Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Birthday Cake Series: #4

P will soon be 4, but the real cake #4 is actually Baby I's cake #1. Since I only ever make cakes for my boys birthdays, I will stay with chronological numbering, which basically means, cake #4 of my life.

You have already seen a glimpse of this cake here, but I will tell you now how it was made. See, unlike Cake#1 which was a no-bake cake, Cake #2 which wasn't really a cake at all, and Cake #3 which was a super cool mostly no-bake cake p is still talking about, cake #4 was my first REAL, made-from-scratch, baked cake.


The recipe I used was the Funfetti cake, and it is really tasty. It is a simple, no fuss recipe for a great looking cake and it was supposed to look like this:

but for reasons exceeding my culinary knowledge, it came out like this:


The sprinkles we have here don't seem to be very good ones, so they bled all over batter as soon as I put them in. The recipe also calls for bleached flour which I never even knew existed. All considered, the cake still came out perfect. It looked just the way I imagined it on the outside, and it tasted great!

I also decorated some Oreos with leftover icing and sprinkles. Boys probably loved that part best.



The cake wasn't bad either though



Bella loved it too:)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Shopping for glasses

Yes, I wear glasses.
No, I'm not trying to be a hipster, I actually need them.

I've been wearing eyeglasses since I was 19 when I suddenly realized I can't read billboards from across the road. My mom thinks this unhappy occurrence is due to the fact I fell on my head when I was, say, 17. I say it was bound to be! See, since I can remember I wanted to wear glasses. Hipsterism was not invented, yet every year during the yearly checkup I remember standing in line and praying to God and Angels to give me: bad sight?!? What was wrong with me, nobody knows. Twenty something years ago it was completely uncool to wear glasses. It was dorky and embarrassing, yet I wanted it so badly that years later, when I was really in need of an eyeglasses prescription nobody would give it to me because they thought I was making it up.
So, when I finally found an optometrist who stared into my eyes once and  decided I did indeed need glasses I was confronted with my worst nightmare: THE CHOICE. Seriously, how is one supposed to choose only ONE frame and wear it over and over and over again, day by day by day. In my years of longing to be bespectacled I used to imagine having different frames for every outfit and every occasion. When the moment of bespectacleness came I had to realize that was not going to happen. What a slap in the face, right? Not only my eyes were bad, I had to settle for one accessory to wear all the time, for years to come. And that is not all...did I tell you I hate shopping? I have this problem of indecisiveness, especially if an item of this sort is in question. Having sales people bringing more and more frames to me and expecting me to make a choice does not help my condition. 

To tell you the truth, I am playing with the idea of online eyeglasses. Has any of you done that yet? Any advices?
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Carnival series with: ME

Today it is my turn :)

What do you and your family do for carnival?

This year we are spending Carnival in Croatia, so on Saturday we visited a carnival in a small town of Samobor and I took the kids to a masked ball in the library. When I was a little girl we used to put our costumes on and went door to door, sort of like trick or treating for Halloween, only we did it on Ash Tuesday.






Do you all dress up, or just kids?

We mostly just throw on a wig or a crown:))


 Any special foods?

Enormous amounts of donuts!


P is wearing a Villa Carton pirate costume.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Carnival series with Valentina Vovk from Studio13



Carnival season is coming is almost over. I Am happy to introduce you to Valentina from Studio13. She is my first guest from Slovenia so make sure you roam her beautiful web-site.

 What do you and your family do for carnival?

Usually there is not a lot of preparations  going on before the carnival day, just baking mania. My older boy (Natan) is the one who decides what kind of costumes they will wear, the younger one (Nil) usually agrees and get all excited about the character.
Natan had this funny experience when he was still in kindergarten. He dressed up as a strawberry and all the other boys were some kind of a heroes, so he ended up a bit dissatisfied that day. From that time on he usually decides for more conventional costumes.  I have my own ideas about how they should dress up, but do not want to push them into something.
This year the boys went skiing with my sister so there were no preparations. Last year Natan was a clown and I just sewed trousers for him. Nil was dressed up as a Ninja and we had to buy a costume days before the carnival. He was trying it on and playing with it all the time.



