Train Birthday Cake

Train Cake

Contributor:  Jessica Of Sweetwater Cakes

Cake: Train Birthday Cake

It’s a two tier chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling.  Covered in fondant with hand-cut train pieces *glued* on to the cake.  The challenge for me on this particular cake was the center dowel.  Usually, I sharpen one end of a wooden dowel and put it through the top of the cake and have it go down the whole cake.  This usually works, because I would just put a cake topper on the top and cover the hole I just made.  This cake, I knew I had to leave the top smooth.  So, I had to get creative and sharpen both ends of a wooden dowel and put it in the bottom tier and then place the top tier on the dowel (and HOPE that it is centered just right!!).

*When working with fondant on fondant, to “glue” the pieces on, all you do is just paint the backside of the piece you want to “glue” on with water.

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Weekly Menu Plan

Pizza Bake

Last week I did a pretty good job sticking with the meal plan.  I did an excellent job sticking with the Fill The Freezer plan.  I know.  Improvement, huh?

This week, I really don’t have to menu plan much.  Wanna know why?  (As I can barely contain my excitement!)  The children are leaving for a few days to go to Grandma’s.  Now, it’s not that I want my children to leave.  I want them to have a wholesome and wonderful time with the grandparents whom they love.

Yeah, something like that.  ;-)

In reality, I am going to work on a few things on the blog, reface my cabinets, declutter the play room, storage room and the children’s room, hopefully sell some things on our Facebook garage sale site, organize items for the garage sale at my mom’s and enjoy the silence.  I also get to go on a date with my hubby.  I see a latte and ice cream in my future.

Please, before you think I am an unloving mother, keep in mind today I am running all four children to an orthodontist appointment, eye doctor, Menards and possibly Walmart for VBS craft supplies.  Tomorrow before they leave I will run two of them to piano lessons and cross country practice.  Such is my life.

And I love it.

However, I am also looking forward to refacing my cabinets without a two year old’s handprint in the fresh coat I just put on.

Back to the meal plan… :-)


Cereal, donut holes, bananas, toast


PBJ, mac & cheese, fruit, carrots, Chex mix, leftovers


Pizza Bake, salad, rolls

Dinner out (yea!)

Steak, potatoes, fruit

Spaghetti/Meatballs, green beans, rolls

Homemade Pizza, fruit salad

Fill The Freezer

Pizza Bake (I will make two of these, one for supper and one for the freezer)

Caramel Butterhorns

Granola (I didn’t get this made last week and we all enjoy it so much!)







Click And Chat Link Up Party: Come Join In!

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Fill It Up Friday: Quick Blueberry Bread, Yeast Rolls And Chocolate Chip Cookies

Quick Blueberry Bread

Filling up the freezer was so successful this week!  The children really helped in the kitchen, learned some great skills and I got to fill up the freezer in the process.  Actually, I need a better system in my freezer because I am opening the door and items are falling out.  Oh, well.  At least it is full. :-)  The children have enjoyed the bread for breakfast all this week.  It was gone by mid-week.  The Quick Blueberry bread was easy to make and made two loaves. Gotta love the two for one deal there.


Please ignore the old muffin pan in the picture.  I think I have had it since I got married.  Ahem.

The yeast bread is a favorite around here.  It is simple, uses the bread machine and we were able to make THREE different types of rolls with one recipe.  Love!  I made rolls, breadsticks and donuts (the kind you bake, not fry).  That was what the children ate for breakfast the second half of the week.


Okay, they aren’t perfectly shaped.  At all.  Fun, not perfection, right? ;-)

I had a really eager donut froster.  Good thing he was around.

Yeast Donuts

Yeast Donuts

Here is the recipe I used for the chocolate chip cookies.

Yeast Rolls

2 cups milk (warm)

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil

1 tsp salt

6 cups flour

2 T yeast

Put all ingredients in bread machine in the order listed.  Set the machine on the dough cycle.  After the dough is done, turn it out on a floured surface.  Divide the dough into sections.

For Rolls:

Break off small sections of dough and roll into a ball.  Place in a greased muffin tin.  Let rise until double in size.  Bake in a 375* oven for about 10 minutes.

For Donuts:

Roll dough out on floured surface.  Use a donut cutter (I used a cup) to cut out the donuts.  I then used a heart shaped cookie cutter to make the donut holes. Place the dough on a greased cookie sheet.  Let rise until double in size.  Bake in a 375* oven for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool and frost as desired.

Back To School Sale At Zulily

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Zulily is having a great back to school sale with the cutest brands.  Being a mom of four, two of whom is heading back to school this fall (and one who will be schooling with me), I need great deals on school supplies and outfits for my children.  I am loving the Jelly The Pug brand for clothes for my daughter.  (Isn’t that dress the cutest!?!)

For the sports guy in my house, the NFL backpacks are a favorite.


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These blocks are used over and over at my house.  We use them for shape recognition, colors and designs.  When my younger children are playing with these, my older two usually sit down with them and play along.  Yes, even the 12 year old!

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