Another New Beginning

Rewind to 2013.  As many of you know, about two years ago (almost exactly), we began our kitchen renovation. We did most of the work ourselves, and the things that we did hire out we were sure grateful that we did. It took a little over 7 weeks from start to finish for that reno. Some days I stand in my kitchen and try to remember what it looked like before and can’t. It’s just so open and bright, warm and freeing. It’s one of those things that I’m happy that we just went for and did (even though I’m sure the money could have been spent better elsewhere).  My favorite parts of that kitchen have to be opening it up, the island and the wood planked wall around the window.

With my kitchen, its hard to pick favorites because every part of it is exactly us, exactly how we live, and exactly perfect for our family. We live in our kitchen. Its a place to sneak snacks, a playroom, a craft room, gaming station, a basketball court, a school room and the heart of our family. It’s where at the present time, that I make my cakes.

Now, fast forward two years later and we are doing a kitchen all over again. This time, downstairs and just for me and my cakes {squeal}.

In October, I got approved by the city to put a commercial kitchen in my basement. I had hoped to start tearing things out and getting a move on the kitchen right away but life got in the way. But now we are full throttle, pushing forward on this thing.

We’ve had the electrician and plumber both in to check things out. They are both going to start their work soon and now that things are actually progressing, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can finally start sharing the excitement with you all.

We are hoping to do this reno on low budget. With Jason in school and me working half time, we don’t have a lot of wiggle room on this one. So we’re going to see what we can do with what we have. It should be fun!

I know many of you enjoyed following along on our first kitchen reno, so I hope that you will enjoy following along for our second.

XOXO Kat

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Cake Pop Wedding Cake

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If I could get married again (same guy just 10 years later) I would be drooling at the chance to have a Cake Pop Wedding Cake. It’s uniqueness is exactly what I’m drawn too and we all know how in love I am with gold and soft pink.

I loved having the opportunity to collaborate and create this cake with my friend Joelle. She is creative genius behind Peace of Cake. She makes brilliant custom cake pops, chocolate covered pretzels and oreos and other decadent treats for the biggest and bravest sweet tooth.She called me up the other day and wondered whether I’d be interested in conspiring with her to make this happen. So of course I jumped at the chance.

This cake wasn’t for a specific wedding, so it was wonderful to have complete creative license to decorate a cake exactly how we wanted it done.

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I’ve been in love with this new sequined look. I have been chomping at the bit to try it out. My daughter’s cake was supposed to get this treatment but the rainbow confetti was too perfect for her unicorn cake.

I also have this thing for large statement flowers. They have the ability to add that feminine touch without completely stealing the show. Then to add a little more romance, I made a large fondant rosette design on the third tier of the cake.

And then there were those wonderful bites of heaven in between my cake layers. Those cake pops were the reason for the whole cake. I love the idea of wedding guests being able to walk up to the cake and grab a little piece of it for themselves. It’s so easy and messless but still gives the wedding couple the chance to do the ceremonial cake cutting. side view

This cake was the centerpiece for her table at the Diamonds Bridal Show this weekend in Lethbridge. I can’t even describe how breathtaking her sweet table was. The table was decorated by Simply Surreal who are the queens of taking beauty up one more notch. Those draped strings of crystals are absolutely divine. Then add the chocolate dipped Oreos, light pink cake pops and the chocolate dipped, caramel swirled pretzels (yep you heard correct: caramel AND chocolate), it was just perfection!

Oh, and that flower filled chandalier. STUNNING! The chandelier was Joelle’s from her own house but it was filled by the wonderful ladies at The Blooming Willow.

wedding cake table{Photo Courtesy of Joelle: My Peace of Cake}

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{Photo Courtesy of Joelle: My Peace of Cake}

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{Photo Courtesy of Joelle: My Peace of Cake}

 Also, did you notice the books. I honestly don’t know what I love more: books, chocolate or cake. Place me in a room of books with a table of cake and chocolate before me and you, my dear, have the recipe for the perfect evening!

All I can say now, is nice work ladies! Thanks Joelle for letting me be a part of your event! You are amazing.

