I’ve been off-the-grid for the past couple of days, house/horse/dog-sitting about 45 minutes from my house without WiFi. Oh Internet, how I’ve missed thee!!
Well, actually, I was quite busy and didn’t really miss thee at all but I didn’t want to hurt your feelings. But we won’t dwell on that…
This past week I made another batch of cake pops (this time all by myself! Go Me!) in celebration of Catelyn’s 2nd birthday. Her party had a ladybug theme, so of course I felt challenged to create ladybug cake pops, which were a BIG HIT at the party! Many of the husbands loved them and expressed a desire to have their wives make them, but after I explained the time involved (several steps with cooling/freezing time in between — a process that I couldn’t imagine doing while keeping an eye on an awake, investigating toddler!) the wives tended to take one look at their (big) kids and say, “You’re not that lucky, Buster.” I guess cake pops are going to end up being the thing that all the married-with-kids people ask me to bring to the party!
These cake balls were made with Devil’s Food and cream cheese icing, which I then dipped in red candy melts from Michael’s. The “heads” of the bugs are halved Lindt truffles in either milk or dark chocolate (note: if attempting this you will lose many “halves” due to unfortunate breakage when slicing — prepare your mouth to handle the spoils of cake pop making war!). The truffle halves were “glued” on with decorating gel, which I also used to make the black dots and to make the eyes… The gel REMAINS tacky, however, so if you’re going to use decorating gel DO NOT attempt to place the cake pops in plastic baggies for individual wrapping.
[Anne — I’m putting yours in a lollipop sleeve so I can mail it to you… When you get it, it will look ugly but still taste amazing! Promise! Just eat it while looking at these pictures!]
Catelyn is still a wee little bug, and as the first grandchild from Momma’s side she’s also downright showered with gifts for her birthday! With Christmas right around the corner, I decided to go ahead and take another year to make Sarah something for Catelyn, rather than give Catelyn another toy. This year, my little Catey-bug got a pair of handmade (hand-knitted, if you prefer) leg warmers in a bright pink! (Are you a knitter? I used less than a skein of Malabrigo wool in “Cactus Flower,” and wrote some descriptive notes on my Ravelry page – username JAmber!) It was too warm on her actual birthday to make Catelyn try them on, so — if they fit her — expect pictures in the future!
But I did take a few pictures at her birthday party with my camera:
Catelyn wasted no time whatsoever in tasting the chocolate-flavored fondant eyes and ladybug spots! Smooth and shiny, they must have caught her eye first!
…but when all the guests really got into singing the Happy Birthday song, she leaned back and enjoyed the concert! Don’t you just love how Bug is wearing a bug, and about to eat a bug? Three cheers for Momma for a great theme!!! 😉 But most importantly…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATELYN!!!
I LOVE YOU!
Catelyn’s cake was made by my mom, Sally. I helped decorate it — my first ever attempt at cake decorating even though my mom made hundreds of cakes as I was growing up! I didn’t so so bad a job, if I do say so myself! I do have pictures of just the cake, but they’re on Mom’s camera. I also took more pictures during the rest of the party, but they’re on Sarah’s camera and probably soon to show up on The Jones Family blog!
After all the cake, family and friends on Saturday, I headed to the pool with Sean on Sunday after taking care of the horses and dogs where I was sitting. I swam my usual 36 laps (one mile), and then went home to shower and get ready — for FOOTBALL!! Sean is a Redskins season ticket holder, and he invited me to the Redskins v. Dallas game on Sunday night. Now, Saturday might have been rainy and humid, but Sunday was COLD and WINDY, and you really felt the chill on the upper-deck of FedEx field, surrounded by all of that cement and plastic! The wind whipped away any possibility of building up some surrounding body head within the crowd, and unfortunately the game never really picked up enough speed to get the spectator adrenaline really running. Neither team looked particularly strong or jazzed up, but the Skins took an early lead in the first half with a touchdown and a field goal. Late in the 4th quarter, the Cowboys scored a second touchdown and the game ended, Skins 10 to Cowboys 14. Though the outcome was a little disappointing, I still enjoyed my second-ever live football game! Now I’m just working on getting warm again — I might have to bury myself in a mountain of fresh-from-the-dryer clothes tonight!
Speaking of which, tonight is my only night at HOME. Tomorrow, after work, I head to M’s to dog-sit for Kelsy and Dakota through Friday morning. Friday afternoon I’m headed up to Alexandria for a Girls Night Out with the delightful Courtney and some other friends; Saturday I’m catching up with an old friend in Annapolis; and Sunday is Courtney’s annual Thanksgiving Brunch, to which I will be a first-time attendee and will be making my super-yummy french toast casserole! Monday is a scheduled knitting night with Amy (we’re working on a project simultaneously), and on Tuesday Amy and I are taking our friend Charles out to dinner for his birthday, belatedly! On my way home from dinner I’ll be picking up another pet-sitting charge — Toby, a toy Australian Shepherd — as he is going to spend Wednesday through Sunday with me while his parents go to New York to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.
That’s it for me, for now… Time to do some laundry, or crawl into the dryer and soak up as much heat as possible! Good night!