Posts Tagged ‘cake’

Last weekend, while we were in Maryland, we went on a sunset cruise in the Chesapeak Bay to celebrate Aunt Jean’s 80th Birthday! After the cruise we came back to the house for some cake. I was in charge of the cake and this is what I came up with:


Some pictures from our cruise:

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Lady Bug Birthday Cake

Last week, Jen and I made cupcakes and a cake for a girlfriend we teach with. It was her daughter’s 2nd birthday and she was doing a ladybug theme (as if you couldn’t tell)! We had a blast making the cupcakes and the cake!


Chocolate cupcakes with homemade buttercream icing.



The cake was two layers filled with butter cream icing.



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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

  • 2 boxes of ice cream sandwiches – light
  • 1 jar of chocolate fudge
  • 1 container light cool whip
  • Optional: toppings to put layer, like oreos, chocolate chips, fruit, peanut butter cups
  1. In a 9×13, put a layer of ice cream sandwiches in the pan.
  2. Cover the sandwiches with cool whip and fudge and candy if you would like!
  3. Place another layer of sandwiches on top and cover with cool whip and fudge.
  4. Freeze until you are ready to enjoy!!



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Yesterday I had a baby shower for my neighbor Tracie who is expecting in June. She is having a baby boy, Jasper William! Our neighborhood is really close and often throws parties and showers for one another, so it is my kind of place! A few of my neighbors brought food so it wasn’t too much cooking!

The centerpiece and my duck cake in the background:


Close up of the cake I made:


The napkins:


Chicken salad croissants on a bed of lettuce, complete with pansies!


Easy, tasty cucumber sandwiches:


Maggie’s Guac:


Kellly’s fruit and AMAZING dip:


Hummus and veggies:


Cheese and Crackers:


Champagne Punch:


Duck cookies and onsies, of course:


I love baby showers!! The clothes are so cute and everyone is so excited! 🙂

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Busy as a Bee

This weekend flew by but we did tons of fun things! Here is a quick recap. I wanted to post my food pics and recipes but that will have to wait until tomorrow because I am in the process of finishing my final grad school paper for this course.


  • 7 mile run
  • Columbus Clippers game at the new staduim
  • Bar Louie


  • Race for the Cure – signed up but didn’t end up going
  • Mulch 25 bags spread on our yard
  • Garden
  • Run
  • Bake cookies
  • Make cake
  • Wedding
  • Reception at the Westin
  • Drank way too much wine 🙂IMG_3601.JPG  


  • Walked to breakfast at Bruggers
  • Rush around our house getting ready for the baby shower
  • Hosted a baby shower for my neighbor IMG_3608.JPG
  • Cleaned up
  • Had John and Ashley over for cookout!
  • Wrote grad school final paper for this course
  • Too tired to blog.

Detailed post to come!


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Tonight’s book club was not so much about our past book, The American Wife, and more about celebrating Jody’s baby (who will be here in May!!). We had of the party essentials, including favors, cupcakes and a healthy dinner.

The table.



Cookies made by Jen and I!!


Trying to tie the book club into the shower.


Napkins and hidden underneath the cute pink baby…


Happy Easter! 🙂 hehe




Lots of sweets for Baby Addison


Back to the healthy part of this…

My black bean/kidney bean dip with fresh veggies!


Sarah’s warm wheat flatbread with parm and feta – AMAZING!


Kate’s Strawberry Salad


Natalie’s Apple Almond Butter with whole wheat tortillas – Great Idea!


And somehow I missed the grilled chicken we made. Brady did a great job with the grilling and the simple/sweet marinate was perfect on it.

Balsamic Marinade

  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • salt
  • pepper


I have a LOT of baby showers coming up so if anyone has any good ideas for hosting, let me know!!


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Racetrack Cake

Here is how the racetrack cake came to be:

Brady: Hey Ali, can you make a treat for me to take to work tomorrow, it’s Sara’s (his boss) birthday?

Ali: Sure! What are you thinking brownies, sugar cookie bars?

Brady: No, I need you to make a racetrack cake.

Ali: Wait, what? Did you just say a racetrack cake?

Brady: Yeah, you can make that tonight right?

Of course babe! Anything for you! 🙂 So I looked up some ideas and whipped it up! I guess this will come in handy when we have birthday parties to plan!



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Sugar Free Diabetic Carrot Cake

  • 1 c. low fat sour cream
  • 1 c. grated carrots
  • 1 small container carrot baby food
  • 1/2 can crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 c. Splenda
  • 1 c. unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1 tbsp. raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. ground oat flour


  • 2 bricks of reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 c. toasted unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 c. Splenda

Mix all ingredients for the cake together. Place 1/2 in a sprayed round cake pan and bake. Then place other 1/2 in the pan and bake. Once cake is cooled, frost the top of one cake and place the second cake on top. Frost the entire cake and cover with toasted coconut.


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Christmas morning brunch consisted of many delicious things, including this coffee cake.

Grandma’s Classic Coffee Cake

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1 c. light sour cream
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • cinnamon and brown sugar for the middle (about 1/2 cup

Mix all ingredients together and put half of the mixture in bundt pan. Cover cake batter with the cinnamon and brown sugar.  Add the rest of the cake mix and bake at 350 for an hour.


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