pink ombre cake & happy 60th birthday Mom!

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My sweet mom turned 60 this week!

My boys decorated a breakfast for her. Lots of streamers and pink… pink everywhere. She loved it. {grin}

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For her cake I tried my hand at making my first ombre cake. It was a simple one, but I think it turned out pretty!

To ice a simple pink ombre cake, you’ll need:

  • Your favorite homemade buttercream icing
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Three bowls
  • Pink rock candy
  • Optional: Wax paper

How to ice an ombre cake:

  1. Starting with a chilled two layer cake that already has a white crumb coat.
  2. Divide your icing into three bowls.
  3. Add one drop of gel food coloring to one bowl, two drops to another and three to another. Go light on the drops. It will get dark quickly.
  4. Apply your darkest icing to the bottom, about an inch tall.
  5. Apply the middle color to the middle, again, about an inch tall.
  6. Apply the lightest color to the top inch and top of cake.
  7. Crumble rock candy (if on sticks, crush inside plastic on cutting board), and sprinkle around edge of cake.

Bakers tip: Using small 3×3 pieces of wax paper, slip them under your cake on your cake plate, before icing your cake. This helps keep the cake plate clean. Just slip them out once you’re done and touch up your icing near the base if needed.

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We also whipped up a quick glitter number cake topper.

You’ll need:

  • Printed numbers (just open Word, type your numbers in the point size and color you desire) on cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (liquid is fine, but put it on your finger, not the paper, to apply)
  • Glitter
  • Lollipop stick
  • Hot glue

Easy steps:

  1. Cut out the numbers.
  2. Apply glue (with your finger if liquid, otherwise your paper will get too wet).
  3. Sprinkle on the glitter (over a sheet of paper if you want to save excess).
  4. Hot glue numbers to lollipop sticks.

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Happy birthday MOM! We love you!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Pooh’s Hunny Pot Rice Krispies Treats

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This post is brought to you by Disney and Blue Print Social, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way! Original idea created by Kim Byers and seen here on TheCelebrationShoppe.com first.

I’ve been in love with Winnie the Pooh since I was a little girl. It’s no surprise my boys loved him too. As a matter of fact, I have a picture of my oldest with Pooh from our very first trip to Disney World on my wall right now. He was 19 months at the time and we spent most of our Magic Kingdom day in the Winnie the Pooh toddler area. I think Pooh’s house was just too exciting! {grin}

Now we’re celebrating the release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, all the original Pooh antics and the perfect gift for any Winnie The Pooh lover. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital will be available on August 27th, but you can see video snippets and pre-order now!

We had the opportunity to preview the movie so I whipped up a fun little HUNNY POT Rice Krispies Treat to get the kiddos excited.

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You’ll need:

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 1/2 stick butter (or two tablespoons Smart Balance vegan spread for dairy-free treats)
  • 1 can chocolate icing
  • 1 can lemon icing (or you can tint vanilla with yellow food coloring)
  • Yellow jelly beans
  • Egg shaped cookie cutter (mine is 1″ deep)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Freezer strength resealable bags
  • #4 Wilton icing tip and connector
  • Wax paper

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And the easy how to steps:

  1. Make the Rice Krispies – Prepare Rice Krispies treats according to directions on the box. Butter cookie cutter and spoon warm treats into cutter to mold shape. Insert a lollipop stick and allow to cool on wax paper.
  2. Shape the pots – Using buttered hands, gently compress the egg shape point down a bit and close any holes in the Rice Krispies shape, especially the sides.
  3. Pipe the pots – Attach the #4 icing tip with connector to resealable bag and fill with chocolate icing. Pipe a pot outline as shown.
  4. Make the bees – Pipe three lines on yellow jelly beans (aka bees), one for each pot.
  5. Fill the pots – Remove metal tip and warm remaining icing for 5 seconds in the microwave. Slowly pour warm icing into pot outline and allow to set.
  6. Pipe the “HUNNY” – Attach the #4 icing tip with connector to a new resealable bag and fill with lemon icing. Pipe a “HUNNY” outline with a drip onto the pot on one side. AND write the word “HUNNY” on the pot. Remove the metal tip, warm the remaining lemon icing for 5 seconds in the microwave and slowly pour warm icing into outline.
  7. Top with a bee – Attach bee before the “HUNNY” icing dries.

Recipe yields 6 Rice Krispies Hunny Pots.

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If you’re a Winnie The Pooh enthusiast or have a little Winnie The Pooh lover at home, you’ll want to get this beautiful original. Hop, or bounce if you’re a Tigger, over to Disney to learn more about The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. And make sure you join Winnie The Pooh on Facebook too!

Want more Winnie The Pooh party, food and craft ideas? A few blogging friends are sharing ideas too!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

This post is brought to you by Disney and Blue Print Social, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way! Original idea created by Kim Byers and seen here on TheCelebrationShoppe.com first.

