Monday, February 27, 2012

A Princess & the Pea Party for Our 4 Year Old Princess

One of her favorite bedtime stories this past year has been the original Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen. We have this great anthology of all his stories on her night stand and she loves this one the best. So when I asked her what she wanted for her four year old birthday party and we made up some ideas, she was thrilled with this one. We added a pajamas and pancakes twist.

Cake


This was one of the easier cakes I have made. I just made two standard rectangle cakes and cut each in half. She requested my mama's chocolate buttermilk cake (see recipe below). I layered the four layers cake with chocolate frosting. then I decorated the outisde with traditional buttercream frosting that I dyed a bunch of different colors in seperate bowls. Using a combination of traditional piping bags and tips and ziploc bags cut at the corner, I decorated layers of mattresses with different colors and designs free hand. The pillows are smushed marshmallows. The blanket is Wilton's fondant I rolled out.




Pajamas




One of her birthday gifts was this handmade nightgown I found on etsy. The sparkly headband from Target's dollar section was a birthday gift too. She is such a girly girl who loves all things pink and sparkles.

Food


decorate your own pancakes
pea green cake pops
green sherbert punch
and more snacks and nibbles and coffee for the adults





Decorations


stack of mattresses
cozy quilts, blankets and pillows
layered sheets as a tablecloth
party hats by request, of course
green and pink streamers and balloons
Princess & the Pea books
pink carnations given to her by her daddy on her birthday





Storytime


While they were snuggled on their pillows and blankets, I read the Princess & the Pea story to all the little girls (and brother). One lucky little princess looked under her pillow and found a pea. One sweet little sister found a cozy spot in my lap for the story.




Snuggling on the princess bed


Favors


Pink sparkly lavendar scented home made play clay (recipe below) in a pretty jar, all made with love for each of her friends by my own little princess.


Playing House


Her other birthday gift was this dollhouse. My mom found it at a yard sale. I refurbished it with rugs, curtains, special additions like a portrait of her drawn by her brother and a room decorated just like her own. It's in a little of a disarray here as all the little girls had just explored all its rooms.

Happy Birthday my little angel princess. I will never forget today and your sweet smile and precious dimples.



I was so lucky to have my sweet friend take most of these pictures as a project for her photography class. I think she's a natural.

My Mama's Chocolate Buttermilk Cake & Chocolate Frosting

 Cake:
2 stick butter
5 tbsp cocoa - I often add more and only use Hershey's not Nestle
1 cup water
mix above and melt on stove on low to low-medium heat

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
mix above dry ingredients in mixing bowl
add cocoa melted with flour mixture
add 1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
pour into sheet pan.
bake 400 degrees 25 min

Frosting
 I always double or triple this
1 stick butter
5 tbsp cocoa - I often add more and only use Hershey's not Nestle
melt above on stove on low to low-medium heat
pour melted cocoa mixture into mixing bowl and add
1 box powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
6 tbsp milk (sometimes I don't add all the milk, just depends on my mood and consistency and I usually just use skim and it turns out great)
whip until creamy
Lavendar Scented Pink Sparkle Play Clay

Materials:

2 cups water
1 cup salt
food colouring
4 tsp. cream of tartar
4 tbsp. oil
5-10 drops of lavendar essential oil
2 cups flour
silver glitter


Method:

Combine water, salt, cream of tartar and food colouring (.5 tsp for pastel colour and 1.5 tbsp for vivid colour) in a large saucepan.

Cook on low heat and stir. As the mixture heats up, stir in the oil, lavendar essential oil and glitter and then the flour slowly.

Keep Stirring the mixture until it starts looking dry and pulling away from the pan. Remove from heat and pinch a piece between two fingers. If it is not sticky, it is done. Otherwise, continue stirring over low heat.

Place the dough on counter and knead until smooth. Children will enjoy kneading the warm dough when it cools enough for them.

When finished playing, store playclay in an airtight container or plastic bag to re-use again and again. Do not refrigerate.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

In most need of Thy mercy...

A friend of mine sent this to me asking me to make a gracious comment. I am not sure I can, but I will try. I post this to ask you to please include these women in your prayers as well as all unborn children and women considering an abortion. 
They so desperately need our prayers.

Please brace your heart before you read this link.

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

We marched for babies...


this year at the national March for Life in DC. 

It was a rainy cold day but a wonderful experience for our family. We had a fun family weekend swimming in the hotel pool, visiting some museums and monuments.
 
Paddy Cakes first time swimming. I love swimming with little babies. They love to float.


the kids loved staying in the hotel and warming up at this neat warm fire in the lobby. Did I mention it was freezing rain during our stay.



We went to mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and spent some time exploring the church's beautiful treasures.

We visited the Museum of natural History to check out the dinosaur bones and the Air and Space museum to see jets and spaceships. What more could a little boy ask for.


This was the way we traveled, in two double strollers. One is a bike trailer/double jogger we have had for years. We recently invested in another double jogger so we could take whole family walks and runs. It is awesome. We got a Baby Jogger Summit double. We have a glider board that attaches on the back for a child to stand on and the front foot board is solid v cloth so a child can cruise on the front if necessary for a while too. So really this stroller can at any given moment carry all 4 of our children. Side note - one of the two big kids can actually stand on teh glider board when I run, so it's sort of a triple jogging stroller too.



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