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Happy Birthday to Frank!

Today was a very happy day in Frank’s life…and IMO–a sad one in mine! My baby boy turned TWO! UGH. That just sounds like a toddler and not a baby. I sure have enjoyed saying “I have two one-year-olds”…so today that changed and our sweet little man turned TWO! We kept it simple. VERY simple. We just had a few little friends over for a Thomas the Train birthday party. Yes…on a Monday morning and not on a Saturday. Seriously—it was the greatest thing EVER. I’m not sure about you–but spending time with family can be hard enough on the weekends…SO–we decided to give our friends a break–give mommy a break–and since none of our little 1-2 year old friends are even in school…we had a PLAYDATE birthday!!! It was simple. It was fun. It was perfect for the way we like to roll:) AND since it was in the MORNING…and since we all know what Frankie-baby LOVES…this cake just made since for a 10am party!
My sweet sister scooted over–and it seems to be the tradition for me to snap the pictures while Aunt April does the honor of delivering the cake full of candles–and in this case…just TWO! I don’t know if our Frankie-baby likes all eyes on him…OH STOP my beating heart…I could just GOBBLE his serious self RIGHT UP!Doesn’t he look like he’s REALLY concentrating the candle blowing out action right here…
“OH Aunt April!!! That wasn’t so bad at all!!! And now I’m TWO and I can have a DOUGH-NAUGH!”

Frankie baby’s favorite new think is his foldable travel Thomas track and engines!!!(And YES Liz, I will be taking these on outings with me and conveniently whipping them out like I have a playroom in my purse;)
EVEN the olders ones love them…

We had ALL breakfast foods…fruit, pumpkin muffins, sausage balls, doughnuts…but my favorite thing I have to say were the super easy sausage balls and dip! NOW…if you like sausage balls but you’ve never made a dip for them…you have to try THIS!For the sausage balls–add just 2 cups of biscuit mix, 10 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese and 1 lb of sausage. Get everything at room temp–mix it together with your hands until blended and then roll in 1 inch balls. Cover baking sheet with foil and then spray with non-stick spray. Cook for 10 minutes or until golden brown. THEN…for the dip, dip.

Let me get Southern and grandma on you for a second. Put in 4-5 heaping large spoonfuls of mayo (I like Duke’s)…maybe about 1/2 cup. Then add a spoonful of mustard and then a spoonful of creole mustard. If it’s too strong add some more mayo. If it’s too mayo tasting–add a little bit of each mustard. And oh my—it is SOOOO yummy with these…

And all good things have to come to an end (or do they…I don’t think they do at our house!)…but we did have to tell our friends bye! It was a fun Thomas and Friends party indeed!

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Rachel - November 1, 2010 - 10:10 pm

OK my mom’s been making those sausage balls for years but the dip is new to me!! YUM! So doing that next time!! Happy birthday Frank!

Alison - November 1, 2010 - 10:49 pm

Happy Birthday, Frank!!! Looks like it was a super fun morning!!

Gretchen - November 1, 2010 - 11:21 pm

Those sausage balls look yummy and sound so easy to make. What temp. do you bake at?

Megan - November 1, 2010 - 11:22 pm

Happy Birthday Frank!!!! Our little boys are SOOO very close in age!! Looks like a very fun birthday…and YES his serious face makes me LAUGH so hard! What a cutie.
And GREAT idea with the sausage balls! I’ll have to try that for a different breakfast for us 😉

Renea - November 2, 2010 - 12:48 am

Looks like you had an awesome time! happy b-day Frank! 🙂 Love Thomas the Train!

ellen - November 2, 2010 - 7:50 am

LOVE the Thomas the Tank Engine favor bags….

ah yes, and where does one get creole mustard?

admin - November 2, 2010 - 8:38 am

Including the TEMP WOULD have been nice!! sorry!!! Bake it at 350 degrees!!!

And creole mustard??? You can buy that at any old grocery store!

Kim - November 2, 2010 - 11:25 am

I am coming up for air and trying to catch up on my friends in blog land. I have missed you! :o)
Happy Birthday Frank. As always, you have captured the magic of this special day on film. What great shots.
And oh … how I love me some sausage balls. NEVER have I known about a dip for them. Thanks for the tip!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Dawn - November 2, 2010 - 12:55 pm

Happy Birthday Frankie- LOVE your cake 🙂 and the dishes to go with it!!! YUMMY!!!!

Katy - November 2, 2010 - 3:31 pm

Happy Adoption Month! I’ve loved following your adoption story! I just wanted to let you know that I linked to your story today on my blog.

My husband and I are living in Zambia (Lusaka, a few hours south of Ndola) and I am off to comment on the six seeds article! 🙂