Hope everyone had a fun New Year's Eve and that the new decade brings prosperity and health to all of you and to our nation as a whole. The rest of the world, too–we can always hope.

We've had a whirlwind school break here–the birthday boy above wanted a sledding party, and we got a perfect day for it, plenty of snow cover, sunny, no wind. The park boasts a shelter with two fireplaces, so we brought cocoa and marshmallows. Buppa tended the fire while I watched the kids go down the wide, packed slope.

Place cards
Both kids really wanted to set the table and make placecards for everyone. Li'l Buddy lobbied hard for the bright flowers at the store, and since it was his b-day, I agreed. You get it your way on your day in our house.

With some trepidation, I approached the Martha cake we had chosen for the event for its cuteness; often her recipes and projects involve a whole lot of steps and more details than I can handle, but this one turned out great! The kids and I formed a little marzipan-penguin assembly line, with Belle rolling bodies, me attaching wings and heads and Li'l Buddy adding the orange feet. We didn't do the suggested ice-cream cake, but instead vanilla cake as Li'l Buddy requested. It took a couple of tries, but I mastered baking it in a ceramic bowl for the igloo, and made my own version of buttercream for the frosting. People in our house like their frosting creamy, not sweet (all except me. Mmm, sweet buttercream).

Placing penguins
Fun to make and eat, the cake was a huge hit with the kids, and everyone got to choose their very own penguin. I'd make that cake again next year.

If you have people in your life who like buttery, not sweet frosting, I'll share this recipe with you (not for the faint of calories):

Jaala's Creamy Buttercream

soften 2 sticks of butter

combine in mixer with about 1.5 cups confectioner's sugar

add 2 t vanilla

add 1-2 T  half-and-half or heavy cream

Beat on medium speed for a couple of minutes until frosting turns light and fluffy, adding more sugar to thicken or cream to thin as needed. Frosts one 9-inch cake.

Coming soon: more book giveaways! And maybe even some knitting. BTW, in the pic up top Li'l Buddy sports the Xmas hat I made him; guitars and flames!

January 01, 2010 by Knitcircus

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