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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

More Pictures of Addie

I've done a few more photo shoots with miss Addie, and I thought I'd share. (I also included a few baptism pictures)







Kale Chips

The other day I was watching Ellen, and Gwenyth Paltrow was on the show. They talked a little bit about kale chips, and I was intrigued. Sounded yummy and interesting at the same time. I like kale and I know how healthy and nutritious it is. So, I thought I'd take a stab at making some myself.

First I ripped my kale into chip size pieces, rinsed it off and spun it in my salad spinner so that it was mostly dry. Then I lined a baking sheet with tin foil and spread the kale out. I could only fit about half of it on they sheet so that it was in a single layer.

Next I drizzled some olive oil over the kale and tossed it around so that it was evenly coated. I also added some garlic salt and tossed the kale again.

I put it in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes. I checked the kale and it wasn't quite as crunch as I wanted. So, I turned the kale over and put it in for another 3 minutes and it came out looking like this! A yummy and healthy snack.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Baptism Cupcakes


I made cupcakes to serve at the brunch after Adelaide's baptism. Since, we were celebrating Addie's baptism the had to be white. So, I made white cake and topped them with this delicious frosting (minus the almond extract) and topped them off with some home made cupcake toppers. I bought 3 packages of these stickers and just stuck them on some left over card stock from the invitations. Super easy and super cute!

Muffin Display Card How-To

This is pretty basic, but I thought I'd show you guys how I made these cards.

You'll need:
  • Paper Cutter or Scissors
  • 2 different types of card stock
  • One of these Templates (It's available in several colors)
  • Adhesive
  1.  Open up the pdf file of the template. You can either print from here and hand write in the types of muffins (or whatever else you may be using the cards for) Or you can be a little more complex and do what I did. Right click on one of the templates and save the image. Then open in Word, and insert a text box and type the information.
  2. Now, cut out each box as well as the card stock. Since you can really make these print any size that you'd like I don't have exact dimensions for the size the card stock will need to be. Just make sure that your textured or patterned card stock is 1/4 inch larger on each side, and the other piece of card stock is 1/4 inch larger on each side plus twice as long on one side since we will be folding it in half to form a card. EXAMPLE: If the printed box is 2X3, the patterned card stock should be 2.5X3.5, and the other card stock should be 6X4 (I hope that makes sense!)  
  3. Mount the printed box on the patterned card stock with your chosen adhesive. Fold the larger piece of card stock in half and mount the printed card stock on that and voile!

Muffins


We had a brunch after Adelaide's baptism. So, I thought I'd make some muffins. I baked three kinds; blueberry, poppy seed and cheese. This recipe is really easy and really yummy, but I would suggest not baking them too far in advance. I made these Friday night because I had so much to do on Saturday, but they got a little dry. Also, mini muffins work out great for a buffet style brunch. I'll post a tutorial for the cards I made as well.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Baby Girl Scrapbook Pages

I had fun scrapbooking some of Adelaide's first pictures yesterday. Let me just say, it makes things go buy so much faster when you have tons of paper and stickers to choose from. Anyway, I thought I'd share what I did. Hopefully it will help inspire you!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Adelaide's Baptism Invitations

My daughter is going to be baptised next month. So, I made up some invitations to send out. I went to Joann and found some beautiful iridescent card stock that I used on the inside. It was $2 a sheet!!! Luckily it was on sale for 40% off.



On the envelopes I stamped a cross and used some clear embossing powder to give it a subtle embellishment. I think they turned out pretty cute! I can't wait to finish planning everything.

Erik's Birthday

My nephew turns 8 tomorrow! To celebrate his mom threw him a birthday party at Murray Park yesterday. Unfortunately it was pretty cold out, but we still had a good time.

I was asked to make the invitations and cupcakes. They turned out pretty well. The invites aren't as nice as I would have liked, but for some reason I could NOT find my paper cutter! So, the edges are a little crooked.



For the cupcakes I used fondant for the stars and "Z's". I went to Orson Gygi to buy gel food coloring because I wanted them to be a vibrant red.... So much for that! They looked pink no matter how much food coloring I added. So, I ended up brushing on liquid food coloring with a cotton swab. In the end I got the desired effect, but man did it take forever to paint each star!

Photo Shoot






My first photo shoot with Adelaide. It was so much fun. I can't believe how well she behaved.

Monday, May 16, 2011