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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preserving has never been easier

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This post is brought to you by Ball, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way!

When I was a little girl I used to help my grandmother preserve. I use the word “help” loosely. She did all the work while I chatted her ear off about anything and everything going on in my life. {grin}

She was harvesting a garden and a number of apple and peach trees so it was a large process. She passed away a few years ago and I have a jar of her jelly in my pantry. Her jar of jelly in my pantry is likely ruined by now… but I can’t bare to open it or throw it away.She made jelly out of a wild berry that grows down South, a muscadine. Maybe because I grew up on it, but I’ve never tasted a better jelly.

For the first time ever this weekend, I made jam. All by myself. And guess what… it is amazing!

Jam Maker from Ball Brand

I used the new first-of-its-kind appliance from Ball brand canning products, the Fresh TECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker. I made fresh jam (it makes jelly too!) in under 30 minutes with the push of a button… what typically takes an hour on the stovetop)!

Peach Jam

And since it’s the height of peach season around here, I decided to make peach jam.

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And I chose to use the low sugar pectin. It’s just as good, if not better than the original.

For this peach jam recipe (yields 12 oz. jar):

  • 2 cups fresh chopped peaches, mashed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp butter (use Smart Balance Light for dairy-free)
  • 3 tsp. lemon juice

In the new  Fresh TECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker, sprinkle in the pectin, top with fruit, water, lemon juice and soft butter (to help reduce foaming). Press jam button. It will start a 21 minute process. 4 minutes in you’ll hear a beep and this is when you sprinkle in the sugar while the machine is still churning. Top with lid and allow the machine to do the rest.

LOVE making jam this way! So much easier than the way my Grandmother made it. 

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Find out all about the Fresh TECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker from Ball, including recipes. Preserving the amazing flavors of summer has never been easier!

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

This post is brought to you by Ball, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way!

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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!

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

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fruit bars with real, honest ingredients

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Outshine Fruit Bars, but all my opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way! #pmedia #SnackBrighter

Okay friends. You know my seven year old has severe food allergies.

It’s one of the things that drove me to learn to bake. You know, the kind of baking where you leave out or add ingredients until you perfect a recipe so that no one, family or guests, realize that something is missing. Yep. Pretty much everything I do is dairy free and no one is the wiser! I even make homemade dairy free ice cream sometimes and my hardest challenge, his older brother, loves it.

Popsicles

Well, with Edy’s Outstine Fruit Bars, there is no need to whip anything up. They’re simple. They’re real. They’re delicious. AND, they come in a multitude of flavors. These four (some seasonal) are my family’s favorites: Pineapple, Lemon, Peach and Strawberry.

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I loved them all, but my absolute hands down favorite is the lemon. Refreshing. Amazing. In LOVE!

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I know I feel good about feeding my kids Edy’s. They get a refreshing and delicious treat and I have piece of mind that they’re filled with honest, real ingredients.

Visit Edy’s Outshine Fruit Bars to learn more about America’s favorite fruit bar! And you can find them on facebook too for details on the latest flavors!

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you were “mint to be” my teacher gift

10 Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas

It’s that time. Time to start a new school year and meet a new teacher. And what better way to make an impression than with a crafty back to school teacher gift.

In my latest post for Parade magazine I’m sharing a FREE “you were mint to be my teacher” printable, as well as 9 other crafty, creative and fun ideas to ensure your kiddo makes a good impression.

Hop on over to Parade for all the details!

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owl lunch box notes {free download}

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My youngest is entering first grade this year… it hurts to even write it. And to go along with a healthy lunch, I’m going to put a little note in to remind him how very much I love him!

He may hide it under his sandwich… but I’m still putting it in! {wink}

Have an older kiddo? These are perfect for big test days or for anytime your kiddo needs encouragement throughout the year. They can be used as bookmarks or even reminders in the backpack.

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Hope you like them and enjoy! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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easy weathered wood photo backdrop

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I’ve been wanting some new weathered wood photo backdrops. And not just one color. No. That would be too easy to convince my hubby to help with. I want white, turquoise, antique (aka just old…) and maybe even orange!

The biggest hold up was honestly finding old barn wood or… yep… talking the hubby into helping me assemble new wood. There has just been too little time and too long of a list lately.

