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Welcome Kenny

So, I’ve been busy. 

We welcomed our little Kenny bear into the family on May 18 at 12:16am! He was 8lbs, 20 inches long. He is the perfect addition to our family. Brian and I find ourselves just staring at him, we had no idea how entertaining babies are. Anyways, we are absolutely IN LOVE with this little man. 

Photos are by Stephanie Starr. We had these taken when he was one week old. Super cute. He loved the camera 🙂

Kenny is pretty relaxed, he lets us know when he is hungry or wants to cuddle, and other than that he is game for whatever. That means Mom has had some time to go on a sewing binge and do some baking! 

We took Kenny to Illinois for his cousin Jade’s 5th birthday. She had a frog themed party, so my mom and I made her a Kermit big top cupcake and regular sized froggy cupcakes. She loved them!

Muppets are the easiest character to duplicate on the Big Top Cupcake. He is filled with pudding/cream cheese/cool whip filling, his eyes made of Oreos dipped in white candies. The frogs below are cupcakes (obviously), the eyes are made from Wilton candies with chocolate chips. The kids all went for the cupcakes, little did they know there was delicious filling in the cake, not the cupcakes. 

New posts to come soon. Sewing binge, Sock Monkey quilt and more.

Easter and Gardening

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? 

🙂

First, lets go back to the beginning of the month! My friend Debbie and I made Easter Basket Cupcakes! 

These are cupcakes in waffle cones, frosted, with Easter candy! Cupcakes were baked in a cupcake pan, not in the waffle bowls (makes the waffle bowl soggy and fall apart) I had read somewhere about mixing a package of Kool-Aid with frosting – instant color and flavor. So we tried it and it was AWESOME. I think the correct ratio is 1 package of Kool-Aid to 1 can of frosting. We made our own frosting (made by my mom!) and added the Kool-Aid. The flavor was awesome! It was a little tart, but really fun. Interesting enough, none of the kids liked the frosting, but the adults did! The frosting dried too fast, so by the time we got to decorating, the candy and edible grass didn’t stick. 

This one is the bottom of the Big Top Cupcake and supposed to look like an Easter Basket. Baking night took forever, so I forgot to add a handle. But I thought the Peeps were super cute sitting around the basket. This cake was a hit as well!

I have to admit – I haven’t been crafting. Like, at all. Did you know that growing a baby really wears you out? At this time last year, I was training for a 20k – running 7-8 mile practice runs and kickboxing every other day. My dad and I planted hostas and asparagus on Saturday, and considered that my workout. Funny how things change (have no fear – I’ll WILL be running the Dam to Dam 20k in 2011!)!

So, crafting no – but gardening and housework! We painted my living room a few weeks ago – pics to come! And my parents have been helping us get our first garden going. 

Pretty cute huh? That was the original garden. It has now doubled in size because apparently plants need a lot of space! And we just keep wanting more fresh vegetables. So far, we’ve got potatoes, onions and asparagus. Also, hosta plants. 

And last but not least, onions, the BEST thing in the garden 🙂 And yes, I covered them and watered them after the photoshoot.

I was at Michael’s the other day, and found a book:

Generation T Beyond Fashion: 120 new ways to transform a T-Shirt

 

Normally I don’t buy books, but when I was browsing through it I found wayyyyyy too many inspiring projects. So I bought it. Even Brian has gone through it like 3 times and keeps finding new favorite projects for me to make. Very excited to start cutting up some t-shirts soon!

Spring Tunic, Sports Cakes and a Pot of Gold

This is my latest maternity top. I’m so excited about this! The white fabric is from one of my husband’s old work shirts. Again, I added an extra four or so inches on each size to accommodate my growing belly. This should last through the end of May! Unlike the one I made two weeks ago, I added the pocket back on to this one. 

I do apologize that you don’t get the full effect of a maternity top on a mannequin – but at least I know it will look acceptable post-baby. 

So, why the ruffles?

