Creamy Dill Dip

This was another wonderful appetizer that my sis-in-law 
brought for my sister's baby shower.  
You can serve it with bread, crackers, or veggies. 
To see the entire owl themed shower post click HERE. 

      1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
      1 cup sour cream
      2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill weed
      1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (optional)
      2 tablespoons milk (optional)

In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese and sour cream with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in green onions, salt, dill and garlic. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to blend flavors. If the dip is too thick after chilling, stir in milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

Jalapeño Crescents

 These were a delicious appetizer that my sis-in-law 
brought for my sister's baby shower.  
They were so good you couldn't eat just one.  Hope you enjoy them too!!

To see the entire shower post click HERE. 

(printable recipe) 

1 package of cream cheese, softened
1 small can of jalapeños, chopped
1 can of crescents 

Roll out crescents.  Cut in half lengthwise. Mix cream cheese and jalapeños together. Spread mixture over crescents to edges. Roll crescents up lengthwise. Place in refrigerator until chilled to make cutting easier. Cut rolls into 1/4 inch slices. Lay them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 until light golden.

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for my sister's baby shower.  
Of course I added a little pink food coloring 
so they would match up with the pink and green theme. 

To view the entire owl themed shower post click HERE.

(printable recipe)

16 cupcakes:

1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup full-fat sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar and seeds from the vanilla bean. **I had to watch video online to see how to remove seeds correctly
  3. Using the back of a spoon, break up any clumps of seeds in sugar and mix through. Set aside.
  4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the vanilla bean sugar and mix until well combined.
  6. Add butter and mix on medium speed for three minutes to form a fine crumb texture.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  8. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
  9. Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined.  The batter will be liquid. 
  10. Fill cupcake liners just over 1/2 full.
  11. Bake for 14 - 16 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without sticking. 
  12. Let cool completely before frosting.
** I topped them with a Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Source:  The Mandatory Mooch - "mooched" from

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Baby Shower Fruit Bassinet

This was the biggest hit of the owl themed baby shower that was thrown for my sister.   
To see the entire shower post click HERE.  
I had seen similar pictures on Pinterest but no instructions.  
So, I just went for it.  I think it turned out super cute!!

(printable instructions)

Supplies needed:
*ribbon, if needed 
serving tray or covered cookie sheet

Cut watermelon in half but only 2/3 of the way down lengthwise as shown in the picture.  Scoop out all of the melon and set aside to serve separately.

Cut a cantaloupe in half.  Only used one half for the face.  Clean off seeds and cut off peel.  I used a 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon to core out eyes and hole for pacifier.  Place toothpicks in eye sockets to secure grapes for eyes.  Place pacifier in mouth hole and secure with toothpicks if needed to hold it up.
Place fruit head in watermelon bassinet and surround with fruit.  I added a bow out of ribbon for a little extra decor.  Put watermelon on serving tray or covered cookie sheet and surround with remaining fruit.  I served the watermelon in a separate bowl to the side.  Enjoy!!!!

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Baby Shower Diaper Wreath

This was a fun idea that my daughter and I created after seeing some similar ideas on Pinterest.  I used the wreath as decor for my sister's baby shower and then gave it to her as a gift.  

To see the full owl themed baby shower click HERE.

Supplies needed:
1 straw wreath, size 14 inch - leave plastic covering on it
24 size 2 diapers
tulle - colors to match your theme
rubber bands
baby supply items
ribbon - color to match your theme
paper plate
artwork or clipart to go on your plate
hole punch

(printable instructions)
Wrap diapers around wreath securing with rubber bands.

Tie tulle onto each diaper to hide rubber bands.

Use ribbon to tie baby items to wreath.  I put the ribbon through the diaper and secured the item to it tightly with ribbon.

Glue design to back of paper plate and hold punch each side.

Tie plate onto the back of the wreath with ribbon going through a diaper on each side.
Use tulle to create a loop to hang the wreath.

The completed project!!

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My Sister's Owl Themed Baby Shower

My youngest sister is expecting her first baby.  It's a girl!!  We can't wait to meet her.  In the anticipation, my sisters and I had a baby shower for her earlier this month.  The theme was lime green, pink, and lots of cute little owls.  Here are some wonderful pictures that my talented neighbor, Ashley Spaulding, took for me.  Check out her wonderful blog and pictures here.  The recipes and instructions for everything pictured will be posted throughout this week.  So, don't forget to "like" my Facebook page to keep up on each post.  I hope you enjoy!!
The invitation - "Look whooo's having a girl!!"
found the paper at Michael's craft store, the owl was clipart found online
Front door diaper wreath - this was one of the gifts that my daughter and I made.  It doubled as decoration as guests arrived at the front door.  
Click HERE for the diaper wreath instructions.

Diaper and washcloth bouquet - another fun gift for the expecting mommy
Lime green and pink balloons - every shower needs balloons!!

