Candy Flower Cupcakes

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My 8-year-old helped me decorate these amazingly simple cupcakes for her birthday this year.  I simply made cupcakes with a boxed cake mix and frosted them with store-bought frosting.  I chose to make lemon cake with cream cheese icing, but feel free to choose whichever flavors you like best.  Then my daughter used M&Ms to create the cute flower on each one.  We were really pleased with the results and it was a fun and simple activity to do together!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cake mix + ingredients to make it
  • frosting (from grocery store or homemade)
  • M&Ms candies

Directions:

Make cupcakes according to package directions.  Let cool.  Frost.  Use M&Ms to make a flower on each cupcake.  Enjoy!

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Pieces of the Decorating Puzzle

In the decorating plan which exists in my brain, I have some pretty cool pieces picked out.  Some of them I have actually purchased.  I love etsy because you can find awesome one-of-a-kind (or at least unique) things.  That’s where I’ll get the majority of my art pieces.  Below are some of the tchotchkes I’ve gotten so far to decorate the living room and bathroom.  Once the final product has been assembled, I’ll post pics.  In the meantime, enjoy the puzzle pieces.  🙂

For the living room:

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All of these prints were purchased on etsy.  I had to get frames for them, so I chose plain black ones.  It can be a real headache finding frames that fit odd-sized posters, though.

 

For the bathroom:

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This plastic open-top box came from ebay.  It’s actually a Wii remote holder, but I figure it will come in handy holding something in the bathroom.

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This little keychain guy will become a light pull chain.

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I had a hard time deciding what shower curtain to get.  I didn’t want a busy looking print with Mario characters all over it, so I went on a search for a brick shower curtain.  This one came up on Cafepress and it is perfect!

And that’s it for now.  I have a few other things coming in the mail.  Yippee!

Graveyard Cake

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My son requested that we make this totally tubular Graveyard Cake from the Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook.  The thing I like best about this type of cake is that it doesn’t depend on stellar frosting skills.  As long as you can get a basic coating of frosting on there, the rest is fairly simple.  It’s just a matter of assembling the different components and arranging them on the cake.  This is my favorite way of decorating cakes.

Graveyard Cake 4The chocolate trees are made from melted chocolate bark, while the headstones are Nutter Butters with “RIP” piped on in the same chocolate.  I like how the chocolate bark works really well for making nice lettering.  It doesn’t look sloppy at all.

Graveyard Cake 5These are all the graham cracker pieces that we used for the little house/shack.  You may end up breaking a few crackers as you try to cut them, so plan to have some extras on hand.

Graveyard Cake 6Here is the assembled house.  I ended up cutting the side pieces too short, so I just cut another little piece to patch the hole.  No problem since it’s supposed to look dilapidated anyway.  I reserved some of the green frosting to hold the house pieces together.

Graveyard Cake 3I love how the trees turned out.  Another thing you could do is break off the tree so that it looks like a dead tree stump.  That looked quite realistic, too.

Graveyard Cake 2A few more of the details: chocolate graham cracker walkway, candy pumpkin and Reeses Pieces decorations, and gravestones spread about.  We forgot the crushed chocolate graham cracker crumbs around the headstones to look like dirt.

I hope you have fun making your own graveyard cake!  Post a link below so I can see how yours turned out!

A Simple Christmas Tree

IMG_4832 crThis year we will be traveling to spend Christmas with relatives out of state.  Since we’ll be gone for a greater part of the Christmas season, we’re going easy with the decorating.  Instead of our big tree, we put out the little one.  I happened to have a paper chain kit lying around, which the kids assembled and used to decorate the tree.  I love the simplicity and color!  We may have to put some ornaments up, though.  Son #2 keeps bugging me about it because he knows we have some Super Mario ornaments packed away in the Christmas box.

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