Category: Food & Home

Bride Creates Severed Head Wedding Cake

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by No Comments

Bride Natalie Sideserf wanted a wedding cake that was over the top. As an award winning cake artist she came up with the perfect design for her groom, an avid horror film fan. Her idea — a wedding cake that took the shape of their severed heads.

That’s right. It wasn’t just a cake topper that looked like severed heads, which could be creepy enough, but the cake itself appeared as the lifelike severed heads of the bride and groom. The cake was served on a white board with a banner that read, “Til Death Do Us Part.”

When I first heard about this, it kind of creeped me out, though I’m not big into graphic horror. I couldn’t help but wonder how many of the guests might have felt the same.

The wedding itself was a movie-themed wedding, and Sideserf spent 40 hours creating the cake to match the theme. She wanted it to be a surprise for her guests so she didn’t tell anyone, and looked forward to seeing people’s reaction.

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No one saw it until the cake was displayed at the wedding which was held in Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse, in Texas. This site was chosen because it is a cinema that serves food and alcohol.

To her delight, the cake was well received. Sideserf said, “Everybody was shocked and loved it.” However, she admits that her grandma wasn’t thrilled with the cake. I can only imagine! However, her grandmother found a positive in the amount of detail and how realistic the cake looked.

Sideserf had run the idea by her husband first. As a fan of scary movies and he said, “That would be amazing.” And she rolled with it.

While the cake design might be a turn off for some, it was said to be delicious complete with butter cream frosting.

Photo credits: White

7 Unique Hot Chocolate Flavors You Can Make at Home

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 by No Comments

It’s almost autumn. Here in Texas we are having lows in the 50s, which if you are in the north probably seems warm. Trust me, 55 degrees is sweater, sock, and fireplace weather for this Texas girl.

One of the best parts about cold weather has got to be hot drinks. Coffee, hot buttered rum, hot chocolate, chai — my list could go on forever.

Being the mercurial personality that I am, I find it really boring to drink the same old hot chocolate every time. Here are seven unique hot chocolate flavors you can create right in your own kitchen, one for everyday of the week.

You’re welcome.

  1. Peppermint. Add a Starlight mint to your cocoa and and stir it. It will release flavor as it dissolves. I like to drop a peppermint stick in it and use it as a stirrer.
  2. Chipotle. Chipotle is spicy hot, smoky, and works beautifully with chocolate. Add a pinch of chipotle powder and stir well.
  3. Caramel. Stir in a tablespoonful of thick caramel sauce right before you are ready to drink your hot chocolate. It ends up tasting like a steaming hot Milky Way bar.
  4. Lavender. Lavender has a slightly flowery-citrus flavor and it goes great with chocolate. Just grind culinary lavender buds to a powder and add about half a teaspoon to your cocoa. You can also put the whole buds in a tea ball and steep it that way.
  5. Peanut Butter. Heat a tablespoon of peanut butter until it is runny. Add it to your cocoa and stir well.
  6. Coconut. Add one tablespoon of coconut oil. Not only is this stuff really healthy, it will add flavor and richness to the cup.
  7. Nutella. Is there anyone that doesn’t like this stuff? Stir in a tablespoon of Nutella for an extra chocolaty treat.

 

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Link Round-up: A Gallery Wall, a New Hairstyle, Chocolate Pumpkin Bread, and More

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up features one mom’s new gallery wall for inspiration, a hairstyle you may want to try, chocolate pumpkin bread, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make mason jar football centerpieces.

The Life of a Crazed Mom showed us her new gallery wall, and it looks amazing!

Glamour shared a new hairstyle you may want to try as a twist on the typical braid.

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A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make chocolate pumpkin bread.

Create Craft Love showed us how to use canning lids and washi tape to make a Halloween wreath.

Tone It Up’s new Frisky Fall fitness challenge just kicked off, and there’s still time to join.

Adventures in Making taught us how to create a popcorn seasoning kit.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Remove the Chocolate for Healthier S’mores! Really?

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by No Comments

We just had a get together yesterday that included a campfire in the backyard fire pit following dinner. The teens and tweens couldn’t wait to make S’mores. We had graham crackers, caramel, chocolate, or regular marshmallows, and Hershey’s candy bars.

The sweet treats aren’t something we have very often because they’re just that…a treat. The definition of treat is “an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure.”

If you don’t know what a S’mores is, I’d be surprised. But just in case you don’t, let me be clear. It’s a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate smooshed between two graham crackers. It is a great American classic.

Now the Obama administration is trying to modify the S’more. Their modification is to leave out the chocolate. When I first heard this, I thought it was a joke, but apparently it’s not.

The reasoning behind it is that they are trying to make this occasional treat healthier. It leads me to ask, why did they pick on the chocolate? After all, what about the marshmallow? That’s like pure sugar and gelatin, while dark chocolate at least offers antioxidants and has been proven to be good for you in small amounts.

Not only do I wonder what made them decide to pick on S’mores, but it also makes me wonder what’s next? Maybe all the sugary cereals will disappear from the store shelves, especially if they happen to be chocolate!

And how about cookies, those are treats. Does that mean chocolate cookies could be eliminated? After all, I think people eat cookies a lot more often than S’mores, or what about chocolate candy bars.

Instead of trying to make rules on what to eat or should I say not eat, how about we teach kids and ourselves moderation when it comes to treats. The food itself isn’t “bad” it’s the over indulgence.

