I saw a picture of  this cake online and decided to try and make it for one of my favorite friends.  She is a rockstar mom that spends hours putting together special cakes for each of her kids birthdays, so I wanted to do a special one for her. I was surprised how easy it was to make and it was a complete home run with Amy and her kids!  The only tricky part was frosting the cake because I lack patience in cooking and didn’t have the cake in the fridge as long as it should of been.   Luckily my own rockstar mom jumped into make it look pretty!

Here’s how you make this Birthday Surprise Cake: I didn’t want to risk having so many layers on my first go around  so I improvised a little.  I bought 2 boxes of cake mix, and I made up each box one at at time, split the batter in half and then added the die.  I think this made a really nice thick cake layer that was easier to lay on top after cutting the center through and made a manageable cake size. I also didn’t worry about frosting the inside of the center like it says to do here and it turned out perfect in my opinion.  I hope you try this out and send me pictures of when you cut into the center, thats the funnest part, seeing everyones reaction!

via How To Make a Rainbow Layer Cake with a Candy Surprise Inside | Kitchn

Mom tip by StarCore:  How Mom Makes Turkey:

People ask me how do I make such a fantastic Turkey for the holidays.  My secret, get real close ladies and Do Not let anyone see your screen……the best and first gift you give yourself after you get married is…….dun, dun, (whisper) is a grill.  Men love to grill and will go to great lengths to cook everything on it.  Well, I bought my husband a simple Weber Grill when we were fist married.  It was not a fancy one, just a basic grill and HE cooks the Turkey.

Ah ha!  That is the secret to my Turkey.  I make the stuffing and he oils down with olive oil and wraps it in bacon and slow cooks it on the grill.  It is to die for! He tends it, checks on it, keeps the heat just right and I love it.  It is really easy ladies, this is delegation.  I then have my oven free to cook the rolls, sweet potatoes and pie.

This actually came out of desperation when my husband’s new job took us to a new home that did not have the luxury of double ovens.  The Grill is your salvation!

Hot Mom Tip: by StarCore

Summer is gone and the cold winter air is here drying up my skin.  I can almost feel the cracks forming as the cold dry wind and air hits my face.  I can’t wait to get into the warm shower.  Here is the down side, winter air is much more drying.  Yup, warmer air holds moisture, colder air holds lower humidity and we crank up the heat in our homes which acts like a hot dryer blowing through our homes.  We all know that the number one contributor to the wrinkles in our skin is lack of moisture.

My focus this week has been not on my face, but on my feet!  The cracks on the back of my heels are killing me.  This winter air is wreaking  havoc with my heels.  They are cracking and bleeding so much that it was a little painful and highly annoying.  I have tried a lot of lotion, different oils, pedicures, nothing is helping!!!

But wait, something did help. Eureka! It was the magic foot lotion I found.  It is without a doubt the best thing ever for feet dryness.  I put it on at night and by morning my heels were incredibly improved.  I have been using now for 3 days and I am 100% better.  I will never be without this product.

My husband loved feeling my soft heels rubbing against his legs and feet, as I use him for my foot warmer at night, he was so amazed that he started using it too.  Lets just say playing footsies in bed has improved immensely. Warning, this is a very SEXY product.

*   You can find this magic foot solution under product shop.

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