Not only do I LoVe eating cupcakes, but I also LoVe baking them! Sometimes I think one of the reasons I wanted to be a mom so badly was so that I could make cupcakes for my kids to bring in to school on holidays! When I taught 1st grade I found any and every excuse to bake cupcakes for my kiddies including cupcakes with blue icing and little baseball gloves on them to tell the class I was having a baby boy when I was pregnant with Nicholas! With all this cupcake baking comes quite a HUGE collection of cupcake liners. I’m starting to think that buying cupcake liners is somewhat of a mini-obsession for me. Especially after doing this post. I have now come to the realization that I can throw a baby shower, baptism, Superbowl bash, dinosaur dig, princess tea, and that doesn’t include your general calendar holidays! My cabinet was overflowing and I couldn’t figure out a good system for storing the many, many, MaNy liners that I had, but I knew that something had to give or the next time I went to bake cupcakes they were all going to come crashing down and I was going to have a big mess to clean up. I looked around for containers at the dollar stores, but there really wasn’t anything that I thought would work so I went through things I had at home. While drinking Seltzer the other night it occurred to me that the bottle was the exact size to hold the liners and it was the perfect height to fit in my cabinet. We drink Seltzer by the case in our house so all I had to do was take a few out of recycling and soak off the labels. Now I have the perfect system for organizing and storing my cupcake liners, tons of new-found cabinet space, and it didn’t cost me a dime!
Cabinet before shot
Remove labels and cut off tops of bottles
Fill with cupcake liners
Cabinet after shot!
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
Whenever I have to bring a dessert anywhere I AlWaYs do cupcakes. Not just because I love to eat them, but because I have found a FaSt and SiMpLe way to make them look like they were done by a professional!
Use your favorite store-bought icing, disposable cake decorating bags, and a large-sized decorating tip.
Cut the tip off of the disposable decorating bag and slide the decorating tip to the end of the bag.
Fold the plastic decorating bag over the edge of a cup so that your hands are free to scoop the icing into the decorating bag. Once you have filled the bag with icing simply take it out of the cup to use.
Squeeze the icing to the tip of the bag when you are ready to decorate the cupcakes.
Start on the edge of the cupcake and move in a circular or spiral motion ending in the middle of the cupcake.
Add toppings and serve!
Try not to get frustrated on your first few attempts! After a few tries you’ll be decorating like a professional and your friends and family will be asking you how you make it look so EaSy!
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
Last summer for my daughter Abby’s 1st birthday I bought a silver ChArM bRaCeLeT to give to her. My husband and I planned a LaDyBuG themed backyard birthday party to celebrate her first year and invited all of our family and friends. Since the ladybug theme seemed to be taking over our home in the form of BaLLoOnS, plates, cakes, CuPcAkEs, dresses, and hairclips I decided it would be fitting to find a LaDyBuG cHaRm to put on the bracelet as a reminder of her very 1st BiRtHdAy.
And so aTrAdiTioN wAs BoRn…
Along with the ladybug charm, I wrote a ShOrT nOtE to Abby saying that for her first birthday she received a silver charm bracelet with a ladybug charm on it to SyMbOliZe her first year. In this note I explained that every year on her birthday, she will receive a new charm for her bracelet with a special note to go with it, and when she is 13 she can keep and wear the bracelet as a reminder of the years leading up to her becoming a TeEnAgEr.
This year I picked out a teddy bear charm for Abby’s 2nd birthday. She has been carrying around a little TeDdY bEaR with her since last fall that she doesn’t let out of her sight. It was the first thing I thought of when it came time to select this year’s charm! I am looking forward to all of the possibilities for my DaUgHtEr’S fUtUrE and can’t wait to fill up her bracelet and finally give it to her with all of my letters when she is truly old enough to ApPrEcIaTe it.
Guest Writer Robyn, from New Jersey