Monday, September 22, 2014

Soda Pop Festival

The Soda Pop Tasting Festival
was new to me.

A fun family-oriented afternoon
with music, food vendors, magic acts and
bouncy houses for the kids.

But of course the soda was the main attraction.

Volunteers stationed in 3 large tents
at the ready to pour
sodas for your tasting pleasure.

100 sodas to taste.

After sampling and giving the thumbs up,
or thumbs down, you could put together
your own 6 or 12 pack for purchase.

I gravitated to the fruity flavors,
limey Green River... creme...

Root Beer has always been one of my favorites
and there were several different brands
to taste and compare.

I also tried Chocolate Soda, yum :)

and my least favorite was
sorry,  for me bacon was a thumbs down.

I hope the Soda Pop Tasting Festival
makes its way to your town
sometime soon, maybe you'll find a 
new favorite.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Cupcake Tower Tea Party

Welcome to another Tea Party

Today I'm serving

on a three tier stand I've created
from glass cake stands 
stacked on top of a
large spinning lazy susan style  
silver relish tray base.

I've baked up seven (7)
different flavors of cakes
for your enjoyment.

Set in pretty
shabby style cupcake liners.

Here are the strawberry cakes
with fresh strawberries whipped
into a buttercreme frosting
set in a Wilton pink tulip liner....

My chocolate Reeses peanut butter cakes
with chocolate fudge and
peanut butter frostings
garnished with a piece of a Reeses PB cup...

These are set in a black damask printed liner.

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting of course
and identified by
the little carrot I've piped on top...

The carrot cake cupcakes are set in
orange cupcake liners and then
a lace collar made from a
10 inch paper lace doily.
See how to make these lace collars

Betty Crocker makes the best
orange cake I've found
called Orangecicle.

I piped a flower on top of these
with an orange buttercreme
to which fresh orange zest was added
for a truly fresh flavor.

Then I added a little sparkle with
a sprinkle of yellow sugar.

The orange cakes are set in a 
pretty shabby green and polka dot

I decided to offer a little something
other than cake as well,


the same recipe as a large cheesecake
but made into individual servings
with some graham cracker crust
spooned into the bottom of the cupcake cup
and topped with the cheesecake batter.

When cooled garnished with a spoonful of
canned cherry pie filling and a
dollop of creme cheese frosting piped along side.

Pineapple upside-down cupcakes...

turned out beautifully
much better than my last attempt here.

I wish I could find the post where I
learned how to cook the pineapple rings
in the brown sugar butter syrup and
then lay them on top of the cupcake
rather than bake them in the bottom
of the cupcake cup.  

This works a thousand times better.

If this was your post please contact
me so I can give you credit.

Lastly, the cake I am most proud of,
my Spumoni cakes

set in a purple tulip petal liner
and frosted with a pretty pistachio green
frosting to which a box of instant pistachio
pudding was added,

these cakes are made in three layers
bottom- milk chocolate cake with Nutella Hazelnut spread
center- cherry chip cake with chopped maraschino cherries
top- white cake tinted green, flavored with almond extract 

Garnished with a sprinkle of chopped salted pistachios.

Which will you choose,

Oh, go ahead,
have another...

I'm so glad you could come today,
I do so love your comments, and would
like to return the visit.

Please stop back soon.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer Decorated Tree

 I almost forgot to show you my 
office tree decorated for Summer.

A smiling sun

made from sheets of orange foam 
and black for a mouth, googly eyes

and these car foam wax applicators

Here's one from a package of 6 brightly colored
children's party novelty sunglasses

Flip Flops....

toddler sized flip flops are a perfect
size to hang on the tree

 Ice Cream....
who doesn't love a nice cool ice cream
in the summer

These fun little bubble containers
found at the dollar store
make perfect tree decorations
after emptying out the bubble solution.

And what else says Summer like

These were cut from party paper plates

then scored, folded 

and glued for a 3D effect.

Transparent balls 
in bright summery colors
like this hot pink one
 represent beach balls

I found wooden sunny faces and beach balls too.

And sand pails, I loove little beach sand pails...
vintage ones with the cute little graphics.

Well I hit the jackpot!!

I was ecstatic when I found these
paper party cups with graphics
perfectly suited to make my little sand pails.

I just added a handle by threading some wire
through a plastic clothesline.

Then I added a shovel...

I lucked out again with these
 plastic spoons
in colors that perfectly matched the cups.

 I just trimmed the rounded spoon tip
off with a scissors.

Don't you just Love It!!

These glass S&Ps and cheese shaker jars

were transformed into beachy memory jars
when I filled them with 
shells, blue glass and a bit of glitter.

Tied jute twine around the top
and a handle for hanging.
Sealed with clear hard plastic over
the jar opening cut from a plastic drinking cup.

that's not really beach sand...I didn't have any
so I used a pinch of oatmeal just for effect

Finally, I came across these 
shell shaped coasters

which lent themselves to the beachy feel
of my summer tree.
I just poked a hole with a push pin
and hung with a wire 
Christmas ornament hook.

All topped off with this
fountain table piece
with summery flowers and butterflys
I found at a garage sale for 10 cents.

Hope you had a fabulous Summer
I can't believe Fall is just around the corner.

Go here see more of my Decorated Trees