Until… I was at Home Depot a week or so ago (shopping for my pantry organization) and found “pre-made” 2×4′ boards (9 planks in this width). Perfect!

I wanted to be able to move mine around easily (it’s a bit heavy) so I cut them in half. Plus, this gives me not only a “bottom” but also a “back” if I’m shooting something tall.

To make your own “new” {grin} weathered wood photo backdrop, you’ll need:

  • Pre-made boards (again, I got 2×4′  boards at Home Depot, but there are other sizes)
  • Paint (any color you desire), I used a snow white acrylic paint because it was thin and I wanted to see all the grain
  • Paint brush
  • Cloth
  • Fine grain sandpaper

5 easy steps:

  1. Cut your pre-made boards to desired size if you want. I wanted squares, so I cut mine in half.
  2. Water down your paint. Mine was 2 part paint to 1 part water. That said, test it out on one edge first to make sure it’s the effect you’re looking for.
  3. Paint and wipe off excess (most of the paint) immediately.
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Using fine sandpaper, scuff up your boards as much or as little as you want.

And the best part, one board makes two backdrops! This one is white on one side, and will soon be turquoise on the other! {smile}

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

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10 must haves for tailgating & football

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Believe it or not… it’s almost that time. Yep. Time to cart the kids to football practice and plan your first tailgate party of the year! I know because my son starts flag football practice (he wishes he could tackle… but momma needs baby steps with this sport) next week and my husband has already taken over the family schedule starting the first weekend in September. {smirk}

So as I start planning our tailgating season and dreaming of crisp fall days, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tailgate party finds, as well as some of my “must-haves” for staying organized during football and cheer season.

At the top of this list is my large utility tote from Thirty-One GiftsI use mine for taking all the snacks, extra jackets/blankets (it gets COLD here in Ohio in the fall… especially when we play a 9 a.m. game…), water bottles, equipment and my thermal even fits. It helps keep me organized and I only have to carry one bag! It’s #8 in the roundup above, but mine is (aqua blue like the bag in #10) and has our family name monogrammed in the front. I really wanted the chevron bag… but my boys thought it looked a bit too girly for the games. {grin}

So here we go. If you’re planning a tailgate party, you’ll need:

  • 1. Frozen Drink Blender – this single serve blender available at Amazon is perfect. No more wasting a batch of frozen margaritas!
  • 2. Football Party Supplies – you can download my chevron and football field sheets plus “go team” cupcake wrappers and toppers for FREE!
  • 3. Tailgate Party Games – these ring toss and lawn bowling games are from Front Porch Classics
  • 4. Bar-height Folding Round Tables - nope. I’m not suggesting you have bar stools at your tailgate, just the bar height table. A few of these around the site allows party goers a place to congregate while standing. Plus, I hate bending over to eat messy BBQ! {wink}
  • 5. Wine and dine party plate and cup and plate party plates  - no more balancing act with your plate and your cup or glass of wine. Genius invention for tailgating!
  • 6. Party wagon grill- pull it out and wheel it where ever the party is from Wholesale Patio Store!

And if you carting the kids around to their games, you’ll LOVE to be able to personalize your bag with their name, number, and even a favorite collegiate team logo! I have to admit… I do love a monogram!

  • 7. Cheer moms – the (A) large utility tote with (B) pocket utility tote insert is my fav! Plus, (C) organizing utility tote and (D) lil’ expressions tote are perfect for keeping all your gear. The lil’ expressions tote can be personalized with outfits, hair type and color for boys and girls.
  • 8. Football moms – as I mentioned above, the Large Utility Tote is my fav and as you can see from the image you can make it what you want with dividers and tops. And it all removes easily so you can change it out for other purposes like keeping your groceries from rolling around in the trunk. I so use it for that a lot!
  • 9. Cold drinks – We often spend several hours at the field so we sometimes take lunch. The (A) Thermal Tote and (C) Bring A Bottle Thermal are perfect for drinks and bringing cold snacks for the team.
  • 10. Healthy snacks – The (B) Keep It Caddy is a bit smaller and perfect for all those snacks you know you’ll be taking unless you want to spend your day at the concession stand.

