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Everything Else / Re: Craft ideas for kids?
« Last post by Verla Kay on October 06, 2019, 10:07 AM »
A project we (my great grandkids and I) found fun was to buy packages of clear plastic ornaments at our local Dollar Tree store and then drizzle (thinned with water) colored acrylic paints inside, swirl the paint around a little and then let them dry. Glitter, feathers, wiggly eyes, etc. can be glued on to further decorate them. They are so original and could be a fun project for your girls. Also, they might paint funny faces on rocks to use for paperweights. (Or if they are small and flat enough, glue magnets to the backs of them to use on refrigerators.)

Have fun!
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Recipes / Re: Whipped Cream Frosting
« Last post by Verla Kay on October 06, 2019, 09:53 AM »
Thanks, Christine. You should try this whipped cream frosting. It tastes SO good!
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Recipes / Re: Whipped Cream Frosting
« Last post by ChristineLA on October 02, 2019, 05:45 PM »
Verla, that is amazing! I know this is a few months old, but just wanted to say that she is so lucky to have a Grandma to make such special cakes. What wonderful memory making.
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Everything Else / Craft ideas for kids?
« Last post by ChristineLA on October 01, 2019, 11:34 PM »
My daughters who are almost six want to have a baked goods and crafts fair to raise money for shelter animals. I’m trying to come up with some crafts they can do (with my help) that people would want to purchase (for $1 or $2). They are basing their idea off of a Facebook page where kids sell kid-made soap, jewelry etc. They usually sell it for less than $5. Most of the kids on that site are a bit older. I’ve thought my girls could make holiday-themes beaded necklaces and friendship bracelets for other kids. Maybe holiday ornaments? Would love to hear your ideas of crafts for kids! Thank you!!
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Cricut Machines / New Cricut Maker Tools
« Last post by Verla Kay on July 16, 2019, 08:31 AM »
Cricut just announced some new tools are available for the Cricut Maker — perforation, debossing, engraving and wavy tips that can be used with the scoring housing. BUT they are only available through Home Shopping Network — beginning today. So I got up this morning at 5:00 am (I'm on the west coast) and they were already sold out of all the tips! What a bummer. The only way to get them was to buy them with the housing (the holder), and even then, the perforation tip (the one I wanted the most) was sold out even with the housing! BUMMER! But at least I did order the other three tips. It will be exciting to see what I can make with them!
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Recipes / Re: Whipped Cream Frosting
« Last post by Verla Kay on July 12, 2019, 07:00 PM »
Wait...you made THAT cake for a 4-yr-old's birthday? Holey schamoley! :faint I think my kid got little plastic Power Rangers on his cake for his 4th.


I won't be making the lovely roses any time soon, but I will try this frosting recipe! Maybe even this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

Yes, I did make that cake. ;D The recipe for the roses was my buttercream decorating frosting. It was extra challenging because my granddaughter won't allow her kids to eat food colorings...so I had to make my own food colorings from red cabbage (blue and purple — a pinch of baking soda turned 1/2 the purple to blue), crushed dehydrated strawberry powder (pink) and spinach (green).

Buttercream Decorating Frosting

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk (w/1/2 tsp vanilla in the milk)

Directions:

Cream at high speed for 5 minutes
Color using paste food coloring (not liquid)
Wonderfully tasty and easy to use for piping decorations and borders on cakes
Place flowers made with this icing in the freezer on wax paper squares on cookie sheets
Once frozen the flowers become easy to handle and put onto cakes
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Recipes / Re: Whipped Cream Frosting
« Last post by Vonna on July 12, 2019, 04:47 PM »
Wait...you made THAT cake for a 4-yr-old's birthday? Holey schamoley! :faint I think my kid got little plastic Power Rangers on his cake for his 4th.


I won't be making the lovely roses any time soon, but I will try this frosting recipe! Maybe even this weekend. Thanks for sharing!
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Photography / Sun Shining Through Trees
« Last post by Verla Kay on July 11, 2019, 08:21 AM »
My favorite photo. What's yours?
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Recipes / Whipped Cream Frosting
« Last post by Verla Kay on July 11, 2019, 07:53 AM »
This is the birthday cake I made for my great granddaughter's 4th birthday. The whipped cream frosting is amazingly light and tasty. In order to keep the cake cool so the frosting wouldn't melt at her outdoor party, I set the cake on the lid lid (from a plastic storage box) — the plastic lid was sitting on top of a frozen gel pack.

Do you have a favorite recipe to share?

Whipped Cream Frosting

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 - 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • A few drops food coloring (optional)
Directions:
  • Combine whipped cream, salt and vanilla in a small bowl
  • Refrigerate bowl and beaters until well chilled
  • Meantime, dissolve gelatin in hot water, cool
  • Remove whipping cream mixture from refrigerator and beat until frothy
  • Add sugar one teaspoon at a time
  • Drizzle in dissolved, cooled gelatin
  • Continue beating until stiff
  • Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired
  • Frost cake and refrigerate
  • Makes 4 cups of the best tasting frosting, EVER!
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Everything Else / Re: Dog-Proofing with Painted Glass
« Last post by Verla Kay on July 07, 2019, 06:57 PM »
Your dog, Shimmer, sounds like she has an awesome personality. Wish I could meet her in person some day (like I got to meet you in Florida)! 
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