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Picnik collage

This past Sunday was originally going to turn me into a big ball of stress as I was to help with Rachel’s baby shower (1 – 3pm) and my niece’s 3rd birthday party (3 – 5pm). However, Rachel’s baby, Jackson, was born last Tuesday, about three weeks before he was due! Thanks again for all of the great freezable food suggestions, by the way. I ended up  making batches of freezer burritos and scones, but then decided that cleaning their house would be an even more helpful thing to do since I had a key and all. Both mama and baby are fine, thankfully!

My sister was really relieved that I then had the whole weekend to help her with Natalie’s birthday! Each party so far has had a theme with elaborate (for us) cakes. With Natty’s love of princesses, this year’s theme was obvious. A castle cake was to be made!

Mama at work #sister

I have to say that this cake was 98% my sister. She made a homemade yellow layer cake and Swiss meringue buttercream all on her own! (Yes, I can pretty much guarantee that this was the best tasting castle cake ever.) All I did was level the cake layers and show her how to do things with a little frosting here and there. She was also just going by the looks of a couple cakes she found online.


She did a great job, don’t you think? The yogurt pretzel lattice was a pretty brilliant, super easy trick. We ended up hiding the cake on the kitchen counter behind bags, but the sweet smell gave it away to Natty in the morning.

To explain the photo below, she closed her eyes and covered her ears when we sang Happy Birthday. Either we looked and sounded terrible, or this was her way of being shy and hiding. :)


To counteract the sugar rushes, my sister rented a bouncy castle for the kids! They loved it of course, especially while decked out in princess dresses.


I think Natty gets to pick the theme for next year’s birthday party and am curious as to what that might be. My sister says she’s all of a sudden really into dinosaurs and was wanting a t-rex party lately…

Though it’s not officially until March 30, Happy Birthday, Natalie!!

Update: My sister posted about it here!