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21  COOKING / Dessert / it's starting to look a lot like xmas!!! :D on: December 13, 2009 12:33:38 AM
hey everyone! I just wanted to share some cookies for the holidays. I've made about 20 dozen of these in the past two week and it feels like my arm is going to fall off but the end result is so worth it!!! They're a basic sugar cookie recipe but the hard kind of sugar cookies not the soft kind and then with the icing, they're extra delish Cheesy


the first couple dozen i made were mint green, baby blue, and white. Then my mom's friend wanted them in pink and i loved the look so i did pink ones with turquoise icing and i am so happy with them


there were some misses but also a lot of hits


these were my absolute favorite

thanks for looking everyone! if you want the recipe [kind of lengthy] and all my ramblings you can check it out on my blog: http://lifelalife.blogspot.com/2009/12/its-xmas-every-day.html

-karen
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / you call it ghetto, I call it brillaint :D Hello Kitty decorations on: December 05, 2009 02:27:51 PM
I finally put up my xmas tree last night and now that i'm out of the hello kittly closet I decided I wanted to deck it out in HK decorations. the only problem is taht they're expensive as hell. they had a set of 6 mini spheres at target for like $7. and i wasn't having it. so what's a poor girl to do? well first i taped a couple different HK ribbons together to make one long "garland". then i added some pink spheres i had from last xmas. but it needed something more. I wanted to make those cookie cutout decorations but that was too involved. so instead i got some fondant i had leftover from a project, rolled it out to 1/4" thickness, stamped HK on it, then used my mini HK cookie cutter to cut it out. I let them dry over night and then threaded some ribbon so I could hang them from my tree. I added a little skirt to the bottom, slapped a HK sticker on a pink glitter star and crowned my tree Cheesy

now onto the pics [sorry for the poor webcam quality! i was too lazy to use a real cam]


my HK tree in all its glory!


close up

-kar
23  COOKING / Dessert / Baby Shower Cupcakes on: November 08, 2009 01:34:30 AM
I made these last night for my brother's girlfriend's mom who was throwing a baby shower. we had settled on two dozen but it turns out the cupcake tree she had had 35 holders so she called me last night at around 10 pm for an extra dozen. i was almost done with them so i started freaking out but i found a mix of vanilla and she said that was fine, whew!





these were chocolate with chocolate buttercream and fondant lion faces


red velvet with cream cheese frosting


and the last minute batch of vanilla with the left over chocolate buttercream

thanks for looking Cheesy
-karen
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / It's the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeearrr! :P on: October 07, 2009 07:10:40 PM
In Karen-Land, that song would be about Halloween Wink

anywho, my mom saw this picture http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_XKZN0vvZ0os/SrL8-OccnII/AAAAAAAAAU8/75a4vkb3lJc/s400/6-Easy-Halloween-Crafts_featured_article_628x371.jpg in a Country Living magazine [I think] and ever since she's been obsessed with re-creating it for Halloween and this year we finally did it.



This is our rendition of it, and, not to toot my own horn but I like it much better than the original Tongue



my dad made the wooden base and stuck a tree branch and spray painted it all black



I quickly sewed some baggies together and did random halloween designs on them with black acrylic and a toothpic haha. I also did the little bat silhouettes and added the little mice at the bottom as well


my dad suggested placing some of these crows/birds on it to make it creepier



how cute are these?? my dad planted some pumpkin seeds last month and now we're using the pumpkins as decoration for the season Smiley

so that's it, hope you guys like it and happy halloween!
-K
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / i've come out of the closet on: September 22, 2009 11:24:18 PM
for years and years i tried to hide and deny my love for hello kitty because i was ashamed but i've decided to stop hiding and be my true self! Tongue so now that i'm out, i made this HK bow to celebrate. I was inspired by the Hello Kitty house/hotel/not sure http://www.random-good-stuff.com/2009/06/11/hello-kitty-house-in-shanghai/. I made this bow out of a cardboard box i had lying around. I love it but my only qualm is that the black acrylic is shiny and the pink is flat. I was going to put it on the corner of my window but i think it looks much cuter on my fabric cabinet. i might add her other features like eyes and whiskers but this is what i have for now. hope you guys like it!






-karen
 
26  COOKING / Dessert / VIVA MEXICO CABRONES! :D on: September 16, 2009 12:01:57 AM
as some of you may or may not know, tomorrow is mexico's independence day so to celebrate I made these cupcakes. I'm also making flag cookies and chocolate covered strawberries tomorrow so hopefully i'll get pictures Cheesy
enjoy!


