Saturday, April 12, 2014

How To Make A Fondant Bunny

I don't do a lot of "decorating" for Easter...
so I didn't figure I had anything fun to share...

Then myself reminded me that I had made a little Easter cake
a couple of years ago with one of these cuties on it:


Myself has a bad habit of remembering things at the very last minute...
so that is why you are getting this little tutorial
ONE WEEK before EASTER!
So sorry. :)


Most cakers use gum paste for figures...
if you want them rock hard faster, do that.
I just use fondant because I'm impatient and don't like messing with gum paste.

Satin Ice is my favorite...especially if you plan
to use it on cake and actually EAT it.
(this White Buttercream flavor is new and pretty good)


Get yourself a nice sized glob of fondant...
and cover the rest up...it dries out quickly.


Divide your fondant into 3 sections about this big.
I actually had a little too much and ended up with a chubby bunny.

Side note: did you ever play that game in youth group where
you had to stuff your mouth with as many marshmallows as
you possibly could and then say "chubby bunnies" several times?

***insert crickets chirping***

NO?

Welllllllll........me neither then, I was just checking.


Anyway...
Take your middle sized ball and start to pinch one side to shape the ears...


Just keep working it and smoothing it until you get the length you want.


Next start to shape the rest of the head...mine has fat cheeks...


and from the side you can see I tried to make the
bottom of his face elongated like a bunny's.

Shape your largest ball into a sort of bunny body.
Adjust size if necessary.


from your smallest ball take a couple equal pieces and shape the feet


Make the side that goes under the body flat and dab with a little
water on the end of your finger to stick them to the bottom of the body.
Use a tooth pick or the edge of a knife to make some bunny "toes."


Take two more small equal pieces and roll into arms.
Flatten the top edges and attach to top of body portion using a dab of water again.
These should be placed so that they're under the head once it's on.


Now to finish the face.
You should have a little piece left...
from that make two small flat, round pieces...cheeks
one very small long round piece...nose
and a small rectangular piece with a dent in the middle for the teeth.


Petal dust (top) is great for coloring fondant, but not always readily found.
You can get it at cake and candy supply stores and some kitchen stores.
However, pearl dust (the long tubes), is made by
Wilton and can be found at Hobby Lobby.
  
Attach the face pieces in this order...
Teeth
Cheeks
Nose

Using a clean paint brush, I applied the petal dust and made my nose dark,
and used a little less to make my cheeks rosy.
You can do the same with the pearl dust, it may just be lighter.
(I used the white pearl dust over the WHOLE bunny once he was done)


Using the other end of the paint brush, make two small dents for eyes...


Can you see them there?
If not, no big deal...


Use an edible food marker to fill in the eyes...
these have a nice wide pointed tip, so you could even
JUST use the marker to make the dents.


Now...comes the waiting.
As you can see, my bunny is sitting on a piece of parchment...
That is so he doesn't stick to the table.
You could also use wax paper or the shiny side of freezer paper.

Shape your bunny ears how you will want them to be when they harden.
One up, one down...both floppy, whatever.
But he needs to set up and harden AT LEAST
overnight for his ears to stay standing.

Once the fondant has hardened, place the head on the body,
you can use a little water dabbed again, to make the
body and bottom of the head sticky and attach.
(you can use a toothpick for more stability...make sure you place it
while the fondant is still soft, and make the hole in the body also.
 Then allow to dry inserted into the head.)


Look at that face!!!!
Now you have an adorable little bunny
to put on top of your Easter cake.
Well, I guess that is if you MADE an Easter cake.


 Little Bunny Foo Foo
hopping through the forest...


...scooping up the field mice
and boppin' 'em on the head...


OOOPS...
Wrong bunny...


Don't you just wanna pinch his cheeks?

Here is my original bunny sitting on his little cake.
I went to find him (I still have him) in his box,
and his ears had broken off! (The old one, not the new)
It was very sad. :(


The "eggs" are colored fondant, so are the rolled flowers.
And the grass was easy...just use the grass tip with some green buttercream.


Ta DA!

Doesn't he just make you smile?
He does me!

 I know this is last minute, but I hope I've inspired you to
make your own little bunny for your Easter dessert this year.
Let me know if you give it a try...
and if you have any questions.

