Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Daddy's Hands

This is what the "kids" crafted for their daddy this Fathers Day.
Here are the words to the poem I used:
Daddy, take my hand in yours and you will plainly see,
How very much I need you now to love and care for me.
As my little hands grow, I will need you even more.
Everything I do in life, I have never done before.
Teach me to be kind and loving, sharing and forgiving.
Show me through your acts of love the pure joy of living.
The years will pass by quickly and one day I will be grown.
I will pass what you have taught me onto children of my own.
Hold me always in your thoughts and remember when we are a part
The special love between a child and a daddy's heart

Monday, July 08, 2013

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes and Icing

I just used box cake mixes to save on time.  I did however make some stabilized whipped cream icing (which is at the end).  It was so yummy.  I think cool whip sells some now but we would never be able to find something like that in the stores near us.  The cupcakes were so easy to make.  The cones stand up well all on their own, just be careful when moving the pan in which they are standing.  I filled them anywhere from 2/3 to close to 5/8 full because I wanted to see which turned out best.  I think the 3/4 full cones turned out best, but it is kind of hard to get that close.  And it fills more than I was expecting.  One box of cake mix filled all these plus more than one additional cupcake pan.  But the icing recipe covered this amount of cones.

Stabilized Whipped Cream Icing
1 cup of heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
4 tsp of cold water
1 tsp of unflavored gelatin
1/2 tsp of vanilla (I used the regular stuff without any color issue)
Dissolve gelatin in warm water.  Can do this is microwave in 20 sec intervals if desired.
Whip cream, sugar, and vanilla until slightly thickened. 
Then beat slowly while gradually adding gelatin to whipped cream mixture. 
Whip at high speed until stiff
Makes 2 cups of icing.

Country Picnic Party

Ours was country picnic, I guess it could be any farm theme or just an outdoor party of some sort.  The invites we're barns which had doors open to the invite wording.  We had a petting farm come for entertainment and some water slides, pools, and guns out to play with and in.

Oink, quack, neigh, moo
Look who is turning two!
Come join the fun
on baby's lawn.
We'll have animals to pet,
Games to get you wet.
We served watermelon on a stick and ice cream cone cupcakes.  The meal food and other snack food were all just quick and easy items.
Cut the rind to make it easier to put the stick in.
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes with Stabilized Whipped Cream Icing and Sprinkles

The favors weren't greatly associated with the theme, but were kid of cute. Popcorn boxes with pinwheels, farm "duckies" and some treats.