Say Goodbye to Cold Hands with DIY Freezer Pop Holders

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-rainbow-of-colors-chill-brrr-cool-off

Despite the fact that Back to School is all over the big name retailer stores and commercials, it’s still summer. We refuse to admit the fact that school starts in a month. We’re taking every bit of summer, for all the sunshine, popsicles and pool days it’s worth. We love it too much to let it go.

Our kids love popsicles in the summer, especially freezer pops. Although yummy, we know within minutes of opening their popsicles, our kids will request a paper towel because their hands are cold.

Well, it’s three mom’s and a pool noodle to the rescue. The DIY noodle freezer pop holders not only prevent cold, sticky fingers, but also they can be customized with names at a table setting for a birthday party.  They can be used year after year when the hot sun is shining and kids are outside playing! Plus, typography is just so fun!

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-rainbow-of-colors-chill-brrr-cool-off

Materials:

Directions:

Cut a pool noodle into 6 inch pieces. It should be about ½ the size of the popsicle.

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle

green-pool-noodles-summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle

Add letters to each noodle to spell BRR!, CHILL, COOL, FREEZE, and ICY.

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-green-pool-noodle-chill-typography

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-green-pool-noodle-chill-typography

Frame the letters with Frog Tape in the shape of a rectangle.

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-green-pool-noodle-chill-typography

Use a paintbrush to dab paint onto the noodles over the letters and within the taped area.

IMG_6256

IMG_6258

Wait a couple of minutes to remove the tape and letters. Don’t wait too long, or the paint will begin to peel off with the letters. The paint should still be slightly wet when you remove the letters and tape.

IMG_6259

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-green-pool-noodle-chill-typography

diy-typography-freezer-pop-holders-summer-craft-popsicle-fun

Once the paint is dry, apply a layer or two of Mod Podge over the letters. It will dry clear, so no need to apply it all over the noodle. This will prevent it from peeling and flaking off.

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-green-pool-noodle-chill-typography-mod-podge

Insert popsicle and enjoy without the whining of cold hands.

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-green-pool-noodle-brr

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-green-pool-noodle-brr-girl-with-sunglasses

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-green-pool-noodle-brr-girl-with-sunglasses

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-green-pool-noodle-icy-typography

summer-diy-freezer-pop-holder-popsicle-green-pool-noodle-brr

Cocktail to Cupcake: Gluten Free Champagne Cupcakes

cupcake-cocktail-strawberry-champagne-white-bubbly-dessert

Pop. Fizz. Clink. Bake.

Yes, you read that right – we added the word bake at the end of Pop. Fizz. Clink.

We can do that because we had some bubbly action in our kitchen as we participated in the Wayfair Cocktail to Cupcake Campaign. The fun challenge was to make a yummy cupcake with our favorite cocktail on the ingredient list. We love our Italian bubbly, and we wanted to make it gluten free so we could actually eat it. The result is a delicious Gluten Free Champagne Cupcake.

Sip and bake – now that’s something we can get use to.

cupcake-cocktail-strawberry-champagne-white-bubbly-dessert

Gluten Free Champagne Cupcakes
servings: about 16
recipe adapted from DC Cupcakes

Ingredients:
Champagne Cupcakes

  • 1.5 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne

Champagne Buttercream Frosting

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup champagne
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced

Directions:
Champagne Cupcakes

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Set cupcake liners in the cupcake baking pan.

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and slowly add the sugar. Blend with an electric mixer until combined.

Add the eggs, and blend.

Pour the vanilla, champagne and milk in a separate measuring cup.

Combine the flours, baking powder and sugar in a separate medium bowl.

Pour 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, followed by 1/3 of the milk mixture. Continue this process until all the flour and milk is fully combined. Do not over mix.

Pour the batter into the cupcake liners {fill 1/2-3/4 of each liner}.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool.

Champagne Buttercream Frosting

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and add the sugar slowly. Beat with an electric mixer until well mixed.

Add the vanilla, milk, salt and champagne, and beat until the mixture is fluffy.

Then, place in piping bag and decorate your cupcakes.

Top the cupcakes with your diced strawberries, then place a safe, indoor mini sparkler on top.

cupcake-cocktail-strawberry-champagne-white-bubbly-dessert

Enjoy! And remember, you don’t always have to drink your cocktail. You can eat it, too.

cupcake-cocktail-strawberry-champagne-white-bubbly-dessert

cupcake-cocktail-strawberry-champagne-white-bubbly-dessert

This #Cocktail2Cupcake post is sponsored by Wayfair, but we would love them and their products even if it wasn’t. Thanks for supporting the wonderful companies that support us. 

CocktailtoCupcake

Joyful Holiday Photo Shoot

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

We just realized we never shared one of our first and favorite photo shoots on the blog. It’s a favorite because we were able to work with our friend and photographer, Meredith Moran Photography, and because amongst all the pretty red and white details, our children were running around in the background at our parents house. It was a lot of chaos, but also a lot of laughter, and if you can laugh in the midst of the chaos, that can be a good thing.

We hope you make the DIY peppermint tray this Christmas season and find the time experience pure joy, just like the marquee lights by Saddleshoe Designs reminds us to do.

