Monday, September 15, 2014

9/11 Tribute - STAIR CLIMB - Police / Firefighters - PLUS Cookies!!!

Local First Responders Remember Colleagues Lost on Sept. 11 

Boys checked it out before it started

To honor the memory of those who lost their lives they climbed 110 flights total to mark the Twin Towers' 110 stories. (stairwell 14 times) All with an extra 40 pounds. The firefighters wore bunker gear and the officers’ bullet proof and tactical vests. 
It began at 7:46 a.m. central time---the moment when the first plane struck the World Trade Center's North Tower.




Watching their Dad

"Puts a whole new perspective on a smidgen of what those guys went through that day and I don't even think we scratched the surface"


COOKIES!!!! I ended up making a little over 100!
For the get together after I made cookies with a twin towers police shield and firefighter shield tags


Police shield

Firefighter shield


The boys were late to school but brought all the teachers and principles a cookie with a 9/11 remembrance pin

They loved it! I also handed out the pins to the stair climb participants 


Extra basket of cookies for the police station

It was a very touching tribute and the boys were extremely proud their Dad participated. I have the sweetest pictures of them giving the biggest hugs. {{heart melted}}

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cake with Chocolate Art - School Project - TEXAS theme - Red, White, & Blue

And so it begins....SCHOOL PROJECTS. Ugh! My son {{mini overachiever}} enthusiastically picks baking and designing a cake for his Texas history project. NICE! *sarcastically* I assisted with some basics and tips but he did all the work.
Project:
Cake with five Texas symbols

FLAG
MOTTO
FLOWER
LARGE MAMMAL
FOOTWEAR
PEPPER
INSECT

He decided he needed to have seven symbols instead of five. This is the child that always says, "Nothing is to over the top" Also, does EVERY extra credit possible.

Not both my kids are like this. My other child had a project due the same day and I found out about it at 8:15pm. :/


TA-DA!!!! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. 

I know what you are thinking...NO WAY did a child make that cake! So did his teacher until I provided photos. See evidence below. :D

Mixing in the color to make the cake red and blue


Alternating colors in the center to give a stripe effect..somewhat



Printed out templates

Wax paper over the printouts and used candy melts to trace and fill in. Used a ziplock bag and #1 & #2 Wilton tips

He made 3+ of each design just in case they broke taking them off the wax paper. The longhorns all broke but one.

Cake was finished and I helped level and do the basic icing

Finished chocolate designs....Ooooh Aahhhh




I helped place them on the cake

Icing for the bluebonnets

The bluebonnets were trial and error for sure. They looked like blue Christmas trees at first so I scrapped them off and he tried a smaller tip.

Bagged extras and he gave them to the history teachers

Proof I printed for him to take to school 

He spent ALL day on this cake and it shows. Class loved it and I haven't seen the grade yet but I'm sure it's a 100.

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