Saturday, May 18, 2013

On May 18th, Craftsy is hosting Free Class Day to benefit DonorsChoose. For one day only, new members can choose one free course from a selection of favorite Craftsy classes, up to a $39.99 value! If you haven't taken a Craftsy class yet, Saturday is your chance to sign up for your first by choosing from classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, and more.

If they meet their goal of giving away 10,000 classes, Craftsy will donate $5,000 to DonorsChoose to fund arts education in public schools across the US. Existing members are not eligible for the free course offer, but will still receive a special treat. 

This is such a great way to take one of Craftsy's great online classes at absolutely no risk to you financially.  If you have been thinking about taking one of Craftsy's classes, this is your chance.  Also, this are not the free mini classes that are still available, this is a chance to take one of their regular classes for free.

Click on the banner and head over to Craftsy to sign up of your class today.

Have a great Saturday!!!

Debi

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7 Minute Frosting


This is my Aunt Laura's delicious recipe for 7 Minute Frosting and it came out so good.  It tastes like marshmallow and is soft and fluffy and absolutely delicious.  It was great on the Ombre Pink Lemonade Zebra Cake.  It is actually the perfect frosting for this cake. 

7 Minute Frosting

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup water
2 egg whites
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Put all of you ingredients in the top of a double boiler.

Beat with a hand held mixer for one minute and then place it over the double boiler.

Beat with an electric mixer for 7 minutes or until stiff and holds its shape.


Add the vanilla at the end and make sure that it is completely mixed into the frosting.

My Aunt's 7 Minute Frosting was so good with this cake.  I hope you like the recipe also.  It would go great with any cake.  I always love hearing from you.

Enjoy!!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Strawberry Lemondade


For Charly's Baby Shower I made Strawberry Lemonade, which is one of her favorite drinks.  When we go to Red Robin, they probably refill her Freckled Lemonade 3 to 4 times during a meal.  So I thought this would be a perfect drink for her baby shower, and it would even fit in with the color theme.  It's a pretty easy recipe and tasted delicious.  

Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients: 

1 cup sugar 
1/2 cup hot water 
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 
8 cups cold water 
2 cups strawberries 
1/2 cup sugar 

Directions:

1.  Put the sugar in a bowl, add the hot water and stir until dissolved. Set aside. 

2.  In a separate bowl use a potato masher and mash the strawberries along with the 1/2 cup of sugar. Set aside.

3.  To get the most juice from the lemons, roll the lemons against the counter until soft, this will get you the maximum amount of juice from your lemons. Squeeze the lemons, about 8 will give you 1 cup of juice.

4.  Next, put the strawberries in the in a pitcher, then add the sugar water mixture, stir. Then add the lemon juice, then the 8 cups of water. Stir well.

5.  To serve add ice to glass, then add peach lemonade. Put a peach or lemon slice on the side of the glass for a garnish.

Let me know if you like this recipe, and what your favorite flavor of lemonade is. I would love to hear from you 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ombre Pink Lemonade Zebra Cake


Today is a recipe for the Ombre Pink lemonade Zebra Cake that I made for Charly's Baby Shower. This cake was so yummy and it was so cute.  We made my Aunt Laura's 7 Minute Frosting, which was delicious with the cake.  The recipe was delicious and tasted like marshmallow and was perfect for the delicate pink lemonade flavor.  I also love the way all of the layers came out.  The Pink Lemonade Cake recipe came from Let Them Eat Cake! Pink Lemonade Cupcakes.


Ombre Pink Lemonade Zebra Cake

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup + 2 TB vegetable oil
5 egg whites
3/4 cup frozen pink lemonade (concentrate)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup + 2 TB buttermilk
red food coloring
four zebra striped edible paper.  I got mine from Hobby Lobby
3 containers White Frosting (you can used pre made or use my Aunt's recipe for 7 Minute Frosting)
Pink store bought frosting (I bought some from my bakery)
Small rattles (I found them at party city in the baby shower section)
A small decoration for on top of the cake (I used 2 it's a girl cupcake toothpicks)

(To make a 10 in 4 layer cake you will need to double this recipe.  I made it in two batches)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 2 10 inch cake pans.  (I made the recipe in two batches, rather then 1 double batch, because I only have two 10 inch cake pans)

In a bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well blended.

