What I've been up to lately...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Treasures on Tuesday: Play with your food

Cute foods...
giraffe sandwich

strawberry gnomes
babybel ladybug
beary cute hamburger
kyaraben rice pandas

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Treasures on Tuesday: Clever Flowerpots

wearable planter

Rosy - Posy
Big Bear's Wife
Bra planter idea by Jill Thomas to raise awareness for breast cancer
Ramblings from the Sunshine State

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Somewhere Over the Rainbow...

I saw the idea for these sweet cupcakes on Pinterest.
So when I spotted the rainbow candy in the grocery store I grabbed some.
I was just waiting for the right occasion to try making them.
How about the bake sale at the school fair?
I made Vanilla Cream cupcakes (see recipe below!)
And used cream cheese frosting...tinted blue for the sky and stiffened with some corn starch (I ran out of confectioner's sugar) for the clouds.
I cut the rainbow candy in half and secured each end in the "clouds."  A few of the rainbows slipped a bit, but only one needed its clouds removed and replaced.  One tip, if you try these, is to make your cupcakes a little smaller than usual so that the baking cup gives a little support to the edge of the cloud.
They turned out really cute, tasted yummy and were a big hit at the fair...hooray!
Vanilla Cream Cupcakes
1 box white cake mix
8 oz cream soda
6 oz vanilla yogurt
Mix ingredients then bake as directed on cake mix box.

For decoration:
Separate your frosting: 2/3 in one bowl, 1/3 in another.  Tint the 2/3 with 2 drops blue food coloring.  Mix 11/2 Tbsp cornstarch into the 1/3 bowl.  Frost cupcakes with blue frosting.  Place cornstarch + frosting mixture into a small plastic bag and cut a small triangle from the corner of the bag (homemade pastry bag).  Pipe "clouds" onto cupcakes.  Cut rainbow candy ribbons in half (approx 3 inch pieces).  Insert each end of the rainbow into a cloud.
These were great for the bake sale but would be terrific for a special birthday party too!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

That's More Like It...

Sunshiny Day Dress, take 2...
May I present, my adorable, sweet, chatty niece Julianna

who looks infinitely better in my Sunshiny Day Dress than my previous model (because she's tall enough to keep the hem off the ground...what? Oh yeah, and she's a GIRL!)
This little lady is so much fun to be around...
She's always full of energy...
And she NEVER runs out of stories to tell...
She and her brother keep their Mama very busy...
But she spreads sunshine wherever she goes...
Every time I hear that sweet voice say "Hi, Aunt Calolyn,"  I can't help but smile!
Come back and visit me again soon, Julianna!
You can read more about my Sunshiny Day Dress here.
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