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 […]

TGIF: 7 Great Kid Flicks

There is a wealth of great family-friendly movies out there. Here are seven that have been favorites. source: Disney Pixar We love movies around here. Since the bulk of our parenting years were lived without cable television, or any television for that matter, we’ve come to rely on movies as our go-to form of entertainment. […]

She’s So Fancy, That Nancy

Not too long ago, I asked readers to challenge me with a birthday cake theme. There were some very clever suggestions, the top two in a readers’ poll being “Breakfast” and Fancy Nancy. Breakfast I know, but being that my children who speak in complete sentences are all boys, I had no clue who or […]

Ready to Celebrate Simply?

Recently I read about parents who spend thousands of dollars on their children’s birthday parties. Llamas, helicopter rides, visits from sports celebrities, or other extreme celebrations are things that neither I nor my bank account can muster. With five kids, we’d be in the poor house pretty quickly. And then, what would they expect for […]

TGIF: Read Alouds for Preschoolers

One of the beauties of having SIX KIDS is that I have always had little ones. Yes, it’s full of challenges, but the preschool years are such a precious time in a child’s life. Currently, I have two preschoolers: a rough and tumble, four year old boy and a nurturing, knows-how-to-change-GI-Joe’s-diaper, two year old girl. […]