Baseball Cake #3

Here is my last cake.  Click here to see #1 and #2.  This was a last minute cake that I decided to make the night before.

This was by far the most simple cake out of the three. I love how it turned out!

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I used the ball cake pan again to make half a ball. I got store bought frosting (I normally don’t).  I have seen this technique done before but was a little worried how it was going to work on a rounded surface.  (Note: I always freeze my cakes before frosting).

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Warm your frosting up in the microwave.  I did 30 second increments till it was runny but not hot. Then I started to pour moving in circular motions.  You will use the whole can of frosting.  I did two coats.  After 15 minutes I scooped up the leftovers on the mat and microwaved it and poured again.  I was so impressed with how well this worked.

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For the cupcakes I used the same microwaved frosting to dip the cupcakes in.  This worked really well to give a smooth surface to put the red laces on.  I had some leftover green frosting from my previous cakes that I used to put “grass” around the big ball.  I love how this one turned out.

Baseball Cake #2

Here is baseball cake #2.  Click here to see cake #1!  I decided to make a home plate with a ball this time. thumb_DSC_4395

I baked my cake in a 10′ pan.  So I had to find the middle.

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I marked it with a tooth pick for reference.

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Then I found 5″ on each side of the cake and marker them with tooth picks.  No this is where that nice metal ruler comes in handy.  Make sure you clean it well or keep one for baking.  Use your ruler to make light marker with the edge.

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Two nice simple cuts with a serated knife.

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And you have a home plate! Simple!

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Here is what it looked like all done.  I decided to use my star tip on the ball to give it some dimension and help it not look flat with the smooth frosting on the bottom!

Baseball Cake #1

My nephews have birthday’s just a day apart so that means a lot of birthday cake.  My sister-in-law asked me if I would make the cakes for their parties this year.  I am not going to lie…I was a little nervous.  I had never made a cake for someone else before.  They wanted baseball themed cakes, so I found the Wilton ball cake pan and got to work.  I found a great youtube tutorial for this cake!

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Drive In Movie

Our Memorial day was very wet this year!  We had rain the whole few weeks before and even the day of, so we decided to take our fun inside!

I told my husband I wasn’t going to go overboard, he didn’t believe me, and rightfully so!  I decided to do a popcorn bar, so I got out the awning I used for my step daughters 50’s party.  It worked perfectly.  My stepdaughter made the cute popcorn sign we hung up.  I got candy to put in our record bowls, also from her party, and we got popcorn flavoring.

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I had a TON of extra boxes from when we moved, I knew I would find a use for them. So I got up in the crawl space and brought them out to create our cars.   Good thing for Dad’s and Uncle’s!  They did such an  awesome job with cutting the boxes!

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After we got done cutting, my sister in law and I helped with the decorating.  I helped the kids wrap their cars in wrapping paper and she cut flowers and steering wheels.  This took us a while, but all the kids were very engaged.  We finished just in time for the sky to open up and poor!

Here are the cars finished!

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We were all shocked that they stayed in their cars for the ENITRE movie!  This will defiantly be something we do again!

Monogram Shoes Part 2

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I decided to make my stepdaughter a pair of monogram shoes! Boy did they turn out cute!!  I did them a little different than the ones I did for myself.  I decided to do the monogram on her toe, do to the fact that her tongue was quite a bit smaller than mine. Instead of paint I used permeant vinyl with a few layers of shiny Modge Podge on over it. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the vinyl and tweezers to place them.  My advice is to have patience and cut extra letters because they get stuck together or ruined and it’s easier to have left over then keep going back and cutting more.

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One shoe done!

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I also decided to do her initials on the back too!

Glamour Tent A.K.A Glamping

DSC_4216We are fortunate enough to have family with a cabin that we get to spend time at in the summer!  On the rare occasion that we get all of the families up there at once, we run a little low on space.  So over the fourth of July weekend we decided to set up a tent for the kids and Nana.  We wanted to make it a little more homey so we added some fun things!  A couch, twinkle lights, air mattress with pretty bedding and a chandelier with battery operated candles.  The kids loved it and spent two nights in it.  We even spent an evening hanging out in it.  I am not much for camping but this was pretty awesome!

