Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Birthday Cake

When a birthday arrives in our home, I like to make it a point to bake the special person a birthday cake. Being the only baker in the household, it's a no-brainer that I bake myself a cake when my own birthday comes along. I did this for the first time last year and continued with it this year. Although we don't celebrate everyone's birthday with a big party each year, I like to still make things exciting. Even if it's just a simple birthday cake to stick some candles on at the end of the day.
Caramlized White Chocolate Cake
You see, I go through fazes of what sweet concoctions I like to whip up. Previously I was on a pie kick, then an ice cream spree. Now I'm moving on to the wonderful world of cakes. There are so many cake and frosting combinations I'm eager to try. For my birthday this year I made a browned butter cake with a caramelized white chocolate ganache frosting. It was good, but a little rich.

My husband's birthday is coming up next, so I'll put another flavor combination to the test if this baby doesn't make his debut before then.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Baby Nonessentials

Our baby boy is nearly here and my excitement, along with my belly, just keep growing. I'm slowly taking steps to prepare for his arriving, which includes making a list of baby essentials. You know, things like a baby bath, another crib, and plenty of diapers. While that list of necessities grows, so does my list of not-so-necessary items.

Since a compilation of all the diapers and nursing pads I plan on using doesn't make for pretty blog fodder, I'll instead share a compilation of all those items that I don't really need and are a little bit unrealistic but are oh so pretty to look at.

Okay, so some of these items can be considered must-haves, but I have a hard time purchasing items that will only be loved for maybe a year (with the exception of one or two things). In the ultra-simplifying mode I am in, I will opt for a trash can rather than an impressive diaper pail and a big nursing blanket over a nursing scarf.

What are some baby items that you would love but aren't exactly necessary?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Our Broken Karlstad: Fixed!

You guys, I'm ecstatic. After nearly a year of living with our couch propped up on building blocks, it is finally fixed and back to normal.
After asking an IKEA employing if they sold replacement couch arms, I had lost all hope of ever repairing it when she answered no. Since I had already attempted to fix the arm myself with no success, I had hesitantly accepted that until we could replace our couch, we would live with a broken one.

Until I was back at IKEA to return pieces of the closet system. I decided to ask the woman at the returns center if they sold replacement Karlstad arms. She went to check and came back with a replacement arm in hand. I was elated. They charged me $20, which is much easier to swallow than the price of a new couch.

Of course replacing the arm went from a twenty minute task to nearly two hours, but that's par for the course when it comes to all things IKEA, right?
Needless to say, we're happy the days of constantly propping the couch up on building blocks are gone. Although I do have to ask; has anyone noticed how stinky new furniture is? Or is that just my pregnancy super nose?
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