Cookie Monster Cookie Cake

Sadie recently turned 2 years-old!! So between her and our puppy Wally, we now have two 2 year-olds – haha.

This year, Sadie’s birthday was Sesame Street themed so I decided to make her a cookie monster cookie cake. I found a delicious-looking cookie cake recipe on Life, Love and Sugar and modified it – everyone loved it! It was super easy to make and the cookie was perfectly soft and chewy.

Here is my modified version:

COOKIE MONSTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE CAKEcookie-monster
Yield: 9 or 10 inch cookie cake

Ingredients:

Cookie Cake

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Vanilla Frosting

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup shortening

2 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1-2 tbsp water

1/2 tsp blue food dye (roughly)

1 tsp black decorating gel

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper in the bottom of a 9 inch cake pan and grease the sides.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, add flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips. Dough will be thick.
  6. Press the dough evenly into the cake pan.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. The center will look undercooked, but it will continue cooking and firm up as it cools.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in the cake pan, then transfer to serving plate.
  9. To make the frosting, beat the shortening and butter until smooth.
  10. Slowly add 1 cup of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
  11. Mix in the vanilla and 1 tbsp water.
  12. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add more water to get the right consistency.
  13. Separate out about 2 spoonful’s of icing for the eyes. Stir the blue food dye into the rest of the icing until you have blue icing.
  14. Pipe the icing onto the top half of the cookie cake.
  15. Gently spoon on reserved white icing and add 2 dots of the black decorating gel to complete the eyes.
  16. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

yum

Yum!

Homemade Sesame Street Birthday Invitations

My daughter’s second birthday is coming up and I can’t believe it! She loves everything Sesame Street right now, so I am excitedly planning a Sesame Street birthday party that I hope she’ll love. To keep with my theme, I sent out homemade Sesame Street invitations.

I ordered invitations last year which seemed like a huge waste of money for such a small party (~8 people). Plus, this activity let me get more creative and personalize them for Sadie!

Here is how to make the invitations:

For 10 invitations, you will need –

5 sheets of colored paper (could be stripes, polka-dots, balloons, sesame street characters, etc.)

10 white cards

10 envelopes (that fit the white cards

2 sheets each of yellow, green, red, and blue cardstock

1 pair of scissors

1 dark pen (or a printer if you choose to print)

1 white paint pen

Double-sided tape

4 cut-outs (you will need to make) for outline of card, back of street sign, front rectangle on street sign, and front semi-circle on street sign

1 circular cutter (not pictured)

Step 1. Trace your cut-out on the multi-colored paper and cut it out.

Step 2. Tape your multi-colored cut-out onto your white card stock paper.

Step 3. Trace the large street sign cut-out on yellow paper and cut it out. Trace the two smaller street sign cut-outs on green paper and cut them out. Cut out red and blue circles with your circle cutter.

Step 4. Use the white paint pen to write on your street sign and circle cut-outs. Set aside to dry.

Step 5. Write (or print out) your invitation wording.

Step 6. Tape your street sign together and then tape to the top of the card. Tape circle cut-outs to the back of your card.



Happy mailing!

Special Occasions and Visitors

This past weekend we christened baby Sadie and were happy to have friends and familiy witness the occasion. To prepare, I changed Sadie’s schedule two weeks before the event to a schedule that mimicked what we would do that day (in terms of eating, naps, and awake time). This held true for my puppy Wally as well (in terms of when he was taken out and on walks).
Between long days and seeing lots of people, special occasions can be overwhelming for babies and puppies. To help tone it down for Sadie, I tried to have her visit with only one or two people at a time and reserved certain moments like bath time just for us so she had some time to decompress. Since we weren’t always home, I let go of the “naps are always in bed” rule and let her sleep in someone’s arms or her car seat so she could get the sleep she needed.

Wally was very excited to meet so many people. It was hard for him to see everyone rushing to give the baby attention while he was left alone. Luckily, my sister-in-law loved petting him. If you notice your dog acting up because they feel left out when visitors come, make sure your dog gets some positive attention as well.

It was also important to keep reiterating our house rules so people knew not to let Wally lick. I wasn’t perfect at that but highly recommend letting guests know the rules right when they arrive. This way your dog doesn’t have the chance to misbehave and believe they can get away with breaking the rules around certain guests for the rest of the visit.

Finally, when you’re playing host and taking care of a baby and a puppy, remember to delegate. Typically, family and friends will be willing to help out. Playing to their strengths will help you get everything done on time and keep everyone happy.