Tuesday, May 24, 2011

week 6 cupcake

Blueberry white chocolate cupcakes. I let riley pick this weeks again. This is what he wanted.
We got the recipe from here

Her picture is just awesome. We followed her directions exactly. I used fresh blueberries just like she did. However mine all kinda sank to the bottom. Anyone know of a tip on how NOT to do that?
lol. Overall besides all the blueberries being at the bottom, these were pretty good. we especially like dipping the blueberries in the last remaining batter and eating it. I ate one of the cupcakes without the frosting on it, and it was heavenly. I never really tried a blueberry before. so when I was making them I popped one in my mouth.. ahh it was so good. almost like a cheery without the pit. So I popped another one in....YUCKY!!! not to self don't eat the squishy blueberries! firm one =good
squishy ones= makes karrie spit it out. lol
Since I only made 12 of these ones ( we still have some snickers and banana) Hubby has only eaten 3 at a time heehee
here is our cupcakes

credits: cap blogfreebie 73009
cybernate- simply scraps
far away friend- jennck
heal- mikki livanos

week 5 cupcake

This week we made snickers cupcakes... mmmmm! I was looking online and found just a treasure throve of really awesome recipes. The is what got my inspiration for making a different kind of cupcake every week.
So I found this recipe here

I followed the directions exactly like on the blog.This was soo good, except I think if I make these again, instead of putting the frozen snickers in the middle, I will inject it with caramel sauce. The candy bar melted in the over but when i put them back in the fridge they hardened back up. So there was a hard candy in the middle. Hubby said he liked it that way. I think he is liking this cupcake a week thing way too much, at night he sits down with a big glass of milk and 4 I kid you not cupcakes lol... By the way this is the first time i have ever made homemade frosting. so I was pretty proud of myself. =) Riley chopped up little snickers bars for me,and we put them on the top and drizzled the caramel ice cream topping over top. Riley is really starting to help out each week... maybe he is enjoying it too.....lol
so introducing our snickers cupcakes

Well until next weeks !

ps. oops forgot credits for layout: template 07709CL- crystal longbrake
morning mocha- little red scraps

week 4 cupcakes

woo hoo this week we are going bananas!!! Riley picked this cupcake out.
It's a Banana cupcakes with chocolate frosting and a banana slice on top.
We took martha stewarts recipe from here

We followed her recipe . Except we put chocolate frosting on with a slice of banana on top. Riley said that bananas and chocolate sounded good together. I never did try this cupcake when the frosting was on but I did try one of the plain ones.. and it was sooo good.
Here's ours...

credits for layout:template 07609CL- crystal longbrake
going nanas- sweet digiscraps

cupcakes week 2 & 3

Yes I cheated. I made two cupcakes this week. this week was mother's day . We went to my mom's house for mother's day and spent the day with my sister and her family, my mom and my brother.
This is also a special mother's day because my oldest daughter is going to be a mom. Yep that means Im gonna be a gulp ...grandma... but hey mom if your reading this your going to be a great grandma and my grandma will be a great great grandma... yikes.. doesn't seem possible. so yes in September 29th is the due date. Our family will be one little girl bigger. she had her ultrasound the outher day.. and IT"S A GIRL!!!!!! yeah so many cute girly things lol... okay cupcakes.... anyway

We decided to make french vanilla cupcakes with strawberry filling and lemon filling...lemon is my fave!
So I bought 2 of the french vanilla cake mixes and made them according to the box directions. I made 2x's as many since my husband said he never gets any. He also bought me this really cool frosting gun from hobby lobby. It's plastic and you can put on a tip and just squeeze it like a gun. and it has a long needle type tip for filling inside. (sad side story. my daughter washed these in the dishwasher after she was told to hand wash them. the long tip fell down in the bottom and burnt on heating element. I kept asking if something was burning and everyone kept telling me no... next morning.. waaahhh total carnage.)
So we cooked the cupcakes and let them totally cool. then we filled the centers. I put the strawberry pie filling in the blender as there was huge chunks of strawberrys in it and it wouldnt have squeezed out with the tip. And if I make these again I think I will use jam. The pie filling was really sweet and runny after I blended it.
Then I used my handy dandy frosting gun to swirl the frosting on top. On the strawberry ones, I sliced up fresh strawberrys and put them on top and on the lemon I sprinkled the grated lemon peel (store bought stuff) My hubby said they were good but after a couple days the strawberrys on top got rubbery =(
so here is our creations for week 2 & 3

