Gwen’s Sky Blue Rainbow Unicorn Cake

What do you do if your only daughter asks for a specific cake for her 6th birthday? You ask her to draw it for you with a description and then do your best to match it!

I will admit that this was difficult for me as I am not the best cake baker and really have no clue when it comes to decorating cakes. Someday, when I have time, I plan to remedy that by learning how, but right now, I just practice on my kids. They don’t seem to mind my attempts.

I don’t think I ever posted about Rhys’s birthday cake. His birthday was last month before Thanksgiving. He wanted a chocolate mint cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate shards. I wish now that I had written a post because it is a cake I’d make again and I don’t remember any of the recipes I used!

Gwen wrote this as part of a school assignment I gave her. She also watched me make and decorate the cake. I think she was making sure I was doing it correctly!

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2019 Christmas Cookie Smorgasbord

Every year we take one day to make just Christmas cookies. It’s crazy, it makes a huge mess, and sometime we end up with cookies that aren’t quite right, but it’s always fun and we enjoy eating the end results even if they aren’t perfect. And with eight of us in our family, they don’t last long! (We do share the cookies with neighbors, friends, and family if we can.) The imperfect cookies happened to us this year since every cookie we baked was a new recipe for us.

This year, we made Chocolate No Bakes, French-Style Lemon Bars, Blueberry Jammers, Jam Thumbprints, Christmas Spice Cookies, and Peppermint Bark (which is candy and not a cookie but I mention it because I actually messed up the peppermint bark). I will attempt to link a recipe to every cookie if possible, but sometimes they just aren’t up on the Internet. I will mention the cookbook that they came from though.

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Josh’s Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary Present

Josh didn’t want to post about this but I thought it was still worth at least a short post.

There was a smoker at Sam’s Club about a month ago for $299.

Masterbuilt Pellet Grill at Sam’s Club

I told Josh about it because I knew he wanted one. He said it wasn’t quite what he was looking for so we both forgot about it. Then he saw it on clearance for $199. That was too good a price to pass up so we bought it. It’s Josh’s Christmas, birthday, and anniversary present. Josh’s birthday is in the first week of January (he’s going to be 40!) and our wedding anniversary is the day after (18 years!)

This past Saturday he smoked pork chops, chicken drumsticks, asparagus, and stuffed mushrooms for lunch since the kitchen was overtaken by cookies, so many cookies.

This was just a practice smoke so we didn’t take many pictures. The pork chops turned out the best with a smoke ring.

Josh is planning to smoke pork spareribs for Christmas dinner. If he can find the time to run by Costco before Christmas to buy some! It’s probably going to be busy there this week, just a little.

As a fall-back plan, I do have a ham in the fridge he can smoke for us instead. It was such a good price I couldn’t resist buying it. And you can never have too many ham bones to make soup!

-Lynn

5 Delicious Blueberry Dessert Recipes

Last month I made blueberry jam. It is very tasty and now we are on the lookout for things to use it with. It is good on biscuits and pancakes, but we want dessert to put it on where it will truly allow the flavors to shine.

Here are five blueberry dessert recipes that we have either made or will try to make in the future.

1. Blueberry Cheesecake

Article picture from The Geek Homestead

I decided to start with our own recipe. This cheesecake was so good. It was smooth and creamy. The layer of blueberry jam added just enough flavor.

Full recipe available here.

2. Blueberry Jammers

Article picture from The Kitchn

This recipe is from Dorie Greenspan’s book of cookie recipes. We own this book and have used it quite a few times. We have never made a bad cookie from these recipes.

Full recipe available here.

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Maple Icing and Candied Pecans

This bundt cake had a lot of steps to it, but it was worth it! I had some pumpkin left over from a pumpkin cheesecake that I made for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, that cheesecake ended up being a bit of a wash because it was underbaked. It would have ended up on the blog as a recipe, but it needs a little more work. I don’t think my family will mind. That just means they get to eat more cheesecake!

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I did decide to go with a cheesecake filling for the pumpkin bundt cake. And this time I made sure it was baked all the way through!

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