Birthday Cat Cake

Our family is often on the look-out for fun food ideas. We recently made a pound cake for a friend’s birthday. But how to dress it up? After all, you can really frost a pound cake. Here is the result: a fitting cat for one of our favorite cat lovers!

Birthday Cat CakeThe dear little face is fashioned after our friend’s cat, but you can adapt this idea to nearly animal.

Eddi made the front and back images of the head and secured them to a skewer, cut for the proper length. She repeated this to have a tail coming up from the opposite end of the cake. FUN!

Image by Eddi.


Happy Birthday!

Our family just celebrated a birthday, and Eddi wanted to try her hand at decorating the cake. 🙂

Using small chocolates and and a Toblerone, she constructed an igloo and a snow covered hill!

Using some (freshly washed!) plastic animals and lots of white frosting, she created a fun winter scene! There’s a bunny in an igloo, and penguins playing on a “hill”. She made animal tracks and piles of snowballs. She even covered the penguins with bits of snow. Too cute!

Egyptian Shepherd?

One of the great things about homeschooling is the time and opportunity to more freely explore interests within an area of study. During a recent exploration of Ancient Egypt, Eddi fashioned this lovely paper headdress for the dog.

She wears it with dignity, don't you think?

Checkers, anyone?

Ephraim created a stunning checker board, using small tiles from a home improvement store. He attached them to the wooden base, framed it and added protective feet. The children were able to help too! It is sturdy and beautiful. For the checkers, he made small slices of wood, sanded them and painted them coordinating colors.


Dog House.

When you move, you need boxes. You need more boxes than you can imagine you will need. Like, more boxes than you know exist. When we moved last year, we were thankful to be able to find many, many boxes from countless sources.

Having the freshly emptied boxes was fertile, creative ground. And thus was born this dog house, for our recently retired dog.

This flap was cut to make a treat door. This is how Eddi taught the dog to come into her new house!

Dog Treats!

In the last year, our senior aged dog made the transition to retirement!

After over ten years of providing us watchful protection as an outdoor dog on our rural land, guarding house, children, cats, chickens, ducks and goats, we moved to a small neighborhood and she became an indoor pet.

She has transitioned beautifully! To help with that, she does get plenty of treats for doing her “business” outdoors, so we have gone through them quickly!

I decided to give making them a try. Years ago we tried making them from miscellaneous grains, but I wanted to keep this simple. I took “day-old” bread and cut it into small pieces. I tried them in a warm oven and left them there overnight. The result was great! She loved them and it cost us almost nothing!

A few days ago, after browning a large package of ground beef, I drained off the fat – ewww! I had a batch of bread treats ready in the oven, so I had Eddi dab the drippings on to the bread. We then returned them to a warm oven and left them overnight again.

The dog LOVES them!