I used box white cake, wilton fondant for the flags, and home made buttercream


hah i tell everyone to look at them cross eyed so it looks like the flag instead of a blob Tongue i made the "eagle" using chocolate




thanks for looking!
-karen
27  COOKING / Dessert / cakes i made in class on: August 13, 2009 03:05:34 AM
I took the Wilton one course and these are the cakes I made for every session.


this was the first one. It's vanilla with berry filling and vanilla buttercream. I was so rushed and pressed for time and I didn't even bring bowls for mixing the colors and it was all just a mess but it turned out alright... The colors were supposed to be red, yellow, green, and purple but that didn't quite happen Tongue The taste was delish tho!


this second one was my favorite in the way it looked. These were my first roses EVER and I was quite proud Tongue


the flavor was chocolate with orange buttercream. sooooooo good!


this picture CRACKS ME UP. my little cousins were visiting and I had them try the cake and the look on their faces just kills me. They look so sad and they're about to eat cake! Kids these days... so hard to please.



this was my final cake. i don't know how great i feel about the decorating but the taste was out of this world!


it was red velvet with cream cheese frosting aka heaven in my mouth.


lastly you can go to my post on this to see more pics and my thoughts on the class
http://lifelalife.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-graduated.html
thanks for looking!

-karen



PS - Here are the links to the cake recipes:
Butter vanilla, from Joy of Baking - http://www.joyofbaking.com/YellowButterCake.html
Chocolate cake, from Hershey's - http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipes/detail.asp?id=184
Red velvet, from Food Network/Sara Moulton/Cakeman Raven/take your pick - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sara-moulton/southern-red-velvet-cake-recipe/index.html
28  COOKING / Dessert / Sea themed cupcakes on: August 10, 2009 01:29:29 AM
I made these yesterday for my little cousin's birthday. The theme was the Little Mermaid but since I'm not a pro at fondant I decided to avoid the embarrassment of attempting to make Ariel or Sebastian and just made generic sea creatures. It was my first time doing candy in molds and now that i've tried it i don't know what i think about them... they're kind of bleh to me. anyway 12 cupcakes ended up not being enough so we got a store bought cake last minute. oh and ps everything is from a box [cake, frosting, fondant] i was SO NOT in the mood to make anything from scratch, thank god for boxed shit Tongue regardless i had a lot of fun making them and i thought they were pretty adorable if i do say so myself


awwwww they're kind of cute!



these are the candy ones... I wish they would've been a third of the size



the cutie octopus 'inspired'/copied from ConsumedbyCake's cupcakes http://www.flickr.com/photos/consumedbycake/3734435187/


the crab was the easiest and everyone's favorite Cheesy


maybe the shells were my favorite? hahah i just had a lot of fun making everything. I have tons more pics and a step by step of the shells on my blog: http://lifelalife.blogspot.com/2009/08/under-sea-under-sea.html


I'm kind of glad we got a cheapo store bought cake that took the spotlight away from the cupcakes because it kind of made me nervous!

hope you guys like them Smiley
-karen
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / mason jar lanterns on: August 06, 2009 04:59:56 PM
the latest project at my house are the mason jar lanterns. My mom and i 'helped' by giving our input Tongue although my dad basically did all the work cuz the wire is super hard to bend


this is what they look like in the daylight... it's really hard to get a nice night time picture cuz i have such a crappy camera Sad


the handle is all just one long piece of copper wire. [my dad swears he's Kieth Richards  Cheesy]



and now onto the night time pics...






with the garage light on... i think it helped a little?

 i can't decide whether we should line the other side of the path with lanterns. what do you guys think, is it overkill?

-karen
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / my big F.U. to urbanoutfitters gone wrong... on: August 02, 2009 05:06:17 PM
i saw a super cute quilt on UO last summer that was just a bunch of random squares and almost fell of my chair when i saw it was $150. so since i had just reorganized my stash of fabric i decided i didn't need no UO quilt and that i could make my own. I had made my first one in the winter and was feeling high and mighty about it. well it was no walk in the park. i honestly don't know how you ladies do it. this is back breaking work and it's not even that intricate! anywho somewhere along the way i either cut or sewed something wrong and towards the end the patches were all mix matched and not aligned and it was just a nightmare that i started thinking maybe $150 isnt so bad if it's going to spare me all this labor! but now its done and the more i see it the more i like it Cheesy





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