If you or someone you know are getting married, you need to show them the possibility of a cake ball wedding cake. You really can’t go wrong!

xoxo

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Brooke’s Unicorn Birthday Cake


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6 years ago we welcomed the sweetest little bundle of love in the midst of a snowstorm. Brooke has brought an amazing light, life and joy to our family. She is a kind, understanding and compassionate big sister. Brooke is full of hugs, tickles and really bad jokes. We love her to pieces! 

She loves unicorns too and ponies and all things girly. So, this year, for her birthday she wanted a unicorn party.

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Normally I’m a big party planner. But after six years of putting in a lot of effort for Brooke’s parties, this year I took it easy. The only thing that I did plan was making unicorn horns for all of the girls to decorate and wear. Beyond that, I threw some blankets and sheets down the stairs to the basement and let them make a huge blanket fort. Then they played hide-and-seek for awhile and then we did a little $5 gift exchange game. For the most part, these kids were able to entertain themselves.
brooke at her partyBrooke's 6th birthday cake

Happy Birthday Sweets!

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Polar Bear Ice Box Cookies

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Does anyone else look at those Pilsbury sliced cookies and wonder if you could make something cool like that? Maybe I’m just the weird one that is dreaming (literally dreaming, with my eyes closed in bed) of ways to make they come reality. I know that they should be possible and I do love a good puzzle. But I thought I would start my endeavors a little smaller.

So today, I bring you Polar Bear Slice’em Cookies.

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These cookies are quite easy to make when you break it down step by step. And, surprise! That’s what I’m going to do for you today!

First thing you have to do is make the dough. You can use your favorite sugar cookie dough or you can use this simple recipe.

Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt (omit if you are using salted butter)
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk

Steps:

  1. Cream the butter and the sugar.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  3. Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Then add it to the other ingredients.
  4. Add 2-3 tbsp of milk until the dough is smooth and soft.

Now that you have the dough it’s time to start making it into some cute little polar bears!

Step 1: Colour half of the dough blue (or your favorite other complimentary colour).

balls of dough

Step 2: Take about an eighth of the dough and form it into a skinny log and the rest into a thicker log. The logs should be about the same length. Place both logs in the FREEZER!
white logs

 

Step 3: Roll out some of the blue dough. Place the frozen skinny roll in the middle of the dough and then roll the blue dough around the log and then trim off any excess. Pop it back into the freezer.

log rolled and trimmed

Step 4: Once the small log is frozen again, slice the log in half.

cut log in half

Step 5: Brush the top of the larger roll with some milk and then place the two little strips on the top of the larger roll. These will be the ears. Then put the thing back into the freezer.

put ears on

Step 6: Roll the blue dough. Make a point in the middle. This will be dough that fills the gap between the ears. Then place the frozen roll upside-down in the middle. Then roll it until it makes nice big blue roll. The, if you haven’t guessed by now, place it back into the freezer.

roll the dough to chill

Step 7: Slice them into cookies. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 F for 10-13 minutes.

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Step 8: Make some royal or buttercream frosting to finish the faces. Follow the pictures below to see how to do the facial features!

polar bear cookies

You can add a lot of personality with just the angle of the smile or the direction of the eyes! Have fun. May your winter be lovely!closer faces

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Family Pictures 2014

 

 

 

Ferrie Family-68This is the shot that I wanted so badly and I was so afraid that we weren’t going to get.

In the Spring Tracy and Shaun Wiebe, the gorgeous married team behind Loved and Be Loved Photography, held a draw for a free photo session. I was ecstatic when my name was drawn. Oh Happy Day! But then I got a little nervous because, well, I have these three monkeys to deal with! It’s hard enough to get the littlest one to sit still long enough and look at the camera for a picture, but then I have a 4 year old who is into silly dancing and crazy faces and a daughter who likes to stir the pot as well. To get all three of them in a moment of collective sanity is a feat in itself. Then let’s add in the great outdoors, including bugs and grass and hills to run up and down. Sound like fun?

Surprisingly, it was!

