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My latest cake creation – a pizza!
Pizza Cake
(pretend like the wax paper isn’t there – we thought we were going out to dinner, and I was going to have them bring the cake out, so I needed some way to move it easily – I just forgot to take off the excess before snapping a shot – remember, I was on a time crunch!!)

My father-in-law loves pizza, I mean, LOVES PIZZA!! Even my 2 year old knows it’s his favorite food, so of course, I had to make him a pizza cake!! Crazy part was, I had to make it at their house, in 2 hours! Yikes! I baked the cake at my house, then did everything else at their house. Needless to say, there wasn’t a whole lot of room for error. And the best part is, he usually just eats pepperoni pizza, making the toppings even easier!

Pizza Cake in Box

The funny thing is, we asked what he wanted for dinner and he said, pizza! Wow, how convenient!

Here’s the skinny –
Basic Betty Crocker cake, baked in a deep dish stoneware pan
Whipped icing from Wilton – note to self, this has no flavor, buttercream is so much better!! I just used this thinking it would be easier since I wouldn’t have a lot of time to mess around with making icing
The sauce was piping gel dyed red
Cheese was ivory colored fondant, rolled and sliced very thin
Pepperoni was very tricky to get just the right color, thankfully there was some real pepperoni in the freezer and the color in mine was almost perfect (might be hard to tell in the photo, but it was right on!)

All in all, it was a big hit and lots of fun to make!

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Kayak Cake

Disclaimer – I am by no means a Bakerella or anything, although I do adore her work!! Bear’s birthday was about a month ago – March 8th. I’ve started a new tradition with him and Bubby Girl, it’s all about the birthday cake!! Well, for me at least! I love making personal, themed cakes. And so here was Bear’s this year. He’s a whitewater kayaker, so he was deserving of a cake that looked like his kayak. He paddles a Pyranha Burn – this is me in it a few years ago, not a great picture of me, cheesin’ a bit for the camera.
Kelly in Kayak
So, that’s what I went off of. It was my first time with stacking cakes, and using fondant, so I made a HUGE mess, and everything was dyed blue thanks to the watery icing. The cake is more orange than the actual kayak, but hey, lets blame the dyes on that one!! But it was fun, and I learned a lot. Mostly that I like the vanilla icing way better than the chocolate (the cake inside is chocolate with dark chocolate icing). It was also fun using my new stand mixer than I got for my birthday, which I adore – breadmaking is now a breeze, but that’s another post!
Kayak Cake
Kayak Cake
Kayak Cake
Notice the marbled fondant! Yay me, that was actually lots of fun getting the color to move around. And those are rocks in the water, they looked more realistic in real life!
But all in all, he was surprised and it was lots of fun. There will definitely be more fun cakes in the future!

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Christmas Cookies

Bear’s work party was last night, so I whipped up some sugar cookies and just had to try this new icing recipe – Glace Icing – to decorate them. Can I just say I love my new sugar cookie recipe and this icing!!! It’s super easy to work with, dries very hard, so you can stack cookies for parties, bag them up for gift giving, freeze some, all without having to work about the icing smearing and making a huge mess!
Oh, and apparently you can substitute the butter – we use Smart Balance 50/50 blend with Omega-3, and I must say I love that butter!! It tastes so yummy, but is a little healthier than butter.
Christmas Tree Cookies
Christmas Tree Cookies
You can see some other plain cookies poking out on the plate, that’s because I had to make 3 batches of cookies, so I didn’t decorate them all – just sprinkled some colored sugar on some of them. And apparently, some crazy people out there don’t even like them with icing, must be something wrong with them – the more sugar the better! Hehe!!

Oh, and to top off this wonderful week before Christmas – we’re supposed to get up to 12 inches of snow tomorrow!!! That’s unheard of ’round these parts (at least before Christmas) How exciting! I’m thrilled, except The Bub has a yucky cold and if she doesn’t get over it soon there will be no sledding, no snowmen, no snowballs, nothing….oh poo. Pray that she gets over it, she’s 2, she NEEDS to be playing in the snow!! Can you imagine how much fun that will be!!

