Monday, April 30, 2012

Baby Shower Ideas

I have 2 wonderful nieces that are expecting babies at relatively the same time. Since we didn't know the sex of the babies I was looking for a theme that would incorporate both a girl, and a boy. I stayed with yellow, green, blue, red for the color palette. I decided to go with a jungle animal theme.

I made 2 diaper cakes for each of the nieces using animals that I had sewn, or purchased. Walmart carries  cute cloth rattles.

Made onesies  sugar cookies : )
Sunny yellow with happy poka dots.
I also to decided to make cupcakes instead of a big huge cake. My thinking was the left overs would be easier to store. I put a small 6 inch cake on top for the theme of the baby shower. Carrot cake with cream  cheese frosting, covered with homemade fondant.
The characters are made from the fondant, it is difficult to work with next time I will use sugar paste. My niece Summer was still expecting, so I made her holding her big tummy. Tammy had delivered her son by the time of the baby shower.

Food was set up cafeteria style.

The happy mothers : )

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are so good when they are warm, right out of the oven. The smell  that fills the air is so comforting on a cold morning like today.
 The recipe for the dough will be sticky.When rolling the dough I recommend using a steel dough cutter, or metal spatula for lifting the dough from the counter. I also recommend a tin pan for baking the rolls it helps to keep the dough from getting too crispy. Flour brands do make a difference, when I bake with inferior brands I am always disappointed, I highly recommend  King Arthur Four.

1 cup milk scalded
1/2  cup shortening
1 cup water
1 1/2  tablespoon yeast
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1  1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
5 1/2 bread flour
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter soften
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1  tablespoon milk
In a small pan scald 1 cup of milk and 1/2 cup shortening. It  should be warm to the touch, the shortening will not melt all the way, it  will just start to melt. Remove from stove.

In one bowl add 1/2 cup of warm water, 1 1/2 tablespoon yeast, mix well set to the side. Then in the other bowl beat 2 eggs, there's 2 reasons I do that. 1 is to make sure the egg is good, 2 is to make sure I don't  put the egg shell into the recipe : )
Pour the warm milk mixture, with the eggs, and yeast  mixture, to this also add  1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt,  and  1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg mix well. Then add 5 1/2 cups bread flour beat till smooth. The dough will start to climb the dough hook, the consistency will be sticky.  Remove the dough, place in a greased bowl.
Take your hand, lift edges  into the center until dough resembles picture, this helps the dough roll out more even later in the process.
Before placing the plastic wrap spray it with Pam nonstick, this helps the plastic wrap from sticking to the  dough. Let rise till doubled about 2 hours.

To make filling place 1 cup brown sugar, 4 teaspoons cinnamon in small bowl mix well set to the side.
Roll dough out on well floured surface.

Roll out 13 x 28 inches. Spread melted butter on the dough.

Sprinkle brown sugar , and cinnamon topping.

Roll into tube shape using the dough cutter, or spatula if you don't own a dough cutter.
Cover with plastic wrap let rise till doubled.

After dough rises, brush tops with melted butter before placing in oven to bake. preheat oven to 325 degrees, and bake for 25 minutes or until  slightly golden like in photo.

To make cheese cream topping place  1/2 cup soften butter, 8 oz  cream cheese, mix well until fluffy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 cups of powdered sugar. Blend the powdered sugar slowly because it will make a mess other wise.Add 1 tablespoon of milk.

Spread over the rolls, and enjoy : )

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Infant Crochet Sandals

Here's a quick easy infant crochet sandal pattern. It's only for babies that are not walking yet. They attach around the ankle, and over the middle toe. I used a cream cotton yarn for the light color part, and a fingerling weight yarn for the flowers, and a large plastic bead for the flower centers.

1 skein cotton yarn
1/4 skein fingerling yarn
2 large eye plastic beads
Large eye needle
Crochet hook size g

 Chain 21, connect with slip stitch. Chain 3 that is the first double crochet. do 5 more double crochet in each corresponding chain.
Flip over do 3 chain crochet in the first chain hole, this will be the first double crochet, do 4 double crochets in the next chain holes.
 Flip over again, chain 3 which will become the first double crochet. Do 3 more double crochet in next 3 chain holes. At the end of the row chain 5, this will be where the baby toe fits. Slip stitch to the end of the row, bind off.
Using fingerling yarn,  make the flower by watching flower tutorial
attach large bead with yarn and sew onto middle of sandal. 

There she is tugging at her crochet sandals.