Thursday, July 2, 2015

Featured on Teach Me Tuesday #62

I was so excited to see Tuesday my chalk dipped wine glasses and table set up were featured on Teach Me Tuesday #62. These glasses were one of my favorite part of my mom's surprise 60th birthday party. Thank you so much Bobbi for the feature!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wine Gift Basket

And to end the theme of Wine party is a Wine Gift Basket. I actually made up this gift basket the week before my mom's surprise party for one of my friends who celebrated her birthday with a wine theme also!

What you need:
Wine (I bought Middle Sister Sparkling White Wine)
Chocolate (because every girl needs some)
Wine glasses if needed (I skipped but easy to put in also)

I hit up Grocery Outlet, they have amazing deals on wine, cheese and meat. This basket would have cost me around $75 and I bought it all for around $30. Place all items into the basket and bam your done! And a pretty amazing gift for any body who loves wine!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Grape Vine & Wine Bottle Cupcake Toppers (Modeling Chocolate)

Yesterday I showed you the Wine Glass Cake my friend and I made for my mom's surprise 60th birthday party. Today I will post the cupcakes made for the party! I found a few ideas on Pinterest and then made my own creations.  I started with an idea for Grape Vine Cupcakes on

What you Need:
White Modeling Chocolate
Green Modeling Chocolate
Purple Modeling Chocolate
Circle Cutter
Leaf Silicone Mold

I rolled out the white modeling chocolate (recipe below) and cut out circle's using a cookie cutter. I made little balls from the purple modeling chocolate (to be the grapes). My friend had a leaf silicone mold so I used that with the green modeling chocolate. Attach the grapes in a cluster and the leaves on top with a little water to your white circle (I used a fancy one but a simple circle would work also). Let these harden and then you can put on top of your frosted cupcake.

Wine Bottle Cupcakes

What you Need:
White Modeling Chocolate
Purple Modeling Chocolate
Wine Bottle Silicone Mold (Found mine on Amazon)
Black food Coloring
Vodka (it will evaporate but the black will stay)
Paint Brush

I used the purple modeling chocolate into the wine mold to form wine bottles. I put in the freezer to hard quickly and they come out easy that way. We then took some white modeling chocolate to make the labels on the wine bottles. My friend used a trick with small amount of vodka and then added some black food coloring to it. She dipped her paint brush into and wrote the 60 onto each label. Once dry the Vodka evaporates and the black is only left. We then put on the top of a frosted cupcake.

For those who haven't seen my post about Modeling Chocolate:

Modeling Chocolate
12oz Candy Melts
1/4 Cup light corn Syrup

Melt your Candy Melts in microwave (mine takes about 2 minutes). Stir them to become smooth and add the corn syrup.  It will become thick and form a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit out and dry.  Takes a few hours or over night is best. (Alexis note: I found to roll this out use a little powder sugar (like you would do with flour), also you have to kneed it a little like you would dough to make it easy to roll out).

Here is the cake and cupcake table:

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Wine Glass Cake for Wine Party

And now I must circle back to finish up the Wine Party I did for my mom's surprise 60th birthday party. I wanted to do a fun cake for her and saw this Wine Glass Cake on Cake Central. My friend April and I made this cake and I must say it turned out pretty darn cute! I Made a large rectangle cake and then we cut, frosted and put fondant on. It always helps to have an extra set of hands plus someone to talk you through always helps.

What you need:
Cake (I used the Sparkling Wine Cake Recipe)
Buttercream Frosting (I used my go to Sturdy Buttercream)
Fondant (I used Rolled Buttercream Fondant)
Modeling Chocolate (For decorations if Wanted)
Food Coloring (I used Burgundy Americolor Soft Gel Paste - For the Fondant)

I bake a cake a large rectangle cake (make sure to use cake release it helps taking cakes out of pans. I made a template by blowing up a wine glass (that I googled) or you can do it by eyeball. Once you have the cake cut out you need to crumb coat/dirty ice (lightly cover the cake in frosting). Roll out your fondant and cover the cake, since we were adding the wine colored fondant we did the white fondant in 2 sections (the seam would be covered by the burgundy color).  Rolled out almost a half moon shape for the wine part. I added some modeling chocolate I put into a flower and leaf mold to add a little something. For the 60 I took a circle cutter and formed the 60 by hand.

Cake Release or Cake Pan Coating (Hobby Lobby version)
Is the key secret I've learned to get a cake out easy!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Middle School Here We Come ....

This is a sad time for mom but an exciting time for Cole. When I was in school you stayed in elementary school through 6th grade. Were we live 6th grade moves up to middle school. We say good bye to an amazing teacher who looked after Cole and helped him love school! This is the last time the boys will be in school together for SIX years! Not until Cole is in 12 Grade will the boys be in the same school and that will be ONLY for one year. Insert mom said face!
5th Grade "Promotion" Ceremony

Last Day saying Good bye to our amazing Teacher

I leave you with the note I wrote Cole's Teacher!
She is amazing, God sent us an angel in her!

Thank you again for being an amazing role model to Cole. You helped Cole become such and amazing young man. For so long I fought to leave private school to go to public. I never dreamed we would find a teacher who cared as much. For so long Cole hated school being bullied for being different and kids and teachers not understanding his quirks. You took the time to look inside at his heart and worked side by side with me to find what best suited him and ways to help him learn and fit in. He now loves school and wants to continue on. Thank you again for everything you do, you were able to push when I'm was not there and keep him on track. You've set him up for success! You're an amazing teacher and will touch so many lives. Thank you doesn't seem to cover how much I appreciate you!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Teacher end of the Year Gifts

We end another school year and I wanted to give something to the most amazing teachers we've had. I also wanted to give a little something to the bus driver who took such great care of the kids.

First I started with a cute idea I saw several different ways a gardening gift with a note saying "Thank you for helping m Grow".

What you Need:
Plastic Flower Bucket
Gardening Gloves
Water Globe
Watering Bucket
Seeds (You can do a mint and put a note You're a "Mint" of a teacher)
Candy if you want

I filled up the flower bucket with all the goodies. I went on a Google search and found this super cute printable on Shop for Cute Printables, I printed on heavy card stock. 

Next on the list was a fun little extra gift I found on Two Silly Monkeys! Super easy to put together and not too expensive

What you Need:
Small Canvas Bag (Michael's 5pk $4.99)
Sharpie (Black would have been better but I only had red)
Extra Gum (Dollar Tree $1)
Hersey Kisses

I made a note one for each teacher and then one for the bus driver. My grandmother was a bus driver and I know how much it took to drive those kids around. I added a little tissue paper into the bag so it didn't take to much of the Hersey Kisses (I bought a large bag but had 3 of these to do). Check out Two Silly Monkey's for free printables. If I had extra time I would have added some ribbon onto the bag.

Make sure you give thanks to those amazing people in our kids lives!

Make one you'll be the hit of the teachers / bus drivers!

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