Monday, December 10, 2012

Fond memories, sharing, and a giveaway to boot!

Well, the past 6 months have been a crazy whirlwind. But somehow my page has managed to grow to over 5,000 friends! So I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY to say thank you for all the lovely comments and words of encouragement. 
Here's what one lucky person will receive - hope you love cupcakes!

 Most of my summer & fall were spent in pain, resulting in my not being able to do what I love most: play with my favorite 6yr old, and bake!

Here's my little sweetie decorating cupcakes <3

We also moved. 
To be honest, we haven't even finished unpacking all the boxes yet. 

Feeling overwhelmed and a little depressed for quite some time I started thinking about some of the happier times in my life. 

There were so many and so much to be thankful for. 

One thing I remembered was spending time with my Mother, baking Christmas cookies! I have 4 brothers, Mom would let us help roll and cut out all the cookies and decorate them with LOTS of sprinkles!!! I also loved baking with my Grandmother when I was a little girl. She made the BEST apple pie EVER!!! There was always extra pie crust and we'd make yummy treats with it. We'd roll it out and cut out circles with a juice glass, then cut even smaller circles out of the centers of half of them, bake them, spread jam onto the full circles and top with the holey circles - - - So. Good!

These are some of my favorite memories. So it got me to thinking... my Giveaway should be all about your favorite baking memory! I bake with my son all the time, he loves to help in the kitchen :)

Here he is watching his cookies bake last Christmas.

Here he is with my husband making the annual Gingerbread House.

And here he is measuring and pouring in the ingredients for pumpkin muffins.
We're always mixing up something yummy!

My hope is that when he's older he will look back at these times and get all those warm, fuzzy, feelings I get when I think about the times I baked with my Mother & Grandmother.

So now it's your turn to share your special memories with me. Leave a comment telling me all about some sweet baking experience you've had! In one week I'll randomly select a story and I'll send a box full of memory-making cupcake goodies to that person. 

Please remember to leave your name & email address so I can contact you!

*** Giveaway limited to continental United States only, please ***

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Blog to boldly go where no Blog has gone before... or something like that!

My baby recently had a birthday. Since he's 6 now, I probably should stop referring to him as my baby, but I can't! He's my only child and so he is destined to always be my baby. Ahem, what were we here for? Ooooh yes, my son's recent birthday party. Aside from his 1st birthday we've encouraged him to choose the theme for each party. His 1st was "Cookie Monster" and I had a 
very blue stained baby for several days.  For his 2nd birthday he chose "Nemo"...

See my sweet little guy peeking back there? Awwwwww!

His 3rd birthday was a Pirate theme. This was so much fun! I made treasure maps on the walls and had the kids digging for buried treasure in the sandbox. I also made pirate cookies but at the time I didn't always take pictures of everything. (the Horror!)

His 4th birthday was all about Thomas the Train 
and his 5th was a crazy combination of Lightning McQueen, Ducks, and Ladybugs! (He couldn't make up his mind so he drew a cake sketch which incorporated all 3 and I made it!)

Which brings us to the 6th Birthday! How time flies, sigh...
This year my sweet boy chose to have an "Outer Space" Birthday party. He and I sat down as I was instructed on just how he wanted his cake to look and discussed decorations and guest list. He asked me to make rocket cookies for his school treat.

A couple weeks before the party he painted planets for the backdrop, he used several of his space/planet books to try to get them just right. 
(Wonder where he gets that from???)

Here's what we came up with...
I think his planets came out terrific!

The cake was so fun, and exactly how we'd sketched it out.

I finished off the table with several fun treats...
Decorated sugar cookies

Space shapes Goldfish crackers & cheese ball Asteroids!

Intergalactic cupcakes with sparkles, mini confetti stars, and fondant planets.
(My dear friend, Wanessa, made the finishing touches on these!)

"Moon Rocks" so simple, yet made a great addition to the table. 
These were sugar cookie dough with several colors added then marbled and shaped. After baked and cooled we added some lustre dust to give them a bit sheen. Easiest cookies I've ever made!

All in all, I think the party was outta this world and I had one happy 6yr old!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Care for some "Catch-Up" with your Blog?

Oh. My. Gosh! I know!!! It's only been forever since I made a Blog post. Sheesh, what could I have been doing that was soooo darned important that I couldn't take a few moments to sit down and write up a new post?!?!? Well, this post is all about catching you up on what I've been neglecting to share with you since LAST FALL?!?!? Can it really be that long ago? *I hang my head in shame* ... Moving right along :)

Here is a quickie little photo collage of some fall decorating and goodies I made. Perhaps this year I can stop for a minute and tell you how I did things, wouldn't that be fun? Because decorating is one of my all time favorite things to do. I loved how my chandelier came out! I just picked up a bunch of sticks, stuck them through, added a some silk leaves, pumpkins, hung a few glass acorns, and tada! So fun! 

So then we moved on to winter holidays... hmmm, my last post was a giveaway of all my favorite Christmas things. Sigh. I *heart* Christmas. Soooooooo, perhaps I'll share a few photos from Christmas. Yeah, why not! First, I host a Cookie Swap every year. Because I love to bake and decorate cookies, and I love to host little get-togethers. Here's the table with everyone's cookie contributions. Yum!

At my cookie swaps I like to 
have a Gingerbread House 
decorating contest. 

 This was our decorating station.

And here are a few of the contestants fabulous creations!

After the party things got super busy getting ready for Christmas 
and making SO MANY goodies for everyone.
These little babies were full of cookies and fudge snowflakes 
to be shipped all over the place.

Here's a sample of some things that were in the packages.
(not Opus, he was for my hubs. In fact he still has him!)

So then it was just cookie heaven for a while.
I made a bunch of these guys...

... and these, which I think were my favorite from the entire season!

Aaaannnnd some Night of the Living Gingerbread Zombies, because they're Zombies. 
Don't Zombies deserve a nice Christmas too? Yes, I thought so :)

The next holiday I neglected to share with you was Valentine's Day. This is my little guy posing for a photo shoot along with the Valentine's we made to give out at school :)

We made some crafty stuff, too. Like these fancy streamer hearts! 
I learned this trick in kindergarten. It was great fun then and it's still great fun now. 
PLUS, the kids can make them, too.
Here's a quickie tutorial:
1. Cut squares of streamers. Many, many, squares.
2. Push the eraser end of a pencil into the center of a square and twist a little.
3. Dip in craft glue. Just a bit.
4. Press onto a canvas where you've previously drawn a heart shape.
5. Continue this process until you've got the whole shape filled in.

Almost looks like flowers, doesn't it :)

What's next... Oh yeah, St Patrick's Day!!! My little guy wanted to have a party 
so I took advantage of the opportunity and made a whole sweet table ~

The kids made "Leprechaun Traps" and asked to have them put into the tree. 
Evidently that's the best way to catch those little buggers!

Then there was Easter and more fun cookies and treats.
(and a sweet little boy)

Most recently we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. 
My son took in something special each day, including these ice cream sundae cupcakes.
I originally saw the idea on Living Locurto's blog. (forgive me I don't know how to tag!)

In between all these things I've been making and decorating cakes, 
cupcakes, more cookies...

I think that pretty much brings us up to speed - Phew!
So, now hopefully you get an idea of what's been keeping too busy to blog. 

BUT - I'm already working on my next post... It's gonna be outta this world ;)

And I'm going to try to make at least one blog post each week! Because seriously, I don't think you or I want to go strolling down memory lane like this again in 6 months due to my neglectful blogging habits :/