Monday, November 29, 2010

DIY Cupcake Stand for Toots' Birthday

Toots celebrated her 30th birthday in Fontana last Saturday (Nov. 27, 2010). She's undeniably one of the prettiest and sexiest mom I know. This hot mama is also a fashionista. She’s addicted with plains and prints dresses and highheeled shoes and a lot of branded stuff every girl wishes to have. We thought she doesn’t need material gifts anymore so we thought of bringing cake and cupcakes for her birthday with matching 5 tier cupcake. Collyn who’s starting a baking business volunteered to bake the red velvet cake and cupcakes. We actually had a tastetest of her red velvet cupcakes and we approved it with two thumbs up. The cream cheese frosting was perfectly done. All we can utter is “mmm…” after every bite.

I volunteered to take care of the tower cupcake. I inquired to one of the cupcake seller in multiply and attempted to order. It took 5 days for the exchange of messages (excluding the days the multiply seller didn’t reply in my emails) and when I was about to order, unfortunately, the delivery of the cupcake tower won’t make it on the day I needed it. I didn’t tell Collyn and other friends about it because I do not want to disappoint them. I do not want to hear “it’s okay” when in fact it’s not, considering I had enough time to order it.

It’s already Saturday and the event will be held at night. I got in touch with cupcake sellers I know who owns cupcake tower and ask if I can rent it and VIOLA…NOT AVAILABLE! I was so unlucky that day...I got stressed!!! Then I thought of the DIY cupcake stand I read in one of the blogs I follow. I run into the craftstore to buy all the materials needed and assembled everything with the help of my little girl Acey. It may not be a 5 tier cupcake tower as originally planned, it’s just a mini cupcake stand AND when I saw the finish product in the picture with the actual cake and cupcakes on it, oh boy, you’ll agree with me if I say it’s a BEAUTIFUL mini cupcake stand. This is one of the nicest and cutest thing I’ve done in my entire life. Here are the photos and let me know what you think…

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kids love Snack Time

Sometimes I make an effort to make special snack or merienda for kids. Their current favorite is anything with cheese like pizza. My daughter Acey is always willing to help me prepare snacks for them and started to admire me for being able to copy simple recipes in the internet. It’s actually my indirect way of telling my daughter if there’s one thing you’ve been meaning to do, go for it. She wish for me to have a bigger oven that will enable me bake cakes and cookies and put up my own bakeshop eventually. Her wish is my prayer. I can not imagine spending another 10 years in a call center, which is why I’m saving up for an oven and enroll for a basic baking course to enhance my baking skills and while waiting for that to happen, I have mastered making no bake cheesecake and banana cream pie.

I made hotdog & cheese sandwich ala Jolly Hotdog two Saturdays ago and baguette pizza for today. Incidentally, my son’s classmate who happens to be a distant relative was here to enjoy the snack as well.

Our tummies are full and happy.

Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Spooky October 31

I was supposed to bring CJ and Acey in the trick or treat activity of Marquee Mall held last October 31 at 10 am, but good thing I changed my mind. I knew from the pictures uploaded in Facebook from friends that most of the kids who joined the trick or treat activity were pre toddlers. They all looked so cute and adorable in their costumes. But we attended the halloween party organized by my highschool batchmate in the afternoon of October 31.

CJ was captain John Smith while Acey was a little fairy. I wore black top, jeans and higheeled black shoes and tried to copy the seductive vampire make up of Michelle Phan minus the contact lens. Unfortunately, I didn't have close up picture because I was busy taking photos of my kids. I used Acey's headband with a black flower to match my get up, I actually planned on putting a tool on it and some feathers to make it look like an empire hat just like what the designer Mich Dulce was known for, but there was not enough time for me to execute my kikay idea.

We arrived at the venue on time and I brought chocolate rumble from goldilocks. The hosts of the event were busy arranging the candies, materials for the games and making the venue spooky looking. Whenever guests would arrive, they get giddy taking pictures of the venue, the food plus kids wearing costume.

Kids enjoyed the candies more than the food. They got energized after the first game which was the "donut eating contest" and I did an impromptu hosting for the second game because my batchmate was already exhausted and requested me to facilitate the "picture perfect" game.

It was another memorable Halloween event for my kids. CJ and Acey's pumpkin baskets were almost 100% filled with candies and they shared some with their cousin the next morning.