navygreen: (Kermit the Spaz)
I've been so blessed today, and I want to share my fantastic news with you:

My cookies were featured today on the "Sunday Sweets" portion of CakeWrecks!

*cartwheels* *cartwheels* *cartwheels*

If you're not already a regular reader of CakeWrecks (and why aren't you?!), you should be from this point forward! It is a daily dose of hilarity in sugar form, and I love checking in for a chuckle. John and Jen have witty commentary, and they do an awesome job to keep the site in tip-top form at all times. They're quick to respond to readers (which isn't always the case with bloggers), and it's just so FUN over there! (There's even an LJ feed you can add: [livejournal.com profile] cakewrecks)

In the midst of the frosting chaos, however, they take a moment each Sunday to highlight true gems in the biz, using a schtick called "Sunday Sweets." These weekly tributes generally run on a theme, and they always feature jaw-dropping works from amazing bakers from all over (including TV celebs such as Buddy Velastro of Cake Boss and Charm City Cakes from Ace of Cakes). Every week, I'm awed and inspired with the fabulous sugar work shown.

And then... I was notified by a reader of mine today that MY OWN WORK was featured on "Sunday Sweets" today! Check it out here: Cake Wrecks: Sunday Sweets: Summer Lovin'

I read the note, then loaded the page, almost trembling with cautious excitement... it was real! As I read the kind words on my cookies, my eyes welled with happy tears. What an amazing moment! :-)

Now, the cakes also featured today are by far more stellar, and as always, I'm speechless at their perfection and beauty.  But just as they always say on the award shows, it's an amazing feeling to even be considered among such great work. I just can't believe it!

These are the cookies highlighted, and my friend Sarah is the sweet mind who sent my work to Jen and John for consideration. I'm just so incredibly touched! :-)
navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
In the Arrrrrrrrr-my!"

That was my favorite slogan for the U.S. Army, and I was nonplussed with the change to "Army of One" in the early 2000's. Thank goodness it has changed again, but I still don't think "Army Strong" is quite as catchy. ;-)

What's the segue, you ask? After all, I'm an Air Force wife, and I shouldn't be discussing the Army at all! Well, it's a favor called in. A favor asked by family, and cookies made for non-family, so I guess it's okay. Even so, I jokingly called my husband up (he's currently visiting his father and family in West Virginia) and asked for permission before I tackled these cookies. He gave me the green light, of course, but he made me promise not to eat any of them!

Army Cookies


The family mentioned is my husband's dear 3rd cousin Paula (who I've mentioned here before), and she requested the cookies as a gift to her best friend. That best friend is throwing a large party for her son Paul's graduation next week. As monumental as that occasion is, Paul is then headed off to West Point just one week later!

Click to see more. :-) )

Lastly, best wishes to Paul as he begins to "Get an Edge on Life... in the Arrrrrrrr-my!"
navygreen: (HP: Dramione)
The news release that Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) will be presenting together tonight at the MTV Movie Awards makes my little heart go all *pitter-patter* with glee.

Icing on the cake? Today is Draco's birthday, too. (Again.) He would be 31 now, just like me. *rowr*

Add to it that they're presenting a sneak-preview clip of Deathly Hallows, Part 2, and... I'm spent. ;-)
navygreen: (Boys: hug)
While in the car this afternoon, A.J. brings up the subject of asexual plants and animals, and how it's very weird that some living things can have offspring without mating. Jack pipes up with, "They have to, A.J. It's not like a plant can just scootch (while doing the motion across the backseat) over to another plant and start kissing!"

Love them. :-)
navygreen: (School)
I can't believe it's the end of another school year! The boys go through tomorrow, the 26th, but I think they're already down to just the fun stuff. Jack had his Field Day yesterday, and A.J. had his math class finals. Today, both have been told they'll be cleaning out desks and lockers, and I made them empty out backpacks to prepare for the amount of STUFF I'm sure they'll bring home! (And they don't go back until August 24th!)

I'm icing end-of-year cookies right now, but I'm taking a quick moment to post these cookies I made for Teacher Appreciation Day back on May 6th. Once again, my timeliness astounds you, I'm sure. ;-)

I was so jazzed when the school announced a theme for this year's Teacher Appreciation week/event: LUAU! There's nothing that says party quite like a luau, and I couldn't wait to make these special cookies!

Teacher Appreciation Luau Cookies.

Teacher Appreciation Luau Cookies.


And do you even know? I mean, can you even really guess just how much fun I had making these adorable little hula shirt cookies?! I absolutely *LOVED* them!



See lots more! )

I brought a gigantic platter to the school (over 80 cookies!), and I heard they disappeared quickly! I'm so glad the teachers enjoyed them, as I have sure loved the staff here. We are so blessed to have such big hearts teaching our children!

