Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hippy Chick Birthday Cake

This is Jayden's 10th birthday cake.  It is white cake with vanilla frosting filling and covered and decorated in marshmallow fondant.  It was designed to coordinate with the "Hippie Chick" birthday theme.




Peace and Love,
Jen

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Monkey Baby Shower Cake

Monkey Baby Shower Cake. Top tier is chocolate cake with chocolate chip buttercream frosting. Bottom tier is vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. Covered and decorated with marshmallow fondant. "R" topper is made of gum paste.



Peace and Love, Jen AKA The Mommy

Floral Birthday Cake

Floral Birthday Cake. Top tier is chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. Bottom layer is butter cake with buttercream frosting. Covered and decorated in marshmallow fondant. Blue flowers are gum paste which were hand painted with food safe color to give a watercolor effect.



Peace and Love, Jen AKA The Mommy

Football Cake

Football shaped cake. Yellow cake and covered in marshmallow fondant.



Peace and Love,
Jen AKA The Mommy

Baseball Cake

Baseball Cake. The field is white cake. The baseball is chocolate cake. Entire cake is decorated in marshmallow fondant and bordered in gumballs!


Peace and Love,
Jen AKA The Mommy

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Evolution of a Cake!

I thought all of you might like to see where a cake starts and how it ends up!
Step One:  Inspiration
For this particular cake, I was sent an invitation and asked to come up with something incorporating the luau theme.

Step Two:  Sketch
Next, I sketch up a few different designs and have the client choose what they would like.  This is the sketch that the client chose:

Step Three:  Flavors and Fillings
This particular cake is made up of a 10 inch tier of yellow cake with butter cream filling, an 8 inch tier of vanilla cake with Oreo butter cream filling, and a 6 inch tier of strawberry cake with butter cream filling.  All covered in marshmallow fondant with fondant and gumpaste decorations.

Step Four:  Preparation
This cake consists of several hibiscus flowers and a flower lei that will need to be made ahead of time,as they are hand-formed.  Here is a photo of those completed.

Step 5:  Decorating the Cake
The cakes were baked and filled and then covered in white marshmallow fondant.  The 10 inch tier got a "grass skirt".   The 8 inch and 6 inch tiers got palm leaves and were bordered in white flowers.  The 8 inch tier wears the gumpaste lei and then the gumpaste hibiscus were added to the top.


Peace and Love,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm Tired...and Pretty Darn Sick of It Too!

I haven't slept in three nights.  Or maybe four nights.  Bah.  Who's counting?  The reason?  Nightmares.  Yet have no idea why it keeps happening!  Crazy, right?  So to you, Mr. Nightmare, I am totally uninterested in dreaming that snakes have invaded my home, that one of my children is missing, that my home is over run with angry ghosts, that serial killers are trying to murder me, gore in any shape, form or fashion, and whatever else you have up your sleeve.  It's not fair to my children to be grumpy and tired.  Now I just need to find that darn cricket that chirps all night long and give him a piece of my mind as well.


Peace and Love,
Jen AKA The Mommy

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mama Day!

I'm taking the day off!  Well, part of the day off.  I'm making a visit to the salon, doing a lil shopping, maybe grabbing a bite to eat or a latte and who knows what else!
At the end September, I cropped my already short pixie down to about 1/2 inch all over my head for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I got it trimmed up for Valentine's Day dinner with my main squeeze.  Since then though, I've been letting that baby grow!  I now have the most impressive mullet ever.  HA!  It's actually not so bad.  I straighten it and flip out the ends and it almost looks like I meant to have my hair like that.  I'm thinking a razored bob would be the best way to get everything closer to the same length and continue the growing process.  My eyebrows are the main reason for the salon visit.  I haven't had my brows waxed since February!  GASP!  I've just been plucking stray hairs.  I'm at the point now where I'm just before a younger version of Ernest Borgnine.  I kid, I kid.  Maybe.  My reason is simple--visiting the salon makes me want to chop all of my hair off into some fun and funky style that I'll never be able to recreate or that is entirely impractical for my lifestyle.  I know this because I peruse hairstyle websites on a daily basis.  The reason I wore the pixie for so long--and I'm talking YEARS!--was because it was cute, fun, funky, most women weren't wearing it and it was still practical.SCORE!  But...I wore it out and got kind of tired of it.  Hence the mullet.
I'm not sure what else I'll be into today.  I may stop by my favorite store (yep...Home Depot) to annoy my brother-in-law and see what's what in the world of bathroom renovations.  I know I need to stop in at the dreaded Wal-Mart.  I may do a lil shoe shopping.  I'm definitely going for that Chai latte.  And then I'm sure I'll head home because I'll just be missing my boys too much.  I do it every time.  I want a little time away, but not too much time.  I am the mommy, after all. 