My goals for the session were (1) no tears – no one likes a splotchy-eye pictures and (2) that Jason and I look decent – because who are we kidding, it’s completely acceptable for kids to be pulling strange faces and be not looking at the camera, but an adult should look good, right? The problem is that I am one of the most awkward people in the world in front of a camera. I was the kid ruining the family picture or the one with dead eyes in the crowd.

It’s a miracle that we got the pictures we did, because this is what Tracy and Shaun had to deal with!

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Ferrie Family FACEBOOK-97This about sums is up. Benji was only willing to stay put if he was tossed in the air or hung upside down, Caleb was usually off somewhere making monkey faces and Brooke was baiting them to misbehave. Anyway, without further ado, this is how Love and Be Loved took our crazy little family and made us look good, even normal…Ferrie Family FACEBOOK-1 Ferrie Family FACEBOOK-4

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Thank you so much Love and Be Loved! You two were so easy to work with and I think I’ll have to send a cake your way sometime! If you love looking at beautiful pictures in the charm and beauty of the Albertan prairies and mountains then you have to go check them out here or on Facebook here.

Have a happy weekend!

Kat

 

 

 

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Blessed

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. For awhile my mind was that awkward kid on the wall at the school dance. I wanted to be in the mix but I just could get my back unglued from that wall. It was getting weird. I felt like people were staring and starting to ask questions. So I decided to just jump right back in. Let’s forget the really long interlude and pretend I never let things get so awkward…..

For the last month I’ve had the phrase, “I feel so Blessed” running through my mind constantly.

The beginning of last year was a lot of change for our family. Brooke started Kindergarten, Caleb started preschool and Jason decided to go back to school, which meant that I needed to go back to school, as in teaching school. There was a lot of schooling going on.  I taught gr. 2 every morning and then had the afternoons at home with my children. My dad would come every morning to pick up my kids and bring them to the other side of town to my mom. It took a little bit to adjust to but after a few months it became routine and life just went on. I was able to do the occasional cake in the afternoons and things seemed pretty good!

As good at the situation last year turned out, this year just seems like icing on the cake.

Before we go on, let’s just take a quick trip back to my college years. If you would have talked to me during college, I would have told you that I wanted to teach junior high math. Everything I did was geared towards that. I tutored college prep math, took teaching math classes and liked to solve algebra problems for fun. Yep, nerd alert! And then….I got a job in Gr. 3. At that point I said I wouldn’t teach any lower than Gr. 3, so…..I accepted a Gr. 2 position. Then I said, “No way! This is the lowest I go. I do not want to teach any grades lower than Gr. 2” and then….I agreed to teach Kindergarten.  Seriously, for a few months I was starting to doubt my decision to accept the Kindergarten position. I think the only reason why it appealed to me was because I’m right in the throes of that stage of life with my own kids. I guess, if I can parent a Kindergartner than maybe teaching them won’t be that bad.

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Alright, so Kindergarten may not have been my first choice but I have really begun to love this position for a few different reasons.

For one, The Schedule. I am teaching about the same amount of time that I did last year but instead of teaching every morning, I teach two full days a week and then every third/fourth Monday. I didn’t realize how much I had missed my mornings at home until I got them back. Pajamas days are back baby! Is anyone else happy dancing with me?! I forgot how much I missed being able to get the housed tidied, spend a little time on Facebook, check up on my favorite blogs and spending time with the little kiddos, of course. I really feel like I have the best of both worlds. On one hand, I am able to work and on the other hand, I’m able to be a stay at home parent.

Secondly, I have my very own class of kids. Last year I had my own set of kids in the morning and then passed them off to another teacher in the afternoon. It was fine, but those kids never seemed fully mine. Maybe I’m a little possessive. I don’t know. But this year, I get to have a whole classroom, 24 of those little ones to teach all day long and see them grow in every area throughout the year.

Thirdly, I have an awesome teaching partner. She’s been teaching the program in a different school for a few years and is willing to share all of her knowledge and insights and general practice. I am blessed.

