Super Mario Bros. Birthday Cake

Super Mario Cake

Cake: Super Mario Bros. Birthday Cake

Contributor: Jessica of Sweetwater Cakes

This is vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and hand-cut fondant accents.  The mushroom topper is made of rice krispies, covered in vanilla fondant.  The characters are store bought, I did not make them.  

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Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

 

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There are recipes I wish I could claim are mine.  You know, I could attach my name to, that I dreamed up in kitchen.  I REALLY, REALLY wish I came up with these Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars.  Alas, I did not.  I saw these on Facebook made by a blogging friend of mine, Erin at Delightful E Made.  Instantly, I knew I wanted to try them.  They looked like something my family would like, we have plenty of blueberries in the house and I am always looking for quick and freezable recipes.

I have, um, made these three times in the one week since I first saw them.

Yes, I did.  And they were gone within 24 hours of making them.  I’m sorry.  Keeping it real.

In my defense, one pan went to the cross country team’s breakfast.  The other pans were eaten by just us. Ahem.  They are delicious, sweet, fruity and very adaptable. The second time I made them, I made them with cherries.  WONDERFUL!  I think what is also great about this recipe is how EASY they come together.  Very simple and doesn’t take a lot of time.  Chances are, you already have the ingredients on hand.

I didn’t change her recipe except add cinnamon to the dry ingredients.  If you have read Baking With Mom for any length of time, that shouldn’t surprise you.  At all. :-)

You can find the recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars here.

You will enjoy these bars.  Once you try them, you may have to make them three times in one week like we did.  Really.

 

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Homemade Dinosaur Birthday Cake

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Cake: Dinosaur Birthday Cake

Contributor: Jen (Stay at home wife and mom)

This dinosaur cake was made by using a cake mix (any flavor) in two circle cake pans.  After cooling, cutting the very end off and cutting out a section for the legs.  Using the other circle cake, cutting out shapes for the head and tail.

Smarties, mini chewy Sweettarts and Hershey kisses were used to decorate the dinosaur.

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Is Saving Money Always Worth The Cost?

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I’m sure there are not too many of you out there that doesn’t enjoy saving a dollar.  Whether it is in grocery savings or cutting the electricity bill, saving money makes the majority of us very happy.  I know when I walk out of the grocery store with a receipt that says I saved $35.46 I usually am quite pleased with myself.  Sometimes I will even share the good news with whatever children are in the car.  The older two will usually humor me.  The younger two do not. ;-)

Many times the purchases I buy, all in an effort to save a few cents, I struggle to make work, we don’t like or it sits on the shelf in the pantry for a year (or more!).  Did I really save any money?  So the question remains: Is Saving Money Always Worth The Cost?

Here are a few things to think about:

  • Is my family going to eat it?  I found this great package of “special” lettuce on sale a couple of weeks ago.  The markdown sticker was calling my name.  I put it into the cart, pleased I got our family’s leafy vegetable at a good price.  It sat in my fridge for a week and went bad.  Nobody wanted the “fancy” lettuce.  We all wanted our regular Green Leaf Lettuce.  So I saved maybe $.50.  I wasted $1.50.  You’ve heard it before: If your family isn’t going to eat it, don’t buy it!
  • Does getting the deal ruin my testimony?   I told you about the man who wanted to save a few dollars and was extremely rude and unkind going about it.  Stores aren’t perfect.  Cashiers aren’t perfect.  However, neither are we!  Politely pointing out the error on the receipt or on the cash register is okay.  Arguing and fighting to save mere change is not worth the impression you are leaving.  There is nothing wrong with standing up for yourself and what is due to you.  Watch the attitude you have and remember the saying, “You will catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”.
  • Do you struggle to use the product? I have no problem using generic items.  Doesn’t bother me if the product doesn’t have a label.  Sometimes with coupons and a sale, name brand is cheaper.  If there isn’t a sale, generic is the way to go.  Or is it?  There are certain products I WILL NOT buy a generic brand.  Some products are less quality, you end up using more of it, therefore buying more of the product then if you just bought the good stuff to begin with.  Such as:
  1. Puffs/Kleenex-Never will a generic tissue enter my house.  Read this post  if you want to know why.
  2. Foil-store brand foil is thinner and weaker than Reynolds.  Just is.
  3. Toilet paper-I probably don’t need to explain this.
  4. Plastic wrap-I buy the store brand a lot and every time I am disappointed in it.  I just need to accept the fact it isn’t as good and buy Saran Wrap.
  • Will it make your family happy? My hubby has come a LONG way in store brand items.  He was a “name brand only” will grace his house.  Because of his love for me, ;-), he has given many store brand items a good hardy try.  Some, he will just not cave on.  I can accept that (being the good wife that I am) ;-) It’s compromise but that is part of marriage.

Next time you shop, remember these tips.  Decide if the $.20 you saved is worth the cost.  It may be.  It may not be.

I want to know, is there any product you will always spend a little extra on?  Or do you always look for the best deal?