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Quick and Easy King Cake

Today the weather cooled down enough to bring me inside for a little (very little!) baking for Fat Tuesday.  This is a quick and easy King Cake recipe to help us get a little of that Mardi Gras spirit at home! 


This cake is not as pretty as others, but it is really good.  The darker color is due to cinnamon and brown sugar on the outside- extra goodness!

Begin by gathering 2 cans of refrigerated cinnamon bun dough with icing.  (I used the 12 oz. packages, but I think next year I will use the larger ones), along with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and of course- sprinkles! A Mardi Gras baby can be placed inside after baking if you wish. 


Brush the inside of a bundt pan with melted butter, then coat with a brown sugar and cinnamon.  After cutting each roll into four pieces (or cubes) place them evenly in the bundt pan. 


Bake and allow to cool for a couple of minutes (not long, you want the icing to melt).  Before frosting, punch a little hole in the cake and place the "baby" in the…

Pre-Spring

I have to apologize.  I know that there are so many events to celebrate these days- Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, the Oscars, the Daytona 500, and even looking forward to St. Patrick's Day.  I had plans- crafts, desserts and drinks to share (and even work to do!), but I just couldn't stay inside long enough to make them.  When God gives you a string of 70 something degree sunny days in February, you celebrate that instead.  



The flowers are blooming. 




Including the "Forcynthia"!



The leaves on the Hydrangea bushes are starting to pop out. 



My world is awash with sunshine and bright colors this week. 



And top down Jeep weather has come a little early this year.  

So please forgive me if I don't post so much these days. I promise I will get back into the swing of things soon- I have so many fun things to share with you!  In the meantime, I hope that you are enjoying a beautiful pre-spring (whatever the weather may be at your house!). 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

~Cynthia

Preparing for Mardi Gras

When I saw that this week's challenge on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog was Sequins and Other Embellishments, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  

Here is the challenge: 

Challenge #295-Sequins
Make a project that has sequins!


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To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday are fast approaching and what says sequins (and glitter and feathers) more than Mardi Gras! (Well, the Oscars, but that's a post for another day!)  I decided to make a sign for my mantlescape.  


I took a 10x10 Artist Loft canvas board from Michaels (my daughters and I craft with these all the time) and covered it with black glitter paper from my stash.…

Celebrating the Seventies (Degrees, that is!)

I have often said that I am blessed to live in God's country and never more so than this winter. With the exception of a "blizzard" in early January, we have had a very mild winter. As a girl who could easily go the rest of her life without seeing another snowflake, I have been a happy camper this year. 

This weekend has been weather perfection. My car thermometer read 74 degrees as I drove home from the grocery store.  



The flowers are blooming. 


The birds are singing. 

And I am in my preferred footwear.  

Aren't these flamingo flip flops from Old Navy cute?!?

I hope that you are enjoying a little bit of early spring where ever you are today!  Thanks for stopping by! 

~Cynthia


Valentine Crafting Fun!

I love to celebrate holidays in all ways- including wearing a cute T-shirt when I can find one. This year I wasn't happy with the selection of Valentine's Day Tees that I found and my old one had seen better days.  As often happens with new projects, I was strolling through Michael's and found Iron- On Transfer for fabric.  It was PINK GLITTER! (and on sale!). OMG! Combined with an inexpensive shirt from Michaels I knew I had found the solution to the T-shirt dilemma. 


The Iron-On Transfer could not be easier to use.  Cut your desired shape (it can even be layered with other colors) and iron-on!  I used my Cricut and an image from Design Space, but you could even cut out your own shape to adhere.  


Of course, I forgot to take pictures of the process (I really need to work on that!), but the directions on the package are great.  You just need an iron (no steam!) and a dish towel. Because I was nervous, I went through the process twice, but I don't think I really needed to…

Valentine's Wreath

I am really enjoying my role as a member of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog design team!  It is really challenging me to find new ways to explore my Cricut and more importantly, to find time to relax and craft! 
This week we are challenged to create a project about Valentine's Day. This Weeks Sponsor: D.L. ART- www.dianamlarson.com
A Valentine Bundle!To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

I got this idea about a month ago.  I might have changed my mind if I had truly considered how much time would go into it! 

I started with a green foam wreath from Michaels which I painted pink. I then started making paper roses using the Flower Shoppe Cartridge.  



At first I used the Recollections Pink Buttons Paper Collection, fo…

Are You Ready for Some Football?

It is time for Super Bowl 51!  Do you have big plans?  Perhaps a viewing party or a simple family gathering? 


Due to a series of unfortunate events involving my household appliances, I have not yet begun my preparations for the big game.  I did get a few moments to look over some of my favorite snacks from past years and begin to plan my menu.  If you are like me and need a couple of last minute easy snacks for the game, here are a couple of recipes I compiled from earlier posts.  


We served these "Chicken Apple Pigs in a Blanket" for last year's Super Bowl.  My daughter and I took a class at William Sonoma last year right before the Big Game and learned to make these grown up pigs in a blanket- perfect for game day and so quick and easy to make! You can find the recipe for these, along with some ideas for decorations here.


A perennial party favorite in our house is "Mom's Cheeseball".  I included the recipe in my blog on the 2015 Grand Illumination Parade whi…