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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

It's all about the frogs

My middle child turned 5 years-old on labor day. What better way to celebrate than with frogs! Of course he loves frogs, so we stuck with that theme.
I made a Devil's food cake topped with white chocolate almond frosting. Using black colored gel piped icing my husband drew out the frog, log and flies. I couldn't draw a stick figure if it saved my life. I used green decorator piped frosting to fill in the frog, and crushed walnuts for the log. Click link if you want the recipes.

We had a great time, and even allowed the birthday boy to start a small camp fire {that boy loves fire}


Our strawberry popcorn harvest has come in. The early rains cause some of them to mold, so it is a small harvest {that and my husband tilled under our white popcorn} Even with the small crop, we still get to enjoy warm popcorn on a snowy night.



The decorative sunflowers that I did NOT plant a few years ago, has over ran my peppers. We removed a half acre of these renegade flowers in the spring, but my husband thought to leave a row as a wind block. I did ask him if he remembered how these things grow and that they were too close to the peppers. When will he remember I am right?



I finished up my pear project this weekend. Pear Preserves, and pear Jam. I made a mistake on the pear jam {will post that tomorrow}
The preserves were easier than I thought they would be. More waiting than cooking.

We also opened up a jar of the pizza sauce I canned. It turned out great. Everyone was happy with it. I must say that I can't help but smile when I taste the "fruits" of my labor that have turned out so well. It's called pride, something that anyone that knows my life history, knows I have had little of.

I have also been listening to gun fire the past few days. I need to check if hunting season has opened, or if I have poachers roaming the roads.

7 comments:

Justin said...

What a cool cake! I always like to hear about children's birthday parties where the focus is on the child instead of the party; it sounds like your son had a great time.

KF-in-Georgia said...

Yeah, it's hunting season for some migratory birds (doves, etc.). I found this link:
http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/hunting/when_to_hunt/sportsmen_s_calendar

Keep your head down...

lisa said...

LOVE the cake! I'm a bit of a frog-freak, also. Your canning sucess reminds me how much I miss doing those things myself...I think I see homemade salsa in my future...

Jodie said...

lovely cake and the frog on it. it recalled my childhood when i played with it happily:)

Phelan said...

Glad everyone likes the cake. The children thought it was great as well. Thank you KF, makes me feel a little better.

Julie said...

Soooo cute!!! (the froggy cake rules!)

Bug said...

Awe what a cute cake!!! Happy belated bday to the kiddo :)

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