Monday, September 1, 2014

Dog Rocker vs Cat

For a cat family, we seem to make a lot of "dog"' themed projects.

Eric built another delightful dachshund rocker a few weeks ago for some first-time, soon-to-be grandparents in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Before shipping the pooch off to it's new home, I took it outside to get some photos in the yard, and our curious cat had to check things out.

I think Eric needs to make a cat rocker next time, don't you? 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Look Twice, That's Not Rice.

A few years ago, I made some rice bowl "cakes" for my husband's birthday. (He loves, loves, loves steamed rice so I thought it would be funny.) I created the rice-like frosting texture with a potato ricer and it worked perfectly.

So this month, for one of my She Knows recipe tutorials, I recreated my rice bowl cakes - with bonus instructions on how to make "fried rice" too.

These would be fun to make for a Chinese-themed party, or maybe the Chinese New Year. Who knows, I'm sure there are other kitchen creatives out their goofy enough to try it. I did. Twice.

You can find my easy instructions here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Snorkel Snacks

Summer officially ended at our house this week with the start of school on Tuesday. But there are some lucky folks out there who are still enjoying a few more weeks of summertime fun on the beach or in the water.  

Perhaps they would also enjoy these cute & crafty snorkeler cookies.

They're made with just a simple sugar cookie, a Nutter Butter wafer, some icing and a few candy accessories.

Go ahead, dive in to my easy step-by-step instructions at SheKnows.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cocktail Critters

Serve up some cocktail garnishes that are guaranteed to put the "happy" in your next happy hour.

Create a margarita octopus, a bloody mary crocodile, and a martini snake with just a few fruits and vegetables. 

My step-by-step (and sip-by-sip) instructions can be found on SheKnows.

All Smiles After the First Day

Gus smiled his way into 7th grade today.

And Bea was all grins going into 2nd grade.

First day done. Only 281 days to go!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chocolate Robots

During a recent trip down the candy aisle at Target, I discovered these bags of my favorite candy bars in miniature form, and I couldn't help myself. I bought way more than I should have. After I got them home, I started snacking and stacking all the cute, little (delicious) shapes. 

To my surprise, a chocolate robot emerged from my edible arrangement. (With the help of some chocolate candy melts to hold everything together.)

I think they're quite adorable. And dorky. Adorkable, you might even say.

These would make fun treats for a robot-themed party. Or you could have them marching across a cake holding a "Happy Birthday" sign.

You can find my chocolate robot tutorial on Handmade Charlotte. But I encourage you to experiment on your own too. You might be surprised what you can create with just a few candies.

Beep. Bop. Boop. 

Our Favorite Teenager

Gus turned 13 years old today. 

Thirteeeeeeeeen. Maybe if I say it slowly, the idea of Gus as a teenager will finally sink in. 

We surprised him with a 6:00 a.m. wake up call on his new iPhone. Just what every teenager wants, right? Actually, we kinda wanted him to have a phone too. He's going to be in 7th grade, and there were many times last year I wished he'd had a cell phone that I could get ahold of him on the bus or after school. To say Gus was excited about his birthday gift would be an understatement - He loves it.

He was also pretty pleased with his  giant, 13-shaped chocolate chip cookie. We celebrated with giant slabs of sugary goodness, and saved some for his sleepover with friends on Saturday.

Happy 13th Birthday, big guy!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bikini Bites

It was an itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka-dot bikini….. that she made in her kitchen. With strawberries. And candy coating.

O.K. I know. I'm not a songwriter. Obviously. But I found inspiration in that classic, 1960's summertime tune and created these fun bikini bites. (Amazing how two, upside-down strawberries can look like a certain female body part, huh?)

Make some for your next beach or pool-themed party. I guarantee people will be smiling and singing the Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini song. (See…. you're doing it right now, aren't you?)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ice Cream + Imagination

I had some fun with frozen treats last week, making ice cream cone bumblebees, ice cream bar penguins and ice cream sandwich lions. And if I'd had a larger freezer, I could have made an entire zoo. (Which would have resulted in a larger pant size too! I have a difficult time resisting frozen novelty treats of any kind.)

These clever ice cream characters would be a great dessert to serve at any animal-themed birthday party or zoo event. Just make them ahead of time and keep them in your freezer until you're ready to serve up a smile.

You can find my simple, step-by-step instructions for fun frozen treats at Handmade Charlotte.

Hope your summer has been sweet!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Simply Summer

Just taking some time to have fun in the sun lately. Hope you are too!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fabulous at 50!

My sister-in-law, Jaton, turned 50 on Saturday and we celebrated BIG! Literally, the party was held in Kansas' largest barn: The Cooper Barn in Colby, Kansas.

It was an evening filled with great food, tubs of cold beer, buckets of old-school candy, and the warmth of family and friends. (It was also a little warm in general. Just FYI… Kansas' largest barn is not air conditioned.)

What a fabulous night to celebrate a fabulous gal.

Happy 50th Birthday Jaton!


And then I let Bea take the camera around the barn. Funny, people don't seem to mind when a 7-year-old wants to take their photo.


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