Sunday, June 30, 2013

BlogLovin' & staying cool!

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We are having a heat wave in Idaho and I am already done with summer heat!  Today's high was 105 and tomorrow is supposed to be 110.  Thank goodness that it is a dry heat with little humidity.  I don't do well in humidity!  We have been trying to find cheap and easy ways to cool off.  Today I made some yummy strawberry granitas using strawberries that I already had in the fridge.  They were cool and delicious and really hit the spot on this hot, hot evening.  They are simple to make and only 2 Weight Watchers Points Plus.  (I started Weight Watchers a month ago and am already down 11 pounds!)  I think next time I will add some fresh mint and make them even more delectable!

 The poor dogs are hot too.  They are supposed to be getting shaved soon so that will definitely help.  In the meantime, we bought a plastic kiddie pool for them to play in.  They don't swim in it but they do love to splash around.  Cody and I even sat in it for a bit this afternoon to cool off!  I think we might be doing that quite a bit this summer!
 As you may know, I work for a college and in 2014, we will again have a football team after being without one for over 30 years.  This weekend was a football reunion where former players and coaches got together to celebrate the return of football.  I was in charge of decorations.  Here is a photo of the centerpieces that I put together.  I made 25 of these!  The purple bucket holds 5 small footballs, 2 pom poms, a pennant and gold star garland.  Three more footballs and gold star glitter are around the outside along with a menu card, program and donation card that I designed.  People raved about my centerpieces and loved that they got to take a football home with them!
Thank goodness I get this next week off of work.  With the heat and all the extra work that the reunion brought, I can definitely use the time off!  I hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July and try to stay cool!

Monday, June 17, 2013

My baby brother's wedding

 My brother's wedding day has come and gone!  It went off without a hitch and it was a beautiful wedding.  My sister and I got there at 9:00 and started to get everyone ready.  She did the hair, I did the makeup and got the bride dressed.  Before we knew it, it was time for pictures.  Although I was not the photographer, the bride wanted me to take lots of pictures.  I got some great ones and my favorites are below.  There are quite a few to look at so I will shut up and let you look!

 Our mom made the cake.  It was a brownie cake since neither the bride or groom like cake!

I took them to the airport bright and EARLY this morning.  They are on their way to Cancun and I am so jealous.  Cody and I didn't get a honeymoon.  Congratulations Josh & Ashley!  I love you both and wish you lots of love and happiness always!

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Wedding Hanger

Last night was my future sister-in-law's bachelorette party.  One of the things that the invitation told us to bring was lingerie for the bride.  We weren't supposed to include a card so she wouldn't know who gave it to her.  She had to guess who brought what.  I didn't just want to give her a nighty, I wanted to add something special to it.  I decided to make her a hanger that she could use to hang her wedding dress from.  I am loving the way it turned out!
 I found a black wooden hanger that I painted white and sanded to distress it.  I made roses with a soft purple cotton fabric, added pearls to the middle and under the roses, put a satin bow above the roses and wrote her new Mrs name on the hanger.  When she opened up my gift, she knew it was from me, not because of the nighty, but because of the hand crafted hanger that it was hanging from.
 I know that her wedding dress will look even better hanging from this hanger that was lovingly created just for her.  I think I have found a new gift to make for future brides in my life!
 I helped my mom set up a wedding cake this weekend and took a few pictures of the cake for her.  This beautiful orange rose was begging for its picture to be taken and it turned out perfect! 
I can't believe my little brother is getting married in a little over 5 days!  I also can't wait to share some photos from the wedding with you soon!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Vintage Cake Dome Collection

 I bake a lot.  Cakes, cookies, cupcakes...if I can bake it, I will!  I love to bake and share the goodies with family, friends, co-workers and whoever will enjoy my yummy creations.  I also like to put my delicious treats on something nice.  Presentation is everything you know!  A few summers ago, I decided that I needed a cake dome and I didn't want a modern plastic one.  I wanted an old fashion metal one.  At a yard sale, I found one that was in pretty good shape.  I also mentioned to my in-laws that I was looking for one.  And then I got 3 more!  Here is my little collection of vintage cake domes.

 From left to right: The white one is painted and has horrible decals on it.  It is in desperate need of a makeover!  The brand is Westbend and is round.  Next is my favorite one.  It too is Westbend, is square and is a pretty pink color.  It is the first one that I found.  The next one is a shiny metal one with a black handle.  It is Lincoln Beautyware brand.  The last one is another favorite.  The brand is Westbend again!  It has great details as seen below.
 Don't you just love the wood acorn handle?  It is very solid and sturdy.
 The detail around the top of the dome is adorable.  Acorns and leaves go all the way around.
 This is the detail on the pink square one.  This image is adorable!  Everyone will be able to tell what is in this cake dome!
 They are all in pretty good shape for being vintage cake domes.  I would love to know what kind of cakes were once held in all of them.  I bet they were all delicious!  I had to make a cake to go into one of these and when I found a recipe for a Chocolate Depression Cake, I knew it would be the perfect vintage recipe for one of my vintage cake domes.  There are recipes all over for this cake, but this is the recipe I used, you can find the recipe here.
Summer is in full swing here in Idaho.  For awhile there we had some nice, cool, stormy days.  But I think those are all over and the heat is here.  I hope I survive my 30 minute drive home with no air conditioner in the car when the heat reaches into the triple digits.  I might just melt!

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