Monday, April 28, 2008

Motorcycle Cake

I love making my boys birthday cakes! When Austin told me he wanted a motorcycle cake, my wheels started spinning. I went to the Internet to look for ideas, but they were all in the shape of a motorcycle. So, when I found toy motorcycles at the store they were wrapped up as a birthday gift. Then once Austin opened the present, I put the motorcycles away and told him they were decoration for his cake and once he blew out his candles he could take them off the cake and play with them. He was fine with the plan.

I baked a large sheet cake and two small oval cakes. The oval cakes were attached with icing and then shaped into the hills for the cake. The "dirt" for the track was made from Graham Cracker crumbs. This was a fun and easy cake to make. And it was yummy too!

Austin Turns 4!

Austin turned 4 on the 24th! I can't believe that my baby is 4!!! He woke up Thursday to a surprise present waiting for him in the backyard. Sorry, that's his breakfast still in his mouth.

After an eventful morning, we went on to school and celebrated with homemade cupcakes, which Austin helped make. He was especially helpful at cleaning the icing from the beaters!

At home that night we fixed his favorite meal, Red Spaghetti! It was yummy as always.

Then the next day, Austin got to have a friend come over and play ALL DAY! They had so much fun and played outside on the new swing set, riding the jeep, playing in the sandbox and playing with the big box the swing set came it. They even had a picnic outside for lunch. Then that night for supper we invited all the family over for supper and birthday cake. So, we celebrated for two days, but what fun we had and what great memories Austin has made.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Good Food

This is a pic from a formal that I took pictures for last week. Looks Yummy!

If you are looking for that perfect Cinco de Mayo recipe here's a good one that makes a bunch!

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

2 Tbs. water

2 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

5 cups diced cooked chicken

20 (6 in.) flour tortillas

2 cans (10 3/4 oz. each) cream of chicken soup, undiluted

2 cups (16 oz.) sour cream

1 cup milk

2 cans (4 oz. each) chopped green chilies

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

Beat the cream cheese, water, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in chicken. Set aside. In a separate bowl combine the soup, sour cream, milk and chilies. Pour a slight amount of the soup mixture into the bottom of two greased 13"x9"x2" baking dishes.

Place 1/4 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in dishes. Pour remaining soup mixture over enchiladas.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Then Enjoy!
Whenever I try new recipes they are labeled "A Keeper" if we like it. This one is a definite Keeper, especially if your having company over.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Gran-Gran Moves In

My Grandmother has moved down from Florence to live with my parents. She has dementia and she does not need to be alone. She's had trouble with driving and her medicines. This was an obvious decision for my parents yet, difficult. They have cared for my other grandmother in the same way several years ago.

But, Gran-Gran says she is only here for a few weeks to visit. This is going to be a long and stressful journey for those involved. Gran-Gran is a wonderful lady who is wise and spunky.

So...say an extra prayer that the right decisions can be made and life will continue as it should.

Here's Gran-Gran with the boys.