Thursday, May 14, 2009

Red Velvet Cake Balls and a new Bambino

This past week has been full of ups and downs. First there was the news that a sweet, young friend had passed away on Saturday and then my best friend Kami had her third child on Monday. The loss of one life, and the commencement of another all in such a short amount of time has left me to reflect on how fragile and precious every moment in life really is.

I had printed this recipe off last year sometime before the holiday season in the hopes that I would have time to make and deliver them to neighbors for my holiday treat. It didn't happen. I didn't have a chance to make them and none of our neighbors got holiday treats from us. Heck I even wrote a family newsletter and didn't even mail one! Ah well you win some you lose some right? Water under the bridge now. Hopefully this year will be better.

I had so much fun making these cake balls for my friend in celebration of her newest angel. As you can see from the pictures, my friend Kami is gorgeous and her and her husband Joel have the making gorgeous babies thing down too.

I stole this picture from Kami's Facebook page. Like most new mummy's I didn't think she would appreciate me taking snaps of her after just recovering from having her baby.

These are Kami's other two bambinos. Big sister Siena and big brother Braxton.

Welcome little Nash! When I stopped over yesterday to drop my treat of to Kami (unannoucned) little Nash was sleeping in his room. He looked SO tiny in his big crib. Scroll down further to see the cute pics of the nursery. Kami did such an awesome job. It isn't quite finished yet.

OH and the thing I am most excited about right now? My new camera. It is a brand spanking new Nikon D60 (spoiled!). My sweet husband surprised me with this baby on Tuesday. I have had so much fun playing with it and can't believe how incredible the picture quality is. It came with a bunch of accessories including some neat lenses. I can't wait until I can really figure out all that it can do. No more crappy food pics. YAY! Thanks honey!

My bambino! He loves to smell flowers. He has to stop and smell every flower he sees. Then he says "mmmmmmm delicious."

Check out that smile!

Red Velvet Cake Balls

1 Box of red velvet cake mix
1 can of cream cheese frosting
candy melts or melted chocolate for coating

Make the red velvet cake mix according to the package directions for a 9X13 pan. Once the cake has cooled completely break it up into small pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Next combine the cake with the can of cream cheese frosting. This is best done with your hands. WARNING- This gets VERY messy.

Once the mixture is combined roll into small balls and place on a baking sheet. Place balls in the refridergator until they are well chilled. I froze mine overnight because for me this was a two day endeavor.

Remove the chilled balls from the refridgerator and cover in chocolate. For mine I dipped them in milk chocolate first and then topped them with a coating (just on the top) of white chocolate I had colored blue for the new baby boy.

I thought these turned out so cute. They reminded me of papa smurf. I loved the Smurfs as a kid.

The nursery


joelandkami said...

Natalie, you are such a sweet friend. Thank you so much for all of your support, coming to see us at the hospital and the heavenly dessert you brought us when we got home. That is the best dessert I've had in years - no kidding! I have never had anything like it. My kids won't stop begging for them. I always knew you liked to cook, but I had no idea you'd become such a gourmet. Watch out Rachel Ray!!!

Kellie said...

you are going to looooove your new camera. i'm obsessed with mine.

Barbara Bakes said...

Cake dipped in chocolate sounds perfect to me!

Lighting said...

Those red velvet cake balls look delicous.