Rainbow Cake

July 29, 2014

Rainbow Cake | this heart of mine

Sometimes, a rainbow cake is just the thing to do. The plan came to me out of nowhere but immediately I knew Bug and J would enjoy it. It is cake, colored the tones of the rainbow, covered in frosting. What is not to like?! We used the directions from I Am Baker, queen of baked goods and fellow Minnesotan. Ours is not as perfect as hers but it’s not too shabby and tastes pretty good. J and Bug helped mix up the cake batter and then lent their stirring skills to mixing in the purple and blue tones, their “favorite colors”. I mixed up the the second set of cakes after they went to bed.

I used a vanilla frosting we use every time vanilla frosting is needed from the Magnolia Bakery. I think it needs some tweaking. When I get it right, I’ll share. I barely had enough frosting to cover the six layers but I made it work.

Rainbow Cake | this heart of mine

Both children have since requested a rainbow cake for their next birthdays, nine to ten months away. We’ll see how many times this request changes. Guess it depends on how many other cakes I make between now because the current cake usually becomes the favorite. :)

If you’ve ever thought about making a bright and colorful cake, we say ‘Do it!!’

And yes, I am now about to edit the images from my new camera! Thanks to kind help on Instagram, my images have been set free.


Down Time

July 28, 2014

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Hello there!

It’s been a little quiet around here. I’ve been enjoying some down time. Okay, not really down time but less-work time. Between beach days, park trips, mornings with little friends and their moms, our driveway being completely removed and redone, we’ve had no problem filling our time. I’ve also been struggling with feeling uninspired and burnt out. It’s been a different kind of year for me dealing with this ‘uninspired-ness’ but it’s forcing me to look outside myself and find what inspires me going forward.

I was all ready to share a rainbow cake the children and I made together last week, shot on my new camera, but it turns out, my new camera is holding them hostage. The new body creates a different kind of file my computer can’t read so I have to download new software to be able to open said files in order to process them. It hurts my brain just a little to figure it all out. Or maybe it’s reading the instruction manual. Either way, I have a little technical work to do in order to get my workflow back in order.

Hope to get the photo thing worked out today and share the cake tomorrow. It was really fun and the outcome is smile inducing.

Have a wonderful Monday.



Endless Summer Projects: Vacation Mobile | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

This project is sponsored by Bing.

Summer is the time for fantastic family vacations and Jennifer of Classic Play has a wonderful way to commemorate your travels: a vacation mobile. I LOVE it! Check out that awesome ride above! The mobile is so personal and unique to your adventures. I know my children would launch into stories of our trip each time they saw their pictures and I love remembering events through their eyes.

Travel is the last theme of our Endless Summer Projects this summer, can you believe it? Summer has sure flown by. If you’ve missed our other projects, check them out below!

Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games | Firework Tablecloth | Screen Printed Tees | Outdoor Cooking with Kids

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Let’s Get Her To Camp

July 22, 2014

Let's Get Her To Camp with Nestle | this heart of mine

Summer camp is kind of a childhood right of passage. To hang in the woods with peers and counselors, fighting off mosquitoes, paddling canoes and buying treats from the canteen, it’s a memory-making experience. Nestlé Crunch has a campaign called Let’s Get Her to Camp and it’s all about getting more girls to camp, so they can experience the fun. They teamed up with the Girl Scouts of America and brought back their delicious Girl Scout cookies inspired bars for the summer – Caramel & Coconut, Thin Mints® and Peanut Butter Crème.

Check out the post I did for them over on Momtastic and let’s get more girls to camp.


Endless Summer Projects: Outdoor Cooking with Kids | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

Today’s Endless Summer Projects post on outdoor cooking with kids could not be better timed. Love Bug, as of late, is showing big interest in all things related to meal prep. She wants to chop vegetables, crack eggs, measure ingredients and be involved in the actual cooking. I’m really excited about her enthusiasm, even if her presence makes for a tighter working space. As a homemade food foodie, I hope someday my children share my love of homemade food and that I can help them learn the skills necessary to cook on their own.

Summertime is the chance to take that love of cooking outdoors and Melissa from Lulu the Baker put together a great tutorial on cooking with kids outside. Plus, she shares two delicious recipes to try. Yum!

This project is a part of Endless Summer Projects, a collaboration between Alexandra Hedin, Classic Play, Pars Caeli, Lulu the Baker, and this heart of mine to bring you fabulous summer projects for the whole family for the whole summer.

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