My Marshmallow Fondant Cake

For my son’s birthday I had this plan of making a Captain America cake. Then I saw something on Pinterest about making your own marshmallow fondant. I had never made it or even worked with it before but I figured it would be a good chance to see if I would like it.

I decided to just make my cake from a box because it is easier…even though I feel like I am cheating a bit ;)

I was going to go with a white and pink inside. So that is how I did the layers.

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After the cake was done and cooled I put some homemade icing on it. I got that recipe at Recipe Girl.

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I then needed to make the fondant. I decided to keep it white for the main part of the cake because I had never worked with it before. I went with this marshmallow recipe from How Does She. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. After about 10 minutes I was able to roll it out and then put it over the cake.

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I then was going to get started on making it Captain America like but I couldn’t make a star. I have so many cookie cutters and not one star! So after a few failed attempts, Josh brought me an airplane cookie cutter and we decided to change the theme.

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Marshmallow fondant

 

I made a few mistakes and ran out of the blue icing that I made for the trim but I think it was a success. I think my letters are too thick. It’s funny because I got those cookie cutters for our wedding and it was the first time I had ever used them :)

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My little boy turned four and we had some yummy cake!  Drew is asking for a Skylanders cake. We will see what I can come up with for his birthday next month :)

Have you ever worked with marshmallow fondant before? 

 

 

If I Had To Do It All Over Again

I have been a mom now for over 10 years. 2004 was the year that changed everything. I first became pregnant in January and had a little boy the end of September. I was 25 and hand a handful of friends who already had kids. My sister-in-law already had three girls and my husband’s cousins all had children as well.Motherhood

I also liked to read a lot about birth, pregnancy and parenting. I was on a few online forums and email lists where it came up. I felt like I was pretty prepared when my son was born. I was no expert but I had a general idea of how I wanted things to go.

Over the years I have changed my thinking on somethings and held strong to others. I realized that most of us moms are just trying to do the best we can, even if that looks different in each family. As I look back over the last 10 years I think about what I would do differently and what I would do if I was given the chance to do it all again.

1) Winter babies- I don’t like having winter babies. Maybe it wouldn’t be such a big deal if we lived in California or something but I don’t like having babies in the winter. When #2 came along in Germany, he got RSV. I decided I didn’t want to risk having another baby born around that time of the year. Then #3 was born in November. Luckily he did not get RSV. I don’t like that outside parties are just not an option for two of my three boys. So if I was doing it all over again, I would want them born in the spring or the summer.

2) Breastfeeding- I thought I would love breastfeeding and it would be easy. It wasn’t. I tried hard and was able to breastfeed my oldest until he was 17 months old. I wish I could have done that with my other two. It isn’t something I really feel guilt over. They were just fine on formula and I was able to breastfeed them 6 and 9 months. I just wish I had more support or found support when they were new. I think that really would have helped. Then I think, does it really matter? No, not really but it is something I wish I could have done differently.

3) No labels- Attachment parent, mainstream parent, crunchy parent, soggy parent, strict parent, etc etc. I hate that we have to put mothering in a check box. I just want to be who I am. If sometimes that looks like an attachment parent, that is cool. If other times I appear mainstream, that is cool too. I think what happens is that we want to find our tribe, a place to belong, a place where we will not be made fun of for making different choices. And that is a good thing. The problem is that for most people, your parenting doesn’t just fit in a box. Because I don’t CIO I only feed my child organic food? No, real life doesn’t work like that. At least that has been my experience. When we have all these labels it is easy to stop doing what is best for your child and trying to check all the boxes so that you can be included in the group. So doing it over again, I would have ignored all the labels and just focused on what my child needed. Even if that made me a hybrid.

4) Birthing Center- I had my oldest son at a birth center in California. It was such a great experience for us. I wish I could have had my other two that way. On the other hand, having them born in a German hospital and a Military hospital were interesting experiences. I am not sure I would want to change those.

What about you? What would you change about pregnancy, birth or parenting? 