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Cutest kid award!

I definitely would win the cutest kid award – I mean seriously, look at that face!! (I know every mom thinks that, so don’t slam me – just let me adore my little darling!) By the way, that’s Ted Bear and blankie she’s got the death grip on…she loves her Ted Bear.
Bubby and Ted Bear
And it doesn’t hurt that she is sleeping in BIG TIME today! It’s 10:30 and she’s still not up – so mama got lots done this morning, but I am so ready for her to be awake – it’s playtime! I even made her blueberry muffins for breakfast!
Blueberry Muffins

My blueberries were HUGE, so they are so gooey and yummy! Some have a crumbly topping, but not all, and now there’s one missing!
Yummy!

Make that two!
Bub eating blueberry muffin

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Rosemary Garlic Crackers

I found this recipe over at Heather’s blog – Beauty that Moves and I just had to try them. And what a fantastic recipe this was! They turned out even better than I thought they would. Super yummy! Definitely sprinkle the salt on before baking, that makes them delicious! It was a little bit of work, but not too bad. I will definitely be making them again.
Rosemary Garlic Crackers

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Y is for…

Pewter Ransom Font Y is for yuck! So we had oysters the other day. We always get them around this time of the year and we love them – Yum! However, my husband opened one and “eww – what is that?!” Apparently a crab had gotten into this oyster and it was quite yucky looking!
Yucky Oyster
And in case you can’t see it, here’s a close up for you! Needless to say, he didn’t eat this oyster!
Up Close Yucky Oyster

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R is for…

R is for….rest and relaxation.
It’s been a week since Bear has been gone, and I have 2 1/2 more days to go. So, instead of heading to work today, I headed to the babysitters and then back home. Sounds terrible right? I’m sorry. I needed a break. Being a “single mom” is tough, even if for a week. I have so much respect for single mom’s and Navy wives (when I say navy, that encompasses all brances of the armed forces, I’m just familiar with the Navy, since I work on a naval base). I don’t know how they do it. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my daughter to death, and I adore every single second I get to spend with her, but you mom’s out there know what I’m talking about! That veg out time. Lila has also decided that she doesn’t really want to take her afternoon nap anymore either. Yikes! Crazy 11 month old (11 months tomorrow, oh how sad!) And she’s just about walking. She walked across the living room last night, probably 10-12 steps. Oh my! Poor daddy better get home soon!

Speaking of daddy – he got an elk! Yay! I’m so excited! I had a 2 minute phone call to tell me about it. He’s supposed to call today and give me more details. Apparently it’s a 6 x 6, and he shot it at about 6 feet. Oh my, I bet that was nerve wracking! I can’t wait to hear the whole story! So today, I’m taking my veg day to get ready for him coming home. I definitely don’t want him coming home to a mess, and of course he needs a treat. So I’m cleaning up the house and making his favorite cookies – Pumpkin Cookies! It’s his mom’s recipe and I’m not that good at them, but I’m trying my best today. I think this might be the first time I’ve posted a recipe. They are super good, and his favorite way to eat them is frozen, they freeze really well.
Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Cookies
4 c flour
2 c quick oats
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 c butter
2 c brown sugar
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 small can of pumpkin filling
2 c raisins
Powdered sugar, vanilla and water for icing

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients (first 5 listed). Set aside. Cream butter and gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin filling, mixing well after each addition. Stir in raisins. Drop by tbsp onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake about 12 minutes (start here, but mine usually take about 14 min). You want to err on the side of underdone. It’s hard to tell they are browning until they are too done.

Mix together powdered sugar (2 c to start), 1 1/2 tsp vanilla and a little water (start with 1-2 tbsp). Mix this well, you want the consistency to be very thick, but smooth and stirable. Spread over cookies while hot. It will melt all over them. If it runs right off, you need to add more powdered sugar. It should firm up pretty well when it cools. Enjoy!!

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