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All things yellow and green

4 Apr

The month of April has crept up on me. It’s a full month for our family and we started off this month by celebrating my youngest son’s 3rd birthday. He is my April Fools Day baby, which is hilarious in more ways than one.

Like most 3-year-old boys, my son is obsessed with tractors. Tractors all day, every day. He will loudly warn every one in the car to not miss any upcoming tractors that we drive by at least 6 times in one day. We live in a small town, so he has every tractor mapped out and knows them by heart. He is my “all things yellow and green” boy.

So, of course it’s only fitting that this year I made him a tractor cake for his actual birthday.

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I used a technique I hadn’t before:  Buttercream Transfer. It turned out okay, not the greatest, but I guess I did pretty well for it being my first try at it. You definitely need a steady hand, and my hand, like this blog, is very impulsive and can be steady one minute and then BAM! I get all cocky and out of nowhere it will shake… ugh! So I guess I had to take a bit longer than normal to get it looking half decent. Everything you see on the cake is edible. I am a firm believer that if you are going to make a cake, people should actually be able to eat it… decor and all.

I made a two layer white small round cake and dyed half of it green and the other half yellow. So the inside matched the outside in color. I layered it with a no-bake cheesecake and crushed up Oreo cookies. I did a basic vanilla buttercream dyed yellow and green. I rolled out Tootsie Rolls and made the fence. I piped “grass” around the fence area. Topped off with a buttercream tractor transfer and a John Deere logo transfer (which I did both by hand).

This cake was a hit!

My son couldn’t stop talking about his tractor cake. Even his last words, before he fell asleep that night, were “Ohhh tractor cake”. Melted my heart. Makes it all worth it. I love baking, but when I see the joy it brings to others, it makes my love for it grow that much more.

I will post more in-depth details about this cake ANNNNND my other cake that will be finished tomorrow. Yes, I am doing another tractor cake for his party, I just can’t resist! Come back to see more pictures, recipes and impulsiveness!

Happy Baking!

I want the crunch!

7 Mar

It’s Friday and I think that it’s a perfect night for tacos. Crunchy taco’s in fact. Screw those boring, give-nothing-back, plain ol’ soft tacos. Where’s the fun in… soft?

But, damn! All I have are these soft corn tortillas.

Ugh… what to do.

Sure, I could spend plenty of time, wasting away over a pan full of hot grease, suffering of hunger, frying up some soft shells to my desired crispy-ness…

But why? Exactly.

Here’s a tip for those of you wanting to have that crunch, even when you’re stuck with soft!

Here’s my plain, not so crunchy, soft corn tortillas… boooo…… boring!

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Now, this is what I do…

I place them in the oven.

 

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Not just laying flat, no. You have to “tuck” the sides under the rack… leaving two rack spaces in between… {rack spaces? Yeah, whatever they are}

Which should look like this…

 

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Fit as many as you can, I can get about 4 in my oven.

Heat oven to 350°

The tortillas will droop on the sides and start to brown, watch for desired “crispy-ness”

You should end up with…

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A crunchy taco! Waaaaahhhhlaaaa! Magic, I know!

A perfect, and EASY way to turn your soft tacos into crunchy ones. Annnd, if I do say so myself, the perfect “boat” for holding epic deliciousness.

Like this…

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Stay crunchy my friends.

 

 

Love is tweet

4 Feb

UPDATE: You can find my Love Is Tweet project HERE!

Okay, I get it. You don’t want your students running a muck around you while sucking on sticks covered with high-fructose-corn-syrup and loudly casting spells on one another with newly sharpened pencils. Okay. You don’t want little Brian eating 30 pieces of ‘I {heart} you’ Laffy Taffy while he theatrically spins himself in circles until he pukes, I GET IT TEACHER!

I am not totally bummed that my cute hand print and candy with attached “I think you’re sweet” Valentines Day Cards are out of the question for my son’s class this year. But, it does leave me with a bit of searching for the perfect treat, but, in fact not being a “treat” itself. Damn.

But looky-looky!

I found this absolutely adorable idea on ugh where else but HERE…

So here’s a sneak peek at what we will be making this week for my son’s class for Valentines Day.

…Annnnnd, I’m pretty sure we will be suffering from neck over-extention from holding our heads back too far just to get that last bit of Pixie Stix glory while doing so… mmmm it’s soooooo delishish! Here kids, lets wash it down with some Rockstar Energy Drinks. Oh, no, no…. that extra stuff {vodka} is for mommys drink.

So come back soon to see our finished project!

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thanks Bargain Hoot for the idea!

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