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Sooo…..have you ever had one of those weeks?  Where you have it all planned out…workouts, meals, blog posts?  Then one child gets sick, then another and another.  All plans go out the window, and you spend that well planned week making soup, monitoring fevers and watching endless movies snuggled up on the sofa.  Well, that would pretty much sum up the first part of January for us.  At the end of that week full of sickness, my youngest boy had a birthday.  He requested a chocolate layer cake with ‘fluffy, chocolate frosting’.  His request included making the cake, as he saw his brother do last spring.  Of course, I planned to photograph and share it here with all of you.  After a week of fevers, none of that happened.

Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Whipped Frosting


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April is birthday month at our house.  2 out of 3 boys will be celebrated for turning a year older. Birthdays at our house have turned into an all out food fest as they have gotten older.  Homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast, a favorite meal at supper and a special dessert.

For dessert this year, the birthday boy requested a 3 layer cake with lemon curd and whipped cream frosting AND he wanted to make it himself.  I’ll let the pictures do the story telling, but let me just add;   I never realized how much one can concentrate on cracking eggs, how far flour truly can fly and that if making a layer cake was always this fun, I would make them every week.

Layered Lemon Cake

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I’m writing this from the warmth of my kitchen.  Something I could not say for most of the day.  We had a snowstorm blow through overnight bringing 8 inches of snow and 50 mph winds that took out our power for 12 hours.  It was a funny lesson for my children in all that electricity does for us, both big and small.  Thankfully, there were mounds of snow to be conquered and sugar cookies to be decorated.  Still, the day was not without complaints of wanting to watch a favorite movie or why cold, wet snow clothes couldn’t just be thrown in the dryer.

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