Let Them Eat Cake!

My daughter’s Freshman season of volleyball came to a close on Monday and she asked me to bake her favorite cake for a celebratory snack after their last game.

She asked for a chocolate cake with raspberries.

This cake is two layers and I tried to do a little shell around the bottom and the top of the cake for added interest and festivity.

My daughter also asked for a raspberry filling.  So I happily provided that!!  I built up a “wall” of frosting around the top edge of the bottom layer, frosted the top of the bottom layer so the jam wouldn’t make the cake soggy and poured jam onto the cake to the level of the frosting border.  Then added the second layer and finished frosting and decorating the cake.

This is the cake before the addition of the raspberries.  I waited to add them because they can sometimes “weep” and add unwanted moisture.

The side view of this cake.  I just now noticed that you can see a bit of cake through the frosting.  No worries!!  The girls did not notice and this cake was devoured in less than 10 minutes flat!

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My daughter and her team loved the look and taste of this cake!  It was the perfect end of season snack!

A New Start!

The 14yo has asked for a sweater!!  We looked on-line for quite awhile and she finally found something she loved.  The Dubline Cardigan by Marousa Gallagher.  It is lovely! It has a hood, it’s long and she likes the sleeves!  It also has lots and lots of cables which I love!


This is what I have so far on one of the fronts.  The other one is a mirror image of this one.


The cardigan is knit in one piece and the sleeves are added in later.  I have already finished the sleeves, but as they are just stockinette stitch, I did not find them very interesting.

Knitting cables is so much fun! I love the manipulation of the stitches and the texture they create in a piece of knitted work.

Volleyball Tournament

A few weekends back, I went to Sacramento with my daughter for her volleyball tournament.  We had a huge blast!

Playing around with my new app - Project Life.

Playing around with my new app – Project Life.

We got up there a little early on Friday and decided to go to Old Sacramento, then had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory-no dinner is complete without dessert!  Saturday, we were in the PM wave and had some time in the morning so we went mini golfing – what a great time!  Look at her broken glasses!  Good thing she only needs them to read.

I like this ap - I was able to text it to my husband and other kids, SOOOO much fun!

I like this app – I was able to text these layouts to my husband and other kids, SOOOO much fun!

Dinner with Volleyball friends.

Dinner with Volleyball friends.

No way can she eat all of that!

No way can she eat all of that!

OMG!!  She ate it all!

OMG!! She ate it all!

My dessert- YUMMY!

My dessert- YUMMY!

She's ready for a serve!

She’s ready for a serve!

Waiting her turn to play.

Waiting her turn to play.

Doing "book" for a different match.

Doing “book” for a different match.

A really nice weekend with my 13 year old!

Name Pillows

Every year, for Christmas, I make our family individual gifts.  I have made scarves, hats, mittens, blankets (that was a crazy year!!! 5 twin size and 1 king size blanket in one year), jewelry, jammies, etc.  This year I made Name Pillows!  I made one for each of my kids, one for my husband and one for my niece.

The hubby.

The hubby.

#1 Child.

#1 Child.

#2 Child.

#2 Child.

#3 Child.

#3 Child.

#4 Child.

#4 Child.

#5 Child.

#5 Child.

Niece.

Niece.

IMG_6462 - Version 2 IMG_6465 - Version 2They are really not very hard to make.  I’ll try to write up the tutorial in a few days to share with you!

 

Cello Recitals

Two of my kids play the cello.  Recently we had their recital (thankfully they both have the same teacher!), one of them was super nervous and the other one was fine.  I love going to these recitals.  It is really fun to hear their music in a different setting and inspirational for them to hear others playing.

French Braid.

French Braid.

At the last minute, my daughter decided she wanted her hair braided.  We stood out front of where her recital would take place and braided her hair.  Not the best, but she was happy.

9yo son.

9yo son.

My shy 9 year old son went first as he is the youngest and newest student for this teacher.  He did a great job.  I think he is comfortable because he can hide behind the music stand and his cello!

13 year old.

13 year old.

My 13 year old daughter played later in the line up – she was extremely nervous but played fine anyway.  Some of the musicians we heard were fantastic!  All the kids work so hard and it truly shows at this time of the year.