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Cake!

Last year the Boy discovered the banana split. It soon became a favorite treat. When his birthday rolled around I asked him what kind of cake he wanted. “Too bad you can’t make a banana split cake” Challenge accepted! Considering I was 7 weeks away from Little Bee’s arrival I didn’t do anything from scratch.

It was still good.

It was still good.

I used a box cake mix, store bought icing and mixed crushed pineapple with “whipped topping”. I did however cut up all that fruit myself.

I researched a lot of strawberry cake recipes and it’s surprisingly difficult to find one that doesn’t involve a packet of jello or something else decidedly not from scratch. In the end I’ve settled on this one. Ignore the frosting because we aren’t using it.

Batter up!

Batter up!

The batter smelled and tasted yummy, but I may have done something wrong. It just didn’t seem to rise. Maybe my milk and eggs weren’t room temperature enough or my baking powder is too old. I tend not to go through it very fast but we did use it in cookies recently and they came out beautifully.

Vertically challenged.

Vertically challenged.

All of that aside the pineapple filling and fudge frosting came out great! I think it looks pretty good too…

but how does it taste?

but how does it taste?

General consensus was that although very dense, it was delicious. I have a ton of left over frosting and a little bit of pineapple filling I’m sure we can find something to do with!

Burn it with fire!

Burn it with fire!

Presents and Bows

I recently realized a long time friend of mine’s daughter has the same birthday as my son. Now, she’s 4 years older than him and because of the age difference it just never occurred to me. Her sister’s birthday is just 2 days later. I’ve always invited the entire family to my kids parties despite the age difference because BBQ and cake is always a good reason to get together.

As the Boy’s party approaches I realized I’m a terrible person and have never really gotten her girls much in the way of gifts. You have no idea how really self absorbed and just awful I feel. In an effort to scramble to get them something, I managed to sit down at the sewing machine and make them each a really cute gift.

I don't want to talk about the disembodied head.

I don’t want to talk about the disembodied head.

Hair bows! You might not find them exciting but I hope they do. And because I’m a little selfish it gave me an oppurtunity to add a couple of new items to my Etsy Store.

so... much... sugar...

so… much… sugar…

In the morning I’ll be making that beast of a cake again. The Boy devised the “banana split” cake. Strawberry cake, pineapple filling, fudge icing with fresh strawberries and bananas. It’s delicious but some work. Perhaps I’ll document it tomorrow,although I may cheat and use store bought frosting.