June 2013 archive

The Social Sunday – Movie Love

Sunday Social

 

1. What is
your favorite movie of all time?

This is a
tough one but I'm going with

The
Goonies

Who doesn't love a little adventure.

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2. What is
your favorite quote?

"We
are the music makers and we are the dreamers of the dreams." – Willy Wonka


3. What is
the best movie to watch for girls night in?

Pretty in Pink – I'm a Duckie fan.

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4. What is
the best breakup movie?

10 Things
I Hate About You

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5. Who
would you want to play in a movie about your life?

Winona Ryder.
I've been told many time that I kinda look like her, back in my younger days.
Plus she's just plain awesome! I love her and can't wait to see her new movie.

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6. Which
movie star's closet would you want to raid?

Katie
Holmes. Matching outfits with Suri, how cute!

 Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise June 24

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Mad Hatter Tea Party – The Cake

Ok, I'm ready to talk about it now. The cake. I'm going to start this by saying I am not a baker. I use box cake mixes and cans of frosting. I make brownies from pre-made kits and cookies are bought at the store. Why in the world I thought this was a good idea, I'll never know.

If you haven't experienced the whole Mad Hatter Tea Party, check it out here.

My daughter wanted a Topsy Turvy Cake. Pinterest is full of super fantastic Mad Hatter Cakes and these people are making them at home so why can't I, right?

She wanted a 3 flavor cake, the top was Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting, the second layer was Chocolate with Bubble Gum frosting and the bottom layer was Strawberry with Strawberry frosting.

I searched the internet and found these cake pans by Fat Daddios called Mad Dadder. They are designed to made the topsy turvy cake without any of the cutting or shaping. Easy right? 

So, the week before the party I enter my baking kitchen ( a kitchen not at my house, but at the party location. A Fur Free Zone! ) with the idea of whipping up a trial cake.

The cake pans have a recommended amounts of cups of batter for each size can pan, plus they recommend flower nails be floated in the deep section as heat conductors. What the hell is a flower nail?

I mix up the box of carrot cake batter and measure it out into the small pan only to realize that Oh My Goodness, one box of cake mix barely filled the 6" round pan, that means the bottom pan is going to take at least 3 boxes of mix! There is a call to Hubs – go to the store buy more eggs, buy more cake mix – now!

I greased the pan, I greased the flower nail – which is a tool for making icing flowers. I found them here at Wilton.

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Then I measurred the 4 cups of batter in and set the oven to the recommended temp 325 degrees, set the cake inside and set the timer. Then I waited.

It took over 70 minutes to bake this cake. The shallow half of the pan was over cooked the deep end was mostly done, but the whole cake had a hard crunchy shell. I took it out to cool and started cake number 2.

The second layer with the chocolate cake was mixed up and with total disregard to the amount of recommend batter The Hubs poured in the 2 boxes worth of batter. (which was 1 cup more than suggested) This thing baked forever, it was over 80 minutes before the toothpick came out clean.

The 3rd and biggest layer, the 10" pan. It used 3 boxes of Strawberry cake mix ( again 1 1/2 more cups than called for) and it was in the oven for over 90 minutes at 300 degrees. I thought it was done, and since I was not at home and it was almost midnight – I was done. I took the cake out, it looked done. The 3 layers of cake and I went home for the night.

I removed the 2 smaller cakes from the box first, then I was holding the biggest layer in my hands moving it from one counter top to the next when the center of the cake fell out, right on my dog's head. So there she was covered in half baked strawberry cake while the other 2 dogs tackled her down. And I was left standing there with an over baked circle of cake with no middle. There was a total meltdown with tears at this point.

AWESOME! Huge Fail with less than a week to go.

Take 2: Thursday Night before the party.

I begin with making the top. I mix the carrot cake. I greased the pan. I greased the flower nails. I pour in the recommended amount of batter carefully measured ( completely convinced that it was The Hubs fault for the other cakes failing – too much batter). I read that I should wrap the shallow end in foil so it cooks slower, so I did that too. Everything was going well UNTIL I went to remove it from the pan and half of it stuck in the pan – can you believe it?!?!?