Peace and Love,
Jen AKA The Mommy

Friday, June 25, 2010

Why Are There No Songs About the Joys of Remodeling?

When we bought our home, I loved that it was move-in ready.  Sure, I wanted to repaint the walls and make some cosmetic changes but we were able to just move on in.  Fast forward four years and reality sets in.  The bathroom and kitchen both need renovations.  Walls and trim need to be repainted.  Flooring needs to be pulled up and replaced.  While this may seem like a bad dream to some people, it's something I'm really looking forward to!  I'm actually giddy at the thought of it.  My dear husband, on the other hand, is not.  He is most certainly not a lover of home improvement.  Home Depot doesn't rank in the top 5 of places he would want to have a shopping spree (unless it was for power tools--he is a boy after all).  Home Depot is like a wonderland for me.  I positively hear angels singing when I walk in the door!
I wish I had taken photos of the house when we moved in.  The living room walls were an off-white/yellowish color.  The kitchen and dining area were an off-white/pinkish color.  The problem is that the rooms are open to each other, so they just stopped with one color at the carport door and started with another one.  The kitchen/dining area also had this apple border running around the room and then 6 rows of it behind the stove as a back splash.  Two of the bedrooms were the off-white/pinkish color.  The master bedroom was the off-white/yellowish color with dark green and cream striped wallpaper on the bottom third of the wall topped off by dark green and cream border.  The bathroom was this "WOW!  LOOK AT ME!" shade of purple.  Definitely not the kind of color you want to be around first thing in the morning.  The laundry room was the same, only in blue.  Half of the laundry room is still this color.  SHHHHH!  I'm getting around to it.
The bedrooms are nearly finished.  The nursery was painted for C and was redone for A and it's finished until he moves into a toddler bed. B and C's room is painted and the Star Wars mural is nearly finished.  Mmhmm, yeah, I said Star Wars.  We embrace our inner geek in this house!  We need some better storage solutions in there and I'm strongly considering building them platform beds like ours.  Our room needs a TV stand, a few more pieces of art and Grandma's chest (um, the furniture kind--not the anatomical kind) needs a coat of paint to match it to the room.  The headboard I built is totally fabulous!
The bathroom was repainted when we moved in.  It's a robin's egg shade of blue.  The bath is going to get a complete overhaul.  New tub, toilet, sinks (yes, two sinks!!!  Right now there's just one sad, lonely sink!), flooring, walls, lights...I'm breathless!  I saw a faboo vanity that I love that the hubster doesn't love.  It looks like a farmhouse table and has two vessel sinks sitting on top.  Be.  Still.  My.  Heart.  Plus, we could build the vanity ourselves and save some bank.  Hubby doesn't like vessel sinks.  So we may go with two pedestal sinks.  For the most part, Barry defers to me in design matters.  He truly likes whatever I choose, so if he's that adamant about the vessel sinks then he really must not like them!
The kitchen is the remodel we are both most excited about!  The carport will be closed in for a dining room.  The entire kitchen/dining space will become kitchen!  LOVE!  Full size refrigerator and freezer, two ranges, two pantries, a ginormous area for cakes...did I say LOVE!?!?!?  I.  Can't. Flippin'.  Wait.
The living room/kitchen/hallway are actually going to be repainted the same color.  We have paneling so we may fill in the grooves.  Or we may not.  I think they're growing on me.  I'd love to replace the flooring with something a tad darker.  We'll see.  That may be too much for Barry to take!  We'll replace the baseboards and door and window moldings with something a little more chunky.
As you can probably tell, I'm really excited!  I'll take before and after pictures and post them as work progresses!  For now, I have more measuring to do!  GIDDINESS!


