When I am not able to blog regularly, I feel a bit like when I was in college and didn’t check in with my parents as much as usual. I wasn’t necessarily obligated to tell them why I hadn’t had time to call, yet felt like it was the right thing to do. Similarly, I want to fill you guys in on what’s been going on over here.
My sweet Meghan had a birthday last week, and birthday party preparations, along with her grandparents visiting, is part of what kept me away from my (somewhat) regular posting.
The list of recipes and posts I want to share with you keeps getting longer, but for now I’ll share a few photos from Meghan’s Minnie Mouse birthday party.
Meghan’s never been to Disney World, but she’s in love with all things Disney, from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to the princesses. She’s counting down the days until we can “get on an airplane and go to Disney Land and see the Magic Castle.” No, we don’t have any vacations on the books. She still talks about it like it’s happening.
So when she requested a Minnie Mouse birthday party, I was happy to at least give her that.
I have to say, I have a love/hate relationship with the Internet. On one hand, who can even remember what life was like before blogs, Facebook, and Pinterest? We are all connected in a way unprecedented in history. Ideas flow freely from a small town in Arkansas to London to South Africa.
This connectedness and sharing of ideas, however, leads to me wanting to do it all. Who wants to buy a package of Minnie Mouse birthday hats and paper plates and call it a day when you can create all these cute decorations and live the life of a fancy event planner?
Yeah. It sounds good until you’re knee deep in dollar store headbands, black duct tape, ribbon, and a hot glue gun trying to create something that doesn’t look like a third grade art project.
Since all the little party preparation projects took a million times longer than I anticipated (why don’t I learn??), I decided to keep the food part simple. The party was not during a meal time, so we only had snacks and dessert. I bought almost everything ready-made.
The only things I made were the dipped pretzel sticks and cupcakes.
The pretzel rods were dipped in melted chocolate and covered with chocolate chips and naturally-colored pink decorating sugar. (India Tree Natural Pink Decorating Sugar, 3.5oz bottle that I bought on Amazon.) I also used India Tree’s natural food coloring to make the white chocolate pink. (You can get it here: India Tree Decorating Colors Set) *Disclaimer: those are both affiliate links*
This year Meghan got her favorite flavor for the cupcakes, chocolate. I did make them gluten and dairy-free so I could enjoy them, too. They were not sugar-free this year. I did a trial run with xylitol and that batch didn’t go over so well, so I decided to go ahead and let her birthday cupcakes be the regular, sugary kind. They were good and nobody guessed they were gluten-free or dairy-free.
I didn’t do a great job taking pictures at her party, and I didn’t even get a family picture. Later that day, however, we did get a picture with all four of us.
This picture also gives you a clue as to the other thing that’s been robbing my time and keeping me away from blogging. We’re building a new house!
Construction is under way and we are overwhelmed with the endless decisions we need to make. Some of it is a lot of fun (choosing kitchen cabinets and countertops!), some of it is boring (picking a roof color), and some of it is downright tedious (researching appliances). All of it takes a lot of time. So I apologize in advanced that my posting may continue to be on the sporadic side for a while. Thank you for being the most patient readers in the world.
Question: What is taking up a lot of your time these days?