Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Didya miss me?!

The last time I updated my blog was for my birthday and so much has happened since then. My daughter and I have moved to my parents where we now will be living until we get settled on our feet again
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My daughter is my love and my one joy in this world. She is the highlight of my day. My parents really enjoy having her around, even when she is being a cranky pants little girl. :)

On a happier note, my cake business is doing really well. Here, I'll show you how well!

The cake was for a 50th birthday party. I basically had the choice to do whatever I wanted with it.
It was made in early November so I thought fall colors were very fitting and classy.
All together, I love this cake!


This cake was made for my best friends wedding shower .. Simply stunning ..

Just a few of the cupcakes I made for a baby shower ..
They were a lot of work but turned out adorable.
I also made a cake that had blue fondant with brown and white circles and dots.

I did  this cake for a 2 year old. Seriously, what 2 year old doesn't love Dora?!
On a side note, my daughter who is a year and a half woke up the next morning and said, "DORA!"
That makes a Mama proud! :)

This is the most recent picture of my daughter.
I chopped all my hair off as well.
Everyone needs a change.


My daughter and I finished moving on Halloween so I made her costume to be Pebbles out of a t-shirt and a pair of blue sweats. It was a little crazy but that's how life is suppose to be.

I want to wish all of you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Spend it with the ones you love :-)


-Abby


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

In honor of MY birthday -- I thought I would show you what I did for a few people I sorta kinda know really well.


My sister in law turned 10 .. Her mom asked me to make a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and slight blue details. I think I covered all the bases and added a twist or two :)
My Grandma turned 86 .. and in honor of her birthday I make cupcakes and a cake.
Today I'm only showing the cupcakes side .. I didn't count them but 2 batches of chocolate and 2 batches of vanilla!
And last but not least - my best friend turned 21!
I apologize for the horrible picture - I thought it was better on my camera. And well, it lied.
It is a swirled pink and vanilla cake with marshmallow fondant made to look like a Cosmo Martini .. ya know what I'm talkin about .. I know you do!
And the orange peel - has all the details of a normal orange peel.
And in case you wondered, I have a tutorial just for your viewing pleasure!

Thank you for celebrating my birthday with me!

xoxo,
Abby

Monday, August 30, 2010

Orange Vanilla Frozen Pops

My little one has been teething. And to say in an oh so nice way, it's been a nightmare adventure.  
In order to be the new and improved Supermom -- I made these.

Orange Vanilla Frozen Pops

from the All You magazine.
I'm sure you've heard of it .. It has loads of coupons, quick recipes, fashion advice, family advice, and just about everything you need in just a little over 100 pages. And it comes right to my door every month. Right on time.

Here, I'll show you how to make them too

First take some of these

12 oz frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. vanilla [mine is from Ecuador, it has a more cinnamon-y flava]
Dash of salt
1 1/4 c Greek yogurt [it calls for plain, I used vanilla. I break the rules]

You also will need

A bowl, a wisk, and paper cups with spoons of sticks of course


Start off with the thawed concentrate in a bowl ..

Add in:


Water [1 1/2 cups actually] and wisk!


Add in the vanilla and sugar and stir! Stir! Stir!


Next -- the yogurt! Stir! Stir!!


Pour into cups -- freeze overnight or at least 6 hours and firm. Enjoy and come back to tell me ya love me!


XoXoX

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Applique Tutorial

My best friends little girl was turning 4 .. And I would much rather make her something, than buy her something. That way I know A LOT of love went into it.


I started off with size 500 [!!!!] font of the number 4
Simply printed off the computer in a fun bubbly font.
I cut it out and layed it on top of double stick fusible webbing.
I buy the blue package at Joanns.
A helpful hint I read was to cut the webbing smaller than the actual item you will be sewing on.
That will allow nothing to get on your iron as long as it is placed correctly :)

It doesn't have to be that much smaller, just cut "inside your lines"

I laid the 4 down backwards on the back of the printed fabric.
I could have just laid it correctly on the top of the fabric but I didn't want to jynx getting a line on the finished product.

Numero 4!

Lay it on the tank top and iron away 

Sew it in place and look what you just did!

Here is a look at the whole outfit --




Hope you enjoy seeing something I've been up to!
There is plenty more to come! :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

MIA Much?

Hey!

So I have been mia because a wonderful couple of women in my life had birthdays.

Three to be exact, close to four this coming week. And mine is the week after. No hints or anything! ;)

Anyways - my camera has kind of kicked the bucket when syncing with my computer, so I'm going to try this one last time and if not I'm off to buy a new one and hopefully will be having some much better luck with posting so often! :) Eeek!! I'm excited!!

By the way -- did you see I have 43 followers?!!?! Seriously - That is amazing!

Love every 43 of you! Go tell your friends and the sooner the better we get this show on the road! Whoa!

Have a wonderful Monday!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sun [Oven] Dried Tomatoes

I have a quick & easy recipe to try out. I've done this for a few years now and every time it turns out wonderful! It is also an easy way to use up all the tomatoes that are beginning to produce this time of year. My mom sent me home with a bag full as well as my in-laws sent us home with a few.

Sun [Oven] Dried Tomatoes


Slice up the tomatoes into quarters in a bowl

Pick out your seasonings, I used [as pictured] oregano, italian seasoning, sea salt, and basil. I also put some oil on them to keep from sticking to my pan and rack.
That looks like quite a lot, but it really wasn't.
There are a lot of tomatoes there!
Arrange them on your cleanest dirty stained pan you own with a wire rack on top, as pictured.
That pan was a gift and within a few weeks my roommate I had, baked something on it and never washed it. There went the shiny to my new pans. However, they still work and I use silicone to bake with most of the time :)
Put them in the oven on the lowest setting above warm, mine was 200 degrees as the lowest so I put mine between warm and 200.
I put them in the oven on a Saturday evening, set the timer for 10 hours! When we woke up for church they weren't to the doneness I wanted. So I let them "dry" more. When we got home 2 hours later they were to perfection.