Peace and Love,
Jen AKA The Mommy

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Labely Labels!

If you know me in person, then you know that I am just the teensiest bit OCD! I ♥ organization. Up with order! Down with chaos! Anyhoo, the fabulous folks over at Silhouette and the lovely chick at Thrifty Decor Chick are giving away a Silhouette cutter.  Be.  Still.  My.  Heart.  Do you know the kind of labeling joy I could have with one of those?  I'm a little light headed just thinking about it!  Can you say AWESOMENESS?
What would I label, you ask?  Well, I'll tell you since you asked so nicely?  First, I think I'd label my children.  Maybe then I could avoid combining the name of the child I'm speaking to with the name of their sibling or saying,  "Hey You!" accompanied by snapping.  I'm pretty sure A thinks his name is actually "Baby".  Sigh.
Next, I'd do one of those nifty vinyl wall saying that I love, but am just too cheap frugal to purchase and that I do not, repeat DO NOT, trust myself to paint.  Ack!  Same goes for "Welcome" and the address numbers on the front door.  It's so nifty looking!  And, you know, should we every need emergency personnel I'm sure I'd appreciate that they could read the address.  You know, just a lil bit!  ;-)
OOOOOOOOH!  Canisters!  Bins!  I could label all of the containers that hold my cake baking and decorating ingredients and tools!  I'm swooning!  And patterns!  Patterns I say!  I could cut out the patterns for airbrushing or painting on cakes!
It does more than labels though.  It would be fantabulous for scrapbooking and paper crafts.  I could make some uber cute Christmas cards!  Giddiness!  And for a homeschooling mom like me, it would be great for the kids craft projects.  I'm sure they could come up with some super creative things that are not attached to their mother's obsessive need to label things.
Of course, I'm sure they'd have no objections to labeling them so that their mother could call them by the right name. 

Peace and Love,
Jen AKA The Mommy

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's Raining, It's Pouring...

Whew! We are really getting some rain right now. Of course, all it makes me want to do is sleep. Of course, I can't do that! So instead I've been perusing the internet for ideas for our bathroom remodel. I've determined that I like all of 4 colors in the whole wide world--white, black, chocolate and latte. I don't mind pops of color, but I've noticed that when I see a room with a red wall I automatically back away from it. Strange.
Obviously, rainy days mean children with cabin fever. And mine have it. Big time. It's lightning so we can't even sit on the carport and blow bubbles. Sigh.
So I suppose I'll do the adult thing and clean my house. Double sigh.
Which brings me to the latest issue at hand. The "If I Don't Do It Who Will" experiment. Guess what? No one will. Apparently they don't see the clutter, dust, garbage, dirty dishes, and mounds upon mounds of dirty clothes. I realize I'm probably over-exaggerating a bit here but it's starting to make me a panicky mess. The dudes, on the other hand, just step over it and keep going. GRRRR! So I suppose that I will do those things which no one else will do. Triple sigh.
I think the rain has slacked off so we are going to blow bubbles. Maybe this day is turning around...

Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

In the Immortal Words of Alice Cooper--"School's Out For Summer"!

As you know, I homeschooled for the first time this year. Yeah. What an experience! I don't mean that in a bad way but it was definitely a challenge. We decided last July to homeschool. I had already registered Lil B for school. So here we are. It's July. And we have no clue what we are doing. Awesome. I start perusing websites that sell homeschool curricula. Did I mention that we had no idea what we were doing? So I start asking questions of other homeschooling parents. I read what experts say. One recommended this. Another recommended that. Still another would recommend something else. Here's where knowing that we had no idea what we were doing is very important. Because we didn't. And we were a little confused. One expert said that I should understand my child's learning style before deciding. Hello!?!?!? I sent him to school to learn. Homework was a nightmare. Intellectually, he is above his peer group, but that didn't help me when it came to this. It's was long about this time that I first started to doubt my abilities. I realized that I didn't really know him anymore. Panic sets in. How can I not know my own child? Hyperventilating ensues. Where's my little paper bag? Then I read that I didn't need to know his learning style. WHAT?!?!?! It was right around this time that I realized that the experts didn't know jack about my kid. At least I knew more than that. So I start obsessively watching him, monitoring him, documenting his every move. Just call me "Stalker" "Concerned Mom". I asked his opinion. I read. A lot. By the end of August, we were ready to go.
Here's where I discovered that education is not exact. Some of the things that I wasn't sure would work for us actually worked out brilliantly. Some of the things I was sure were perfect weren't worth the paper they were printed on. Some of the things that were ho hum were exciting when presented in the right manner and some of the things that seemed promising fell flat. Of course, some things worked just as I planned all along. For the most part.
Sooooo...the Friday before Memorial Day was our last day of school for the year. WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Take a little breather and then start the curricula hunt again. But this time I know what I'm doing. Ummmm...maybe.

Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

It's Been A While...

I logged on today to follow a friend's blog and realized that I haven't updated in a hot minute. Life has gotten a little bit hectic and blogging had gotten pushed to the bottom of the list. Anyhoo...
About a year ago, I made a cake for my sister's birthday. Then the next month I made one for my dad. I was posting pics on Facebook and my friends were all commenting on how cute they were. A few cakes later and people are saying that I should sell them. I think in April when I did a wedding cake and a Minnie Mouse birthday cake is when the ball really started rolling. Now, I'm at the point where I'm doing a cake pretty much every weekend. And cupcakes. And pie. And...well, if it's sweet I'm pretty much making it. So here I am--a cottage industry. I'm not sure how it happened, but I'm loving every minute and letting God take it where he wants it to go!

Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Monday, May 17, 2010

Puppy Shower Cake

Yeah...you read that right!  This was a first for me, but it's like a baby shower only for a new puppy instead of a new baby!  FUN!  And what better cake for such an occasion than a huge bone shaped cake!  I do apologize for the photo because I didn't take another after I cleaned it up.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ainsley's Minnie Mouse Cake

Sadly, I don't remember what flavor the cake was or what filling we used.  This was made the day after my grandfather's wedding and everything is kind of a "woosh" in my brain because I had cake everywhere!  HA!  I do know the cake was covered and decorated in marshmallow fondant.  The cake was bordered with red and white polka dot ribbon.  Ainsley's mom picked up the topper in Disney World.  It's actually a bank!


Friday, March 12, 2010

The Google Queen Works Out, but Finds Peeing in the Shower a Bit Much!

Two posts from me in one day? What? I usually don't post this often in a month!

The temperatures have been phenomenal this week and we are all suffering from a bad case of Spring Fever. Hopefully, Spring Break will be the cure for our ills and it can't come quick enough! B is speeding through the year and C is counting to 15 and knows all of his colors and shapes. If I could just get him to sit still long enough to teach him to write his name or begin reading...

Lil B has been reading The Star Wars Saga for the past few weeks. He is nearly finished with Return of the Jedi, so it is now time for new books. Have I ever said how much I love bookstores? Okay...I LOVE LOVE LOVE bookstores. I've been anxiously waiting for him to finish this series, just so I can go pick out new books. Anyway, we were discussing what our next choices might be, and he asked, "Mom? What's that thing where the guy says 'To be or not to be' while holding a skull?" I said, "It's a play, son, called 'Hamlet' and it's by William Shakespeare." Lil B asked, "Whose skull is he holding?" I replied, "Ummm...the jester. I can't remember his name. I haven't read Hamlet in years." He says, "You should Google it. You are the Google Queen after all." At least the boy finally sees that I have skills, even if they are in some sort of Nerdiverse.

And C...oh that boy... I was sitting here at the computer a couple of days ago and he pulled a chair up to the kitchen sink. He climbed atop and proceeded to pull his underpants down as though he is going to pee in the sink. I shriek and tell him that he most certainly is NOT going in the sink and he says, "Why? I pee in the shower." His father further rationalized this by telling me that all men pee in the shower and he could see why he would think it would be okay to pee in the sink as well. In what universe? Sometimes, I think I live in The Twilight Zone!

A is learning new words everyday! The latest is "thanks" when you give him something. So polite and so gosh darn cute!

That's it for now. I have a weekend to do list a mile long. Ah...the joys of Spring!

Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Life? Love? Families?

