Sunday, March 27, 2011



On the menu:

Walking Tacos, Cake Balls and Sugar Cookies. More about that later…

Today we celebrated the birthdays of Nate and Delaney. His was last Friday. Hers is this Friday. So we did a combined party for the two of them. Don’t tell Miss Delaney, though, because she was convinced it was HER birthday party!

So, back to the menu. We had Walking Tacos. And when I tell you what they are, you’re going to be so mad you didn’t think of doing that yourself! Or maybe you did think of that yourself, and I’m copying you. Either way, they were a hit!


Start with a bag of chips. We used Doritos and Fritos. Open the bag and break up the chips, just a bit. Then fill the bag with all the fixins’ for tacos…meat, cheese, lettuce, onions, salsa and (if you must) tomatoes. Then you eat them out of the bag. No need for plates. You can eat them standing up. Or sitting on the couch. Such an easy way to feed a crowd!

And for dessert (the real reason people come to a kid’s birthday party), I made cake balls and sugar cookies.


Have you ever had cake balls? They are apparently all the rage. And pretty simple to make. Start with a boxed cake mix, any flavor. I made white. Bake it as directed in a 13 X 9. Let cool completely. I covered mine with a tea towel and left it until the next morning.

Then crumble the cake in a large bowl. I used 2 forks to get it nice and finely crumbled. Then add just less than a can of store bought frosting. Again, I used white. Mix together until the frosting and cake become one.

Use a small cookie scoop (or your hands…unless you have issues with getting your hands gooey) and scoop, or roll and place onto waxed paper lined cookie sheets. Pop in the freezer for about an hour.

Most people dip the cake balls in candy melts or almond bark. I chose to drizzle instead. And that’s how you make cake balls. Now back to the party.


The birthday boy…sitting with his home health nurse, Melissa.

Dear Melissa,

Please don’t hate me for posting your picture. You look great and you’re a huge part of Nate’s life and our lives! Thanks for coming and bringing your awesome family!!!


And the birthday girl.


When she opened her card and saw the money, she said, “Money! I’m going to save it.” and then she set it on the floor beside her.

Save it? Whose kid is she?

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For the past several days, in anticipation of her birthday, Delaney has been saying, “For my birthday, I want clothes, shoes and Barbies.” Now THAT’S my girl!


Nate really just loved having family come visit at his house. But he also liked his birthday balloon.




After one of many outfit changes, Delaney was ready to try out her new roller skates. I think her expression says it all!

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