Father’s Day Photo Idea – We Love You Daddy!

It’s Father’s Day and we spent the day enjoying one another: cooking out, playing in the yard, riding bikes. My hubby got a few sweet things from my boys, including this photo.

Father's Day Photo | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It was going to be great… I saw this super cute photo idea on Freckle Photo, I wrote “We Love You Daddy!” on their feet, put them in the grass… and then they started picking on each other. I couldn’t get them to stop without the smiles stopping too, so I just went with it.

In all honesty, this is a perfect picture of what they look like every single day: rabbit ears, pointing, giggling, tickling… we are blessed with very happy boys.

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I hope you and your family had a wonderful Father’s Day.

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Easy Father’s Day Cupcake Ideas

Father’s Day is just around the corner and Dad deserves something sweet don’ t you think? Cupcakes are my treat of choice. {wink}

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Make my Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakeseasy tutorial

Make my Father’s Day gone fishing cupcakeseasy tutorial

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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!

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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

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father’s day {lawn mower cupcakes}

Fathers Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and I’ve whipped up a fun cupcake idea. Lawn mowers!

When I asked my boys about their dad and what they thought of when they thought of him, I got a ton of loving sweet words! Unfortunately there were only a few I could imagine as a cupcake. {grin}

One of my favorite was his lawn mower. You have to understand. My hubby LOVES his grass. Where I find crafting, baking, gardening…etc. therapeutic, for their father, it’s his lawn. He’s constantly working around the yard. We only have an acre, but it is amazing that he can always find something to do. Trimming trees, edging the sidewalk, mowing the grass, pulling weeds out of the flower beds, working in our little vegetable garden (tucked next to the deck in the backyard). Something. Always.

Fathers Day

So here’s what you’ll need to make these Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakes:

  • Mini Hershey’s candy bars for mower
  • M&Ms for engines (variety if you want them to be colorful)
  • Chocolate sixlets for wheels (again, variety if you want them to be colorful)
  • Wilton Candy Melts (for chocolate transfer handles), available at craft or baking store
  • Cupcake
  • Icing (tinted green for grass)
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Wax paper
  • Optional: #233 Wilton “grass” icing tip and connector (available at craft store)
  • Optional: Green or green pattern cupcake liners

Easy how to steps for making your own Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakes:

  1. Icing – tint green and ice top of cupcake (will be base and look like mown grass).
  2. Make handles – place six candy melt wafers in a resealable bag and microwave in 8 second intervals until melted (likely three times). Snip corner of bag and pipe handle on wax paper (be careful to make sure your handles will fit on the mini candy bar). Allow to set for 10 minutes.
  3. Add wheels – place four sixlets on grass/icing
  4. Attach mower – pipe a dollop of candy melt (same bag that you used to pipe handles) on the top of the four sixlets, add mini candy bar and hold for five seconds.
  5. Add engine – pipe a dollop of candy melt on the center of the candy bar and top with an M&M
  6. Attach handles – pipe a dot of candy melt on the edge of the candy bar and attach the chocolate transfer handles (holding for five seconds until they set)
  7. Optional tall grass – I made my cupcakes look only partially mown {grin} by piping taller 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

Styling tip:

  • Cupcake liners - bake in white cupcake liners and then top with your pretty/colorful liners so that they look fresh and crisp.

Lawn Mower Cupcake

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Fathers Day

Father’s Day is only a few weeks away. Have a Father’s Day gift already? Want to get crafty? Here are a few fun and creative gift ideas:

This is what the kids and I created for my hubby last Father’s Day: Father’s Day photo using all three of my kiddos to spell out DAD! He loved it!

And make sure you hop over to Kim’s Father’s Day Pinterest Board for more clever craft, gift and treat ideas.

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Father’s Day gift ideas + video

Fathers Day

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

Wondering what to get your Dad or hubby this year for Father’s Day?! I teamed up with World Market to share some of my Father’s Day grilling favs!

Come shopping with me and my little guys as we browse the isles of World Market for some awesome grilling finds!

Fathers Day

After a fun spree at World Market we made it home with a:

  • Fine Mesh Grill (perfect for all the Mahi Mahi and Tuna on my summer menu)
  • Hot Dog Roller (a must with kiddos)
  • S’ mores Maker (not sure who wanted this one more, me or the kids)
  • Tin Serving Tray (had to have for all those back and forth treks from the kitchen)
  • Sandwich Baskets with liners (also perfect for all the upcoming patriotic holiday celebrations!),
  • Gingham and Polka Dot Cupcake Liners (too cute to leave behind),
  • Snacks including Kettle Corn, Peanuts and everyone’s favorite soda flavors, and
  • Pinwheels (oh yes, the pinwheels came home). {grin}

Fathers Day

My hubby loves to grill and we spend almost every night outdoors in the summer months. So when the kids and I surprised him with an early Father’s Day gift we knew we had to use it right away. And guess what made it to the grill first… you got it! The hot dog roller.

Fathers Day Grilling

I think it might be the hubby’s new fave grilling tool!

Have grilling covered? World Market has Father’s Day Gifts for the home bar and for all of your outdoor spaces too. So much bright and beautiful outdoor décor!