As always.

May. 4th, 2011 09:45 pm
navygreen: (Popcorn)
May the 4th be with you.
navygreen: (Garden)
Isn't hail just the craziest thing? We're in the 60's all week, and I think we're finally due for some of those "April showers," but yesterday's short little storm brought more hail than actual rain. The little pea-sized hail just comes out of practically nowhere, and it covers the lawn like a new snowfall. I'm always amazed at how long those teeny hailstones take to melt - especially at warm temperatures!

Hail on my just-emerging salvias.


I dug around in my flowerbeds almost two weeks ago to find the teeniest, tiniest little pokings of green from my salvias and my hostas. Within a day or two, we got snow again, so they didn't progress much in the next week. These past few days, though, they are emerging forth as pretty green bunches, and I can't wait for them to become full again. If they're anything like my salvia in Nebraska, they'll be huge this summer since it's their second season.
navygreen: ('Affairs:' recap)
It's been so long since I've updated, and I really just don't know where to start!

Cookies are just constant at this point, and I couldn't be more grateful. This creative outlet fell into my lap when I never expected it, and I find so much joy in decorating each set. The easy ones are pleasing, but the challenging designs make me reach beyond my abilities, and I feel like I learn something new each time. It's win-win in my book.

Easter has now come and gone, and it was such a busy, busy week! This is the third year that A.J. has decided he's "too old" for Easter egg hunts, and it is such a bittersweet moment for me as a mom. He's growing up so very much, and so quickly lately, it seems, but I realize that he would rather now be an "adult" and watch the "kids" hunt for eggs. He did, however, pitch in and help Jack and me color Easter eggs on Friday night... with a bit of begging on my part. (I wanted it to be a nice thing we could do together on our night at home while Philip was working.) Once he's doing something, he has a good time, and this was no exception.

Still, I can't bear to think that next year might be Jack's last year to hunt eggs before he makes the same proclamation. Then again, Jack so enjoys being "just a kid" and isn't it quite the same hurry to grow up as A.J. I think it has a lot to do with being the older vs. younger brother, as well as a good deal to do with their completely different personalities.

We attended a big party at our friends' house - the Mendezes. Matt and Amber are always such gracious hosts, and we really enjoy our times there. Jack and Bryce are peas-in-a-pod and usually disappear off to Bryce's room. Among all of their other friends, one of A.J.'s classmates was there as well - a fellow 7th-grader named Kendra. The two of them paired off just as quickly, and we were perfectly content to just gab with all the other folks. I had brought Easter Bunny Bread, sugar cookies, and Pineapple Carrot Cake to share, and all were big hits. I've never actually witnessed an entire platter of my cookies disappear in just a few hours (usually folks take the cookies home or tell me, "They're too pretty to eat!"), but I was overjoyed to see it this time! I came home with lots of empty dishes, and that's the sign of a good party in my book!

Philip has been working on his truck with the help of some friends. I sure hope they figure out whatever is wrong with it, and soon. This next month is extremely busy - we've got A.J.'s track season and Jack's outdoor soccer season going at the same time, as well as two major band performances for A.J., and there's lots of traveling involved, as well as activities at the same time. Eek! On Philip's days off, however, we jumped into a new-to-us series, and have been watching 24. We finished the first season in four days, and we're a few episodes into the second season now. We also recently saw both Arthur and Scream 4 on 'Date Nights,' and we're very much looking forward to this weekend for another night out when Fast Five hits theatres!

I'll try to be better about popping in more regularly. I was so good at the beginning of this year, and now I'm slacking so terribly! *hangs head in shame*
navygreen: (Coca~Cola: bottles)
This is a guest-posting for Frosting For the Cause, but I wanted to keep it here as well for my own records. :-)


Remember those good ol' days? Way back when people didn't die until they lived to a ripe old age, and even then, you hardly ever heard the word "cancer" mentioned? Those days where you could sit on a porch swing and enjoy the company of your grandparents and an ice-cold Coke, and nothing was better...

... 'cept for the times when Pawpaw pulled out the ice cream, too! Nothing beats a Coke Float, right?!

Chocolate Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes.
Chocolate Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes


These deliciously moist cupcakes are so fudgy, yet so light... with just a hint of Coca-Cola. The cola glaze on top adds just a *bit* of fizz to your tongue, but the cherry buttercream is the high note to end on. In addition to the cherry on top, there's a second cherry waiting to surprise you in the cake!

