Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A TWD failure!

I was very excited about this weeks recipe. Very excited. Chipster Topped Brownies - Chocolate Chip Cookie topped Brownies! I am thinking now (in hindsight, which is always 20/20) that I should have just followed the recipe as written and not try to "fun it up!" I thought that making them in a muffin tin and making individual portions for Jason to take to work would be a great way to make these! But alas....there were no great treats to be taken to work. I made one failing tin full, and then scrapped the chocolate chip topper and made mini brownies for the guys.

I was happy to see them baking up fine, they rose nicely and the cookie top browned nicely too, and then failure ensued...as soon as they started to cool they caved in like a fallen souffle! Ugly is a hard word to use when describing baked goods....but these are ugly!

I give you my failed attempt at Chipster Topped Brownies...


There are many TWD bakers out there who followed the recipe and did not have this kind of failure...be sure to check them out. You can find the list of them
here.
I would probably make these again as the concept is great, but next time I will follow the recipe as it is written!!
Note: even though these look ugly - they taste great!
Take Care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often



Sunday, May 24, 2009

Better Than Starbucks?...you know it!

I never liked Starbucks' scones....they were always dry and crumbly. So I was kind of turned off of scones for a very long time....but I decided to give them another try. This yummy recipe comes from Sur La Table's The Art and Soul of Baking. I give you a buttery, chocolatey, toffee chippy, scone.... Chocolate Toffee Scones!
These are the easiest to make, the dough shapes with ease, cuts perfectly and doesn't stick at all. Make them...you wont regret it.
Chocolate Toffee Scones
Recipe courtesy of The Art and Soul of Baking
Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup toffee baking bits
2 large eggs
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and position an oven rack in the center. Line the baking sheet with parchement paper or a thin silicone mat. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of the food processor and process for 10 seconds to blend well. Add the cold butter pieces and pulse 5 times a 1 second intervals, or until the butter is cut into medium pieces. Add the mini chocolate chips and the 1/2 cup toffee baking bits but do not blend them in. In the small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla until well blended. Pour the egg mixture into the processor and pulse another 25 times, or until the dough holds together in large thick clumps.
2. Use a spatula to scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently squeeze or kneed the clumps together until they form a cohesive dough - it may seem a bit dry at first, but will come together with a few kneads. Pat the dough into a circle 7 inches in diameter and about 1 inch thick. Use a chef's knife to cut the dough into 8 equal wedges and transfer to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
Like this:
3. Lightly press the remaining toffee baking chips onto the tops of the scones, dividing evenly. Bake for 14 - 17 minutes, until fully risen and golden brown, especially around the bottom edges. Transfer to a rack and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve the scones warm or at room temperature.
That's it, easy peasy. These were so yummy...they didn't last long at all. And you don't need butter or jam or honey with these...they are nice a sweet on their own..but not too sweet. Just right!
Make them. You will not be disappointed. These will go in the rotation for weekend breakfasts for sure. Jason loved them...ate two in no time!
Take care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monkey Monday

Had a kinda crappy but enlightening end to our day today. I know that my "Monkey Mondays" have usually been light and fun...but not today, ok?

Jakob and I have been fighting a lot lately. Little things, silly things really, things that "wont make a difference tomorrow" (as my friend J says). Jakob gets his stubbornness from both Jason and I, and he has been exerting this inherited trait in excess this past week. It has been a rough week, with Jason gone to the field it gives me a chance to see what it is like to be a single mom, and is good practice for when he gets deployed this fall. And I am very sad to say that I am not handling it very well. My temper has been at an all time high, and my patience at an all time low. And I really hate myself for it. This road of motherhood is rough, and bumpy - very bumpy. I can only hope that at the end of this journey, when I am no longer behind the wheel on this road, that they are well adjusted, happy, generous, secure....everything - men.