Recently, a friend posted the following status on Facebook: "(Name Withheld)thinks life is one big riddle and we are all still searching for the answer...and when we figure it out it will be one of those moments where we say "DUH!"!!!
It got me thinking about life and the meaning thereof. Anyone who knows Lil B knows that he is an old soul with a child's innocence so I asked him what he thought life was about. I took notes and this is his answer verbatim.

"I think life is about many different things. To build confidence, have good communication and social interaction. There are many different challenges in life."

Then I asked, "What is love?"

"Love is a very important thing. It helps build families."

Which led to, "Why are families important?"

"Families are important because it means that you have someone to play with and someone who loves you."

So the next time I feel like life is far too overwhelming and complicated, I'm going to take some advice from my nine year old. Thanks, Lil B! I love you!


Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The 7s!

In Math, Lil B is studying slightly more complicated multiplication and could not ever seem to remember the 7s. So today, he tells me that he made up a song to remember them. Here it goes:"7, 14, 21, 28--man, that's great!--35, 42, 49--I'm doing fine--56, 63, 70, 77--what a lemon--84!" That boy cracks me up!!!!!

Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Ick, Ew, Grossness!" or "Why I Can Still Scream Like a Little Girl!"

(This incident actually occurred on December 8, 2009. I thought I had posted it, but I guess I didn't. For your reading pleasure...)


Last March we converted from our old gas water heater to a new tankless electric water heater. There was a pipe that vented the old water heater that we didn't have to use with the new one. Barry told me that he wanted to leave it because we would have to patch the roof and he'd rather wait until we replaced the shingles with metal roofing. At the time I asked if it was possible for any creepy crawlies to get in and he told me no. And the only thing that we've had to deal with about the pipe is that when it storms you can hear the wind and rain whipping around the pipe.
So this evening I can hear the the wind hitting the pipe and I suddenly hear something loud coming from it. I didn't pay much attention to it. I just figured it was a hard gust of wind. Then all of a sudden this ginormous RAT walks out of my laundry room! Yes a R-A-T! Not a little field mouse. I'm talking huge! It must have fallen down the pipe and that was the commotion I heard. I screamed. Barry came running. It ran behind my refrigerator. So Barry sat here for 2 1/2 hours waiting to get it. He almost had it twice but it got away. One of the times it literally walked right up to him. He was finally able to hit it with the broom handle (and broke the broom handle) and either stunned it or gave it a heart attack or something and he scooped it up in the dust pan and threw it away. I made him toss the broom handle and dust pan also.
So...Barry's project for tomorrow. Plug up that stupid pipe. BTW...my goofy children thought this was HILARIOUS! Oh and I was standing on the couch, screeching like a little girl every time it came out. Barry said to make sure I included that.
Barry ASSURED me that nothing would get down that pipe. He's a dirty liar. That sucker was huge. I plugged the hole up with newspaper and duct taped a garbage bag over it. I thought I was going to throw up!
Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

What a day!!!

Last night our electricity on one side of the house starts blinking off and on, but only if the hot water heater is on. If the hot water heater is off, then it just stayed off. Hubby makes a midnight trip to Wal-Mart to try to get it fixed to no avail. He came home from work early and his dad came over and they fixed the problem. Don't ask me what it was (some kind of breaker thingy--electrical is not my forte) but $11 bucks and some time out in the rain later, things are working again. Barry went back to work for a little while, so I load the dishwasher and make myself a sandwich and sit down to pay some bills online and my internet just stops working. I climbed under the desk to make sure that no connections were loose and my cell starts playing Rihanna's "Live Your Life" so I tell Lil B to grab my phone for me. He's screaming "I can't find it! I can't find it!" when C starts screaming in the bathroom. I jump up, hitting my head on the desk (which still hurts, by the way) to find C standing outside the bathroom, pointing at the toilet which had, you guessed it, overflowed.
Oh, mercy, what a day! Anyway, electrical is working, internet is working and the next person to flush the toilet is grounded. Where's my Calgon?
Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Alien Cake

This cake was made for my nephews combined birthday party.  The round cake on bottom was yellow and the dome shaped one on top was chocolate.  Trev asked for "non-scary aliens".  He said I delivered.  They were made of fondant and he delighted in biting their heads off!  HA HA!


Peace and Love,
Jen AKA The Mommy