Twinning with my Daughter

We usually buy my daughter’s holiday dresses at Costco. We absolutely LOVE Costco! Unfotunetly she has outgrown their dress sizes this year. I was really bummed but stayed optimistic that I would find a dress for her somewhere else. So about a week ago I set out to finish Christmas shopping since we are quite busy during this time of year trying to fit in all the gatherings and making sure my althetic child attends his basketball practices and games.

I went every where and could not find the perfect dress. I thought all the dresses at all the stores where either too gaudy or just not perfect enough for her. They didn’t fit the criteria I was looking for.

Usually all her dresses from Costco are around $25. Pretty reasonable. All the dresses that would fit her this year would cost any where from $50 – how ever much I wanted to spend!

I wasn’t about to spend that kind of money on a dress that she is going to wear for one day. My family only buys clothes when they are on sale! So spending that much money on a dress for one day was out of the question.

So with all my craftiness I thought to myself, forget the expensive dress. She loves to match. She calls it twinning or that we are twins. So I am taking advantage of this stage in her life and I made us matching Christmas gnome shirts.

The gnomes are completely made out of glitter htv. I know you aren’t supposed to layer glitter htv but I wasn’t about to weed the plaid design on all 6 hats. The first hat was a pain in the rear end to weed and the small pieces towards the edge of the hat came off when I pulled away the outside of the htv.

She is excited about matching all day on Christmas that she has been counting down the days! I think I am going to add some words of some sort. I just haven’t found the perfect phrase yet. Do you have any suggestions on the phrase I should use?

Do you have a little girl that loves to match you? What are some of the outfits that you have worn that match with them? Let me know in the comments below!

Union Raiders 4th Grade Team plays Local Mascots during Bengal vs Patriots NFL Game

How exciting is it that my son’s team was chosen to play during the half time show against local mascots during the Bengals versus Patriots game on December 15th! I think I was more excited than my son was!

Thanks to the NKYFL for asking us if we would like to participate in this once in a lifetime event! These boys will remember this day for the rest of their lives! Not to mention that one play caught on video went viral!

They entered into the stadium the same way that the players do. The Patriots had just entered thru the same entrance only 30 minutes before the boys went thru!

They were escorted to their own locker room that they shared with the local mascots. There was a wall that divided them so the boys couldn’t see who was who after they was dressed up.

Here they are in the locker room enjoying the lunches that was provided to them!

Since my husband is a coach to my son’s team he was able to be with him every step of the way. He is such a good daddy and husband. He took a lot of photos since I had to stay in the stands. There was a handful of us moms that snuck into the boys viewing area and sat with them during the game.

Suiting up during the 2nd quarter. Getting ready to go against the local mascots.

They held their end with the mascots! It was a great and hilarious game. Once I figure out how to add videos I will add them so you can see the boys in action! They ended the half time game with a tie against the mascots!

I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed being there!

Christmas Cake Pops For The Local Troopers

So every year since my brother in law has become a Kentucky State Trooper our family has taken food to the post that he works out of. We do this out of appreciation for the sacrifices that they all make for us. So that we can live in a somewhat peaceful area.

Every year I make cake pops. So I documented my process of making cake pops for your veiwing pleasures! This is our 3rd year of taking food to the Troopers.

So the first thing that I do is either take the scraps from cakes that I have already baked or I bake a fresh cake and I crumble it up and put it in my kitchenaide mixer to crumble it into smaller crumbs. Unfortunetly I didn’t capture this process.

After the cake is destroyed and is nothing but small crumbs I add a small amount of icing to the mix. I add enough to make the cake crumbs to stick together. It will have a similar texture to playdoh.

Then I take my meatballer and scoop up some of the cake pop dough and squeeze the handles together. The dough oozes out of the holes on each side and the middle of the ball form.

I scrape all that off and then open the meatballer and Tada! A perfect round cake pop without all the guess work of making it a perfect circle!

Once I am finished rolling out all the cake pop dough I proceed to warm up some candy melt in the microwave. I use a microwave safe bowl and heat the candy melt at 30 second intervals. It takes a few times of heating and stirring before the candy melt is completely melted and smooth.

Do Not rush melting the candy melt. It will burn and have a funky taste and smell to it if you rush.

Once the candy melt is completely melted and smooth I start putting the sticks into the cake balls. To do this you need to dip one end of the stick into the candy melt, being careful not to drip any candy melt every where, then push the stick half way thru the cake ball.

Once you have all the sticks into the cake balls you can put them in the fridge for an hour to firm up. This makes it easier to dip the cake balls into the melted candy melt and keeps the sticks from releasing and leaving the cake ball in the candy melt for you to scoop out. Trust me it’s messy! lol

After about an hour I start melting more candy melt. This time I add a small amount of Crisco to the mix to make the candy melt a little bit thinner and not as thick as it is with out it. The Crisco also helps the candy melt become super smooth on the cake pop once it dries.

Take the cake pops out of the fridge and I start dipping the cake pops into the candy melt. I try not to swirl the cake pops too much while I am dipping them into the candy melt because the stick will come loose and you will be again left with a cake ball in the middle of the candy melt.

Take the cake pops out of the fridge and I start dipping the cake pops into the candy melt. I try not to swirl the cake pops too much while I am dipping them into the candy melt because the stick will come loose and you will be again left with a cake ball in the middle of the candy melt.

Once you have the cake ball dipped and completely covered in candy melt you are going to want to keep the cake ball over the bowl of melted candy melt. You will have some candy melt that will drip off. While holding the cake pop in one hand take your other hand and lightly tap the arm that is holding the cake pop. This helps give a little push to the extra candy melt that is going to drip off.

