My husband found the instructions for making a 3-D dinosaur cake years ago and printed them out and we still had them 5 years later.
We gave our four year old a dinosaur birthday party this year. To make it extra special, I made a 3-D dinosaur birthday cake. To make sure I had enough cake (we invited my son's entire preschool class), I also made the green dinosaur cupcakes. They were super easy because I found a dinosaur cupcake kit at Meijer. (Thank you Mom for staying up late with me and putting dinosaur heads and spikes on the cupcakes.)
We were in Target a couple of days before the party and I had not decided on a cake recipe yet, when I saw these fantastic cake mixes from Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes. I decided a cake mix sounded great at this point and let my son pick out his favorite. He chose this really cool tie-dye cake. I didn't realize at the time that I needed two boxes of this cake mix to make two 9 inch cakes that would be thick enough to create a 3-D dinosaur. I baked two very skinny cakes and went back to the store and bought 2 cake mixes. I then used one cake mix for each 9 inch cake pan. This cake mix worked well for the cake, just make sure and use 2 boxes.
My husband found the instructions for making a 3-D dinosaur cake years ago and printed them out and we still had them 5 years later.
I love the way the tie-dye looks. You start with a body, by cutting one 9 inch cake in half and putting the flat sides together. Spread a little icing in between to help hold it together and put some icing on your cake board to help it stay in place.
Make a template following the instructions for making a 3-D dinosaur cake. I used the bottom of my cake pan as a stencil and cut out a 9-inch circle of wax paper, then penciled in the cutting lines from the guide online. I then cut out the wax paper pieces and placed them on the cake. I very carefully cut the pieces and assembled them into a dinosaur shaped cake.
The head/neck and front legs were the hardest parts to assemble. I found them difficult to hold in place even with toothpicks so I covered the whole cake in a crumb coat of buttercream frosting and covered the difficult areas with a layer of fondant to help keep them in place.
I used a large star tip to cover the cake with green and purple icing. I mixed purple and green icing in my icing decorator to get a nice mottled look. My favorite decorating tool is a pampered chef icing decorator that I have used for years. It has large tips and is great for cupcakes and less detailed work like this. I ran out of green before finishing the cake and when I made a second batch my green came out much darker, but I decided that was ok because it gave some variation in the color.
I colored some fondant gold and purple and cut out simple triangles for the spikes and random shapes for spots. The eyes are also cut from fondant. I did not leave my fondant pieces out to dry, I just put them directly on the icing while it was still moist and they held in place nicely.
How cool is this? The tie-dye cake was most impressive. So fun for a kids party.
I realized about a week ago that my oldest will soon be in school all day, everyday. Kindergarten is full day. My burn injuries, 3 rounds of strep throat, and then a respiratory infection all contributed to us spending a lot of time at home this summer. Which isn't all bad when the weather is beautiful and you can dig for dinosaurs in the sandbox, chase fireflies, or swing on the tree swing. There is a lot to do in our little yard.
But when I realized how little time we have before my little boy is off to school all day, everyday, I decided that we were going to make some summer memories. Last week I took the boys to my parents house for a few days. They have a fish farm, Busch Family Fish Farm and Pay Lakes. The boys and I had an incredible time. It was a long drive for us that took way longer than it should have because we had to stop so many times, but it was so worth it. The boys had so much fun and wanted to stay longer, but we had to get back for Kindergarten registration.
Our fun memory making at Grandma and Grandpa's included lots of fishing, four wheeler rides, playing on Grandpa's playground (my Dad built a huge playground for the grandkids), apple picking, berry picking, playing in Grandma's garden (sorry Mom, I think a few stalks of corn bit the dust), playing with some cousins, eating homemade apple pie, and a very exciting paddleboat ride.
Oh yeah, and playing with worms. How could I forget that. Doesn't every little boy love to play with worms?
This little guy is becoming quite the fisherman. He asked to go fishing the whole time we were at my parents' farm. He can bait his own hook and is pretty good at catching fish too.
Another fisherman in the making...he caught just as many as big brother which kept Grandpa very busy as his fishing assistant.
I picked fresh blackberries which the boys love.
We made some wonderful memories and will make many more. I have some fun things planned for next week including a Zoo trip. I'm glad to have gotten the push of school starting to remind me to enjoy my children and make some fun memories.
My Dad told me when we were leaving their house after the 4th of July last month that these are the happiest days of my life. I thought it was really sweet that my Dad looks back on his life and remembers raising my sisters and I as "the happiest days of his life". I have to remember that when things are chaotic and I feel like I don't have a moment of peace. My precious boys and I are making memories...I want them to be good memories.
Although, the mishaps can be funny memories too. I had to use the restroom in Target yesterday and of course had to take my two year old in with me. While I was indisposed, my adventurous toddler opened wide the door to the stall and wondered over to the paper towel dispenser. I tried to convince him to return to the stall and shut the door with no success. There was an older woman in the restroom who found the whole situation quite hilarious as she saw my toddler not responding to my request. She thanked us for the good laugh and said it brought back many good memories.
An older man said the same thing to us in church one day. The boys had been loud and antsy the whole time and we were pretty much mortified and couldn't wait to get out of there after the service was over. This kind older gentleman who had been sitting all alone made a point to tell us that our boys had brought back fond memories for him that day.
I love these little reminders that help me to appreciate every moment with my boys.
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We were blessed to receive Ophelie and her Chicks from Lilliputiens of Belgium for review. HABA, a German toy manufacturer, also distributes some wonderful European brands of toys in the U.S., and they just added Lilliputiens to their exclusive line here. My almost two year old loves his new toy. Actually, I have seen his older brothers playing with it too.
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Ophelie and her chicks have been entertaining my little guy with finger puppet fun, hide the chicks in the egg, hide the egg in Ophelie, throw the egg like a ball, and many more creative games. The chicks all make different sounds which adds to the fun. One of them makes the cutest little chick sound. Ophelie has become a favorite toy and one that we will enjoy for a long time.
This Lilliputien toy is well made. In fact, one our chicks took a leap through an open window and had an unfortunate landing in a mud puddle. She came out squeaky clean and all in one piece after a bath in the washing machine. Her squeaker still worked too.
Daddy even got in on the fun. Ophelie is also a hand puppet and her chicks are little finger puppets.
You can see my son playing with Ophelie and her chicks in the video above.
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I have been trying to stay on top of this challenge to reduce clutter by getting rid of 7 things each day except on weekends - gotta take a break sometime. Last week I took an old changing table that had been in the garage for over a year to the Salvation Army. I also found things to get rid of each day and then took most of it to Goodwill. Some of it just needed to be recycled or thrown away.
I am participating in Money Saving Mom's Clutter-busting Challenge. You can link up your posts at Money Saving Mom or comment here. I would love to hear about your clutter-busting accomplishments.
Here are some pictures of things I got rid of last week.
I found a few things in the kitchen to get rid of. I need to find more, the kitchen is way too cluttered.
An old worn out puzzle, a shirt that is too tight and unless I got awesome abs, I would never wear again, some baby stuff that we didn't even use when we had an infant
Two printed bib pieces that I will never use to make bibs, some old clothes, and a train car that does not go to any of our train tracks
Some old magazines, two empty bottles that were in my medicine cabinet, a few toys and books