Mia started planning her "Dora the Explorer" party to celebrate
her 4th birthday a few days after her 3rd birthday party. We
planned a big outdoor party, but at the last minute had to switch
to indoors due to rain.
We made an "adventure" the kids had to go on to find the
party (through the dark cave, through lollipop field, and finally
to treasure island)
We kept the decorations and food bright and colorful "Dora"
colors. We made chocolate dipped pretzel rods with colorful
We also made flowers and stuck little Dora character punchouts
in the middle, then taped them to tooth picks for the cupcake
Our Swiper the Fox was the ingenious creation by my husband. He
put a picture of Swiper on an overhead projector, and traced it
onto a piece of cardboard, then colored it in.
We filled a round jello mold with water and fruit slices and
froze it for the ice ring.
We made a colorful bunting with fabric scraps to hang up - a
tutorial can be found in the Feb/Mar issue of MOM Magazine.
Dollar store telescopes made perfect favors and decorations!
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We've had a blast watching the winter olympics on the television
every night. We haven't missed a single quad-toe-loop or
back-to-back double cork...and certainly haven't missed any goals
in hockey's birth nation. But tonight we're ready to enjoy some of
the excitment in person. Meet us there!
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by Krista Klinkhammer
A birthday without Wacky Cake is just another ordinary day. This
is an old family recipe, and I've requested Wacky Cake on my
special day for as long as I can remember. For my aunt's birthday
this year, we had a virtual birthday party for her since she lives
in Massachusetts. I videotaped my kids making this cake for her-I
measured out the ingredients and let the kids go at it while I sat
back and captured every lick of the spoon in between every stir.
After it was done baking, we sang happy birthday, sliced the cake
and ate it in honor of Auntie Lynn. We then burned all the footage
to a DVD and sent it to her. It was hilarious…or should I say
Directions: Place all dry ingredients in sifter - directly into
ungreased 8x8 pan. Make 3 holes in mix. Pour oil in one hole,
vinegar in 2nd hole and vanilla in 3rd hole. Pour cold water over
all and stir with fork until evenly blended. Bake at 350 degrees
for 35 to 40 minutes. Invert to cool and remove from pan. Or frost
it right in the pan. (That's what I do.)
Vanilla butter frosting
Directions: Blend butter and sugar, stir in vanilla and milk;
beat until frosting is smooth and of spreading consistency.
We had a blast at Mason's seventh birthday party! Golf City 9-hole Miniature Golf in Corvallis
was the perfect place for a birthday party.
Bright colors, green grass and sunshine. And Danielle Anthony Photography captured every
silly smile. The ups, the downs. The ins, the outs - literally.
We played a mean game of miniature golf. The kids were at ease
and just had fun, from toddler-age to tweeners. And so did the
adults (might be the pub right next door that kept aunts and uncles
in such a good mood!)
Golf City Pub made a platter of sliders and
hot dogs, with a side of ketchup, mustard and lots of pickles - the
Birthday Boy's favorites.
We topped it off with the most amazing cupcakes from Rocket Queen
Cupcakes. The kids loved the chocolate cakes, each with a golf
ball lying in the green of frosted grass. Parents were dying over
the "Smore of this!" cupcakes - indescribable. You'll just have to
try them for yourself.
Mini-golf was just a great way to celebrate a birthday party.
Check out your lcoal miniature golf course for more ideas.
Mid-Valley = Golf City in Corvallis
Eugene = Putter's Pizza on Hwy 99
Make decadent chocolates for your special valentine, and for yourself. Create simple, elegant balls or prepare fun shapes in chocolate molds. You can find molds for shapes like hearts and kisses at the local craft store. I'm not patient enough to wait, so I roll the filling into balls, coat in chocolate and then pop in the freezer to harden quickly.
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup light syrup
Mix coconut and syrup until coated.
Form into balls, dip in melted chocolate and set until hardened.
Peanut butter balls
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup Ritz crackers, crumbled
1 cup powdered sugar
Use a rolling pin to crumble crackers in the sleeve. Mix with peanut butter and sugar. Form into balls, dip in melted chocolate and set until hardened.
This is the closest combination I’ve found to resemble Reeses brand candies. The crackers give the filling a bit of unexpected crunch that is addicting. I recommend refrigerating the filling until firm, making it easy to form into balls and dip. Better make a double batch - they don't last long!
MOM Magazine, January/February 2009.
After great reviews from readers, we're sharing these recipes online too!
We're working on the Feb/Mar 2010 issue = Birthday Party
For those of us busy moms with no time to make cakes, I stumbled
upon the greatest bakery EVER in Albany. She made a cake that
looked exactly like this one (I took her the photo) and it was
amazing! Check out Sweet Things Bakery for their cakes, cupcakes
In the meantime, need more ideas from you to finish up the cake
section for the magazine. A while back we asked MOM Blog readers,
"Do you make your own birthday cakes?" Here's what some of them had
to say. Add your own note in the comments section
raeann--I used to make my own b-day cakes.
