Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's a Wrap!

It's been a crazy week with a lot packed in.  We had Easter, Cole's 10th Bday and Me trying to put finishing touches on the coming party.  Plus a little gym funny!

We had a Egg hunt at my parents house.
All Money man to be a kid again .. lol

YES I know this is not what Easter is about
But I love our Church has a bunny.
This is probably the last year I'll get Cole
with the bunny so I'm taking it!

I surprised Cole with my dad for his birthday.
We delivered Pizza and the creeper Cupcakes.

I don't know what it is about me, BUT every day I start my class at the Y and then the late comers come in.  AND they always decide that my personal bubble is where they must be.  I actually had to walk away Wednesday due to 2 ladies who where so close they were touching me.  I have a big thing with my personal bubble .. lol.  Instead of having a panic attack or doing something I would regret I moved :).

This was so me! I swear they were glued to me!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Minecraft Birthday Party ... Minecraft Creeper Cupcakes

Today is Cole's 10th Birthday!  I wanted to surprise him at school with cupcakes for his friends.  Going with our Minecraft theme, I wanted to make Creeper Cupcakes.  I saw a version on Candy Bar Cupcakes that I took and ran with.


I started with a One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe, I filled these cool brick square cupcake liners (found on Amazon).  I wanted a square cupcake so I found a square cupcake pan also on Amazon.


NGREDIENTS:
2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
DIRECTIONS:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two nine inch round pans.
2.In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer. Stir in the boiling water last. Batter will be thin. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
3.Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.




After the cupcakes had cooled I frosted them and added the fondant shapes.  I have learned that everytime I make my Sturdy Butter Cream Frosting and my Rolled Buttercream Fondant I have a ton left over.  Instead of throwing it away (yes I've done that before) I now freeze it.  

What you Need:
Square Cupcake Liners
Square Cupcakes
Frosting (colored green)
Fondant (colored black)
Square cookie Cutters (small and medium)

So today I pulled out my lefter over frosting and fondant and colored it the colors I wanted (using Wilton Icing Color).  I frosted the cupcakes Green.  I rolled my fondant using my small square cookie cutter I made the eyes.  For the mouth I cut a medium square, then took my small cookie cutter to cut the the top left and right and then the bottom middle.  I googled the creeper image and printed it out so I could reference it while I did mine.



These were actually easier then I thought, and I love how they turned out.

ny Themed Parties planned?

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Minecraft Party
3D Minecraft Invitation

Monday, April 21, 2014

Minecraft Party ... Minecraft Perler Bead Characters

Yesterday I posted about the Minecraft Party I was doing for Cole's 10th Birthday.  Block invitations for the party have been made.  Today I will show you the fun Characters the boys and I made for the goody bags.  I saw several ideas on Pinterest but they all linked to Etsy websites selling them.  My bright idea was I can make these, Kitchen Magpie showed on her blog that they were easy to make so I can do it.  

WELL let me tell you this is time consuming, and those little beads don't always like to stay on the peg board. ALSO when ironing don't zoom across the board you will knock the beads off and have to start all over!  It was aggravating at times, but then my OCD kicked in and I couldn't stop making them.  I'm planning for 24 kids to be on the safe side and wanted 2 of these per bag so we needed 48 total made.

Here are two of the main characters:


What you Need:
Perler Beads (Found at Hobby Lobby)
Perler Bead Square Board (Found at Michael's)
Perler Bead Iron Paper (came with Board)
Hot Iron

I googled Minecraft perler bead templates and printed them out.  I bought the big bucket of beads thinking it would be easy to sort.  WRONG, next time I do this I will buy the one color per bag version of Amazon. We each took a character and started to work.  Little fingers are helpful when doing this project.  BE-CAREFUL when you put the iron on the paper, if you leave for too long it will become mush and gooey.

Here's a few of my favorites we made:

How to make:

Make your design on the board, we did 10x10 squares (10 beads high by 10 beads wide). Cover with the ironing paper, with a hot iron press down.  I let mine sit on top for 30 seconds then with the iron tip went around the edges.  When you are sure it's all connected flip it over, take the plastic board off and top with iron paper and iron the backside.  Let cool and they are ready to go.  I'll add some necklace string to them, I'll update this post later when I do that.


Here is the before and After's of a few:
Any Themed Parties planned?

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Minecraft Party
3D Minecraft Invitation

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Minecraft Party ... Minecraft Block Invites

This Wednesday Cole turns 10!!  Yes it sure has flown by.  Rick will be working so the party has been pushed out another weekend, which gives me extra time making the goodies.  As many of you know I'm a nut with parties and go crazy with themes!

Cole picked a theme of Minecraft.  For you who don't know about Minecarft it's a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.
It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.


I found these really COOL printable block invites on Bonkers4Bottlecaps Etsy site.  I paid $2 for the easy printable!  She even sent it to me in a jpg form so I could edit it and add the wording.  I downloaded the Minecraft font off dafont.  

