Tuesday, January 21, 2014

JereBear's Books for Babies

Please donate to this awesome cause! 
For monetary donations go to: http://www.gofundme.com/5ykh20
Address to send book donations:
JereBear’s Books for Babies
P.O. Box 762493
San Antonio, TX 78254

Taken from JereBear's Books for Babies's Facebook page:

On February 6, 2013, Jeremiah Dewitt Victor was born at 23.6 weeks gestation, weighing only 1lb 2.3 oz. He had many odds against him...
1) He had a twin brother, Elijah, who was born at 18 weeks gestation and lived for a total of 9 precious minutes. 
2) He was born at 23 weeks 6 days, barely considered viable.
3) He was born with a terrible infection, causing him to become septic and have severely immature lungs.

The list goes on and on but my sweet, little boy fought hard and was determined to live and love. He spent many months on a ventilator, but overcame that struggle and had decent lungs by his fifth month birthday. He overcame infections, blood transfusions, and surgery. He grew and grew and was a little chunk after several months. 

Jeremiah was a sweet boy who loved to snuggle. Sometimes we wondered if he was able to breathe by how buried his face was in our chests. He loved being the center of attention and had the nurses loving on him, talking to him, and singing "Jeremiah was a Bullfrog" all of the time. He hated sneezing; he would cry for a few tiny seconds after each sneeze. Jeremiah was absolutely perfect.

On July 6, 2013 we received the phone call no parent wants to receive. Jeremiah had developed a terrible infection out of nowhere and had taken a turn for the worst. The doctors and staff tried their hardest and performed emergency bedside surgery. Jeremiah received his wings later that afternoon, a week before he was due to go home. It was his fifth month birthday.

This February marks his first birthday. Though he is no longer here in person, he is always in our hearts and we would like to celebrate his life by giving to those in need. We are collecting books and funds for books to donate to the babies and families in his NICU. Providing scared parents and families of preemies the opportunity to bond through literature with their tiny, little fighters. If we receive a good response, we would also like to donate a book about preemies to the parents of preemies. I bought myself one during my NICU stay and turned to it often when I was confused about terminology or a procedure.

Why books you might ask? Books are crucial to the development of all children, especially starting at an early age. It improves their cognitive development and sense of imagination. For preemies, it helps the bonding experience with their parents through hearing the sound of their loved one's voice, especially when they cannot be touched or held. It also helps parents speak to their babies when they are at a loss for words, are in shock, and are barely holding it together themselves. It helps mommies and daddies feel like mommies and daddies when the nurse is the primary caregiver. Lastly, Jeremiah loved books, especially "Brown Bear, Brown Bear".

Thank you for your love and support.

In memory of 
Jeremiah Dewitt Victor
2/6/13 - 7/6/13

For more pictures, information, and updates go to:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JereBearsBooksforBabies?ref=br_tf
Blog (Paul Victor): http://elijerrain.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas at The Olvera House...Gingerbread House Competition!

It's a tradition at my house to watch The Christmas Story ("you'll shoot your eye out kid!") on Christmas eve, open gifts at midnight after reading the birth of Jesus in the bible, eat Christmas lunch, pop Christmas crackers together, sing "Happy Birthday to Jesus" & eat the cake we make him, and have a gingerbread house competition! Guess who won that?! 

"Today in the town of David a savior had been born to you; he is Christ the Lord".  -Luke 2:11

I had a very blessed time with my family! Here are a few highlights from the day: 
(Jesus's Birthday Cake I made him)

(prayer and christmas poppers)
(all of our houses)
(Mine and Joel's house! We WON!)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Garden Cake

Here's a garden cake I just finished up yesterday! It's a three layer butter pecan cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. I used fondant only to decorate the top of the cake. I used butter cream to decorated the edges with grass and leaves. 

My niece came over while I was in the middle of making the cake and she wanted to do her own again. Love it!

These are some pictures of her at work. She's a pro & she's only 4...TALENT! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Butter Pecan Cake Recipe

I made these cupcakes using butter pecan flavored cake and basic vanilla buttercream frosting. I garnished the tops with halves of pecans. 

Butter Pecan Cake Recipe

  • 2 cups of chopped pecans
  • 1 1/4 cups of softened butter
  • 2 cups of sugar 
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 1/4 cup of the butter with the pecans in a baking dish for 20min. Stir frequently.

In a large bowl cream together sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Add in one egg at a time. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the creamed mixture alternatively with the milk. Stir in 1 cup of the roasted pecans. 

Pour into cupcake tins or into 9inch round pans.
Bake at 350degrees for 25-30min. 

Let cool and then add frosting. 

Vanilla Frosting:
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 8 cups confection sugar
  • 1 can (5oz) evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
Beat together butter and confection sugar. Add milk and vanilla; beat till smooth. Stir in remaining remaining roasted pecans.

Spread frosting between cake layer or pip onto cupcakes.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Mini Anniversary Cake

I was asked to make a small anniversary cake for my friend's parents. She wanted it to be so small that it only fed about two people. So I made this mini three-tiered cake (it's about as tall as a pencil). It's a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. I covered it in blue fondant and pipped white buttercream around to decorate it. 

I was also babysitting my niece while I was making the cake and she saw what I was doing and wanted to make one herself. This is her lovely masterpiece! It's a cake made out of blobs of blue fondant and decorated with buttercream pipping and checkers. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Birthday cake pops

The cake flavor is vanilla with vanilla icing. I dipped the pops into red candy melts and added the black candy melts and piped on white melted candy melts to spell out "Happy Birthday".

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving desserts & Pumpkin Pie recipe

For Thanksgiving this year I made pumpkin rolls, no-bake cheesecakes, and a lot of pumpkin pies! 

My family is HUGE so I had to make enough to feed an army! 
Thanksgiving was so great! And I'm so very thankful for the family I was blessed to be born into. Couldn't have asked for a better day. 

(*Scroll down for my awesome pumpkin pie recipe)

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 15oz. fresh or canned pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 deep dish pie shell (frozen, unbaked)

Pre-heat oven to 425degrees F.

Mix together the sugar cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in a bowl. Beat the eggs in another bowl. Stir in spices, pumpkin and evaporated milk to the egg mixture. Whisk together until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Pour into pie crusts.

Bake in pre-heated 425 degree oven for 15min. Lower temperature to 350 degrees after the 15minuets are over and bake for 40-50min. Cool on wire rack for 2hours. Refrigerate after it cools or enjoy immediately.