You can shop all of Thirty-One Gifts goodies from their Thirty-One Gifts Catalog  (bottom of the left navigation bar). Just contact a consultant in your area to place your order. And in the month of August 2013 if you spend $35 and get any purse 50% off! You can find their latest deal (a new one every month) here!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and oh yes, celebrate this football season!

This post was sponsored by Thirty-One Gifts. However, all opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

Easy Football Party Brownies

Only planning to watch from home?! You can still kick the season off with my football brownies!

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5 tips for a well organized pantry

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I love an organized pantry. LOVE! Unfortunately I’ve not been loving mine for a while now.  I considered sharing a “before” picture of my pantry with you, but honestly I was embarrassed. Yep. It was that bad. See. I’m a baker so I have tons of baking supplies. You know. Sprinkles. Cookie cutters. Cake pans. Candies. Chocolate. And on and on. And it was in disarray.

Well… I guess I can hang my head and show you a bit of what it looked like…

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What?! I’m NOT sharing a big picture of my shame… {smirk}. This is all my pride can take. You get it though right. It was a mess.

So here’s the deal. I know better. You get something out, you put it back. We tell our kids this exact thing all the time. Right! Well, now I’m going to lay my excuse on you. I’ve been working on this big project (can’t wait to share it with you) and my pantry has gotten a bit out of control. So I really needed to take the control back. When I’m organized my projects just flow better and are done sooner. So here we go.

My five top tips for organizing your pantry:

  1. Empty the space – trust me. I know it’s a pain, but it’s amazing how energized to organize {grin} you are when you’re looking at a empty canvas.
  2. Separate by type or use – while all your things are out on your kitchen floor, take the time to organize them either by what they are, or the item’s use. For my baking pantry I’ve organized mine by candies, sprinkles, tools, chocolates, cupcake tins, etc.
  3. Keep heavy items low and light items high – I’m not short, but I’m not tall and I certainly don’t want to pull something heavy out on my head. Which, I have to admit was exactly what I’ve been doing. My cake pans, individually, are not heavy, but when you put them all in a basket (that they don’t fit in) and then try to pull out just what you need, or pull the whole thing out… well… it can be hazardous to your health!
  4. Use containers that make staying organized easy – what I mean by this is, purchase containers that make it easy to “store–use–return” without much work. You might say, what’s the big deal… unstack the containers, pull out the container you need, pop the lid, store your items. Okay, so let’s get honest with each other. You and I both know that more often than not you will leave the ONE item that you needed to store on top of the stack telling yourself you’ll put it away when you have other things that need to be put away too. {knowing glare} You think I’m being judgemental. No ladies. I’m not. This is what I do myself and I know I’m not alone!
  5. Label – I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty, but I don’t have the time. Actually, I label because it forces me to consciously think “I’m misplacing this.” Nine out of 10 times, when I have labels I put things where they belong the first time. Plus, it doesn’t hurt when little people are helping you tidy up!

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Okay, so I shared that my cake pans are a death trap. Just teetering above my head ready to fall. And actually they have a few times…

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And this is how they look now! On the floor, per tip #3, and organized by size so I know exactly what I have at a glance.

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Now, beyond my five tips, let me share with you my new favorite storage tub for my pantry. Rubbermaid just came out with these new All Access™ Organizers available at Home Depot. Want to know why I like them so much? THEY OPEN FROM THE FRONT!

Okay… this is just genius. Think about it. No more unstacking them to get that one thing out, or in. This new design will actually help you stay organized because you won’t have the excuse that the box you need is way on the bottom. Yep. I use that excuse too. {grin}

Another thing. I like to store fabrics and craft papers in tubs in my basement. Well, I like to see what is inside without opening it, but I need the color tubs so that the sun doesn’t fade them. Now I have the best of both worlds! I can see in and I just place the color side to the window!

The All Access™ Organizers are also perfect for closets, playrooms, laundry rooms or anywhere you need some storage. For example, my oldest tried to snitch my small tub for his LEGO collection. I won on the tug-of-war, but had to promise to go back and get more.

Want to know more about Rubbermaid All Access™ Organizers and where to find a local Home Depot, join them on Facebook: Home Depot and Rubbermaid and ask the experts!

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

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