Desperate call to my mom for another box of carrot cake and then we started on round 3 of the 6" pan.

Finally the carrot cake 6" top came out cooked and looked good!

Then I made the chocolate cake in the 8" pan. It worked out fine – at 75 minutes of baking.

Last but not least – the 10" Strawberry Cake. It took over 1 and 1/2 hours to bake because I took the suggestion of lowering the temp for a more even bake.

There I was – 3 cakes done, now to icing them – easy icing from a can.

I didn't try and do anything fancy, I put the icing on each layer, then stacked it. Afterwards I stuck some cake decorating candies to it. It turned out ok in the end but it was hard and I don't think I will ever do it again!

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Oh the crazy shit we do for our kids!

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Furry Fridays – Sarah from Total Basset Case

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Brought to you by Steph and Becky!
Today welcome Sarah and Floyd!

I'm Sarah and I blog over at Total Basset Case.

 If you couldn't guess, we have a basset hound.

His name is Floyd.
He is a rascal and a half and also the biggest sweet heart you've ever met.
As much as Floyd looks like a 'dog', he isn't much of a dog.
 In fact, he really doesn't do anything that 'normal' dogs do.
He doesn't:
-play fetch
-catch a ball
-sleep in a dog bed
-walk very well on a leash (he'd rather sit)
 -eat normal dog food (mr. sensitive stomach over here)
However, he does:
-snuggle like it's his job
 -bring you beers
 -help load the dishwasher

-protect the neighborhood
I mean, you can't deny that precious face.
Even if he can't fetch a ball…

Thank you Becky and Steph for having us over today!
We are so happy to be a part of Furry Friends!
Please come over and say hello to Floyd and I!

Sarah blogs at Total Basset Case // Twitter // Facebook

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Pressed Pennies, Roadside Oddities – Checking off the Bucket List

A couple weeks ago we talked about Our Summer Bucket List. It included things like swimming and visiting roadside oddities.Over the weekend we were able to check off some of our list.

Find a New Pressed Penny Machine: Penn's Cave

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While Penn's Cave is not technically a Nation Park it is recognized by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark, so for now we are giving that one a half check, Hopefully we will make it to a National Park, but if not this one can count.

Penn's Cave is an cave that you tour in a boat.

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Next, was to eat at a restaurant from Food Networks, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. So, I downloaded the Food Network App called On The Road.

 

Food Network On the Road (Official)
This app uses your location to list restaurants that have been featured on ALL of the Food Network shows.
The Ice Cream shop that we hit was not on Triple D but it was on Crave, so again a half check for this one. This is the creamery run by Penn State U. It only takes 4 days from Cow to Tummy! The ice cream is completely processed on campus, totally awesome.
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 Here comes the oddities. Inside the Creamery we spotted a huge Ice Cream Scoop, used in the groundbreaking of the Food Science Building.

 

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Then we found this town that lays claim to owning Memorial Day.

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We also came across this Iron Horse, made out of bumpers. While I don't think it's the one from the A&E's TV show Shipping Wars, it sure does look like it!

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Oh and we did some swimming, Check.

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For one long weekend we checked off some items on our list and had a great time.

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Pin It Party!

It’s Party Time! Here are my faves from last week!
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If you haven’t had a chance to add the party button to your blog’s link up page or sidebar, please do it today. It would ROCK our worlds. For realsies. Also, the more people who know about the party and join in, the more potentially repins for you. Win-win, right? Also, looking for a couple more co-hosts for July and August! Send Ellie an email if you are interested and she will give send you the dets!


Please be sure to send out the tweet in “rule 5″! We just added that last week and would really appreciate you taking the two seconds to do it. THANKS SO MUCH! Party time! XO

1. Follow the host and co-hosts on Pinterest.

2. Grab the party button and add it to your blog’s sidebar or link up party list.

3. Post 1-3 links to your blog’s most “pin-able” posts from the last few weeks. (Please, no links to other parties, giveaways or shops please. If you are an ETSY shop owner, come back this weekend and link up at the Weekend Blog Block Party!)