Back to tonight. I have been getting very frustrated with him about going to bed. He just will not get up and go to the bathroom, brush his teeth, and get into bed. It's a battle each night. I shouldn't have to beg, bribe, or threaten him to do it. He needs to do what he is asked/told, as it is the same thing that happens each and every night. And it doesn't matter if he is tired or not, he battles it. Once he is in the bathroom it is smooth sailing, but leaving the living room is where we run into problems. And tonight I lost my cool...I had to literally drag him into the bathroom hoping that he wouldn't wake up Aiden (who goes to sleep like a dream). I hate it. I hate that I did that. And part of tonight's confession and truth is hormones, that time of the month, and part is because by admitting my shame I can bring it to light and truly deal with it. Raising my voice and seeing that scared look on his face shocked me into realizing just what I was doing, how I was treating him, how I was letting his stubbornness and "four year oldness" get me into a state of such uncontrol. Truly made me dislike myself.

It was rough to talk to Jakob about how sorry I was that I had hurt his feelings, that I didn't listen when I should have, and that I may have physically hurt him when I took him to the bathroom. He then started to cry and say how sorry he was for not listening. I apologized for all the fights we have been having, and he did the same.....and then there were some more tears, and more tears, and some more tears. But then there was some giggles, some talk about doing better and listening to each other, to "not do it any more Mama", to be nicer to each other. All this with a four year old...did he get it? I really believe he did.

I need to get a grip on the extra unnecessary stress in my life and get back to focusing on what is important. And that is my boys, and my relationship with them. I need the laughter to get back to being as contagious as it was in our house. Laughing heals. I have missed some of the 100 kisses and 50 I love yous of each day. I want to be proud of my parenting at the end of the day. I want to stop saying that "tomorrow will be a better day" - why can't every day be a great one? I need it to be. I am going to make it so.

So I am here promising to do better by my boys. They deserve it. And maybe I am being a little hard on myself, but if I am not, who will be? I want to be able to go to bed at night knowing that my boys had a great day and that they love their Mama not because they have to, but because they want to.

So there it is....my Monkey Monday for this week. I love my Monkeys. They are just down right awesome.

Hug your children, tell them you love them often, and smother them with kisses.

Take care,
Tania
Love BIG!!! Bake Often

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I have been given a couple of awards...


I have the honour of receiving a couple of blogging awards from some of my internet buddies! I forgot about the first one (I am so sorry Brenda!) and was reminded of it when I received a second one from my "adopter" Rachelle. So it is time to add them to my blog and nominate a few other great bloggers for awards.

Here we go...the first came from Brenda, over at Cre8tive Kitchen.

Ok now there are rules to this award, and here they are:

The Rules:

1. Put the logo in your blog
2. Write five things you are passionate about apart from blogging
3. Tag 5 people on your lists and let them know you tagged them.

Five things I am passionate about.....

1. My Boys - they are my life. I love them. They make my days purposeful, and I look forward to raising some great kiddos.

2. Family. I believe family needs to be the most important thing in one's life. But I also believe that family is not only the people you are related to, but also the people you pick up along the road of life who become your family.

3. Baking - I love it. I would do it all day if I could...and am looking forward to doing alot of baking for the rest of my life....it's super addicting.

4. Being Creative - whether it is in my baking, cooking, art, journaling, scrapbooking, writing, just about anything - I feel the need to be creative. And the urge does not go away til I get to fulfill it. And sewing is my new outlet - love it.

5. My friends - and I will admit that I am super slacking in this area right now. I have a friend who I have been ignoring and kinda avoiding. I fell into that pit of I feel bad about not calling, so I don't call, and then more time passes and I feel worse and worse and worse and put off calling some more. I suck. But I am usually a kick ass friend.

Now I have to pass this on to 5 of my blogger friends who I feel are passionate about their blogging, this will be a hard choice since many of my friends and people I follow are very passionate about their blogs and I love them all.

