Monday, October 20, 2014

October birthdays

This past week was book-ended by birthdays!
Mary Grace and John Paul's birthdays are just a mere six days apart, which means lots of cake, presents, and celebrating...heck, it might as well be called 'Birthday Week!'

Mary Grace turned THREE!
I can't believe our sweet little baby is a big girl now!
We celebrated with a shopping trip to Build-A-Bear.  Mary picked a pink ballerina bear, complete with tutu and pink slippers. Pizza, cake, and ice cream were on the menu that evening as we had a book party for the birthday girl.  
She absolutely adores books!

A few days later, John Paul turned THIRTEEN!
He's very happy to finally be a teen ager now, and reminds us of his status quite frequently.  All he wanted to do on his special day was go to Barnes & Noble for books and then to the craft store for painting supplies. 
I cannot tell you how happy that makes me!

You might have noticed that the cakes look the same.  I found an awesome recipe on Pinterest for 'Crack Cake' because when you're thinking of a cake for children, you want to hear the words "crack" and "wine" right?

Crack Cake

**1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix 
1/4 c brown sugar 
1/4 c white sugar 
**1 box vanilla pudding instant mix 
**2 teaspoons cinnamon 
4 eggs 
3/4 c water 
3/4 c oil 
1/2 c white wine (really any kind) 

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Mix the above ingredients by hand or hand mixer. 
 Grease a bundt pan. Pour into pan. Bake for 50 minutes.

 When cake comes out of the oven... 

 Melt 1 stick butter into 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup wine.
 Pour over hot cake. Cool. Flip out of pan onto plate and serve.

**JP wanted a lemon cake so I used: 
1 box lemon cake mix
1 box lemon pudding mix
2 teaspoons lemon zest

This cake is delicious and super moist!
It gets better the longer it sits,
so make it the day before!

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