Happy (early) Mother’s Day!

Tomorrow will be a busy day…getting kids around and dressed for church…then, getting myself around and dressed.  Of course, we’ll call our moms and wish them a Happy Mother’s Day.  I’m not sure if I’ll get around to posting this on the blog tomorrow, so, I thought I would say Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s out there today.

I came across this video on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.  Maybe you saw it too.  I thought I’d share it with you.  I love the Skit Guys.  They do a wonderful job of presenting things in a funny, but profound way.  I think they did a great job wit this skit.  It perfectly shows what moms go through everyday, especially with young children.  I love the very end of the video.  

So, here you go.  It’s my first time to include a video, so I hope this works 🙂  Here you go!!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!

Everything’s Better With Cake

Happy Friday everyone!!  Also, Happy Mother’s Day (early) to all of you lovely mothers out there!!  What a great job you’re doing, raising beautiful children 🙂  I know it’s not an easy job, and sometimes it’s thankless and you wonder if you’re making a difference.   Trust me, you are!!

My daughter loves…I mean really LOVES the movie Frozen.  We watch it (almost) daily.  She and my son have even started watching it in Spanish & French.  They think the words sound funny & mostly just sit back and laugh at it.  I think my daughter is fluent in French now!

In the movie, there’s a scene where Elsa and Anna are observing their first party.  As they stand awkwardly and watch everyone dance & enjoy themselves, they make small talk.  I believe Anna (I could be wrong) wonders “what’s that amazing smell?”  Then, both girls sigh together “CHOCOLATE!” 

What is it about women and chocolate?  It can pretty much make any day better.  Earlier this week, we went over to a friend’s house for dinner.  When invited over, you of course must offer to bring something, so I volunteered to bring dessert.  I had recently found this yummy looking cake on Pinterest a few days earlier and I was dying to try it out!  

I think I’ve mentioned before that my hubby gets nervous when I try new things on our friends.  I guess he thinks I’ll mess it up and poison our friends or something.  My thinking on this is, if you can’t practice on your friends, who can you practice on?  And who better to try new things with??  If they’re really good friends, they’ll let you know if it’s terrible.

Well, to my delight, I found that the Cracker Barrel Coca Cola Chocolate Cake is our hostess’ favorite dessert at Cracker Barrel. I was happy, because she could offer a true taste test for the cake.  I was also nervous, because she could offer a true taste test for the cake!!  

Confession.  This was my first time to make a homemade cake from scratch.  Yes, if you’ve followed my blogs, you may occasionally see the cakes I decorate for friends and family.  And now you know my dirty little secret…I always, always use cake mixes.  They just seem so much easier and they taste pretty good (in my opinion), so I just never experimented with made from scratch cakes.  I was interested and nervous to see how this one would turn out.

The cake wasn’t hard to make at all.  Sure, it probably took 10 minutes instead of the 5 minutes a cake mix takes to whip up.  Sure, I may have had to buy a few more ingredients (most I already had on hand).  However, I was able to brag later on that the cake was MADE FROM SCRATCH!!  The recipe was very easy to follow.  

It was a huge hit!!!  My friend who almost always gets this cake at Cracker Barrel said it was BETTER than their cake!  I can’t think of any higher compliment!  Well, maybe one more…my hubby got not one, but 2 slices of it!!!  If you know him, you know he’s not as crazy about chocolate as I am.  I figured he would say it was “too chocolate-y” (which in my mind is NOT possible).  However, he loved it!!

The cake was a nice dense texture and not at all dry, which is what I was afraid of.  My friend confessed to me later that she was having some of the leftover cake for breakfast…nothing wrong with that!  It’s good hot, it’s good cold.  It’s good on the first day and it’s good a few days later.  It’s just good all around!

This cake will probably start showing up at a lot of church functions.  It will most likely start showing up in “The Cake Lady’s” cakes soon.  I love the icing, but it’s not one that I can decorate with, so I’ll use my tried and true Wilton buttercream icing to decorate with.

If you love chocolate, this cake is for you.  If you are like me and have never made a cake from scratch, this would be a good one to start with.  I think you’ll be impressed :).

On a completely unrelated note, my App, Mommy Matters, has gone through it’s first update.  It is only available on iPhone, so if you don’t have it yet, just search under “Mommy Matters”, it should be the first one to pop up.  You can also search under the developer, Tyler Brassfield.  My phone updated it automatically, but some don’t, so check it out and just update it.  There were some minor bug fixes and improvements.  I believe there have been some font color changes, etc.  While in the App store, check out other apps developed by Tyler Brassfield.  He is a gifted app developer that is doing a lot of apps for churches and other religious organizations.  He also happens to be my “little” brother 🙂  

Happy Friday!!! Make it a good one and bake a cake!

Happy (Late) Mother’s Day

Hello all!!  I have really been slacking on the blog side of things lately.  I have a couple of excuses reasons.  First of all, I’ve been pretty busy with cakes…mainly baby shower cakes.  We have several ladies at the church who are expecting (which is very exciting) and we’ve had baby showers almost every week.  Here’s my latest cake:

ImageIt’s been interesting.  I’ve made a monkey cake, a jungle cake and now an elephant cake. I haven’t looked at baby stuff in a while, but I’m guess jungle/safari nurseries are pretty popular right now.

So, I want to wish all mothers out there a happy belated Mother’s Day.  On my side, I had a wonderful one. My family took me out to eat & then we went to Sweet Frog for some yogurt (Yum-O!!).  Then, we came home and just relaxed.  The day before, our local Chick-fil-a had a Mother/Daughter Tea.

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ImageWe had a lot of fun.  They served us a lovely breakfast (can you believe I have never had a chicken biscuit?  Where have they been all my life??)  Then, we got to paint a flower pot.  A lot of my friends have little boys, but we were able to sit with some good friends, Becca and Eva…

ImageSo, all in all, it was a wonderful weekend!!!

I’ve been very excited to share my latest project with you, but since they were gifts to 3 special ladies in my life, and since I was a slacker and didn’t mail them until Monday…I’ve had to wait.

A few weeks ago, I found a cute little blog site called Crazy Little Projects.  This is where I got the tutorial on making hooded towels.  Well, the more I looked at her blog, the more I liked it!!  So, I started following her.  A little bit before Mother’s Day, she wrote an article with about 25 sewing projects for mom.  This is where I found this project.

My parents are going to be visiting us this summer and we are going to the beach, so I thought this would be perfect for their trip.  I wanted to find some fun, beachy fabric.  I didn’t find something “beachy”, but I did find a nautical print that I fell in love with.  This is what I ended up with:

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It is reversible…although when I picked it out to make, I didn’t really realize it 🙂

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This is the reversed (inside) part of the bag.  The items to the left are the car seat coolers I made for my niece and nephew…see “Cool Your Jets” for that tutorial.

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Here’s my lovely mother modeling hers after she got it in the mail yesterday.  I’ll probably get in trouble for this one…lol 🙂

After I figured out what I was doing, it only took about 1 – 1 1/2 hours to make.  The tutorial calls for 1 yard of each fabric.  I bought wide fabric and was able to get all 3 bags made out of 1 yard of fabric…Yay!!

This was a really fun project to make.  I will probably be making one for myself in the near future…when I get some free time…ha ha ha 🙂

Even if you don’t have a trip to the beach planned, this bag will work for just about any occasion!  And, in my opinion, you can never have too many bags/purses/totes!!!