1. Miss J, from Mommy, Hungry, though I don't think she will post this award on her blog, not really her thing, but I think she will appreciate my thinking her blog rocks. Lets me know what is going on since I have sprouted feathers and am a chicken to call. :(

2. Miss Clara, from IHeartFood4thought, she rocks it all, cupcakes, food, and super bunnies.

3. Rachelle, from Mommy? I'm Hungry!, my adopter. She is great. And I am learning from her.

4. Holly, at Phemomenon, she is a great mom with lots of knowledge to share and doesn't mind when you email her questions when your kiddo is sick and you are scared! Thanks again!

5. Jamie, at Sticky Feet (part deux), she is so brave. And I think she is awesome for sharing her journey with us and can't wait to hear how things go with the addition of her twins...Good Luck Jamie. You will do great!

So there are my five nominees... I am off to tell them that I nominated them....

Will write up the other award tomorrow.

Take Care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Last Day of Soccer!

All I can say about this is that I am thankful that this will be the last time (til next season) that I have to struggle with shin pads and soccer socks! So thankful!

He did AWESOME!!






They got these cute little medals.
Take Care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often











Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

I know I usually don't do a Wordless Wednesday post, but today I decided to give you this.....


Thai Sweet Chili Pasta with Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas.
Simple. Easy. Delish.


Take Care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TWD....ummmm...not here


I apologize to my TWD Bakers....there is no lemon tart at my house. I was thinking I would shrink the recipe and give it a go...but decided not to. I had leftover birthday cake in the house, I had cookies, fresh fruit, ice cream, macarons....you name it! So to have lemon tart in the house as well wouldn't have been very helpful to the reduction of my butt.....which is becoming a high priority in this house. Mama needs to lose some weight. I am working on a plan to do this, and have come up with a list of things that need to happen around here to make this extra weight go away. Here is my list:


  • Exercise - there is no reason why I can't work this into our routine! The boys actually enjoy going to the gym childcare and playing with the other kids. So I am vowing to make it to the gym for three days a week. Either in a class or on the treadmill/elliptical.

  • Yoga - I have the Biggest Loser Yoga dvd - I vow to do this 4 times a week. There is no reason why I can't fit this in while the boys are napping. Use that me time for ME.

  • Veggies - time to get them back into my diet. And back on the plates of my family - they all hate them, but we really need to eat them!

  • Fruit - when did I stop eating it? Dammit!

  • White Flour - I need to lessen my white rice, bread, pasta intake - and increase my grains. Bring on the brown rice, couscous, and all the other good grains.

  • Walking. The dog needs more exercise, the boys love to go on nature walks. And there are lots of trails and parks around us....there is no reason why we can't work in more walks. Just need to bring the bug spray!

  • Baking - need to stop eating so much of what I am baking - and shrink the portions. I don't see myself being able to stop baking, but maybe just not doing AS much baking. And to make some better recipes - look into low cal, low fat options to recipes.

So that is my list of things that I need to do...so lets get going! Here we go!


I apologize for no lemon tart. Just didn't need it in the house and no one to give it too!


Be sure to check out the other TWD bloggers tarts - there are some beauties out there!


Take Care,


Tania Love Big, Bake Often

Monday, May 11, 2009

31 Days to a Build a Better Blog

Well....I have done it. I signed up for another blogging event, put together by Problogger - check it out here. On top of being adopted by Rachelle and being mentored by her, I signed up for some help and exercises to help build my blog to be all that it can be! Smart, eh? I also have a buddy in this event...I have mentioned Jen, from Piccante Dolce, before....she and I are hoping to inspire and support each other while we work on our blogs. And we both are giving each other some slack to.... well, slack off! If needed!

The first day's assignment is to come up with an "elevator pitch"..... which is:

"An elevator pitch is an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, thirty seconds or 100-150 words).” - Wikipedia

I thought long and hard about this one...and sought inspiration from others, and from my "about me" section of this blog...so it will probably sound familiar....
here we go...

The life of a stay at home mom who loves to bake and cook for those she loves, and the insane challenges of doing so while raising two boys and a husband.