Sing it with me, now! "I'd like to buy the world a ... cure!" ♪♫

Making these is simple, and I promise you will love them! Recipe & more pictures. )

Philip and I dropped these cupcakes off to the midnight crews at the oncology ward of our local hospital. What a surprise they were for the ER attendants when we came in the middle of the night! :-)
navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
~ posted just for [livejournal.com profile] takarakanashi, who assures me she never gets tired of my cookie posts


These little BIG guys are so adorable it kills me! XD

Red Dragon cookies.


These dragons tell a tale of woe, I'm afraid. You see, I made a host of these dragon friends as favors for Jack's end-of-season soccer pizza party tonight.

But we live in Minot, North Dakota, and we're currently getting dumped with 12-18" of snow in a crazy Spring blizzard. (And we were just one day away from having all the snow completely melted!) Kids were let out of school at noon, and by that time the party was already canceled.

But, of course, I'd made the cookies yesterday to give them time to fully dry. *sigh*

Read more. )
navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
I'm not sure I'd ever seen this logo in my life before I needed to "cookie" it:

Pittsburgh Penguins cookies.


And, eek! What a challenge! Several weeks ago, Trisha contacted me to see if I could make some Pittsburgh Penguins cookies for her hubby. You see, the Steelers had been his team, and she wanted to cheer him up from their loss. I looked at the logo, gulped a few times, then steeled myself and said, "I'll do it."

Read more. )

But that wasn't all! Trisha had asked if instead of one dozen Penguins cookies, I could do half-and-half with some Minnesota Twins cookies thrown in, too! And so, I began working on another detailed set. At least this time, I was sure I'd seen the logo before. :-)

Minnesota Twins cookies.


Read more. )

I learned from these cookies that I can do more than I think I can, but I can also push myself in a real time-crunch, too. These cookies were ordered and turned out in about 40 hours' time. It feels nice to have something so intricate under my belt now, and it gives me a bit of confidence facing future projects!
navygreen: (Jack: soccer)
Thank you for the V-gift, [livejournal.com profile] blognmomma! :-)

I swear, my life has completely turned into cookies-cookies-cookies. It's craziness, but I absolutely love it. It is so fun to finish each new batch and feel such accomplishment. I wouldn't trade anything right now!

Philip and I have been watching Psych for the last month. We'd never seen the show before, and we started in on the Pilot episode through Netflix. We've now watched all 79 episodes, just finishing last night. In the first week or so, we watched one or two episodes a night, but here at the end, we were watching 7-8 episodes each night he was off. It's so funny, and such a well-written, engaging show. I love the 80's-culture references sprinkled throughout, too. It has been a very enjoyable time together.

Jack's indoor soccer season finished tonight with their last game, and it caught me by surprise. I thought they still had two games next week, so I hadn't prepared an end-of-season treat for him to share. Luckily, the team will be meeting for a pizza party next Tuesday night, and I'll bring treats then. He ended up being one of two 9-year-olds (the other was his close buddy, Bryce) selected to play in the 10-12-year-old teams, and after speaking with the coordinators, we decided to keep him in the higher age group. She assured me that he had tested higher than most kids in skills assessment, and so we held our breath...

It was definitely the best choice! He had a rockin' season, and he found a true love and calling in playing goalie as a dedicated position. He was ON FIRE in many of his games, and I've never seen him play so hard. I can't wait for spring (outdoor) season to start in late April!

Meanwhile, A.J. begins track season in about two weeks, and it will be his first experience with that. He's excited about it, and he's become so lean lately. I suppose that's what growing 6" in 16 months will do to a guy, right?! It will be a very busy next few months between the two of their sports schedules, for sure.
navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
Did you celebrate today? Did you celebrate with a pizza pi(e) or a sweet one? Perhaps you hosted a party with a relativity theme instead?

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein

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navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
Well, these pictures don't need a whole lot of introduction...

Mardi Gras Cookies.


My first set of Mardi Gras cookies! (Then again, I've only been making sugar cookies for one year now... most holidays are still my "first" time...) But they were so fun! Also, I used chocolate dough for the cookies to make the colors really POP!

Read & see more. )

We've got a soccer game for Jack tonight, so I'm definitely ready for an easy Mardi Gras dinner of pancakes. I hope you are having a wonderful time, and eating some King Cake, too!
navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
Everyone needs a little "Smashing Pumpkins" in their life, right?

Smashing Pumpkins logo cookies.


My sweet friend [livejournal.com profile] katielovesmatt was another of the participants in the "Pay It Forward 2011" meme on Facebook, and I made her a dozen of these special cookies. You see, the "Smashing Pumpkins" are her very favorite band ever (and I imagine that [livejournal.com profile] welfy will agree heartily). To make things extra-special, I jazzed them up by making them both purple (Katie's favorite color) and sparkly-silver (Katie's second favorite color).

