Liam is 2 years old today. Wow. It feels like forever and yesterday. He’s such a big boy. He’s talking in sentences and knows most letters by sight and can sing some of the alphabet song and is starting to count and can recognize some numbers by sight and knows many shapes and colors and is a demon on the rock wall and aren’t you tired just reading this stuff?
Just a little bit of fanfare this year, a new birthday hat* and some cupcakes** for school.
* The hat was made from a fat quarter, some scrap blue fabric and Wrights blanket binding. I cut the fat quarter, some batting and backing muslin using the lining pattern from hat A, Butterick 3805 (oop) and machine quilted straight lines radiating from the top, cut a freehand “2” which was fused and raw edge appliqued with a tight zig-zag, seamed the hat up the back then added the single fold blanket binding with tight zig-zag. It was a 2 hour project that took all day working in 15 minute spurts.
**The cupcakes were a modified version of classic yellow cupcakes from America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. I made a batch of yellow batter, divided it into two bowls and added to one about 1/4 cup of sifted cocoa powder and 4 oz of Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate (melted in the microwave with a little milk). I spooned some chocolate batter and then some vanilla into each cupcake paper and swirled them together with a toothpick. Also tried baking m&m’s on top for decoration, but they were absorbed into the cupcake during baking. Now it’s a little surprise for the kiddies. In order to keep the mess to a minimum, there’s no frosting, just a dusting of powdered sugar. We sent in 24 mini-cupcakes for the kids and a dozen big ones for the teachers.