May 192014
 May 19, 2014  Birthdays, monkey, recipes 3 Responses »

Monkey Smash Cake for Baby's First Birthday {Ultimate Guide to Baby's First Year} -

It’s hard to believe how many months have passed since we celebrated Baby’s first birthday!  He is now a walking, talking, running, climbing toddler who regularly charms (and exhausts) us with his escapades.  He is a source of endless amusement and frustration to his brother, as all younger siblings should be.

When his first birthday rolled around, I chose to make his smash cake in the form of – what else! – a monkey 🙂

In case you aren’t familiar with the term, a smash cake is made on a baby’s first birthday, separate from the cake that will be served to the rest of the family and other guests.  It is just as you would imagine – a small cake that the baby can smash and enjoy all for himself!

So often, babies don’t really eat any of the cake on their first birthday, but they love being able to dig their hands into that tempting confection as, for once, no one fusses if they smear food everywhere, even on their nice birthday clothes!

Monkey Smash Cake for Baby's First Birthday {Ultimate Guide to Baby's First Year} -

To make this monkey smash cake is really quite simple:

1) Start with your favorite yellow cake recipe, enough for a 9″ cake.  Instead, use a 6″ cake pan (I had to look at a party store to find one) and cupcake tins.  (You only need two cupcakes, but depending on your recipe you may have one or two extra, which come in handy if there are any older brothers milling about while you are baking the evening before the party).  The 6″ cake will serve as the head and the two cupcakes as the ears.

2) While they are baking, prepare your frosting.  You will need two kinds: chocolate and vanilla (is anyone brave enough to try a banana flavored frosting?)

3) After the cakes cool, frost them, starting with the vanilla frosting for the face.  Then frost around it with chocolate for the rest of the face and the “ears.”

4) Decorate with chocolate chips for the eyes, nose, and mouth.

Monkey Smash Cake for Baby's First Birthday {Ultimate Guide to Baby's First Year} -

As you can see, the cake didn’t last long at the hands of my monkeys!

Monkey Smash Cake for Baby's First Birthday {Ultimate Guide to Baby's First Year} -

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Mar 172012
 March 17, 2012  monkey, parenting 1 Response »

All children are angels when they’re sleeping, but they are even more charming when they talk in their sleep, giving us a window into those magical minds of theirs.

One night recently my two year old son rolled over in bed and said firmly, “All done monkey.”  This from the child who once meowed in his sleep, so I already knew animals figured prominently in his dreams, but now that he is talking so much more, we have more clues about exactly what is going on in those dreams.

Or do we?  Was this a statement of fact (the monkey was all done!), or was he telling the monkey to hurry up and finish already? And what was the monkey up to, anyway?

Or, as an insightful friend pointed out, was he the monkey?  After all, Monkey is one of our many nicknames for him.

Regardless, it was one of those charming moments that make you (temporarily) forget the messy diapers, the temper tantrums, and the attempts to scale the bookshelves while balanced on tiptoes on the seat of the toy riding car that is a split second away from rolling in the opposite direction.

The magic in the madness.

My philosophy of motherhood, to the extent that I have one, is that it is akin to standing in the midst of a hurricane.  There is craziness and chaos all around you, but if you stand in just the right spot, there is also calmness and beauty.  I am far from knowing how to stand in that spot all the time (or even a majority of the time), but I am getting better at remembering that that spot is there.

The difficult times are when you are stuck in the biting wind and rain to where you can hardly see to put one foot in front of the other, and you forget that there are such things as calmness and beauty and, yes, magic.

But it is there, and this blog is dedicated to helping others (and myself) remember that center of calm and seek it out.  After all, that is why we started this journey to begin with, right?  Not a single mother I know thought that having a child would be easy, but sometimes we need gentle reminders that for all the sweat and tears and exhaustion, it is a magical ride.

So, until next time, all done monkeys!

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