Yay! Pictures to post!! So so so excited! So so so blessed to have a great friend whose passion is photography. She is our united families historian. It’s like a paparazzi scene at any affair. Spontaneous photo shoots, or planned. Her brain is always thinking of photography. The art of processing photos. A more appropriate definition for her photography would be, to me at least, the art of life. She captures moments in time that melt your heart, make you smile, bring a tear, make you think or just say wow. Needless to say. I’m spoiled a$$ rotten to have her! I know it. I love it! She knows I love and appreciate her. Her pictures line my hall. They tell our life story. Like I said, she is our historian. So here are a few pics of the over 400 taken on WL’s 3rd birthday day. This is a sample. I’ve posted close to 100 on Facebook!
I’m sorry I posted so many. I honestly had to be picky. It’s just a small glimpse in our wonderful day.
What I don’t have a picture of is the streamers that led from WLs bed down the hall through the kitchen to the dining room. In the dining room we had a bubble machine blowing bubbles, a happy birthday banner, garland in green and blue hung below. The table was covered with his presents. When he followed the streamers to the dining room he was so surprised. I do this for the older kids every year on their birthday, minus the bubbles, he’s never been old enough until this year. His face was priceless. Truly a happy moment. It took over 30 minutes for him to open presents. Not that he had a lot. He just loved doing it. He relished every moment it seemed. Stopping to enjoy each new gift.
Next we hit the boat. It too was decorated. I neglected to get pictures of. The girls did a great job. Loaded up with hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, homemade guacamole, hummus, Oreo balls, as well as the usual boat snacks we headed off to enjoy his day doing his favorite thing– being on the boat. As a side note…. The hummus, guacamole and oreo pops are his favorites. Not normal boat fare. We made and brought specifically for him for HIS day.
The first thing he prays for every night is either my dad and step mom or the boat and keys. So we spent the day on the water, at a place called the sand bar and tubed. It was a perfect day for him.
When we returned we had PAPA MURPHY pizza for dinner. Red velvet cake is his usual cake. His favorite cake. That’s what HE had. I had to adjust the icing recipe the evening before because we didn’t have enough butter! It still came out yummy! After my 10:30 pm meltdown.
Red Velvet cake
I always use a box mix. Substitute water with milk (i try to get it close to room temp) beat eggs for 2 minutes before adding to dry ingredients and use softened butter instead of oil. Beat for 2 minutes. Bake according to box.
Icing—- old fashioned roux icing.
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
Cook milk and flour until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool to below room temperature, stirring occasionally.
Cream sugar and butter until real fluffy. Add flour mixture, very slowly, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat well after each addition.
I have to double and sometimes triple the recipe because we love it so much.
It’s almost embarrassing for me to post a guacamole recipe when the best guacamole maker follows this blog. However I must post something. So this is what I do most of the time.
1 large ripe avocado
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup salsa (actually a little less but have to give a quantity)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
dash salt to taste
dash louisiana hot sauce
Sometimes I add fresh jalepeno. WL loves feta in it as well so I add feta at times.
Mash avocado with a fork until almost smooth, or until desired consistency.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined.
1 (16 ounce) package OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 package chocolate bark
Crush cookies in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin or a food processor. Place crumbs in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter. Stick lollipop sticks in each ball, place on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Put pops in fridge or freezer for about an hour.
Dip pops in chocolate; place back on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with white chocolate or sprinkles, whatever you want.
Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover pops, covered, in refrigerator.
I cheated and bought the hummus.
Oh and I forgot ALL OF THE CONDIMENTS- yes. No mayo, mustard or ketchup. All the planning for this perfect day. I forgot the container that held the condiments as well as the SPATULA and TONGS !
What is important is WL had a great day— he did!
Photography by: Angela Cunningham