Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tickled Pink Diaper Cake!

This past weekend my mother-in-law asked me to make a baby diaper cake for some friends of theirs who had just had a new grandbaby......a little girl.

Scroll down to see how it turned out.........







60+ disposable baby diapers rolled and arranged in tiers wedding-cake style......



decorated with lots of baby essentials..........





like, of course, the pacifier........I like this Disney one because it comes with a snap on cap.

Cute little piglet!





a ring of teething keys.........





a pair of tiny socks (with a second pair tucked inside).......











in keeping with the Disney theme, a Winnie the Pooh Bib.........







and a Winnie the Pooh Comb & Brush Set






travel size baby wash and lotion......







what's bath time without a rubber ducky......got to be pink for this girly girl........



Baby Washcloth "Rosebuds" (secured with a clear hair rubberbands with green plaid ribbon "leaves" cut at an angle and tucked into the rubberbands)



and to top it all off......Baby's First Bear, wearing a pink plaid bow....



My mother-in-law was tickled pink and couldn't wait to give it to her friends for their new baby granddaughter.

View another one of my diaper cakes, with tutorial, here.


Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4th Parade Mosaic


What's the 4th of July without a smalltown parade....... an annual tradition enjoyed by young and old alike, even the family pets line the street curbs in the sunny summer mid-day heat to enjoy the sights, the sounds, the bands, the sirens, the flags, the candy, the squirt guns, the clowns, antique vehicles, festival kings and queens, local merchants and more.

See more Monday Mosaics here http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/ .

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy July 4th! Celebrate with a "Red White, & Blue" Smoothie

*=*=*=*=*=* HAPPY 4TH EVERYONE *=*=*=*=*=*
I thought today would be a good day to share my
RED WHITE & BLUE Smoothie
My son gave me a Magic Bullet Blender for Christmas and I LOVE IT! I've had a smoothie most every day since; usually for breakfast but sometimes for lunch or later in the afternoon for a quick pick me up. Here's a look at the ingredients........
Start with........
3 - 5, Strawberries (red)
just 2-3 Fresh Red Raspberries add so much flavor (optional)
1, Banana (white)
small handful, Blueberries (blue)
fresh or frozen, whichever you have on hand.....or you may just want to store all three of these fruits in freezer for convenience (I feel the packaged frozen blueberries have more flavor than the fresh ones and the fresh ones are not always available so it's a double plus, but I do prefer the flavor of fresh strawberries)
Just drop into the blender cup...........

I sometimes add a big spoonful of vanilla yogurt (optional)




A splash (approx.1/4 cup) of milk or even better--heavy cream, this makes it thicker and richer (my personal favorite for late fall & winter months~eggnog~ got to be Anderson Erickson)........

Sometimes I add just a small dribble of orange juice to give it an even fresher flavor(optional)......



And a few ice cubes, or not, depending on time of day and how hot the day is....if it's a hot afternoon I like it icy.......






Refreshment is just a few quick pulses away..........





Like having a milkshake for breakfast. Fills me up without being heavy and keeps me energized for hours, which is important working in the doctors' offices--we don't get regular breaks and some of the doctors schedule patients right through lunch!




Enjoy!