Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Glowing Mess

I'm almost embarrassed to admit how long we've had this Crayola Glow Explosion Sand sitting around (they got it for Easter!), but we finally drug it out and put it to use. It was pretty easy to set up - you had to mix the sand & some activator together. The kit we had came with 3 containers to fill with the sand. You can see above what the sand looked like after we mixed it.

Like anything artsy & fun - it was messy! This is my table after we finished.

This is the floor. Kind of looks like stars, huh?

Here is Blake's creation.

And Layla's.

And Morgan's.

This stuff was a lot of fun! The kids really enjoyed it. The glow only lasted about 4 hours, but they glow pretty bright. I had to keep the lights off so I could vacuum up the mess!

Linked To:
Think Pink Sunday at Flamingo Toes, Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table & Dreaming, Sundae Scoop at Under the Table & Dreaming, Market Yourself Monday at Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Creative Bloggers Party & Hop at Homemaker on a Dime, Show & Tell at Blue Cricket Design

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's a Shark-Er-Melon!

I've been debating posting this since I did it, mostly because another blogger posted it first. Apparently we both made this Memorial Day weekend! (that's how long I've been debating, lol!). I ended up posting my watermelon cake first. But I went through the trouble of photographing the steps, so I'm going to go ahead and post.

Start with a long, oval shaped watermelon. Wash it and dry it. And then lop off one end, at an angle.

Then cut away an open mouth shape. I went over this first with a little paring knife, then did the actual cutting with a bigger, sharper knife. Make sure you save the good fruit from this and the chunk you cut off first.

Using a scoop or a spoon, carefully scrape out the inside of the melon. Keep this fruit too!

This was probably the trickiest part for me. You need to remove the dark green flesh from about 1 inch or so, all the way around the mouth. I used the paring knife at first, then tried a veggie peeler. The peeler was much easier!

You can see mine isn't quite perfect! But that's ok.

Next, using a sharp knife, begin cutting the teeth. Mine aren't very uniform, but I still think they turned out pretty good.

Using some of the previously cut away rind, cut the shape of a fin. Then, using toothpicks, insert the fin into the back of the shark.

Cut your previously set aside fruit into cubes, and fill the sharks mouth.

For the eye, I used a melon baller to dig out a circle, then I filled it with a brown peanut M&M. Be careful with this part, you don't want to crack your shark!

And there you have it! It was fairly easy - easier than I thought it would be!

Linked to:
Inspired By You Wednesday at Eisy Morgan, Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style, Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, Show & Tell at Blue Cricket Design, What's Up Wednesday at Sew Woodsy, Idea Sharin Wednesday at Women Who Do It All, Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Delicately Constructed Friday at delicateCONSTRUCTION

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

4th of July Recap

First I want to say that I'm sorry for the lack of posting! I know you "aren't supposed to" apologize for not blogging, but I am anyway! I didn't mean to "disappear", I guess it just happened. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things & start posting again. And I'm going to start with the 4th of July. Oh, and they are in kind of random order, sorry! I am posting them in the order they were taken.

Sorry for the bad lighting, but it's next to impossible to get a good shot of this. The sun was just too bright. That is the bunting I made last year along with some paper decorations I found at the Dollar Tree.

These red, white & blue strawberries are all over the internet, and I've been wanting to make them. They were a big hit!

I had some leftover chocolate & blueberries, so I drizzled some chocolate on them. It was pretty good!

I took some milk glass I had and tied red & blue bakers twine around each one. Simple, but cute.

My niece make these cupcakes.

In addition to the 4th of July, I was also lucky enough to be selected to host a Budweiser Ultimate Backyard BBQ House Party!

My "famous" Snickers Cake. This is always a big hit!

We finished off the evening with some at-home fireworks. How was your holiday?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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