Friday, June 29, 2012

Oh Tennessee..

For Brian's step brothers wedding we headed up "North" to Tennessee for the weekend.

They actually got married a couple weeks earlier, just the two of them on the beach but wanted to celebrate afterall with family and friends.
We went to a really cool bar and restaurant called Sambuca and hung out with mostly Brians nephews Aiden and Tyler.
This little guy below is Tyler, he is now 4 years old and the devil himself. The cutest little whirlwind and I'm obsessed with him.

 




and of course totally obsessed with my Brian too! :)




Brians mom fed us Creme Brulee on spoons.




A fun night came to an end...


The next morning we drove to a lake with Brians mom, Steele and Toby



The boys loved the water

                          

                         

  




But then got out and


took off into the woods


to come back with this little guy 


Back on leashes they needed to stay with mommy



Such a fun weekend which we need to do very soon again.
Thanks to my STB MIL for letting us have the dogs in the house (eating the kids Legos)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Because its my birthday...

Because its my birthday today and I love cupcakes, here is a yummy recipe to share.

Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes (recipe from BHG.com)


Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 1 cupcake
Yield: 27 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep: 40 mins Bake: 350°F 18 mins to 20 mins Cool: 45 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 1x 3 ounce package orange-flavor gelatin 
  • 1x 2-layer-size package white cake mix 
  • 1x 4-serving-size package cheesecake instant pudding and pie filling mix 
  • 1x 1/4 cups orange juice
  • 4x eggs
  • 1x 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1x teaspoon vanilla
  • 1x recipe Cream Pop Frostings
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line twenty-seven 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with foil bake cups. Set aside 2 teaspoons of the gelatin for the Cream Pop Frostings. In a mixing bowl beat the remaining gelatin, the cake mix, pudding mix, orange juice, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
2. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.
3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.
4. Spoon orange-flavor Cream Pop Frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Spoon the vanilla-flavor Cream Pop Frosting into another pastry bag fitted with a small star tip. Pipe orange frosting onto each cupcake to cover the top. Pipe a medium-size star of white frosting onto each cupcake. Makes 24 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.

                   
 
and it wouldn't be perfect if you forget to put the oil and vanilla in! Make a note!! REMEMBER b/c. if not than you have to start over again, empty all cups and put it back in the bowl to add the ingredients. (you will loose about 3 cupcakes doing that!) and time. It really sucked!
 
 
While in the oven and after cool down
 

you can prepare the frosting.
 
 
Cream Pop Frosting
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
  • Few drops orange food coloring (optional)
Directions
Prepare Cream Cheese Frosting. Transfer one-fourth of the frosting to a small bowl; beat in vanilla. To the remaining bowl of Cream Cheese Frosting add the reserved orange gelatin from the cupcakes and the orange peel. If desired, add a few drops orange food coloring. Beat to combine.
 
Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: 2-1/2 cups frosting (enough to frost tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch layers)
Ingredients
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 1/2 - 6 cups powdered sugar
Directions
In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency
 
 
 

 

 Put the frosting in a decorater gun and start spreading the frosting  
 

and now sit back and enjoy!

 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How many chairs can one have?

I love chairs and even more those which are cheap and need some work.
In the last 12 months I brought home so many new additions of them that we almost need a bigger house! :)

There were three we got from Blockbuster couple months ago and since then they were just stored in our basement. One of them was done right away and its new home is now my craftroom. You can read about this one here. The other two took a little longer, but eventually I got back to work. When I saw them I knew there was potential in turning them into real nice dining room end chairs and am now so happy we bought them for 15$.


I got the sander out and started to get all the old paint off.
It took forever!

Sanding, sanding

and more sanding, even with a dremel to get the edges clear.


Finally done, what a difference. (but there is still one to go!)


I put a primer on


Two Bombai Mahagoni stain coats later, with 5 hours of drying time each, and a clear semi satin coat to make it a little more shiny.


I ordered Suede fabric with cream and grey stripes and upholstered the cushion. Upholstered might be a too fancy way to take staples off the cushion, cut new fabric and with a staple gun put the new fabric in place.


I love our new dining room chair(s)


Better After, what do you think?