Archive for November, 2009

Olivia’s party

We had a farm-themed “barnyard brunch” at my grandparents’ house in Nebraska for Olivia’s birthday on Saturday morning. Bryan’s parents and sister Jessica attended, as did my mom, step-dad and of course, Gramma and Grampa Great.

Ava helped Olivia open her presents. (And by “helped,” I mean “opened every single one for her while Olivia carefully examined and sometimes tried on the gift she just received.”)

Guess who sent this card…

That’s right! It’s “frum Ava.”

Bryan made us bloody marys, and we had quiche, fresh fruit and sausage for breakfast.

There was cake, too…more photos of that coming tomorrow.

Happy birthday, Baby O!

Thanks to everyone who joined us, and to those who sent kind messages from afar. We appreciate it!



Make a wish!

Doug sent these photos from the party on Saturday. More tomorrow!

Olivia Lou is two!

Happy birthday, Olivia.  Seems like just yesterday

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are fortunate to be spending the holiday weekend with our family, and we will celebrate Olivia’s second birthday on Saturday. In advance of the party, here’s a quick fix:

I hope you, too, have a holiday filled with the things that make you the happiest. In Liv’s case, that would be the pacifier I yanked from her mouth right before taking this photo.

Thanksgiving cupcakes

Ava and I made turkey cupcakes for her Thanksgiving party at preschool today.

We had planned to use this recipe from Martha Stewart, but I thought it probably it crossed the line on the teacher’s “no candy or other choking hazards” rule. So, instead we made sugar cookies, rolling the dough out so it was thin and light. Fortunately, I had come across an exclamation point cookie cutter while looking for the number two cutter in advance of Liv’s birthday.  A ribbon of chocolate bark held the three tail feathers together.

While I worked on that, Ava rolled marshmallows in toasted coconut. (She had a little more help that she would have liked.)

Each head got two chocolate jimmies for eyes, a candy corn beak and a heart-shaped waddle.

We made chocolate cupcakes, and Ava topped them with chocolate frosting and more toasted coconut.

Then, we adhered pretzel sticks to the back of the tails with chocolate bark, and inserted them into the cupcakes. We used pretzel sticks to secure the heads as well.

When I told Bryan that I needed to run to the store to buy supplies for little chocolate pilgrim hats, he took away my apron and spatula. Next year…

One highlight of the process—Olivia added “gobble, gobble” to her collection of animal noises, although we hear “I need cake,” far more frequently!


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