i thought i'd do a post with some train party things from oscar's first birthday
handmade invitations using construction paper - very budget friendly! the ticket said:
All Aboard to Celebrate Oscar's 1st Birthday
Track # ---address---
Train departs at 1:00pm on March 15th
RSVP to the Station Master
Oscar's birthday cake(s). the train engine was chocolate, the car was butter recipe and the caboose was strawberry. baked in bread pans an assembled into a train. ice cream cone for the smoke stack, oreos with m&m's for the wheels, oreos as coal. some sort of fruity twizzler type things for connectors and top edge of the car. cute little train candles from a party store.
time capsule station. a place for people to write notes for putting in oscar's time capsule (to be opened when he turns 18). i stamped some paper for that as well.
jeremy put down some awesome electrical tape train tracks across the floor.
jeans, overalls, red bandannas and plaid were worn
oscar checkin' out his whistle
and the birthday boy in his sugar coma after his first cake & ice cream feast.
playing in a tunnel
and went for a little hike
where oscar found a cool rock
and then one last look at the view from above the waterfall and we headed on.
after the duck pond we hung out and blew bubbles for awhile and then headed to the carousel. it was definitely worth the $1 we spent on the two rides! jeremy and i got to ride free since we had to go on with oscar - score!
family portrait on the carousel!
we went around again, this time oscar got his tiger.
i thought this was hilarious. that sign says, "please stack 24 chairs here (4 stacks of 6 chairs)" i wonder if there is a reason it has to be 4 stacks of 6 chairs or if someone there is just really anal. there are seven chairs in the second stack, by the way.
our first stop in meridian was the duck pond at highland park.
oscar got to look at some ducks
and the goofy goober goose (he was a bit scary)
me and oscar (oh yeah - there were pigeons too. weirdest duck pond EVER.)
on saturday i planned a family adventure. i found fun things to do in hattiesburg and meridian, then let the guys decided where they wanted to go. oscar said hattiesburg, but jeremy was driving, so we went to meridian. lots of fun pictures, so this will be a few posts.
this is what i've come up with. i'm hoping it will look alright on the shirts, but i'm scared! i've got two iron-ons and two shirts, so i've only got one shot at it.. it was fun to get out the watercolors and paint something though!
on friday we made some homemade chicken noodle soup and some buttercrust flake-aparts. mmmm.
hugs and kisses are an important part of the baking process
- 4 1/4 to 5 Cups Pillsbury's Best All purpose Flour (for use with self-rising flour, omit salt)
- 1/3 Cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon soda
- 2 pkgs. active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 buttermilk or sour milk
- 1/2 cup butter (or margarine)melted butter
OVEN 400° 20 ROLLS
1) In large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, sugar, salt, soda and dry yeast.
2) In saucepan, heat buttermilk and butter until buttermilk is warm. (butter does not need to melt.) Add to flour mixture.
3) Blend at lowest speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium, speed.
4) By hand, stir in remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
5) Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 1 hour.
6) punch down dough. Roll out on floured surface to a 15-inch square. Brush with melted butter (you can just use soft margarine from the tub if you like).
7) Cut into strips 1 1/2 inches wide; stack five strips together. Cut into pieces 1 1/2 inches long. Place cut-side down in greased muffin cups. Cover; let rise until light and doubled in size, about 30-minutes.
8) Bake at 400° for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. serve warm.