So what do you think...does it sum me up? Is it catchy? Does it make you want to read more? Hope so....because that is what it is suppose to do! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! Please! I need the constructive criticism! I can take it! (I think!)

Take care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Monkey Monday....Big Brother Love


Jakob is a great big brother. When Aiden was born, actually even before he was born, Jakob would talk about "Baby Aiden". Jakob would hug and talk to my belly....talking to Aiden. Quite cute. And then when Aiden was born Jakob was all over him, some times the hugs were a little TOO tight! And they quickly became fast friends. Aiden loves his big brother....he follows him around and tries to do everything that Jakob does, and usually succeeds. Jakob does have his moments...especially when Aiden touches certain toys or blocks the TV. But he really loves him. He waits patiently for Aiden to wake up in the morning and after his nap...being quiet as he can be (which isn't very quiet). And then shows such joy in seeing Aiden - lots of Hi's and hugs to be had! It warms my heart that they are so close now. I hope they stay that way once Jakob goes to school this fall. I hope that Jakob continues to teach his little brother all about great food, bugs, dinosaurs, cars, books, good TV shows!, computer games, crayons, playdoh, etc, etc, etc. There will be so much for him to teach Aiden, and I think he is already doing such a great job.

Keep up the good work Big Brother Jakob...you sure do ROCK!!


Take care,

Tania

Love Big, Bake Often

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day....

Mother's Day this year is a little bitter sweet. I am totally blessed with my amazing two boys and a pretty good husband too. And I thank them for all the Mama Love today....it has been a great laid back, easy going day.

But I miss my Omi. I miss my Grandmother. This is our first Mother's Day without her. On top of Mother's Day, May 6th was Omi and Opa's wedding anniversary, and tomorrow was her birthday. It's sad. She was such an amazing woman, a great mother to four children, a fantastic grandmother to 5 grandchildren, and friend to anyone who would have her! She was the reason many of us travelled to Ontario, just to visit her. I made many trips up in the car with the boys in the winter just to go and see her. She was a beacon. And now that light is dark. We all miss her.

So this Mother's Day I think of her, of those she left behind, and how fragmented we all are since she as gone. That reason that brought us together on so many occasions is gone. Will we ever all be together again like we use to be? I doubt it. And that makes me sad. I see the relationships disintegrating and there is nothing I can do about it. Again, it makes me sad.

But today is a day of celebration, celebrating ME! As a Mama to two amazing little boys - who never cease to amaze me in all that they do. I am loved. I love. And that is what matters today.

Happy Mother's Day to my Mother. Happy Mother's Day to my Omi (thank you for watching over me!). Happy Mother's Day to my Aunt, my cousin, my BFF's..and to all the other Moms out there. Hope you all had a great and well appreciated day.

Take care,
Tania

Love Big, Bake Often

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Saturday.....

So I really don't have much energy to blog tonight....but I don't want to miss one day for NaBloPoMo. So here is a video of Jakob singing to Jason for his birthday.....

video

Happy Birthday Jason!!

Take Care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Friday, May 8, 2009

More Coconut Cake....

Here is a slice shot or two...


And the recipes....

I had asked for some advice for a recipe for a nice coconut cake for Jason's Birthday...and there were several of you who told me to try this one...

Southern Coconut Cake

Source: Alisa Huntsman's Sky High

Makes an 8-inch triple layer cake - I did a thicker 2 layer.

