Monday, December 17, 2007

Homemade Happiness

When I think back on all the holidays and birthdays I enjoyed as a child, I don't remember much specifically. I remember an Emergency doctor's kit I received from my uncle, a doctor, that he handmade out of an old box, spray painted black with red tape for the medical cross, and filled with doctors' surplus (e.g., scrubs, an old stethoscope, etc). I also treasured the carved beaver that my dad made for me when I was collecting beaver items - after seeing them up close and personal on a road trip through Yellowstone.

My sister remembers most the Little House on the Prairie dollhouse that my father hand-crafted and then gave to our cousins for Christmas. We were given a bigger dollhouse which was supposed to be better because it was bigger but, really, my sister wanted the one Dad had made.

Birthday cakes also came and went and I don't remember any of them without a photo. I will never forget, however, the Cookie Monster cake my mother made for my younger sister. I remember my mom getting the pan, making sure the frosting was the right blue and, then, all the blue tongues after eating that delightful cake.

This year, I have not got my act together in time to hand-make my children any Christmas gifts. Nor have I been able to convince Mr. Green Bean to take up whittling although it sounds like a fine hobby to me. I did, however, bake my music-loving son three birthday cakes for his two celebrations of a December birthday. I hope that he will remember these as he grows older.




6 comments:

Burbanmom said...

SuperMom strikes again! Great cakes, Green Bean!!!

Green Bean said...

Thanks Burban! I did feel a bit SuperMomish when bringing these in - though the rest of the time, well, I'm working on it. ;-)

Wendy said...

Those are awesome! Did you use a specialty pan or did you cut them out yourself?

arduous said...

Those are amazing!

Green Bean said...

Are you kidding me girl! I'm not that much of a supermom. ;-) Speciality pan by Wilton - bought used off of Ebay. There are tons of them. I did have to cut a notch out for the electric guitar. I'll save it for next year in the hopes that someone will want another music cake. :)

Anonymous said...

Great cakes! I might have to try out the drum idea for my 3-year-old!

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