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Birthday Freebies!!

22 Mar
My inbox this morning is FILLED with birthday freebies and coupons, which reminded me that I wanted to share this list with all my awesome readers!!  

Now, my birthday isn’t until next Thursday and yes….YES, I will turning 29…..again…… 😉 

So check out this site and sign up for your own birthday freebies! Many of the sites let you sign up your spouse and children too. 
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Purple Ombre Rose Cake Tutorial

9 Mar



For my moms birthday I really wanted to make her a special cake.  I missed the last two birthday as I was living in Phoenix at the time.  I’ve seen so many GORGEOUS cakes on pinterest and in the blogsphere.  Including my own! Which really put a big smile on my face to see how many times it’s been pinned!!  Which cake you ask??  Well here, let me show you!! 🙂

This is the cake I made Alice for her 3rd birthday

I decided to try out the Rose Cake.  I followed the tutorial from I Am Baker
But first I wanted to make an ombre style cake in purple which is my moms favorite color. 


For the batter I just used a white cake mix.  Someday I will step outside of the box and make something like this…

White Almond Sour Cream Cake from Our Daily Obsessions

But for now I just used a mix. For colors I used 6 drops of red food coloring and 3 drops of blue for the lightest. 10 red and 5 blue, then 16 red and 8 blue, the darkest was 30 red and 15 blue.  I also used 6 red and 3 blue for the white icing. 

The layers were thin so I baked them according to the cupcake directions on the box.  That actually worked out perfect. 


After they were baked I layered them and iced them in between.

Then I got to work on the roses. 

 It’s was a bit tricky for me to get the swirls just right.  I kept scooping the blobs I made off and would try again.  Finally I think I got it down pretty good. 

 But then, (insert these three dramatic chords, A minor, C# minor, and E minor here!) this started to happen!!

The icing started to melt and ooze.  There were holes everywhere too!  IF you pay attention to the I Am Baker Tutorial, she tells you how to cover up those holes.  I also learned through a little research that it’s always best to make your own frosting.  Adding a bunch of watery food coloring to store bought frosting makes it runny.  Also if you add little bits of powered sugar it will thicken up your frosting. 

Good thing from far away you really don’t notice the imperfections!!


And now for the inside!!  I love the way it looks. I do wish it was just a bit more purpley.  I’ll have to work on that next time, or maybe just buy purple food coloring.


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I thought this next little trick was kinda neat.  I’ve seen a few other bloggers do this.  Some even as far as to make a permanent cake stand.  Mine was just a quick lil prop!

I took an old ugly gold candle holder and painted it white. 

 Then just layered the plate onto!  VIOLA cake stand!! 


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The good thing about it all is my mom a.k.a. Grandma loved it!!  I don’t think it’s so bad for my first time.  Now that I’ve learned a thing or two about it I’m sure it will be even better next time! 

What do you think?  Have you ever tried to make a Rose Cake or a colorful ombre layered cake?  

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Mounds Inspired Cupcakes

24 Feb

I gotta tell y’all, these cupcakes are DELICIOUS!  I made them for my sister’s birthday.  She LOVES chocolate and coconut. 


My sister Nori.



You will need this:
White cake mix
Coconut extract
Snack sized Mounds chocolate candies
Eggs and oil for cake mix
7oz bag of sweetened coconut flakes
Milk chocolate icing
Cup cake liners and pan

Prepare the cake mix according to package instructions.  If you have a precious princess kitchen helper….put her to work! 
After it was done, I added 4 teaspoons of the coconut extract and mixed it in well.  Then I added half the bag of coconut flakes and gently folded it in to the mixture.  Then I baked the cupcakes according to the package instructions.
Once they were done and cooled I cut the snack sized Mounds bars in half.

I added a half of the candy on top of a cupcake.  Iced over and around it.  Then sprinkled the tops with the remaining coconut flakes. 

DELICIOUS!!

My sister was very happy! 

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I’d love to know if you try this recipe.  I hope you do.  It’s pretty simple, so delicious and pretty!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


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Hubby’s Shark Cake

18 Aug

Do you remember me mentioning making a shark cake for my hubby on his birthday?  Well, this is it!!! 


I was going for an ocean look with the frosting and with the actual color of the cake. 


The shark I made with the same recipe you use for cake pops.  It’s really just crumbled up cake (the tops cut off when you even them out) and frosting.  The fins the birthday boy himself made for me from cut pieces of cardboard. 


This is before the foamy water was added.


And all finished…

The inside was shades of blue too.  I had intended for it to go from a deep dark ocean blue to the pretty turquoise ocean blue on top.  BUT, it didn’t quite work out that way.  Still, everyone including the hubby LOVED the cake. 