What you need:
Heavy Card Stock
Printer
Glue

Buy your download from her site, I copied into word and added the wording using the Minecraft font.  I even found a "Diamond Sword" image I added to the top of the invite.  The hardest part is cutting out the box. She has it easily marked where you fold.  Add a little glue let it seal and they are ready to go.  These invites will be given to Cole's Class since they would be hard to mail.  I have a different one that will be mailed that I'll show soon.


Any Themed Parties planned?

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meal Plan Week of April 20 (Kid Friendly Meals)

It's that time again, plan our meals so I can hit the grocery store while the kids are in school, something about shopping by oneself is just so relaxing!  This week I'm still on my crazy all protein diet and Rick not eating with us it's all about the kids once more!  Kid Friendly Meals is what I'll be doing!

Friday - Boy's Pick (probably Papa Murphy's)
Saturday - Spaghetti and Garlic Bread 
Meal Plan Monday

Have a GREAT weekend!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Confessions of an Overeater

Photo: I'm FRUSTRATED

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Most of you who have been following me for sometime know that I have been on a long journey of making myself healthier.  Last year I was down 105 lbs.  In June I went back to a "healthy" eating lifestyle.  WELL in my mind I was doing well with a few little snacks here and there.  My old habits started to rear their ugly heads along with my mindset that if you don't see it or acknowledge it, it's not true!  YUP it's worked so well for me, hence the need to loose 100lbs before.  

So I started to feel the clothing pinch and I had to go up a size in my jeans and my tops.  I kept saying oh I only gained 20 lbs when I talked to other (in my head I would say ok maybe 30).  Then I started to say oh I gained 30lbs and really thought that was the truth!  YUP then this weekend after trying on a pair of pants in the size I went up to and they wouldn't budge over my thighs and I almost went in tears to the party.  I talked with a friend there about the Omni supplements she had already lost 5lbs in her first week.

WELL I so know my body and know no matter what I do it has to be eating right with exercise.  NEVER have I been one to loose with out changing these two factors.

So I've now added on 3 days of Inanity and 3 days of ripped at the YMCA.  And I've gone back to my ideal protein diet, which is a tough diet but I plan to stick to it for 8 weeks!  I did pick up a few Omni supplements for my friend, that I'll be adding in next week.

So I finally stepped on scale on Monday and was shocked to see the amount gained was 40lbs!!  YUP it was a shocker but it was needed for me to get my head out of the clouds and actually see the #. 

Wish me luck!  I want to be close to being down those 40lbs by my Bday in June.  So I share my ups and downs, it keeps me accountable plus hopefully help others that are going through this also.

Photo: Today I start my journey back to a healthier me!  This past week I got my exercise right. 3 days of insanity and 3 days of ripped. Now to get my food right.  I got off track let some bad habits take over me and gained back some weight.  My promise to myself is by my bday I will be back or very close to were I was last year!  2 months is the challenge.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Treats ... Oreo Bunny

And we finish our Easter Treats with these super cute Oreo Bunnies that I found on Inside Brucrew Life.  She did her's on cute Paper Straws with labels.  I did mine with out the straws and added to a cute bag so the kids can take them home if they would like to take them home.


What You need:
Oreo
Wilton Melts (White - I used the Marshmallow flavor)
Wilton Candy Eyes
Heart Shaped Sprinkles (Nose)
Flat Marshmallow (S'More Version)
Corn Syrup
Pink Sprinkles
Bunny Cookie Cutter
Wilton Black Candy Melts Pen

This is a little time consuming but so worth it, they turned out so cute!

Step One:  Twist apart the Oreos.  Flatten one end of the straw.  Put the flattened end inside the Oreo with a little bit of melted CandiQuik.  Place the top cookie back on and let set.

Step Two:  Cut out the ears.  Place the flat marshmallow on the counter and press with the cookie cutter so only one ear is made at a time.  Remove the cookie cutter and use scissors to cut away the rest of the ear.  Go ahead and cut a small part off the bottom at an angle so it will attach to the Oreo better.  I have the steps for this in the next picture.

Step Three: Next you will start dipping the Oreos in the melted CandiQuik.  Make sure you have the candy eyes, pink sprinkle noses, and tweezers very close by.   Dip each Oreo at a time by spooning chocolate over the whole cookie.  Tap off the excess chocolate very gently.  Place the chocolate coated cookie on a wax paper lined tray.  Place the candy eyes on.   Use the tweezers to drop the pink nose on.   Do this right after dipping the cookie in chocolate, so it is still wet enough for the sprinkles and eyes to attach too.

Step Four: Dip the angled end of the marshmallow ears into the chocolate and carefully attach to the top of the cookie.  Finish the rest and let them set up.

Step Five: After the chocolate has completely set up, use the paintbrush to coat the center of each marshmallow ear with corn syrup and then sprinkle with the pink sugar.

