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BIRTHDAY BASH 2011

This year we threw one party to celebrate both of our daughters’ birthdays.  Half the work, double the fun!  It was a colorful “garden party”.

The bird houses came from Jo Anns’ for $1 each.  I painted them before the party and the kids decorated them with foam stickers at the party.

The girls requested a strawberry cake.  My mother-in-law gave me an incredible icing recipe and I followed this tutorial to decorate the cake.

ICING RECIPE
Mix together the following ingredients.
1/2 cup crisco
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp milk

The bumble bees are marshmallows dipped in yellow-colored icing and decorated with vanilla and chocolate icing.

 

This apple dip recipe is a-maz-ing!  It’s from my friend Lisa.

APPLE DIP RECIPE
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 pkg of an 8oz bag of SKOR English Toffee Bits (or Heath Bits)
Mix the cream cheese, sugars, and vanilla.  Fold in toffee bits just before serving.

This is my personal favorite cake recipe.  It’s also from my mother-in-law, who is an amazing cook.  Everything that comes out of her kitchen is memorable.  It’s rich, chocolatey, super moist, and has a wonderfully chewy outside.  LOVE it!  (I’ve made the mistake of icing this cake once.  Only once.  I learned my lesson.  When you ice this cake, you miss out on the incredible texture of the chewy outer crust, one of my favorite things about the cake.)

CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE
1  yellow butter recipe cake mix (Yes, yellow.  That’s not a typo.)
4 oz chocolate fudge instant pudding
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs
8 oz carton sour cream
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a bundt pan.  Mix the ingredients, one at a time, in the order listed above.  Stir chocolate chips in last.  Bake for 55 minutes.  When the cake is cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

 

I flavored these cream cheese candies in mint, butter, and almond flavors.

CREAM CHEESE CANDY RECIPE
4 – 4-1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp flavoring
Mix ingredients.  Mold into candies.  Allow to harden.  Store in the fridge, or freeze for long periods.

 

The hats are from my etsy shop, Nanny Birds.

The metal canisters are also from Jo Anns, also $1 each.  The kids filled them with potting soil and planted flower seeds in them.  They came with clear lids, which was perfect for transporting them home without making a mess.

My new niece and nephew, Gus and Lula, also came to celebrate with us!  When we put the date for the party on the calendar, we didn’t expect these sweet guests to be able to attend because the adoption process is so long.  God blessed us all by speeding the process along so that they could come home much earlier than anticipated. Aren’t they adorable???

Gus got ahold of a baby doll bottle.  It made a great chew toy.

Look at this sweet brother and sister.  I can’t imagine our family without them now.  We are so blessed!

Here are Macy Jane and my dad.  Macy Jane snatched his glasses.  These pictures of them together just melt my heart.  My dad’s such an awesome grandpa.

Happy, happy birthday sweet girls.  I love you both deeply and dearly and would never want to imagine my life without you.

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