Friday, January 29, 2010

Birthdays

Wow, it has been almost a month since I have posted anything....too long! I tried last week to post with my live writer and it is not letting me. Something is wrong with our computer....Almost every website it has started saying is a security risk and we have to click through like 3 screens to get on to anything. It is annoying! Anyway I will have to work on setting up live writer to work again because it is sooo much easier to post with!
So I have been sooo busy planning and having birthday's! Caroline, Grayson and Mark all have bday's within 4 days of each other. I made cakes for each of them on their Bday and we had a joint party for the kids in the same week! AHHHH, fun but glad it's over! Anyway I will preview a few pics and then post some more bday stuff throughout the week as time allows!





Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cake Transfer Tutorial

So, what do you do when your kids want a cake with the SuperFriends from the 1970’s?? Well, we made our own. We have actually used this same technique to make several Bday cakes!

You start off with a cake frosted with buttercream icing. Try to get it as smooth as possible. I am NOT an expert at that part!! There are lots of tutorials on you tube that explain it much better!

Find a drawing of your subject that doesn’t have too much detail (unless you REALLY like making stars with icing).

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Trace the outline onto Parchment Paper with a sharpie

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Next tint some piping gel with black gel food color

 

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Next use a piping bag with a #1 tip and trace the outline of your picture on the parchment.

Then flip the parchment over carefully onto the cake where you want your design. This is tricky and it helps if you have someone help you to hold two of the corners while you hold two. Then GENTLY press along the deign to ensure the gel transfers onto the cake.

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Wow the Wonder Twins morphed into Batman :) Just how it goes when it is late and you are trying to finish a cake AND a tutorial.

You are left with this……

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Then mix the colors you will need for your designs. I HATE this part :) Just use white buttercream and gel foodcolors. Place each color in a piping bag ( I use Wilton disposable bags) with a coupler so you can change tips if you need to. Be sure to make a small amount of black for outlining. Using a #2 pointy tip begin outlining over your piping gel. Then using a number 3 or 4 star tip depending on how big you want your stars, just fill in the design like you were coloring in a coloring book.

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Probably a good idea NOT to have soft scrub and resolve on the counter while you do it……just keeping it real.

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Complete all your details, writing and a border and you have a cool cake your kids will love!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Caroline turns 4

We usually have a joint party for Caroline and Grayson since their Birthday’s are so close together. I always try to have a little family celebration on their actual birthday. For Caroline’s 4th birthday Grammy and Pap came down for supper and we had cupcakes.

 

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Christmas 2010 photo shoot

Holidays are always so busy and a few years I have done a little photo shoot with the kids in their outfits after an actual holiday. Christmas 2010 Mom made the kids their Christmas outfits. We got the appliqu├ęs at Joann's and put them on their outfits. They were sooo cute! I loved the bright green color. They always have matching Christmas jammies so we took some photos of all of them in their jammies too. I used some of the pictures to make Christmas Thank You’s for their presents.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

How very true....

MckMama posted this video on her blog today. I was convicted that it is so very true! Penn of Penn and Teller is an atheist. He has this video about a man who gave him a Bible. He talks about how if you truly believe in a heaven and a hell why would you not tell others? Odd that it takes an atheist to convict christians that they should be telling everyone about what they believe! I know without a shadow of a doubt that there is a heaven and a hell, that Jesus died for me and that I am nothing without him. I don't deserve his amazing grace and mercy! I am no better than the worst criminal imaginable! It is only through him that I am forgiven and able to enter Heaven when I die. I am so thankful I am able to have him by my side through trials in my life! I hope that all of you who may be reading this know these truths as well. I am posting the video of Penn telling about the man giving him a Bible as well as a video by Francis Chan. I am reading the book Crazy Love and it is amazing. This video describes christianity so well! Hope you watch them!