Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Hello!  I hope you enjoyed a fabulous weekend!  Let's start our week off with something yummy!

It took a solid week to set up my new kitchen.  Crazy, right?!  I am so indecisive. Deciding where everything belongs is like a giant game of chess.  But settling into a brand new kitchen is exciting!  I have been looking forward to cooking and baking lately.  I hope this newness doesn't wear off for a while!

I really needed a new treat to munch on during all of the unpacking...


These scrumptious rainbow cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting were my very first homemade creations in the new kitchen.  Oh YUM!

You might remember our Colorado Bloggers' Spring Soiree a few weeks ago.  I whipped up 5 flavors of delicious homemade cupcakes and frosting.  I saw a yummy recipe for chocolate buttercream frosting at Joy the Baker.  I adapted it a bit to make it my own with a couple of secret ingredients!

But let's begin with the actual cupcakes, shall we?

We decided to make rainbow cupcakes.  Little Man loves rainbow cake (although we call this "jellybean cake"). He had so much fun helping mix these up and seeing all of the colors!

We mixed up a vanilla cupcake mix, divided the batter into 6 bowls and used food coloring to dye each bowl a different color!  We used all of the colors of the rainbow:  Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.  Then we dropped a small bit of each color into every muffin cup and baked them according to the directions.

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Let’s Talk Cupcakes!

I adore cupcakes!!

Nothing makes me quite so happy as a delicious (and beautiful!) cupcake.

I was thrilled but a little nervous at the prospect of producing cupcakes for our Colorado Bloggers' Spring Soiree.  In the past, I have been a little cupcake cursed--especially with the decorating.  Luckily Courtney of Sweet C's Designs loaned me her frosting gun which worked wonders!  I'm definitely purchasing my own frosting gun now.

I wanted these lovelies to be delicious AND cute.  I needed some great recipes that I could bake up perfectly the first time--no oopsey daisies!!  So today I want to share my new favorite cupcake recipes with you.  I tried out 5 new cupcake recipes plus frosting recipes--from scratch. All 5 cupcake flavors turned out amazing!  (Yes, I am still feasting on a few leftovers stowed away in my pantry!)

I had so much fun baking them that I have been scheming up brand new cupcake recipes to try.  Perhaps I have been watching too many episodes of Cupcake Wars?!

My poor Kitchen Aid!  Just as soon as I had one batch of cupcakes in the oven, I washed everything, and started over!  Our kitchen was transformed into a bakery.  It took a lot of self control to avoid nibbling on them before I got to the decorating!

First up.. the "Mile High" Oreo cupcake.  These happy little guys went FAST!  In fact, I witnessed a run on the very last one.  You really can't go wrong with Oreos right? They're Little Man's favorites, too!

The batter of these Oreo cupcakes was almost like a chocolate mousse.  I could have stopped right there and devoured the batter in spoonfuls!  The cake was rich, but the frosting was light because it was whipped cream.  Yum!!  I consulted the genius of Annie's Eats.  Definitely check out her recipe... so delish!

And decorating them was easy.  I just stuck an Oreo on top!

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Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

It has literally taken me all week to download and edit the crazy amount of photos I took at Little Man's birthday parties last weekend.  I'm beginning to think I have a real photo problem.  Photographers Anonymous, perhaps? Anyway, there were so many fun things I wanted to share about this party, so this post is a long time in coming!

We had SO much fun with this Mickey Mouse theme!  Are you ready to {finally!} see the details??

Who hasn't had a Mickey Mouse birthday party?!  This was my dilemma in planning this party.  I wanted to steer clear of the commercial Mickey party gear and somehow reinvent this classic party.  It took some work and planning, but I think I was more excited on party day than Little Man!

Isn't he the cutest little Mouseketeer you've ever seen?!

Little Man's favorite part were his Mickey gloves!  I sewed them out of white felt and simply used a sharpie to draw on the lines.  Little Man wore these for 3 days straight!  He loved them!

Mickey Mouse invite with stitched pocket!  You can see the full tutorial for our Mickey Mouse invitations here.

Our party was all about red, black, and white with polk-a-dots!  We decorated our "un-mantle" with a quick pennant banner, some wooden letters, my mason jar apothecary jars, my wooden frames from Cut it Out, and of course Mickey!

This is my favorite part!

I created a Mickey Mouse backdrop for our food table using a vinyl tablecloth.  I love the paper lanterns with the buntings and the Mickey shape!  Can I tell you my secret to cheap party decor??  Wrapping paper!  I love using wrapping paper as my go-to source for decor.  There are 3 types of wrapping paper in this photo!  I use it for everything!

Our party table!

Just like last year, I created a birthday subway art centered around the birthday theme.  Did you know that there are real Disney fonts?  This Walt Disney font and these Mickey Mouse fonts were the stars of this subway art!

Edited to add:  Yes, I do sell a digital version of this Mickey Mouse subway art.  I can customize it for your child's birthday.  Please e-mail me for details!

On every.single.picture of Little Man in the house, we added little Mickey Mouse ears!  I keep finding random pictures around the house with Mickey Mouse ears!

This sign was propped up outside our front door.  I created this image in Photoshop and just modpodged the photo to a wooden plaque.

Remember this chicken wire frame?  I displayed pictures of Little Man from the last year and used the buntings to tie in the colors of the party with polk-a-dot ribbons.

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Sunday’s Snippets: My Handsome Ringbearer

Recently, we returned from the wedding of Mr. Oopsey Daisy's brother to a beautiful girl in Salt Lake City!  This was actually the first family wedding since our own happy day almost 4 years ago, so it was an exciting event!  I love weddings.  I love the flowers...  The dress.... The dancing.   And I have to admit, I am a people watcher!

I have been itching to show just a few pictures that I took of this special day!

The beautiful couple, now husband and wife

A triumphant bride

A gorgeous wedding reception.  Don't you love the colors--eggplant and ivory?!

Our little family, decked out in eggplant!

I might be just a bit biased--but how handsome is the ringbearer?!

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