Miss Cayce's Christmas / baking

Show Me Some Birthday Cupcake Cones!

Yummy goodness in a cone! and it is not melting!

Rebecca turned 13 this year! She is officially a teenager! So this called for a fun birthday party which included Pizza, “Big, Better, Best Scavenger Hunt,” Purple Cows, and Cupcake Cones. We are always looking for new ways to serve birthday cake!

We decided not to bake the cupcake batter in the small cones (as many have done) but to use the larger waffle cones and stuff them with layers of cupcakes and frosting.

Steps

We made 1 box each of butter and milk chocolate cake mixes.

We did 2 sizes of cupcakes, miniature and regular. We needed the smaller ones to stuff in the cones first and then top off with the large cupcake, filling with buttercream icing in between. The icing acts as glue to hold it all together! Here is a step by step look at the process (in the pictures!)

The Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes in 2 sizes.

First stuff a miniature cupcake in waffle cone

Now pipe buttercream frosting on top

Tip: Piping the icing in was the best method, we used disposable bags with the tip cut off.

Add another mini cupcake

We made some all vanilla, all chocolate and some mixed and used the icing colors to differentiate.
Tip: We matched our icing colors to the birthday paper goods for a coordinated look!

Piping on second layer of frosting

Add large cupcake and ice the top to look like an ice cream cone & sprinkles add the finishing touch!

Cupcake cones, drying on a box

Tip: We used a box with a lid and made holes for the cones to stand up in while the icing dries. A shoe box worked great also.

Rebecca taste test one! yum!

Big better best winners!

The winners returned with a Hello Kitty waffle iron, toaster and a Harley Davidson mini collectors grill!

Big Better Best Scavenger Hunt

http://www.perfect-partygames.com/teen-scavenger-hunt.html

We decided our drinks would be the Purple Cows (like we enjoyed from the Shake Shack on our New York trip!) to go with our fun food, vanilla ice cream and grape soda!

http://shakeshack.com/mobile/menu/madisonsquarepark.php

Show Me Decorating is always about creating, inspiring, educating and then you decorating (or in this case entertaining) with simple step by step ideas.

We enjoyed our party! My little girl is a teenager!

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Show Me: Food, Fun and Family on the 4th!

July 4th is fast approaching and I still don’t have plans. Not because they’re aren’t any….it’s because we have so many to choose from! All I know is that it ALWAYS involves Family. If you haven’t figured it out yet we are ALL about FAMILY at Show Me Decorating! We wanted to share a few of our family’s favorite summer foods along with tips to get the table set just right for your festive 4th!

Favorite Meat: Brisket

The Brisket

Ingredients:

Brisket (1/2 pound per person)

Claudes BBQ Sauce

Salt & Pepper

Onion

Beer

Foil & Large Pan

Preparation:

Trim some fat off the brisket but not all because it will help keep the juice in the meat and keep it from drying out.

Seasoning:

Claudes BBQ Sauce, Beer, Salt, Pepper and chopped onion.

Cook Prep:

Using a large pan (throw away foil pans work great) line pan with foil leaving enough to cover the top of your meat. Mix seasoning in the bottom of the pan. Lay meat fattest side up (this allows the fat to dry out not your meat) and season the top of your meat. Wrap your brisket tight in the foil. Recover the entire brisket with foil. Place in over at 300 degrees and allow to cook for up at least 5 hours.

Serving:

Trim remaining fat off brisket, cut and serve.

Favorite Sides

Potato Casserole, Fresh Salad

Kathy’s Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

10-12 golden potatoes

Real butter

Sour cream

Grated cheese

Green onions & salt

Preparation:

Wash and cut potatoes into chunks.

Cooking:

Bring potatoes to boil and allow to cook throughly, Drain potatoes, add 2 stick of butter, 16 ounces of sour cream, 1 1/2 cups of grated cheese and chopped green onions. Mix all together and place in large casserole pan. Top with additional cheese. Re-heat at 350′ for about 20-30 minutes.

Katy’s Fresh Salad

Ingredients:

Baby Spring salad mix

Red/yellow/orange pepper

Cherry tomatoes

Celery

Avocado

Lemon pepper.

Preparation:

Dice peppers, celery and avocado, slice cherry tomatoes in half.

Directions:

Using a large bowl, add salad mix, peppers, celery, avocado, tomatoes and lemon pepper. The juice from the tomatoes and flavor of the lemon pepper create enough flavor that you do not need dressing.

Favorite Desserts

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemonade Pie

Jennifer’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup real butter (soften)

1/2 cup Crisco

3/4 cup light brown sugar

3/4 cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla (real Mexican pure vanilla)

1 Egg

2 1/4 cup of Flour

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

2 cups of semi-sweet Nestle Toll House chocolate chips.

Directions:

Cream butter, Crisco and sugars together. Mix vanilla and egg well. Slowly add flour, salt and baking soda. Add chocolate chips. Drop on cookie sheet in small scoops. Bake at 35o’ until lightly golden brown.

Angela’s Lemonade Pie

Ingredients:

Graham crackers

Butter

Brown sugar

Half gallon of vanilla ice cream

Tub of cool whip

Large can of lemonade concentrate.

Directions:

Crust: Crunch 1 1/2 sleeves of graham crackers, mix one stick of melted butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Combine graham crackers, butter and sugar. Pad crust into 9 x 13 pan or pie pans.

Pie: Mix ice cream, concentrate and fold in cool whip. Pour into crust and then freeze!

4th of July Table

July 4th Table

4th of July Table

Don’t forget about setting your serving table for the occasion. Just by sticking with red, white and blue and few 4th of July accent pieces you can create a simple but stylish serving area. My favorite thing was giving some height to the table with flags!

We hope that you try our families favorite summer time recipes. Please share yours with us on Facebook!

Happy 4th!

Katy Harrison Thomas

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