This is probably my favorite cake that I have made. It came out better than I had expected and it was so special for me to have the opportunity to make this cake for a friends baby shower!
First of all… HOCKEY IS FINALLY BACK! YAY!! My Sabres are off to a great start, 2-0!
Anyways, it was my Brother-in-Law’s birthday the other day and being the hockey fans that we are, I figured I’d put my baking “skills” to the test and make a hockey jersey cake for his birthday and to welcome back hockey! I googled and googled and after a while I was feeling pretty good about being able to pull it off. Here’s a couple I found where I could just use a 9X13″ pan without buying one of those t-shirt pans (I don’t like buying things I’ll only use once).
And here’s the finished product:
Being a Sabres fan, it pained me to make this particular cake… BUT it’s his favorite team/player so I figured I could bite my tongue just this once and suffer through it 😛 .
I don’t know why I’ve never thought of doing this before I saw it on Pinterest! Granted, it takes a little more time than a regular pie, but they’re so adorable! All you need is a cupcake tin, pie crust, and pie filling. You can do it with any type of pie you want. BE CREATIVE! I made these for Thanksgiving (I’m a little late I know!) but I’m dying to make mini cherry pie’s next.
Before you do anything, make your pie filling, then set it aside. To save time I just used the 2 pack of ready-to-bake pie crusts for a 9-inch pie. Unfold the crust and take a 4-inch cookie cutter or glass to cut your circles. I got 5 circles out of the crust and then re-rolled it to cut 2 more so I had a full 12. You’ll have some leftover crust, so I just used a mini leaf cutter to put on top of each pie for a little decoration.
Once you have your 12 crusts, place them into a cupcake tin and press the sides down. Take your pie filling and scoop it into the tins (I use an ice cream scoop so you get the same amount in each pie). You’ll have some leftover filling so you can the rest to make a smaller pie if you want. The pies actually took a while to cook. I can’t remember exactly how long, but it was somewhere around 35-40 minutes.
When the pies are a little more than halfway done, I added the leaves on top.
Continue to bake for about 15-20 minutes longer. Just keep watching the crust until it begins to brown a along the edges and the filling is set.
I can’t get enough of all these ornament crafts so I’m back again with another one! This is such a simple wreath to make, but it does take a little time to do. I made this one for my sister and she loves blue and silver for Christmas. I’ve been to the Dollar Store probably 3 times this week and cleaned them out of all their silver ornaments and needed to find blue ones now. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on ornaments so I started checking out prices online. I came across these amazing ornaments from Target for only $15! The colors are so beautiful the picture doesn’t give them justice. There are tons of other colors to choose from and there are 50 ornaments in the box. This wreath took almost the full 50, I’m going to figure out what to do with the leftovers! Anyways… to make the wreath all you need is 3 things: a wire hanger, ornaments and a glue gun.
Unwind your wire hanger and form it into a some-what circular shape. What I found works best is to keep the hook part of the hanger the way it is, don’t straighten it out. I found out the hard way once I finished putting all the ornaments on this hanger, I had no idea how I was supposed to close it! So keep the hook part and feed the ornaments on from the other side.
This is super important! You have to remove the top of the ornament and hot glue the rim, then attach it back on. These things pop off easily so you definitely don’t want to waste time putting them all on and then having them pop off!
Start to feed the ornaments on the hanger, alternating with different sizes. The small ones help to fill in the gaps between the larger ones. I used a couple silver ones from the Dollar Store since I had a ton of those left over.
It doesn’t look like anything when you have this many on. I know I was a little nervous because it wasn’t looking right but don’t worry! The more you put on and scrunch together, the fuller it looks. Just keep going!
This is where I got excited! It finally came together and was time to attach the ends. Here’s where the hook comes in handy. Grab the two ends and twist them back together. The grooves from the hanger go back together like a puzzle, it was actually easier than I thought it would be.
Here’s what it looks like all done!
A couple of my ornaments popped off when I attached it, I think I went a little crazy piling them all on there but thats ok! Just keep adjusting them until they cover the wire.
