May 9, 2012
Crafts, Edible Crafts
It’s that time of year again – it’s teacher appreciation week! I saw this flower idea in this fabulous kids party book. It turned out really cute – to finish it off, I ended up tying some twine around the can with a gift tag for the teacher.
And I love that it’s not breakable since it was dropped shortly after this picture was taken. Plus it’s recyclable and little ones of all ages can help you arrange flowers. With that said, I strongly suggest purchasing one of these smooth edge can openers to ensure that there are no sharp edges on the can.
I saw this idea in another fabulous party book (if you don’t believe me, just look at the reviews!). I love the idea of giving teachers apples, although I know that they’re not particularly fond of being given apples year after year. And that’s why I love this idea so much, because the packaging just looks like an apple, but inside I’ve individually wrapped two brownies.
I bought these bags at my local craft store, they came in a mixed bag of 12, and (luckily) I bought extra since some of them weren’t glued well on the sides. Then I cut the brownies to size, wrapped them in plastic wrap, and stacked them inside the bag.
Next I gathered the bag in the middle – pushing the sides in, then I folded the top of the bag like a fan and wrapped it in floral tape. Next I used a small leaf punch to cut leaves out of coordinating scrapbooking paper, and I attached it to the bag with a glue dot.
Super cute, and really fun to make!
May 2, 2012
Baking, Cakes, Desserts, Parties
custard filling, fresh strawberries, layer cake
This cake looks deceptively plain. But inside there are two layers of cake (1 chocolate and 1 white), and the middle is filled with layers of sliced strawberries and custard, all covered in luscious whipped cream. Yum!
To make the cake, you need one layer of white cake and one layer of chocolate cake. Using a cake ring, cut each cake to size. Place the cake ring on top of a cardboard cake round, then place one layer of cake in the bottom of the ring. Next, thinly slice strawberries and layer them on top of the layer in the cake ring. Set aside.
Prepare your favorite custard, or mine, then quickly cool it down by placing the custard (in a bowl) inside of another bowl full of ice water. Stirring constantly. When the custard is cool, but still pourable, measure out about 1 1/4 cups of custard and pour it over your strawberries. You may need to use more (my cake was 7 inches), you’ll want to use enough to completely cover the top of your strawberries.
Smooth out the custard, then place the other cake layer on top, pushing gently. Cover the entire cake/ring/cardboard with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Before decorating, run a knife around the edges of the cake ring to loosen, and gently push the cake out of the bottom of the ring – directly onto the serving platter. Then decorate with sweetened whip cream. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Linking to Something Swanky, BruCrew Life, Crazy for Crust, Tidy Mom, Six Sisters’ Stuff
May 2, 2012
Kids Love, Parties, Special Events
This concoction was simply a happy accident. I was hosting a baby shower for my sister, and I wanted lemonade and soda mixed with some fresh lemon slices. I was running out of time, so I asked my husband to pick up all the ingredients, and he showed up with everything on my list, plus bags of gorgeous limes, grapefruit, and oranges. It was just meant to be.
1 – 2 liter bottle of Sierra Mist (or clear soda)
1 – bottle of lemonade (I used Simply Lemonade)
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1/2 of a grapefruit, sliced
1/2 of an orange, sliced
Right before serving, pour the Sierra Mist and the lemonade together. Stir. Add the slices of fruit and serve.
*I bought an extra bottle of lemonade and poured it into small food storage containers to freeze to make “lemonade” ice cubes so my punch was not diluted.
**If you have leftovers, strain the lemonade/soda mixture into a pitcher and store it in the refrigerator. I made the mistake of leaving the fruit slices in it (once) and the grapefruit overpowered the lemonade, and it was bitter.
***If you like the look of this dispenser you can find it here. I was lucky enough to find it at my local Target. I also spotted this one and love it even more than the one I bought. Ahh, c’est la vie.
Linking to Tidy Mom