Do you all dress up, or just kids?

Oh no, unfortunately we seem to became less amusing as we grow older. I think I dressed up last time when I was still a student. But there is a carnival party, near to our house,  which we attend every year and there are some parents that dress up. Maybe next year we will come out with a costume idea for the whole family. That would be amusing.

Any special foods?

Of course there is a ridiculous number of donuts eaten during the carnival days. My mum and my mother in law are the ones that know how to bake them and they make sure we have enough of them. I'm baking something similar to donuts, but much simpler . Do not know the English term for these cakes, but we call them “miške” (little mice). 

 We need a lot of those, because kids go door to door and we have to be prepared :)




Thank you so much Valentina for participating!
 
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Friday, February 8, 2013

Carnival series with Beatrix Bohony from Marbushka

 I am so happy to have a chance to host the carnival series with these incredibly creative moms. Today we have with us Beatrix from Marbushka. She made the most amazing costume for her daughter last year, have a look!
What do you and your family do for carnival?

We’re very excited for Carnival. Bojka because she wants to be the prettiest, and me because I want to turn even her wildest ideas into a reality. Making the „night” costume was a serious challenge, but I accepted it because I liked that she came up with such an extreme idea. 
This was the gaudiest one so far, thought it is true that there were signs that Carnival time would be difficult in my life… e.g. earlier she gave me a hard task by wanting to be a rose bush, and making that wasn’t simple either. Plus I wouldn’t have thought there could be more… But it’s very enjoyable that Bojka wants to actively participate in creating the costume. It’s a joy to watch how she creates her concrete ideas (or parts of them) more and more independently.

Do you all dress up, or just kids?

We grown-ups don’t usually dress up, but I have to admit she put a bug in my ear now. I imagined the possibilities, what I would choose… the idea got me quite excited. Earlier we had a face-painting party, but it’s not the same. I don’t know whether I’d be as creative as Bojka. I’m sure I’d ask her advice on what kind of costume I should choose.

Any special foods?

We don’t have particular traditions regarding holiday foods. We give it our all every day, at every dinner, so it will be a worthy, relaxing end to a day, so somehow only the bigger holidays leave their mark on our culinary habits. We love carnival donuts without reservation nonetheless. :-)
This is incredible Beatrix, thank you!
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Boxy the Robot

Hi there, I am Boxy the Robot!



They made me out of boxes, egg cartons, Makedo connectors,  floral wire and they even some Christmas led lamps into my head.


P also made me a trunk to carry his Teddy Bear friend we had visiting from his kindergarten.

Friends.

Hm...Do I dare?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Masked cameras

Since we are in Carnival season, why not mask your cameras. These are so cute:)



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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Carnival series with Kata Tóth from Kattuska

 The third in my Carnival series is Kata from Kattuska! Look at the cute costumes she made for her kiddos!


What do you and your family do for carnival?
Since my son is a February baby, we find it cool to make his birthday party a masquerade party too.


Do you all dress up, or just kids?
Until now only kids would dress up but this year I managed to persuade the parents to come masked too.
The first few costumes for my kids were made by me. Like when I made Bogyó és Babóca (Berry and Dolly) costumes.


Or when Hanga started kindergarten and got cat as her sign and I made her paws and a tail.



 My son Soma got a gymnast costume when he was one year old. He was too cute lifting those weights made of black balloons...he only hated his mustache.:)

Now that I am working I don't have time to make their costumes, but I hope in future they will have ideas for costumes that I can make for them.

Any special foods?
I love donuts, but I can't make them. I've never even tried, since that is what grandmas make. I stay with crepes and waffles, I am good at that.

Thanks Kata!

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What about you? Would you like to participate? Do let me know!