(Disclaimer: I have no idea what Katie's second favorite color really is, but I know she likes glitter!)

Smashing Pumpkins logo cookies.


See more. )
navygreen: (Eeyore)
Philip took the boys downtown to the arena last night for the Monster Truck Rally. I think they had a good time - they came home talking about mud, spinning tires, people getting stuck, rollbars crashing off, etc. Not only that, but next year, the boys want to ride in Philip's truck as he races through the mud at the event!

I'm glad they had a good ol' time, but that is sooooo not my kind of thing. I had a quiet girls' evening with my friend Tanya, and we watched Letters to Juliet and snuggled with kitties. It was my second time seeing it, but it was still just as cute.

Still, we didn't take pics of our night, but Philip did snap a few at the arena in downtown Minot:

A.J. and Jack at the Minot Monster Truck Rally.
A.J. and Jack at the Minot Monster Truck Rally.


Two more pictures. )

I had spent the afternoon baking chocolate chip cookies per Philip's request, and then we delivered them to neighbors and friends. I have a full week of sugar cookies ahead of me this week, but I wanted to pop in. I did so well posting at the beginning of the year, but I've been too quiet the last two weeks... so much so that [livejournal.com profile] gardenmama even had to LJ "nudge" me! Thank you for that, C! :-)
navygreen: (Valentine's: Snoopy)
I've got a Mini Sheeper with a sweet message for you:

Aren't ewe so sweet?


Read more. )
navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
Here's the story of my online life: I'm never on time. If there is an occasion that I *am* on time, you can bet your tushie that I stayed up all night long to make it that way. However, I am on time for most things in real life, and sometimes? Sometimes I'm even early!

Case/Picture in point:

Snowman Cookies.


These happy, snowy snowmen were a brainchild of mine back in December. You know, when people were still making lots of snowmen-themed things. But I promise you, living in North Dakota, life here is still all about the snowmen! Yes, we're dreaming of & hoping for spring, but the white, fluffy stuff still on my grass tells a different story.

So I'm on time, right? Right?!

More story. )
navygreen: (CSI: Wolfe - button)
We babysat Miss Emma today for about five hours. She was a doll the whole time. She was awake and playful, and she never fussed or whimpered. I was absolutely gobsmacked at how very PERFECT she behaved for us! It almost felt like stealing to take money when Adam and Tanya tried to pay us: we left the cash behind on their counter. They noticed, however, and ran it over to Jack anyway. *wink*

I began a roast this afternoon, and we had it for dinner tonight. I fixed the leftovers up for stew in a few more nights, too. I will only have to pop it on the stove, and add dumplings to it as it simmers. I'm thinking that will be perfect for Tuesday night's soccer practice schedule.

I finished up one set of cookies this afternoon, and I'll take pictures tomorrow. I'm working on three sets tonight, and one is 75% done right now, but I need to let the last step "set" a bit before I can proceed to the next one. I love when ideas turn out so cute!

It was so crazy-warm today, and I had A.J. shovel a few loads of snow from the yard onto the driveway for fast melting. We did that last spring, and it helped us to be rid of the snow several days before everyone else on our block. It was warm yesterday also, and it should stay this way for the next four days as well. I imagine there will be considerably less snow by the end of this warm spell!
navygreen: (School)
Whew, but my throat is sure hoarse. I spent about an hour tonight chatting with my friend Jan at Jack's school, and we had to yell to hear one another. Tonight was the Book Bingo & Family Dance night, and the boys had a good time. Philip and I never got a bingo, but both of the boys did (A.J. first, and then Jack got one in the last round).

Philip and I ran some errands during the afternoon, and I'm working on something to share soon. In addition to that, I shipped off some cookies and am currently in the middle of icing two more batches (different designs). I baked a bunch of projects on Monday, and I plan to finish icing all of them by tomorrow. I imagine that Sunday will involve lots of Valentine prep for Jack and his classroom. His party is on Monday afternoon.

His buddy, Bryce, has asked that he go along as a "bro" to the Prom next weekend at the Youth Center. Prom... yes, really! They're throwing a prom for all the younger kids, and Bryce wanted to make sure all his boys are going. Jack had been thinking about asking his "girlfriend" Angela to go anyway, so now they can meet up and hang out. Oh, and speaking of "hanging out," I heard that last night after soccer practice, as Bryce's mom Amber and I were walking out.


Amber: Maybe we can have Jack come over this week for a playdate.
Bryce: Mo-om! We don't have "playdates" anymore. We "hang out." We're not TODDLERS anymore!


Jack asked me a few weeks ago if we could have Angela and her parents "over for dinner sometime," and I about choked. He's 9! I'm so not ready for all of this!

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