Transformers, Roll Out! (semi-homemade)

When it comes to baking, I tend to aim more towards “perfect” than “good.” I usually bake from scratch, especially for my boys (the big one and the small one). But, for my son’s birthday, with a one-month-old baby complicating the picture, it was time to reset my kitchen navigation to “good enough.”

And this is the result, not too shabby!!

Transformers, roll-out!
Transformers, roll-out!

This cake was made with boxed cake mix, and pre-canned icing. Everyone at the party commented on how tasty it was! (Score!)

The Autobot symbol was made with a stencil of sorts. I printed off the logo from the internet, cut it out, put it on the white icing and used a toothpick to outline it. Then, using my store-bought red cupcake icing with a star tip, I piped on the logo. Easy-peasy, and the birthday boy was ecstatic!

I bought $8 Transformer masks and party favors from Amazon and balloons from the grocery store (Spiderman for the bday boy, they don’t have Transformers…). No decorations, no coordinated food spread, no organized games. Just happy little boys playing and having cake. It was a roaring success!

Another goodnotperfect day. Making a special day for my first baby despite having a new baby was pretty perfect to me!

Later gators,

Emily sig

Summer reading – le salon de mes souers

As I anticipated, maternity leave has given me a lot of time to read – you know, Kindle in one hand while breastfeeding baby in the other. And through many a bleary-eyed night, these books have given me a little entertainment, joy and inspiration.

Beach Reads

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Both were incredibly quick reads with a bit of a thriller/mystery component. And both books were so fun I was a little let down when they were over. Most of the Liane Moriarty books would make great beach reads, actually.



Ken’s Famous Meatball Recipe

Dear Laura and Emily,

It’s a chilly, blustery day here in Denver with blowing snow.  Brrrr.  I’m finding every excuse to stand in front of the oven all day, and so far I’ve made a batch of granola and a loaf of banana bread.  Before I try my hand at baking whole wheat bread (from the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook), I’m going to whip up a batch of my Dad’s meatballs.  These are among my ultimate cold weather comfort foods.

Sage Sausage Meatballs - Dad's Recipe (more…)