Monday, September 1, 2014

Mr. K's Batman Birthday

Mr. K requested a Batman and Superman birthday party this year.  I made a tie dyed cake (vanilla cake separated into 4 bowls and tinted with food colouring) then mixed up drop by drop into the pan.

When it came to decorating, he wanted the bat signal and the superman symbol.  I decided to try working with fondant for this (it was the first time I have ever done it).  I made the marshmallow fondant then tinted and made the symbols.

I iced the cake a light blue, added the fondant symbols and used a chocolate border with chocolate writing.

When it came to decorations, hubby couldn't find any Superman party stuff.  I found some printable colouring pages online and printed out a few of the bat signal and a few Superman pages.  Set up a colouring station at the kitchen table.

When hubby was out, he found lots of Batman party stuff (plates, cups, loot bags, pinata, and hanging decorations)

I bought a batman poster and we used it to pin the bat signal on Joker (whoever got their signal over Jokers nose was the winner).
some of the stuff I printed for the party

In terms of drinks and snacks, I made a snack mix (cheerios, gold fish crackers, pretzel sticks, plain popcorn, special k granola and rice krispies multi-grain multi-shapes cereals) and well as strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.

We had "Joker Juice" (a mix of cranberry juice and orange juice) and "Invisible Water" to drink. When we were finished with snacks and cake, the kids headed outside for the pinata and then played on the play structure for a while.
Invisible Water and Joker Juice for the kids to drink

Mr. K really seemed to enjoy himself and was glad to have his friends over to celebrate with him! Mr. J had a superhero party for his 5th birthday - have your kids had a superhero party?

Labour Day Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

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Welcome to September - start off the month by entering some awesome giveaways.  My kids both start school this week (JK and Grade 2) so it's going to be very busy for us! Good luck

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Marshmallow Fondant

I have been baking and decorating cakes for many years.  In all those years, I have never worked with fondant.  When Mr. K told me what he wanted for his birthday cake this year (a slab cake with a bat signal in one corner and a Superman symbol in the other corner) I decided it was time to give it a try.

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular

My family and I had the opportunity to see Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular when it was live in Ottawa last week.

The kids were so excited (and having met Baby T the week before it really got them hyped up for the show).  Mr. J was on the edge of his seat, peering over the railing for the majority of the show.  He loved seeing the dinosaurs on stage.  The show is narrated by Huxley, a paleontologist.  He takes the audience on a trip through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.  As you journey through time, you watch some of the dinosaurs on stage while Huxley tells you about them as well as about the land during each period.

The show is very true to what life would have been like and very natural (a dinosaur comes and eats a newly hatched baby dino) at the beginning of the show.  Later on, there is a dead dinosaur in the middle of the arena, and 3 raptors come for a feast.

In addition to these scenes, there are some conflicts between dinosaurs and it can get quite loud (Mr. K enjoyed the show, but did not like the loud roars from the big T-Rex)

Even though the large T-Rex is on the stage and has quite a loud presence, it is complimented by baby-t's comedic "baby" roars - and had everyone laughing.

If you ever get the opportunity to see Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular, you should take it.  It's such a neat experience, and we all enjoyed it. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Final Update On Our Summer Bucket List

With summer vacation ending this week, here is our final update on the 2014 Summer Bucket List!
We didn't cross everything off our list, but we had a lot of fun over the summer, and can't really believe that it's almost over and time for back to school.
  1. Visit my aunt and uncles cottage 
  2. Go swimming at uncle Marco's 
  3. Visit Carp Custom Creamery for ice cream
  4. Have a water fight
  5. Go to the park
  6. Visit ValleyView Animal Farm
  7. Have a visit at Grandma and Grandpa's
  8. Have a visit at Gramz
  9. Have a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa's
  10. Have a sleepover at Gramz
  11. Play outdoor mini golf (hubby and I took Mr.K)
  12. Play indoor mini-golf (Mr. J went with his grandma)
  13. Have friends over for a picnic
  14. Go for a bike ride
  15. Go to Dairy Queen
  16. Go to the driving range
  17. Visit a splash pad
  18. Bake yummy treats
  19. Participate in the library reading challenge
  20. Play tourist downtown
  21. Visit with Uncle Wes and family
  22. Visit the Diefenbunker
  23. Bake pretzels
  24. Bake cookies
  25. Bake and decorate cupcakes
  26. Make our own ice cream
  27. Play outdoor games (soccer, red rover, football)
  28. Lunch or dinner at Cheshire Cat Pub
  29. Movie theater (I took Mr. J to see How To Train Your Dragon 2)
  30. Fire Station
  31. Upper Canada Village
  32. A trip to Toys R Us
  33. Strawberry Picking
  34. Ice Cream from the ice cream truck