It’s Brooklyn’s Birthday

My daughter turns 9 this week, and I have made it my mission to make her birthday cake each year.  I set the bar a little too high, though, with her 4th birthday, and have been trying to top it every year since.

2nd Birthday: Funfetti Cake in Heart Shape with Conversation Hearts

4th Birthday: Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

5th Birthday: Funfetti Cake Cut into Stars for Decorating with Kool-Aid flavored icing

7th Birthday: Zebra Print Cake with Strawberry Kool-Aid Icing

8th Birthday: Individual Fondant-Covered Chocolate Cakes and Oreo Cookie Cake Pops

This year, she has only asked that it be Red Velvet with Cream Cheese icing.  Aside from that, I have freedom to decorate as I wish.  And that’s where I’m hitting “decorator’s block.”  She chose to go bowling this year, so I was thinking that I would decorate in a bowling theme.  I’ve made my own marshmallow fondant and modeling chocolate before, so I don’t know why I am feeling particularly daunted by this cake.  What are some ideas that you have?  Leave a comment and keep ’em coming.  I have until Sunday to come up with something to beat all those that came before.




Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring

I’ll say it.  Sometimes you just have to make a meal you know your kids will love.  Nutritionally sound?  Could be better.  Organic?  Definitely not.  Quick, easy, and something they will actually eat?  Ding, ding.  We have a winner.  I’ve found it helps to make the food look cute.  My daughter couldn’t help but be nosy as I was putting this Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring together.  And isn’t that really the point of it all?  I don’t know about you, but I hate when I slave over a hot stove to make a magnificent feast just to have her stick up her nose.  Of course, I still mandate a “thank you” bite, but I would much rather prefer she enjoy what I put in front of her without fuss.

Aside from being kid-friendly, you can switch out the ingredients for a boatload of combinations.  Switch out the ham and cheese for chicken, bacon and colby jack cheese.  You can even spread on some ranch dressing before adding the filling.  Ooh, what about taco meat with cheese and salsa.  Ok, I’m totally doing that next time.

Alright, back to this one.  This no fuss meal will be on the table in less than 20 minutes, and I promise smiles from the kiddos.  Add a salad and some fruit for a complete meal.

Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring

Servings: 4

Total Time: 15-20 minutes


1 Package Crescent Rolls

8 Slices American Cheese, each slice folded in half and separated

16 Slices Deli Ham

2 Tbsp Melted Butter, optional

1 Tsp Pretzel Salt, optional



Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Unroll and separate Crescent Rolls

Arrange wide sides in a circle with thin ends pointing out

Layer a piece of sliced cheese on each section

Layer two slices of Deli Ham on each section

Layer remaining cheese on each section

Fold Crescent dough over to encase filling

*Optional: Brush top with Melted Butter and sprinkle with Pretzel Salt

Bake for 11-14 minutes until golden brown.