Halloween Cupcakes Slideshow

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Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up this week at Anna’s elementary school. The kids get a couple of days off, but the teachers and staff are still working. Anna wanted to express her appreciation, so for her October Girl Scouts Service Project, Anna made Halloween “Slime Lime” cupcakes for them. Great job, Anna!

Bloggerhood Etc. 10/6/14


Photo: Chris Bernholdt

Best Rant. “Stop Taking the Play Out of Playgrounds” by Chris Bernholdt at DadNCharge.

Best Book.One of the Coolest Books of Maps That Your Kid Will Ever See” by Tom B. at Building a Library.

Best Birthday Cake.Baking Dad: Space Shuttle Birthday Cake” by Chris Routly at Daddy Doctrines.

Best Commentary.Neoliberalism Has Brought Out the Worst in Us” by Paul Verhaeghe at The Guardian. (NOTE: What Europeans call “neoliberalism”—i.e. extreme economic liberalism—is known as libertarianism in the U.S.)

Best Role Model.Heisman in Pieces, but Marcus Mariota Remains Whole” by John Canzano at Oregon Live.

Best List.10 Movies That Were More Biblical Than Left Behind” by Benjamin J Corey at Formerly Fundie.

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Best Book Review.The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins” by John Gray at New Republic.

Best Relationship Advice. “The Secret to a Conflict-Free Relationship (Just Kidding, I Don’t Believe in Those)” by Natalie Trust.

Best Parenting Post.Kids and Electronics” Bring Back Boredom” by Cornelia Becker Seigneur.

Most Disgusting.Types of Boogers: A Cartoonized Guide” by Andy Herald at How to Be a Dad.

Best Question.Will D.C. Residents Do What Red Mesa Residents Did and Save Their High School Indian Nickname?” by Anthony Brown at Redskins’ Hog Heaven.

Best Dad Post.Suffering Children” by Brian Doyle in America.

Best Call to Action. Social Justice for Single People” by Christena Cleveland.

Most Thought Provoking.Why You Need More Muslim Friends” by John Huckins in Relevant.

Best Video.She Moved Through the Fair” by Peter Hollens (via YouTube).

His debut album from Sony Masterworks comes out October 27th and is available for pre-order (more details at the end of the video).


A Mom and Daughter Baking Day

Last Sunday, Julia and Anna baked cupcakes as a fun Mothers’ Day activity. Here are some photos.

Mixing the batter.

Mixing the batter.

Julia put vanilla extract in the batter, and as the cupcakes baked the whole house smelled of vanilla. Once they were baked and had cooled, it was time to frost them.

Frosting the cupcakes.

Frosting the cupcakes.

And to decorate. Tuesday was Apraxia Awareness Day, and Julia and Anna made these delicious treats to help spread the word.

Decorating the cupcakes

Decorating the cupcakes (one blue ribbon on each).

Blue ribbons are a symbol for Apraxia. They also sprinkled some sparkly blue sprinkles over the tops as little stars.

For the final photo, they changed into their 2012 Apraxia Walk shirts.

Julia and Anna with Apraxia Awareness Day Cupcakes

All done.

And here’s a closeup look at the finished product.

Apraxia Awareness Day Cupcakes

They tasted great too.

The first Apraxia Awareness Day is history, and so are the cupcakes. But kids like Anna live with apraxia every day. Please visit CASANA ( to find out how you can help. And check back here as we will soon start fundraising for the 2013 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech in Salem, Oregon.

Apraxia-KIDS. Every Child Deserves a Voice.