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Cake Decorating with Marshmallow Flowers

Better Homes and Garden Inspired Cake Decorations

This weekend was Essie’s 5th birthday party!  As always, I was pressed for time but wanted to make a special cake for her.  Flipping through the most recent Better Homes and Gardens I found a quick and easy idea that worked beautifully!

Erin Sipes
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Desktop Terrariums - Teacher Appreciation Week

Thrift Store Terrarium

Terrariums, of all sizes, are seriously trending right now and while I normally try to stay off the bandwagon the gift possibilities with this one were just too much to ignore.
For the past month or so the kids have been attending art, music, and P.E. classes at a local center.  Unlike previous semesters, the classes this go around are much smaller, much, much, much smaller.  Still, the lessons go on, thanks to three dedicated teachers.  In an effort to show my appreciation, I threw together these quick and cute terrariums.  

Erin Sipes
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Top 10 Things I Learned From #BBCSTL


Conferences are so much fun!  Tonight I’m visiting the various social media sites of the great bloggers I met at The Bloggy Boot Camp St. Louis and working on a my own to-do list. 

However, I have so much great information running through my head it wouldn’t be right not to share.  So, I jotted down a quick list of the top 10 things on my mind following #BBCSTL!

*Note – I started with the most important so pay attention fellow bloggers!

Erin Sipes
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The Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Today is the kick-off of the 2012 Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom.  There are so many great blogs to visit I’m going to get right to it!
Erin Sipes
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NaBloPoMo – The Night Before Easter

The Night Before Easter
‘Twas the night before Easter and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring,
not even that mouse.
The baskets were lined on the table with care
In hopes that the Easter bunny would soon be there.
Daddy in his boxers and I in my T
had just settled in with a box of Chablis.
When all of a sudden, there arouse such a clatter.
“If that dog got in the candy…”  I was getting madder.
I ran up the stairs, racing for the dining room.
I tripped on the top step and fell with a boom.
My curses, they went flying, without thought.
I felt a wiggle under my belly.  Can you guess what I’d caught?
The Easter Bunny!  Now go to bed or no candy for you!
Happy Easter!
Erin Sipes
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Turning a Tin Into a Work of Art


So remember about a week ago when I posted my craft quickie and hinted at the fact my original idea went way past the 15 minutes time limit?  In actuality it went about 3 hours past that deadline but I was so smitten with the way it was turning out I couldn’t stop myself. 

My original goal was to turn stacks of tissue paper, carefully smoothed out and saved, along with a handful of Christmas tins, into miniature odes to Van Gogh.  I thought if I twisted the paper, rolled it into swirls, and glueing them to the tins I could create a kind of Starry Night effect. 

Making swirls proved more difficult that I thought, so I stuck with circles and though the color palette doesn’t bring to mind the classic Van Gogh the effect was still achieved…at least in my humble opinion.  The only thing I’m rethinking is the glossy Mod Podge.

Here are more notes and photos about the entire process.  It was much more time consuming than I imagined but after I had a twisting technique down it went by much quicker.

Erin Sipes
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Pioneer Woman Inspired - Get Goin’ Scones


One of my favorite recipes from The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook is Iny’s Prune Cake.  I know, prunes?  Yes prunes!

That cake is so delish and I’d make it all the time, but I’m more of a  scone/cookie/cupcake kinda gal.  So I played around with recipes and viola…Get Goin’ Scones!

A spicy, cinnamon roll-like scone perfect for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.  They’re sure to get you going and not to the restroom.

Erin Sipes
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