4. Mingle! Reach out to somebody new and pin their stuff. You never know when you will meet your blogging bestie!

5. Please send out a tweet about the party. The more people who come and link up, the more potential repins for you! Click here to send your tweet.  

6. Have a FABulous day and come back next week for more Pinterest fun. XO 
Host: Ellie @ Creative Geekery
Co-Hosts: Kristin @ One Organic Mama 
 Steph @ A Geek in Glasses 
Karlie @ Mama Whimsy
We will each choose our three favorite posts from the party and pin them to this party’s collaborative Pinterest board: THE Pin It Party – The Best of the Best! Woot woot! 









Ombre Chevron with Tulip Soft Paints

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I know we all remember using Tulip Soft Fabric paints when we were kids. How many camp projects were covered in flowers and peace signs drawn on with Tulip 3D (aka Puffy) paints?! There was a point in my life when everything I owned had at least one dot of Tulip 3D paint on it somewhere. I know that I had a fanny pack ( can you believe, I just admitted to that?)  decorated using Tulip Soft and Tulip 3D paints, that's a blast from the past.

Speaking of a Blast from the Past check out this vintage promotional ad video for Totally Tulip! May it inspire you to create something new and awesome using all those techniques your learned way back when.

 

This is what I was inspired to create using the Tulip Soft Paints. I wanted to create a summer look using the Yellow Tulip Soft Paint and a white cotton shirt. Following one of the hottest trends, I tried my hand at a simple chevron pattern.

Supplies:

Tulip Soft Paint in Yellow

Tulip Soft Paint in White

Brush

masking tape

paper

Scissors

ruler

pencil

 

Step 1: The Template. On the paper draw an equilateral triangle, all 3 sides have the same length. I made mine 5". Then, using the masking tape, I laid the tape down along 2 edges of the triangle, making a V shape and giving me the width of my Chevron shape. I cut along either side of the masking tape making the template.

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Step 2: Masking The Shirt. Place the "V" at the bottom of the shirt and place masking tape along the bottom edge of the template, the whole way up to the shoulder of the shirt. Then place masking tape on the inside of the "V" the whole way up to the neckline. Remove the template, you have just created the space where the paint will go. Next, move the "V" template up where the masking tape made a V shape, that will be the bottom edge, then mask off the inside edge. Continue in this manner until you have reached the top of the shirt.

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Step 3: Painting the Shirt. Since we are going for an Ombre` effect, I started at the bottom with the full color of yellow Tulip Soft paint. I applied the yellow paint using a soft brush to the first "V" shape, then I started to mix a little of the Tulip White soft paint to the Yellow. Using the soft brush I was able to blend the trasition line, then I painted a section using that color. I painted across the design with the paint. I continued to add white paint to the yellow until I reached the top of the shirt, ending with a very light yellow, almost white.

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Step 4: Let it Dry. This is the hardest part of the whole project! The waiting. Let the paint dry completely, FOLLOW the directions on the bottle of paint! Then once the paint has set, remove the masking tape.

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While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I spruced up an old pair of mocks to go with my new shirt, using the Yellow Tulip Soft Paint.

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Here we are the final awesome summer casual look using Tulip Soft Paints!


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makes its way up and down California–it might just be headed to a
location near you!

Plus there is still time to enter the Tie Dye Your Summer Giveaway! A Prize pack so great, you just have to check it out, hint – can you say iPad? Visit here to enter.

 
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New Art Classes help Check Items off the Bucket List

Craftsy Fine Art

 

Now you all know that I love Craftsy and the classes they offer. I am currently (read still, ha, ha) working on my Bombshell dress, plus I've taken classes on cake decorating and pizza making.

Now they are offering fine art classes! Which is a great way to check some items off of our Summer Bucket List. The Kid and I decided that a self portrait is something that we are going to work on this summer. While I have taken tons of art classes in the past, that has been the past – a long time ago in another lifetime past – so a refresher class is just what I need.

