Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Project 56 and Birthday Cakes (made of soda cans)

Great minds think alike.
It's true.
Know how I know?
Sue and I made each other matching birthday cakes out of mini pop cans.
We didn't know we were making each other the same cakes.
I think we had a bit of a twin thing going on there.
The fact we are both addicted to Pinterest may have also had something to do with it...
I made Sue the Coke "cake" and she made me the Diet Coke "cake". (Notice the one I made is fancier with the curly ribbon..... just sayin'....)

Sue's pretty Coke "cake".

My pretty Diet Coke "cake".

They aren't terribly fancy.
Just a bit of ribbon laying around and a glue gun and "ka-pow" pretty birthday cakes.
Sue and I had just gotten back yesterday from a week vacation out of town and wanted to whip something up for each other for our birthday (today).
Not only were we both too tired (read: lazy) to bake "real" cakes, we both made can "cakes'.
Our twin powers apparently work pretty good for turning 40 today.

Here we are enjoying our birthday cakes.

So, because we turned 40 we were trying to think of something we could do to show our appreciation for everything we have and how lucky we have been to this point in our lives.
40, apparently, is a landmark birthday.
Then I saw THIS POST on Culinary Concoctions by Peabody regarding something called "The Birthday Project" started by Robyn Bomar. Basically Robyn decided to do 38 random acts of kindness on her 38th birthday. (If you click the above link to Peabody's site then you can also find the link to Robyn's site.)
Sue and I decided that doing 40 random acts of kindness was something we would definitely like to do.
So why did we name it Project 56?
Well, Kenzie (Sue's daughter) wanted to get in on the giving. We definitely wanted to encourage her spirit of giving! She turned 16 this year - another landmark birthday - so we figured 16 + 40 = 56.
So, Project 56 for 56 random acts of kindness. 
We haven't set a time limit for our acts of kindness...we are hoping to finish them before this time next year so we can start again for our next birthday. We have a list of ideas started to inspire us but we are always looking for suggestions or ideas if anyone would care to share.
We will, hopefully, try to take some photos and such so we can keep everyone upated with how our Project 56 is going.

The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands. -   Robert M. Pirsig

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  1. Very cool - happy birthday to the COOLEST twins I know!!!!!


  2. 1. Make dinner for unsuspecting friends or family (just drop it off and don't stay. Better yet, have a kiddo drop it off so you don't have to make excuses).
    2. Next time you're in drive-thru, pay for the car behind you.
    3. Pick flowers, visit graveyard and set on the oldest gravestone you can find.
    4. Write a letter to someone who made a difference in your life.

  3. Love love love number 3 and 4! Thank you :)

  4. Make Angel and Taylor pie...just kidding! Cool idea though and I love your "cakes."

  5. How funny is that with the "cakes" and they are just adorable! Happy Birthday ladies!!!! What a wonderful idea your Project 56 is. I love the idea. A couple ideas:
    1. When you go through the grocery line, ask the cashier which is the best gum or candy bar, ask for a paid sticker on it and then give it to them as a thank you.
    2. At Christmas time the Salvation Army bell ringers are always at our supermarket. I like to buy them candy bars or hot chocolate and give it to them on the way out.
    3. Put money in the parking meter as you leave the spot, especially if it is in a busy area.
    4. This is a more expensive one, but when there is a young couple with a little child in a restaurant or ice cream parlor and the child is behaving well, write a little note on a napkin telling them that they are raising their child right, have the waitress give it to them and pay for their meal or ice cream. Or just write the note and have it delivered to their table.
    5.Pay at the toll booth for the car behind you.
    6. Leave a yummy treat for the mailman.
    7. Take cookies to the police station or fire station as a thank you for their service.
    Have fun with your project!

  6. What a fun idea!! I'd love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. It's a new weekly linky party with 3 days left. Hope to see you there. Thanks, Nichi

    1. Thank you for the invite :) We'll be there!

  7. Thank you so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays last week. Hope to see you again this week!!
    Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch