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Saturday inspired cupcakes

Last night at 11 PM I was in the cooking mood.  Inspired by the events of the weekend I opted to explore the idea of a Car Bomb cupcake.  On Friday night I celebrated my birthday with my family and my mom purchased some fancy, gourmet, pretty, over-priced cupcakes which leads me to Saturday, a festive night with a friend and our families which included an investigation to the contents of an Irish Car Bomb (which of course I had the answer right- guiness with 1/2 shot Jameson & 1/2 shot Bailey’s).  Sunday night I thought I’d compile the weekend events into something fabulous: a car bomb cupcake.

Disclaimer: I am about to share a recipe.  I borrowed from several.  BUT I don’t follow recipes all that well so this is my attempt to recreate what happened last night at 11:30 PM so that my friends and co-workers can find peace, and perhaps recreate the masterpiece they just swallowed.  Usually when I’m referencing a recipe I tend to just put all the ingredients into a bowl  in order, that is not how this recipe works.  So for those who are more like me than not, you’ll notice I bolded the ingredients within the recipe so you don’t make a mistake I likely would make!

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Cupcake: Adopted from Brown-Eyed Baker
Turn on Oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake tins

Simmer 1 c. of Guiness beer with 3/4 C. of Cocoa (I used the regular Hershey’s cocoa).  Stir until blended together.
Note: Don’t taste this, it’s extremely bitter! Consider yourself warned.

Sperate Bowl: Blend  together with a hand mixer on med-low speed for 5 minutes. Continue to scrape the sides of the bowl, and continue mixing
1 C. room temperature butter
2 C. Flour,
2 C. White Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

In a bigger (Seperate) Bowl: Whisk together
2 eggs and 1 C. Sour Cream (I was very close to subbing Vanilla yogurt?!)
slowly add the Guiness and cocoa mixture until smooth.
add the dough mixture and beat with the mixer on medium for several minutes.  The batter should get really creamy and fluffy consistency.  This does taste good.  Consider yourself warned!

Scoop into cupcakes (about 3/4 full) bake for 17 minutes or until toothpick test is clean.

Bailey’s Frosting
Cream 1 lb of room temperature butter (yes, 4 sticks! I was going to try subsisting cream cheese, but honestly I was to tired to figure that out by this point)
Add 6 T. of Bailey’s Irish Cream (use the cheap stuff, no one will REALLY know and for the price it’s really not worth satisfying the high class tastebuds)  Might as well take a pull off the bottle, there’s no judgement here!
Most frosting recipes call for powdered sugar, but frankly powdered sugar leaves a funky film in my mouth so I do half powdered sugar, and half white sugar.  I add sugar until it gets thick enough to decorate, creamy but not firm.  (I would guess this was about 4 Cups combined).

Add frosting to a frosting bag (or ziploc bag and cut the corner off)

After the cupcakes cool…It’s important they cool or the frosting melts and makes a mess! Put a frosting swirly on the cupcake.  If you choose to add a little sugar sprinkle or edible glitter to make it look fancy, let your heart flutter.

By this time you might be noticing that If this were a true carbomb there’d be Irish Whisky.  Well I don’t like whiskey and I can’t garauntee that my 3-year-old  and 11-month-old wouldn’t steal a bite, so I tried to lay low on the liquor!

Eat any that you screwed up.  There is really no need to leave evidence of imperfection.  Charge your friends $3 a cupcake and you just started yourself a new business…or take them all to work, liquor your colleagues up enough to make them like you and your ridiculous ideas! Or feed it to your husband for breakfast.  He’d reflect on the last time he had a beer and cupcake for breakfast which will make him smile (or potentially vomit in his mouth).

Hope you enjoy.  Have fun pretending your Irish.  If you feel the need to add green, put sugar on top.

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Big Game Party ideas

I know in the crafting, home decor, DIY blog world I may not have the same interests as fellow bloggers….But I’m a HUGE football fan.  And while I’m loyal to the Green Bay Packers and am mildly devastated that they won’t be playing in the Superbowl, we have a little hometown hero action with the San Fran 49ers quarterback.  Did I mention I LOVE football.  So I’m posting a few fabulous football party ideas, some are mine, some are others that I aspire to be.

1. Football Field Party Tray
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Cover a slab of green craft foam with plastic wrap, load up the sausage and cheese football players, line the stands with chips and treats and we have ourselves an hor d’ourves football game!

2. Edible footballs
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Add some green onion laces to an existing fan favorite for a football inspired snack.  The green onion actually gives a hint of flavor, so make sure you don’t do it to soon before the party or you’ll have deviled onions not eggs! Along similar lines, cheese, crackers and sausage with ranch dressing laces.  Yum.

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Looking for something a bit sweeter…

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3. Fancy Football table cloth

4. Looking for Tickets to the Game?

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5. How to welcome the opponent…with class of course!

 

Any other lingering ideas? I think it’s funny that all ideas that I found have Green & Gold. Coincidence? Maybe there are others with really good taste :).  Stay tuned for some amazing party recipes

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Vintage Car Big Boy Bedroom Reveal

I can’t wait any longer.  There are a few lingering details that need to be added, but oh well. I want to share this RIGHT NOW.  My little man’s room needed to be transformed from the once gender neutral nursery, to a place he could call his own.
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We tried to create a space to fit his needs and my taste.  Hence VINTAGE (or at least retro) Cars.  Yes, He loves old stuff and I’m a car freak 😉 Or not!  He and his father both have a bit of grease monkey in their blood.  Something about a loud engine noise gets them gitty.  The makeover started last year (I like to pretend this project is like a good bottle of wine, that gets better with time) when we painted the walls and installed a barn board accent wall.  I wanted the room to grow with him so we kept to some basic masculine colors that were versatile: Grey-Blue, Deep Red, and Navy was the initial color palette we had selected. Here’s a look at the before version of this room.
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The finer details helped bring this room together.  In fact the vintage car theme didn’t really happen until we attended a local car show and there were several vendors selling what I would call vintage car parts.  For me, going to a car show on a 90+ degree day is exciting as watching turds flush down the toilet, I can find 200 other things that I’d prefer to do.  Seeing that I was being nice, the vendors and their junk made this tolerable and now I have an excuse to go to another one.  If you’re looking for a few car accessories, that here I picked them up (all for about $10) and look how cool they make stuff look….
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(blinker frame) License Plate Word Art

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(Manual Window knobs) Hooks

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(Door Handle) night stand hardware

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(Emblems) Wall Art

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(License Plate) Wall Art

All of these little things helped bring the room together. We happen to have a friend who owns a 1971 Pontiac Le Mans, who was kind enough to let me do a photography shoot to create some custom artwork for the room. There are 4 profile poster prints of the car (Rear profile,  Driver side emblem, Full profile, and the dashboard).  I also added a few of my husbands model cars that he put together as a kid.

Between my husband and I we created or repurposed nearly EVERYTHING.  The barn board accent wall was installed last winter break. Little-d-Tales: Fostering a Creative Life &emdash;

The dresser was the next project,
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repurposed Craigslist dresser with a DIY chalk paint.  Apparently the day I revealed the dresser, I spent the next 3 days doing laundry with the looks of that hamper!  Either way, I managed to complete the clip on curtains,
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and open concept book shelves. Then I had a baby, and seeing how there was nothing that would cause great bodily harm, this was where the room stalled for about 3 months.
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I recovered a lamp shade to fit with the style of the room, and eventually made the rest of the lamp to match. Both set on top of a Anna White inspired night stand.

square lampshade makeover

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I turned a basic craft store crate into a wall locker by adding a few shelves and a layer of paint, which held some fun collectible materials and the new navy “C” which was reincarnated from his baby room.

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The “hang out” sign combined the barn board with retro car paraphernalia to be a functional hook for towels mostly, but occasionally a jacket or sweatshirt.  I like to pretend that if I create cool hooks that my kids will actually hang something up.  Ha, a girl can dream, and make something neat along the way 🙂

Finally I created a padded drop cloth and nail head trimmed head-board.  Amazing what my husbands left over roofing nails can do.
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The bedding was one of the few things I bought and left as is, thanks to Target.  I enjoy hanging out in little man’s room so much that usually I lay reading him books and snuggle with him.  Then I get all jealous that he has a cool room while mine is all frumpy and cluttered.

So what do you think.  Any tutorials you want first?