I'm very excited about the Narrative Portraiture Painting. I think that the instructor, Micah Ganske's work is pretty amazing and can't wait to learn some of his techniques.

They are also offering a class called Portraits in Watercolor. Another class that may help get that item checked out our list!

I'm super excited about these and you should be too! Don't forget that Craftsy offers over 26 FREE classes too! The instructors are really great and you can take the classes on your time! Check it out!

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Mad Hatter Tea Party – The Games

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The games were really simple. We started with Pin the Smile on the Cheshire Cat. I found the Cheshire Cat image here.

I opened the coloring page in Illustrator, but it could be done in Word or Photoshop. Then I added the text, "We're all mad here." in the font "Willy Wonka" which I downloaded from here. For the type, I used a no fill with a thin black outline. I sent my file to Office Max and they printed it at a size of 24" x 36" in black and white. It cost about $3.50.

To make it sturdy, I spray glued it to a piece of foam board. ( Which can be purchased at a craft store with those wonderful store coupons. The office stores charge more for 1 board, than the craft stores get for a pack of 2 at regular price – then you can use that 40% off coupon. Plus the spray glue is also cheaper at the craft store. )

I colored the image in myself, it only took an hour. I did it while baking the cake. I used just basic markers.

For the Smiles, I traced the finished smile on the board, cut out a template and traced the smiles on plain paper and cut them out. We wrote each child's name on a smile and used a loop of regular tape on the back.

Since the age range of the party was 2 – 12, I offered a mask/blindfold or the child to be spun in circles 10 times. The older kids used the blindfold, but the younger kids didn't want their eyes covered. It worked out fine and everyone got a prize.

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The second game was a Tea Bag Toss. I set up a tea pot, and different sized tea cups and saucers for the kids to toss tea bags at. Seven feet is the best distance for a tea bag to be tossed, so that it might sctually get in the pot. The bags don't weigh very much and if there is any wind, you may have to adjust the distance. We gave them six bags, some with strings still attached and some with no strings.

This game worked well and went fairly quickly too. The kids all seemed to enjoy it and prizes were awarded to everyone.

If you want to see the whole party, check it out here!

Next week, I'll talk about the cake. I've recovered enough from this traumatic experience now, that I can talk about it again.

8 Interesteing Facts about Whiskey – A Guest Post

Thanks to Ruth Hinds of Gurasu for this cute and informative Guest Post about Whiskey.

8 Interesting Facts about Whiskey

 

 Whiskey is one of the most famous drinks across the world,
and it has a loyal and passionate following.  Despite this, there are still some
little-known facts that your average whiskey drinker doesn’t know about.

 

 Here, we bring you a collection of interesting facts about
the potent alcoholic beverage.

 

·         
Whiskey and whisky are actually two different
drinks, and it isn’t just the spelling that sets them apart. Whiskey tends to
be produced anywhere in the world, including America and Japan, where as whisky
is produced solely in Scotland.


·         
You need to use the right glass when tasting
whiskey. Otherwise, its intended flavour could be lost. Whiskey
glasses
should be wide at the bottom with a tighter brim, allowing the
aroma to develop.


·         
Whiskey, unlike fine wines, stops maturing after
it is bottled. A closed bottle of good whiskey can be kept for up to 100 years
without deteriorating, and once opened, it will last around 5 years if kept in
the right conditions.


·         
It has been suggested that there are health
benefits of drinking whiskey. While it’s been thought for several years that
moderate alcohol consumption can be good for you, some experts think that
whiskey in particular can be beneficial. Some studies have even suggested that
it lowers the risk of cancer.


·         
Scotch is one of the most famous whiskeys, and
there are strict rules about how it is produced. It must be made is Scotland,
and it must be aged in casks for a minimum of three years. Five of the most
notable Scottish whiskey regions are Highland, Lowland, Islay, Speyside and Campbeltown.



