Monday, June 28, 2010

It's Been a Whole Year

Wow, i can't believe it's been a year since Clem entered our world. We had a wee party for him today, and while i didn't tear up then like i thought i would, i am now. I'm exhausted but can't excuse it all on that - a whole year!!!!
The weather (and G20 summit- ug) was not in our favour so we ended up having the party in our backyard. Too bad, because i really wanted to go here. But, it was lovely in our garden backyard, and since the 'theme' was garden i guess it was the best setting. When C's older, the adventure park/castle playland will be a perfect setting.

I made him some birthday attire for his big day. Of course, he had to have his own crown, like mommy and daddy. His is made from a recycled green sweater that my mom felted for me. I followed Amanda Soule's directions in her great book. I hope for C to embellish it more over the years. He even wore it for most of the afternoon! But he promptly took it off when he saw the cake. I also made this cute romper from a vintage/used pattern i scored at VV months ago. I just love the bowtie and i think he'll need to wear them more often!

We made chocolate cupcakes and carrot cupcakes from THE cookbook. The carrot ones did not turn out too well lookwise, but they tasted pretty lovely. They caved in and shrunk a bit? I used spelt flour instead of all-purpose as C's still not really doing wheat. Not sure if that was the reason? The chocolate were perfect and both were covered with icing that i made green by adding a bit of chlorophyll and tumeric too. I hope you can see the look i as going for- green for grass with a few brown stepping stones and garden do-dads added in. I even made a miniature bunting banner for it - to go with our life-size ones!

As you can see, C loved his first taste.

I also tried making the chocolate icing from the Babycakes cookbook. I really wanted C's first taste of non-fruit sweetness to be agave and not sugar, but it just didn't work out. But for the second time, the coconut oil solidified as i whipped it and it turned into a nasty, chunky mess. Tasted nice but so not attractive. I've had no luck with their icings. Any suggestions folks? I read maybe to use less oil and more dry soy milk powder....
As party favours, i bought great seed packages from Urban Harvest for everyone, and topped it up with some cute toys - chocolate ladybugs, small mushrooms, and windmills. I think it was a nice touch to a sweet little party for our sweet wee one!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Clem. What a great party.

12:40 PM  
Blogger affectioknit said...

Sweet - Happy Happy Birthday!

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Happy Birthday to Clem! Such a lovely way to celebrate your little guys 1st birthday! Love the garden theme and how you tied it in to everything. Great idea giving seed packets to your guests!

I'm no expert on baking faux pas but here are my suggestions:

If you are okay with using kamut flour, I have found that kamut has the same properties as white flour when baking. It might hold up better as a cake flour.

I recently started experimenting with coconut oil and find that it can be tricky to work with. (I used it to grease a cake pan and the cake still stuck.) Maybe it's not emollient enough? Was your coconut oil liquid? Did you melt it first? You may want to use it in its solid form and use a refrigerated cold bowl to ensure it remains solid, when you are whipping it.

As for the sweetener, I think the granulated qualities of traditional sugar would have helped to break down the chunky bits of solidified coconut oil. Sugar and butter together create a "whipped" effect. But since you are not keen on giving your child processed white sugar, you may want to look into Sucanat next time, which is derived from natural cane sugar and is not processed. I've never used it for frosting before so I don't quite know how it would hold up. By the way, Agave sweetener, as wonderful as it seems, being from a plant and all, is still a highly processed sweetener.

Anyway, those are just some of my suggestions, which may (or may not) help you next time around :)

p.s sorry for the long rambling message

3:15 PM  
Blogger K.H. said...

Wow, 1 year! Happy birthday to your lovely little man!

4:17 PM  

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