Step Six: The next thing you will do is melt the chocolate CandiQuik.  Using a toothpick very carefully draw on whiskers.  Let dry.  Flip the cookies over and attach half of a miniature marshmallow for a tail using the white chocolate. Let set again.  

ALEXIS NOTES: I skipped the paper straws, so step 1 I skipped. I just cut the ears out didn't cut them at the bottom like she did.  I'm all about the easy :). I used Wilton Melts instead of CandiQuik.  While the cookies where wet I attached the ears. I used Wilton Candy Melt Pen for the whiskers.  I skipped the tails also.  Her Step 7 is attach the Tag, Mine was to add them to a bag for the kids to take home.



Any Easter Parties or Plans?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Treat ... Easter Chick Oreo's

Next on the list to make is for Cole's classmates.  I found these super cute Easter Chick Oreo Pops on About a Mom's Website.  Her's were on a lollipop stick, I did just the chicks to make it easier plus less mess for the teacher to have to pick up.


What You Need:
Oreos
Lollipop Sticks (optional)
Wilton Yellow Candy Melts (melted)
Orange heart shaped sprinkles (beak)
Orange flower shaped sprinkles (feet)
Yellow flower shaped sprinkles (hair)
Wilton Candy Eyes

Directions:
1. Carefully separate the Oreo, to insert the lollipop stick. Use a dab of  candy melts or frosting to secure the stick between the  2 cookie halves. Allow to set for a few minutes.

2. Dip the Oreo Pops into the candy melts, and carefully shake off any excess. Smooth a bit with the back of a spoon if needed.
3. While the coating is still soft, place 2 eyes onto the chick. Next, add 1 candy coated chip for the beak and 2 orange wild flower sprinkles near the bottom for the feet. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and chill until chocolate coating is set.
ALEXIS NOTES: I skipped the lollipop stick and added a little yellow flower candy to the top of the chick to look like a little hair sticking up.



I found these really cute bags at the Dollar Tree.
That way the kid's can take it home if they want.

Any Easter Parties or Plans?

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Treat ... Easter Bunny Bread (Made with Basic Bread Machine White Bread)

Next on our Easter list to make was a fun treat to take to the annual 1,000 Egg Egg Hunt my friend host.  I showed you the Bunny Nutter Butter Cookies last week I made for the party.  I saw this Easter Bunny Bread on Pinterest and I knew I had to give it a whirl.  Their's was super cute and I must say I was pretty happy with the one I created.  I must say I can bust out cookies or cakes, NOW molding a bread into a shape was a WHOLE new ballgame for me.


The recipe on Taste of Home called for Frozen Bread.  I decided that I rather make a homemade bread.  I found a Basic Bread Machine White Bread that I MUST say is the BEST bread I have ever made! 


What You Need:

1-POUND LOAF    INGREDIENTS2/3 cup                       water
4 teaspoons                sugar
3/4 teaspoon              salt
4 teaspoons                nonfat dry milk powder
4 teaspoons                butter OR margarine
2 cups                          bread flour
1-1/2 teaspoons         Bread Machine Yeast OR RapidRise Yeast

Directions
Add ingredients to bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer. 


For the Bunny Bread I started with homemade bread, BUT you can use frozen if you would like.  If you want a great bread machine bread follow recipe above and just set for dough setting.  I doubled the recipe, since I was just doing the dough I knew my machine could handle the 2 lbs.  NOW if you're baking my would only handle 1 1/2 lbs.

What you Need for the Bunny:

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 2 raisins
  • 2 sliced almonds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Dip of your choice

Directions

  • Cut a fourth off of one loaf of dough; shape into a pear to form
  • head. For body, flatten remaining portion into a 7-in. x 6-in. oval;
  • place on a greased baking sheet. Place head above body. Make narrow
  • cuts, about 3/4 in. deep, on each side of head for whiskers.
  • Cut second loaf into four equal portions. For ears, shape two
  • portions into 16-in. ropes; fold ropes in half. Arrange ears with
  • open ends touching head. Cut a third portion of dough in half; shape
  • each into a 3-1/2-in. oval for back paws. Cut two 1-in. slits on top
  • edge for toes. Position on each side of body.
  • Divide the fourth portion of dough into three pieces. Shape two
  • pieces into 2-1/2-in. balls for front paws; shape the remaining
  • piece into two 1-in. balls for cheeks and one 1/2-in. ball for nose.
  • Place paws on each side of body; cut two 1-in. slits for toes. Place
  • cheeks and nose on face. Add raisins for eyes and almonds for teeth.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45
  • minutes. Brush dough with egg. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes

For the Dip I just made a quick Ranch Dip.  I had a small dish that I cut a hole int he bunnies belly and placed it in there and added the Ranch dip inside.  I cut up celery and had mini carrots that I placed around the bunny.


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