Archive for January, 2012

Domestic Diva…almost

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Ok, So if you read one of my more recent post you would know that i’ve kind of been on a crafting kick inspired by an overwhelming amount of time i’ve wasted/spent on pinterest.  I have pin board devoted to Clover’s first birthday party, and several of those things i’ve attempted…some i’ve completed successfully and some i’ve completed not so successfully.  I think this project would go in the later category.

One thing i’ve been inspired by is this blog on baking -and sort of anything else you want to know.  This lady (i presume)  made the most beautiful Rose cake i’ve ever seen, granite it was my first, but I know it’s the greatest.  One that can be done by a simple novice like myself.  In my previous blog post I mention that pinterest, and tutorials in general, should have a disclaimer at the top of their pages that say “THIS IS NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS!”  And much to my dismay, this rose cake was no different… nor was the “worlds best butter cream recipe” I tried either.

So while waiting on the cakes to bake i told Cosby a bedtime story and this one took form from my own need to persevere after a failed icing attempt.  And here’s something how it went.

Polly Polar Bear decided to go ice skating one day and she was TERRIBLE!  She skated and twirled and whirled and flipped but she could never do it quite right.  So Polly Polar Bear wobbly skated over to her mother and cried “I can’t do this!  I’m terrible!!  I’m never going to be able to skate well!”  And her mother told her “Polly, you have to keep trying because no body gets stuff right the first time they try.  If you need to improve then you skate back out there and you keep practicing and one day you’ll get it.”  So Polly huffed and she skated back out onto the ice.

The next day Polly and her Mommy came back to the ice and Polly skated some more.  She skated and twirled and whirled and flipped and was TERRIBLE, but not quite as terrible as she was the day before.  So every day Polly and her mom came to the ice to practice.  One day Polly skated and twirled and whirled and flipped and wasn’t so terrible anymore.  She was actually good at skating.  She gracefully glided over to her mom and said “Did you see that?!?  I did it!  I can’t skate!”  And her mother replied ”  I did see!! You can skate WONDERFULLY!”  See, all you had to do was practice a little.  It took some time but you did it!” Polly smiled and said “Mom will you please come skate with me?”  And mother said “YES! But i’m not sure how good i’ll be.”  And Polly Polar Bear and Mother took hands and started to skate out on the ice and then THUMP…Mother fell down on her butt (and Cosby thought this was seriously hilarious!) and she laughed and said “Ooops! Looks like I need to practice a little”

The end.

 

Well I fell down on my butt with this cake attempt.  And no, i’m not going to make a cake a day until i get better  like miss Polly did with skating but i’ll be back… and maybe next time I won’t be quite as terrible.

 

I didn’t have quite enough icing

The icing was a terrible texture and WAY to rich (but that’s more the fault of the recipe). How does Betty Crocker get her icing so smooth?

 

Here are the links to the Rose cake (press here) and to the Butter Cream icing (press here). I would like to invite you to come and “skate” with me and let’s see if one of us can’t master this **** rose cake before Clover’s first birthday party.

The Energizer Bunny

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

If you asked me to describe Clover in one word I think it would be… relentless.  This child is nuts!  I can’t get a good picture of her because she is ALWAYS on the move.  Never stopping and never slowing down, even if this means she (and more importantly, Mommy and Daddy) don’t get any sleep. Sitting up at 4 1/2 months, crawling and pulling up at 6 and now taking her first step 8… she is in a huge hurry!  Last night she woke up around 1 and I rocked her and sang to her and then i put her in bed with us- which she thought was a lot of fun- and it wasn’t until 2 hours later did we finally force her to sleep with a full tummy full of warm milk.  That is just a typical night for us.  I honestly don’t think i could have had 2 more opposite children.  But this little girl is the happiest thing in the world, always afraid she’s going to miss a moment to have fun- and she rarely does.  She brings so many smiles to our whole family!  Can’t imagine my life without this little fire cracker.

 

Here’s a few attempts at trying to get a good picture of Clover tonight…

 

Attempt failed…

 

pinter-what?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Ok, so I’ve kind of gone crazy on this thing Pinterest.  I honestly think it’s the greatest invention since the in-house (ok, maybe it’s not that great).  For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a virtual pin board of anything and everything that inspires you- blogs, pictures, articles, recipes, you name it- and you create different boards/categories and then “pin it.”  They give you a little button to put on your browser so you can pin something in an instant. It is truly wonderful!!!  To check out what i’ve been wasting too much time on, look over to the right and click the “follow me on pinterest” button.  If you need an invite, let me know!