Now Dairy Queen makes them for me. She rocks!
madisynlynae0--YES! My hubby and I
make them together. The biggest hit so far has been our castle
cakes. My daughter requests this every year. So far we've done it
momofEs--Yes I do, I figure it's my
one time a year to make something special and different, especially
now that my oldest can give me input. I like being creative.
my favorite is cupcakes made into a cake! (last year it was a big
flower) Easy to hand out and fun to frost with my daughter. (and to
eat of course!!)
Half the time I make them and about half I buy them! Costco,
Basket and Robbins, or New Morning Bakery.
do! In fact, my son is turning two next week and
is totally into trains. I got a train cake mold (the one from
Willams Sonoma, have you seen it?) and can't wait to make
have done both~
Sometimes depending on how much time I have. I often add toys
to the top of home made or store bought cakes.
course, can't decide a favorite between a train with 10 cars or the
pile of "dirt" with bugs, etc. crawling on it!!!
oddbirdd-- My twin girls are only 10
weeks old so no cake for them yet! My mom always made our cakes
growing up and I plan to make b-day cakes for my girls too!
I guess I should say I have made the cakes and I have bought
them too. Making them every year would be giving me too much
cream cakes are the only way to go.
Kassie-- I have
tried and failed at many cakes. They all look better in my head
than in reality. My youngest turns three on Sunday, and Costco will
do the baking.
laninamialegria-- Not always but when
I make them I try to do my own creations with m & m's, little
kisses, white chocolate figures or lollipops.
adc397-- My mom has
a great recipe for an ice cream cake that my son just loves!
latest for me is doing the Cold Stone Creamery cakes! Like them
better than DQ…or i sometimes go with homemade Cupcakes(with
cherries in the middle of course)
Yes I do make my own birthday cakes, sometimes my cake making
mom makes them for us, and my sister has even made a cake for our
family birthday parties….this last party we had it at the bowling
alley and I made bowling pin cupcakes and bowling ball
sabrina-- I usually make the birthday
dhoover-- I have
made birthday cakes since I was 9 years old, I am now 50. I just
have always liked making cakes.
have 10 kids and 1 grandson. We have nearly one birthday a month so
sometimes I will make them, sometimes my mother will make them,
sometimes my 2nd & 3rd oldest will make cakes….but lately most
often it seems that we have been SOOO busy with sports that we have
just been buying them from Costco and adding out own special
touches to them! We also do those nice little cupcake cakes from
Wal-Mart. They are adorable! My answer would be a bit of both
depending on how busy with sports, etc., we are!
kids love homemade cupcakes. Brownies are also a big hit. I enjoy
baking for them and with them so it is always a treat.
you kidding me? What Mom has that kind of time? I don't! Although I
do seem to have the hour or so to get in the car, go to the store,
reserve the right cupcake/cakes, drive home, go back to the store
on the birthday party day to pick up the cupcakes/cake, drive home,
etc….LOL…PERHAPS I do have the time… Although, it doesn't help that
I am not very creative, either!
make them sometimes, or Dairy Queen makes them. We really like
those ice cream cakes. This year my 14 year old son wanted a
homemade cake…so that's what we had!! :o)
jbrobidart-- When my oldest was very young I would buy
the Wilton character cake pans like bunnies, Big Bird and the very
favorite was a bear pan that was sitting upright and you baked the
cake upside down in the oven. Then, you would take the pan off (it
was in two peices and it had clamps to hold it together while
baking) and sit it up and decorate it. If you were having a baby
shower, you could cut the ears off and decorate the face and skin
color like a baby. We loved that cake pan!! I did this until my
youngest of four was born and I didn't have time to cook a cake.
Walmart Bakereis are wonderful things!!
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Over the holiday break, my kids spent 4 days at Winter Camp at
Gym. They LOVED it….for 3 hours they ran and jumped and played
their little hearts out. And that is when it occurred to me: my
kids require a good amount of exercise every day. They don't need
it, they require it. If we don't do some sort of physical activity,
by 5:00 p.m. they are literally bouncing off the walls or
clothes-lining each other in a game of
Race Car Touch. In the summertime, we could just go out in the
backyard, for a bike ride, for a walk, etc. But now that it's
winter, I really need to start planning a physical activity portion
of the day. This time of year it's too rainy, dark or cold to
go outside - so what do you to get your
kids exercise on a regular basis?
Here's Alex doing one of my exercise videos. I started doing it
with both of them, and they LOVE it. Alex asks often (several times
a day) for me to put on the video so we can exercise.
A while back, I was looking for some things to add to the extra wall space that was created when Alex moved from his crib to his big boy bed. I saw these really cool robot wall clings (I'm kind of obsessed with robots these days), but they were too expensive so I decided to make my own. I found some really cute robot png files I downloaded from Designer Digitals and then printed them off on Post-it picture paper. We had used this paper to make signs to stick on the wall for Mia's birthday party and had some left over. It's awesome because it sticks well, but it's re-positionable and doesn't peel the paint off! Instant, cheap wall decals! We gave these to Alex for Christmas and he LOVES them.
They were such a hit, in fact, that my daughter insisted on having some of her own.
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