Monday, April 25, 2011

Flower pot + kitchen gadgets = bridal shower gift

One of my good friends is getting married on Friday -YAY!!  And my mother and I hosted a shower for her last Saturday.  What to get?... not another toaster or blender.... So I went with something fun -and had a blast making it too!

I got a terracotta pot and ribbon at Michael's (with a coupon, of course!) and some wooden spoons, spatula, pastry brush, etc.

But I wanted to have some fun with it so I painted a sunflower (her favorite) on it -oh, boy, did it feel good to bust out my paints!  I didn't realize how much I missed it until I did this. 

I also got a cute recipe box (again from Michael's -I really shouldn't go there... I always find things I wasn't there for and spend too much....) and copied out some of our favorite recipes to put in it for her.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of that.

Congratulations, Julie!!  I am so excited for you.  And can't wait to be neighbors (well, almost neighbors)!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter egg treats

I had originally wanted to do these little suckers with homemade two-bite brownies.... but since I have no self-control when it comes to treats, I would have ended up eating WAY TOO many myself! 
So when we made chocolate zucchini bread (as per my 3 year old's request), we used some of the batter to make mini muffins and used those. 
I know, I know... it's CHOCOLATE zucchini bread, but at least it is slightly more healthy.

** please excuse the Diego plate as a backdrop... my bad**

We had buttercream frosting left over from our rainbow cupcakes in the freezer.  So we just let that thaw and colored it green.  Decorate using a grass tip and stick on a few mini eggs (jelly beans or mini malted milk eggs would work fine too).

And here is my little helper...

And then the little sister got up from her nap and decided she could spare some time to help eat them...

but was quite insulted that I wanted her to look up for a picture when she was trying to eat! 
They were a big hit!  And I didn't feel as bad feeding them these as I would have if it was brownies.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Somewhere Over the Rainbow...How to: Cupcakes

I really wanted to try rainbow cupcakes for St Patty's Day, but I ended up in the hospital with Hailey for last round of chemo on St Patrick's Day so I did them up yesterday.  One of the girls we became friends with at the cancer clinic was finishing up her last round (hopefully!) of chemo today so we took some to her to celebrate.

Ok, so here is the how-to on these fun and fabulous treats:

1.  Mix up your cake batter.  I use Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines (whatever is on sale), but I do a "doctored cake mix" as my mom calls it.  Here is the recipe:

I cake mix
4 eggs
1 c. milk (or 1/3 c water and 2/3 c buttermilk)
1/3 c oil
small package pudding (vanilla for white cake, chocolate for chocolate)

beat it all together and you're done.  Easy as pie... or cake...

2. Divide the batter equally between 6 different containers.  Color each amount a different color of the rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple)

3. Layer a spoonful of each color into muffin liner cups in this order: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red.  And spread each color as best you can.

4.  Bake as per instructions on cake mix (I think it's about 15-20 mins at 350F for 24 cupcakes).  Remove and cool completely.

5.  Ice with white icing (kind of like the cloud).  I added some sprinkles I had leftover from Valentine's day cookies for fun.  I prefer homemade buttercream, but you could use store bought icing.  I used a cupcake icer tip but you could also just spread it with a knife.

Buttercream Frosting (note: this makes a lot!)
1 1/2 c shortening
1/2 c margarine
1 bag (1 kg) icing sugar (that's powdered sugar for you Americans)
dash salt
2 tsp vanilla
enough milk for consistency you want (add slowly!)

I thought maybe next St Patrick's Day it would be fun to serve these on a plate with chocolate coins or do it like "money cake" where you wrap coins in foil and push it into the cake before you ice it.  then it would be like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!  But right now, they are reminding me of the Wizard of Oz and getting me super excited to go see Wicked in August with my sister-in-law!

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ahh, What's up, Doc?

I was looking around on Etsy a couple of weeks back and saw these cute cake slice favor boxes by Imeon Design and I just loved them!  I thought, "hey, those wouldn't be too hard to make..." 

And sure enough... I found a tutorial online.  Check it out at
Better Homes and Gardens.  There is a printable template to make it really easy too. 

Unfortunately, I had run out of ink in my printer, so I just opened the template to see the basic idea, and then sketched it freehand to try my own.

Here is my rough sketch... not the greatest, but it worked!

Just fold on the lines, glue the tabs, and Voila! One triangular box... but wait, there's more.  Seeing as it is almost Easter, why not tweek it a bit? 

What do you think?  I added a bit of green fringe and some colored pencils and turned my cake slice into a carrot.  Thought these would make a fun addition to the kids' Easter baskets (filled with candy, of course).

Sunday, April 3, 2011

My new discovery

I have been loving "stalking" (as my hubby would probably put it) all of the wonderful craft blogs out there recently.  Then yesterday I stumbled upon one that was so unique -So You Think You're Crafty.  You should check it out.  It's kind of like, So You Think You Can Dance or Canadian Idol -but for crafters.  There are challenges every week for the contestants and the winner gets a prize.  So cool!

Baby Shower mania

I recently had the opportunity to go celebrate my friend's soon-to-be little princess. I didn't know what to get her, so besides the usual clothes I decided to do something handmade and unique -I even made a card. Now, don't judge too harshly -I'm not superwoman when it comes to scrapbooking and cardmaking, nor do I have the fancy tools.

Then I made some "lollipops" with baby spoons, a candy and baby washcloth and finished them with some cellophane and ribbon.

And a burp cloth with matching re-usable cloth nursing pads:

I love the earthy color palette in the fabric, but I also like fun prints, so here is the pair I made just for fun.... because what mom doesn't want to go a little crazy once in a while?

Congratulations, Courtney!  Can't wait to meet your little sweetheart!