Magpie Monday – Post Birthday Weekend

This weekend flew by – first weekend after the first week of school for the girls and we crammed a lot of stuff into it.  We made a simple bowling themed cake for a little nephew turning 10.  When I say we I mean it was truly a joint effort.  I made the cake, frosted and trimmed it and then Rachel put the decorations on top and then I wrote happy birthday.  He really like it.


Yesterday started out a little rough but by the end of the day we had it pretty much under control and thankful for that since it was Hannah’s birthday.  She had spent the night at a friend’s house and was going to head home pretty early to spend the day with us and her car wouldn’t start.  I went over and jumped her off, went and bought a battery after realizing I didn’t think it had never been changed and the car is a 2006 model, met her back at the house and after about an hour, Benjamin and I had the old battery off, the new battery on only to discover that the battery cables were in pretty bad shape.  So today I will make a couple of phone calls and see if our mechanic can put a new set on for us this afternoon.  Granted, I probably could do it and while I have never believed in the old dog/new trick analogy but there are things I don’t care to know how to do.  Especially on a Monday with just enough vehicles to go around and Jerry on another continent.

Before I heard from Hannah I had baked her birthday cake and was getting ready to make the frosting.  So after all was well enough with the car, Benjamin and I got our showers and we headed to Shreveport to eat a birthday lunch and see Grandson Sam.  He had called Friday night and I told him we would head up to see him on Sunday. So I decided as late a start as we were getting, we had better head on out and frost the cake when we returned.


Hannah had requested a butter pecan cake with maple frosting.  Talk about rich!  WOW…a little piece goes a long way!  Now don’t faint…but the cake was a mix.  It is her favorite and the birthday girl gets to pick!  The frosting ~ totally homemade ~ am I redeemed??? 🙂  Here is the frosting recipe and seriously…RICH and so easy to spread.

Maple Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 stick butter room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp maple flavoring
  • close to 2 pounds powdered sugar ~ I didn’t use the whole bag
  • enough heavy cream to make it easy to spread

Beat the butter, cream cheese, maple syrup and flavorings until light and creamy.  Gradually add the sugar on low and then beat on high until well blended.  Add a little heavy cream until it is spreadable.

Note: when using a box cake, they are pretty delicate so softer, creamier frosting is best if it is a layer cake.


So Sunday started off on a bit of a wrong foot. But all’s well that ends well.  Looking forward to a productive Monday.

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I was wondering what kind of cake mix you used? This sounds sooo good, can’t wait to try it, Thanks for sharing!

It is Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Pecan. It’s not bad for boxed!

Great looking cake Susan and hooray for days that start off badly but improve as the day goes on! xxoo

“there are things I don’t care to know how to do.”

Wise woman! When I was first married, coming from the big city, I thought it would be great to learn how to milk a cow. Wrong. It then became one of my jobs. When dh later bought trucks I just could not get the gear patterns no matter how hard I “tried”! As they say, “My Momma didn’t raise no dummy!” I did NOT want to be a truck driver. LOL

That frosting sounds super yummy! That’s dh’s favorite flavor.