When a good friend invites you to a celebration of their birthday, your answer is yes, of course, with a ton of extra exclamation points. This week, Alexandra Hedin, my good friend, celebrated her birthday with all the splendor and sparkle a weeknight party girl can muster. With party inclusions like a play list, an appetizer, a party cocktail and place cards from other friends like Jen from Classic Play, Melissa from Lulu the Baker, and MJ of Pars Caeli, the party couldn’t have been anything less than fabulous. I volunteered to make the cake and with Ali in mind and her love of and expertise in cocktails, I knew a champagne cake was the way to go. Let’s get this weekend off to a sweet start!
Each time my mom, sister and I get together, I can count on adding a few new recipes to my collection. We are all food nerds who enjoy finding, making and discussing homemade food and food making techniques. My sister is always trying something new, finding new resources for inspiration. My mom, the one who inspired our love, is the master of making food from scratch. Sauces, soups, canned items, breads. And, if we happen to need a fresh ingredient, there is a good chance she’s growing it. I like to talk flavor, discussing how the ingredients play together in the final flavor. Plus I like to conjure up tweaks and reworking options. I’m certain for non-food nerds it’s a snooze fest however, we like it.
Talking food is one thing but cooking together is another. Three grown women (plus a few other periphery people) cooking three entirely different dishes in a normal sized kitchen requires a few dance steps. It’s helpful we all speak our language, which others have described as confusing and discontinuous. Something about the number of topics we discuss at one time. :) Additionally, our shared DNA gives us an edge in speculating what the others might need. Super helpful when my brain forgets how to make words. I’m so thankful I get to spend time cooking with my mom and sister. It special time to me.
Did you know you can make an embossing plate with the cardboard from a cereal box? I sure didn’t but I learned all about it for a post over on Design Mom. Building your own plate it’s totally possible plus it’s a simple (and cheap) way to create your own designs. I really liked creating monograms and they turned out really sharp.
Get the whole scoop over on Design Mom.
Last week, the cement pencil holder project I did for Design Mom went up. I love any chance I get to have to play with concrete. It’s such an unusual, heavy and substance material and in my life, I don’t have a whole lotta good excuses to play with it but man, is it cool! After projects like this one, I start eying everything, wondering if I can stick it in or recreate something like it with concrete. It’s a sickness! A good one, in my opinion.
And aren’t these school supplies amazing?!? I have to keep fighting off my children because they too think are in love with the colors. Get the full details for the pencil holder/desk organizer over on Design Mom.
Never before have I had so many giveaways in so little time! I apologize if it feels a little ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ or ‘The Price is Right’ or name-your-game-show (obviously I don’t watch enough game shows). It’s out of control!! The overabundance wasn’t intentional, just sorta happened. It was part ‘dates set by others’ and part ‘I totally forgot about that’. So again, if it’s not your cup of tea, not to worry, this craziness will not happen again and if it is your thing, then hold on to your hats because I have one more giveaway this week!
In participating in the Cricut Design Space Star challenge, my team was given the opportunity to giveaway a brand new Cricut Explore. This new model does just about everything but watch your children while take a snooze. :) I’ve had a Cricut cutter for about 5 years. I have one of the originals and it’s a favorite purchase of mine, just check out my garland projects.
If you think you’d like to sign up and see you can win one, here’s the link to a Rafflecopter giveaway.
Good luck and happy Friday!
A big thanks to Cricut!
P.S. Picked a winner for the giveaway on Tuesday!