Monday, August 12, 2013

Kiddo birthday!

My tiny is four! FOUR! Not so tiny anymore!




We celebrated with friends, trampolines and cake jars* :-)

Wonder Woman jumped wildly!




Clementine had no idea what she wanted for her birthday. She has no covets and wants, I guess. She asked only for "ribbons," which was very sweet and Little House on the Prairie-y :-)

She got a record player, in fact, and lots of vintage kiddo records. She's in love with it, and so are we. It's been YEARS since I had a turntable in the house!





CAKE JARS: so easy, so cute. Just make sheet cake, keeping it kind of thin, then into circles with biscuit cutter. Assemble in jars with layers of frosting between (I used food-colored white cake alternating with chocolate cake, and buttercream frosting, but you could do ANY kind of cake). 

I first tried this last summer when a cake failed to come out of the pan in one piece. Into a jar it went, layered with frosting, and was frozen until a beach picnic came along. And man, was it gooood. It was a single large family-size jar in that case, and we found ourselves referring to it as Cake Jar, without prepositions. As in, "Pass Cake Jar," and soon that carried over to Spoon too. "Give me Spoon so I can dig into Cake Jar." I think it was chocolate drunkenness. 

Anyway, this year it was planned (also I've finally learned my lesson to aaaaalways line my cake pans with parchment, aaaaaalways!). For the tops of the canning jars, cut out circles of scrapbook paper, or custom labels or whatever you want to do. Would be adorable with little toy animals or charms glued to the tops of the jars. Also very cute to tie a ribbon around, attach individual spoons. I had too many cake jars for ribbon-tying (36, no time to tie 36 ribbons, ha!) Easy to transport, to give out, and soooo cute :-)






12 comments:

Little Willow said...

Happy birthday, Clementine!

Yay for the turntable, and the tasty cake.

Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

NO WAY! In my head she's just born. I have a 4 and we did the jumpy house, too. He's a hoot and a half. In constant motion, an incessant noise-maker.

Joy, joy, joy!

andrea (book-scout) said...

I cannot believe she is four! And I'm pretty sure you just won Pinterest with those cake jars. Happy Birthday, Clementine!

BooknerdBecca said...

Happiest of days, Clementine! It's my birthday, too. I'm glad to be in such great company. I wish I had a cake jar! Lucky girl :D

Laurence King said...

Your baby is growing up so fast! I hope Clementine had a wonderful birthday. I LOVE those cake jars. Must make some immediately!

Alysa Stewart said...

Cake jar! I love it! I spray know when I am going to use that genius idea. Thank you Laini. And happy birthday Clementine Pie!

Artemis Grey said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLEMENTINE PIE!!! Absolutely love Cake Jar and Spoon! Will most definitely have to try the cake-in-a-jar thing. Wonder Woman looks like she's having an amazing time in the picture :) I always think of her dancing with you and your hubby at the Sirens conference!

tone almhjell said...

I want Cake Jar! Pass Cake Jar! But not... Jar Jar. Heh. Happy birthday finest little fruit! We miss you!

Commander Kip said...

Gah, Miss Laini, your life is so beautiful. And so is your daughter. And also your cake. Happy birthday, Clementine!

(Rescuers! I remember watching the VHS repeatedly as a child. Good choice.)

June G said...

May Clementine always stay so wonderfully free of greed and commercialism. Happy birthday, sweet girl!

anne said...

wow! 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! where has the time gone? She is adorable, inside and out!

blessings

Jenn said...

Desserts in jars are the thing! There's even a cookbook called Dessert in Jars! Fantastic. Mainly cooking stuff and then putting it in jars, but sometimes you can make something IN the jar. Craziness.

Happy Birthday Pie!

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