Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cupcake Saturday!

It's been a couple of days since we've updated our posts. We left the West Coast last Sunday and made our way back east this week. Sure, we could've flown and been here in a few hours, but if you ever get the chance to drive cross-country, I strongly suggest it. We have done this trip a couple of times now, but each time is a little different. What's not different is the feeling you get when you get a big giant hug at the end of the trip from your family! We didn't tell our parents that we were coming out here, party because we knew mom would worry the whole way, and partly to give them a big surprise. Well, it definitely was a big surprise. It took them a minute or two to realize what was going on. It was definitely worth it.
Anyway, enough about our trip, today is Cupcake Saturday! It's nice when we can make a batch of cupcakes and not have to worry about what to do with all of them, (or eating all of them ourselves.) We have help this week, which is awesome. I asked mom what they like, and she said "bananas and chocolate." Of course with these two flavors, we needed to make a Chunky Monkey Cupcake!

It is a chocolate-banana cupcake with chocolate filling, with banana whipped cream topping and chopped nuts. It's definitely a chunk-ifying cupcake, but so worth it!
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fantastic Fathers!

We want to say Happy Father's Day to our dad and to all the dads out there. (Not that there are many who read this. I don't think even our dad does. Oh well.) Here's what we made our dad to celebrate his special day.
Again, we just had to use our new cartridge! This time we used some of the cuts from The Incredibles, which is perfect for an incredible dad. Here is the gift bag and the card we made for our superhero!

 And a close up of each.

I really wanted to find superhero paper for the lines on the bag, but couldn't find any! I was definitely bummed, but the subtle sparkle on the yellow gives it a little bit of "oooh", even if it isn't very manly.

We linked today's project up with the Fantabulous Cricut Father's Day Challenge here.

Cupcake Saturday!

Ahhh, another Saturday! This week seemed to be go by really slow. Hopefully that means the weekend will feel extra long and be super-productive, but I doubt that. We do have a cupcake to share with you today, that tastes like summer! It is a Raspberry Creme Brulee cupcake! Sounds fancy-schmancy, but was really easy to make, and delicious.
It is a vanilla cake, baked, cooled, and cored. The inside is a raspberry creme brulee filling. We made the creme brulee with raspberry jello powder instead of sugar, and baked it according to the recipe directions. When it was cooled, we filled the hollowed out cupcakes with the filling. To top it off, we took vanilla frosting and put some more of the Jello powder in it to give it a raspberry taste.
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Don't Flip Out!

Hi there! We have another fun card to share that we made with our new cartridge. We used some of the Monsters, Inc. cuts yesterday, and today we have a Finding Nemo card for you.
 Not only is this card absolutely adorable because it has Squirt on it, but he actually flips around, too!

This is a fun good luck card that anyone would love to get! The inside is even decorated to look like the ocean floor!
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

A (Belated) Birthday Card

So we finally broke down and finished off our Cricut Disney collection. Our Best of Pixar cartridge came in the mail today and we just had to try it out!! We also had a belated birthday card on our to-do list for almost a month. (How sad is that?) At least with school finishing up this week we will *hopefully* be better with being creative. So here's the card that we made!

The card is a tri-fold 4x6 card.The cartridge has a cut of Mike and Sulley waving out a door, but I couldn't quite figure out how to use it to make this card. Instead, I used two separate cuts to look like they were in the door, which was made to look like Boo's door (who's adorable self is on the inside). The card says, "You must think we're monsters... for forgetting your birthday. Happy Belated Birthday!" There is a pocket on the last section for a gift card to be slipped into. Extended birthdays are great, right?! Keep them coming!

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cupcake Saturday!

Good morning on this absolutely gorgeous Saturday morning! We hope everyone is having a great day so far! Ours is looking to be busy, but hopefully we'll be able to relax a little tomorrow. Anyway, the cupcakes we are sharing with you today are the ones we made for our birthday last weekend. At the beginning of May, as we were watching the Harry Potter Weekend on ABC Family for the umpteenth time, we decided that we really wanted to have a Harry Potter themed birthday this year. Honestly, who wouldn't want to live in a world full of magic and mystery?! (And who says 27 is too old for a birthday party?!) We had a whole bunch of ideas to work with , but unfortunately, life got in the way and we didn't get around to it. But, we did make cupcakes to celebrate! These are our butterbeer cupcakes, in honor of Harry Potter:
We took a shortcut with these, and used a butter cake mix. Instead of adding water, we added cream soda to the batter (it was kind of difficult to find the cream soda. Not too many stores out here sell it. Who knew??) Once the cupcakes were cooled, we took white buttercream frosting and added a package of butterscotch pudding to it. We mixed it to make a butterscotch buttercream. (This would probably have been better looking if it was a homemade frosting, but it tastes delicious!) These were exactly what I would imagine a mug of butterbeer to taste like.
If the cupcake form isn't quite your thing, there are a ton of other recipes out there for drink versions. We've tried the one from this website, which was surprisingly good. It's not the heathiest drink out there, and drinking a tablespoon of butter may not be on your top list of things to do, but it is tasty in small portions. (That's in the mug.) We also found a butterbeer frappuccino 'recipe' here for the coffee drinker who frequents the corner Starbucks. I wonder if the one at Safeway would make this for us. There are also cream soda-based recipes, too.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a magical day!!