Monday, August 29, 2011

Cook.

Today is another birthday in our house.  Andrew turns 12!  I can hardly believe it.

I'm sure Elliott will post pictures of the small family celebration later, but in the meantime, I thought I would post my favorite chocolate frosting recipe.


Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
(adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)

1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1/2 c. dutch processed cocoa powder
1/4 c. heavy cream, plus more
1 tsp. vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar

Begin by creaming the butter on its own in a large bowl.  Add the cocoa, and cream until combined.  Use a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and then add the cream and vanilla, beating well.
Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, creaming the ingredients well and scraping the side and bottom of the bowl.  After the 3rd and 4th cups of sugar, you may want to add a little bit more cream.  I usually add about 1 Tbs. more cream, but it depends on the humidity where you are.  Here in AZ, I needed to add a little bit more than that.

Once the frosting is completely creamed, it will frost middle, top, and sides of an 8" 2-layer cake, or 24 cupcakes.


(Once upon a time, when Andrew was an only child.)


(now.)

Friday, August 26, 2011

One Year Old!


My baby is one! Wah!

We celebrated by inviting grandparents and cousins to a little dinner celebration. Lately, I don't have a creative bone in my body, so the kids came up with their own decoration for Henry's cake:

I can't tell you how many scorpions we have found in our house.  But that is a story for a whole other post.  We let Henry have at his cake, but he didn't really want to dig in until we gave him a spoon.  



A wet paper towel didn't quite cut it for this mess.





We are so blessed to have Henry in our home.  He has an infectious laugh that is heard quite often.  I really can't imagine our life without him.  Happy birthday, Henry!