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DIY Recycled Pallet Ceilings

This has nothing to do with cake, but I had to share!!  I’m SO proud of the beautiful job my husband did on our Recycled Pallets Ceiling in our family room!

When I first shared this on Facebook a few months ago, it was wildly popular so I’m hoping it’ll still draw interest!  Go on over to Rose Atwater to see all the pics and details and please SHARE!!

Happy Friday!! :)

My Awesome Cousin and an All Sports Cake for Kids

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All Star Sports Balls Cake

I almost started this post by telling you this All-Sports Cake for Kids was done for my nephew… but Hank is not my nephew – he’s my cousin?    He’s my 1st cousin’s son, so that’s my 2nd cousin, right?  I think that’s how it works anyway.   It doesn’t matter though… he’s family and I’m clearly in need of a little more sleep.  That’s all that counts!

And my 1st cousin Beau (aka James) … let me tell you about him.  He’s AWESOME!!  And hysterical.    Usually when I least expect it he sends me some kind of hysterical text message or PM on Facebook.  I almost always laugh out loud and I’m instantly cheered up!

Prime example… a few days ago I posted that I had thrown together a t-shirt design and was selling it and he sent me a private message with this image:

Order a "When in Doubt, Bake a Cake." T-shirt

And then when I posted it on Facebook to share his humor with my friends, he added this photo:

When in Doubt, Bake a Cake.  T-shirt

Cracked.me.up.  In addition to cheering me up on a regular basis – Beau is truly an awesome person!

He was a medic in the Army and served overseas Iraq/Afghanistan (forgive me, I forget which one or maybe it was both).  When he came home, he earned his nursing degree and then most recently his Nurse Practitioner degree.  I’m sure there’s a more proper name for it, but my point is – he served his country, he worked hard, he has a beautiful family… and I’m super-duper proud of him.

And he makes me laugh.  A lot.  Ooooh, speaking of his family… his wife (Rosemary) and sister (Heather) blog at Instead of Doing Dishes about their travels to historical homes and lots of other interesting stuff!   (their Facebook page is here).  PS.  Those girls are awesome too!

Anyway – he’s going to probably strangle me for writing a blog post about him, but oh well… I’ll just bake him a cake and maybe he’ll forgive me.  :D  Right, Beau?

Hank Sports Cake

Sooooo…. having said all of that, this is the cake I made for Hank’s 1st birthday!   I’ve also made cakes for Luke (Beau’s oldest son)… here’s a Batman cake, and a cake for Beau’s wife Rosemary… an MSU Cake.

Hanks Sports Balls Right

Luke likes sports and sports balls – all kinds – so I added a baseball, football, soccer, and basketball.

Hank Sports Balls Left

And can I just say – drawing a soccer ball is hard.  Or at least it was for me!

Hank Sports Ball Cake Back

I could not for the life of me get it to look perfectly “right”.    Anywho – the cake was chocolate cake with leaf green vanilla buttercream.

Name on Stars on Lollipop Sticks

All of the decorations were homemade marshmallow fondant including the stars on top with his name.  I cut them out using small star cutters, then the letters with Satin Ice Red fondant and these Fox Run letter cutters.  I “glued” the stars on lollipop sticks with melted candy melts and then stood them on the cake when they were dry!

And that’s it, I think!  Do you have any questions about this All Sports Cake?  Leave me a comment if you do and I’ll answer if I can!

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Family Pics, Ask me ANYTHING, Words Hurt, & Christmas Traditions

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Family Pics, Ask me ANYTHING, Words Hurt, & Christmas Traditions.  Is that a loaded title or WHAT?   I’ve had some downtime with minimal cakes for the last two weeks and while I still have a year’s worth of cakes I could post about, I’ve been focusing on other things.  Today – I thought I’d just share a little…

So first up… we had family pictures done about a month ago and I updated my 101 Things About Me post with this more recent picture!  If you’ve never read that post… it’s just trivial things about me (and it desperately needs a real updating), but it’s fun and (hopefully) interesting!  ;)

Friday night, on a whim, I had a little “Ask me anything” session over on Facebook.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it turned out to be quite successful and fun… at least for me!  I hope the readers who piped in enjoyed it as much as I did!

Like I said, it was really an impromptu thing… I was sitting on the couch on a Friday night with no cakes to do (GASP) and I was listening to this podcast about how to use Facebook (as a blogger) and well… I tried out one of his suggestions immediately :D

Anyway… if you’re curious about it, please hop on over to Facebook and read through the questions and all of my answers.  Is this something you’d be interested in me doing again?  Maybe next time I’ll plan a head and schedule it and announce it ahead and all that jazz so more of you can participate!

Does anybody say, “All that jazz” anymore?  Just me?  Oh well…

Anyway, if you’re interested in more than  just the cake stuff, I thought I’d tell you about a few other things that I have had going on over on my other website, RoseAtwater.com.

31 Days in the Life of...

For the month of October, I did a series called “31 Days in the Life of… a cake decorating, blogging, homeschooling wife & mommy“.  If you want more than just a peek into  my day-to-day stuff, you’ll find it ALL there.  I shared every single day of October about all the stuff… cakes, kids, troubles, and more!

Richy and Rose Then and Now

Speaking of troubles… a few weeks ago I got my feelings hurt big time.  Someone said something pretty rude and hurtful to me and well… Words Hurt.  I responded here.

Click here to read about our Christmas Traditions

And then, just to end things on a happy note, in my most recent post I shared a little about our Christmas traditions and shared some pictures of our most recent adventure… a trip to the ballet!   I’d love for you to hop over and catch up on my real-life stuff!

scales Thanksgiving

I pray that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!!  Happy Monday ya’ll!