Archive | July 2015

Where have I been?

So the fact that I have missed a few weeks of blogging, is a good indicator of how heavily I rely on my phone reminders. My reminder app stopped working and I lost all my weekly reminders. So here I am…

The past couple weeks, I have been preparing to throw my grandmother a birthday party. It was cow themed. Her name is Elsie, so she has always collected ‘Elsie the Borden Cow’ items.  I enjoyed preparing the many party decorations and food. See the Spotted Cow Cake and the Photo Prop Board.2015-07-06 13.34.01

In other news, I had to get a mole removed and get stitches. I’m such a baby! I had stitches when I was like 3 and after child birth, that’s it! This really hurts! It’s starting to itch now- so hopefully it will feel better soon. I get the stitches out in two weeks.

The kids are doing great! Evan has been having a little trouble sleeping, but he seems to have a little stuffy nose- so maybe that is why. Aimlee is finally recovering from a little cold she had. She still has a cough though. Other then that, they are learning and growing every day! Evan is eating crackers and cheerios!

This week, is catch up and clean week! Wish me motivation!

Pull Apart- Spotted Cow Cake

I wanted to make a spotted cow cake for my grandmother’s 91st birthday. I made a cupcake pull apart cake with spotted cow cake on the inside.

To make the “spotted cake”: 

I looked for white cake and the darkest chocolate cake I could find. I used Duncan Hines White and Dark Chocolate Fudge. For the cupcake liners I found white liners with little black flowers, the non fade kind.

I mixed both cake batters (in separate bowels). I took turns dropping little spoonfuls of the mixes in each cup. Don’t mix them together, just drop little blobs. Cook according to box- I suggest getting the same brand so the cook times are the same.

The white may appear “golden” out of the oven, but if you are frosting, this is not a problem- the cake on the inside, should still be white.

Let cool completely before frosting.

(I could also see this working for Zebra party, just by making srtipes with the chocolate batter.)

To make the pull apart cow cake: (For about 40 cupcakes, I used two cake mixes and 3 ½ frostings)  

Choose a board to lay the cake on. Make sure the measure the fridge (if you will be refrigerating) to make sure you have the room to put the board in. I used the lid of a storage container.

Cover the board with foil if needed.

Choose your frosting. I used 3 white frosting containers and one chocolate. Get the darkest chocolate possible. I used green, blue and red gel to make black.

Arrange the cupcakes in a cow shape, start with the head, add the body, legs, a tail, ears if you want and if you have lots of extra cupcakes- you could make grass.

Frost a thin layer of frosting with a knife. I held the cupcakes together as I frosted, in order to get them to stick together- make sure to frost in between the cupcakes.  The rest  can be frosted by spreading or piping.

Use black for the spots, feet, ears, hair, tail and nostrils. Use pink for the nose, ears and udders. Everything else will be white.

 

How to make a Photo Prop Board

One of my favorite party decorations is a photo prop board. This is perfect for any gathering- I made this one for my grandmother’s 91st birthday. She loves cows- so this was the picture we came up with. I was originally g2015-07-03 17.55.09oing to do two cows, but I liked the idea of having the heads at different heights.

Here are the steps to making a photo prop board:

Step 1: Buy a piece of ply wood board from a hardware store such as Lowes or Home Depot.

Mine was 8 ft by 4 ft, so my husband cut it down to about 5 ½ ft by 4 ft (I needed to transport mine, so it needed to fit in my van). Think about the height of your guests (if you’re throwing a kids party you would want a smaller board).

Step 2: Paint the board white. The paint absorbs easily, so this helps set a good foundation for the colored paint. A quart of paint should be enough.

I had to paint 2 coats on the front and one coat on the back (I painted the back to make it smoother and more uniform- this is optional though)

Step 3: Cut the heads out.  2015-07-03 10.10.34

I did this before drawing the picture, so I could adjust if it ended up bigger, smaller or different then what I had planned. We printed off a oval shape and cut it out to use as a template to trace before cutting. My husband used a jigsaw to cut the holes.

Step 4: Dra2015-07-03 16.09.58w your picture.

Weused clip art as a reference. You can either free hand draw or use a projector to trace. If you trace, make sure the face fits in the hole. I put two pictures together to get the look I wanted. Start drawing around the face first.

Step 5: Paint your picture.

I would recommend painting thIMG_3156e background first, then painting your characters. I used acrylic paint. Make sure to paint the inside of the hole for the head with the color you painted the face. This makes is smooth and makes it fit in with the picture.

Step 6: Enjoy!!!