Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pan Cinnamon Rolls - Seriously!!

I wish I could take credit for making this yummy morning treat, but my husband is the bread guy and anything that uses yeast and has to rise is his expertise.  So, for this recipe, I got to enjoy it - I didn't have to bake it!

I found the recipe on Pinterest when I was searching Cinnamon Rolls (one of my most favorite things in the whole world!)  Click on the picture below for the link to the recipe from Heather's French Press!

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On the plate, it looks like just your average breakfast treat, but the process is amazing!!  It is made in a cast iron skillet!  The dough even has cinnamon in it!  For a first time effort, this looks pretty good (not as symmetrical as on the website but hey!)  It's about 1/4 of what you see here when it's put in the pan but when it rises, it fills it!

Bake it in the skillet, and add the frosting.  Amazing!!  Thanks hon!! Yum!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Three Layer Cake and Cupcakes

Update:  Another birthday that same week!  Another batch of cupcakes only this time with blue frosting and Candy Melt seashells (just buy the inexpensive mold and melt the melts!)

Quick easy birthday cake!!  Don't let the layers scare ya!!

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You need:

Three 6 inch cake pans

Bamboo skewers to put through the layers to hold them together

Parchment paper for the bottom of the pans

Sprinkles (of course!)

Fave cake mix

Ingredients for the Buttercream Frosting found on the Recipe page


Baker's twine

Print out for flags or wash tape (I love the little chalkboard flags.  You can find the free printable link here.)

For the cake, mix ingredients as directed.  Divide equally as possible into three pans with parchment on the bottoms  (it makes it soooo easy to pop the layers out!!)  Decrease the baking time by a minute or two, and check frequently with toothpick to ensure cake is done.  While cooling, make your buttercream frosting.  I made a half recipe extra just in case.

Put a big glob of frosting on the first layer and spread to the edges (don't skimp - use enough to secure the second layer).  Do the same with the second and third layers.  Put a couple of skewers through all three layers to hold the cake upright.  Put a thin (crumb) coat on the entire cake and refrigerate.  It will make it easier to frost if the frosting is a bit hard.

Frost the entire cake and add sprinkles as needed.  I pressed some into the sides of the cake.

For the banner, I printed up the letters, folded and glued them to the twine.  Using two skewers as "posts", I attached the twine to the skewers and added to the top of the cake. You can use scissors to cut the skewers into the length you want.

I used skewers again to decorate these cupcakes.  I used MS Word to make the toppers (circles with a daisy clipart).  I used a cake mix and the buttercream frosting with the 1M Wilton tip.  Tying little green bows made it look like leaves.  It's amazing how something as simple as a little topper can make cupcakes much more fun!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Done in a Jiffy Baby Blanket

One of my husband's colleagues just had a baby.  He asked that I make a baby blanket as a gift for him and his wife.  I went on (a very cool site) and found this easy pattern.  It reminded me of a baby blanket that I had received when my daughter was born (and which I still have, tucked away in a closet somewhere).  Those handmade gifts are sometimes the most used and cherished.

You can find the link here.  

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I added four tassels to the corners because I like tassels!  Plus they're easy!  I just wrapped yarn around a paperback book 50 times.  Cut the yarn and then tie it together at the halfway point.  Wrap a second piece of yarn around the entire "bundle" three times and tie.  Trim the ends.  Tie it to the corner and use a yarn needle to thread the ends down through the center of the tassel.  Cut the ends to even them out.

Ta da!!