Monday, February 19, 2018

Oreo Cream Cupcakes

This past Ground Hog's day was my 35th birthday. As with the last few birthdays the number was no big deal, however, it was lovely with birthday dinners, and spending time with friends and family.

Part of our family tradition is the birthday "kid" getting to pick the birthday treat. This year I went with an Oreo Cream (cup)Cake. An Oreo (thin) cookie bottom, dark chocolate pudding cake* and a cookies and cream frosting.

*see bottom for a trick on making the best cake mix possible.

*Note: Sometimes a cakemix is just the easiest way to go; but doesn't mean you have to follow the box directions. Want that cake to be elevated and taste like the moistest (sorry for that word) cake ever? Replace water with milk, oil with melted butter and add an extra egg to what is required (if it says three, add four). Will make for a rich and decadent! The family both said they could hardly eat one but then could also gobble two in a sitting! Promise, no regrets...well maybe just a tummy ache. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Why Paint the Peacock?

Okay, maybe they weren't peacocks... and the reason I painted them was turn them into vultures. Wait...what was the question? Oh yea! Painting birds.

Months ago someone tagged me on Facebook in a post transforming lawn flamingos into vultures. I was in love and determined to do it myself. So I started searching and buying flamingos, spray paint and feather boas.

It took a few days - waiting for dry days in the PNW isn't a quick process and then waiting for the paint to dry of course - but in the end they made great lawn decorations and with the added touches of a "Graveyard" sign and a pile of bones it was just perfect!

The first step was painting the bodies of the flamingos with a (weatherproof) black paint. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to leave the heads and necks untouched. Sadly the result made me feel a bit serial-killerish....

Once they dried I reversed the plastic bags to spray their heads/necks with a matte maroon and figuring out how to paint their beaks black.

I was loving how they came out. The painting was tricky with some slight PNW winds kicking up now and then. I had some casualties of paint on hands, the back deck and the outside table.


The final stage was to attach some feather boa around their necks! The funny thing was over time (outside in the PNW autumn weather) the boas started to droop and get dirty which just made them even  more authentic. 

They took a few days but in the end they were so worth it! What is your favorite DIY holiday decoration?