·         
The number that is often displayed after the
name of a whiskey is the age of the youngest whiskey used to produce that
specific product. If no number is displayed, it’s safe to assume that it is a
minimum of three years old.


·         
Whiskey can be a very sound financial
investment. Increases of 250% in the space of just a few years are highly
possible, and there is a large demand for certain products. Some people have
made their fortunes by trading whiskey. If you’re interested in making cash
from your favourite drink, it’s worth doing some research into what brands and
types offer the best potential.


·         
If you have a passion for whiskey, there are
many ways to take it further. You could enroll in a course in your local area
or you could even book a whiskey tasting holiday. Scotland is a popular
destination, and many tourist providers have received rave reviews for their
tours and tasting sessions.

 

 As you can see, it’s an exciting arena and there is so much
to learn. Are there any other interesting facts about whiskey that you’d like
to share? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 This article was
brought to you by Ruth Hinds on behalf of Gurasu. Gurasu specialises in fine
crystal  products for the more discerning customer, with ranges that include
crystal vases,
champagne flutes and much more.

 

Furry Fridays – Aimee from Irresistible Pets

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Brought to you by Steph and Becky!

 Meet Aimee and her adorable Chihuahua, Chuy!!!

My name is Aimee and I blog at Irresistible
Pets
 and Irresistible
Icing
. I have a Chihuahua named Chuy and he is what inspired me to
start my pet blog, Irresistible Pets. I was going to write some sort of top
tips post for Furry Friday but instead I’ve decided to dedicate this post to
Chuy. Tomorrow, June 22nd, Chuy turns 4 years old.  He spent all of last weekend in the ER and
was diagnosed with compressed disc space. We have a long road ahead of us as he
needs further testing and possibly spinal surgery.

Up until now Chuy has been the most energetic, wild, and
crazy little Chihuahua ever! Seeing him in pain and not as spunky is breaking
my heart. I hope we he will recover and get back to driving me nuts!


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There are a million reasons why I think Chuy is irresistible
but here are my top five.

1. Chuy is My
Little Shadow

One of my favorite parts of the day is when I hear little
paws pushing my office door open. I’m extremely grateful to work from home as
an Instructional Designer. I LOVE it because I get to spend my entire day with
Chuy sitting next to me. Every time I go downstairs or even to the bathroom, he
follows me! I think it’s adorable and can’t imagine working in an office ever
again.


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2. Chuy Cheers Me
Up

It’s true what they say about dogs making you feel happier. I
can have the worst day but the minute I see Chuy or cuddle with him, I forget
about it. He’s only been in my life for 3 years but he’s brought so much joy
and happiness . . . and a few chewed up shoes but he’s worth it!


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3. Chuy
Understands Me

I know. That probably sounds nuts, right? I swear that Chuy
understands me and what I’m going through. When I had my gallbladder removed a
few months ago and was at home recovering, Chuy never left my side. He also
never jumped on me as if he knew I was recovering. I can’t even put it into
words. When I’m sad, he looks me right in the eyes as if he’s telling me
“everything is ok.”


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4. Chuy Made My
Husband a Better Person

Chuy has changed my husband . . . not that he wasn’t already
a great person before Chuy. He’s more compassionate, emotional, and kind. Chuy
taught him how to love deeper. I never used to see my husband tear up at
anything. Now if he hears a sad story about animals, I swear I see his eyes getting
red lol.


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5. Chuy Keeps Me
Active

I love Chuy for making me take walks when I really didn’t
want to. I love him for allowing me to discover new things in my city that I
never knew existed! My favorite thing ever is to get in the car and just go
exploring with Chuy.

Chuy isn’t just some little Chihuahua. He is family and he
has changed me and everyone he meets in more ways than he’ll ever know. I love
you so much little monster! Happy 4th birthday! (And many more!)

Aimee Blogs: Irresistible
Pets
// Twitter // Instagram.

Do
you love your pet and want to be featured on Furry Fridays? Send your
story of pet love, up to 5 pictures, tip about choosing a pet, how to
rescue an animal or pet care tip and a link to your
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