Frosting Recipe and Stars-on-a-Cloud Birthday Cake: Zeko Turns One

My baby turned one! We celebrated with lots of stars.

birthday cake with stars

I used the garland left over from Danny’s birthday and cut out stars from the left over paper to make a hanging star centerpiece and a star backdrop behind the birthday boy.

star decorations for birthday

To make the star garland on the cake, I just cut out some smaller stars, sewed them together and strung them between these convenient orange sticks we had around. Haha, do you recognize them? They are Tinker Toys sticks. 😉
birthday cake with star garland

Watching a one-year-old devour his birthday cake is the best.

birthday cake with baby

Really, Mommy? Is this whole thing for me?

baby eating birthday cakeWell, thank you! Don’t mind if I do. 

birthday cake (10)

baby boy eating birthday cake

baby and sister on first birthday

baby eating birthday cake

Wheee!!! I love cake. 

baby boy eating birthday cakeEat ALL THE CAKE

baby boy with frosting on faceWhat’s a sugar high?

baby boy with family on birthday

I love you guys. 

(Special thanks to @jhcre8tive for some of the fantastic captures!)

Fluffy Frosting

Fluffy Frosting


  • cream cheese frosting
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened but still cool
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, cold if you want a stiffer frosting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 4 Tablespoons cream, depending on how loose you want your frosting


  1. Whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese frosting and fold gently into the frosting with a spatula.
  3. To frost a cake or cupcakes, use and offset spatula and gentle freehand upward movements. Don't overwork.




Of Love and Roses

It’s my baby’s first birthday today!

A year ago at this time I was very discouraged because I’d thought I’d gone into labor during the night only to have it fizzle out. I did have Zeko that day, though, just in the nick of time to make it by the 15th so he could be birthday twinsies with a very special friend (two actually!), because that’s of utmost importance. 😉 (No really, I had to keep up the streak: Newborn+Photo+poemElora is birthday twins with the son of a dear friend, Danny is birthday twins with the daughter of another dear friend and Elora is about to share her birthday with her Tatee’s wedding day! We like to cluster dates in this family apparently.) 

In honor of today, I wanted to share this wonderful e.e. cummings poem with you. No, no no, not that kind! I came across this one (again?) recently and it describes perfectly, perfectly my feelings when having a newborn. That thread between life and death, that love so overwhelming that I could barely look at my baby without simultaneous elation and panic. The world-shift that occurred in seconds, the indelible, ineffable, incomprehensible birth we underwent in becoming parents…

Tell me, moms and dads, this is it right?

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

by e. e. cummings
somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands


A Little Here, A Little There

It’s been a bit quiet around here, but See Mommy Doing has been involved in a couple fun things elsewhere in blogland.

I shared Zeko’s birth story on the blog of Freshly Picked, the site featuring  Susan Petersen’s gorgeous moccasins, loved by many celebrity mamas for their kiddos. If you enjoyed my birth story in pictures, be sure to head over and check out the whole story!

mother holding newborn baby

I also managed to squeeze some sewing into a particularly busy schedule full of special house guests and an intensive Bible-study seminar. I was thrilled to be contacted by Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest to test a pattern for her. Her work, her site, her craftsmanship, her words — they are truly beautiful. Her chenille baby blanket is one of my favorite completed projects. I made one for Elora and Danny right before Danny was born. I still need to make one for Ezekiel!

Anyway, I was honored to test one of her soon-to-be-released patterns. The pattern itself was beautiful, easy to follow, and taught me some useful sewing tips as I went along. I’ll be sure to let you all know when her pattern is released, but here’s a sneak peek:

boy in striped shirt



I’ve heard it said that there hasn’t been much of little Ezekiel on the blog. Let’s remedy that. Say hello to my seven-month-old precious baby boy.

zeko collage

baby boy