ps. the credits for the kits I used are
cupcake queen river rose(strawberry)
cherry limeade- enchanted studios(lemon)


"When you look at a cupcake, you've got to smile." ~ Anne Byrn

Yep I am posting about...CUPCAKES.. yummy!
I have decided to try to make a new cupcake every week. My son riley has been helping me pick out which ones to make... so far he has had good choices... since Iam late posting these I am going to post all the ones I have made so far... and yes Im going to tempt you with a picture... to bad they havent invented smellevision yet ! hehe

So the first cupcakes we made were Easter. My husband got me this awesome cupcake magazine from better homes and gardens from Lowes.. yeah I know who knew you could get recipe magazines from a home builder place ..oh well makes it a little more tolerable to have to go in and look at tools lol. anyways, I tried to find a link online but couldn't so here's a picture of it

It has some great recipes in it.

Anyways so we chose to make birds nest cupcakes. i thought they sounded good and they looked too dang cute for easter.

so here is the recipe: Ingredients
*1cp butter *4 eggs *2 3/4 cp cake flour *2 tsp baking powder *1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1/4 tsp salt * 1 8oz carton sour cream * 1/3 cp orange juice *1 tbsp finely grated lemon peel
*2tbsp lemon juice * 1 1/4 cup sugar *1 recipe for citrus frosting(see recipe below) or 1 1/2 cup other frosting *6 oz vanilla candy coating *4 cups chow mein noodles *1/2- 2/3 cups (about 84) pastel colored egg type candy

1.Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temp for 30 min. Line 28 2 1/2 inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. In medium bowl stir together cake flour, baking powder and soda,and salt. In a small bowl combinesour cream, lemon juice, orange juice,and lemon peel. set aside.
2.preheat oven to 350 F. In a very large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. gradually add sugar about 1/4 cup at a time.beat on medium for 3 minutes or til light and fluffy, scrapping side of bowl every once in a while. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. alternately add flour mix, and sour cream mix to butter mix. eat on a low speed just til combined.
3.spoon batter into prepared baking cups, filling each about 3/4 of the way.Use the back of the spoon to smooth batter into cups.
4.Bake for 15-17 min. or til toothpick comes out clean. cool cupckaes in muffin cups on wire rack for 5 minutes.Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. cool completely on a wire rack.
5. Frost cupcakes with citrus frosting (or outher). In small microwave safe bowl microwave candy coating for 30 seconds on high. stir, microwave for 20 -30 secs.or until candy is completely melted. In a large bowl combine chow mein noodles and the melted candy coating. shape chow mein into "nests" on top of each cupcake.
6. add candy eggs to each nest
~ makes 28 cupcakes
Citrus frosting: in a medium bowl stir together ones 16oz can cream cheese or vanilla frosting and 1/2 tsp shredded lemon peel.

Okay you got all that... thats what the recipe said to do. When I went to the store I saw how much more cake flour was so, I decided to buy a white cake mix.....silly me.
I followed the cake mix but added the orange juice the lemon peel and the lemon juice. I made the cupcakes... and when they came out of the oven they were kinda flat... and they didnt want to come out of the baking paper... but they were sure yummy. I actually started crying . no kidding...
Okay so back to the drawing board. I needed to hurry and get these cupcakes made, so I found a yellow cake mix in the pantry...
Yes i made the yellow cake.
I also used white ghiradelli chocolate chips instead of the vanilla candy coating. thats cuz our walmart had all sorts of color except white for the candy coating. We really liked the taste of the chow mein with the chocolate. It was almost like a chocolate covered pretzel but with a different taste. I dont know but it was sooo good. We also bough the malt ball robin eggs candy. and I made the citrus frosting.
So after all the trouble it was still good. but I think next time I will just follow the directions lol
and here is our creation! Okay the kids like to say they helped, but really you can't count eating the leftover frosting ect as helping lol.

week one ..done =)

oh my WOW!!!!