Linking to: The Creative Girl, Keeping it Simple, Sumo’s sweet stuff, Craft-O-Maniac, Not Just a Housewife, Home Stories A to Z, Salt Tree

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Good Intentions {Life}

Have you ever had a day or a week with project planned, and then life just happens and whisks you right off your feet. Before long you are wondering where the time went. That seems to be everyday lately. I have so many “things” on my to-do list, really it should be the must-list and the wish-list. Because whether I like it or not, the kids MUST get fed; and I WISH I had un-interupted time to sit at the computer to post a few of my projects. It’s pretty sad when I write sleep on the to-do list and it never seems to get crossed out. It seems whenever one child settles down, the other bursts into an outrage or feeding frenzy. Sigh It seems this is all I do…

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So instead of featuring one of the many projects in the works, I thought I’d share some new photo editing discoveries. I recently got an iPad so once again I’ve taken to scouring for apps (something I really should do more often). I came across one called Snapseed, which came highly recommended. It’s similar to Instagram with a few more editing capabilities. The photo above was taken with my iPad and edited with Snapseed. I’d have to agree with those 5 star reviews thus far. I’m impressed. I like the ability to share too, although they really should add WordPress to the list of options. Keep in mind I still prefer and recommend using a real camera (like my Canon EOS xSi), but in a pinch these other options are nice to have!

Hopefully, I’ll be back tomorrow with a real project to share!

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Huge Mother’s Day Giveaway

I just thought I’d share a HUGE (over $700 in prizes) giveaway for one special mom. Click on the button for more details

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Custom Postcards {Giveaway}

Today I bring you a chance at a giveaway for 100 5×7 postcards from PrintRunner!

I’m planning to create custom postcards for the invites to my daughters baptism. Certainly Print Runner’s online postcard printing would be great for a graduation party,  birthday or even as thank you notes! Not to mention, their online postcard printing not only grants you the option of choosing from multiple postcard sizes, but also gets your orders delivered directly to your clients through our mailing services. Just provide them with your mailing list and  they’ll drop the postcards right at your customers’ doorsteps.

As an added bonus for this giveaway,  I will provide the winner with free custom design services (although Print Runner makes the design of your product very easy)!

To participate in this giveaway, do one or all of the following, and comment FOR EACH one you do!  The more times you comment below the more chances to win 🙂
1. Comment below with how you will use the Print Runner print online services.
2. Like Little-d-Tales Photography & Design on Facebook, comment on my wall about what you’d like me to design for your postcards! Come back to Fostering a Creative Life and comment that you like Little-d-Tales on Facebook.
3. Like Print Runner on Facebook, and comment on their wall that Fostering A Creative Life sent you. Come back to Fostering a Creative Life and comment below that you liked Print Runner on Facebook.

PrintRunner.com was established with little more than a small press and a dream. Ten years later our company became one of the foremost quality printers in Southern California. Our commitment to provide the best value and high quality full color printing at affordable price made our company grow.  PrintRunner is a full service high quality printing company located in Chatsworth, California.


a. Details of the giveaway prize: Postcards
Postcard Size : Postcards 5×7
Quantity : 100
Colors : 4/0 Front Only Printing
Paper : 14 PT. UV Coating on Front,
Rounded Corners  : Yes
Proof : None
Ready to Ship In : 4 Business Days

*Giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 years old and above.

Thank you to PrintRunner for providing us this giveaway.  As a host for this giveaway, I will receive a set of postcards for hosting this.

This giveaway ends on Thursday, May 10th at Midnight (Central Time).  The winner will be announced on Friday, May 11.

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Any guesses? {Baby}

I thought it’d be fun to involve some of my readers in the excitement as we await our newest family member.  We are expecting our daughter any day now, literally I’m due tomorrow.  I thought it’d be fun to have a little contest and see if anyone could guess her birth size (weight and height).  I figure her due date might be to easy since I’m so close, but in case it’s needed as a tie breaker add the date and time you think she’ll be born!

Here’s me at 36 weeks with #2.

(sorry I didn’t feel like changing my watermark- Enjoying Life is my personal blog about life!)

If you want to work off my 1st child- he was 2 weeks late.  I was induced and 12 hours later he arrived at 7lbs 8 oz, and 20.5 inches long.  Think our girl will be bigger? smaller? or about the same?

Look forward to your thought 🙂

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