Now here’s the part I had the hardest time with: Adding the bow. You want to try and find a wide ribbon to attach to the wreath so it covers the hanger part. I found a pretty white ribbon with an iridescent look to it and thought that would be perfect. I tried so many times to get it to look acceptable but it just wasn’t working for me! I think if I had a different ribbon it would work a bit better, but I pawned it off to my sister for her to try! I hope you all have better luck with a bow because it makes it look more polished!
It’s that time of year again! Thanks to Pinterest and the secret boards I went crazy pinning all these craft ideas for Christmas and couldn’t wait to try them out! I decided to go with what seemed to be the quickest to make (my school work load has sky rocketed!) and the ornament tree was pretty easy. All you need is a styrofoam cone, ornaments (I grabbed a ton from the dollar store, 3 different sizes), a glue gun and some garland (also from the dollar store). I also found these cute ribbon ornaments from the dollar store that I glued on the front of the tree. The dollar store has a ton of cute Christmas nick nacks so get creative and see what you can do with them!
Dollar Store Ornaments
First things first, remove the tops on the ornaments. You’ll be gluing the tips to the cone so you don’t need them. Once that’s all done you can start gluing ornaments from the bottom and work your way up. I wanted the same ornaments to be lined up diagonally so it wrapped around the tree nicely, but you can line them up however you want.
It’s easier if you start with a couple on the bottom, like 3-4, and then stack them on top of those to start the diagonal line. As you work your way up the cone begin to use smaller ornaments. I bought 3 different sizes. The ones in the picture are the largest ones I used.
Once you finish putting all the ornaments on, you’ll notice there’s a bunch of open spaces and it just doesn’t look good. Easy fix! While you’re at the dollar store, pick up a strand of garland. Cut it into pieces and glue between the spaces.
Super easy and adorable! More Christmas goodies to come so check back soon!
Red lips has had its moment for the past few seasons and I love it! But this fall we’ve seen another lip color rocking the runway: WINE! Wine colors are a great way to make a statement for fall and holiday parties, so drink up! The colors look great on a variety of skin tones and it’s actually really easy to wear. They come in mattes, stains and glosses so you’re sure to find the best fit for you. If you’re nervous you won’t be able to pull the look off… don’t be! Just keep the rest of your makeup clean. Winged eyeliner and mascara would do or even a nude/shimmer shadow.
For fair skinned blondes, take a cue from Emma Stone. She kept her eyes fresh and her lips really popped.
For light skinned brunettes, take a cue from Lily Collins. She pulls her look together beautifully with long lashes and a shimmery shadow.
If you’re feeling daring, you can go even darker like Camille Belle.
There really isn’t a perfect way to find your shade, you just have to experiment until you find it! If you’re still a little nervous to try this bold statement, start with a stain or drink a few glasses of wine haha! You’ll get used to the look, then you can move up to either a matte or gloss. Find what works best for you and your skin tone.
When it comes to someone turning 21, gifting alcohol is obviously a must. But it doesn’t have to be a boring bottle of wine or liquor (unless it’s bedazzled!) Try something fun and creative. I made this birthday basket for my friend’s 21st birthday and she loved it! It’s almost like a flower pot that grows liquor (I WISH!) 😀
I found this cute crown thing (not too sure what it’s supposed to be used for) at TJ Maxx and thought it’d be perfect for this. I bought one of those styrofoam balls from Michael’s and sprayed the top of it with spray glue, then rolled it in glitter (It gets a little messy so I did it outside). Take a pack of wooden dowels and cover them in pipe cleaners, leaving about an inch or so at the bottom. Take a pipe cleaner and tie a knot around the neck of the bottle, then wrap the rest around the dowel. Once all the bottles are attached, stick them into the ball however you’d like. I placed mine at different heights so that some were hanging more than others.
To go along with this birthday basket, I also made a hangover kit for her! What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t? It’s just a silly thing to give, but it definitely comes in handy the next day. I went to the dollar store and got a purple bucket to put everything in. I gathered all the necessities and then some for the day after partying:
Honey Wheat Pretzels (her favorite)
Reeses PB Cups
Wrap it up nicely and ta-da! Trust me, they’ll thank you for it the next day. I wish I had one for after my bday!