Thursday, August 30, 2012

For the Kids Friday #78

Welcome to the party!!!
Ack!!!  Sorry this is posting late!  SOOOO many awesome ideas at last week's party.  Thanks so much for being here each week to share your great ideas!

 Check out my favorites from last week's party!
These posts have been pinned to the SunScholars THE BEST OF... For the Kids Fridays on Pinterest!

If you've been featured below
grab my A++ and brag about it to your friends :)
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Chocolate Snack Cake Bats
at Hungry Happenings


DIY Captain America Shield Pinata
at Sunshine and a Summer Breeze


Curious George S'more Pops
at Kitchen Fum with My 3 Sons


DIY Bottle Rocket Shooter
at Craft, Interrupted

 
Alphabet Busy Book & Let's Play Dress-Up (Links to Free Printables)
at Playing House


Kids Castle Desk Tidy
at Red Ted Art


Fish in a Bottle
at H is for Homeschooling
Now, on to this week's party!
For the Kids Friday



1)  I would LOVE for you to first be a follower of my blog.  (And why wouldn't you want to be?!)

2)  Grab my For the Kids Fridays Button and place it somewhere on your blog.  Be sure to link back to me!

3)  Link up as many KID-RELATED activities, games, recipes, parties, gifts, clothing you've created, crafts, traditions, lessons, and so on... that you would like to share.  Please add a different link each week.  They can be old or new... this is just a place to share ideas for our kids to enjoy.  Bonus points to those that serve some educational purpose too!  Link must be to the specific post, and not your general blog page.  Please don't link to your store.

4)  Share the love and comment on at least one other link.  Everyone loves to get feedback.


That's it!  Have fun, and thanks so much for participating!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

For the Kids Friday #77

Welcome to the party!!!
The kids are settled back at school and life is back in a nicely flowing routine.  I have been trying to work on some ideas I have for SunScholars, but it can be frustrating doing these things from China.  So please bear with me... I have some great ideas in the works!

 Check out my favorites from last week's party!
These posts have been pinned to the SunScholars THE BEST OF... For the Kids Fridays on Pinterest!

If you've been featured below
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www.myveryeducatedmother.com Making a Camera
Making a Camera
at My Very Educated Mother


Red Ted Art: back to school craft ideas
at Red Ted Art


at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons


 
Picnic Themed Birthday Party
at Famiglia & Seoul



at Reading Confetti



Safari Birthday Party
at A Pumpkin & A Princess

Now, on to this week's party!
For the Kids Friday



1)  I would LOVE for you to first be a follower of my blog.  (And why wouldn't you want to be?!)

2)  Grab my For the Kids Fridays Button and place it somewhere on your blog.  Be sure to link back to me!

3)  Link up as many KID-RELATED activities, games, recipes, parties, gifts, clothing you've created, crafts, traditions, lessons, and so on... that you would like to share.  Please add a different link each week.  They can be old or new... this is just a place to share ideas for our kids to enjoy.  Bonus points to those that serve some educational purpose too!  Link must be to the specific post, and not your general blog page.  Please don't link to your store.

4)  Share the love and comment on at least one other link.  Everyone loves to get feedback.


That's it!  Have fun, and thanks so much for participating!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Chocolate Butterfly Cake

 

Happy Birthday Charlotte
Today my sweet little girl turns 9 years old!


I had seen THESE adorable chocolate butterflies to decorate cupcakes on Pinterest a while back, and was eager to give them a try.  I am so glad I did.  They really weren't that difficult to make, and made a beautiful cake for my little girl!

To be honest, as I was making the actual cake itself, I was thinking it was going to look like a hot mess when it was complete.  I went simple... I used two boxes of mix.  The bottom layer was a vanilla cake baked in a larger, spring form pan.  The top was chocolate cake baked in two 8" round pans.  All layered together with frosting tinted pink, and covered with plain, white frosting.


I followed the instructions shared at No Empty Chairs to create the butterflies.
A great tutorial, so I'm not going to recreate it here.  Be sure to check out the link!

I drew a simple butterfly wing template myself.  I also found that mixing a couple colors on the wings created stunning results!


Different from the tutorial at No Empty Chairs, I skipped the antenna, and I did not create the body before putting the butterflies together.

I also found it helpful to take chunks of foil, rolling the sides to make a special "tray" for the butterflies to prop up the wings in place while the chocolate sets, as you can see in the photo below.  Much easier than scouring the kitchen for objects that are right for the job!


I squirted a thick line of chocolate for each butterfly body in the center, and placed the wings into the chocolate.  Set aside until completely dry!  I found that with time they set nicely, and didn't need to be placed in the fridge.

I also used some chocolate to spell out "Happy Birthday Charlotte" on wax paper, allowed it to set, and later placed on top of the cake.  Thought I might as well make a chocolate "9" too :)

  

I purchased dry frosting roses to dress it up the cake.


Then just before lighting the candles, I placed the pretty butterflies around the cake.  I'm not sure why I was so worried it would look cluttered and awful once I did.  haha... because I think it really did turn out beautiful!



The kids were so excited about the cake.  I loved it!


Happy Birthday Charlotte!
xoxoxo

Thursday, August 16, 2012

For the Kids Friday #76

Welcome to the party!!!
Thanks for joining in on the fun each week!  I'm so happy to have you here!  WAY too many great ideas shared at the last party to have to narrow it down to a few favorites.

 Check out my favorites from last week's party!
These posts have been pinned to the SunScholars THE BEST OF... For the Kids Fridays AND the Kid Blogger Network Board on Pinterest!

If you've been featured below
grab my A++ and brag about it to your friends :)
A++




Celebrating Back to School
The Nature of Grace


Monster Bib Pattern/Tutorial
at Stubbornly Crafty


Twinkie Bus
at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons


Campfire Cookies with Mini Marshmellows to Roast
at Hoopla Palooza


School Paper Packet Snacks
at Hoopla Palooza


30 Space Based Activities
at Taming the Goblin

lunch box recipes
30 Easy Lunch Box Time Savers & Recipes
at Life At the Zoo

Now, on to this week's party!
For the Kids Friday



1)  I would LOVE for you to first be a follower of my blog.  (And why wouldn't you want to be?!)

2)  Grab my For the Kids Fridays Button and place it somewhere on your blog.  Be sure to link back to me!

3)  Link up as many KID-RELATED activities, games, recipes, parties, gifts, clothing you've created, crafts, traditions, lessons, and so on... that you would like to share.  Please add a different link each week.  They can be old or new... this is just a place to share ideas for our kids to enjoy.  Bonus points to those that serve some educational purpose too!  Link must be to the specific post, and not your general blog page.  Please don't link to your store.

4)  Share the love and comment on at least one other link.  Everyone loves to get feedback.


That's it!  Have fun, and thanks so much for participating!