I put mine into a bowl with oil and tightly covered in the fridge. I'll be making a crock pot Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Sauce so stay tuned for it!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Didya See It?!

Lookee there! I have received my FIRST blog award! From this awesome lady!! Seriously -- check her out! 


And I had no idea how to respond since I was in shock that people read what I write. 
Wow. I love you people! You are absolutely 110% stunning! 
I have really awesome news to share - but bear with me. I have a busy day tomorrow lined up, so I will be posting when I get a spare 5 minutes! 

Much love!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Motivation .. ?!

Okay let's be honest -- way back when I first started this blog I made goals. And here I am not doing a single one of them! 
Well I take that back, the weight part, I've been losing. Wanna know how?
I know you do. 
Water. Is. My. Friend. 

I have coffee in the morning - I'm a mom. I need it. Can't give it up. Ever. I tried this people. I was cranky. Talk to my husband if you do not believe me. And I try really hard not to drink pop. 

And I have -stopped- eating out that much. My husband seems to believe, if it ain't fast - it ain't food motto. I believe, if its not home made, its not that healthy all the time. So now, I have begun to write a menu up in the beginning of the week for what's for dinner. And I'm a huge fan of freezer meals! I bake on weekends too so we normally have a fresh loaf of bread on Monday mornings. [yesterday was Lemon Bread .. mmmm! I'll post that recipe sometime!]  
At my full time job, we have a walking room so on my breaks I get up from the computer and walk and it feels great. I did a class of kickboxing and went running/walking with my MIL. However, this past week the motivation went downhill quickly and I'm sipping on an Orange Fanta and I made brownies yesterday. Yes, I too have days like that. However, I am posting this today - that I am making a schedule to begin running. I really would like to wake at 5 am [!! what am I thinking !!] but to go running/walking in the morning for an hour then come home and shower and all that jazz. I would love to work up to that routine. And I said it here so that means I have to do it .... Eeek!

Pump me up and motivate me? :0) If you too have trouble keeping motivated, I'd love to help you out. Keep you pumped - you keep me pumped. New blog buddy? Anyone looking? :0)

On other news, my husband got a full time position at a local Armory in town which is the best news I've heard lately. It was fantastic to be told that today. Yahoo! Go Mr B! :o)

And my followers keep going up and up and up! 

You rock! 


Much love,

Miss A

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Flower Petal Cupcakes -- Tutorial!

I have a new project for you all! 
As you may know, I have a little girl. 
Therefore I'm obsessed with all things girlie and cute.
It comes with the territory .. 

First let's start with what you need:

 
Cupcakes! 
Cooled of course

 
Mini marshmallows, scissors, colored sugar, frosting, cupcake, and a spoon
 
Frost the cupcake with a thin amount of frosting
 
Cut the mini marshmallow on the diagonal...  
and no my skin isn't that colored :o) 
I edited the picture to show you how to do it exactly ...
 
Dip the marshmallow half in the colored sugar and lay the end of the marshmallow onto the edge of the cupcake, starting from the edge to the inside ..
  
Work your way around the cupcake until that ring is full and start on the second row until you get to the center which you will add a few more and look at what you just made for the little girl inside of you just waiting to say Hiiiiiiii :o)
 Enjoy!! 

Leave me a comment and let me know you were here! :o) 


Don't forget to be a follower -- in 70 more I am having a GREAT giveaway! :o) 


Much love,

Abby

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Party Party Partyyyy!


You're invited to one very special little girl's first birthday party. 
When: Now  
[It was April 10th....]
Where: Here 
[It was at my parents house]
RSVP: Or just leave a comment. I love comments. 
[We had family and friends]


The birthday girl herself 
[We had her pictures taken for her first birthday destroying a cake. It was so fun! Even if she hated it ... :0)]

 Her invite
 [I took this picture from 1st Wishes  but actually bought them somewhere else. I cropped the picture and put some of her info on there as well :)]

Her tutu that I made for her -- On the front I ironed on a cupcake and on the back I ironed on a "1"
[I may or may not have also placed a crown on her head ..]
A few more pictures of her with it on .. I just can't get enough of her!
Her cake, made to look like her invite.
Stunning isn't it?! 
My supervisor at my day job made it .. She is fantastic at cakes!
The only picture I have of her semi digging in. 
She is such a girl some days :0) Not that I would change that .. 
 This is the only picture I have of her table, after the party. In the corner is a stand with pictures of her from birth to a year. 
And those balloons were the biggest pain I've ever had to deal with! 
We ordered some from a local grocery floral shop the night before, when we got them home, within a few hours they were dead..deflated like never before. 
The next morning I called HyVee and ordered a ton of balloons and paid way to much for them. 
But they look great and I'm not complaining .. Just my wallet was :0) 

That cake that was in the bottom corner of the previous picture .. there it is :0) 
My mom's birthday is 2 days after Miss C.
We surprised her with that cake. It was fantastic! 

 
I didn't edit this photo since it slightly shows her cupcakes I made. 
Chocolate cupcakes with Peanut Butter icing 
[Purple] Vanilla cupcakes with Vanilla icing 

The peanut butter ones were gone within minutes and may or may not have been a fight over them. 

Also on the menu:
BBQ Meatballs
Taco Dip
Veggie Tray
Caramel Pecan Apple Dip
Raspberry Lemonade
Sweet Tea 
and Kool-Aid for the little ones of course :0) 


Her birthday went fantastic! She had a lot of fun and was of course a hit with her tutu! 


Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate our special day! 



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