What do y’all think??? 


Thanks for stopping by!


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Alice Marie’s Birthday Banner

20 Jul
First, can I say to all my awesome readers, WOW have I missed y’all!!  Moving from state to state isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  I’ve been so overwhelmed I haven’t had time to blog.  I haven’t had time to craft, paint, make jewelry.  In fact I haven’t even unpacked my “crafties” box!! 😦  Then today I thought “OH YEA!! I never did the DIY birthday banner post!” SO here ya go!  The DIY Birthday Banner Post! 🙂

For anyone following me you know that I am IN LOVE with the Spring Banner Myra with My Blessed Life made.  I’ve used her tutorial a few times already to make my own banners. 


Since I made much of the party decorations for Alice’s 3rd birthday party from a pastel color pack of tissue paper.  I decided to MAKE the paper for this banner. I made the party garland

DIY Party Garland

The birthday cake pom pom banner

DIY Tiny Pom Pom Banner
The party pom poms!!

While I’m showing off…did ya see the cake!??  It ALSO matched the decorations!!!

Alie’s Birthday Cake

SO cute right?  I’m totally proud! 🙂  It’s not as cute as my Alie Marie, though!!
OK! Now to the tutorial!! 

To make the paper I just glued pieces of printer paper onto sheets of tissue paper and let them dry over night.

Once the pieces were dry I measured and cut them.  For this banner the squares were all 5″ x 5″.  I saved the left over paper too, so don’t throw it away.

Seeing all the squares stacked like this reminded me of bar napkins.  Now, I was a waitress longer than I care to admit, BUT I do have a cool trick I can teach y’all real quick that I learned in my serving days!
Take a small glass and place it on to of the stack of napkins.

Hold a few of the bottom napkins and press the glass down firmly and start to twist.

After a few twists you have a fancy-shamcy display of beverage napkins!!

OK back to the tutorial!
Take your squares and begin to fold them accordion style.

I lost the pictures of how to turn this into a pinwheel.  BUT, Myra with My Blessed Life, has a GREAT tutorial on how to do these you can see HERE! 
Once my pinwheels were made I traced (with a cup) and cut out circles from the remaining paper.

Then I traced and cut letters out from a piece of scrapbook paper and glued them onto the circles.

Then I glued the letter circles on to the pinwheels. 

I strung the wheels on twine according to Myra’s directions.  This is what the banners looked like at her party. 

Alie and her cousin Jayden having lunch together. 
So what do you think?  I LOVE it!  It’s really easy to make, inexpensive and will ALWAYS match your decor!!!
Thanks for stopping by!

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{M}  Making The World Cuter ~ The Creative Girl ~ Skip To My Lou  ~ Between Naps On The Porch  ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ Craft-O-Maniac ~ Dittle Dattle {T} Bella Before and After ~ Today’s Creative Blog ~ Home Stories A 2 Z  ~ A Stoll Thru Life ~ Tip Junkie ~ Sugar Bee  ~I’m Topsy Turvy  ~ Funky Polkadot Giraffe ~Not JUST a Housewife ~ Running With Glitter ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Homework {W} Night Owl Crafting ~ Someday Crafts ~Blue Cricket Design  ~Sew Much Ado ~ Lil’ Luna  ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman  {T} House Of Hepworths ~ The Shabby Chic Cottage  ~ Somewhat Simple  ~What Allie’s Making Now {F} Fingerprints On The Fridge  ~ Tidymom ~Simply Designing  ~The Shabby Nest  ~Chic On A Shoestring Decorating ~Simply Sweet Home  ~My Romantic Home ~ Just A Girl ~  Truly Lovely ~ A Little Knick KnackLovely Crafty Home ~ Whipperberry  ~ 30 Days ~ Remodelaholic {S} Be Different…Act Normal~Funky Junk Interiors ~Tater Tots And Jello ~Along For The Ride  ~ Lolly Jane ~ To Sew With Love  {Sn} I Heart Naptime ~Under The Table And Dreaming ~ Homemaker on a Dime ~ Nifty Thrifty Things Flamingo Toes

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY To My Sister KARI

24 Jun

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARI!!! 
I love my sister! She is so loving, caring, giving and fun!!  Alie absolutely ADORES her!

That is me holding a newborn Kari! 🙂
My dad, baby Kari, ME and my mom.
ME, Kari and our Uncle 

ME, our grandpa and Kari

New Kids On The Block Concert! OH YES WE DID! This is just one of like 9 we went too!

Kari and her beau Charlie
Kari and our sweet Alie Marie! ❤







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