And then there’s another layer of icing on that cake that is, well, cakes. I now have Wednesdays and Fridays to devote to cakes, cakes and more cakes. Instead of cramming in a cake when I get home, I have all day to work at them and have fun with them. I don’t have to get huffy when the kids interrupt me because I’m trying to reach a deadline and things aren’t going well. I’m free to have those momma moments in the midst of cake and usually there aren’t any explosions! I can finish the cakes on Friday and then have all day Saturday to devote to family time.

And then there are these two! I feel the most blessed because I get to spend all day with these two, while Brooke’s off the school.

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Benji and Caleb (or Cale-bub) have become the best of friends. They just tinker around the house, ramming dump trucks full of markers into the walls, making pillow forts in the basement and coming for a quick pet as little puppies. This arrangement has been the best for Caleb. Caleb is my boy who doesn’t love to be constantly changing places. He likes to wear his pajama’s all day (and change into three or four more pairs throughout the day) and just chill out and colour by the table. Our biggest fits are when we force him out of the house in the morning. Last year, we got to dread the whole morning routine but this year is so much better.

But finally, the best part of my new schedule is getting to have coffee in the morning with Jason. He doesn’t have class on the days that I’m home until 10, which means he either helps me tidy or does some last-minute studying/homework and then we can have a cup of coffee/tea before he heads out. It’s been one of my favorite times of day.

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I just can’t get over how much God has provided for my little family. Sure I would love to be home full time, but since that not reality, he’s given me the courage to be content with what I am given and joy in the midst of it all.

Love,

Kat

 

 

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Mosaic Mini Cakes

chocolate cake covered in chocolate

“A party without cake, is just a meeting” ~ Julia Child

And if I may add to my favorite quote from Julia Child with my own little quip, “A cake without meaning, is just flour and frosting.”

cake stacksAlmost every cake that I make has some kind of story behind it. Whether it’s the colours chosen or the theme that it is decorated after or an inside joke that’s shared amoung friends. Most people have some kind of story in mind when they dream up the design for their cake.

These little 2 inch mosaic mini cakes have a story behind them that I can’t help but share. As I discussed the design for these mini cakes with my client, the idea of mosaic started to come out. Mosaics reflect so much of her life and her family.

As she said,

We went with a mosaic theme because everyone calls my family mosaic.  I’m Dutch so I’m very white. My oldest son is Arab so he’s very tan and then my husband is African and we have 2 girls; one is fairly dark but not as dark as my hubby and our youngest is darker than me but not as tanned as my son lol. We are quite the mosaic family.

It’s such a neat story, of her having a child and finding her husband who, not only, fell in love with her but has fallen in love with her son and then let their love grow further by creating beautiful little girls.

So these little mini cakes show their family. The variety of colours all placed together in one unit of love!
top view mini shard cakescakes in a row

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This Life: Evening Rafting

Jase and Kids

When Jason went back to working fulltime this spring, we both agreed that bedtime for our kids would be very loose and relaxed this summer. Jason does concrete work at the moment, which means he’s out of the house well before anyone is stirring and then returns around 7. That’s a problem when you have little kids, especially boys, who need their dad around. We wanted our children to see him, rough-house a little and get to tell him about all the fun (or no-fun) they had that day. I never take for granted the amazing effect a present father has on a family.

I don’t want to do this thing alone. I could if I had too. I believe that God gives the grace to not only overcome but to thrive in whatever circumstance you may find yourself in and I know that I would be fine. But I would never choose to do it that way myself. I like having someone else to shoulder the load, take over in the midst of chaos, share the funny moments, and then laugh {or sigh with relief} when the day is all said and done. I like having Jason around. {He’s kind of funny too}

So I look forward to hearing Jason’s truck pull up to the curb and Benji yell, “Da home!” Granted, most of the time he’s dog tired and covered with a thick layer of dirt, dings and cuts are lining his legs when he comes home and all he wants to do is lay down on the couch and close his eyes. But most days, he takes the time to be present, give the kids attention, give me a little love and be that great guy that I know and cherish. Then as a reward, he puts our Caleb to bed and when I go downstairs to tuck in Brooke, he’s cuddled up beside Caleb catching a little nap. Melts my heart.

