A Wedding Cake, Corn Maze, and All The Things I’m Loving Lately

It feels good to have my second wedding cake done! Just like last time, the days leading up to the completion of the cake were intense and filled with focus. I’m used to baking bread almost daily, so it was a nice change to play with buttercream and fondant!

Three layer wedding cake with white and yellow roses

For me, decorating cakes is always a delicate balance between using fondant and buttercream. Fondant allows me to make cool decorations and give the cake a smooth look, but you can’t beat the taste of buttercream, you know? I used a bit of both and I’m happy to report that the bride said it tasted and looked good 😋

This was my first time baking a wedding cake with a toddler in the house and I made sure to ask for a lot of help beforehand. On Thursday, my mother-in-law took Sadie out on a date to Build-A-Bear, lunch at Chick-fil-A, and then to a park. That allowed me to get each layer of the cake baked and crumb coated!

Toddler girl at Build a Bear

Jimmy hung out with her in the evening while I added a second coat of buttercream and then made the fondant roses and leaves.

I was up early the next morning to bake cupcakes (also for the wedding!) and then my mom came over and spent time at my house while I decorated cupcakes. Basically the cake and cupcakes wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for my mother-in-law, Jimmy, and my mom. It takes a village to raise a child make a wedding cake 😂

Moving on from cake talk… we went to a corn maze with our church yesterday and it was so festive and fun.

Girls with four kids at corn maze

Toddlers running around in a corn maze is not for the faint of heart, but it’s also absolutely adorable! Our church has been going to this corn maze for years (since Jimmy and I were dating!), so it’s really neat to share it with Sader Tot now.

A few things I’ve been loving lately:

–> Warm fall weather in Pittsburgh. We’ve been having highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s and it’s just perfect. In my eyes, we have plenty of months ahead of chilly temps, so I’m in no rush for cold 😆

–> These pillowcases! They’re crazy soft and affordable. It was a nice way to switch up our bedding without spending a ton of money. I chose the teal color and love it.

Green, gray, and teal pillows on king sized bed with homemade steel and wood headboard

–> Watching Gold Rush with Jimmy. We’ve been watching this show since 2008 or 2009 and it’s such a fun fall tradition for us!

–> Pumpkin spice latte tealight candles. Oh my word do these smell divine! I’ve been putting them in my pumpkin candle holder and it’s such a cozy way to celebrate this season 🍂

–> Recreating pictures. Sadie has the first picture below in a little photo book that we keep in her room and she brought it to us and said “I want to take a picture on the bed like this!”

Family laying on bed smiling
April 2020
Mom and dad with daughter laying on bed smiling for selfie
October 2021

–> Baking. Always baking! My Etsy shop is picking back up since going on vacation and each time I’m kneading bread or baking granola I think to myself it’s such a blessing that I’m home with Sadie and doing what I love. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy and fun. There have been early mornings with me and a bowl of dough and late nights packaging orders. It’s a tough balance to strike with housework, homeschooling, parenting, and more, but I wouldn’t change it for the world ❤️

–> Used book sale. Our local library had a used book sale over the weekend and I was able to stop in and grab a few books (one for my niece, one for me, and a devotional + Bible stories for Sadie!). I find so much joy in thrifting 😂

Have you done any fun fall activities lately?

Tell me some things you’re loving!

5 comments

  1. Love you picture of you three laying on the ground heads together! And the one at the corn maze with the Lawson, Remi, Sadie, and Caroline

  2. The wedding cake turned out great! It definitely takes a village to raise a child and make a cake. 😉

    Recreating photos!!! I’m all about that. What a fun idea and I love that she was the one who instigated it! ❤

    Also how fun to be doing the same corn maze as a family now that you and Jimmy did even as teenagers!

  3. The corn maze was a lot of fun- seeing the girls running through the maze together and giggling every time they found a clue- it was the best!!
    I’m glad everyone at the wedding enjoyed your cake and cupcakes~ I know how hard you worked on them, and they turned out (as Sadie would say) ‘amazin’!
    Love you!!

  4. The wedding cake looks lovely! I’m sure it tasted amazing too.

    The temperatures have fallen here and most days are in the high teens (that’s mid-50s in fahrenheit). I know it’s going to get even colder soon, though!

    It’s definitely the time of year to be cosy and those tealights sound ideal for setting the autumn mood. 🙂 I discovered a candle company yesterday called the Self Care Company (https://www.selfcarecompany.com/) and they make candles with natural essential oils. I’m very tempted to treat myself to one! The only problem is deciding which one haha

  5. Awesome job on the wedding cake, my friend!!! It’s beautiful!
    And I fully can relate to how many people it takes to get cupcakes or a cake decorated… HA!!! I had to bake cupcakes this weekend for church, and I had to get help with my kiddos throughout the day as well. Now that they’re a little older, it’s not quite as difficult, but still… They need to be entertained and played with, so I had a friend come over to help with that. 🙂

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