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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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Everything Else / Re: Dog-Proofing with Painted Glass
« Last post by Vonna on July 07, 2019, 04:37 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions, Verla! The pieces aren't quite as wide as the windows, so whatever I use will have to stick to the glass. I'll look into the small Command Hooks. Little suction cups might work, but I'm afraid if there's a gap between the plastic and the glass, Shimmer will be able to rip it off the window too easily. So far, she hasn't tried though. She seems disgusted when she looks at them, likes she knows I put them there just to ruin her fun.
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Painting / Re: New obsession! Acrylic pours.
« Last post by Vonna on July 07, 2019, 04:29 PM »
These are beautiful and fascinating, Kariana! I'll have to check out a video on how this is done.
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Everything Else / Re: Dog-Proofing with Painted Glass
« Last post by Verla Kay on July 07, 2019, 08:59 AM »
Here's another idea. What about getting small Command hooks and painting them black or dark brown so they don't show on the woodwork and attaching the panels to the hooks with thin wires? It's another possibility....
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Everything Else / Re: Dog-Proofing with Painted Glass
« Last post by Verla Kay on July 07, 2019, 08:05 AM »
Wow! Those turned out so beautiful, Vonna. What a great idea. I can't think of a permanent solution for you, but are you using double-sided Scotch Tape to hold the panels onto the glass? Unlike regular tape, it would at least be under the plastic and shouldn't show as much.

Hopefully, someone else will have a better solution for you. :eyeballs
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