March 6, 2015


Hey everyone! Today I am excited to announce that I am a guest blogger over at Cake&Whiskey! I am so thrilled. Cake&Whiskey is an awesome new magazine.  You can find out more about the magazine, blog and website here.

You can check out my first post here on five ways to stay active even in the winter. Winter is close to an end, I promise. Only a few more weeks till Spring!

Also, I know I haven't been posting much to the blog. Trying to figure out what to do with my current blog. I love to write, and enjoy having the diary of trips and moments with my kids etc, but not sure if I should keep the current format and name or change it etc. So, while I figure all that out, please, I welcome comments on what you like or dislike about the current blog. What posts are your favorite? Maybe I need to put a survey on here to solicit some responses...

February 24, 2015

Summer in the Winter

"Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter" (Thoreau).

This girl does it with ease. She jumps with joy, literally, all the time.  When she is happy, the whole world knows and is happy right along with her. Every day is a summer day with this little one.

 A dress with stockings in the morning makes her laugh out loud and happy for the rest of the day.  The pink plate, pink bowl or pink cup makes any meal just perfect. Seeing us enter the room makes her run and jump and squeeze our legs. A bath with bubbles induces squeals.  I have a lot to learn from my kids, and each day I have to remind myself to be a little more like them. Find my summer, even in the winter.

A Frozen Queen Elsa Birthday Cake Tutorial (sort of)

In case any of you parents out there have children as obsessed with Frozen as Lily, I figured I could share a teeny bit about how to make a Queen Elsa Birthday cake. But be warned, there were tears when we had to actually cut the cake.

To start, I made a homemade strawberry cake using this recipe from the Smitten Kitchen. I poured the batter into a special Wilton Cake Pan, but I found tutorials online that showed people using mixing bowls to make the shape. I followed the cake pan cooking time vs the recipe cooking time, and it took over an hour!

 I let it cool for about an hour while I made the strawberry cream cheese frosting. For the frosting, I pureed 1 cup of frozen strawberries, mixed them into 8oz of melted cream cheese and half a stick of butter. Then, using my mixers, I added about 1 box, or 4 cups of confectioners sugar and some blue food coloring.

I used a spatula to glob the icing on to the top of the cake, and let it run down the cake naturally instead of smearing the icing down, which worked great! I added some pearl sprinkles I found and some snowflake icing decorations I found as well, then inserted an Elsa Barbie doll. Now, here comes the embarrassing truth.... When I insert the barbie doll, the cake didn't even go up to her thighs!! I was so upset and didn't want to make another cake to go under the dress part so I pulled off her legs. Yup. I ruined Elsa. I am still trying to figure out how to glue them back on in a way that they can move. But hey, it worked! Yeah, I am crazy. This is what happens when you bake a cake at 11 at night and have a perfect mental image of what you want.

And besides, this little three year old was over the moon about her Elsa cake, and I'm over the moon about this little girl.

February 19, 2015

Lily is Three!

My little girl is three today! Three folks! Three years ago we moved to Germany, and this baby was still in my tummy. Now she dances, talks, sings, and brings us so much laughter and joy every single day. Tonight we'll have a frozen party complete with a homemade strawberry Elsa birthday cake, presents, and dress up and dancing. Can't wait to hear her giggles and see her jump for joy tonight. I love this girl, my Lily Kate.
This Week's Lilyism:
We have some pretty drawn out conversations in the bathroom sometimes... this one really made me giggle.
"Why is my poop brown? I don't like brown. I want purple poop." As I laughed and kissed her head "No mom! You can't kiss me while I poop. That's icky".

February 11, 2015

A little game

Lily is really cracking me up these days with the way her little mind works. So, here is a little game for you.

What movie is Lily referring to with these titles:
  • Apple Pussy
  • Mousetrap
  • Peabobobby
If you can guess any of them, you are a genius.

Give up yet? Well here you go:

  • The Little Mermaid (Apply pussy is actually Octopus)
  • Feivel Goes West (there is a big mouse trap at the end)
  • Mr. Peadbody and Sherman (this one was the easiest eh?)
Oh, and when something hurts her ears she yells "It's making my ears loud!"

Gotta love this age!