Author: Tamra

Transitions

From our guest blogger, Annie: When you really think about it, life is just a series of transitions. All living things constantly adapt to their environment and current situation, and we do it for good reason… Without adaptation, we just wouldn’t make it! While change […]

Lately in Angelman Syndrome

From our guest blogger, Annie: So, what’s new?  Well in the last several weeks huge strides in AS awareness and treatment have been made. My 3.5 year old Alex has been chosen to participate in a major behavioral study at Indiana University, which will look […]

IEP coming up, ugh

Right now Birkley is in a testing phase to see if she is at the right school for her needs. How do we as parents know what’s best for our kids? People always say to trust your gut but I don’t know what mine is saying. Birkley is at the Rocky Mountain Deaf School here in the Golden area. I love it but know there is another school that she could possibly go to next year. Right now the concentration is communication and the other school is more focused on physical needs. Birkley needs help in both but feel like communication should be a big focus for her since she doesn’t speak, wears cochlear implants, and has motor delay. Seriously know that the tears will start flowing at this meeting. Anyone have any suggestions? What are your thoughts?

CMV: Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About This Virus

Interesting to me why it’s so hard to find information on CMV. My daughter was born with CMV so think it’s so important for woman to know. A lot more common than I thought. Read the article below from a pediatrician’s blog I discovered the […]

IPad2?

I am looking for a technology grant to use an IPad as an assistive technology device/ communication device for my students. Currently, I am using over 32 low, mid & high tech communication boards & devices with my students. It would be an incredible blessing […]

Jumbo Knob Puzzles from Melissa and Doug

Jumbo Knob Puzzles from Melissa and Doug

Melissa & Doug Fishbowl Jumbo Knob Puzzle

These are wonderful for kids with motor delay. Have one for my daughter and need to buy more while we work on cognitive development.

Dream on Me Ultra 2-in-1 Infant Bath Tub & Toddler Bath Seat

Dream on Me Ultra 2-in-1 Infant Bath Tub & Toddler Bath Seat

When I first took the bath seat out of the box, I thought it looked a little cheap and didn’t look too stable. It was really light and the plastic didn’t look really solid. There wasn’t even a label or name on it which I […]

Little Bit About Me

Little Bit About Me

First of all, before I start, have to tell you that I could not find one good picture of myself with the kids. Would think these kids are raising themselves. Anyway the best I could do. This picture is horrible of Birkley but was taken […]

Best Icing Ever! Cake Awesome Too and Super Easy

Had to share this recipe because the icing is amazing! We are not cake eaters in our household but with this recipe, everyone wanted a cupcake. Honestly, I would rather have apple pie but this icing is the best and the cake is super moist. The two together makes the best cake and you can make in any flavor (The recipe below is for chocolate cake but I used lemon cake mix, lemon pudding and white chips for the cake and added lemon rind and fresh lemon juice to the icing. We then added toasted coconut and chocolate eggs to the top).

I wanted to post this because my daughter Birkley loves to eat icing if it’s good. If it’s too sweet, she will definitely give you a bad face. Love this icing because it is super fluffy and delicious and something Birkley can enjoy eating while I bake.

I received this recipe from a friend who bakes amazing recipes and the best part is, it’s super easy. It’s super low fat, ok not at all, so don’t make this if watching what you eat.

Icing

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup shortening

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon clear imitation vanilla extract

3 tablespoons corn syrup or water (optional, see notes)

PREPARATION:

In a large bowl, combine sugar, shortening, water and vanilla.

Beat on low speed to combine, then beat on medium speed for a full five minutes. It won’t look like icing at first, but keep the mixer going for a full five minutes, and then you’re done!

Notes: You may use half shortening and half unsalted butter. If you’re not using this for decorating, but just for icing the cake, thin the icing by adding the corn syrup or water to the icing.

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

1 box Duncan Hines Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake

1 (3 oz) Package Instant Chocolate Pudding (I have found instant that’s not the microwaveable kind that’s about 3.4 oz. and used that – haven’t found 3 oz.)

4 Eggs

½ Cup Vegetable Oil

¾ Cup Water

1 Cup Sour Cream (I use low fat)

6 oz. Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in mixer or with whisk.

Add chocolate chips after everything else is combined.

Bake as directed on the box.

Best Icing Ever! Cake Awesome Too and Super Easy

Best Icing Ever! Cake Awesome Too and Super Easy

Had to share this recipe because the icing is amazing! We are not cake eaters in our household but with this recipe, everyone wanted a cupcake. Honestly, I would rather have apple pie but this icing is the best and the cake is super moist. […]