The mantel - Baby "Kaydence" banner made of paper plates and tulle, tissue paper flowers that my crafty daughter made. 
The dessert table

Dessert menu

The cupcakes - to go along with the theme colors I made green margarita cupcakes with lime buttercream frosting (alcohol-free of course) and pink vanilla bean cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting.  My daughter and I had fun making the cupcake picks too.  

Margarita Cupcakes recipe
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes recipe 
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe

Chocolate dipped Oreos

Table centerpiece - gift of baby wipes, shoes, stuffed giraffe, and green blanket that acted as decoration

Fruit bassinet - a real hit at the shower and so much fun to make. 
For the full instructions click HERE.

Dill Dip

For the recipe click HERE

Utensils - I wrapped each set of utensils in a napkin and ribbon
Jalapeno Crescents
For the recipe click HERE.

Lemonade decor - I put a vase in the middle of the lemonade server with flowers as decor

The gifts
The hostesses - (left to right) my sister, Callie; my sister-in-law, Jennifer; my expecting sister, Mary; and myself
  I Heart Pears 
Twinkle in the Eye 
Doodles and Stitches 

Simple Saturday - Chalk Fun

Today's "Simple Saturday" is all about the kids.  Earlier this week I took the kids outside to play and none of their neighborhood friends were home.  After ringing door bells looking for friends they came home with somber faces.  I thought about something different to do with them.  So, we grabbed the sidewalk chalk and started making drawings that they could lay down and become part of.  Enjoy these pictures and get out this weekend and have fun with the the kids in your life!!

Rapunzel Cake

My youngest daughter turned 5 in May.  She insisted on having a Rapunzel party along with a Rapunzel cake.  Not wanting to disappoint those sweet blue eyes, I took on this project.  Here is the step-by-step instructions.  I think the finished product turned out great.  And most of all, my daughter was thrilled.  So, I hope this will be helpful to you creating a special cake for your birthday princess!!

**Please read through complete instructions before beginning**

Supplies needed:
 Wilton Classic Wonder Mold
1 cake mix - and ingredients called for on box
Rapunzel Barbie
Plastic wrap
1 rubber band
Bowl or cup to use as cake stand
plate or turntable
1 pkg. Wilton premade white fondant
purple gel food coloring
pink gel food coloring
Wilton Roll-N-Cut mat
clear swirl stamps
Wilton white pearl dust
Wilton lilac pearl dust
paint brush
pink sugar pearls
Use the Wilton Classic Wonder Mold, baking one cake as directed.
I hollowed out the center a little more than the pan created to make room for the actual Rapunzel Barbie.
Wrap the Rapunzel Barbie in plastic wrap to protect dress.  Used a rubber band to secure.

Place Rapunzel in the middle of the cake and place on top of a bowl or mug to raise up high enough for fondant dress.  **Note:  By using an actual Barbie you have to make room for her legs.  The cake mold doll is a pick without legs.
To make it easy, I used the pre-made Wilton white fondant
I also used the Wilton Roll-N-Cut mat to help keep the skirt dimensions even

Sprinkle mat with powdered sugar to keep it from sticking.  Divide fondant - 2/3 in one block, 1/3 in another block as shown.  Using gloves, add purple coloring gel to larger block, mix well until fully incorporated.  Do the same with the smaller block by adding the pink coloring gel.

Cover cake with a layer of buttercream frosting.  This will be used to "glue" the fondant onto the doll.  Place cake/doll onto plate or turntable.
Here is where I forgot to take a picture of the purple fondant rolled out.  Boo!!  Anyway, cover your mat with a thin layer of solid vegetable shortening to keep the fondant from sticking.  Roll it out with a rolling pin to the largest circle on the mat.  Keep in mind that you only need to cover 3/4 of it due to the pink front of the dress.  Cut the excess edges. Carefully peel fondant from mat and place onto cake.  Move it around carefully to create a flowing look to the dress.  Roll out the pink fondant in the same manner remembering that you only need it to cover 1/4 of the mat as shown below.  Cut to create clean straight edges.

To create the swirled pattern I used some of my scrapbooking supplies - clear stamps.  I swear they were brand new still in the package.  They have now become part of my cake decorating supplies instead.
To create a sparkle on the dress I used Wilton white pearl dust on the pink fondant (it looks pink in the bottle from the reflection) and Wilton lilac purple pearl dust on the purple fondant.
Place pink fondant over the front of dress.
I used an extra piece of the pink fondant to create a bow around the waist of the doll.  It also covers the top of the dress and plastic wrap.  Pipe a small amount of buttercream frosting along bottom of bow and place pink sugar pearls around waist to cover crease.
Look at your beautiful finished Rapunzel cake!!
I stored the cake overnight in the fridge to keep it fresh.
I also made confetti cupcakes with coordinating frosting.  Used leftover buttercream frosting that was used as "glue" on the cake.
Ready for an exciting party!!!!

Rapunzel made a guest appearance at the party to entertain all of the guests!!

Source:  a Mandatory Mooch original 

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