March 25, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

These cupcakes were so fun and easy to make!


24 baked cupcakes
Gold cupcake caking cups/liners/wrappers - from Sur La Table
Airheads Rainbow Belt Sour Candy - from CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc.
Green frosting
White frosting - I used Buttercream
Small spatula
Piping tools or fill up a zip lock bag with the frosting, and cut a hole in a corner
Green sprinkles
White pearl sprinkles

I did the green frosting (with a spatula) and green sprinkles here:

Then I piped white frosting on like so, for the "clouds":

I added the Pearls:

I cut each sour rainbow belt in half, then bent and stuck the end in the "clouds". I put them all in the fridge to let the frosting settle and harden. They did really well, and the rainbow candies held their shape! I am very happy with the result:

Lastly, I put each cupcake in a gold wrapper and hauled them in this neat carrier to Lil' Boo's preschool:

Good luck!

February 06, 2014

Homemade Valentines

Valentine's Day is coming up quick! My Little Boo and I made these Valentine's together to give out to her friends. It's simple and affordable! I was trying to create something that does not involve candy...just because I know she will be getting a lot of candies anyways, so there's no need to add more.



* Tape - I chose Scotch Expressions for the color

* Pencils - a pack of 8 in the Dollar Bins at Target

* Large heart cutouts and a variety of stickers - I got these from JoAnn's on sale. The cutouts were 9 in a pack for about $2.

* Glitter glue - available at the Dollar Tree and 99 Cent stores

* Marker/Crayon - to have your child write their name on the back

It's pretty self-explanatory, but first, I had Little Boo write her name on the backs of each heart cutout. Then she decorated the front of the heart with foam stickers:


We taped a pencil on the back:

Then I used glitter glue to make polka dots:


Good luck and have a lovely Valentine's Day with your loved ones!

January 07, 2014

Boiled Sugar Cane Drink

Sugar Cane Drink! I used to drink this as a kid, and have forgotten about it until my mom came to visit over the holidays and brought sugar canes with her.  This is a nice refreshing drink that can be served hot or cold.


I used barley, rock sugar and sugar canes. All can be found in Asian Markets; you can find sugar canes in tall cans:

I boiled everything in a big pot:

This is what rock sugar looks like:


10-12 cups of water
3 tablespoons of barley (or your preferred amount)
5 sticks of arm length sugar canes - (cleaned & chop peel off if fresh), and cut into smaller pieces to fit in the pot
2 chunks of rock sugar
Optional: carrots and water chestnuts, as many to your liking 

Boil water, add all sugar canes, and bring it back to a boil.
Add barley and stir.
Let simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours (until the liquid has reduced to half).
Add rock sugar and simmer for 15 minutes (until melted).

Wait for it to cool down and enjoy!

Good luck.

December 27, 2013

2013 Christmas Cards

Found this Rudolph image and immediately knew it was perfect for my Christmas cards this year! It's pretty easy and self-explanatory:


I added glitter to the red noses:

Inside -
On the right is a message from us, on the left is a photo of us:

Dear Readers,

I wish you a merry, merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog!


Elf on the Shelf, Days 21-25

Day 21: Christopher gives us a hint to what we'll be going today...flying!


Day 22: Christopher made it with us to Texas! He misses the snow, so he made some paper snowflakes. He even left one for us to unfold:

Day 23: Meet Christopher snowman:

Day 24: Small World Doll Ms. France asks Christopher, "Can you do the Can-Can? If you can then I can!"

Night 24: We flew back home and Christopher pops up in our stocking!  He left us some reindeer food, a reminder to set out cookies for Santa, and some new Christmas pajamas!