Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dino Easter Eggs





I am always looking for new ways to decorate Easter Eggs. I found a picture of some body who use tattoos to decorate eggs. I order dinosaur tattoos. It super easy you just follow the instructions on your tattoos and instead of skin you use an egg. It also take no time at all.



Monday, March 26, 2012

Chocolate Cream Cupcakes


A friend posted a picture of these and I had to make them. They are so yummy and everyone should make they. They do take a little bit of time but let me tell you they are so worth it.



This is what the inside looked like.

The recipe is below, also below the recipe is the link to the website which has a video you can watch before you start. I did change mine up a little. I added extra a quarter cup more marshmallow creme and doubled the Glaze part.


Makes 12 cupcakes
To ensure an appropriately thick filling, be sure to use marshmallow creme (such as Fluff or Kraft Jet-Puffed Creme), not marshmallow sauce.
INGREDIENTSCUPCAKES
  • 1
  • 1/2
    teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4
    teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2
    cup boiling water
  • 1/3
  • 1/3
    cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1
    tablespoon instant espresso
  • 3/4
    cup sugar
  • 1/2
    cup sour cream
  • 1/2
    cup vegetable oil
  • 2
    large eggs
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla extract
FILLING
  • 3
    tablespoons water
  • 3/4
    teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 4
    tablespoon (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • Pinch salt
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4
    cups marshmallow crème (see note)
GLAZE
  • 1/2
    cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3
    tablespoons unsalted butter
INSTRUCTIONS
  • 1. MAKE BATTER Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 12-cup muffin tin. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Whisk water, cocoa, chocolate chips, and espresso in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar, sour cream, oil, eggs, and vanilla and mix until combined. Whisk in flour mixture until incorporated. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out with few dry crumbs attached, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool -cupcakes in tin 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack and cool completely.
  • 2. PREPARE FILLING Combine water and gelatin in large bowl and let sit until gelatin softens, about 5 minutes. Microwave until mixture is bubbling around edges and gelatin dissolves, about 30 seconds. Stir in butter, vanilla, and salt until combined. Let mixture cool until just warm to touch, about 5 minutes, then whisk in marshmallow creme until smooth; refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Transfer 1/3 cup marshmallow mixture to pastry bag fitted with small plain tip; reserve remaining mixture for filling cupcakes.
  • 3. ASSEMBLE CUPCAKES Microwave chocolate and butter in small bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 30 seconds. Cool glaze to room temper-ature, about 10 minutes. Following photos 1 to 3 at left, cut cone from top of each cupcake and fill cupcakes with 1 tablespoon filling each. Replace tops, frost with 2 teaspoons cooled glaze, and let sit 10 minutes. Using pastry bag, pipe curlicues across glazed cupcakes. Serve. (Cupcakes can be stored in airtight container at room temperature for 2 days.)

FUNKY FILLINGS

Getting the flavor right was the easy part. The trick was in the texture.
  • TOO LOOSE
    Marshmallow creme, butter, and confectioners' sugar are too runny.
  • TOO STIFF
    Too much gelatin makes the filling bouncy and too firm to pipe.
  • JUST RIGHT
    Butter, marshmallow creme, and a modest amount of gelatin yield a soft, yet stable filling.

CHOCOLATE CREAM CUPCAKE ASSEMBLY LINE

  • 1. Insert the tip of a paring knife at a 45-degree angle about 1/4 inch from the edge of the cupcake. Cut out and remove the cake cone.
  • 2. Cut off all but the top 1/4 inch of the cone, leaving a circular disc of cake. Discard—better yet, eat!—the bottom of the cone.
  • 3. Using a spoon, fill each cupcake with the marshmallow mixture and then top with the reserved cake "plug."
  • 4. Spread the cooled glaze over the cupcake, concealing the cut-out top. Once the glaze has set, pipe on a curlicue using the reserved marshmallow filling.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Easter Bunny 2012



Took the kids to see the Easter Bunny. Here are the photos we got.

The boys together.
Hunter saying cheese.

Weston's turn.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day the day of love or Hallmark. Well this year I have been trying to think of something new and different to do. So I got all the boys chocolate and a little gift. Then I got balloons, each boy got one balloon and Brandon got 3 1 for every child we have. I tied a note to the string of the balloon. In the note I put either a memory or something I love about them. I really enjoyed this and thought it turned out really great. Those boys all seemed to really like it.

The boys made sure to not forget me too. I got luck and chocolate cover strawberries and two vases full of flowers one from Taylor and the other Brandon. After spending time with the kids Brandon and I headed out to have dinner. To change things up this year we decided to go where there were a bunch of food truck and chow down there. It was a prefect night.


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The little guys opening there gifts.

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Taylor opening his box of chocolates

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Hunter got a ray gun and Weston got a car.

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Brandon reading his notes.

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And Taylor reading his notes.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Taylor’s 14th Birthday

This year for Taylor’s 14th birthday we are doing two parts. The first part was dinner at the house with family and some of his friends. We are also going to taking him and his friends bowling but we haven’t had a free weekend so that part is still in the works.

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Taylor’s birthday cake I made. It turned out really cute and was super easy to make.

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Taylor was so sweet he even called over Hunter to help him blow his candles out. Since he knows how much Hunter loves that part.

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Time for gifts.

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JT, Hunter, Brandon and Taylor.

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Taylor reading his birthday card.

Taylor and his friends seem to have a great time. His friends stayed the night too.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Brooke’s 2nd Birthday

My friend Whitney’s daughter Brook turned 2. She had her birthday party at Zoomers Petting Zoo,

which is a fantastic place. They have lot of activity's there for the kids like train rides, petting zoo areas, animals to look at, pony rides and play area.

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Hunter loves feeding the guinea pigs, he is so sweet with them.

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This was Weston’s first trip to Zoomers and he was stoked.

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You get food baskets to feed the animals and Weston was thinking it was snacks for him.

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Weston was so cute he wanted to hold the guinea pigs so bad.

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Weston trying to get the bunny! This was his face when the bunny got away.

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Feeding the goat.

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There is a little house for the animals and of coarse Weston’s had to check it out.

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Go go go!

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Hunter trying to cuddle up to the sheep.

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Pony ride time!

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Weston was not to sure with the pony ride although he is happy in this photo.

He was not so stoked in the beginning.

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Hunter stopped to get his face painted, he got a T-REX.

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Weston and Austin taking it all in.

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The kids on the train.

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Weston had his moments on this ride.

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