Sunday, September 14, 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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Friday, September 12, 2014

I'm BAAAAACK! - Summer 2014 in review {{GIVING BACK}} - FUN volunteering with my kids!

Sorry I've been gone for so long. :( I like to take the summer off from the computer as much as possible while the kids are out of school. That means no blogging, very little email checking, and other social media. I posted ONE photo all summer long on fbook! ONE photo!!! That's hard since I'm such a shutterbug. 

Anyway, I thought I would start my first post back with a summer review. We didn't take any glamorous vacation or hit any beaches this year but we did do something amazing......VOLUNTEERED! I know, sounds like work and you are right. Hard work and my boys loved every minute. I found out they actually love manual labor. Who knew!? Any free time outside of my job I took them all over the place and most days they wanted to know if we were volunteering. {{sniffle}} They are so sweet! 

SUMMER OF GIVING BACK - 2014
Working in a garden that benefits the homeless

Making 4th of July decorations for the ER halls at the children's hospital

Removing graffiti

Sorting formula for the CPS workers

Animal shelter

Food bank 

Fitting kids with two sets of new clothes and a backpack with school supplies

Handing out toiletries to the homeless

Garden that benefits the homeless

VERY hands on food pantry

Library EVERY week all summer except one


Reading to the Feline Leukemia kitties

Food bank


AND I'M STILL MISSING A FEW ACTIVITIES...whew!

I was asked once why I like to volunteer with my children and I said, "We are giving back to our community, they are learning valuable lessons like hard work, caring, compassion, selflessness, empathy, generosity, gratitude, etc. I think parents would want to instill these values in their children. Plus, I get to spend quality time with them. It's the ideal activity!" 

We also had other fun around town. 




My little yoga partner :)








ALSO....
The boys accepted an ALS ice bucket challenge from their out of state cousins and they had to add a little Texas touch :) 


Hope everyone had a great summer! Now back to posting!

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