Once you tap your hand about 30 times and the candy melt has stopped dripping I take my cake pop and stick it into a cake pop stand. If I am going to add sprinkles to the cake pop this is the time that I do it. You need to make sure that you add the sprinkles and what ever else you want on the cake pop before the candy melt has time to dry.

You can use styrofoam or you can just set the cake pop back into the sheet pan to let it dry. If you are going for the perfect cake pop I would recommend getting some sort of cake pop stand to let them dry on. Here is the cake pop stand that I use. I bought it from Wal-Mart. It was less than $10.

It only takes the candy melt about 10 minutes to dry and then you can bag them individually or place them on a decorative plate or pan. For customer orders I bag them individually. But for family functions I set them in a disposible pan.

That’s it! There are a lot of steps but it is relatively easy once you get the hang of it.

Do you have another way of making cake pops? I’d love to hear how you do it!

Getting Inspired

Where do you go to get inspiration for cakes, cookies, cake pops, and cupcakes? I have always turned to Pinterest! It’s probably why my pinterest account has soo many pins! I have been an avid Pinterest user for years!

Most of my clients send pictures of what they want their cakes to look like when they place their orders. Which takes a lot of the creativity out of planning the cake. I do have quite a few loyal customers who will send multiple pictures of cakes. They have one detail from each photo that they want me to incorporate into one cake.

Those type of requests are fun to me. I get to be more creative with the cake, cupcake, cake pop, or cookie.

I wouldn’t know what to do without Pinterest! I get a lot of my inspiration from there.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I offer multiple cake flavors and fillings for cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops.

Cake Flavors are as follows:

White Spice

Chocolate Marbel

Confetti Strawberry

Red Velvet Yellow

Fillings are as follows:

Cream Cheese Strawberry

Raspberry Lemon

Pineapple

If no fillings are chosen then buttercream icing is used as the filling. If your prefered filling isn’t listed please don’t hesitate to ask!

Cake Flavors and Fillings

Pricing

Here I will outline the general starting prices for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and cake pops. Please keep in mind that depending on the amount of detail that is needed for your order and the amount of fondant used on each cake will make prices vary. Please message me directly via email or on my business Facebook page for further details.

Thank you and don’t hesitate to message me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to hearing from you!

Serving sizes are 2″x2″.

Christmas Lists…..

My husband asked for a Christmas list from me this year. I was confused. i complied and gave him a honey to do list of things that I would love to do the house, a list of things I want for my small business to hopefully help it grow so I can help a little more with our finances, and then my list.

As I handed all those lists to him he gave me the weirdest look. He was probably thinking “what the heck did I just get myself into?” Haha. We have been in this house for 5 years this summer and I only have half of the house painted to my liking.

I’m itching to finish the kitchen decorations and would love to be more organized in my craft room with maybe a bigger desk. I painted and decorated the living room. I painted the kitchen cabinets this summer and absolutely LOVE them. Now to finish the counter top, paint the walls, and find some more decorative items.

He came to me the other day and asked which would be the top #1 thing that I would want for christmas off my list. He said he could’t afford to do all of them at once. Hehe. I have expensive tastes.

I asked for camera set up so that I can record myself decorating cakes and cookies cause who doesn’t love watching those kind of videos. I find them so relaxing. I had a new Cricut Maker on my list along with some Keep charms that I wouldn’t mind having.

I chose the camera set up for recording myself. I figured that it would be the most beneficial to my blog trying to get it up and running. Maybe it would even drive some sales my way also. I would LOVE to be one of those bloggers that recieves free items in return for their review and a post on their blog about the product.

I have always admired those bloggers who have been successfull. I am determined this time around to become one of them.

So what are some items that I need to add to my list of camera set up for vlogging and blogging. Since I used to crochet I know all about light boxes and how important backgrounds are for photos. So I pretty much have that covered.

Is there a better camera that I must have? Or a lens that works better than others? I have a 24mm lens on the list for videoing and a 50 mm lens for photos.

Tell me what to get below in the comments!

Mason Jar and Sunflower Cookies

With it being so stinkin cold here. It has me thinking of warmer weather. I’ve always loved flowers and enjoy working in the flower beds during the spring and summer months, but I have recently taken a like to sunflowers these days.

It may be because I have recieved a lot more requests for sunflower themed cakes, cookies, and even wreaths! I loved the wreath I made for a friend that I had to make myself one also!

What is your favorite flower?

Polar Express Inspired Cookies

Had a request for these cookies but decided to offer them up as a set for anyone who would want them! They turned out absolutely fantastic! I LOVE when cookies turn out perfect!

Be sure to snag your set today! I’ll be taking orders till December 20th! The set comes with a gold believe ticket, a bell, and a train cookie for $9! You can email me here or send a message thru my Facebook account here!

If you have any other cookies that you would like for me to make don’t hesitate to reach out and we can discuss details! Can’t wait to here from you!

Rapunzel and Steph Curry Cakes

Here are the cakes that I was priviledged to make this week!

The Rapunzel cake looks simple enough right! That hair though. lol. I had to concentrate and make sure it went the right way. I had to scrape it off a few times because it wasn’t turning out the way I wanted it to! It turned out fantastic. The birthday girl LOVED it!

The Steph Curry inspired cake has a basketball as the sides of the cake and the Golden State Warriors logo on the top. The Entire cake was made with colored buttercream icing!

If you have a design in mind for a special cake please message me via email or on my Facebook Business Page.