Sunday, February 27, 2011

1-2-3 Pillows

Do you need some new pillows to freshen up a room? I made two of these for under $10 in less than an hour. Want to know how?
You will need two placemats, two pillow inserts, a seam ripper, some matching thread, scissors and a needle.

As you can see, I got my placemats on Clearance at Target. Is anyone else obsessed with the clearance section @ Target? I find the best deals there. The same day I got these I also found two awesome tablecloths that I plan to use for my son's birthday. And the were tons cheaper (and nicer!) than the ones at the Party Store. Ok, let's get started.
Step One: Open up one of the sides of the placemat using your handy little seam ripper.

Step Two: Insert the pillow into your new pillow cover.

Step 3: Sew up the side you opened and TA-DA! You got yourself some new pillows to freshen up a room!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Homemade Pop Tarts

These were so good! My friend Dianne posted this link on Facebook the other day and I knew I had to make them. After looking over that recipe, I decided to instead go with one I had seen on Smitten Kitchen because I wanted to make my own crust. I am glad I went in that direction as they were perfect. The crust was beautifully crumbly and tender at the same time, and the fillings were delicious!

We decided to do two diferent fillings. The mini pop tarts were filled with organic strawberry preserves. They were then topped with a glaze made out of confectioner's sugar, milk and natural food coloring. Although I love the look of the glaze drizzled over the top, I think we might skip this next time as the preserves were sweet enough.

The larger, and more realistic, pop tarts were were filled with Nutella. My daughter drizzled some milk chocolate over these. Straight out of the oven the Nutella filling was delicious and creamy, a great contrast to the crumly exterior.

We will definitely make these again, however I want to try some changes. I'd love to make my own filling out of fruit and I'd like to substitute some of the flour with whole wheat flour. But these are perfect and delicious as posted here @ Smitten Kitchen.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Toy Story 3 Cake

This is the cake my friend and I made for her sons' birthday yesterday. We got the idea from this blog. Our cake was made using two 11x15 cakes, vanilla and chocolate flavored.

My favorite part were the two figurines laying down. It felt like Andy just threw them on his bed and ran out. We made the bed lumpy on purpose as we thought it looked more realistic of how it would look if Andy made it.

The pillowcases were made out of fondant, with mini marshmallows as the stuffing. The detail on the side was made using a special fondant cuter. The headboard was cardboard covered in fondant with the names piped in royal icing.

The bed posts were fondant covered pretzel rods, and the wood floor was made using the same fondant. The wood floor was a last minute addition but we thought it would look better than the white cake board.

The boys LOVED their cake, as did everyone at the party. But more importantly we had a blast making it and can't wait to do it again!

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