My husband, in the 9 years that we have been together, has only ever asked for 2 kinds of birthday cake: black forest and carrot. I was on the hunt for the perfect carrot cake recipe and my good friend Joleen gave it to me. It's now my go-to cake for the girls' birthdays as well. It's always delicious and I've never had a complaint about it...or any plates returned that weren't licked clean. Of course, I'll include the cream cheese icing recipe as well!
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Today my little baby became a toddler. We started out the day by taking a picture of Rowan in the birthday shirt that I made for her with her little chipmunk that we've used as a growth marker over the year:
Rowan - with more than a little help from her big sister - opened a few presents, and then it was time for her birthday play date. The kids (our good friends that we see every week, usually multiple times) all played for a while, then the 'big kids' did crafts and then it was finally Read more [...]
I'm a longtime fan of Janet and Greta Podleski. Some of my most frequently requested recipes come from their cookbook "Eat, Shrink and Be Merry" (try the Girl-Guy cookies and add about 1/4 cup of whole flax seeds for crunch - you can thank me later). I was excited to see that their latest creation, "The Looneyspoons Collection" features many of the recipes that I have made and enjoyed in the past, but they have been updated and 'healthified'. Lots of nutritional information has changed Read more [...]
I started with a plain, $4 t shirt from Walmart that has a tulle bow at the neck.
Next I raided my scrapbooking supplies for a fancy button and some ribbon. I cut a 1.75 inch length of thin ribbon and attached it to the shirt when I sewed the button on to make the candle.
Then I cut 5 pieces of ribbon to 1.5 inches to make the 'wrapper'. I used a bit of scrapbook adhesive to keep the bottom together than pinned it at the bottom and used another pin to keep it in place on the shirt.
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