DIY Toy Car Brick Road

DIY Toy Car Brick Road

If you’ve surfed around my blog at all you probably saw the Homemade Hopscotch I made for the kiddos last summer.  Each year when the weather warms up and we have all thawed from the blizzardy winter we like to create a new toy or activity to get the kids outside.  Two years ago we bought them swings, last year was the homemade hopscotch.  Both simple and affordable and fun! This year we were a little more stuck on what…

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Color Swirl Cupcakes with Wilton Color Swirl Coupler

Color Swirl Cupcakes with Wilton Color Swirl Coupler

Color swirl cupcakes!  I always marveled at the technique that must be used on cakes and cupcakes to reach a multi-toned look.  It always looked amazing, but not like something I would ever have the skill (or patience) to pull off.  Color swirl cupcakes were just not going to be produced by me, until Wilton’s new ColorSwirl 3-Color Coupler came out. The method to swirl frosting colors before this invention was an intricate balance of smooshing the frosting into opposing…

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Hulk Smash Birthday Cupcakes and Hulk Smash Cake

Hulk Smash Birthday Cupcakes and Hulk Smash Cake

This summer I was honored to be asked by a friend to make Hulk Smash Birthday Cupcakes and a Smash Cake for her little one’s birthday.  Cakes for kids are some of my favorite kinds to create.  She gave me a few guidelines and I ran with it.  Hulk Smash Cupcakes for a small crowd, and a Hulk Smash-Smash Cake for the birthday boy himself.  Never having done a superhero birthday before, but being swept up in the hype of…

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Whipped Cream/Cream Cheese Frosting

Whipped Cream/Cream Cheese Frosting

This is THE BEST FROSTING EVER!!!  Seriously.  There are a lot of recipes out there that claim to be “the best ever.”  Nothing is more perfect than this hybrid of fresh whipped cream/cream cheese frosting.  It is light, creamy, cool, smooth, flavorful, not too sweet, and perhaps best of all, it pairs well with every cake I’ve ever tried it on.  It also colors extremely well too. My whipped cream/cream cheese frosting is what I’ve been covering cupcakes with for…

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Rainbow Dust Metallic Food Paint Tips and Tricks

Rainbow Dust Metallic Food Paint Tips and Tricks

Rainbow Dust metallic food paint tips and tricks is nothing I ever thought I’d be writing about.  Metallic food paint is a new dimension to cake decorating I just discovered.  I found it as a side note when watching some baking videos on youtube.  A small piece of fondant was being painted as an accent to a much larger design with bronze Rainbow Dust metallic food paint.  It caught my attention as my husband’s orders for Volkswagen Cupcakes had been…

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Volkswagen Cupcakes

Volkswagen Cupcakes

Me: “What kind of cupcakes would you like for your birthday?” Husband: “Volkswagen.” Me:  ………  : / ….. That’s my man.  A total Volkswagen lover.  He’s owned many models over the years and, before I came along, it was his one true love. I should have seen it coming. There was nothing better to him than his perfectly polished car.  When we got together he said he finally had a reason to leave the garage.  (Awwww, so sweet.) Guess he…

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Thank a Teacher

Thank a Teacher

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day!  Thank a teacher with this teacher appreciation gift card bouquet today! I have so many favorite teachers in my past it is amazing to reflect on them all.  The decades I spent in school cannot be summarized in my fancy diplomas on the wall.  My brain was built, challenged, enlightened and much more by every teacher I’ve had.  Both in the classroom and out their lessons shaped me, set me up for all my successes…

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Irish Dip Sandwiches

Irish Dip Sandwiches

Irish Dip Sandwiches.  It looks pretty darn good doesn’t it?  Never heard of Irish Dip Sandwiches?  Well, I imagine you’ve heard of French Dip sandwiches right?  I can see the light bulb coming on over your head. I’m not sure what makes those sandwiches “French,” but the general make of the sandwich is well known.  Beef, melted cheese, with a hot au jus (there’s the French!  Whatever au jus means anyway :-/ ). Ok, I just looked it up, it…

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Strawberry Cake 2 Ways: Muffins and Cupcakes

Strawberry Cake 2 Ways: Muffins and Cupcakes

Spring is here!  The bright colors and seasonally changing fresh fruits and vegetables were only part of the inspiration for my next post.  I took a note from my last blog, Blueberry Muffins 2 Ways and decided to see if I could offer another variety of fruity-flavored confection.  By special request I aimed for strawberry cake.  Feeling extra inspired, I made my new strawberry confection 2 ways.  Why stop at one right?  I created one strawberry cake recipe, preparing it…

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Blueberry Muffins 2 Ways

Blueberry Muffins 2 Ways

Blueberry muffins are delicious and versatile.  They can be dessert, a snack, or even breakfast.  Enjoy them hot, cold, or room temperature, with added jam, butter, or just plain.  Whatever way you like to enjoy them, I have 2 blueberry muffin recipes you’re sure to love.  Feast your eyes on the recipes below for blueberry muffins 2 ways. My baking obsession is an old habit going strong.  The past few years in my down time from other baking needs (such…

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