In a large bowl using a mixer either hand or stand mixer, whisk together, sugar, oil, egg whites, pink lemonade concentrate and vanilla until well blended.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and whisk until blended.

Add half of the buttermilk and mix until well blended.

Continue adding the flour and buttermilk until everything is mixed together.  Do not over mix.

Next separate your batter into two bowls. Add 1 drop red food coloring into one bowl and mix well.  Add 2 drops food coloring into the other bowl and mix well.

Pour batter into 2 10 inch cake pans and bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool on racks for 15 minutes before removing from pans.  Remove from pans and then finish cooling on racks.

Repeat this process with the next batch, but when you separate the batter into two bowls you will add 3 drops food coloring to one bowl and 4 drops food coloring to the 2nd bowl.

I layered my layers with the darkest on the bottom up to lightest at the top.

Spread the white frosting in between the layers and then on the outside and top of the cake.

Cut your edible strips to fit on the sides of the cake and follow directions on the package for putting on the cake.

I also cut 1 round circle for the top center of the cake.

I then piped the pink frosting around the bottom and top of the cake covering the edges of the edible paper.

I also piped a second line of frosting around the inside of the top of the cake to cover the edge of the circle of edible paper.

I also piped the pink frosting to cover where the edible papers meet from top to bottom and then at equal intervals around the cake.

Place the plastic rattles on top of the cake in the frosting and a few around the bottom of the cake.

Place the little cupcake decorations towards the back of the cake together.


I will post the recipe for the 7 minute frosting on Saturday.

I hope that you like this cake.  It was really good, and pretty simple to make.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I always love hearing from you.

Enjoy!!!
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop 52

First of all, can you believe it has been one year since our first blog hop.  We had 4 links that week.  We had no idea what we were doing.  It has been such a great year, and we want to thank all of you for participating each week.  Without you there would be no blog.  We would have given up long ago.  Thank you!!!

We want to thank everyone who shared with last week's Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop 51.  We love seeing all of your posts.

Adorned From Above Blog Hop

Welcome to Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop 52.  We will be doing a giveaway for a $50 Visa Gift Card once we reach 500 (GFC) Google Friends Connect Followers, so if you're not following on GFC, it would be great if you would follow us on GFC.  We are just 14 people away from doing this giveaway.

So on to this weeks party.


We hope you have fun at this week's party.  We all love hearing from you, so we love your comments.

Now let's party

Have a great week.

Girl Baby Shower


We spent the last few weeks getting ready for a Baby Shower for Charly.  So today I am showing you pictures of Charly's Girl Baby Shower.  It was really fun planning this with my friend, Gabi, and Ryan's Mom, Laurie.  Gabi and I planned the menu several weeks ago, and thanks to Pinterest we found lots of fun ideas for decorations and party favors.  Laurie and I did decorations and the candy bar, and all of us set the tables and did food.  I will share recipes and projects that we did with you over the next few weeks and today I will share the menu and pictures of our food stations and decorations.


Menu

Lunch:

Fruit Kabobs
Ceasar Salad (from Costco)
Rotisserie Chicken Salad (from Costco)
Slider Roles and Croissants
Antipasto Platter


Dessert:

Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink and White Whipped Icing
Chocolate Covered Strawberries (From Costco)
Candy Bar


Drinks:

Sweet Bliss Blush Wine
Posh Savignaun Blanc
Soft Drinks and Water
Pink Rock Candy Stir Sticks


Decorations:

Decorations over Food Table
Chevron Bags for Candy Bar
Zebra Flowers and Fruit Loops Centerpieces
Little Baby Decorations for centers of tables
Pink Frame with Charly's Baby Shower in it


Favors:

Zebra striped Tape Measures



I hope you enjoyed seeing what the baby shower looked like.  It was really a lot of fun.  I always love hearing from you.  

Have a great week.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Grace


Today I am sharing verses from Luke and John about Grace.

Charly's baby's middle name will be Grace, and I thought these verses were so beautiful.  I am grateful that the Grace of God will be upon her beautiful baby Mia Grace

Luk 2:40  And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 

Joh 1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

God is so good.  I always love hearing from you.
Have a blessed day.