Sunday, July 31, 2011

Coco-cola Cake

Sounds intriguing, doesn't it?  When I saw the picture on pinterest, I knew I had to try it.  

Luckily, I had the ingredients on hand, so I started baking.  The kids had fun helping with this one.  We got the cake baked with only one boil over (when the recipe says medium-high they mean it) and a quick run to the store for powdered sugar while it was in the oven....pretty amazing for getting in and out of a supermarket with 3 kids in tow and getting home with 6 1/2 minutes to spare before the timer went off.  HOLLA!!!  ;)

So here's the final result:


(Be jealous of my MAD skills with the camera phone).  ;)

It was DELICIOUS!!!!  You don't really taste the coke in it, but it is a light chocolate flavor, but a rich cake if that makes any sense.  When I make this again, I'll change a few things.  I would bake it as a sheet cake instead of the 13x9 pan.  I would also add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the glaze.  

It was also a hit with my family.  The hubby and kids all liked it.  I like it best served warm, so nuke it in the microwave if you like.  Enjoy & happy pinning!!! :)


Update:  I made this in a sheet cake and added the vanilla to the glaze....pure perfection!!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Crayon Art

My first pin to try was to copy the crayon art.  I thought it would be fun for the kids and would make some fun art for the kids' rooms.  Here is the original pin:


Here are what my three oldest children created.  

This is by my 4 year old son:


By my almost 11 year old daughter (she wants to decorate her room monotone with green accents):


And by my 9 year old daughter:


I was SO pleased with the results and they had so much fun doing them.  They are very proud of their art too.  It was a very simple and inexpensive project too.  I bought a 3 pack of 11 x 14 (i think) canvases.  They were $5 for the pack.  Then I got 24-ct packs of Crayola crayons on sale for $0.40 each.  I let the kids arrange the crayons however they wanted.  I then hot glued the crayons on the canvas.  We then clipped the canvas to our easel and used a blow dryer on HOT & LOW to melt them.  You can "flick" the blow dryer to splatter the melting crayons a bit if you wish.  

A couple kids added glitter after the melting was done.  I then sprayed a clear coat of acrylic spray paint to keep the glitter from coming off.  I still need to frame them and hang them up.  This pinning experience was a SUCCESS!!!!


An Introduction

I was introduced to the wonderful website pinterest.com.  My world has changed!!!  SO many wonderful ideas from everything from home decor, to kids' crafts to what to wear.  I LOVE IT!!!!  I haven't felt this inspired in a long time.  So what shall I do with all these wonderful, inspirational ideas????  I shall try them out and blog!  So you will get to hear about the successes (hopefully many) and failures (hopefully few) of my pinning journey.