Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bowling party

First thing's first--the winner of the Sinless Margarita Mix is:
Nicole, please contact me with your shipping info (name, address, phone number) at SlimKatie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com within 24 hours, or I will pick a new winner. Congrats, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

As I wrote yesterday, I was really nervous that nobody was going to show up for Noah's party. We were having it at a bowling alley, and I originally planned on about 8 kids--we invited at least 12, and I only got two "yes" RSVP's. I just didn't want Noah to feel bad!

Thankfully, he had a decent turnout! Three of his friends, plus Noah and Eli, of course... and one boy showed up long enough to give Noah a gift, but he couldn't stay (it was so nice of them to show up, even for only a minute). Most importantly, Noah had a blast and said it was the best birthday party he's ever had--success!

Noah had requested a cookie cake--and not just any cookie cake, but one that was decorated like a blue/yellow marbled bowling ball. I was thinking I would just order it from Mrs. Fields, but I knew I would pay an arm and a leg for it, so I decided to try and make it myself.

If you remember the last time I made a birthday cake, you'll know why I wasn't too confident in making Noah's cake! I didn't make the dough, because I always tend to screw something up while baking (see link above), so I just bought a large tube of dough at the store. Baked it in a tart pan, and then colored some store-bought frosting. It turned out to be pretty hideous, but Noah loved it, so that is all that is important ;)
That would be my attempt at a blue/yellow marbled bowling ball. One kid commented, "I don't want the piece with the nose."  LOL, yes, this bowling ball has a nose, apparently.
The cake tasted delicious, despite how ugly it was. I gave the last piece to the guy who was working at the bowling alley, so that I wouldn't be tempted to eat it myself (I did have a piece of it, but I knew I would eat another if I brought it home). 

When we got home, I had to quickly pack Noah enough clothes for the next 7 days--because he's going to be visiting my sister in Illinois! He's super excited about it. When I broke my jaw, my sister came to Michigan right away and took Eli to her house for a week while I was in the hospital (and Noah stayed with my parents). Since Eli had his week with Aunt Jeanie, Noah wanted his turn. I know he's going to have a blast, so I am happy for him. It's going to be a tough week with just Eli--I am going to have to try and keep him entertained.

It really feels like a Sunday to me, for some reason. I'm so glad that it's not, because I feel like I need more weekend. I'm kind of dreading Eli's "I'm bored!" that I'm sure to hear 1,000 times tomorrow when he realizes that he misses his brother ;) It's going to be hard this week not to use food as entertainment! I can imagine taking him out for lunch, for ice cream, etc... but I have to be VERY careful. I'm not doing great at losing weight, but I AM maintaining right now, so I am happy just for that!


  1. If I was a kid, I would have loved that 'cake'! Good job! How about taking Eli for bike rides with a picnic? I always loved getting to take a lunch on my bike and go somewhere else to eat it! We never hear about your bike anymore ;)

    1. That's a good idea! Eli LOVES picnics.

  2. Happy Birthday to Noah! Hearing them say, "best birthday ever" always makes it worthwhile!

  3. Hi.
    Q.whats ur FB
    Q.I dont drink hard drinks and hv lost taste for coke
    What shall I drink to avoid binges.

    Q. I admire u. And I wish soon Iam where u are.
    My family thinks Im crash dieting when Im not.
    So did u have any difficulty with ur parents spouse thinking that u were not eating enough.
    Also....cake looks awesome.
    Happy belated to Noah.
    Mine is on Monday:)

    1. My Facebook is

      I honestly have no idea what to drink that would help avoid binges. I drink a lot of water and tea throughout the day, because that's what I like to drink.

      My family learned quickly that nothing they said would stop me from doing what I knew I had to do to lose the weight. I just did what *I* thought was best :)

  4. Thanks Katie, just emailed you! So excited to try it:)

  5. Yay! Glad the kids had fun! Giving the cookie to worker was a great idea to beat temptation.

  6. I think 'ugly' cakes always end up tasting the best. Yum!

  7. I would love that cake, even as an adult :)

  8. Great minds obviously think alike, Katie, because we had the same birthday party for my son on Saturday too! I didn't go as far as making the bowling ball cake though :)

  9. Thanks for posting that picture of the cake and the commentary about it. It's nice to see another mom who is OK with not being a Martha Stewart mom! For my daughter's birthday last year I went through 3 cake mixes before I came out with an edible cake. After the second fail my husband had to go back to the store to buy me a third mix and even offered to just pick up a ready made cake at the bakery. But dammit, I was NOT going to let that cake beat me! The end result wasn't perfect but at least it was edible - third time's the charm.


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