Sorry, this is a little late in the evening for a few of our readers. I was out celebrating my belated birthday with a few friends (who happen to be my childrens old ABA’s. Sad or awesome?). So, I am finally getting around to this post.
Last weekend was my birthday. No, I will not share my age. Age is just a number; no more. I was on Pinterest the previous Friday night when I ran across this pin, from Chef in Training
Awesome, huh? I decdied that Hubs needed to make this for me. And he did.
Did it look like the photo? Um, no! A profession chef made that and probably did some great food camera photo magic. Did I have to make my own birthday cake? NO, and that was the best part. However, the cake was undeniably delectable and the kids ate it.
Slice bread to make 1/2-1 inch sections slicing almost all the way to the bottom of the loaf. Be careful not to cut too far or to cut through. I used a serrated knife and cut on inch slices all the way down the width way of the loaf. Then I used my kitchen sheers to snip the 1/2-1 inch sections on each row, just to avoid any of them tearing off. Place loaf on cookie sheet.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, yellow cake mix and cinnamon. Stir to evenly mix together. Set aside.
Evenly pour and distribute melted butter between each of the sections, making sure to get in-between each one. Trust me, you want the buttery goodness 🙂 If you need more butter, simply melt as much more as needed.
Evenly sprinkle/pour sugar/cake mix mixture between each of the sections. Rub in to cover them if necessary. Be care not to tear any of the sections.
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
While Cake Batter Pull Bread is baking, make the glaze. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat until smooth. Add more powdered sugar/milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Drizzle as much as desired over warm bread. Sprinkle with some added sprinkles if desired. Serve warm.
TGIF, everybody! Okay, so I have done several posts involving gluten-free/ casein-free (GFCF) recipes that I make for my kiddos. We have done a pretty good job of being able to serve them a variety of healthy foods even on this sometimes limiting diet. That said, this is NOT an example of a healthy recipe 🙂 My son turned 5 this year and needed something to take to school for a treat. His school has a policy that birthday treats must be store bought (?!?!?!?!), so I was at a bit of a loss of what to do. It’s not like it’s easy or convenient to stop by the local grocery store’s bakery and pick up a few GFCF cupcakes. But, I wanted him to feel special and be able to share something yummy with his friends. I ended up getting the OK to make just his treat at home and get store bought for the rest of the kids. So, now, what to make? I ended up making chocolate GFCF cupcakes at home (Betty Crocker makes a great mix), and using chocolate frosting that doesn’t contain milk (I think the brand is Duncan Hines, but check your labels). Then I crunched GFCF chocolate sandwich cookies on top to make the “dirt.” A gummy worm tops it off and you have a great treat and a happy kid!
For the other kids in the class, I just pre-ordered some chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting from our local grocery store. The morning of his classroom party, I picked them up from the store, covered them with the crunched up cookies and gummy worms and viola! I also ended up putting them in little plastic cups and giving them the kids spoons to eat them. So much easier than them peeling the cupcake paper off and taking bites. Plus, then they could really see how it looks like “dirt” through the side of the glass.
Here’s some pics, not super detailed, but you can get the idea:
My son was so excited when he was passing out the treats, and I was so happy he didn’t have to have something different than his friends!
Here is fun twist for a birthday cake or a just fun dessert for family night!
-Box yellow cake mix (wet ingredients per package directions)
-red icing (I bought the red cookie icing that comes in a tube)
-red fruit roll-ups
-small circle to trace pepperoni shape onto fruit roll-ups (I actually used an upside-down shot glass!)
Bake the cake according to package directions. I used 9″ round pans because they were perfect pizza size (most mixes will give you two 9″ cakes). Once cake is completely cooled, trim the top off to make flat surface. Smooth on red icing with a spatula leaving some “crust” uncovered all the way around the cake so it looks like pizza sauce. Sprinkle on the shredded coconut for “cheese.” Add toppings to finish off your pizza pie, we love pepperoni so we cut some circles out of red fruit roll-ups using an upside-down shot glass. Your kids will flip when you serve them “pizza” for dessert! Enjoy!
The moment when you kid asks for school lunch because they are serving Dominos Pizza for lunch. I mean seriously, what kid wants a pb and j sandwich over pizza? My kid apparently. He associates Dominos with sickness.
Poor guy; last time he ate it he ended up with the flu. So hence forward he thinks every time he eats it, he will get sick.
We basically forced him to eat it today. I refused to pack him a home lunch and the cafeteria was told not to provide his class with food. I was told he ate a slice. Go Bug! Some people might see this as mean. But if we don’t I only foresee him restricting his food choices more and more. I love my kid. I just don’t like how he is afraid of food.
My two boys have a birthday coming up, and I am starting to plan the party. They were both born on May 5, but are not twins…I know, crazy right? Our boys were born on the same day, two years apart…Couldn’t have done it on purpose if we tried 🙂
Thankfully, they are both boys and like the same things, so sharing one party has never been a problem. This year we are going with a dinosaur theme because that is our boys’ favorite thing since sliced bread. You can’t walk two feet in our house without stepping on some type of dinosaur toy, however painful their little spikes and tails may be.
As I was beginning to work on party ideas, I came across the following website, and it was just too cool not to share. It’s got party ideas by theme, age, game ideas, and various scavenger hunts with lists included. It’s even got a ton of ideas for every day use, like games to play with bubbles and sidewalk chalk. Bottom line, it’s awesome. Definitely worth a look even if you aren’t planning a party and just want fun ideas for things to do with your kiddos. I’ll keep you posted on our birthday extravaganza! Enjoy!