Thursday, August 27, 2015

What has been going on here ....

Work has been a bit crazy, I work for a financial advisor so the market activity has been making my calls go from busy to hold on to your seat busy ... LOL!  When I finally clock off I have been hitting the gym but I like to bake and create to calm down also. So a few things have been going on here! Recipes and tutorials to come in the coming weeks!

My bestie loves to post cookie recipes on FB!
I love to try to make them!
THEN take to her house so I won't eat any!!

Cole's best friend's mom brought over a Zucchini the size of my arm!
So I made 3 recipes using it (almost 12 cups of shredded zucchini used) 

Some Babies are coming!
Made a few diaper cakes!
The bottom Booty Diaper Cake is my 2nd attempt that I liked the best!
My first was done when Target doing inventory and they wouldn't bring out 2 matching sets of receiving blankets for me :(.

So there you have it busy all around!!

Have a GREAT Weekend!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Planning a CA Trip

Some tips I learned while planning and on our trip to San Diego!


First I looked all over for tickets and found that San Diego has a 3 park pass. I searched to find a good deal and found that Costco had the best deal.
Go San Diego 4-Day E-Card with SeaWorld
Adult $189.99 (4 day pass includes all 3 places regular price $272)
Kids $162.99 (4 day pass includes all 3 places regular price $240)
Includes SeaWorld, SanDiego Zoo & Safari Park, LEGOLAND, Knott's Berry Farm, Tours, Museums and more! 
Right now they have an extra 10% off too if you want!  Buying through Costco this saved us $318.04!

San Diego Zoo bring in lot's of treats if you have kids they check bags but you really could get away with snacks etc and not have to worry about the crazy price of foods!

SeaWorld if you know someone that lives there that is a season pass bring them!!! Discount off food and drinks, I believe it was like 40% we got from Rick's friend using it. 

Buy the drink cup yes it's spendy BUT you get FREE refills ALL Day! Buy one and share with the whole family!

Buy All Day Dinning $34.99 - For an adult this could come in handy it's crazy spendy!

LEGOLAND buy the Reserve and Ride We found we spent the MOST time in line at this park. It's like $25 per person but it really could make it so you hit more of the rides and don't stand in line for hours.

Plan to pay parking here! $15 for a car
The Pasta & Pizza ALL you can eat! Was the best bang for your buck for the family to eat!
Right now after 4pm kids EAT FREE! Another good option if you stay for dinner!

Also bring a Lego Figure to trade at the park they have certain areas you go and can swap!

There are my tips I found the be the most money saving!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Turtle Cupcakes

I was asked to make 48 cupcakes for a baby shower the theme was sea and turtles. So on the hunt I went for turtle cupcakes and found a few easy ones all of the same design so I'll just give one I found the most. Wonderful DYI had a great step by step.


You’ll need:-Cupcakes
-Frosting
-Sour Peach Gummy ring candies
-Red and green gum drop candies
-Spearmint Leaves candies
-Mini chocolate chips
-Toothpick or kitchen skewer
-Oval fondant cutter
Instructions:1. Bake cupcakes and frost them
2. For the turtle shell: Place a gummy ring on each cupcake. Slice off the bottom half of a red gum drop and place the top half at the center of the gummy ring. Push the gum drop into the frosting so it will stick.
3. For fins, slice a Spearmint Leaves candy in half. Using a oval fondant cutter, cut each half into two pieces (shown far right). Use the curled pieces for the front fins and the thicker pieces for the hind fins.
4. For the head, poke a hole into the sides of a green gum drop using a toothpick or kitchen skewer. Push mini chocolate chips into the holes for the turtle’s eyes. Use a dab of frosting to hold the eyes in place. Place the head onto the cupcake and slightly push into the frosting so it will stick.
ALEXIS NOTES: I had a heck of a time finding some of the candy, I even went to Winco which has a HUGE bulk section. So I winged it and used a circle cookie cutter to cut out the legs and made them the best I could!



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Monday, August 24, 2015

Owl Cupcakes

Before school ended they had an event where they asked for cakes for the cupcake walk. The previous year I made a monkey cake this year they had a zoo theme again so I made Owl cupcakes. They gave out awards for best cupcakes / cakes, yes I'm competitive and a little upset when I did not win ... lol. Next year it is on! I saw several ways to make these but the one's I liked the best was on Family Circle.


What you Need:
Cupcakes frosted with brown icing (I made chocolate cupcakes also)
Oreo's
Brown Candy (or Modeling Chocolate like I used)
Orange Candy (or Modeling Chocolate like I used)

First, frost the cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Next, untwist two cookies and carefully push two brown candies onto the white part of the cookies. Place the cookie eyes onto the cupcake. Then put an orange candy on its side in between the eyes to make the owl beak. Swirl some owl eyebrows at the top if you’d like.

Alexis Notes: Now I had some modeling chocolate on hand from a previous cupcake so I used what I had instead of running to the store. Might be why I didn't win my cupcakes were a bit rushed since I forgot about doing them until hours before they had to be delivered .. lol. I also skipped doing the eyebrows out of frosting and made them out of Oreo's I halved (with the white cream taken off). 

Last Years and This Years Creations .. Thank You Time Hop!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

TMNT Birthday .. Inside Pizza Box Favors

And we finally end the TMNT party with the party favors for the guest who attended the party. We had a great turn out for Caden's party, thankfully I made 20 favors and we had just enough this year (previous year we had about 15 kids show up that didn't RSVP and I ran out of the minion bags).


What you Need:
TMNT Stickers (Dollar Tree 10pk $1)
TMNT Crayons (Dollar Tree 3pk $1)
TMNT Pencils (Dollar Tree 6pk $1)
TMNT Temp Tattoos (Dollar Tree 24pk $1)
TMNT Fruit Roll Ups (Grocery Store 10pk $2.50)
TMNT Fruit Snacks (Grocery Store 10pk $2.50)
TMNT Paper Mask (Amazon 8pk $3.99)
TMNT Ooze (Click link for my tutorial to make)
TMNT Perler Beads (Click link for my tutorial to make)


Other Idea's for food and other tips are:

Put Pizza out with a sign: Radical Pizza


Make Green Jello in the mini cups and put a sign Toxic Slime 

Don't want greasy cupcake bottoms put rice in pan before you put in liner!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Surprise Vacation ... SeaWorld Adventure

So I've talked about our trip so far to the San Diego Zoo and Legoland. Today ends our adventure at the parks with SeaWorld. Rick use to work there when he lived in San Diego and wanted us to go and experience it. It was so amazing, the animals were beautiful. The shows were breath taking and they even had a few rides. 


Rick even planned a special dinner with Shamu, we surprised the kids when it was time for dinner and walked to the private seating.


Seaworld thankfully didn't have a lot of rides which made mom happy but boys of course could have taken more. I'm not a roller coaster person or a water person as you learned in previous post, so I had to sike myself up to get onto the Atlantis ride. Of course we got buckled in and Caden a freak out and I had to get us off the ride.


A big Thank you for Rick for planning this amazing vacation!

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