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Cleaning Baskets

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I love to have a clean house!  Most of the time I do the cleaning on my own, I do ask for help in the summer and when I am in a time crunch.  I have found that having these buckets comes in handy for both me and my step kids.  I like it for me because I am only lugging around what is needed in each room, also it is handy when the kids are helping because I added on little check lists.  We tried them out last week and they were awesome.  The kids liked the checklists, they said it helped them remember the little things.  I got the baskets from the dollar store along with the rings.

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3 Way Braided Bun

My step daughter loves to get her hair done.  I enjoy doing it, especially when I have time to be a little more creative.  I decided to do a 3 way braid that went into a bun.  I did one braid up the back of her head and then two on the sides of her head.  She likes to look like she has a big bun.  This is hard because she doesn’t have a ton of hair, unlike me!  So I put it into a pony, then I take another band and pull he hair through till just the ends are left and bobby pin the rest into place.  It definitely give the illusion that there is a lot more hair.DSC_4251 DSC_4252 DSC_4253

Minecraft Scavenger Hunt Pieces

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I used these for my step son’s party.  We wanted to do a scavenger hunt.  I knew I wanted to make a crafting table, the challenge was how to make pieces that wouldn’t blow away outside. You can see our crafting table here.   I didn’t want to spend much.  I thought we could just use paint stir sticks, cut the pieces and tape them onto the wood pieces.

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My sweet patient husband went out and cut these pieces, ALL 200 of them 🙂

Husband note: This was actually very easy. I used the width of a stir-stick to set a guide on my miter saw, stacked them10-high, and got 10 squares each time I brought down the blade. 200 pieces in just a couple minutes.

Next I spent time cutting out the pieces.  Then I used packing tape and tapped them around the piece of wood.  It took some time, we watched a movie and we both wrapped all these pieces.  
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This only cost me paper and ink!  Such a great easy way to do it!

Minecraft Birthday Party

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My step son turned 12 years old. He wanted a Minecraft birthday.  I knew nothing about Minecraft!  I’ve never seen him play or anything! So this required me to have many talks with him, he loved it, I felt confused most of the time.  I decided to go with green as the base theme!  I downloaded the Minecraft font and then started making signs, like above.

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I had a major fail on my step daughters cake so I was a little scared to make another one.  I found out freezing the cake makes all the difference in the world!  I made a square cake and chocolate frosting, I crushed Oreo’s and added them into the frosting to make it look like mud.  I use my Winton grass tip to make all the grass like frosting.  We have a very big family so I made some mini cupcake just incase we needed more. I also found these cute cardboard figures on amazon and placed them on top.

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My step son tole me about the potions and brewing them.  So I found a potion diagram on google and put it on the board.  I used Koolaid squirt bottles so the kids could make their own “potions”.

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For an activity I decided to do a scavenger hunt with a crafting table.  I used a card table, tablecloth, and duct tape to make the “crafting table”. I made crafting templates with my Silhouette Cameo software.   I bought a bunch of prized at the dollar store that seemed to fit the theme.  I got sword, chest armor, axes, and much more.  I also made little tupperware with coal, diamonds, and emeralds.  I used my silhouette Cameo and make stickers to put on them.  I wish I had pictures of how they turned out.

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I made these wooden scavenger hunt pieces for the scavenger hunt.  See how I made them here.

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They came inside and matched their pieces to get their prizes.  This was a little crazy, but they had fun!

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I didn’t get a picture of the cute lanyards I made.  I loved how they turned out.  I again used my Silhouette Cameo.

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I made these “dynamite” out of pool noodles.  I used duct tape and taped them together.  My husband is always thinking about the details, so he got the rope out and tape three pieces together and I hot glued them into the holes.

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I started collecting boxes about a month before the party.  I just went for it with Steve and the pig.  For Steve I cut a narrow long box in half for the arms and spray painted them and the large box and light blue, then I spray painted the other large box dark blue.  I used brown packing paper for the head, and I used black duct tape for the hair and painted all the other features. I decided to use a pink tablecloth for the pig and wrapped all the boxes individually.  Afterward I think it would have been better to spray paint it.

I really enjoyed this challenge of this party!