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October 24, 2011

My Scrapbooking Haul

Michaels had a 25% sale this weekend, so I had to visit!

This is what I found:


I'm excited to start using these items on my Christmas cards and gifts.

October 19, 2011

Christmas Craft Fair

It's one month until my Christmas craft fair.  This year I'll be attending the Blessed Cardinal Newman 18th Annual Christmas Market on Saturday, November 19th from 10 am - 4 pm.  

If you're on Facebook, you can check out the event page here.  

Please mark this date on your calendar if you're in the local area.  There will be lots of vendors and it's a great opportunity to start on your Christmas gift lists.  

Hope to see you there!

October 17, 2011

Modern Child

Source of photo:  freestockphotos.biz

DH was looking at a new record he had just received in the mail.  Miss S came up to him to see what he was looking at.  She looked at it in surprise and said "that's the biggest DVD I've ever seen!!".

So funny.

October 13, 2011

Fun At The Corn Maze

We had a fun Thanksgiving weekend. We took the girls to the local corn maze.
Entrance to the 20 acre corn maze
Bouncing on the Jumping Pillows
We took a tractor ride through the corn maze
Visited the petting zoo




Lastly, we visited the pumpkin patch to choose a pumpkin for each girl to carve for Halloween.  We had a fun day out.  
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October 07, 2011

Devil's Food Cake



I really enjoy baking.  I try a lot of different chocolate cake recipes, trying to find the perfect one for birthdays.  It must be chocolatey, moist, but firm enough for shaping for the children's birthday cakes.  This recipe was the one I used for the dinosaur cake.  It was delicious!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup non-alkalized (not Dutch-processed) cocoa powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup milk

Directions:

1.  Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F (180C).  Lightly oil and flour two 9-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with a circle of parchment paper.

2.  In a medium sized bowl whisk or sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

3.  Combine the water and milk in a saucepan and bring just to a boil.  Remove from the heat.

4.  In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth (approximately 2 minutes).  Increase the mixer speed to medium high and slowly add the sugar.  Continue beating until light and smooth (approximately 4 minutes).  Turn the mixer off and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.  Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and beat for another minute.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute between each addition.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  

5.  With the mixer at low speed, add the flour mixture to the butter and egg mixture, about a 1/4 cup at a time.  Carefully pour the hot liquid into the batter.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl with the spatula and combine the batter until smooth.  Divide the batter equally between the prepared pans.  

6.  Put the pans on the middle rack in the oven.  Bake approximately 30 to 35 minutes.  The cakes will be done when they begin to pull away from the sides of the pans and the centre springs back when lightly touched.  

7.  Cool the cakes, in the pans, on a rack for 10 minutes.  Turn the cake layers out of the pans and cool on the rack.  

8.  Make your favourite icing / buttercream.  Assemble the cake and enjoy eating!!     

This cake should be stored under a cake dome, at room temperature, for up to two days.  If you plan on using the cake later, wrap the cake well and freeze for up to two months.  

October 06, 2011

Dinosaur Party

Miss S has been interested in dinosaurs for a few years, but has really shown a serious interest over the last six months or so.  She requested a dinosaur party which I was very happy to do for her.  

Here are a few highlights from our day.

Dinosaur Decor

Games included Volcano (pictured on the table above),
Pin the Plate on the Stegosaurus, Dinosaur Ring Toss,
Build Your Own Dinosaur and Dinosuar Bowling

Party Crowns, Party Goodies and Classmate Gift Bags
Stegosaurus Cake
We had a lovely day.

October 05, 2011

Six Today!!

Miss S is six today.  I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone.

A very happy girl on her birthday morning
Happy Birthday my sweet, lovely girl!!!