Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tie Dye Cupcakes


We went shopping last week for a birthday cake for Mini Me's big day yesterday.  He originally wanted a yellow cake with Funfetti frosting.  Then he decided he wanted a chocolate cake with a yellow layer of cake on top.  But when we got to the store, he saw the new Duff Goldman's Tie-Dye Cake Mix, and decided that was, for sure this time, what he wanted.


The cake was a pretty cool design, but I just couldn't swallow paying $4.00 for a box of cake mix.  That's crazy.  Instead, we purchase a white cake and decided to DIY our own Tie Dye Cupcakes.

White Cake Mix used for Tie Dye Cupcakes from Kandy Kreations

We started by making a white cake mix using the egg whites to keep the white color pure for dying.  I'm not sure what would happen if we used a yellow cake or used the whole cake recipe on the white mix.  I may give it a try sometime, but we didn't here.

Dyeing Cake Mix colors for Tie Dye Cupcakes from Kandy Kreations

After the cake was mixed, we separated the batter into several different bowls.  I let Mini Me play with the food coloring to dye to batter any color he wanted.  He ended up making 8 different colors.

Tie Dye Cupcakes from Kandy Kreations

We lined the cupcake tins and proceeded to start adding blobs and dots and layers of colored batter to the cupcakes.  I think this was Mini Me's favorite part.  We had a lot of fun mixing the different colors.

Tie Dye Cupcakes from Kandy Kreations

Once the cupcakes were about 3/4 of the way full (we only got 18 cupcakes doing it this way), we cooked them as directed on the box mix.

They turned out so cool!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Plate Tradition


Tomorrow is Mini Me's tenth birthday.  I can't believe it.

My oldest is planning to leave the house soon to go off to school and my youngest is a whole decade old.  I don't even want to think about how old that makes me.

As we are prepping for the "big day", I wanted to share one of our fun, and easy, birthday traditions.


After all the "Bake at 350" plate and cup projects that I've shared with you, you knew I'd need to do one for my kiddo's birthday right?

For this project I bought a boring round circle plate from Dollar Tree and used the Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker .  I wanted to see if the results were better than using the regular sharpie markers.



Every year Mini Me asks for a big cupcake cake for his birthday, so drawing a cupcake on his birthday plate was a no brainer for me.  But you can draw anything you want...candles, cake, balloons, streamers, the sky's the limit.

When you are done drawing, bake your plate at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to set the paint.

I have to admit, I like the Paint Markers better than regular sharpies.  The colors baked on so much brighter.  But that's just me.  Have you tried both ways?  Which way do you like better?



Friday, July 18, 2014

Dare to Share Linky Party and Features


I admit that I haven't been too active on the blog lately.  I'm spending my last week in Texas with family trying to help my parents' get their candy store up and running again after having to move.  It's been a crazy busy time, but I did get a chance to let you enjoy the fun with me.  Go check out my "review" of the new Chocolate Box and tell me what you think.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Chocolate Box Candy Store

I thought that after being absent from the web for the past three weeks, you may want to see what I've been up to instead.  I admit, I probably am a bit biased on the store as so much of my blood, sweat, and tears is wrapped up into this, but I still wanted you to know about the best little candy store in all of Texas.

Monday, July 14, 2014

LDS Priesthood Bingo Review Activity


There has been a lot of talk about Mormons and the priesthood lately.  I'm not sure why the media finds these matters so thrilling and scandalous, but I suppose that's the state of our world right now.  Personally, I can't understand it at all.  God has answered the debate on Priesthood and therefore the debate is over.  Period.  I personally don't want to stand before my Heavenly Father when this life is over and explain to him why I was right and He was wrong.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Heroes, Happiness, and Dare to Share

I'm still in Texas with my family this week, so I've been a little scarce on the computer and with my projects.  It's been nice having a little bit of a crafting break, but I've missed some of the designing and creating.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Over 300 Ways to Look Good Everyday

You guys know I'm no fashionista.

I'm the worst at picking out what to wear. I hate shopping for clothes.  And I'm lucky if I even bother to put make-up on during the day.