Minnie Mouse Cake

Minnie Mouse made of cupcakes

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Description & supplies:

  • cup cakes and lots of them, 2 cake mixes – chocolate & yellow.
  • 1-2 cans chocolate frosting & 2 butter cream with a smidge of chocolate added to tint to tan.
  • store bought tube black frosting for outlining, and pink for the tongue.
  • white foam paper for the bow, black for the eyes, nose and mouth features.
  • pink construction paper for bow

Approximate cost: $20.00

Tip:
Adding powdered sugar to canned frosting can thicken to help with being too thin or for using in decorating bags.

Tip:
Be sure to refrigerate or serve quickly, if the cake get warm the frosting will run and fall between the cupcakes, making holes.

Tip: a
Any strong board can be used for cakes, to reuse, decorate with the theme of the cake in paper as above and then cover with a clear food wrap. above is the press & seal wrap, but it has press & seal written on it, you can use plastic wrap or find the decorative press & seal during the holidays. my niece was four, she can’t read so this wrap worked for this project, she just wanted minnie.

Cross with Squares

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Description & supplies:

  • had some leftover materials from the flying cross, hung this on a wall in the hall way hanging a cross over the middle square
  • 11 – 12 inch by 12 inch card board squares
  • 11 – 13 to 14 inch square pieces of material
  • small package of fiber fill, lay thin layer on board to make squares puffy & 3d looking but not too puffed
  • thumbtacks

To hang:
Drill a hole in the back of each square just the size of the head of the tack, slip tack into hole and feel for it and push from the front into the wall in the location needed.

Approximate cost : $10.00 cost of the cross, the rest could be scraps from the flying cross

“____” A La Cast Iron

Pull out your momma’s cast iron skillet that’s hiding in the back of the cabinet collecting dust.

Fill in the blank,  this recipe is designed to fit all sort of meats from beef to poultry.

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Pull out your momma’s cast iron cookware that’s hiding in the back of the cabinet collecting dust.  If it has not been used in a while or has been misused, go to the following link to learn how to prepare and re-season the cookware : http://www.lodgemfg.com/use-care-seasoned-cast-iron.asp

Once the skillet with a lid or dutch oven is prepared, if not already, lightly spray with oil for every one of the following recipes:

Pork A La Cast Iron:

Sprinkle:

  • my house seasoning into the bottom of the cookware piece
  • dried dill
  • crushed red pepper(optional if more spice is needed than my house seasoning)

All evenly sprinkled into bottom of seasoned pan.  Lay 2-4 pork chops evenly into skillet.  Repeat same seasonings evenly over the meat.

Now pour a little Italian dressing between the pieces to add just enough moisture to help steam the meat.

Cover with the lid, or foil if the lid is missing, and place into a cold oven, turn on to 350 degrees for 30 minutes then reduce to 250 degrees for an additional 20-30 minutes to desired done-ness.

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Tip: Cast iron utensils must be heated up slowly, to conserve the life and the integrity of the utensil.
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Beef A La Cast Iron:

Sprinkle:

  • crush black pepper into the bottom of the dutch oven
  • your favorite steak seasoning

All evenly sprinkled into bottom.  Lay beef/steak evenly into skillet.  Repeat same seasonings evenly over the meat.

Now pour a little liquid smoke between the pieces of meat to add just enough moisture to help steam the meat and add a wonderful flavor. Worcestershire sauce can be used in place of the liquid smoke.

Cover with the lid and place into a cold oven, turn on to 350 degrees for 30 minutes then reduce to 250 degrees for an additional 20-30 minutes to desired doneness.

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Chicken A La Cast Iron:

Sprinkle:

  • crush black pepper into the bottom of the dutch oven
  • a good rotisserie chicken seasoning

All evenly sprinkled into bottom.  Lay completely thawed chicken pieces evenly into skillet.  Repeat same seasonings evenly over the meat.

The chicken does not need liquid, but if you want it more steamed or not to risk it drying out, add a little water, Worcestershire, soy sauce, Italian dressing any kind of liquid that will give a desired flavor.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and reduce heat for 20-30 minutes to 250 degrees till done or ready to eat.

***Be sure to check your chicken doneness before removing from oven, if any red or bloody juice appears if you cut near the thick areas, such as joint and breast areas raise your temperature back to 350 and return to oven for 10 minute intervals till done.***

Tip:  Chicken is one of those meats that must be fully cooked.  There is no such thing as “rare”, “medium rare”, “medium well”.  ONLY WELL DONE IS YOUR OPTION WITH CHICKEN!!

Photo provided by cybrgrl: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cybrgrl/2272836837/

Elvis Sweater

Elvis Sweater

Back

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Front

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Description & supplies:

  •  one sweat shirt(example on right), cut in front slightly down
    middle take in consideration for overlap, measure, you don’t want your center to be off once it’s buttoned up and edges hemmed to prevent fraying
  • 1/2 yards of various Elvis fabric with non overlapping pictures that can be cut out easily, leave extra material around picture to be folded & ironed under when sewed to not have any raw edges showing
  • Elvis blanket binding for the front, sew over edges and add buttons and button holes
  • slant 2 pictures in the front to create pockets
  • arrange pictures in a collage fashion and pin.
  • if your sewing machine makes decorative stitches, be random and sew each picture with a different stitch, you can repeat if you only have a few that you like or will secure the picture.  My machine is a Brother model that is not available now, but this model is similar for an idea if you don’t have one

Approximate cost: $25.00 depending on the cost of the fabric

This item was a smash at Graceland when worn to compliment my shoes.


Flying Cross

12 inch by 12 inch squares placed whimsically on a large wall to create a Cross.

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Description:
12 inch by 12 inch squares placed whimsically on a large wall to create a Cross.

lay board on top of fill and centered on material and hot glue the edges to the back of the card board. stretch smooth.

Supply list:

  • 11 – 12 inch by 12 inch card board squares
  • 11 – 13 to 14 inch square pieces of material
  • small package of fiber fill
  • thumbtacks

To hang:
drill a hole in the back of each square just the size of the head of the tack, slip tack into hole and feel for it and push from the front into the wall in the location needed

Approximate cost to build: $5.00

Tip:

Go to your local discount store to get your cardboard for free, ask for moving boxes and they should save you some good sizes for getting the right size squares.