Friday, November 30, 2012

Creamy Dreamy Italian Soda Recipe

Casey The Puppy loveslovesloves Italian sodas. They're soft and fancy- like she is! This is a really great recipe to get the best ones. They're creamy and flavorful with a little bit of sparkle to it. It's wonderful for kids because you can make it sugar-free or low-fat, depending on your health concerns and it's a fantastic way to get them to get milk! Plus it's so delicious!

Ingredients You Will Need:

Flavoring Syrup (Casey's favorite is sugar-free strawberry, lavender or jasmine. The nice thing is there's a lot of sugar-free flavoring syrups out there. If you're in the area, Jungle Jim's has a whole isle- including cookie dough!)
Soda Water
Heavy Cream


Fill the bottom of the glass with the desired amount of syrup. Casey likes it very flavorful so she fills about 3 tablespoons.

Next add the soda water- always add the soda water before the cream and milk! You want to fill the glass until it's half-full. (Gotta look on the bright side! ;))

Add the desired amount of cream- the more, the creamier it'll be. You can skip the cream, but it really isn't nearly as good. Casey likes to add about 1/4 cup of cream.

Top it off with the milk! Yummy!

Another fun thing to do is to add tapioca pearls like in Bubble Teas!

Try more Delicious Drinks!
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Double Rainbow Cake

I've been seeing a lot of this Rainbow Cake on Pinterest and decided to give it a try! But I decided to add a bit of a twist and make it a Double Rainbow Cake. It really wasn't hard at all. First I made a batch of Bonny Butter Cake (Yumyum!) Then I split it into different containers and added food coloring.
Colored cake batter.

Then pour it into a greased pan.
Pour colored cake batter into pan.

Gently add more color.

Super rainbow cake batter.

Once it's done cooking take it out and let it cool. Once it's cool add icing.

Baked rainbow cake.

I decided to try one of those cool flavored icings I keep seeing in the store- strawberry shortcake- yum! :D
Strawberry shortcake icing- yum!

Then place drops of food coloring on top of icing.
Food coloring drops on icing makes rainbow swirls!

Swirl the color into the icing a little with the flat of a butter knife.
Swirl food coloring with flat of butter knife.

Rainbow swirls in cake frosting.

You can swirl the colors further if you like.
Beautiful rainbow.

Rainbow iced cake.

I couldn't resist adding rainbow sprinkles too!
It's starting to even look like a triple rainbow!

Rainbow sprinkles on rainbow icing on rainbow cake.

I also decided to try to make Floating Balloons (also from Pinterest.) That, as you can see, does not actually work...
Vinegar and baking soda in empty sodapop bottle.

It inflates the balloon.

But the balloon doesn't float...
 At least the cake was a huge hit! :)

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bonny Butter Cake Recipe- Best Vanilla Cake

This Bonny Butter Cake was rainbow for a party.

This is a recipe for Bonny Butter cake- my favorite vanilla cake. It's utterly delicious- it's a fairly heavy cake that isn't too sweet and is very hearty and delicious. My mother would make it for me every-other birthday (I could never decide if Bonny Butter or my Grandmother's Chocolate Cake was my favorite.)

Ingredients You Will Need:

2 3/4 Cups Flour
1 3/4 Cups Sugar
2 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
2/3 Butter
2 Eggs
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract (Mexican Vanialla is best)
1 1/4 Cups Milk

Preheat Oven To 350 Degrees

Soften 2/3 cups butter. Cream butter and sugar together . Add 2 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder. Mix together. Slowly add 2 3/4 cups flour. Slowly add 1 1/4 cups milk. Mix thoroughly. Set in to bake. Bake for about 40 minutes then check. It often takes 45-55 minutes though.
Now eat- Yum!

Bonny Butter Cake is great for Double Rainbow Cake or Double Blueberry Cupcakes.
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Free Knitting Pattern: Ruffle Lace Snowflake Scarf

Thanks to my lovely model!
Penguin not included.

I had some yarn left over after knitting my Snow White Ice Princess Lace Dress and I had recently seen a scarf similar to this in the store- for $9.99. I figured why not use the rest of the yarn, pay less for a beautiful scarf, and give myself something to do while watching Tangled? So the Ruffle Lace Snowflake Scarf was born.

Materials You Will Need:

324 yards of yarn
(I used Wool-Ease worsted weight white/multi- it sparkles!)

Circular Needles
(I wanted to use larger needles than are appropriate for my choice of yarn to make it more lacy.)

Knitting Terms:

K- knit
P- pearl
YO- yarn over
2YO- yarn over twice- just do a yarn over then do it again and move on to the next stitch
K2T- knit 2 stitches together
CO- Cast on /*normally I don't make a symbol for this, but it's important for the end.*/
CF- Cast off /*see comment above*/


Body of Scarf:

CO 135 stitches.

1. P row
2. P row
3. K row
4. K1 *YO K1* until end of row (now 270 stitches)
5. P row
6. P row
7. K1 *YO K1* until end of row (now 540 stitches)
8. K row
9. P row
10. P row
11. K2T *YO K2T* until end of row
12. K row
13. P row
14. P row 
15. K2T *YO K2T* until end of row
16. K row
17. P row
18. P1 *YO P1 2YO P1* until end of row /*yes- yarn overs on pearl stitches*/
19. P row

Icy Edging:

(This is just a simple Picot Binding.)
/*There should never be more than 2 stitches on your working needle here.*/
/*When casting on, take the stitch from your working needle, pass it back to the other needle and cast the stitch on from the stitch you were working on.*/

1. CF2 *CO1 CF3* until finished


 I did block the scarf. I regret that. Before I blocked it it was fluffly like newly fallen snow. I love the way it is now, but it was a lot of fun that way. Sadly, I don't even have any pictures of it unblocked to show as an example. When you get to blocking just make sure you want it more elegant than fun before doing so.

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