Five Toys For School Aged Boys

Toys for school aged boys

 

Christmas is coming and it is also birthday season in our house. We have one boy with the birthday the end of September, one in November and one about 10 days before Christmas. We get through all the birthdays, then have Christmas and then can rest a bit. So with all the birthdays and Christmas coming, the boys are talking about what they would really like. I thought I would share the top 5 gifts they are interested in this year. This is also the first year that LEGOS are not the main star. Sure, they have mentioned some sets but nothing like the last few years.

So here are the top five toys that my 4, 7 and 10 year old boys have talked about wanting this year…

1) Disney INFINITY2.0.- My son got this for his birthday in September and it has gotten a lot of use since then. Disney Infinity 2.0 is the latest version of the game, The first version came out in 2013. It is the same idea as Skylanders where you play the characters that you have within the game. You put them on the portal and then start to play. There are quite a few available now and you can use the characters from the first game with the second one. We have quite a few of the characters. Right now Mickey, Hero and Bay Max are the favorites. I like this game because of all the characters. It is fun for the kids and I love hearing them talk about Disney. If you are on the fence about buying this for your kids, go ahead and do so. They will love it. If you are trying to decide between this and Skylanders, I would go with this one.

2) LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - This is the latest Lego game to come out and the third one in the Batman series. You can get free demos on the Xbox 360 so that is what we usually do before we would buy the game. They are really looking forward to this one because you can change the Batman suits at anytime during the game and that is supposed to be a very cool thing to do.

3) Lego Minecraft sets- Like I said before, it isn’t 100% Lego this year but they have expressed interested in the Minecraft sets. These look like a lot of fun and I am glad they came out with some new ones. You can also get the game Minecraft for under $20 these days. At the time that I am writing this it is just $17.99 on Amazon.

4) Power Ranger Keys- My boys started talking about these and I didn’t know what they meant but then my 4 year old bought some with his birthday money. They have about 60 keys you can get and they work with a few different Power Ranger toys. Who would have thought Power Rangers would still be popular these days? The keys make sounds and light up. A lot of fun if you have little Power Ranger fans.

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5) Skylanders Trap Team -Every year Skylander comes out with a new game. The good thing is that you can use the old characters on the new game. This year they came out with trap team. The whole purpose of it is to trap the villians. You defeat the villian and then put the “trap” on the portal for more fun. If you have a Skylander fan in your home, they are probably asking for this. My son thinks it is going to be amazing!

Have you decided what your kids are getting for Christmas or Hanukkah this year?

 

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Buck Denver’s Why Do We Call It Christmas DVD Review and Giveaway

Are you a Veggie Tales fan? My boys love them and when I saw this opportunity to review a DVD by the same people I knew we had to do it.

DVD-Christmas-1000_largeBuck Denver’s, Why Do We Call It Christmas DVD is all about Christmas!!!

Cutting down trees? Hanging stockings? Santa Claus? What do any of these have to do with Jesus’ birthday?  More than you’d think!

Join VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer along with intrepid newsman Buck Denver and all his friends on an amazing journey into the world’s most popular holiday! Sure, you know the Christmas story. But do you know the story of Christmas?

Don’t miss the whimsical, educational, Christmical party to end all Christmas parties as Buck Denver Asks … Why Do We Call It Christmas?

The movie is also 60 minutes long.

The DVD contains the following topics:
-Where do we get the word Christmas?
-When was Jesus born?
-What do Christmas trees have to do with Jesus?
-Who is St. Nicholas?
-What is Hanukkah?
-Who is Emmanuel?
-Luke 2 Story

HERE is the official website!!!

My son came home from school and saw the DVD and wanted to watch it right away. He loved it! He said it was “Funny and full of Christmas stuff.” I asked him what his favorite part was and he said he loved the puppets and hearing about Jesus being born.

This is a fun video that your kids will enjoy this Christmas. Would you like to win a copy of the DVD? Just enter below.

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