Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lemonade

A few months back, my mom came across this awesome vintage juicer when cleaning out her kitchen cabinets. She asked me if I wanted it, and of course I couldn't resist keeping a part of my childhood.

I can still clearly remember stretching up on my tip-toes, trying to pick oranges from the tree in our backyard to make fresh-squeezed orange juice on Saturday mornings. And a few branches from our neighbor's lemon tree hung over our side of the fence, so summer always tasted of homemade lemonade.

Of course, the best part about making homemade orange juice or lemonade was getting to use the juicer. Cut the fruit in half, push it cut-side down onto the reamer and... voila!... instant juice!

Yesterday, Master W. went down for an early nap so Miss C. and I headed outside to pick a few lemons off of our tree. She'd never made juice before, so we dusted off the old Juicit Juicer and made some awesome lemonade! I love how she giggled every time we pressed the lemon on the reamer.

The first taste test revealed that, as I suspected, I needed to add a bit more sugar than the recipe called for since our lemons are freakishly large.

A tall glass and several ice cubes later, we were ready for a taste of summer.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Yummy

Doesn't this felt birthday cake look good enough to eat?

Miss C.'s wonderful godmother gave her this sweet little cake from one of my all time favorite wish-I-could-own-one-of-everything-she-sells Etsy shops, Nifty Kidstuff, for her birthday.

We've had a lot of fun decorating it over and over again, and singing happy birthday to everyone - from Master W. to Daddy to her stuffed animals.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Start Small

It's been a while since I last made anything new for my Etsy shops. Master W. is 7.5 months old now and I haven't listed anything new since before he was born.

So, I thought I'd start small.

I'm always looking for fun ways to use up my scraps and pin cushions seemed like a good way to ease back into selling. This first one incorporates two fabrics that I used for Miss C.'s scrap quilt. The white one was used on the back, while the pink one ended up as the quilt binding.

Is this the beginning of a push toward a full shop? I'm not quite sure. We'll just have to see where it leads.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Miss C.!

Today was my little girl's third birthday!

A few weeks ago, we sat down together to decide on a theme. I offered up all kinds of suggestions, from butterflies to Mickey Mouse to Darth Vader (she's loves the guy, and has never seen any of the movies). A thoughtful look passed over her face, then she looked at me and said, "Ladybugs?"

She's got a thing for ladybugs, so I knew it would be perfect. I designed some ladybug-themed invitations and started dreaming of ladybug cupcakes. Many Google clicks later and I found my inspiration.

This week, I mixed up a couple batches of red and black marshmallow fondant – recipe courtesy of a very talented Etsian – then stashed them in the fridge. I cleaned the house. I shopped for supplies. I whipped up a birthday banner. I planned and made lists.

Yesterday came and went in a flurry of baking... chocolate cupcakes and vanilla buttercream frosting from scratch... before building up to the big moment. It was time to cut out my ladybugs.

I gathered my supplies (one rolling pin, one small oval fondant cutter, one plastic drinking straw cut down to 1/2 inch long, one large round fondant cutter and a butter knife) then got to work. An hour or two later I had 15 adorable ladybug cupcakes ready to go.

They were a hit at the party. Best of all? Miss C. loved them.