Sunday, January 21, 2007

Gifted Girl

Happy Birthday to Eleni!



How could this have happened to the baby in the family? Three years old? Are we sure? Mommy disbelief aside, we had a wonderful day with our sweet girl yesterday. She kept asking when can we 'go to her birthday', like it was a place. And every time someone wished her 'happy birthday' she said 'happy birthday to you too'. She ordered this custom 'under the sea' cake and wanted it red on the inside. Rather than dive into Disney duplication, I settled on a pale blue sea with a pink coral reef and Swedish fish in place of the more obvious characters of her favorite movie. Let's just be glad it at least looked yummy. It tasted less than yummy and I admit my defeat. I've never made red velvet, err well, I have now, but this one doesn't count. I actually have never been a fan. But now I am determined to both bake a delicoius one and like it. Any tips welcome. Oh and she was absolutely no help at all in the kitchen, just stood there. She got cocky after looking so darned cute in that apron. Miss Mango, however was lovely, and an inspiration to continue perfecting my baking skills.



I did bake up the most delicious pretend cookies as a gift for sweetie. Ever since the little girls got a play kitchen for Christmas, Eleni has been serving up some really yummy imaginary cookies. But something was missing from her recipe. Day after day she would lovingly bring me a fresh batch into the studio for a sample. She is an excellent baker, but they needed something still. Then it hit me! Eleni's cookies needed to be tangible....but not like plastic playfood tangible. Like delicious homemade tangible! The package design had to pay homage to our head cookie chef......Dad. He makes the most amazing cookies. So good in fact, that my failure at red velvet had him smiling at me with a condescending yet loving head tilt and oh-thats-okay-not-everyone-is-great-at-baking look.



We feasted on these yummies though. The simple ingredients of felt, machine embroidery and buttons make a delectable cookie, if you'd like to try.

My parents joined us for a day of homemade burgers and fries, birthday kisses, watching our Bears win, and of course handmade gifts from Nani. How gorgeous is this hat my mom knit? And if thats not enough, my mom makes the BEST red velvet cake in the world. I think she better come the next time I try. (got that, Mom?) Their visit and that hat topped our weekend and our baby off perfectly.

Go Bears!
xoxo,AM

59 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to Eleni. The cake looked wonderful (even if it didn't taste as good as it looked). The cookies are soooo cute - very clever and I'm sure Eleni loves playing with them.... the hat does look gorgeous..or is it the beautiful birthday girl that's wearing it that makes it look so good???

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  2. cute cake, ADORABLE daughter in a very cute hat and most charming cookies. I think my daughters will be making felt cookies once I show them yours. Even pink ones with lace around the edges could be iced ones. :o)

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  3. Happy birthday to your little one! She's so beautiful!!

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  4. Allison1:50 AM

    I think your cake looks great. And, anyway, I thought birthday cakes were all about the look, not the taste.
    And then those cookies! Fantastic idea. Might just have to snaffle that one myself.
    Well done, I look forward to seeing the rest of your cake creations.

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  5. Love the cookies, what a great idea, you could get quite carried away this idea. Yummy looking cake.
    Oh how the time flies by.
    SUzie Sews (UK)

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  6. The cookies are adorable! The hat coupled with those cheeks are just delicious!!

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  7. Happy Birthday Eleni! She looks so cute in that hat.

    Right there with you....GO BEARS!

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  8. Happy birthday to your youngest! I'm at the other end of the kid spectrum right now -- my first is only two and a half. We have the same play kitchen and my son loves to make me plate after plate of food to eat. I love the felt cookies and since they're such a quick project I'm going to have to add them to our wooden food collection.

    I absolutely love your blog and you're my inspiration that even after we have all the kids (my husband hopes for six!) I'll be able to find the time to be creative.

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  9. I've been reading for a bit, and had to break the lurking to comment on the cookies--so adorable! Happy birthday to little Eleni as well!

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  10. She is sooooo cute and I love all of the goodies!

    Cake looks awesome, I love the sweedish fish!

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  11. Those little felt cookies are adorable! What a sweet idea! ;o)

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  12. Aaaaauuugh! She's so beautiful! Look how sweet she is in her little hat... Happy birthday, Eleni.