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And guess what else? They’re hosting a Father’s Day Sweepstakes! Nominate your Dad here and give yourself and your Dad the chance to win a $1000 World Market Gift Card! I don’t know about you, but I would have a new dining room table for me. Have you seen them? {swoon}

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gift wrap paper

gift wrap paper

This simple gift wrap paper idea is perfect for the kids! It’s fun and maybe a little bit messy (which really just equals more fun, right!), but beautiful when finished and perfect to wrap a Mother’s Day gift!

When the Martha Stewart team asked if anything in this month’s issue inspired me, and would I be interested in sharing the idea with all of you, this super clever gift wrap paper idea was first on my list.

bubble crafts

I mean, finally, a project that gives your kids permission to blow bubbles at the table! Just grab some white butcher paper, build up a froth of paint and water in a baking dish, then gently place the paper on top to create a print.

It’s that easy! Hop over to Martha Stewart for all the how to details and supply list to make your own bubble gift wrap. And pick up this month’s Martha Stewart Living issue for tons of inspiration and ideas for your home and next celebration!

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

Copyright © 2013, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Originally published in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living.

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easy meringue recipe

easy meringue recipe

It’s Deanna from Mirabelle Creations and I’m so excited to share this fun spring dessert – Strawberry Meringue Roses.  I’m a lifelong Kentucky gal, so one of my favorite days of the year is the first Saturday in May – Derby Day!  The Kentucky Derby is also known as the Run for the Roses.  

This easy, delicious, Strawberry Meringue Roses recipe is the perfect dessert for a Run for the Roses celebration. 

So, whether you are hosting full blown Derby bash (download free Derby Party Printable Supplies) or will be watching the race with family at home, you can whip up a batch of these little meringue roses to nosh on while rooting for your favorite horse. 

Don’t worry if you don’t have Derby plans.  These little meringues would be great for any sweet spring tea or brunch too.  They would look beautiful served for a Mother’s Day brunch, as well!   

Strawberry Meringue Roses recipe (adapted from Food Network)

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons seedless strawberry preserves 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 2 drops red or pink food coloring (optional)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 215 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  (Do not skip this or your meringues will stick to baking sheet).

Beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, preserves, extract and food coloring until frothy.  With mixer running, slowly add powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks have formed. 

Fit pastry bag with a large star tip.  Fill pastry bag with mixture.   Pipe round roses on lined baking sheet by piping 2 inch spirals starting from the center and rotating outwards. 

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Turn off oven and open door.  Let meringues dry in the oven for about 10-12 minutes.   Remove from oven and let cool.  

easy meringue recipe

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Mother’s Day picnic + gift ideas

Mothers Day Gift Idea

We always celebrate with a picnic. It’s my way of getting to enjoy the day too. No house to clean, grab some awesome goodies from the store, pick a patch of grass and call it a party! {wink}

Mothers Day party

My family celebrated Mother’s Day a little early this year. See, my brother and his beautiful family live down south and I live in Ohio. We only get to see each other a few times a year and so when we do we try to cram in all the holidays and celebrations we can. Well this week he’s here!

Mothers Day Picnic

I normally would share my awesome mom with you when talking Mother’s Day, but this year I want to honor my sister-in-law. My brother and his wife were blessed with three girls and a boy. All of which are now in college or in their last few years of high school. Then along came baby!! They were blessed with one more. And did they hit the lottery!

Mothers Day

My sweet little niece is so incredibly precious. Bouncy red hair, a sprinkling of freckles and a loving personality. And what makes her even more special, she has Down Syndrome.

I’m sharing this with you today for a few reasons. One, I love my sweet little niece and I want to show her off.

AND, because my sister-in-law, her mom, deserves some praise. She’s a calm and relaxed personality by nature. When she and my brother were in high school he used to take me along on their dates sometimes… yep. My parents were getting divorced and he and I lived in two separate homes at the time so we didn’t see each other as much as we wanted so he’d let me tag-a-long. And you know what, she never seemed to mind. As a matter of fact, she even acted like she enjoyed having me around. Even though I was 12 and they were 16. They’re just kind hearted, loving people.

And now I watch them with their little girl and I think God chose this little soul especially for them. My sister-in-law with her gentle nature, never ending patience and big heart makes me proud to call her family.

So now that I’ve gotten a bit teary-eyed, let’s talk Mothers Day picnics. As I mentioned at the beginning we’ve been hosting them for years at a local park. The kids play, we eat — no mess, no fuss. This year we took my niece to the zoo, but no matter where you go, you can host the day with style!

World Market Store Ohio

I chose to shop World Market. Everything in the store is just so bright and bubbly right now. And there is tons of chevron… hence the aqua and white chevron throw we used for our picnic. My little niece took a liking to it. It will be going home with her (and her momma). {grin}

Mothers Day Gift Idea

And not only does World Market have lovely décor for the day, they have some awesome Mother’s Day gift ideas too. I would suggest looking at the jewelry and the Scarves!

By the way, World Market is hosting a “My Amazing Mom” Sweepstakes - just like them on facebook and nominate your mom or other deserving mother figure for a chance to win a $5,000 World Market gift card. You’ll upload a photo and tell what makes her special. You can find World Market around the web too: Store, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and even Instagram.

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