Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pumpkin Butter

Over Thanksgiving, my mom introduced me to pumpkin butter. I had never had it before and OMG it was fantastic!!!!! I was of course asked if I could figure out how to make it, and my answer was most definitely yes.

So today I bring you homemade pumpkin butter.

For this you will need:


1 can of pumpkin

1/4 c plus 2 tbsp. apple juice

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

3/4 c granulated sugar

When you see how easy this is you will be wondering why you hadn’t thought to make it before!

All you have to do is add all of your ingredients to a pan:


stir well:


Heat until boiling, reduce heat, simmer for 30 minutes or until thick. It will darken up some:


Remove from heat and put in an airtight container.


That’s it!

Quick, easy and delicious.

*Note* It is NOT safe for canning. Pumpkin butter can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, but cannot be canned.  Read more here.*

This butter is great on toast, and rolls, so give it a go. You won’t regret it.

Until next time,

Happy Cooking!


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Posted by on December 7, 2013 in Recipe of the week


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Melted Snowman Ornaments

So it’s the beginning of December, and that means it’s nearing time for Christmas! I absolutely love love love Christmas. The season of giving, and of course all of the beautiful decorations. However when you have kids, your idea of decorations often change.

Often times us as parents opt out of the really pretty décor, in favor of something that the kiddos won’t break. We all do it, there’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Who says though, that unbreakable ornaments have to be boring, so today I bring you a how to that I saw all over Pinterest. I don’t know who initially came up with this idea, but if it was you, Thank You! These are adorable.

So without further adieu I bring you a Melted Snowman Ornament!

I  made these ones using:


Some clear unbreakable ornaments- plastic is always a good bet with the kids.


Whole cloves- although you can use peppercorns as well

Orange clay

ribbons- for the scarves and for hanging

and a funnel of some sort.

Begin by removing the tops of the ornaments, and using a little helper, add some salt

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Next we separated our cloves, we wanted both parts of them:

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Using the “ball” part of the cloves we added them to the salt. We used six, 2 for the eyes and 4 for the mouth.


Then we added the “sticks” 2 of them, to each of the ornaments, for the arms


Next is the noses, we made them with the clay, and baked them according to the package directions:


While those were baking we added some small pieces of ribbon, that we half tied to look like scarves, then added the noses when they were baked and cooled

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Now it’s time to make the hangers for the ornaments. For ours we used some large red ribbon, tied to the tops of the ornaments:

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To keep the ribbon from fraying over time, just fold it in half, and snip on an angle.

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Then add your tops to the ornaments, and enjoy. They are adorable

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And they look even cuter on the tree!

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So as you are decorating for the holiday season, don’t substitute boring for unbreakable, add a few of these to your tree instead!

Until next time,

Happy Crafting!


Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Crafts!


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Skylanders Portal Cake

Recently I was asked by one of my nephews to make a Skylanders cake for his birthday. Have you seen them? They are these toys that you use with your gaming system. They set on these portals and you use them as characters in the game.

Of course I told him that I’d make his cake, because he just loves his Aunt Chani’s cakes. The problem arose when I was handed this robot looking thing, with no knowledge of this game at all- the only character I know is Spyro. When I asked him what he wanted for his cake, I got told the portal. So today I bring you,

How to make a portal for the Skylanders out of cake.

Start with whatever sized cakes you are planning on using- baked, leveled, filled, stacked, and covered:

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I just covered them with frosting, don’t mess with a fondant layer because you are going to use little fondant pieces for this cake instead.

Using a grey piece of fondant, cut it into strips, and then into pieces to resemble stones:

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You only want them to be tall enough to cover half of the side of the cake. Then start pressing them into the frosting on the sides of the cake:

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Now make more strips of the grey, but this time slightly thicker, and square vs. rock like. Attach them to the top of the cake and slightly down the side, to overlap what you already added to the cake:

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Set aside your remaining grey, and roll out some yellow into a circle big enough to meet up with the grey pieces on the top of the cake:


Don’t worry about the overlap, we will cover it in a minute.

Still using your yellow, cut out a very thin strip to put along the bottom of the cake

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Now using the grey you set aside, cut a thin piece out to use for the overlap on the top and hide the edges there:

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Next for the runes. If you look at these portals there are runes on the sides of them. 8 runes to be exact so you will need some of these:

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I just printed mine out to use as templates.

Using the grey again, roll out a piece, and set your template on top of it:


Then using a knife, cut out the run itself into your grey fondant:


Trim your grey down in size to more of a rectangle:


Then using a paintbrush and some water, paint a bit of water around the rune, on the back, and stick a thin piece of yellow fondant onto it:

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Then paint around the rest of the edges with some water, and turn your fondant over, and stick it to your cake, lining the top edge up with the top ring on the cake:

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Once you have all 8 runes attached it’s time for some clean up work. Using a thin paint brush and some black frosting colors I added some “cracks” to each of the “stones” I also traced around each rune to make them stand out a little:

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Since I was given a “tech” Skylander, and I knew that we weren’t going to have enough cake, I went ahead and made another cake into a gear, to set the portal onto.

To make a gear take a cake that is larger than your portal, and using a cookie cutter, cut a gear shape all around the outside of the cake:

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And pull off those edges. Now just cover the cake with some frosting, and some fondant, then spray it black.


That’s it. Then put your portal on top of your gear, add your Skylander to the top and you are all done!
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And there you have it. A Skylanders Portal Cake.

Definitely not the prettiest cake ever, but considering the fact that the portals are simple in design, it doesn’t have to be super pretty.

So if you have a Skylander fan in your house consider making a Skylanders portal cake!

Until next time,

Happy Baking!


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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in Cakes