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back to school A is for APPLE cake

Back to School A is for Apple Cake

We’re celebrating back to school with an easy “A” is for Apple cake idea. A few simple cuts from a 8×8 square cake and you’re ready to ice.

Hop over to my latest post for Parade magazine for all the super easy and fun how tos. The kids can even help with this one!

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blueberry lemon ice cream recipe

Ice Cream Recipe

Ice cream recipes… vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, what about blueberry lemon! I went to a little ice cream shop near our home a few weeks ago and they were serving lemon blueberry yogurt. It was incredible. I could have eaten the entire bucket!

You may have seen in my post yesterday that I teamed up Kohl’s to make a few dairy-free soy ice cream recipes. Well, this one was more for me than my son (the family member behind the dairy-free soy ice cream recipes).

Lemon Blueberry Soy Ice Cream

To make homemade blueberry and lemon ice cream you’ll need to first make a blueberry compote. Here’s what you’ll need and how:

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup water

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, sugar and water. Simmer until the blueberries begin to burst, stirring often, for about 8-10 minutes. Cook until the compote coats your spoon, for about another 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Yields about a cup.

And for the ice cream recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 cups soymilk (I used vanilla soymilk)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup blueberry compote
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Nostalgia Ice Cream Maker (available at Kohl’s)

Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe

Easy steps:

  1. Mix eggs yolks, sugar and corn starch.
  2. Heat soy milk (not boiling, but hot) in sauce pan and slowly pour into mixture while continuing to mix. (NOTE: Again, not boiling or you’ll cook the egg!)
  3. Add vanilla extract while continuing to mix.
  4. Pour mixture into a sauce pan and gently heat until it thickens.
  5. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for three to four hours.
  6. Fold in blueberries and lemon juice.
  7. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow the maker instructions.

Yields about one quart.

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best ever OREO ice cream recipe

Ice Cream Recipe

Ice cream recipes… vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, blueberry… have been on my mind for the past few weeks.

My youngest has severe food allergies and at the top of that list is dairy… which can make summer treats very hard. When all the other kiddos are running to the ice cream truck and picking anything they want off the menu, my little one has to ask to read the label before he can start munching. He handles it well… better than I would at his age… but it makes my heart hurt that he has to.

So I teamed up with Kohl’s to make a few dairy-free soy ice cream recipes. (Blueberry and lemon ice cream recipe is coming tomorrow!)

I have to say, I think I’ve nailed it. It tastes like the old-fashioned ice cream we used to make when I was a kid. Not only does my little one with food allergies love this OREO ice cream recipe (yep… OREOs have no dairy or egg or nut!), but so does my oldest and he can eat anything!

To make homemade soy OREO ice cream, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 cups soymilk (I used vanilla soymilk)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 crushed OREO cookies (I used chocolate filled OREOs. If you use regular, the ice cream will remain vanilla)
  • Nostalgia Ice Cream Maker (available at Kohl’s)

Ice Cream Recipe

Easy steps:

  1. Mix eggs yolks, sugar and corn starch.
  2. Heat soy milk (not boiling, but hot) in sauce pan and slowly pour into mixture while continuing to mix. (NOTE: Again, not boiling or you’ll cook the egg!)
  3. Add vanilla extract while continuing to mix.
  4. Pour mixture into a sauce pan and gently heat until it thickens.
  5. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for three to four hours.
  6. Crush 10 OREO cookies in a resealable bag, fold into cold mixture, add to ice cream maker and churn.

Yields about one quart.

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back to school hot chocolate stirrer

Back to School

The kiddos will be heading back to school soon! A fun way to introduce yourself to a new teacher or welcome your little kiddo off the bus, apple-inspired hot chocolate stirrer!

Hop over to my latest contributing article at Parade magazine for all the easy DIY steps and make this fun food with your family!

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lemon blueberry cake

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This summer I’ve been in love with the blueberry and lemon flavor combination. We had friends coming over, I was running behind… you know the scenario.

I had planned to make a semi-homemade cake using a Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix, but totally ran out of time. So instead, I baked the cake (exchanged oil for apple sauce, healthier but not as fluffy), warmed the Duncan Hines lemon frosting into a drizzle and topped with fresh blueberries. Everyone thought it was amazing. Just the right hint of lemon for a dessert on the run!

Lesson: Not everything delish has to be from scratch. {wink}

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By the way, not a paid post, just loving the Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake mix!

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monsters university rice krispie treats

Monsters University

Have you seen the new Disney Pixar movie Monsters University? We did on Tuesday and the my boys loved it!

