Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy birthday Jesus cake

I wasn't sure if I would get a post up this week.  Last week I was so busy with a new business I launched from my Facebook page I wasn't able to post.  This week I planned to show the teacher's gifts my girls' teachers are getting for Christmas this year.  I came down with the flu instead so I have postponed making them until I am not contagious.  I didn't want to leave you without anything this week so I went through my files and found this picture of a cake I made for Christmas last year.

I was very lucky to find a preschool close to me in a local church.  The Christmas party they do for the kids is a "Happy Birthday Jesus" party and they asked if I could make a cake to feed around 40 people.  I told them sure and started brainstorming.  I didn't have much time as the cake was need just a few days out.

I decided on something simple.  The entire cake was iced in white and I made a very thick border around it using a large star tip.  You can see on the right it buckled the icing on the side a bit and made a slight bulge, but it didn't fall and I knew the kids weren't going to be inspecting it for mistakes.  After all, they were all four year olds and more interested in the fact they would be getting cake.

I love making poinsettias out of icing, they are super easy to make.  All you need is a leaf tip.  I use two different sizes, one of them one size larger than the other.  Start by laying out some leaves in green with the larger tip then lay layers of red leaves on top.  A round tip will let you easily apply the centers of the flowers.

I always add one flower to the side of my cakes to bring the color down.

I never enjoy having to write on a cake.  It never seems to go on straight and this cake was no exception.  I am going to refer back to the fact that four year olds don't really care.

To make it look like it had ice on it I sprinkled some clear sugar crystals.

I know this isn't as elaborate as some of the cakes I have posted in the past, but it was still fun to make.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas tree forest

This year we had to do something different for Christmas.  We decided to have a Christmas tree forest.  Well, we didn't decide, it was decided for us.  Keep reading to find out why.

Every year the weekend after Thanksgiving we pull out our Christmas tree and put it up.  This year we knew we might be in for a little trouble.  Last year we had to use zip ties to keep some of the branches on when we put it up.  We bought that tree seventeen years ago and have used it for at least fourteen years (we didn't put it up the years before we had kids and we knew we would not be home for Christmas).  When we pulled out the tree this year we knew it just wasn't going to go up.  We just didn't have enough zip ties.  Since I broke my leg back in August, getting a new tree this year just isn't in the budget.  Broken legs are quite expensive even when you have insurance.

Here is our tree from last year.

You can tell it was already leaning and one of the light strands I put on it was out.

I really didn't want to tell the girls we weren't going to have a tree this year so I sat and stared at the blank spot the tree was supposed to go.

Over the years I have been buying small trees on clearance after Christmas.  My goal was to have a little tree in all the rooms of our house, and last year I was able to do that.  I talked the girls into sacrificing a tree in their room so we could do something special.  I explained the tree was just too old to go up this year and I needed to use theirs.  They reluctantly agreed so I set to work  building a set for the trees.

I placed some boxes between the windows to try and give different heights to the trees.  This wasn't their final arrangement.

I put some white sheets over them.  A fitted sheet helped pull the boxes together then the flat sheet was spread over that.

I put the trees on the boxes to see how they would look before adding lights.  The two medium trees were the girls' and the smallest tree was in our room.  The bigger trees were for our front porch, but they had not been used.  Most of the lights I pulled off the old tree were out so I ended up using some boxes I bought after Christmas one year.  I'm always buying a couple of boxes of lights after Christmas on clearance.

I rearranged the trees, putting one of the taller trees on the tallest box to give more height.  I put a few strands of snowflake lights around the trees, but they didn't stay.

I then let the girls decorate the lower trees by themselves.

When it was finished it we thought it looked pretty good.  We just may be doing this again next year until we can afford to get a new tree.  Or maybe we can get a few more small trees to expand the forest next year.  All five trees and the lights on them were less than $50 after Christmas clearance prices, but they were all purchased over several years.

The picture is a bit blurry, but here is how it looks with the lights out.

The trees give off a very nice glow.

The girls are loving it, too.

What does your tree look like?

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Monday, November 19, 2012

My favorite Christmas fonts

Last week I told you about my favorite Thanksgiving fonts and even shared some free printables I made with them.  I know Thanksgiving hasn't passed, but I thought some might be taking advantage of the holiday weekend to get some work done towards Christmas.  I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas fonts with you (and I do know some of these were in my Thanksgiving list, I really love them!).

39 Smooth, Cardinal, Santa's Sleigh, Brock Script, Krystal, Christmas Card, Enchanted Prairie Dog, St. Nicholas, Shardee, Mountains of Christmas, Leftovers, Almonte Snow, Harrington, Saginaw, Frosty and Goudy Old Style

I hope you find my list helpful! What is your favorite font for Christmas?

For more Christmas fonts go here.

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