From Cake to Colonial Day

by Cindy on April 2, 2011


There was cause for celebration this week – it was my husband’s birthday and the perfect reason for CAKE.  Not just any ordinary cake.  When I showed my 10 year old son an old issue of Southern Living, he wanted to make the cake featured right on the cover.  Bigger has to be better, right?  Although there were many steps involved (from the batter, to the lemon curd, to the cream cheese frosting), my son managed to create a masterpiece….and a sink full of bowls and measuring cups!  The hard work paid off though as my husband said it was the best cake he ever had.  If you’re up for a challenge or have a celebration on the horizon, you can find the recipe for Southern Living’s Lemon-Coconut Cake right here.

Today was Colonial Day at my oldest son’s school.  Way back at the Back-to-School night in the Fall, my husband signed me up for this 4th grade festivity not knowing I would have to dress up if I volunteered.   I’ll admit I wasn’t too keen on the thought of wearing Colonial garb, but it really turned out to be quite fun since everyone was in the spirit, students and teachers alike (check out this fantastic website  if you’d like to learn more about the period clothing).   So with our mob cap and tri-corner hats on, we went back in time and experienced Colonial America.  The kids could chose many traditional activities and topics such as Colonial herbs, calligraphy, quilting, cooking, candle and soap making.  I  helped in the tin punching room and we created decorative panels with a bit of  tin, nails and a hammer.  The sound of pounding nails all day was loud, but as a Mom of 4 boys, nothing too out of the ordinary!



Now on to the weekend – lacrosse games and birthday parties.  Never a dull moment, just the way I like it. 🙂


{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Renate April 2, 2011 at 1:51 am

Wow – it must be great to have a son that loves to bake – and makes such masterpieces! Lucky Dad.
You look so cute in that dress and cap!
Have a great weekend!!!

Stefanie April 2, 2011 at 4:02 am

What a cute pic! Look so pretty!

Barbara Lewis April 2, 2011 at 6:45 am

You make me smile! And look adorable in your new outfit!

Marcie April 2, 2011 at 7:06 am

Ever since I saw the Patriot, my secret dream is to be in a movie like the patriot! Could there be anything better?!

Lana April 2, 2011 at 7:44 am

Hi Cindy, how ardorable that your son wanted to make the cake it looks like it could be on the cover of Martha Stewart & even more adorable the two of you all dressed up making memories to last forever together i just love that ttfn L:)

mary harding April 2, 2011 at 7:59 am

Those colonial costumes are so handsome. And the cake delicious looking. I am glad your life is busy and full and that you like it that way. It’s the best.

Alice April 2, 2011 at 8:47 am

What a cake!!! I love that your son chose it from the cover of a magazine and then did the baking!!!!

Colonial Days sounds like a lot of fun. Did everyone have to buy their own costume? You look so sweet in yours.

Virginie April 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

What a great idea to dress up at school and to explore history! It must have been fun, and the cake must have been delightful yum ^_^ Virginie

Cristi Clothier April 2, 2011 at 8:53 am

Must try that cake! My grandmother made the most delightful coconut cake. This one might trump hers.

christine B April 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

Yay for period clothing!! You guys look great! And that cake looks awesome, too. Have a great weekend!

Preserve Jewelry Studio April 2, 2011 at 9:17 am

First, let’s talk cake. That looks delicious, but what doesn’t in Southern Living. The colonial day sounds like fun. Those will be great scrap book pictures for the school year books. I love looking back at those events now that my son is almost 24.

Sandy Richardson April 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

Cindy, what a cool blog.”All I am saying is” love the boys you will remember these times in your old age. I still get enjoyment when I remember the long, long walks, and the quite conversations with my son when he was a little wide eyed boy. A long long time ago.
Be Blessed

Lupe Meter April 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

Colonial days…what an awesome thing to experience at a school! Your outfits are fantastic! And well the cake looks heavenly! Glad you had a great time with your son!

Jeanette April 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm

happy birthday to Randy! Gabriel did an incredible job on the cake. Three layers too!
I also love your new wardrobe!

Sally Anderson April 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Cindy, You & your son could just run on down to Williamsburg and they’d never know you weren’t part of the show! So cute! So fun. The cake has been passed on to my chef (aka hubby) b/c it’s his 2 favorite things. Lucky for him. Thanks.

Janet McDonald April 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

You have a really talented Son there! Wow I could taste that cake RIGHT NOW gads Im hungry for some right now! Thats a gift for your Son to do that, memories for him forever. And yall looks splendid! I think this weekend calls for that cake to be made yummers. Thank you for this lovely post! ox

Brandi April 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Okay, that looks like so much fun! I spent an hour browsing that site, and wow – the details on those gown are incredible!

Melissa M April 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

1st of all, that cake looks divine! I love Southern Living, and it reminds me of big coconut cakes my Mom and Aunts used to make! 2nd, that face with the cheeks kills me everytime! So cute! 3rd, but not last, you are such a good Momma! Love the photos of you in your Colonial garb 🙂

Kayla April 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

You guys really know how to do something up right in the Northeast don’t you!? I don’t think we’ve ever done anything quite like that EVER in all my 12 years of school!

I’m a little bit jealous if I do say so myself 😀

Oh, and that Cake looks to die for! I know my mom would LOVE it because she’s big into anything lemon. Happy Birthday wishes to your hubby 🙂

cat kerr April 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm

My mouth began to water instantly!!Yummy Yummy in my tummy….Happy Birthday Hubby!!
Colonial day sounds like a blast..I know your son will treasure those memories and remember Momma dressed up in Colonial garb.. ( :
I also had a chance to read your tutorial on your wonderful clasp in the previous post..thank you so much..I cant tell you in words how beautiful your jewelry is..and you are so generous with us “Wanna B’s”..I am so grateful.Big Hugs,Cat

sharon April 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Your one terrific Mom!!

Wonderful pics, and I might just take a looksy at that cake recipe!

Stacie April 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I miss cake..(have celiac disease) but man, that really looks wonderful and how cute are you in your all’s outfits?

Lori Anderson April 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Oh man, that cake! I’m off pie now, let’s here it for CAKE!

You guys look so cute in costume!

Patty April 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm

You make an AWSOME colonist!!! I once had to dress up as a pirate – unfortunately it was the same day as our house inspection – the guy kept looking at me sideways like I had escaped from an assylum! LOL!!!

esther April 5, 2011 at 2:40 am

oh!!” vintage Cindy”!! you are so pretty!!

esther April 5, 2011 at 2:40 am

oh!!” vintage Cindy”!! you and kids are so pretty!! h

esther April 5, 2011 at 2:42 am

lol!! impossible to let a message , it jump to another page… i would like to say , you and kids are so pretty in vintage “costumes” , happy birthday to your husband, and what a cake!! thanks for the sharing!!

Christine Damm April 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

You’ve really got me licking my lips over that cake– too bad I’ve sworn off baking! at least for the time being. You and the kids look like we do when we’re at our reenacting! See how much fun playing at history is? Great photos as usual and thanks for sharing!

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