Okay first of all the weather here in arkansas is dreadful. It was like 90 then 30 and then hot then cold. mother nature must be very moody this year. My allergies have been soo messed up. I absolutely can't stand when you get sinus infections and it hurts your jaw...owwiee.
And now we are having flooding and tornados again. I so thought when I moved from florida that my weather channel watching was over... nope! Yesterday I ended up having to drive through flooded roads to get my kids from school. Yikes. I absolutely hate thunder and lightning and the water scares me... My kids are lucky I love em..Poor Kourt was instant messaging me from school telling me she was scared... How could I resist.

Anywho I almost completely forgot about the mousescrappers 2 yr bday festivities. Luckily I remembered them and completed 15 of the 22 challenges..Yeah me!
and then since I was in the mood to scrap, I completed 3 more challenges. I guess it's good. I havent been scrapping lately. So I wanted to share...
I posted my two a-z challenges. I got S...i chose space ships and posted a layout I had done previously.. and Z..I chose Zenon..heehee tells ya how old I am lol

I did the simon seys challenge :
May 9, 2011
1. Simon says-Pick as many papers as you can! I would like to see lots of little pieces (any shape) of paper on your layout to get started. This is a party and it's always better to have more! Your background papers and mats count towards this step too.
May 10, 2011
2. Simon Says-Pick at least one photo that has more than one person in it. If you took a solo or couple trip, pick a photo with people in the background or a picture of a show, random crowds, etc. Use at least three other photos of your choice. If possible, stack them on some of your paper shapes from step one.
May 11, 2011
3. Simon Says-Hide as many (or more) Mickey heads as you have photos. I want to see him peeking at us from everywhere. May 12, 2011
4. Simon Says-Add circle elements to your layout.
May 13, 2011
5. Simon Says- It's time to title your page. Break out of your normal routine. If you usually use alphas, use a font this time. If you always use word art, don't. If you can, put your title at an angle or vertically on your page.

I completed the cake smash challenge
Cake Smash
Just like when you give the baby its own birthday cake and watch it dive in, we're going to smash some LOs.
Go to the gallery and choose two LOs that you love. Then smash them together by scraplifting them onto one LO.

I completed the hopscotch challenge :
In hopscotch you have the numbers 1 through 10, throw a marker onto one of those numbers and skip over it. For our hopscotch you can do the same thing. There will be 10 different things that must be in your layout, however you can "throw your marker" onto one of them and omit it.
Your LO must contain:
one hidden Mickey
two scatters
three ribbons
four frames
five photos
six leaves
seven papers
eight rectangles
nine buttons
ten flowers

I completed the bake me a cake challenge:
For this challenge, you are given a list of "ingredients". Your job is to build a LO using the ingredients.
But we don't all like vanilla cake, some of us like chocolate or confetti cake, right? So we have a few optional ingredients.
The basic recipe (must include):
patterned paper
An odd number of photos
2 different types of ribbons or strings
a title
a pinch of sparkle (some type of bling)
Optional ingredients (choose 5/11):
Mickey colors (red, black, yellow, white)
a frame
a doodle
lace or mesh
one of your photos cut in a circle (but you still need to have an odd number of photos)
a hidden Mickey
word art

Cake decorating challenge :
Since we're celebrating a birthday, we've got a cake and we are going to be decorating it. The rules are simple. Decorate the cake however you want to. Go all out, or super-simple, whatever you want your cake to look like. When you are finished, upload it to the Miscellaneous Challenges, 2nd Anniversary Challenges Gallery and in this thread, then add the Gallery URL (the direct link, not the image link) to your Tracking post so that you get credit for it towards the big prize. Remember, you need to finish 15 out of the 19 games and challenges in order to earn the big prize. You have until 10 PM Pacific Time on May 22 to complete this game. You won't find an easier challenge -- this one's a piece of cake!