 

So I’ve been obsessing about what I’m going to do for Clover’s 1st birthday party (it’s less than 4 months away!).  I’ve got the colors, what cake I’m going to do, and what decorations I’m using all from Pinterest.  I’ve been so inspired to find my inner crafty self, that I have done JUST that!  Although they should make a disclaimer on pinterest that says “THESE CRAFTY IDEAS ARE NOT AS EASY AS THEY APPEAR!” because, quite honestly, it’s been very disappointing that my crafts do not turn out near as good as the bloggers.  Oh well, I am an admittedly novice crafter and sewer, I can only expect so much.  Here are a few things that I’ve tried.

 

This banner is going to be used as decoration for Clover’s party but it sure does make for cute room decor too.  This was such an easy sewing project that even I thought it was easy (say the “I” with inflection #capatolizedalready =).  The hardest part was just taking the time to pin (the sharp kind, not the internet bookmarking)  it all together.  The actual sewing took only about 25% of the time spent on the project… which was about 2 or 3 hours.

 

Here’s the tutu I made for Clover (that I’m still not sure if I’m going to put on her)  It doesn’t look anything like the picture.  I guess you can say I took my own creative initiative?

 

Happy blogging, facebooking, twittering, crafting, and pinning everyone!!!!!! (surely I covered everybody, right?)

the blanket

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Ok, so I still have a blanket.  I ‘m not afraid to admit it… I sleep with it every  night  It’s a blanket that i’ve had since I was 5.  I take it on all of my trips and if for some reason I don’t have it, it’s kind of hard to sleep at night.  I remember being little and chilled with fever and the only blanket that would keep me warm was mine, it was like a layer of sunshine draped over me. No other blanket could replace it.  Over the years I’ve given pieces of it away… some has just unraveled and some have been given to the most beloved creatures in my life.

When I was a little, we had a dog, cuddles, who chased my blanket around the house.  Every where i’d go, Cuddles was there with me trying to get my blanket.  So i, in nice geasture, decided that if she loved my blanket that much that she should have a piece of her own.  I got the scissors and cut out a heart shape the best I could and presented it to her but i could never figure out why she still only wanted MY blanket.  Only later did it occur to me that she was just chasing around a “toy” and she wasn’t really in love with my precious blanket.

Another piece went to my doll.  I was always a motherly type (ask my brother and sister)  and when I got my first Lee Midleton doll, I just knew that he needed a piece of my blanket too, and he was grateful!  And what baby wouldn’t be grateful for that golden piece of cotton?

Another piece went to my Cosby.  When he was born,  I just knew that he needed a blanket too.  My blanket had brought me so much happiness over the years that i thought Cosby deserved to have that kind of happiness and comfort too.  So i went to the store and bought some fabric and satin and sewed it together and presented it to him when he was born.  He wasn’t to keen on the blanket, or any blanket in particular until he was old enough to get ahold of mind.. and it was fate.  He would get it every chance he had…so then,  I cut a piece off for him.

Clover’s blanket did not come from mine.  I was determined not loose anymore of it because by the time we’re done having children, it would be possible that i wouldn’t have any left for my self (and a mother can only be so selfless) .  So I asked my dad about the blanket that i had when i was a baby.  The green blanket that i loved so much.  The one that he hid from me in hopes of breaking my bad blanket habit.  The one i replaced with my golden fleece.  And he kept it all of these years.  So when Clover was born i knew she had to have that blanket.  I gave it to her when she was born and from the beginning she has loved that thing with her whole heart.  Every time she sees it she gets giddy and wiggly and she falls down on it in total love.

We are a blanket family.  And what can i say, my kids got it honestly.  If you ask Cosby, he’ll tell you we have a blanket bond.  And i’m pretty sure that there are more of you out there just like us- lovers of blankets.  Just admit it.  Do you have a special blankie?

Here’s a picture of mine and Cosby’s “remastered” blankets.  Thanks Granny for giving  our blankets another life… i see 20 more years in it’s future!