Dec 23, 2008

A Snowflake Cake

I love the holidays. It gives me excuses to do things like bake cakes and give them away.

I made this yesterday as a gift for the staff at my youngest son's school. I've made cakes for them before, but this seemed particularly fitting considering how much snow we've gotten so far. Plus, school was closed due to excessive snow last friday. They got a kick out of it, and I just had fun making it. Everyone's happy. :)

Dec 6, 2008

A Christmas Present Cake

As promised, here's a picture of the cake I made in the shape of a christmas present.

The picture is horrible quality, and I apologize for that...I really wish I could find the cords needed to download off our other (much better) camera.
*sigh* Maybe Santa will hear my wish... :)
UPDATE: I've uploaded a photo of much better quality. Thanks, Santa!!

Oct 19, 2008

Spiderweb Cake

Yesterday was a Fall Festival at my oldest son's school. It was huge! They brought in a petting zoo, had pony and camel rides, games to play, even a haunted house. Let me tell you, most haunted houses are on the ridiculous side...not this one! We ended up not going because my youngest took one look inside, and said "I don't want to go in there." Then he turned and walked away. :)

I donated some sweet stuff to their bake sale. I made two dozen cookies, and four layer cakes. Three had this design:

I took a better picture, but it's on a camera that doesn't have a way to download onto my computer. So I snapped this picture right before the cake sold. :) I did three of these on friday, then ran out of decorating supplies so I slathered the last one in plain chocolate frosting. It was fun, just tiring. All four cakes apparently sold quickly, so that's good. :)

Aug 30, 2008

Screaming Blue Angels

Every August, Chicago hosts the Air and Water Show on the lakefront. It features boats, water skiers, and a zillion different kinds of airplanes. Including the infamous Blue Angels.

We just moved in February, and our new house is right under the fly path of some of the airplanes as they're practicing, or performing in the show. So, instead of going to the lakefront with the millions of other tourists and Chicagoans, we went to the top floor of our house...and ended up getting up close and personal.

These suckers are incredibly loud. Especially when they got so close you could read the writing on the underbellies. My oldest son is highly sensitive to sound, and got a bit concerned when the windows were rattling in their panes. He covered his ears and hid under his blanket.

My youngest son, however, is like a rock. Nothing rattles him. He just covered his ears, then grinned up at the Blue Angels screaming by as if they were there just for him. It was kind of cute. :)
We went through a full week of this - four practice days, then three performance days. Fortunately, the practice days were mostly during the middle of the day, when both my kids were at preschool. But the performance days went until eight at night. That seemed a bit ridiculous even to me.
Next year, we might actually join the rest of Chicago on the beach so we can see the actual show, rather than the bits and pieces from our house. But I think I'll invest in some ear plugs, or something, for my oldest. Got any suggestions?

Aug 9, 2008

Fender Guitar Cake

I made this cake for the son of one of my best friends. He was premature, born at 25 weeks, and yesterday was his fourth birthday. He wasn't expected to survive, but he did. So, a big Happy Birthday to you!!!

I've made cakes before, but never one like this. Sure, it's not to scale and the guitar strings aren't straight...but still, I'm pretty proud of it. :) And, I think, if I did it again, it would only get better.

So enjoy a little fun cake today, and wish this little boy well for suriviving against the odds, and for knowing how much he is loved.