I have added Making of a Mom to Picket Fence Blogs which is basically a super fun blog directory. By clicking on the button for Picket Fence that will be a “vote” for Making of a Mom. The more votes you have, the higher up the list you move. It is a fun concept I think. They also have a way for us to also spread the word on any giveaways we are doing!! Johanna and I have been talking about having a giveaway and now with this new tool I definitely think we should do it, so stay tuned because I can smell a giveaway in the NEAR future!
Monthly Archives: February 2012
Remember my earlier post about the Castle Cake?!?! I’ve started! The directions for this cake have been AWESOME! (I have to give props to the ladies at Cake Stuff in Wichita, they had everything I needed and they were so sweet and helpful! Thanks ladies!) There is a detailed list of everything you need to complete this adorable cake along with instructions to help you time all of the little jobs that need to be done.
Yesterday I made 300 little fondant forget-me-nots to put around the castle. (It calls for 285, but I figured it’s better to have too many than not enough…)
I used the Wilton Gum Paste Flower Cutter Set, but for some reason, I didn’t get the one with the shaping sticks- it would have been helpful. Instead, I just used a wooden kabob skewer. It worked out fine, but they aren’t as pretty as they could have been with the shaping tool.
So, I cut them out, shaped them and then added the little icing dots to the center. Here they are! It gives a recipe for butter cream icing that you are supposed to use for the cakes as well, but I already had Pillsbury Vanilla Whipped Supreme icing and I used that instead. Lazy bum.
Our party is on Sunday, so on Saturday, I’ll bake the cakes and get the fondant on them. Then I’ll probably see how much I can assemble the night before, and then put the finishing touches on Sunday! So far, so good! It has been easy, just time-consuming. Wish me luck!!
I love it! Midnight in Austenland is so much fun! Although we are in the same setting as Austenland- the beautiful Pembrook Park- this is a totally different plot! I was curious to see what Hale would do with the pretentious housekeeper, our favorite Southern “English” buxom Miss Charming and the delicious (and possibly gay) Colonel Andrews. This was a total surprise- and delightfully so!! I have to say that I connect more with our new heroine Charlotte. She is wounded, lost and without confidence, but so lovable! I am more like her in the way that I stutter or ramble when I’m nervous and I can never think of witty things to say when I need my brain to cooperate. “Naughty brain.”
Spoiler Alert!! If you plan on reading it and don’t want it spoiled, don’t read any further! I think this book resonates more with me because of her failed marriage, and her feelings of not knowing how to move forward and live like a single woman with children; her thoughts about being on a date and feeling like she shouldn’t be there because she still feels like a married woman. My only negative criticism is that I would have liked to see our heroine walk away WITHOUT an actor on her arm this time! I think, for me at least, it would have been more fulfilling had she left with her newly-found confidence and the knowledge that good men really do exist. But, the only reason I could stomach that she left with the actor was that she had been on so many dates since her divorce. At least he wasn’t the first nice she met!
Hale has such an awesome sense of humor and her characters are just so lovable, you can’t help but laugh with them and root for them! This mystery will keep you giggling and guessing! So, for those who for some strange and unknown reason (Stefanie) didn’t like the first one, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised by the sequel! (Stefanie didn’t love the first one, but she couldn’t get enough of this one! Too bad for the ladies behind her on the list from her local library, she’s keeping this book the full 3 weeks so she can read it again!) Read it today! So much fun! And as a token to Miss Austen, the good characters have a good ending and the naughty ones get what’s coming to them. You gotta love it!
Don’t forget to visit Shannon Hale’s blog- squeetus.com
My parents are in Hawaii on a mission for our church. They are currently serving at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) which is a very popular tourist destination in Hawaii. They often send emails with pictures and so, on this cold winter day as it is 36 degrees outside, I thought I would share a little bit of paradise with you.
I have never been to Hawaii but hope to get there on a visit while my parents are there. I also have a sister that lives there so I can kill two bird with one stone, so to speak (I try not to kill real birds!)
These next several pictures are from the PCC. There is a lagoon going through the middle of the PCC. On this water will float different boats and rafts with dancers from each of the Polynesian nations. It is so pretty!
The PCC does a good job of representing each Polynesian nation. They have different areas for each island such as an area for Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand, Hawaii and so forth. This is the area that represents Hawaii.
In each “island” they have examples of their homes and they have demonstrations in some of the huts. They also have dancers to show authentic dances from each culture.
There is no way to capture the full essence of Hawaii, but hopefully through some of these pictures you can catch a glimpse and enjoy a piece of paradise!