I completed the hide and seek challenge and the scavenger hunt challenge
Speed scrap #60:
1. Let me see 8 different circles throughout your page. These can include elements, photos, paper circles, anything you want. Be creative and make them all different sizes.
2. Let's make it colorful, pick atleast 3 or more BRIGHT colors to incorporate into your layout. But stick with those colors to keep the flow even. Black & white are fine to use.
3. Show me some ribbons layered on top of eachother and tucked behind your photos.
4. Throw some stitches into the mix.
5. Paper strips!
6. Since my PP has to do with journaling, I want to see atleast 4 lines written on your page. If you are one of those who absolutely do NOT like to journal then add atleast a date to your page.
7. Add any other elements you wish and finish up your layout. Upload to Speed Scrap #60 gallery, post in appropriate forum, and in the challenge thread.

speed scrap #61:
#1. Choose 5 different papers... 3 patterned and two solid.
#2. Choose 2 photos... one must be larger than the other.
#3. Crop a part of one of your photos and repeat it somewhere on your page.
#4 Add a large Title.....make the title become part of the composition...
#5 Add a block of journalling..... at least 5 lines
#6 add a border of some kind.......be creative
#7 Choose at least 5 different elements to add to your page. Repeat one of them at least 6 times throughout you layout.

Speed scrap #62:
As you know, Disney is a land of make believe and
So my challenge today for our anniversary is for you to think of
the ONE character you could be if you could be anybody and WHY. (very
important) It can be a person, an animal, or anything in between!
LOL. It can be a super villain or hero, cat, dog, warthog, meerkat,
or um MOUSE!! Go wild and really think about it.
1. After you've made your choice, pick at least 3 papers with the
colors of the character. These should make a good back drop for your
2. If you have a picture of you or even a loved one with them that
would be perfect! If not, find a picture or drawing, clip art, etc.
Can use as many pics as you need to set up your new identity.3. The pictures have to show the following: you, your character,
where you live, your friends and or your family. And your stuff: like
your gloves, shoes, carriage, apple, boiling cauldron, etc.
4. We must have BLING! A spray or scatters would be a nice touch if you can.
5. Use layers either in your papers or pics, embellishments, etc.
6. Journal about why you picked them. At least 3 lines. You can even
talk as if you were the character!
7. Any last touches to make it authentic. An autograph,
embellishments, words to a song, anything to put it over the top.
Really make a case for your choice. Shadow it and call it good.
Leave love out there for your fellow "characters!" Lol. I can't wait
to see who you pick! Above all, be creative and have fun. It's YOUR
dream. Make it come true. Disney always does right?

