Ugly Cakes and Handmade Gifts

My firstborn just turned 8! In our house that means an ugly (but delicious, I swear) homemade cake and a breakfast birthday party. My daughter requested a cheesecake, which I’ve never made before. I used this recipe, but with organic ingredients, and subbing cherry pie filling for raspberries on top. True to form, it came out of the oven ugly! 

 And got even uglier after removing the springform pan rim and chilling 

We prettied it up a teeny bit with cherry pie filling and candles on top 

  

Once it was sliced and on plates, no one cared how it looked!  

My daughter’s big gift was an American Girl doll that we gave her as soon as it arrived in the mail last week, but I still wanted her to have a few things to open on her actual birthday. Last night I made her a simple wrap skirt out of fabric we dyed last summer, and a matching one for her doll, who she has named Alexandra. 

   

A Word From The Milkpillow

Welcome! As the mother of four children from the age of 4 months to 8 years, I only recently realized that a large part of my function for the better part of the last decade is to be the milkpillow(apparently a woman loses brain mass when she has children, who knew?). But in addition to my milk-giving and cuddling properties, I also like to make lots of creative messes with the children who don’t need me so much for milk. We make things and try things out every day, and the point of this low-tech, low-stress blog is to share them, along with anything else neat that happens or comes to mind.