Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere

I know it's after Christmas but I said I would let you know how the sequel the Christmas Shoes was. This is a great book, even if it is after Christmas.

In the story the little boy from the first book, who bought the shoes for his dying mother, is grown up and going to school to be a doctor. While doing his internship he meets a girl and eventually falls in love. The girl he loves gets very ill and needs a transplant...she gets sicker and sicker but no transplant is available and just when she's about to die, the Christmas miracle happens, a transplant is found! The greatest part is where the transplant comes from but I won't tell you, just in case you wanted to read the book. :) It's a tear jerker just like the first book but it's still good. You know the feeling, when it feels like someone reaches into your chest and squeezes your heart? That's what this book did to me. Hope ya like it!


Ok, back to present...kind of. This cake I did for a past bride for a baby shower...not hers though, dang it. I did tell her one time that she couldn't have a baby unless she came back from Atlanta for her shower so I could do the cake. :) Leslie, make it soon k? This cake was at the Hawthorne House in Parkville. Coarse sugar the chocolate accents and fresh flowers by Drew at Blue Bouquet. And if you need a better pic of this cake, you can check out the blog of the coolest photographers under the sun...the Solars. (Man, did this girl have good taste in vendors or what?!?!?) :) And look, the bride and groom toasted with Coke and Diet it, so cute!

Winter Fun!

Sheesh...where did this kid come from?!?! He must get his genes from his dads side.....
And she must get hers from mine :)

Rock and Roll, Daddio!

Molly trying to make a snowman but the snow was too dry...she settled for a "'snow pile" instead. Luke getting ready to sled the hill at the gym...

Dorian...ready to shred some snow.....or something

I can't seeeeee you!

My little princess putting on ornaments...awwwww :)

What's so funny? Stud....

Sometime in December....

I'm so behind on this blog....sigh, I can't even remember the date of these cakes but oh well, I'm still gonna share 'em!
This cake was for a firefighters son that turned 7...obviously And this cake was for a lady turning 60 and having her birthday party at the Gem Theatre. The daughter ordered the cake and she and I both looked for toppers in the KC area and couldn't find a J (of course, we waited to long to order one online...duh) so I made this one! I just cut out the J from fondant and used the new stuff...edible glitter! LOVE IT!!! The cake was hexagon with coarse sugar and satin ribbon with fresh flowers. more catching up to do!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere

And what better way to get you in the holiday spirit than a Christmas book, right? Well, maybe go for The Night Before Christmas or something like that if you want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This book was a short read and well written but I felt like my heart was breaking while I read it. You've heard the song about the little boy who wants to buy his momma pretty shoes because she's gonna meet Jesus tonight...this is the story the song is about (actually was written about the song but whatever.) The book introduces us to the characters and then at the end, it tells how the mom talks to her son about how she's going to's very sad. All I could think of was how sad I would be if I were that mom and knew that I was going to be leaving my family behind. :( I will be posting the sequel to this book soon, The Christmas Blessing. See ya soon!

Intensity by Dean Koontz

AS you all know, I am a book worm and will read anything but I really like to read scary books (which is kinda stupid because I WON'T watch scary movies!) Anyways, I finished this book the other day and thought I let ya know that it was great! The whole book is basically about this psychology student (who is pretty darn dumb) trying to escape from this homicidal maniac (who is pretty darn smart.) Her escape is long and drawn out, and very detailed. She makes it away from his house in his motor home with his captive, a teen-age girl, and you gotta know they will meet up with the killer for the fight scene....well, seriously the fight lasted one whole page. That's it! I thought after all of the events leading up to the fight it would be this crazy, wild fight but no, she just killed the killer and everyone lived happily ever after. Well, kind of, was still a good book, full of suspense (and while reading it I kept thinking what an idiot! The girl was asking to be captured...duh!)

Monday, December 8, 2008


Did this cupcake Christmas tree for my pal Gregg, it didn't turn out as cute as in my head but then again, things rarely do. Then to make matters worse, Gregg picks it up and says, "Oh....I thought it would be flat." Well, that woulda made things easier!
I did this little onesie for a Christening a couple weeks ago but forgot to post a pic...

Another maternity cute!

This snowflake cake was for a Sweet 16 birthday party. My camera didn't pick up the glitter very well but the amazing Heather Cole says she'll send better pics! Can't wait!
This was for a wedding at St Andrews Golf Course in Overland Park, KS. Buttercream iced with satin ribbon and fresh flowers.
and a fire helmet grooms cake.
And I just HAD to share this! I bought these adorable measuring spoons for my Aunt Dorothy because she is famous for not giving measurements. "OH you know, a pinch of salt, a dash of cinnamon..." It kills me! (Aunt Dorothy, if you watch my blog exit this page now! don't want to ruin your present!)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Corn Cake

This is probably not healthy but I made it for Thanksgiving at the fire station AND the in-laws and everybody loved it (especially Steve!)

1 can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 can creamed corn
2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
sm. sour cream (4 oz.?)
8 oz. cream cheese

Mix all ingredients together except butter, pour into 9x13 baking dish and dot with butter. Bake at 375 until done in the center (check it like you would cornbread.)