How to Icing Thing One and Thing Two Cupcakes


Thing One & Thing Two Cupcakes for a Dr. Seuss Party

For Lucas’ Half Birthday Party we served cupcakes that looked like Thing one and Thing Two. Here’s how to decorate the cupcakes to create the spiky blue hair of the characters.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cupcakes Baked in Red Cupcake Papers
  • Icing mixed with Blue Food Coloring
  • An icing pastry bag
  • Icing tip Wilton #12 sized

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Method:

  1. Place a pastry bag in a cup.
  2. Fill Bag with icing.
    Fill pastry bag with icing in a cup.
  3. Attach the tip and trim the tip of the bag.
  4. Follow the method with this video.

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Lucas’ Dr. Seuss Half Birthday Party!

Lucas' Half Birthday

This weekend we celebrated my Nephew’s Half Birthday. My Sister, Tori, wanted to make it a special day with one of their favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. She went all out with the Dr. Seuss Theme. Lucky for Lucas, Dr. Seuss’ birthday falls on his half birthday!

Birthday Sign

Lorax Cake

Birthday Treats.

Lucas and Cake

Lucas wanted a piece of his cake!

Thing One & Thing Two Cupcakes for a Dr. Seuss Party

Birthday Cupcakes

Thing One and Thing Two Cupcakes. Find out how to decorate them here.

Lorax Oreos

Tori also made chocolate covered oreos decorated for the Lorax.

Cat in the Hat Pizza2

We made pizza for the cat in the hat and one made to look like the Lorax.

Lorax Pizza
The Lorax Pizza with Cheddar Cheese, Black Olives, and Banana Peppers for his eyebrows and mustache.
Lucas Wall Sign
Our sister, Lacie, made  awesome wall stickers with her silhouette maker.
She also  made the festive t-shirts Tori and her husband Andrew are wearing in the first photo above.
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Even Bailey was ready to party!
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How to Survive the Super Bowl

photo credit: The Facey Family via photopin cc

photo credit: The Facey Family via photopin cc

Whether you’re a football fan or not chances are you will find yourself at a Super Bowl Party this weekend. Whenever we throw parties we tend to indulge in lots of junk food, soda pop, and alcohol. Doritos anyone? Although fun and a party standard, all of these things can sabotage our resolutions and ruin a week’s worth of exercise.

Here’s an list of things to keep in mind with this weekend’s celebration.

  1. Have a Game Plan – Just like the teams, you have to have a game plan going into the game. Plan on what you’re going to have, how much and what treats you want to have. It is a party after all.
  2. Eat Before You Go – Have a small meal before you head to the party or before your guests arrive.
  3. Drink Water – Water is so important to keep your body hydrated, it helps to fill your stomach, replaces calorie rich drinks, and gives you something to do while you’re nervously watching the game.
  4. Put out/ bring vegetables – Have you ever noticed how a veggie tray disappears when it’s put in front of people? The same works for chips and pretzels. So instead put out a veggie tray with protein rich hummus for dipping and watch it disappear.
  5. Make a crock pot of chili – This recipe is great on its own or can be served over chips it’s all natural and vegetarian (though meat-eaters will never know – I swear).
  6. Make your own Pizza – When you make your own pizza you control the ingredients and can use more or less cheese and toppings.
  7. Popchips – Pop chips are a great low calorie snack, they come in a variety of flavors including sour cream and onion, sea salt and vinegar, cheddar, barbeque, and many more.
  8. Avoid the deli tray – Cheese and pepperoni are not the best choices but can be addictive when picking up and can be full of fat.
  9. Make Popcorn – Air popped popcorn is a great snack because it has about 30 calories in a cup!  Season with interesting spices or a bit of parmesean cheese.
  10. Hit the gym – Get in a workout the morning of and the day after. This will keep you on track and I know I am more careful with what I eat when I have an hour of hard work in the gym.

This list will help you with any party, really, it’s helpful to be in control of these situations. I hope these tips will help.

 

 

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5 Board Games to Liven Up Your Night

I looooooove game nights! Whether its with a group of good friends or a Sunday night with my husband, there is nothing quite like a good board game. I bet you have a competitive streak just like the rest of us! Here are my favorites. I guarantee a fun time.

  • Cranium – Cranium plays to everyone skills. You will be asked to draw, spell, answer trivia, hum, and sculpt.

  • Cranium Pop 5 – Like Cranium, Pop 5 draws on your artistic skills but focuses on pop culture.

  • Othello Game – I knew nothing about this game until my Husband bought it for me for Christmas this past year. It’s like checkers but I like it more! You flip the little chips over in an effort to make the whole board your color. Unlike the others, this is for two players.

  • Partini Game – We always play this game as girls against guys. Collect coasters by beating the other team at challenges. Just a warning: things can get a little heated during the ball and cup game.


What are your favorite games? Do you like to play board games or card games? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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Sugar Cookies & Icing | Recipe

Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

For my sister’s baby shower, we gave out these adorable teddy bear cookies as favors. It is time intensive process but certainly worth the effort. Here is a recipe for the cookies and the icing.

Almond Sugar Cookies

  • 1 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ Cups flour

Method:

  1. Cream butter.
  2. Add powdered sugar.
  3. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt, and flour.
  4. Chill dough until firm.
  5. Roll to ¼ inch thickness on parchment paper.
  6. Cut cookies with cutter and remove dough around the cookie. This ensures that your cookie stays in the right shape.
  7. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown.
  8. Frost and decorate when cool.

Note: I always use parchment paper.

Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

Icing Recipe

  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon milk
  • Food coloring (optional)

Method:

  1. In a rather large bowl, whisk sugar, syrup, and a bit of milk.
  2. Slowly add more milk to your icing. Be careful not to add too much at a time.
  3. Add a two drops of food coloring, if desired.
  4. Whisk your icing until it evenly flows from the whisk, slowly adding milk. You are looking for the consistency of honey.
  5. Icing the cookies with a butter knife. I’ve found that this is the easiest way of evenly icing the cookie.
  6. Allow icing to harden before packaging.

Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

For the baby shower favors we wrapped a large teddy bear cookie and a small teddy bear cookie in a clear bag (from Michaels) with a pretty blue bow.

I will admit this was a process, but it was worth it. Not only are they cute they are also delish!

Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

 

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