Have an awesome weekend!


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Crustless Cheesy Egg and Sausage Bake

Super easy, nice & cheesy...
glad that doesn't describe me!
Hee hee.

But seriously...
I've had this recipe in my binder for ages...
we use it all the time!

I cook once, we eat breakfast for days!
What's easier than that?



And it's loaded with good stuff, Maynard!

Sausage and mushrooms...


bright green onions...


blurry, sweet, red tomatoes...


wholesome, fresh eggs...


lovingly blended with some creamy cream and spices!


layer it all up...with some of that cheesy cheese...


and pour some eggs on me...
or rather on my breakfast!!!


give it a little shake...the pan, not your booty...
unless you really wanna...


bake to golden perfection...


slice it up...and chow it down!


We cut this into eight equal pieces.
That's 1 1/2 eggs per serving plus sausage, cheese, and veggies.

Since there are only two of us, we have
a ready made breakfast for four days!

My husband loves that plan...
since he's usually the breakfast-maker. :)

And since he IS the breakfast-maker...
this makes it super simple for me when he's out of town for work...
I just toss a piece in the microwave and I'm not trying to
find time to pull breakfast together before work!
Awesomesauce!


This also works great for a brunch buffet...
and since it's totally delicious...it's always a big hit!
I would just cut it into 12 pieces, I think.

Crustless Cheesy Egg and Sausage Bake
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage, browned and crumbled
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 large tomato, diced - or the equivalent in yummy cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 oz shredded cheese, I love sharp cheddar, but use what YOU love
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream  (I actually use 1/2 cup cream and 1/2 cup half & half   -   does that make it 3/4 & 1/4?)
  • 1/2 tsp Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ground pepper to your liking
  • sometimes when I'm feeling adventurous, I add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper!

  1. Cook sausage and crumble, when almost done, stir in chopped mushrooms so they can cook for a couple minutes.  Spread it all into a well greased or "Pammed" 13 X 9 baking pan.
  2. Evenly sprinkle the green onions, then the tomatoes, then the cheese over the meat.
  3. Crack your eggs into a mixing bowl, beat with a fork.  Add in cream and seasonings.  Beat with fork until well combined.
  4. Pour egg mixture evenly over layers.
  5. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes...or until set...it begins to get golden around the edges.
  6. If serving right away, allow to sit for 10 minutes or so...otherwise, set on a rack until cool, cut into desired pieces, cover with aluminum foil and place in fridge.
  7. Warm it slowly in the microwave and enjoy!

This is low carb and since it doesn't have a crust...technically gluten free!
It's totally yummy and good for Atkins...
Easy and convenient on busy mornings.
What's not to love?
C'mon...give it a try!

In other news...
I have actually started on that bathroom makeover
that I bought the paint for a year while ago.

The bad news? 
I'm not sure I'm still lovin' the paint choice I made.
Oops.
Now what?
:)
Aaahhh...my decorating misadventures...
the continuing saga...

Have a great one!


p.s.  why does blogger hate ampersands?

Breaking the fast at these fine parties:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sara Bakes ~ Chocolate Overload Cookies

Howdy out there in blog-land!

Well...while Sara was home for spring break last week,
she decided to do a little baking.
on Pinterest and knew they would hit the chocolate spot!

I swear, I don't know what is up with these pictures!
They look fine on the computer, and then I load
them into Blogger and they look like this!
I even re-did them!
Grrrrr.


Anyway...you remember Sara, right?
This awesome girl...young lady...wo-man...?
Who am I kidding?
She'll always be my girl.
:)

She just used Averie's recipe and substituted what we had or whatever...you know?

This was actually the first time she's ever baked something from scratch all by herself.
She was pretty proud of these cookies.
By the time I got around to snapping a couple pictures...
These two were all that were left!


Averie's pictures with the gooey chocolate
must have been straight out of the oven.
So Sara's don't look so messy...
Here's the recipe link again...it isn't right for me to post it
here when the subs she made are not significant.
We only had regular butter...dark brown sugar...
and not quite enough dark chocolate, so she just used extra semi-sweet.

Sara made her cookie balls quite a bit smaller and got about
3 1/2 dozen as opposed to the 17 in the original recipe.
She baked them the same, but could easily have cut a minute or two off that time.