For the cake:
5 large egg whites
½ cup of milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 cups of cake flour
2 and 1/3 cup sugar
4 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
2 sticks of unsalted butter (8oz.) at warm room temperature
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Butter the bottoms of three 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with a parchment circle and butter the circle.Put the egg whites in a bowl and whisk slightly. Add the ½ cup of milk and the vanilla and whisk to mix thoroughly; set aside.In a large mixer bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, beat dry ingredients well in order to break up any lumps. Add the butter and coconut milk on low speed and beat just to combine. Raise the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy about 2 minutes.Add the egg white mixture in 2 or 3 additions, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Divide the batter among the pans.Bake for 30 minutes or until a cake taster inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in their pans for 10 minutes. Then turn the cakes out and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
To assemble the cake, place one layer, flat side up, on an 8-inch cake round. Cover this layer with 1 cup of the buttercream frosting. Spread it evenly all the way to edge of the cake. Then sprinkle ½ cup of shredded coconut on top. Add the second layer and repeat the process. Top with the final layer of cake and frost the top and sides of the cake.Place the remaining 1 ½ cups shredded coconut on a large baking tray. Pick up the cake and hold it on the palm of one hand over the tray. Using the other hand scoop up the coconut and press it to the sides of the cake. Continue with this process until the sides of the cake are covered. Set the cake on a serving plate and sprinkle any remaining coconut on top of cake. Chill cake for at least one hour to allow frosting to firm up a bit.

I made a Coconut Swiss Meringue Buttercream for the Frosting...so I substituted coconut extract for vanilla in this recipe, it's from Martha!:
I made 1/2 of this recipe and I had buttercream left over!! It makes A LOT!

Ingredients
Makes about 9 cups, enough for about 28 cupcakes
2 1/2 cups sugar
10 large egg whites
4 cups (8 sticks or 2 pounds) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Directions
Place sugar and egg whites in the heat-proof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, and whisk until sugar has dissolved and egg whites are hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. Test by rubbing the mixture between your fingers; it should feel completely smooth.
Transfer bowl to mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until mixture has cooled completely and formed stiff and glossy peaks, about 10 minutes.
Add the butter, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated after each addition. Don't worry if the buttercream appears curdled after all the butter has been added; it will become smooth again with continued beating. Add vanilla, and beat just until combined.
Switch to the paddle attachment, and beat on the lowest speed to eliminate any air pockets, about 5 minutes. If using buttercream within several hours, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature in a cool environment. Or transfer to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator, up to 3 days. Before using, bring buttercream to room temperature, and beat on the lowest speed with the paddle attachment until smooth, about 5 minutes.

I also added a layer of raspberry jam in the middle too! Jason's request!


So there is the delicious cake. It is a pretty dense cake, and not too to heavy which is good since the buttercream is good and rich!!

Hope you like it, and try it soon!!

Take care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Just a tease....

Here is Jason's Birthday Cake. Coconut Cream Cake, filled with Raspberry Jam, Covered with Coconut Swiss Meringue Buttercream and then covered with shredded coconut. YUM!


Trying to keep this short so that we can spend some time together tonight. So consider this the teaser.....and I will post more pics and recipes tomorrow!

Happy Birthday to Jason, my hubby! Hope it was a great day.

Take Care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Giveaways Galore..

I am working on my own giveaway, and should have it together real soon. Thanks to Natalie for helping me out with that!

But right now there are giveaways going on on alot of the blogs that I follow and wanted to share the opportunities with you as well.....be sure to go and check them all out and get your chance to win too!

Rachelle over at Mommy? I'm Hungry has a couple going on....for chocolate, and for flowers - just in time for Mother's Day!

Brenda over at Cre8tive Kitchen has a great cookbook giveaway here!

Susan over at She's Becoming Doughmesstic is giving away a Bread Cookbook that I SO want to win! Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes....check it out here!

Cindy over at Skip to My Lou has the biggest Giveaway I have ever seen!! Worth over $3500.00 in Swing Sets!! Holy Smokes, right??? Awesome! Check out your chance to win a Mountain Range Swingset, here!

Under the High Chair, Aimee has gone and gotten herself published!! And she wants to share her story with one luck winner....go check out her heart warming post and enter to win! Go see it here!

Katie, from Good Life {Eats}, has a great Mother's Day giveaway going on...she has tons of sponsors giving away all kinds of lovely gifts and she set them up in bundles....I would love to win any of them! See what I mean, here!

