Sunday, August 31, 2008

Curious George Cake

My friend's son celebrated his first birthday today and she asked me to make him a Curious George cake....With a personal #1 smash cake!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

All Cake & Ice Creamed Out!

Sadly, I did not participate in this week's TWD. My son turned 4 this weekend and we threw him a little party. I made him a helicopter cake and defaulted to the giant bucket o' ice cream for the party guests. We rented a bounce house, and a shave ice machine. We also had a pool set up for the kids.
After the party, as pooped out as I was, I still had to make 2 dozen cupcakes for his pre-school class and teachers! It was a LONG day, which ended soon after midnight for me, and I was just not up for making ice cream this week! (Even though it is one of my major weaknesses)

I can't wait to see how everyone else's turned out though!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I'm Going Green!

I'm trying to do my part, and going green a little bit at a time.

A friend of mine started a new business and asked me to help her out. She joined Melaleuca, a company that sells all natural and safe products for cleaning, bath and body, weight loss, and nutrition. They also have kids products, pet products, and much, much more!

I started out by purchasing the Eco-Sense Home Conversion Pack which includes all the basic cleaning supplies for your home and bathrooms, along with all the laundry cleaning products you could need!
A lot of the products come concentrated so you get 3-5x more out of them compared to store bought products, which, by they way, have so many harmful chemicals in them. Plus, you save a ton of money!

I have 3 kids and a dog, so I was so excited to get these products. My 4 year old son helped me fill the spray bottles (included) with the product and fill them with water. Then he helped my do a lot of cleaning. It's nice not to have to worry about them being harmful. They are so safe, that a child could consume an entire bottle of product and besides a belly ache, it would not harm them. But with a lot of the products I used to buy, many of them would be fatal if a child were to swallow it.

You can shop online 24/7 and buy direct and get the products delivered right to your door, or you can become a member and get 30%-40% off the prices! Plus, you get $100 of free products in your first 5 months!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Granola Grabbers TWD

This week's recipe was chosen by Bad Girl Baking. I love baking cookies, and was excited to try a new recipe this week! I love cookies with lots of different things in them, well, except for raisins, so those got left out of these yummy little cookies. I just can't stand raisins in my baked goods. Alone, yes, inside cookies and

I only made half a batch, but had enough to package up a few for a friend of mine who I think will enjoy these! I loved these, and all their chunky goodness!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Cupcake Blog

I started a new blog so that I can list all the new items in my etsy shop! I just started, so there isn't a whole lot of posts yet, so bare with me! Eventually, I would like to feature other etsy artists as well!

Please take a peak when you have a free minute! Thanks!!!

The Cupcake Cuppy Blog

I make cupcake wrappers that wrap around your cupcakes.

Dress up your cupcakes at your next event!

*I just wanted to keep this blog more for baking.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

TWD Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream

This week's recipe was selected by Dolores of Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity. I was looking forward to trying out this recipe because I love blueberries AND homemade ice cream!!

The recipe was very simple and easy to follow, although I have to admit when I put the blueberries and sugar in the pot, with the splash of lemon juice, I truly thought there is no way this combination is going to "boil". There wasn't any liquid in there TO boil! But as I watched it heat up, the blueberries each eeked out a little juice, and after a couple minutes, there was blueberry juice covering the bottom of the pan and I was proven wrong. It boiled!

A quick spin in the blender, a pulse or two with heavy cream and sour cream, and then it was off to chill in the fridge for a few hours. After it was chilled, I dumped it in my Cuisinart ice cream maker and let it spin while I went to pick up my son from pre-school!

Upon our return, I had a frozen blend of yummy blueberry sour cream ice cream, that even my 3 year old son loved!

I usually make him lunch as soon as we get home from pre-school, but today, after I let him try a bite of the ice cream before sticking it in the freezer, he told me, "Mommy, just get me a bowl and a spoon, and I'll eat ice cream for lunch!"

Friday, August 8, 2008

Cupcake Cuppy Update

Just a few newly listed items in my shop! More on the way...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Little Black Box

I received my "Little Black Box" today in the mail! I was so excited to get it! If you aren't familiar with "Little Black Box", it's a company that sends out samples from all kinds of online retailers who sell handmade products. It gives you an opportunity to try out a wide variety of products from the retailers before you go and order from them.

The boxes are available every month, with different items in each month's box!

In my July Box, I received:

Embroidered Luggage Handle Wrap from BINHOG
*My favorite Item*

Body Frosting & Bath Cream from Chunky Butt Candle & Bath Co.

A mini bar of soap from Soap Sushi

Apple Drop Doggie Treat from Unique Treat Dog Bones

Greeting Card from Wendy Condrad Art

A Hand dyed scarf from Made With Loving Hands

Tissue Cover from Midnight Creations

Train Earrings from Always Amy

Thank You mini card from Tags & Buttons

Bath Bomb from Kreations by Kathie

Art Bookmark from Diana Crites Gallery

Mini Face Scrubby from Eclecticrafts

Flower Pendant from Designs by Tami

Perfume Sample from Nocturne Alchemy

Body Lotion from Mrs. Sterlings

It was fun for me and my kids to take turns and each pull out a sample and look at it, smell it, or try it on!

I also just sent in several samples of my Cupcake Cuppies to Little Black Box for the month of August! So go check it out and get your promo box today! Because who doesn't like to get fun surprises in the mail!