Monday, August 31, 2015

Elephant Diaper Cake

Next on the diaper cake list was for a baby boy and I found a cute idea for a Elephant on top of a diaper cake! I saw tons of pictures of this elephant design but NO steps on how to do. So I had to wing it, I typed up what I did I hope this makes sense.


What You need
98 Diapers (to make the whole cake)
Ribbon or Rubber-bands
Receiving blankets
Googly Eyes
Glue

Take a diaper and roll it length wise to make a long tube that will be your legs, use rubber-bands or ribbon to hold. You need two of these. I then took a receiving blanket and wrapped around the two legs to make the back and hold them together (see picture below). Then take a diaper and stick half under the receiving blanket, leave the other half out to make a face. I used a ribbon to make a point like a nose, you can also use a rubber-band. I added some googly eyes onto the front, I found the hot glue gun was the best to use. for the ears I used another receiving blanket and made the shape I wanted, I then tied on with ribbon to hold in place. I added an extra ribbon that matched the bottom of the cake to tie a ribbon on for the ear. 



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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Baby Booty Diaper Cakes

I haven't done a lot of diaper cakes until these past 3 weeks I had 4 of them to do! Well I had 3 planned and one of Rick's co-worker's saw this baby booties I made and asked if she could have one made too. Which was great since I had a 2nd time to perfect the design. This cake I think is one of my favorites I've done in a while, it took me around 2 hours to make them.

I first found this design on Thom's Crafts and Treats Youtube Video, she is actually one of my favorite go to's for diaper cake designs.  I suggest watching her video to give you a better visual, I tried to type it all up.


What you Need:
84 Diapers (Size 1)
8 Receiving Blankets
2 Clip on  Flowers (or boy item)
1 roll of ribbon 1 1/2 inch
1 roll of ribbon 1 inch
Tape and Paper Clips (I used sewing pins)

To make the baby booty you will start with rolling around 30 diapers (like a cinnamon roll) then put a rubber-band on to keep it rolled. Line up the 30 diapers to make a oval shape. One very large rubber-band around all 30 and then push into a oval like a shoe shape. 

Then take around 18 diapers to make a round roll I use a round cake pan to make this shape, put a rubber-band around to hold this round shape. Take a receiving blanket folded around 3x to make the height of your round diaper shape. This is to cover the sides of the round (to make like the top of a high-top shoe). She uses tap to hold the blanket, I used sewing pins that are longer and have a pearl on top to be decorative and it holds better for me.

Then fold a receiving blanket three times to make the tongue of your shoe. Put in the back of oval just to the top of your diapers, attach with tape or pins. Then put the round on top of your oval towards the back. You then bring the receiving blanket up to cover the top of oval and front of the round. 

Then fold a receiving blanket in half or so to cover the outside of your oval. It will connect in the back where your back of the tongue blanket is up. Don't worry since it doesn't wrap all the way around the oval. 

Then fold your 4th blanket in half or so to come up the side of your cake. You need to fold in the front of the blanket so you can see the tongue.  

You wrap the 1 inch ribbon around the circle and this will hold your blankets. You can add a flower if a girl or you can do like I did and find things for a boy. I found a wooden mitt that I clipped to the ribbon in front. 

Then to finish off the bottom of the cake you wrap the 1 1/2 inch ribbon to be like the rubber of the shoe. 

It sounds very complicated but once you get going it's really easy but you have to watch the video to help get the picture. 

The first set I made I went to Target who was doing their inventory and didn't have 2 packs of matching blankets. So my booties didn't match, my second pair I hit Walmart and found matching blankets so my booties matched!



Diaper Cakes Done:

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

What has been going on here ....

Work has been a bit crazy, I work for a financial advisor so the market activity has been making my calls go from busy to hold on to your seat busy ... LOL!  When I finally clock off I have been hitting the gym but I like to bake and create to calm down also. So a few things have been going on here! Recipes and tutorials to come in the coming weeks!

My bestie loves to post cookie recipes on FB!
I love to try to make them!
THEN take to her house so I won't eat any!!

Cole's best friend's mom brought over a Zucchini the size of my arm!
So I made 3 recipes using it (almost 12 cups of shredded zucchini used) 

Some Babies are coming!
Made a few diaper cakes!
The bottom Booty Diaper Cake is my 2nd attempt that I liked the best!
My first was done when Target doing inventory and they wouldn't bring out 2 matching sets of receiving blankets for me :(.

