Birthday Cakes

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This week the theme for Life As Mom’s URS is Birthday Cakes!! I am so excited to share a few of my very favorite birthday cakes!!

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LADY BUG

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FIRETRUCK

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

These are just a few of the cakes I have made for my friends children and I have loved everyone!! Look around and check out more of my cakes! I am hoping someday to be a “baker”!!

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NEW!!! Recipe Link-up

WOW! I am taking the plunge! I am HOPING and PRAYING that all you foodies, moms, single ladies, men ANYONE and EVERYONE  that reads Mama Bird’s Nest will join me in my newest adventure.
Whatcha got Cooking Wednesday?

I thought it would be a great way for us all to share some yummy recipes, meet new friends and just have fun!! I love linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and well, I am a girl that loves to host a party so…

Can I count you in?
Invite your friends to join us!
Be here! Wednesday
Please add the WGCW? Button to your post and link back!! I can’t wait to see what you have to share!! Do you like the idea of ANYTHING GOES or would you prefer us to have themes for each week? (ex. apps, pasta, etc…) YOUR opinion matters. PLEASE tell me what you think!!

What Jack’s Eating

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URS is doing a great recipe swap this week called “LUNCH BOX LOVE”. Jack is 2 1/2 and he goes to pre-school and I try everyday to pack his lunch with love.

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I can’t put cute notes is yet since he a a bit young to read but I do pack a healthy lunch with a few daily staples. He always has:

1. yo-yo (yogurt)

2. milk box (he loves choc milk and when he has lunch away this is a treat)

3. fresh fruit (he would live on fruit alone!)

Then I add either egg salad, pb&j, pimento cheese or some sort of sammie and a veggie (lima beans, peas, or carrots are a few of his favs).

It isn’t fancy but, it works. He likes it and I feel good about knowing that he is eating healthy fresh food. 

What do you have for lunch?

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Carrots, carrots & more carrots

Fan-tab carrots! I, who would tell you that I do not even care for cooked carrots have found & of course adapted to fit my fam a terrific and oh so easy little side dish that goes with practically everything.
1 lb bag of mini carrots
1 Tb butter
1 Tb brown sugar
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
sea salt & fresh ground pepper
In large preferably non-stick skillet, melt butter, add sugar then ginger & carrots. Season with salt & pepper saute for 2 min then add 1 cup water bring to boil and cook until fork tender. Liquid will reduce a make a syrup. They are yum-eeee. My 2 yr old LOVED these, he kept asking for more!

For more great VEGGIE Recipes GO HERE!!

Not your Mama’s Breakfast Casserole

This is my first time participating in Ultimate Recipe Swap and I am so excited. First off, I am stoked that she picks a theme for each swap. Second, I LOVE this recipe and am so excited to be sharing it hopefully with new friends!! This is a breakfast/brunch casserole that I had at a “Going Away Breakfast” after a friends wedding. I of course have had to guess what it was and this is a very good “copy” of her original dish.

Goat Cheese, Artichoke & Ham Breakfast Casserole
2 cups milk
1/4 c evoo
1 loaf sour dough bread, cubed (I use Peppridge Farms)
1 1/2 c cream
5 eggs
salt, pepper & garlic to taste
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 (12oz) pkg goat cheese, crumbled
1 tsp thyme
1/2 lb cooked ham, diced
3 (6oz) jars marinated artichokes, chopped
1 c swiss cheese, shredded
Whisk milk & oil in lg bowl. Add bread, let stand until liquid is absorbed apx 10 min. Whisk cream- nutmeg add goat cheese in sm bowl mix remaining spices; in a 13 x 9 greased casserole, place 1/2 bread mix, top with ham, artichokes, herb mix & cheese. Pour 1/2 cream on top and repeat. Bake uncovered at 350 for 60-90 mins until casserole is firm.

For more yummy Breakfast Recipe ideas check out www.lifeasmom.com