracked eggs (each of the kids cracked 4 - it was Sean's first time!)

Counted the number of eggs that were missing, that we used and that were in the carton when we bought them...
Sean stirred chocolate and marshmallows on the stove until they melted...
We made Rice Krispie Balls for the tree (we love to decorate with edible ornaments every year).
We made Honey-Nut Fudge - Yum!
We put together a tray of goodies...
Then headed off for an early Wassail at the church (after you woke up)...

Simon, your turn will come soon but for now...thank you for giving us some 'big kid' time to do all of these wonderful things...we sure do love you little guy.


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

This little piggie

This little piggie went to Sparks...
And this little piggie stayed home...
Two little piggies ate their personalized baked french toast...
And these little piggies made some of their own!
These blankets are waiting for their piggies...
And these little piggies have new homes...
I had such a great time visiting with the Sparks in Burlington at their first sleep-over of the year! They were a delight!

Thank you so much for inviting me and sharing your energy, smiles, songs and fun with Sarah and I! We hope we get to come back again!