Sunday, March 17, 2013

A day in the park..

Tim and I got to spend a day out with our grandchildren, Tucker & Taylor.  They are a joy and I love spending time with them..They never fail to make you appreciate life.  If you have children or grandchildren then you know that time spent with them is never wasted.  You can give them all the material things that money can buy and it would never be worth what one day of your time could be to them. 


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bunny Cake

My grand daughter and I decided to do a simple Bunny Cake.  These are so easy and loads of fun.  You can decorate them with just about anything you want to use.  We kept it simple.

You will need:
1 box of cake mix (any kind you like)
eggs & oil to make the cake
1-14oz bag of coconut
2-8oz packages of cream cheese
1 stick of butter (not margarine)
2 pounds of powdered sugar
1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
Candies to decorate
Bake your cake in 2 round pans and let them cool
Using a paper plate as a guide you cut the ears from one of them and use the center part that is left over for the bow tie.
Should look like this.
Next you want to make your frosting.
Melt 1 stick of butter.  Add 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract and 2 boxes of softened cream cheese to this.  Using a mixer blend until smooth.  Slowly add your powdered sugar and keep mixing until your frosting is nice and thick.  I used a full 2 pound bag.
Mine was just right
Frost your cake all over with the frosting.  Next take a paper plate and cut you two shapes a little smaller than your ears.  Lay these lightly on the ears.  Cut out more to lay on top of your bow tie.
 (I forgot this part, so my bowtie is covered in coconut)
Once your ears and bow tie are ready, put coconut all over the cake.  Next lift off the pieces of paper plates and sprinkle sugar or other decoration in that area.  Sissy did this decorating for me.
Using licorice or any candies you have on hand, make him a face and decorate his bowtie.
Grab a glass of milk and enjoy!!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

String Baskets

My grandchildren and I decided to do some string baskets for Easter this year.  These make beautiful gifts and are so easy to do. 

What you will need:

Fabric Stiffener
Cotton String 
Large bowl
Aluminum foil
Plastic to cover your table
Glue gun
Paint Brush (Optional)
Various items to use for decorating

   Blow up your balloon as big as you want the basket to be
  Line your bowl with the aluminum foil. 

Lay string in your bowl and pour fabric stiffener over the string getting it soaked through.  You can add a little water if it is too thick. 
  Begin wrapping your balloon with the string.  Hold the end until you get it started to where it will hold itself.  Make sure the string is always wet with the stiffener.  You don't have to go in any order, just randomly and keep it tight.  You can use as much or as little string as you want to.  Once you are satisfied take more fabric stiffener and thin it out a little bit.  Using your hands pat more of it all over the basket or if you have one,  use the paint brush and brush it on.  You will need to tie it up to dry and make sure you leave something under to catch drips.
It should look like this

Let this hang and dry completely.  Usually overnight.

Once completely dry, take a pin and pop the balloon.  It will pull away from the basket and shrivel up.  You will end up with a pretty egg shaped basket like this.

Take scissors and cut your opening as big or small as you want it to be.  Decorate with ribbons or anything else you like.  My grandson is making his into a bunny with google eyes, teeth and bunny ears.  Get creative and make it unique. 

You can either make a bean bag to put in the bottom under the grass to weigh it down so that it will sit up or do what I plan to...I am using a bag of jelly beans!!

We still have some to finish, but here's a picture of a few things we are doing.  Of course there is
a mess behind them...We still have clean-up to do!!
These will be filled with home made Fudge, Coconut Bon Bons, Oreo Balls...and a few other goodies!   
My grandson went for funny & cute...I love it!!

Note:  Once you have popped the balloon and cut out your hole, you can use a spray glue and give it a good spray to make it extra stiff if you choose.  You will need to let it dry longer once doing this.