birthday monkey cake!

We celebrated Isabel’s 3rd birthday a week early, so Daddy could join us. It was more fun getting ready to celebrate her birthday than the actual celebration. I don’t think we “do” parties well, yet. Maybe in a few years, they will have more fun. But, the cake was AWESOME! I really enjoy making spectacular cakes. So, I wanted to show you the cake and how to make it.

Here it is! Isn’t it wonderful! The reason I wanted to make her a monkey cake is first of all because I wanted the challenge, but secondly because I call Isabel, my monkey. Want to know how?

I used a 3D bear cake pan. I got it from Michael’s several years ago.

It is imperative that you follow the directions that come with this cake pan in baking your cake! Imperative. If you don’t, you will be sorry. Don’t ask me how I know that….3 separate times. ARGH. Read the directions! Follow the directions!

This is how it looks out of the pan…except the ears were on top of it’s head. I forgot to take a picture before I cut them. I cut the ears off with a bread knife. I then inserted toothpicks into the ears, then into the side of the head, like a monkey’s would be.

The icing covers up the features of the bear. You can then just frost the bear in whatever you desire. As it was about midnight when I was frosting this cake, I found I didn’t have chocolate icing. So, I googled how to make brown icing. The directions are here. It turned into a rather lovely brown. With some tweaking here and there, that is.

After you frost it manically, because it is getting later and later, and your birthday girl takes a thousand pictures of you out of excitement for her cake….

Draw the face out of a lighter color of frosting. (I just mixed up the brown with white to make a tan.) Look into your craft stash for some googly eyes, ribbon, and buttons…to make it a girly monkey.

And there you have it! A beautiful girly monkey perfect for the little monkey girl in your life!

I think she was pleased with her cake and decorations. It was all pink and girly and monkey. Just like her!

Linking up, for the first time. EVER!


fancy birthday tea party

bdaycake

My precious little Kate turned 4! (last week) She is such a fancy, dressy, girly girl that I wanted to make her party something that she would love. So, we had a fancy tea party.

The decorations:

Those hearts and flowers in the back are princess wands. I thought those turned out especially lovely.

Here is her cake in all it’s glory. When I would ask her what kind of cake she wanted, she would reply, a pink cake with sparkles and blue, and purple, and flowers….FANCY!!! I googled fancy cake and found a picture of something similar to this and tried my best to duplicate it. The one online was 6 or so layers with fondant. Mine is more like 3 layers with butter/cream cheese frosting. Messy but tasty.

We even made sure the inside was fancy.

Here is the fancy birthday girl. Ready for her party. Notice her accessories?

We decorated crowns and made pearl necklaces. Here are the party goers showing off their princess/fancy attire.

The tea set and me….ready to serve.

Having tea. All the girls really enjoyed the tea. It was a raspberry tea. Decaffeinated, of course. The girls were so careful with the fancy tea cups and saucers. It was really cute.

Ready for presents. She got completely spoiled on dress-up clothes. Now she and Isabel have no need to fight over things. (right?)

The happy birthday girl with her fancy cake. I think the party was a success.

Happy birthday, Kate!

summer recap, part 2

swim
Fourth of July was celebrated by shooting guns….

Mama and her cane while shooting = hilarious

Playing badminton….

Eating watermelon….


And spending time with family and friends.

During this month, I was asked to make a cake for my Uncle Anthony’s surprise birthday party. It turned out so pretty, I just have to share it with you.

Cute, huh? He plays the ukelele, so his daughter requested a ukelele cake. I had no idea how to do it. I used 2 sheet cakes and cut out the shapes. I used candy and thread for the top, Hawaiian looking flowers for the edge.

I canned lots and lots of pickles and tomatoes.

Kate had her first taco. And LOVED it. Now, every time I mention having tacos, she gets very excited. She likes to dip them into a salsa and sour cream mixture. We always have root beer with tacos. It makes it even yummier.

We went camping on the hottest weekend of the year. It was fun, but so hot!

Putting up our massive tent took some patience and some time.


The girls danced around the fire.

We learned to make cowboy coffee. Delicious! I suggest if anyone tent camps to try it. It is worth the wait.

~BOAT RIDE~
  ~swimming~
 ~jumping~
~walks along the lake shore~
~grilling burgers lake side~
 ~eating more watermelon~
 ~enjoying sunsets~
~enjoying full moons over our campsite~
~having strange things happen~

Kate learned how to do a flip on the swing set. She loves to show off.

 Isabel still hasn’t quite learned how to pedal her tricycle, much to her frustration.

We ate lots of blueberry pancakes. LOTS.

~popcorn and movie nights~
The back vegetable garden

The front flowers on the other side of the driveway. Next year, hopefully, I will remember that the sunflowers face AWAY from the house. They don’t look quite like I want them to, because they face that way. Oh, well.

front flower bed

another view of the front
Stay tuned for August!