That is why the ruffles. Ok, working in radio had a few perks – free crap shirts. Mostly t-shirts, but I scored a few tank tops along the way as well. This particular red beauty is one of those ribbed tanks that only looks good on you if you have 3% body fat and you’re petite. I’ve never worn it. Since I want to wear this tunic to work, this… logo was just not working for me. Funny how you cannot get this iron-on stuff off when you need/want it gone. So, I opted to cover it with ruffles. Knits are funny, I had another ruffle design in mind, but with the way the fabric stretches just didn’t make sense. 

I’m pretty excited to wear this. Yay spring!

This tunic was this weekend’s project – last weekend I made a football cake with my Big Top Cupcake pans, as well as two baseball cupcakes. Michelle’s twins turned one this week, and she wanted extra messy cakes for photos. The football is half white and half chocolate, filled with vanilla filling. The cupcakes are chocolate, filled with chocolate filling. Delicious!

I cannot tell you how much I love my Big Top Cupcake pans. Even Brian, who doesn’t eat cake, suggests ideas for cakes. This next one was his idea: Pot of Gold cake!

I used the BTC bottom with the filling insert (it creates a dip in the cake, where you would put filling etc), then used the remaining batter in a regular 8in pan. 

For gold, I used chocolate chips cookies and frosted them with yellow frosting. That wasn’t going to be enough, they needed to have some sort of  “gold coin” lure to them. Michaels had an excellent selection of cake embellishments – I thought about using one of those powders, but then I found a clear/gold/glitter gel that was perfect for detailing. The tip was a bit bigger than I was hoping, but I put fun swirls on each cookie. Unlike buttercream, the gel never dried, so it was kinda weird to stack them together. But it tasted delicious still.

A slightly closer look! Nice and sparkly!

Elmo Big Top Cupcake

Ok, raise your hand if you have a Big Top Cupcake mold and you LOVE it!

ME ME ME!

This was my first try at making a cake with the Big Top Cupcake mold. I offered to make a cake for my friend’s 2 year old’s birthday. We decided on Elmo, white cake, almond filling.

The silicone pans come with directions, but I definitely should have made a trial cake last week. I ended up making two full cakes from three cake boxes because the first cake just didn’t quite live up to standards. Also, 20 mini cupcakes. I didn’t fill the molds enough on the first two. They definitely needed to be filled more than 2/3 full. 

The first cake. Not impressive. Not enough dough in the mold, too dark on the corners, and weird area of not cooked. Must try again.

 

Success! A top and a bottom, with a thin layer of glaze to hold all the cumblies in - Altho, this wasn't too crumbly!

I was very proud of the glaze – used Crisco instead of margarine, powdered sugar and milk. So, I wasn’t sure if should use the Crisco, but when my mom came over to help, she assured me that it was fine. Also, that a lot of people use that instead of margarine or butter, and I felt better. I bought some to make some Christmas cookie… when else am I going to use Crisco?! I need to use it up! 

Elmo needs eyes, and a nose.

Elmo has giant eyes, right? Well, frosting wasn’t going to do it. Those eyes needed height – almond bark covered Oreos (not pictured: I melted a tiny bit of chocolate for the pupils). He also needed a nose. So, I don’t know if I burnt the almond bark, or if it just didn’t like orange food coloring. Instead of dipping the Oreo, I just kinda molded it to the cookie, and made it round on top. Then I made sure to tell everyone not to eat his nose due to the questionable nature.

Close up of the orange almond bark madness. Next time I need colored bark, I'm just going to spring for the Wilton candies.

 

Almost there - his fur is done, a little matted in places, but what can you do? He's a Muppet!

I can’t take all the credit here. Mom did the frosting, I’m so glad she came to help! So here is all of his red fur, with space for his mouth. Also, at the top of the cake are slits to shove his eyes in. By this time, she still didn’t quite believe that this was going to look like Elmo. She thought I was crazy at first. Also, she had to remind me that when I was two, I ate half of my birthday cake while it was cooling and no one was looking. I think she was implying that Karma can be a bitch, but I’ve got a while before I have to worry about someone crawling on my table and eating my cakes 🙂

Elmo Cake

I probly shouldn’t have started with him as my first Big Top Cupcake, as I have no idea how to top this – but I do have at least two more cakes to make every month for the next like 4 months.