Monday, December 17, 2012

Halloween 2012

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What better time to talk about Halloween when it's a week from Christmas??? ;) I actually just realized that I never got pictures of T in her actual Halloween outfit this year. (She was Padme.) I'll have to work on getting those before the year is up. Back to some quick notes on Halloween... We went down to Half Moon Bay in Oct. to visit a pumpkin patch. It was a relatively short visit, but we managed to get a nice amount to fill up the fire place at home.

T had a Halloween performance at dance school this year as well. She still opted to not work in the haunted house. The darkness still scares her a bit. She did have the idea to dress up as a creepy doll. Here's the first makeup run.

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A friend told me that she looked like a clown there. Which I guess is creepy too...

Her final look on the day of the performance.
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Alright, maybe I'm having too much fun with makeup on her.

The most awesome part? Their performance was Thriller!
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(Yes I do have video, at least the part that she was in it. It's on the other computer somewhere...)


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Advent Calendar

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T's favorite toy is Lego. She could be in her room and play with Lego for hours. She got her dad's Star Wars sets, Toy Story sets, and the Friends sets all mixed together in a happy little universe. When we saw that there's a Lego Friends advent calendar, we decided to surprise her with it. We've never done the advent calendar thing with her, so this getting a new toy everyday until Christmas was a completely new experience.

She's so excited to open the first one.
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Chris explaining to her how it works. She already tried to ask if she could open more than one a day. =)
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It's fun to still find something new for her to experience. Although, does this mean she'll expect this every year now?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hunger Games birthday cupcakes

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My niece just turned 13 (!!!) and wanted a Hunger Games theme cake. I did not read the books yet so I had to rely on what I could find online. When I found this, I knew I wanted to try my hands on them because they were so pretty. My favorite is the one with the piece of bread on the leaves. It meant nothing to me since I don't know the story, but other people have assured me that it made sense. I think they turned out okay, not as elegant as the original inspiration, but impressive enough for the birthday girl.

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The rose, piece of bread, and the top part of the arrow were made from this moldable buttercream frosting I found. I used less than half of the recipe yield, something to keep in mind for next time. The rose can be piped, of course. I just never figured out how and I could make it easier with this.

This one I came up with. I had the intention to cut out the design with the moldable buttercream, but it was cracking too much to stay in one piece. I ended up piping some melted chocolate at the last minute for three of them.  Probably should have done that to begin with.
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I think this cupcake stand was well worth the $20 investment I made a few years ago.
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I still can't believe this girl is 13!
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Bunny Snacks

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What to do with extra pie crust? I made little stuffed bunny shaped pastries. I filled them with three  different kind of fillings, two each. Jam, Nutella and cookie spread are my choice. T liked all of them, but Nutella ones are her favorite.

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I lightly brushed the top with half and half before baking at 350F for about 12-15 min. I think maybe next time I'll sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top.