Sunday, May 5, 2013

Decorated Roll Cake

You guys gotta try this! It's a rolled cake, but the outside has been decorated. It's very fun! I've had to try a few times now.

I took this dessert to my neighborhood craft party and everyone loved it. They kept asking me how to make it. Something funny is that everyone knew I had brought it even before I said anything... I guess I go overboard with my desserts all the time, LOL.

I follow a blog called the breadgeek and she introduced me to the decorated cakes. Knew I had to try! You basically color a tiny bit of the batter and pipe it into a design before spreading the rest of the batter. I'm having a hard time with her specific cooking time-I've always needed a lot more time, but see what works for you.

I filled mine with whipped cream frosting, fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Then of course, I had to take it a step further.

Someone mentioned "too bad you can't roll a gluten free" and went Challenge accepted! I have to try that next!

So here's the Gluten free version!


I used the same recipe, I just used gluten free flour (1 cup) -- I like featherlite flour by Augason Farms, it's a mix of white rice, sweet rice, tapioca, and potato -- and a half teaspoon xanthan gum (makes the batter hold together better). I baked it probably closer to 10-11 minutes than her 6, and then left it in the pan for 3 minutes before I transferred it to roll.

Made the decorations mini hearts this time, thinking that this might be a flop I want to try and get it done easier than the swirls, but really the mini hearts were harder to do! So if you want to try, the bigger the design the better, or just dots, not hearts.


Then, since I knew Gluten free worked, I had to make my GF father in law one. Star Trek geeky gluten free with whipped cream filling. This time I tried two colors for the communicator badges. And... Best yet! I seriously had to really think hard to see if I used white flour instead of gf. I made it in the morning, and we ate it after dinner. I think the extra time let the cake suck in more moisture and lose the texture of the gf flour. Again, I love the featherlite!

And here's the latest. We like to celebrate weird holidays at our house. And celebrations need cake! So here's our star wars day cake.  This one is banana pudding and whipped cream with strawberries and was so good!  The pudding really adds flavor.  I still liked this one better after a few hours, I think these cakes do need some time to let the cake suck in the moisture.

~ You can even use words, but make sure the batter is a touch thicker and that you flip horizontal on your pattern.

Thanks for the inspiration Bread Geek!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hogwarts Doll House

Daughter's birthday present needed to be big for her 9th, and she's in mad love with all things Harry Potter Universe, so here's what I came up with.

Harry Potter Hogwarts doll house with peg people friends!

Saw this idea on a craft board and knew she had to have it, so here it is....all hand painted by me.  Took maybe 50 ish hours.  A sane person would have taken less than half that, but I'm a perfectionist lol.  


Saturday, October 20, 2012



Found a giant lot of beads and jewelry supplies on ebay for a killer price.  Couldn't pass it up!  Here is what all came in my mail.  40 pounds of bead supplies!!

It was all in baggies and mixed up together so we bought a bunch of extra boxes and separated them out by colors.  Took us nearly five hours to organize, but I'm so excited about how it's turned out.

A bunch of close ups

Lots of wire, and supplies, crimpers and wire cutters.

Some metal beads and spacers in this pic

Even some premade bracelets and necklaces

Taller than a six year old stacked up!

Now I guess I better start making some jewelry lol.  Thanks for sharing in my excitement!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Craftroom Redo Time!

Craftroom redo time!

This project has been a long time in the making.  --A new organizer there, painting job there, floor finished there.... etc. But it's finally done-done and I couldn't be happier.  I love it!

In the scary beginning... dundundun!

Lilac Mess!

Ribbons hard to get to.

A new coat of paint.  A sandy beach/cream color.

Hand painted tattoo inspired wolves.
Put back together after the paint.



Green-Sage carpet

Into beautiful hard wood vinyl -- all done by us! And painted white trim.
All the north wall completely covered by shelving and bins.

3 individual work spaces, one for me and both girls

West wall closet

New way to do my ribbons!  In a gutter!  Much easier to get one roll out when I need it.  No more needing to take off the whole row of ribbons to get the one I need.  And look how many more ribbons I can buy now ;)

That's it!  That's my room!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Harry Potter Party

Daughter has been on a big Harry Potter kick lately, and asked for a Potter Party for her bday.  So we did one and did it big!  Preparations took months, so this was not a last minute idea.  We had been finding items and making decorations since last Halloween.

Invitations came with their own personal owl:


Handmade wands for each person:

Transfigurations Class.  Transfiguring plain hogwart pictures into works of art.

Potions class.  Experiment #1 with troll bogies (dish soap), unicorn horn powder (glittered baking soda), and dragons blood (red dyed vinegar).  Experiment #2 Engorgio spell.  (ivory soap pieces in the microwave).  Experiment #3 to make your own potions.

Honeydukes Candy Shop:

They all had a blast!  And though it was a lot of work, it was worth it.  All the kids loved it.