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

hot-cocoa-to-go-mason-jar-candy-cane

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

peppermint-diy-tray-red-white-joy-holiday-party-christmas-table-silver-tree

joy-marquee-light-red-white-christmas-party

Vendor Love:
Photography: Meredith Moran Photography | Marquee Lights: Saddleshoe Signs | Tabletop Accessories and Stationery: Fleur de Lis, a paperie 

DIY Woodland Winter Cake Topper

chocolate-cake-wood-slice-rabbit-tree-white-joy-sign-diy-cake-topper

We are experiencing a love affair with bottle brush trees and wood slices this winter. And, as usual, crushing on white and gold, too. Our kids think Christmas is tomorrow with all the holiday blog projects lying around the house – it’s a tease for them, and almost an overwhelming reminder of the upcoming holidays for us. At least they get to enjoy some of the benefits of shooting a DIY winter cake topper – shoot the cake, and eat it too.

chocolate-cake-wood-slice-rabbit-tree-white-joy-sign-diy-cake-topper

If you’re celebrating a winter birthday, or want to impress guests this holiday season with an adorable DIY winter cake or pie topper, just go out and chop a tree {you can buy them already cut from Michael’s if a lumberjack isn’t in your repertoire}, bust out the gold leaf paint, and glue.

Materials You’ll Need:
Wood slices
Cake pop sticks
Mini woodland animal figures – deer, rabbit, bear, squirrel
Thin popsicle sticks
Mini banner flags
Gold leaf paint
Hot glue gun

Directions:

Dab the ends of the  bottle brush tree with gold leaf paint. You can’t mess this up – just dab here, and there and everywhere.

Write a word, name or phrase on the paper banner.

Use a hot glue gun to glue the tree, animal and popsicle stick with paper banner on the wood slice. I cut the popsicle stick in half to make it shorter.

white-tree-rabbit-joy-sign-gold

Glue ‘legs’ on the bottom-side of the wood slice with the cake pop sticks that will stick into the cupcake, cake or pie.

rabbit-wood-slice-diy-cake-topper-tree-joy

chocolate-cake-wood-slice-rabbit-tree-white-joy-sign-diy-cake-topper

 

A Little Star Baby Shower

little-star-custom-button-pregnancy-belly

When one of my besties is in town for the inaugural Reintoberfest, and she is preggers, a baby shower is certainly in order. My girlfriends and I hosted a small, fabulous group of women for a Little Star baby shower. It was a surprise…and I think we pulled if off, even with a few slips.

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

The shower was designed after one of my most favorite art prints by The First Snow. Beautiful, isn’t it?

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

We re-created the art print with an antique ladder, ribbons and fresh flowers by Vail Vintage Magnolia and DIY hanging stars that were spray painted gold and white. It worked our perfectly because it’s a gender-neutral theme, and the nursery is also star themed.

white-ladder-baby-shower-flowers

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

baby-shower-ladder-star-lights-white-gold-flowers

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

Our menu consisted of homemade French Toast casserole, egg casserole, yogurt bar with fruit and granola, fresh spinach salad and for dessert we devoured mini bundt cakes. The backdrop for our Champagne and Bundt bar was a DIY Kimi’s Little Star sign. We sipped on mimosas with DIY star gummy drink stirrer and oh my goodness they were good!

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

I made DIY star napkin rings that also served as ornament favors guests could take home. DIY tutorial to come.

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

Meredith made DIY star headbands we all adorned on our heads to represent the “bouquet of stars to place around your sleeping heads” like the art print said.

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

In our family, we say Aunt, pronounced ‘ant.’ In MN, Kimi says Auntie, pronounced ‘on-tee,’ with a bit of a flair, of course. For the shower, we wanted to emphasize her auntie ‘thing’ with custom buttons for each guest. When baby G is born, we will all be proud aunties with gifts of our own to offer him/her. It was a good laugh for everyone. I gave myself the title of auntie of crafts. Jenna was crowned the auntie of shoes. And, Jodi proudly accepted her role of auntie of reality tv. We will take our roles seriously, Kimi!

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

We played a fun, non-cheesy game that I highly recommend for a smaller sized baby shower – Who’s That Baby? I asked guests to send me a baby photo under 6 months old prior to the shower, and I had the photos printed for a photo display. Everyone had to guess each sweet baby face, and the winner was awarded a prize.

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

Another ‘activity’ and decoration was the DIY Due Date Chalkboard. Everyone had a chance to guess baby G’s due date, and whether it was a boy or girl. If you really want to make it a game, bet $ to get a pool going. To learn how to make the DIY chalkboard, read this.

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

We sent the beautiful mama home with Dear Baby, often called Wishes for Baby cards. We all wrote down our hopes and dreams for baby G, which was a great baby shower activity and keepsake for Kimi. You can purchase the Little Star cards and here and the Little Star invitation here.

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

star baby shower-invitation

Finally, what’s a shower without a posed shot, and a tassel banner?!

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

© 2015 Meredith Moran Photography

Thanks to all the Vendors We Love from this Shower
Photographer: Meredith Moran Photography
Flowers: Vail Vintage Magnolia
Invitation and Dear Baby Cards: Fleur de Lis, a paperie
Mini Bundt Cakes: The Bundt Shoppe
Art Print: The First Snow
Auntie Buttons: Share Denver