So there you have it busy all around!!

Have a GREAT Weekend!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Planning a CA Trip

Some tips I learned while planning and on our trip to San Diego!


First I looked all over for tickets and found that San Diego has a 3 park pass. I searched to find a good deal and found that Costco had the best deal.
Go San Diego 4-Day E-Card with SeaWorld
Adult $189.99 (4 day pass includes all 3 places regular price $272)
Kids $162.99 (4 day pass includes all 3 places regular price $240)
Includes SeaWorld, SanDiego Zoo & Safari Park, LEGOLAND, Knott's Berry Farm, Tours, Museums and more! 
Right now they have an extra 10% off too if you want!  Buying through Costco this saved us $318.04!

San Diego Zoo bring in lot's of treats if you have kids they check bags but you really could get away with snacks etc and not have to worry about the crazy price of foods!

SeaWorld if you know someone that lives there that is a season pass bring them!!! Discount off food and drinks, I believe it was like 40% we got from Rick's friend using it. 

Buy the drink cup yes it's spendy BUT you get FREE refills ALL Day! Buy one and share with the whole family!

Buy All Day Dinning $34.99 - For an adult this could come in handy it's crazy spendy!

LEGOLAND buy the Reserve and Ride We found we spent the MOST time in line at this park. It's like $25 per person but it really could make it so you hit more of the rides and don't stand in line for hours.

Plan to pay parking here! $15 for a car
The Pasta & Pizza ALL you can eat! Was the best bang for your buck for the family to eat!
Right now after 4pm kids EAT FREE! Another good option if you stay for dinner!

Also bring a Lego Figure to trade at the park they have certain areas you go and can swap!

There are my tips I found the be the most money saving!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Turtle Cupcakes

I was asked to make 48 cupcakes for a baby shower the theme was sea and turtles. So on the hunt I went for turtle cupcakes and found a few easy ones all of the same design so I'll just give one I found the most. Wonderful DYI had a great step by step.


You’ll need:-Cupcakes
-Frosting
-Sour Peach Gummy ring candies
-Red and green gum drop candies
-Spearmint Leaves candies
-Mini chocolate chips
-Toothpick or kitchen skewer
-Oval fondant cutter
Instructions:1. Bake cupcakes and frost them
2. For the turtle shell: Place a gummy ring on each cupcake. Slice off the bottom half of a red gum drop and place the top half at the center of the gummy ring. Push the gum drop into the frosting so it will stick.
3. For fins, slice a Spearmint Leaves candy in half. Using a oval fondant cutter, cut each half into two pieces (shown far right). Use the curled pieces for the front fins and the thicker pieces for the hind fins.
4. For the head, poke a hole into the sides of a green gum drop using a toothpick or kitchen skewer. Push mini chocolate chips into the holes for the turtle’s eyes. Use a dab of frosting to hold the eyes in place. Place the head onto the cupcake and slightly push into the frosting so it will stick.
ALEXIS NOTES: I had a heck of a time finding some of the candy, I even went to Winco which has a HUGE bulk section. So I winged it and used a circle cookie cutter to cut out the legs and made them the best I could!



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Monday, August 24, 2015

Owl Cupcakes

Before school ended they had an event where they asked for cakes for the cupcake walk. The previous year I made a monkey cake this year they had a zoo theme again so I made Owl cupcakes. They gave out awards for best cupcakes / cakes, yes I'm competitive and a little upset when I did not win ... lol. Next year it is on! I saw several ways to make these but the one's I liked the best was on Family Circle.


What you Need:
Cupcakes frosted with brown icing (I made chocolate cupcakes also)
Oreo's
Brown Candy (or Modeling Chocolate like I used)
Orange Candy (or Modeling Chocolate like I used)

First, frost the cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Next, untwist two cookies and carefully push two brown candies onto the white part of the cookies. Place the cookie eyes onto the cupcake. Then put an orange candy on its side in between the eyes to make the owl beak. Swirl some owl eyebrows at the top if you’d like.

Alexis Notes: Now I had some modeling chocolate on hand from a previous cupcake so I used what I had instead of running to the store. Might be why I didn't win my cupcakes were a bit rushed since I forgot about doing them until hours before they had to be delivered .. lol. I also skipped doing the eyebrows out of frosting and made them out of Oreo's I halved (with the white cream taken off). 

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