Cookies, cake, and kids

It’s been a while! Life has gotten the best of me lately and I haven’t had much time, or anything interesting to post about, lately.

In a little over the last week, Logan has graduated preschool, turned 5, and started summer school at his new school. Kindergarten will be 3 hours longer than preschool was, so his dad and I decided summer school would be a good way to introduce him to a new school, new staff, and longer hours. If it gets to be too much, we can always cut the day short. Instead of throwing him in to all the changes and having to force him to stay in school all day. He seems to be doing well, though. No meltdowns, enjoying his time in class. He’s even made friends with a girl in his class. It’s only his third day there, and they were both excited to see each other.

As a parent to a child with autism, one of my biggest fears is that he would have a difficult time making friends. It makes me so happy to see him connecting with peers.

Now to the point of the title of the blog post. I wanted to try a recipe I found on Pinterest for marshmallow fondant (here). So I decided to make a Minions inspired cake to match the bike my husband picked out for Logan’s birthday gift. I also made cutout cookies (here) and icing (here) in blue and yellow to spell his name and a bunch of number 5’s. These cookie cutters were one of my favorite purchases. 50 count bucket of cookie cutters, marked down to $4 clearance, and rang up $2!

The cookie recipe made a little over 50 of the cut out cookies. The icing didn’t make quite enough for all of them. Instead of making a whole new batch of icing for only 8 cookies, I just kept the plain ones and let the kids have them for dessert since I made them the day before the party. They were a HUGE hit, and promptly gobbled all up 🙂

I baked a regular 9×13 cake and two 9 inch rounds then carved them and stacked them to make the 5 for his cake. I used a cup to cut out the circle for the bottom.

It wasn’t enough for everyone we invited so I just made some simple chocolate cupcakes and iced them blue and yellow.



I know its not the best fondant job there is. I’m more of a baker than a decorator. But it was a huge hit for my first try! Fondant isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I thought it was delicious! I bought some minion gummies to top the cake. And don’t mind the jagged edges of the board. I couldn’t find a box cutter to trim the edges to fit in the box so I had to use scissors.

I’m so grateful our cousin was so gracious to let us use their yard. Ours isn’t quite big enough to host so many people. The kids had a blast at the party playing together, we had a blow up pool, squirt gun wars, and 4 wheeler rides. My uncle even took my grandma for a ride. That was a sight to see!


It’s Baking Time!

With the chill in the air the last few days, I decided it was the perfect time to bake up something warm and delicious. The smell wafting through the house was just a reminder that fall is just around the corner. The crisp air, the beautiful colors as the leaves change, going to the pumpkin patch… I love fall! It’s my favorite season. Plus little Jimmy’s birthday is on Halloween. I get to do all the fun things I want. 🙂

I decided to try the apple pie crescents everyone has been posting about lately. I adapted Pillsbury’s recipe. I couldn’t run to the store to make them as listed since the boys were already asleep. I wanted to make them as a treat for my husband. He had to work on his day off and his allergies are getting the best of him this week. I think he deserved a little something special.
Apparently my kitchen has the worst lighting ever. Forgive the less than stellar photos. Next time I’ll be sure whatever it is I photograph, I do so during the day with plenty of sunshine.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1  small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, cut into 8 (1/2-inch) slices (I used red apples that I had on hand)3  tablespoons butter, melted

1  can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

1/3  cup packed brown sugar

1  teaspoon apple pie spice (I didn’t have any so I just used 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. didn’t want it to be too strong)

Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Separate the crescent dough in to triangles.
Mix brown sugar and apple pie spice (or cinnamon). Top each crescent triangle with brown sugar mixture.
Dip your apple slice in the melted butter. Place buttered apple at the wide end of the dough and wrap it around. Just like you would to make crescent rolls.
Repeat for all the rolls. Brush the tops with remaining melted butter. I also sprinkled some left over brown sugar/cinnamon on the tops.
Bake 10-12 minutes until crescents are golden brown and apples are soft. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
At this point I decided to make a little glaze to go on top of some of them too to add my own twist and to see which way Jim liked them the best.
Its pretty simple:
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Mix well. Drizzle on apple bites.
The glaze is kind of clear so it’s hard to see in the final pictures.
Jim said he liked them both. Doesn’t take much to make him happy when it comes to baking. 🙂
I love these because even the most novice of bakers can make them. They’re fast, easy, and a crowd pleaser. I think I might have to make some for our Labor day get together. What’s more American than apple pie (with a twist)?
Happy baking everyone!


Welcome to my chaotic little corner of the world! Let’s start with a little about my life. I married the love of my life in September of 2008. We have two beautiful boys. Logan is 4 and James Jr (Jimmy) is 1. Can’t forget our shepherd mix, Megatron. This house is over run with testosterone, but there’s just something special about being a “Boymom”. Today was Logan’s first day of his second year of preschool. It WAS calm. Now the boys are working together to see how much mischief they can get in to.

My husband, Jim, works long hours to give me the opportunity to stay home and enjoy this time with our boys after working as a nursing assistant for the last 6 years.

Logan was diagnosed with severe autism in January at 3 years old. This has definitely been a challenge. It was also a relief. Having a diagnosis of developmentally delayed didn’t give us much options in way of helping Logi. The diagnosis allows us to find better treatment, therapy, and learning opportunities for him. He also has mild sensory processing disorder. He’s nonverbal so we may not get to hear the words “I love you”, but he sure does know how to show it!  Both sides of our family are incredibly supportive of and advocates for Logan. We’d be lost without all of them!

Jimmy is a big ball of energy. Most of the time he has no problems keeping up with his brother and rough housing. He gave me a rough way to go with his pregnancy, so he’s our last bundle of joy.

This blog will be filled with things I love the most. I find a lot of recipes for delicious things on Pinterest and will do my best to leave a link back to the original blogger 🙂 I love to craft: crochet, sewing, cross stitch, paper crafts. I’m one of those moms that likes to throw my kids “pinterest parties”. It seldom measures up, but the kids sure love it anyways. Of course, there will be posts about the chaos that ensues when raising two boys.

As a wonderful example, as I type this, Jimmy has grabbed a bottle of body wash and the boys decided it was time to clean the carpet in Jimmy’s room. He’s been waking up in the middle of the night and the only way I’ve gotten him to go back to sleep is to lay on his floor until he drifts off. Thankfully the soap is all over my pillow and blanket. Much easier to throw it all in the wash than it is to clean soap out of carpet. You can’t just use the carpet cleaner to get it up. Too many suds. The little amount that is on the carpet is going to be fun. I should probably get to that and put the soapy boys in the tub. They’ll enjoy the extra bubbles. Hope to see you again soon!