If your kiddos are excited, or if you’re planning a Monsters University party, I have a treat for you! An easy Mike Wazowski Rice Krispies Treat!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal (I add 4 and then a bit at a time so they keep a good consistency)
  • Bag of marshmallows
  • Butter (for dairy-free Rice Krispies use Smart Balance Light Butter)
  • Fondant, white (Wilton’s pre-made available JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Blue and Lime Green food coloring, gel is best
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Wax paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Resealable bag
  • Cookie cutters: egg shape, 1.5″ round and .5″ round (or could use an icing tip bottom for tiny round)

Monsters University

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Body, part I - Make Rice Krispies Treats as you normally would using the recipe on the box, except, add lime green food coloring gel (I used three squirts, but to your liking) to the marshmallow and butter mixture, before adding the cereal. Finish the treats.
  2. Body, part II – Place a piece of wax paper on your counter, butter the egg shaped cookie cutter and mold the treats while still warm. The wax paper and butter will keep them from sticking to anything but themselves.
  3. Eye, white - Roll out the fondant and using the 1.5″ cookie cutter, cut out the white part of the eye
  4. Eye, blue – Place a small amount of fondant in a resealable bag with a squirt of blue gel food coloring. Massage the color into the fondant. Roll out on wax paper and using the .5″ cookie cutter (or icing tip bottom) cut out eye.
  5. Horns and mouth – roll white fondant between your hands (like you would play dough to make a snake!) and pinch off the length you need for both the mouth and horns. Round the edges.
  6. Assemble Mike – Attach the white eye, horns and mouth. Because the Rice Krispie is slightly sticky, the fondant will adhere to it  (we bagged ours in cellos and carried them to a party and nothing ever fell off!). For the blue eye, take a small amount of water, apply it to the back of the dot and attach it to the white.

Makes 6 treats.

If you want to bag them, use gusseted cellos as Mike can be a bit thick. {grin} These were a huge hit with my boys and their friends. I hope your kiddos love them too!

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sangria {strawberry, apple & lemon}

Sangria

 

I’m excited to say that I made an amazing White Strawberry, Lemon and Apple Sangria this past weekend as a bit of party prep for our 4th of July celebration! And of course I’m sharing the recipe with you. It’s yummy, but also quite refreshing! Oh, and want a peek at our Americana table décor? {grin}

 

Sangria

 

Ingredients
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced thicker and halved for garnish
  • 1 apple, sliced long-way (Gala or Fuji, a crisp apple, works best)
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 liter White Sangria Castaneda (available at World Market)
Instructions
  1. Add lemon slices, apples, and strawberries to pitcher.
  2. Pour the sangria over top.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours.
  4. Add a lemon slice to each glass and pour sangria over to serve!

Sangria
 
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father’s day {gone fishing cupcakes}

Fathers Day Cupcakes

Father’s Day is this weekend and my hubby and the boys love nothing better than going fishing together. Worms and stinky fish… boys! {smirk} So I whipped up some “Gone Fishing” cupcakes to help us celebrate this Father’s Day!

By the way, a few days ago I shared my Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakes and how the boys listed out what they thought of when they thought of their dad. Well, behind mowing the grass {grin} was fishing!

So here’s what you’ll need to make these Father’s Day gone fishing cupcakes:

  • Wilton Candy Melts in blue and lime green (for chocolate transfer fish), available at craft stores
  • Cupcake baked in a white wrapper
  • Icing tinted with gel food coloring (green for grass and some blue for the water)
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Wax paper
  • Lollipop sticks, 4″
  • White fabric covered stem wire
  • Optional: #233 Wilton “grass” icing tip and connector (available at craft store)
  • Optional: Blue pattern cupcake liners

Easy how to steps for making your own Father’s Day gone fishing cupcakes:

  1. Blue (water/waves) icing – tint icing blue. Using a spatula or butter knife, ice the entire cupcake blue pulling the icing on one side upwards with a swiping motion to look like waves.
  2. Green (grass) icing – tint icing green. Pipe grass with a #233 Wilton icing tip. Just snip a corner of a resealable plastic bag, add an icing connector and icing tip. Fill with green icing and pipe tall grass on half of the cupcake as shown
  3. Make chocolate transfer fish – place 8-10 blue candy melt wafers in a resealable bag and microwave in 8 second intervals until melted (likely three times). Snip corner of bag and pipe simple fish shape on wax paper. Allow to set for 10 minutes or until solid. Place 4-6 green candy melts in a resealable bag and melt. Snip small hole in one corner and pipe scallops on each fish. Allow to set 10 minutes or until solid.
  4. Make fishing poles – Cut four inch pieces of stem wire, wrap one end around a lollipop stick and slightly curve the “line” with your finger so that the fish will set on edge of the water/cupcake.
  5. Attach fish to pole – place a small dollop of blue chocolate on the back of the fish and attach the line. Allow to dry.
  6. Insert pole into cupcake – insert the lollipop stick in the grass, at the edge of the water. Place the fish at the edge of the water to give it extra stability.

Styling tip:

  • Cupcake liners – bake in white cupcake liners and then top with your pretty/colorful liners so that they look fresh and crisp.
  • Serving tray – cut strips of various hues of blue and criss-cross to line tray for the appearance of water.

gone fishing cupcakes

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Father’s Day everyone!

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