    And I am LOVING those cookies. Definitely adding them to my to-do list...

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  13. We just had red velvet for my birthday this weekend! My husband's grandma made it. She doesn't always like to follow the directions. And my mother-in-law was trying to explain to her that there is a reason you mix the baking soda with the vinegar in this particular cake--for the chemical reaction. Grandma just kept saying, "Well, usually the baking soda is mixed with the flour." Anyway, I know that makes a big difference. At least it looked pretty:)

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  14. I will be adding those cookies to a to do list of crafts for myself1 They are so cute! As is your little girl

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  15. OH what a fun post to read and on a day I really needed it. Thank you! My daughter got a kitchen for Christmas too-I never even thought of making food. I will definately be doing your cookies. Some pizza pieces would be fun too. Build your own type. Stuff the crust with batting..my mind is rolling now LOL.

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  16. I love the cookies! I'm going to have to make some fabric food for my little one. I've seen some really cute ideas lately and am getting inspired.

    Your mom did a great job on the hat, but that sweet little face that is wearing it is just too much! Enjoy her being three. :-)

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  17. Laurie3:56 PM

    Just whipped up some fresh cookies for our house! Thanks for the yummy photos and HAPPIE BIRTHDAY Eleni! What a doll!!!!!!!!!!!!! They grow up WAY TOO FAST! My baby will be three in a few, too!

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  18. your little one is soooo adorable! love the hat from your mom and the cookie idea is fantastic....happy birthday to eleni!

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  19. well happy birthday! very sweet - hubby just peered over my shoulder and said "remember when they were that sweet?" yup! enjoy, and i absolutely love the cookie idea! everyone's going to whip up a batch now

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  20. Oh my goodness - that last picture of Eleni is unbelieveable sweet!

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  21. Love that cookie idea! And, I swear, you have the cutest kids ; )

    Happy Birthday, Eleni!

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  22. She is quite the adorable three year old! The cookies are so yummy looking I'd love to make some but no one here plays make believe kitchen anymore. Happy Birthday dear little one.

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  23. Cute hat, cute girl, cute cake. Bravo! Also, you have a good eye for photos. I would never think to take them at such clever angles.

    Re: red velvet cake -- have you ever been to a party where the cake is in the shape of some furry animal, and the insides are red velvet?? Yuck! Eleni had a much better idea for it.

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  24. Andrea at Hula Seventy makes herself red velvet cake for her birthday every year. Check out her red velvet cake Flickr set for great pics and tips -- she said it's taken her years to get it down.

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  25. Great cookies, I can see a summer project coming for my two daughters! I made a 4 layer "castle" cake for my son last summer. The cake kept tilting and we propped it up in the back with popsicle sticks. So the 2 hours before the party, I kept yelling, "hurry, eat more popsicles, the cake is moving again!"

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  26. ginny4:00 PM

    consider yourself tagged! i am tagging you for six weird things because I enjoy your blog so much.
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  27. Ack-Ginger!!!
    But I am so completely normal!!!
    as if.
    hmm. okay, thinking weird, shouldn't be hard.
    xo,AM

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  28. Oh how they grow TOO quickly!! Happy birthday to both kids. Lots of birthdays for you guys... a few more Happy Birthdays for good measure. ;)

    And those cookies!! My girly would LOVE THOSE! I better get busy... adding it to the list of things to make/do. :)

    ~gyl

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  29. kiandra1:49 PM

    hi, i've been a lurker for about a month...and i must say i love coming here and was waiting for a moment to say hi, what better time then now...
    i wanted to let u know my daughter saw this cake and requested it for her fourth birthday (25th of January). we did her version, and she loved it...btw, i tried, years ago to do a red velvet, and it tasted horrible, wasn't till after i took cake decorating classes that i learned that red food coloring is the most horrid tasting color, and that is probably why my cake tasted bad and could of been the downfall of your cake. you can by no taste red color at wilton's and michael's. beautiful cake & cake plate even still, hope you don't mind we borrowed the idea. and i hope the tip helps. kiandra

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  30. Hi Kiandra! Thnask so much for your kind words, your red dye warnings and being inspired by my humble cake! I am thrilled htat you used the idea, and hope the birthday was a very happy one! Have a great weekend, xo,AM

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