Monday, May 25, 2015

...Shower Tile...

...after the Eagle Scout Ceremony...we got to celebrate my sweet sissie's birthday with her in person...which hardly ever happens...go here for the story of the card...
...then over the weekend...for the second time in my life...
...I'm setting some shower tile...spread the mastic...
...flip the trowel...and use the toothed side to scrape away all but the 'right' amount...
...use your spacers (if you're a novice like me anyway)...and set your tile...
...make extra sure your first row is level...
...and make some intricate cuts to go around things...

~Have a lovely day!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

...Eagle Scout Ceremony...

...so...the big day finally arrived...
...we got to the Church early and set everything up...
...banner... ✔...table toppers... ✔...cupcakes... ✔...tinsel... ✔...napkins... ✔...punch bowl... ✔...water bottles... ✔...so everything was in place...
...a closeup of the cupcakes...
...then I got out the rubbermaid tote of all of Scout's memorabilia...so much fun looking at all the old photos...of such a tiny Scout...
...tiny shirts...and trophies...and cars...
...and hats and books...oh...and there's one of the water bottles that I forgot to photograph before...HA!

...now on to the ceremony...(none of these photos are mine)...Thanks so much Kelly!
...Scout waiting with the Court of Honor to be presented for his award...
...me...pinning the Eagle Scout Medal on Scout's uniform...
...Scout giving me my Mother's Pin...
...and his Papa his Father's Pin...
...Scout takes his oath...
...and receives his Eagle Scout neckerchief...
...then lots of visiting at the reception...

...it was a wonderful ceremony!...

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, May 22, 2015

...the Eagle Scout Cupcakes...

...time to decorate all those cupcakes...
...so we did that assembly line style too...
...first...just spread on some icing any which way...then see that little plastic tool...

...I made that...just from a piece of food grade plastic...I cut one side with a pair of pinking shears...
...then I just give the iced cupcakes a little twirl with the tool...and it creates these little ridges in the icing...perfect for holding all of those little red white and blue sprinkles...
...then with clean fingers...ahem...put a little decorative topper on each cupcake...

...now everything is ready...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

...Frugal Eagle Scout Decorations...

...Scout...being Scout...wanted to keep things really really simple for his Eagle Scout reception...

...he originally asked for red/white/blue cupcakes...and bottled water...that was all...(I printed out some little bands that we taped around the water bottles...but apparently neglected to take a photo of that process)...

...so the only thing I really added was a festive bowl of red punch...

...but we still needed some Eagle Scout decorations...frugal ones...of course...because a Scout is Thrifty...
...first...for the cupcakes...I just printed out some Eagle Scout symbols onto cardstock...fairly small...several (about 20) to a sheet...and cut them out...
...and then...just affixed a toothpick to the back with a little snippet of scotch tape...
...60 of those...
...then...using the same principle...on a larger scale...
...I taped a skewer to the back of a larger cutout...
...then glued another one onto the back...
...for some tabletop decorations...
...then I just stuck the pointed end of the skewer into a red white and blue balloon weight from the dollar store...
...I made two of those...
...now...for a banner......it's just a red white and blue dollar store banner...I printed some more Eagle Scout symbols...to fit onto the triangles of the banner...
...and just taped those onto the triangles...

...so now the decorations are done...let's go finish some cupcakes...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

...Red White and Blue Eagle Scout Cupcakes...

...assembly line style...
...three bowls of batter...
...just heaping tablespoonful of each into each cup...sort of like the zebra cake...just on a smaller scale...
...using all of our muffin tins...
...it was pretty quick work to make 60 cupcakes this way...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

...practice cupcakes...

...Scout requested red-white-and-blue cupcakes for his Eagle Scout Ceremony reception...

...so I thought I'd probably better do a practice run and perfect a simple recipe...
...and since everyone loves my 'wacky cake' - which I usually make chocolate...I thought I'd try a vanilla version of that...you start with flour...I used self-rising...
...and then you make three little indentions in the flour...
...one for vanilla...(I'll be using clear for the 'white' ones)...one for vinegar...and a larger one for the oil...
...then you add your water all at once...
...give it a quick whisk...
...this recipe made 9 rather large nicely domed cupcakes...

...I'll be using cupcake liners...and I probably won't fill them quite as full...so let's say 10 cupcakes per recipe...
...I iced these with chocolate...but on 'the day'...they'll have white icing and red-white-and-blue sprinkles...
~Have a lovely day!

Monday, May 18, 2015

...the anniversary concert...

Scout's Band's final performance of the year...the director always starts the concert by explaining that 'this' band will never perform together again...as the seniors leave and new freshmen come in...
video

 ...and it was an outdoor concert...this concert is always supposed to be an outdoor concert...but because the weather never cooperates...this is the first one that has actually been outside...the joke is that you only get one during your high school career...so this is probably it for Scout...haha...and it just happened to be on our anniversary...so we went there first before the obligatory dinner out...the weather was lovely...and so was the music...

~Have a lovely day!