July 30, 2011

Terri & Bobby's Wedding


Congratulations to Terri & Bobby...finally married after 25 years apart!

What a gorgeous day at Lake Casitas..married on the hill overlooking the lake.









Ezren's FIRST Ride

Happy 1st Birthday Ezren! 

I used the Barbie skirt wonder mold to make the mountains
Motocross bike cut out by hand with royal icing accents






motocross boots made with a cowboy boot cutter


July 24, 2011

Beach Party for Remy & Lennox

Happy Birthday Remy & Lennox! 

The best way to celebrate July birthdays... at the BEACH!







July 14, 2011

Minnie Mouse for Sophia's 1st Birthday

Finally a Minnie Mouse party!  My friend picked up Mickey/Minnie cutters at Disneyland last time she was there.  The cutters worked perfect to make Minnie heads. 

Happy 1st Birthday Sophia!



July 10, 2011

Happy 85th to my Granny!

Happy 85th to my GRANNY! 
My Granny is one in a million.. she has always been there for me no matter what.
I took her birthday cupcakes to her on Thursday, the day I pick her up and take her for a walk down at the beach.   She loves it down there.. sometimes it's hard to leave.

Last weekend my friend, Savanna (age 13) came over for a "Girl's Day".   She made a bunch of flowers for my Granny's cupcakes! They came out awesome.  She is a crafty girl.  It was fun to spend some time with her one on one.


Savanna at work


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July 9, 2011

Strawberry Dessert

I love summer fruits... strawberries, plums, nectarines, apricots, watermelons... I could go on and on but those are come of my favorite things.
I stopped by a local produce stand Saturday and picked up 1/2 a flat of strawberries. I was going to make a strawberry crisp but our temps were in the 80's and it was too hot to have the oven on for an hour.   I decided to make poundcake & top with strawberries and cream.   The strawberries were picked that morning, so fresh and sweet! I sliced them up and put them on top of a piece of poundake..then whipped up some whipping cream for a delish dessert to share with our friends.   I made strawberry filling with the rest of them for a cake that I'm going to bake sometime this week.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
With a mixer, cream butter and shortening together. Add sugar, a little at a time. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to mixer alternately with milk, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Mix in vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.


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July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

SweetSugarBelle inspired me to make these for the 4th of July.   I didn't have the star stencil that she used so I left my cupcake liners plain.   


and I had a box of rice krispies so I made some treats and added red/blue jimmies

Rice Krispies Treats

This classic, delicious snack has been making memories for kids and parents alike for generations.
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • - OR -
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies®


1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.


MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS:
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.


Note

-For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
-1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
-Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
-Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.
-To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.


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July 3, 2011

Bikini Cookies

With our recent warm days, I tried to make some bikini tops.  Now I just need to find time to do some bottoms to go with the tops.   Pretty easy, I used a heart cutter & turned it upside down.

Love Americolor Black dye, so much easier to use vs. Wilton












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