Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fun Idea

This ad came in our newspaper this week...
Looks like a lot of fun!

Mini Alphabet Stamps

 I found these mini alphabet stamp sets at Micheals 
a few years go in the $ bins.
 I have 6 or 7 different sets.
 I made a few cards today.
The possibilities are endless: name tags, stationery,
gift tags, place cards, greeting cards, 
envelope closures, monograms, and more!  
Any other suggestions for ways to use them?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's a Hard Life

Oliver loves having the bed to himself.
Topher prefers to have someone to snuggle with.  Hubs might be slightly annoyed that I took this shot :)
Oliver occasionally wants to snuggle with Topher... when he needs a paw rest!
 Disclaimer: I do make my bed most of the time 
but the cats seem to take advantage of the
disheveled, extra comfy bed for photo ops!

Missing Grandparents

Thinking of the Keneipps today as they are remembering the
wonderful life of their mom/grandma!

Makes me miss remember my Mamaw & Papaw Heilman.
 Look at those snazzy accessories that 
Eleanor & Omar are sporting!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

 Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes Ingredients List:
3/4 c. flour
3/4 c cake flour
1 1/2 t baking soda
1 stick butter @ room temp
1 c sugar
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 whole milk
1 roll chocolate chip cookie dough
 Whisk dry ingredients together.
Cream together butter, sugar. 
Add in eggs and vanilla.
Beat in flour mixture alternating flour, milk, flour.
 Mix for 3 minutes or so.
 1 thin slice of cookie dough per cupcake wrapper.
Push down so it lines the bottom.
 Cover cookie dough with about 2 1/2 T worth of cake batter.
Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
 When cupcakes are done baking, bake 
remaining cookie dough in very small cookies 
for cupcake toppers.

Vanilla Frosting:
1 c butter @ room temperature
4-5 c confectioner's sugar
1 t vanilla 
1 T whole milk
Blend until fluffy.

Let cupcakes cool and then pipe icing on with a star tip.
Top with cookie pretty quickly before the icing sets.
Recipe makes 18 cupcakes and it could easily be doubled.
 My mini cookies weren't quite mini enough so 
I ended up cutting them in half to put on top of each cupcake.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday Art

 Our happy birds are tweeting our goals for the year!

Yogurt + Fruit + Granola = Delish Breakfast

This is extra good when all of the fruits are in season.
In the off season you can use frozen fruits slightly thawed.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

 I followed the recipe above from my mom.
This is my new favorite chocolate cake mix:
 I inserted a knife in the bottom of each cupcake 
so I'd have a spot to insert the icing tip.
 Most filled really well but this is what happens 
if you over fill...
 Iced with chocolate frosting from a can.
Note: Don't use foil cupcake liners 
as they rip too easily when filling.
 Switched tips from the star tip 
to a teenie tip to do the Hostess touch.
 Cream filled center.
Extra tasty if refrigerated.
They are even more delicious than I was expecting!

Happy 25th Birthday Ty!

My baby brother is turning 25 today!
 Hope you had a wonderful day bro!!
 Sure do love you!