They were still soft and chewy, and yummily chocolicious...
but surprisingly not overly so...

She gave most of them away...which was probably for the best.
Otherwise we might have sat and eaten them all with a tall glass of cold milk.
In one sitting.

What's the last Pinterest recipe you tried?
Was it any good?
Let me know!

P.S. I really am working on things...I've finally started
on that hall bathroom that I bought the paint for eons ago...

I'm trying to get the stuff hung on the walls before
I show you the entertainment center makeover...
can't have it sitting in a plain jane room now can we?

So...until then...
smooches!


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Get Happy!



Hi peeps!

Today I'm dropping in to share a fun..HAPPY video with you!
ION Oklahoma magazine paid a visit to OCU recently
and filmed the students at the dance school...including my Sara!

Check it out here:
(and look for the curly blonde girl in the bright blue leo! )




 If the video doesn't load or show at all...click this direct link to the video here.

Clap along!


Be happy and have a great week!


Monday, March 10, 2014

The Painted Lady ~ A Dresser Update


Hello there peeps...
I know, I've been neglectful and haven't been around.

I think I have a brain cloud.
Ever have one?
Know the best way to get rid of it?
Hrrmph.


Anyway...
last weekend it was cold and snowy...
again...
but it made for the perfect weekend to get this project done...
finally.

Last fall I told you about this fabulous find I got for my living room.
And yes, it's taken me this long to get it painted.
Whatever.


I apologize to those of you who said I should leave it natural and not paint it.
I just couldn't.
I say I'm sorry, but really I'm not.


It was throwing my whole living room atmosphere right outta wack!
Okay, maybe it wasn't quite that dramatic, but it all felt off.
Like something just wasn't quite right, you know?
It's bad enough that I am forbidden to paint the grandfather clock.


I would probably get a lecture from my dad just for mentioning it. :\
{but just between you and me, my mom thinks it would look pretty good painted black!}
The grandfather clock, that is.  But don't tell.


I waffled some on the color.
I have a shelf done in Annie Sloan Old White,
so I didn't want this to be the same.
Between four different choices, I went with the AS Cream.


It's kinda buttery yellow.  But I like it.
If I had thought about it, mixing the Old White and
Cream might have been a good compromise.



I wiped the dresser down with some hot soapy water.
It is old and was kinda dusty and cob-webby.
Two coats of paint later, you'd never even know!


I did some light distressing with a sanding sponge.
I didn't want to go crazy, just kind of a gently used look.
I know you're supposed to wax THEN sand, but I don't like it that way.
Call me a rebel.


I have yet to decide if I will use any dark wax for aging.
I may try it on a small space and take it back off if I don't like it.


The knobs may change. 
That's something else I can't decide on.
I thought about painting them aqua, then didn't.


Some cute crystal ones might be fun.
At some point two of the knobs had been replaced,
they aren't quite the same style and size as the others.


But, unless you look, you can't really tell...
so for now...if you don't care, I don't care.


I love the lightness it brings to that side of the room now.
It really does fit into the rest of the style I have going on.
And as pretty as the natural wood was...I just love this more!


And now...just in case you're curious about the stuff on top:
this chunky plant stand...yes, it's a plant stand...
came from Hobby Lobby a few years ago.
I have used it for a cake display and now for candles
They have them again this year, but they are several dollars more now, of course.


The Pottery Barn look-alike lantern came from Pier 1 for a fraction of the cost of PB's version.
The frame is a clearance find, painted, strung with wire and mini clothespins.
The paper wreath came from Zulily and the round tray from Decor Steals.
The urn came from a vintage street fair and the boxwood ball is a TJMaxx find.
Like I said...just in case you wanted to know.



Oh...and...it's not just a pretty face...
I use it to store rotational decor, extra candles, books, and such.
It's awesome.

You know...if I had a wide angle lens...
I'd someday show you the WHOLE living room.
Oh well.

I hope you have enjoyed this makeover.
And if you didn't, please keep it to yourself. :)

I'm trying hard to get over my brain cloud problem...
and in the meantime...
I think I'm finally going to start painting the bathroom.
I've only had the paint for a year.
Ha!

I hope you all have a fantastic week and
the brain clouds stay far far away from you!



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