Speed scrap #63:
1) You need to find some basic information about yourself in the MS site. You need to know the following: the month, the day and the year you joined, your user name and how many pages of LO’s are in your gallery. You can find this information when you log in. Click on your name next to the word “Welcome” on the upper right part of the page. You can find the date you joined under the “Mini Statistics” section on the right. You will need to write this information down. To see how many pages you have your gallery, stay logged in and go to the gallery tab at the top of the page. Once in the gallery, click on “My Photos” on the left hand side of the page. Look on the blue bar – far right and you will see “Page” and numbers beside it. That is how many pages are in your own personal gallery. Write that number down. I don’t think you need help with your use name. You will need the first initial of your user name for the challenge. Ok… that is the hard part. You should have five pieces of information… Month, date, year, User Name and how many pages are in your personal gallery. Now let’s get ready to play!!!!
2) The THEME of your LO is based on the first initial of your user name. I realize some of you may not have photos that fit your particular theme. You may have never been to WDW only DW. Do you best to follow the correct theme, but I will make exceptions as needed. Here is the list:
3) The PHOTOS are based on the number of pages in your gallery. At least one of your photos must meet the requirements. You can use as many photos as you want unless you are a 2 or a 5. Those have a specific number involved. If you have 10 or more pages in your gallery… use the second digit of your number… So 12 pages is doing the same as 2, 15 is doing the same as 5.
4) The PAPERS are the month you joined MS. I joined in July, which is the 7th month. If you joined in November, you are doing the same as #1… December is 12… so you are doing the same as #2.
5) The ELEMENTS are the date you joined MS. If you joined the 11-31…use the second digit of your date. I joined on the 16th… so I am using #6 in my LO. Those who joined on the 6th, 16th or 26th are doing the #6. You can use as many elements as you wish, but make sure you meet the requirement of your mix.
6) Add some journaling or whatever else you need to make your LO work for you
7) This requirement is based on the year you joined MS. Everyone either joined 2009, 2010 or 2011…. So… 9, 10 or 11. You must leave loves in this gallery for a minimum of 9, 10 or 11 participants. THEN you need to go into another gallery from this month and leave the same amount of loves in it. There are lots of fabulous LO’s in the gallery this month and we have all been too busy to leave appropriate comments. I want to see love left for all everyone’s hard work! Pick any gallery, but I recommend the Misc. Challenge at the bottom, then select the 2nd Anniversary Challenge and get to gawking at the great LO”s!

speed scrap #64
#1 Pick any number of photos, but place them in the center of your page.
#2 Make your background in any way you want, but use at least 3 papers.
#3 Add as many elements as you want but put them in a visual triangle shape. See Tanya's awesome tutorial here if you don't know what a visual triangle is.
#4 Add some kind of swirl to your page - it can be paper, doodle, sparkle trail, any kind of swirl.
#5 Add some kind of bling to your page - stars, sparkles, pixie dust, metal, anything that blings!
#6 Title your page. (Journal and Date if you want.)
#7 Put a hidden mickey on your page of course!

Speed scrap #65
1) Choose at least 2 photos (you can have more if you wish) but you must position them in 2 completely separate locations on your page.
2) Choose 2 predominant colors for your layout, I will allow you to add neutrals to these colors and a pop of one accent color but I want to see lots of your two chosen colors, in your papers in your elements etc. It is ok to use shades of your chosen colors.
3) Choose 2 papers and no more, this includes your background, mats and paper strips.
4) Use 2 frames, 2 scatters, 2 buttons and 2 word tags on your page, they can be the same or different just so long as you have two of each in total.
5) Now chose 2 other types of elements, for example you might choose ribbons, flowers, stars, clips, bows, leaves, stitching, stamps you can use different types of these choices and as many of them as you wish.
6) Now select just two more types of elements that you have not yet used, (most likely these will be your thematic elements, Mickey Heads, balloons, flags, cameras etc elements that are unique to the theme of your layout) these you can use one of them once and the other twice.
7) Now for your title, you must use two different alphas, two words in two different sizes.
Finally make sure you’ve remembered to shadow everything and add journaling and a date if you wish. Then upload your layout to SpeedScrap Gallery #65, post a link to it here in this thread and a second link to the relevant layout forum that you posted it to as well. Do all this and the participation prize will be yours

Speed scrap #66
1- Choose 4 pics!
2- Use stacked papers for your BG.
3- Add a banner or some hanging element.
4- Make at least 2 clusters in different places.
5- Use some effect on one of your pics (filters, b/w, sepia etc)
6- Use a font and an alpha for your title.
7- Add the date. Journal if you wish and rock your shadows!!!

Phew! and here are the 3 layouts I have completed for two of the scraplift and the weekly

Yep miss Karrie has been a busy girl!
Now on to post this behemoth blog page lol..

Quote of the day!
Flynn Rider: You smell that? Take a deep breath through the nose.
[Breathes through nose]
Flynn Rider: Really let that seep in. What are you getting? Because to me, that's part man-smell, and the other part is really bad man-smell. I don't know why, but overall it just smells like the color brown. Your thoughts?