Budget Living: There IS Such a Thing as a Free Lunch (or Dinner)

Last night FishPapa and I went on a long-anticipated date. We’d been waiting until we could swing a free sitter. Thankfully, one of my kid brothers was available. It was nice to get out of the house and spend some time together. Dinner at Red Robin was fantastic! My favorite is their Bleu Ribbon Burger. […]

Budget Living: Bake Your Own

Cake! You knew I had to say it. After all, I’ve been waxing eloquent all week about the benefits of baking and decorating your own celebration cakes. (If you missed it, check out the Birthday Cake Round Up to see some great cakes made by readers and to leave your own link.) But, let’s talk […]

Fancy Nancy & A Birthday Cake Round Up

See how FishBoy’s eyes are glued to his new toy? No doubt about it, birthdays are exciting milestones in the life of a child. And as moms, we each want to make those days as dazzling as ever. While a trip to the bakery is sure to provide some dreamy concoction, it’s not always the […]

Wanna Make a Pretty Cool Cake? Buy the Ebook

I’m no expert, believe me. I’m just a mom who likes to make cool cakes for her kids. When they told me that I couldn’t make them pie for their birthdays, I had to get creative. My basic formula is to take what interests my kids, find toys and candy to go with the theme […]

Cakes You Can Make: Fancy Nancy & Breakfast is Served

Fancy Nancy and Breakfast!? These two themes were suggested by readers during FishMama’s Birthday Cake Challenge. They were chosen as the top two in a readers’ poll a week later. Both were definitely challenging. Breakfast because it was a unique thing to conceive in sugar. Have you ever heard of such a thing? And Fancy […]

Don’t Forget! Birthday Cake Round Up is Tomorrow!

I hope you’ll join us for cake tomorrow. Blog about a fun birthday cake you’ve made and bring your link tomorrow. Everyone who participates will be entered in a drawing for a snazzy Sally Russell apron from ShoestringHome, plus receive the adoration of millions. (You don’t necessarily have to bake to participate!) Don’t miss the […]

Number Candles – They Work for Me!

It all started because my siblings and I were grown, and no one wanted to hunt down twenty-something of those miniscule birthday candles. Or buy multiple packages every time we celebrated a family birthday. My oldest son was three at the time. I was expected our second child. A friend had suggested that the big […]

Cake Cheating

Personally, I like pie. Lemon Meringue Pie. Apple Pie. Berry Pie. Cheesecake. Yeah, that’s a pie more than a cake in my book. And since I’m a food snob, I’ve been making pies from scratch for a long time, since I was 10 and my dad conned me into it. But, awhile ago I found […]