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Link Round-up: Craft Stick Monsters, Shelving, New Hairstyles for Girls, Knitting, and More

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a school supply catch-all, Halloween Rice Krispies cake, a DIY shelf, hairstyles, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make cute craft stick monsters.

Life with the Crust Cut Off showed us how to make a Halloween Rice Krispies cake.

Carlsbad Cravings taught us how to make chocolate drizzled frozen fruit skewers.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a modern peg rail and shelf.

The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom gave us a tutorial on how to create a school supply catch-all.

Petit Elefant inspired us to go beyond the typical little girls’ hairstyles and try something new.

Make and Takes shared a review of a beginners’ knitting kit.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Create an Interactive Baby Book

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 by No Comments



My girlfriend is a homeschool mom who never expected to find herself preparing one child to go off to college while potty training another. Her four girls range in age from 13 to 18 and bringing up the rear is her son Nathan who is now 20 months old.

The pregnancy was a surprise, and the 9 months gave her time to adjust her thinking on life as she prepared to start from the baby stage one more time. When little Nathan arrived, life changed and everyone not only adapted but fell in love with the little guy. We all took pics at the hospital and captured special moments, milestones, and everyday cuteness. Then the unthinkable happened. My girlfriend’s cellphone died, and she hadn’t backed up her pictures. “I’ve lost his first year,” she said.

Like I said, I had taken pictures on a regular basis, and as his family planned to celebrate Nathan’s first birthday, I decided to put together a photo album of his first year. I picked out a photo album small enough for little hands to handle with a pocket on the cover for a face shot. Even though it was a gift for Nathan’s birthday, in my heart is was really a gift for his mom since she’d lost her photos.

When I started gathering the pics for the project, I found I had a pretty complete collection. I printed out newborn pictures from our visit to the hospital, toothless smiles, learning to sit up, sleeping on a shoulder, standing at the coffee table, going for a walk, and more. Inside, I placed photos in chronological order to tell his story. My printer created quality prints that fit into the protective plastic sleeves that would survive sticky toddler fingers. At the party, he opened exciting gifts, like an electronic orange cat that rolled along the floor and changed direction when it bumped into something. When he opened my gift, he looked at it for about a half minute before moving on to the next gift.

Once the gifts where all opened, and the wrapping paper cleaned up, attention moved on to other things. Amid the celebrating, I spotted my friend sitting with the book and looking at each page. Her eyes drank in each cherished moment from Nathan’s first year. I had accomplished what I set out to do, but little did I know that the book would grow into much more than that.

Over the last year, it has turned into a one of the toddler’s favorites. It’s his story, and he likes it to be told as he points to himself and others. He can now say names, and sometimes tells the story in Nathanese. The little photo book has become an interactive baby book, and even though his mom hasn’t lost her pictures from this year, I’ve already started collecting photos and printing them to create volume two for his second birthday.

Photo credits: Personal photo used with permission

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Link Round-up: Delicious Snacks, Slow Cooker Tacos, a Backyard Playground, and More

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has delicious snacks, some slow cooker tacos, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make homemade Clif bars.

Choosing Raw taught us how to make caramel mocha bars.

About a Mom taught us how to make cute cereal box notebooks.

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Kenarry showed us how to build a backyard playground.

Belle of the Kitchen shared a recipe for slow cooker salsa chicken tacos.

The Michigan Mom shared tips for changing your mindset.

A Simple Pantry shared a recipe for a pumpkin spice latte with marshmallows.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Keep Your Laptop Safe, Fridge Scrabble, Snacks, and More

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tips for keeping your laptop safe, a way to play Scrabble on the fridge, snacks, and more.

Aunt Peaches showed us a cute seating card display ideas—it uses paintchips.

What the Fork Food Blog showed us how to make homemade peach ice cream.

Southern Girl Ramblings taught us how to make pumpkin cheesecake bars.

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Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for secretly healthy chocolate fudge balls.

A Simple Pantry showed us how to make spicy cilantro lime popcorn.

About a Mom shared some tips for keeping your laptop safe.

I Love to Create Blog showed us how to set up an ongoing Scrabble game on the fridge.

Photo credit: Aunt Peaches and Chocolate Covered Katie

Buddah Bowls a Perfect Fit

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 by 1 Comment

Winter weather calls for soup and summer is ideal for ice cream. Buddah bowls are perfect for both.

Buddah bowls aren’t new, but for some reason I’ve only recently discovered them. I had been using a very large coffee cup for my soup but holding the handle grows a little awkward as I sip my soup while watching TV.

The Buddha bowl takes care of that problem. It has a hole for your thumb that lets the bowl fit naturally but securely in the palm of your hand while eating cereal, soup, popcorn or whatever else you’re inclined to much on.

I like these bowls for a number of reasons. They are a decent size and don’t require two hands to carry or hold. They are perfect for late night snacking and can be used for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate if you like.

I won’t go as far as to say that using a Buddah bowl will add tranquility to your routine, or Zen enlightenment to your morning, but I do find it almost comforting to hold. Perhaps because it is so well balanced in my hand. I bought the bowl over a month ago, use it almost every day and have decided to buy an entire set.

It’s funny how the littlest things can make you happy, and for some reason this bowl is one of those things. Perhaps because it is so practical and useful! It’s one of those things that make me question why it wasn’t thought of sooner.

Buddah bowls stack, are dishwasher and microwave safe, and are much easier to balance than a traditional bowl or even a large mug type bowl. They are literally made to fit your hand. If you haven’t tried one, I highly recommend you do.

Photo credits: Amazon