I think that is all the giveaways I know about right now....will update as I get info about more. Be sure to go and check them out, and good luck! I know I would love to win any of them!!

Take care,
Tania

Love Big, Bake Often

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A twd ho hum dee dum

Tiramisu. I had such hopes. But I hate so say that Dorie let me down. It might be that I had to substitute some ingredients, and misread some of the directions, but I am not sure. Looking at some of the other stunning ones (like this one by Rebecca) I realize that I failed. Mine were dry, forgot the mini chocolate chips, and didn't make enough filling/frosting to cover my little cakes.

So please don't judge the recipe by my attempt! Check out all the other great cakes from the others at Tuesdays with Dorie, and you can find the recipe over on Megan's blog My Baking Adventures.

So all you get from me is this picture.....

And maybe an agreement to try this again!

Take Care
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Monday, May 4, 2009

Flowers instead of monkeys!

No pics of the boys for Monkey Monday. I was totally taken in by the beautiful flowers in our garden. We can't take any credit for them, they were here when we moved in...but I give Jason all the credit for keeping them alive! He is the gardener in the family. The plants will miss him when he is deployed!

What do you think....pretty gorgeous eh?

Take Care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Macarons, the fancy french kind!


I did it. I conquered one of my baking fears. I made French Macarons. I was totally inspired by my friend Susan over at She's Becoming Doughmesstic. Susan made some gorgeous Orange Dreamsicle Macarons this week and her pictures and write up made me feel like I could do it. Her tweets of encouragement gave me no other option but to try. And I had egg whites in the fridge needing to be used too.


I had decided to make lemon lime macarons. I had some great limes in the fridge and some leftover lemon buttercream from this weeks cupcakes. I was hesitant to add too much food colouring and I really didn't add enough. They aren't green at all! They are more orange than green, so that is why I used an orange backdrop! Compliments them nicely! But they do taste like lemon and lime, nice and citrusy. Fantastic!



Susan has the recipe posted on her blog here. Rather than copy it all out for you, hope over there and check out her Orange Dreamsicle Macarons, and all the other amazing things she does!
Thank you Susan for the inspiration and motivation! Now to make them chocolate and hazelnut, chocolate and mint, ooohhh chocolate and orange! Bring it on. I am no longer afraid!
Take care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Oshkosh B'Gosh House!

Around Christmas Oshkosh B'Gosh had this deal on where if you spent $50.00 you could buy this cardboard house for $10.00. Not a bad deal... I thought it was a great purchase. We had been waiting for a rainy day where I would remember that we had it, and that never happened. Today when Jakob came to me and asked him to look for a cardboard box that he could fit in to play in, it popped into my head....the cardboard house! I mentioned it to Jason and he found it tucked behind some stuff in the garage. It took us no time to put together and the boys played with it for a very long time. I now have this great big cardboard house that will not fit through the door to go back into the garage and that takes up a quarter of the living room. I am not sure how long it will last....but for now this house will stand where it is and bring lots of giggles and fun to the living room! Thanks Oshkosh.....and it's not even raining!



Take Care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often

Friday, May 1, 2009

NaBloPoMo - May....can I do it?


I am thinking about trying to complete NaBloPoMo again for the month of May....It was a challenge for April, and I really enjoyed it. I want to do it again. It is great exposure, great patience and helps me improve my writing...I think!


But all I have today is these pics of Aiden "reading a book". It is my birthday today and I have been busy spending time with the boys and just got back from dinner out at Carraba's with the family. I wish Aiden came with a volume button, but at least this time no one complained!


Anyway... I noticed that Aiden was a little quiet today...and found him doing this...

Sitting in the middle of Jake's room in the sunshine reading a book....and yes he is in his diaper...he likes to have his pants off!!

More to come tomorrow...need to go eat some birthday "dessert". Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! I am an old lady now - 35! Yikes! But I guess it's ok since I don't feel it at ALL! Young at heart!


Take Care,
Tania
Love Big, Bake Often