Well, last night, in the name of family togetherness, we decided to pump up a raft and take a little trip down the Old Man river. A few days ago, I grabbed up the last raft at Canadian Tire that would fit us giants (I’m 6’0 and Jason is 6’5). Seriously, we don’t fit standard! But this one was able to fit us two leggy creatures along with 3 squirmy children in life jackets.

Jason got home at 7:00 and by 8:00 we were making our way down the river.

Mommy and Benji Jase and Kids 2 Benji Picture

Benji wanted to take that last one. I was very nervous my phone was going to take a little swim with the beavers. But seriously, there were either beavers or river otters swimming around the river. How fun was that? Except for I thought they were snakes so my heart was pounding out of my chest, although I was smiling through the fear.

It took us about 45 minutes to travel the short distance from the weir to the river bank we wanted to get out at. There was lots of pointing and talking, Benji whipping himself almost over board to touch the water and spending time as our little fam-dam. At the end, we let the kids throw rocks in the river and then Brooke and I decided to see how deep the water got. That river is pretty shallow, you all!

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After throwing rocks, we made the mad dash through a mosquito infested thicket to the truck, Then we enjoyed a cotton candy sunset on the way home with clouds that look like little iguanas breathing fire {according to Brooke}

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Anyway, this guy’s awesome and that kid in the back there is pretty cool as well! Thanks for being such a good sport!

Love,

Kat

P.S. Sorry for all the bad iPhone photos. There was no way my good camera was going to rafting. Good thing bras can do triple duty as phone, key and lady holders. 😉

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A Frozen Pooh

Frozen Pooh

Q: What do you get when you cross the Frozen movie and Winnie the Pooh?

A: Frozen Poo, oh course

Oh man, I kill myself. Can you tell I live with a 4 year old boy? The potty talk is contagious and in this case, pretty funny. I’m going to have to teach my kids that one. Maybe then we’ll get off the “What did one tomato say to another tomato?” joke.

Frozen Pooh was my Monday. This kind of Pooh smells and tastes a lot better than normal poo. {Thank Goodness} This Winnie the Pooh cake was destined for a little cake smash session.

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Then my cousin’s daughter turned 5 this weekend and to celebrate she wanted Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Seriously, its the middle of the summer and that movie is still going strong. Benji was obsessed with Elsa while I was making the cake and kept shouting out “Let Go” randomly as he lined up his cars on the chair behind me.

Frozen Cake fondant olafElsa and Anna Cake

 

In case your wondering what the end of the tomato joke is, it’s “Come and Ketchup!” Get it? Ketchup-catch up. It’s sort of funny.

Anyway, just stopping in during an otherwise fairly busy week! I hope your week is better than frozen poo!

Love,

Kat

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Name That Minion to Win

minion cupcakesHappy Long Weekend Everyone.

To kick it off, let’s have some fun. I whipped up these cupcakes on Monday for a friend’s kids’ birthday party. (They aren’t perfect. I only had an hour to make them)  Who doesn’t love a minion! So many personalities and so much cuteness!

Here’s the game, choose a minion, name it and then post it’s name below. BONUS: Tell me what your minion is saying/thinking. I’ll randomly choose one of your minion responses and give you a 6 inch buttercream decorated cake or a dozen cupcakes or a dozen custom fondant cupcake toppers. Your choice! (Lethbridge and area entries can have their choice of all three but I can ship the toppers anywhere in Canada/continental USA) Use this grid below to make it more fun! Only entries posted on the blog count. Your information is safe, your email will only be used to notify you if you win and you don’t need to use your full name if you don’t want to.

BONUS 2: Share this contest on some form of social media for a chance

I’ll start us off.

name that minion

D3 ~ Captain Pick Up ~ “Hey Lady. How you do’in?”

E1 ~ Crossie ~ “Shoot, my mom was right. I made this face. There was a wind and now my eyes are stuck like this FOREVER! “

Happy Long Weekend!

I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday. Share and let others play along as well!

Love,

Kat

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