Simplicity makes me smile!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010 From the Wade Family!
Created on my Digital Studio by Stampin' Up
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Merry Christmas 2010 From the Wade Family!
Created on my Digital Studio by Stampin' Up
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Crafting 2010

Here are a few of the crafts I have done for this Holiday season. Our NICU is a huge supporter for March of Dimes so each year we come up with a Christmas Ornament to sell for the cause. We put the babies footprints on these ornaments as a special keepsake for parents and family members.
Pick a Pumpkin Magnet
Proceeds went to March of Dimes
 This year we added a fall ornament which was a pumpkin magnet. They were really cute and a hit with the babies.

A tiny Footprint went on these magnets...Adorable!

 One of my all time favorite Ornaments to make. I have made these for years with my kids. We decoupage their SCHOOL PICTURE on the back and they write their name and year. It's so fun to pull them out each year when we decorate the tree. Our tree looks great with all of these ornaments hanging on it!

Option for March of Dimes footprint Christmas Ornaments
These are my favorite but the girls decided on the other option.

I think these earrings are a fabulous addition to your Christmas Attire! BLING!

Sparkling Snowman Earrings...Stunning!
 I love doing Gingerbread Houses at Christmas. Someday I will make MY VERY OWN. The kids love doing this and get involved from the get go. Helpful hint is to hot glue the house together and buy a tub of icing for the kids to get started. They DO NOT like waiting for the icing to be made or dry on the house. PERIOD! This was a headache saving helpful hint. 
Landon and Aubrey's Gingerbread House

Photography of Flowers

Fragrance through the entire house.

My Favorite

Beautiful Pink Roses

A little something different
I love taking photos of Flowers!
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The Color Red

Testing Out a New Product for RED coloring today. It is Ameri Color : Super Red. I have
a hard time with the color red in baking without getting the bad taste. Wilton Paste doesn't even work.
Today I tested it on my Shortbread and basic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
With some of the cookie dough I added one of my new favorite things...

Red Dough in Progress
 Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips!! Oh My these are so yummy!
I also put them in Chocolate Cookie Dough.....YUM!

Shortbread Out of the Oven

Red Chocolate Chip Cookies
It's Christmas so I had to do it!

Andes Peppermint Crunch Cookies
Ready for the Oven =)

Favorite Christmas Baking Item so far this Season

Gives a perfect RED color to Dough and Icing
without the bad taste.

Finished Product
Andes Peppermint Chocolate Delights

Cute Cutouts!
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Art in the Park 2010

My little snowmen! 
Table with all the baked goods. My Mom and I worked very hard on the cookies etc.

Snowman Earrings and Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows 

Art in the Park was so much fun! I worked my tail off getting ready for this event. Would I do it again? YES!!

Love Sweetie Cakes

Did I mention I love to Bake??
I literally have to bake almost everyday that I am not working.
Really! Everyday. That is like four days a week I am cranking out some baked goods. 
I was doing it so much that I started baking and selling the items.
I love baking everything from cookies to breads. I just like to keep it different and fun.
 Not the same old stuff all the time. I like to change it up!

Cute as a Button

Super Adorable Badge Reels to show off your sense of style.
We made these for the nurses at work and they were a huge hit!
The designs are endless. We started with Flowers and went into Fall and Christmas
Designs as well. What's next you ask? Well, Valentines Day will be the next fabulous design.

Breakfast for Two

Veggie Omelet with Avocado & Ezekiel Toast

2 Eggs from my friend Helen's Farm they are Delicious
1/2 ripe avocado
1 tbsp. chopped onion
1 tbsp. chopped green pepper
2 slices frozen Ezekiel Bread toasted

Saute veggies in pan until tender and then remove. Beat eggs in a bowl and pour into hot pan. Swirling eggs
around to cover entire pan. Cook for a few seconds longer. Until egg is no longer runny looking. Add in veggie and fold over. Cut in half and serve.

Quick and Easy Dinner 20 minutes Tops!!

So I really just threw this together one evening for dinner and it was Delicious and Healthy!!
This is what I used in this wonderful dish:
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1 medium onion chopped
 2 cups Fresh Sugar Snap Peas
 2 cups Baby Portabella Mushrooms Sliced
2 Frozen Chicken Breasts
Ziploc Steamer bags
1 Tbsp Olive oil
 2 cups Ready to Serve Chicken flavored Minute Rice

Place both  FROZEN Chicken Breasts in Ziploc Steamer Bag and place in microwave for 7 minutes.
Add olive oil to large pan and heat to medium temperature Add Sugar Snap Peas and garlic. Saute for about 3-5 minutes. You still want the crunch in the snap pea and you don't want the garlic to burn. Remove from pan and set aside. Add to pan mushrooms and onion. Saute until tender and all liquid is gone.
While mushrooms are in the pan remove chicken from microwave. Cook rice according to package directions.
Thin slice the chicken using fork and knife...it's hot!
Add chicken in with mushrooms and onion and stir fry until chicken has some color.
Place snow peas back in with chicken and mushrooms.
Toss rice in pan just to combine. Serve
I served with whole wheat bread and butter and sliced pears in their own juice.
The kids loved it as well!

This is the quick and easy version of a Gingerbread House. Hot glue the house together. All the kids want to do is get to the decorating. After years of waiting for the frosting to dry I decided to hot glue. We never eat the house ayway. Only the candy!!
One tub of vanilla icing and candy from kit. Sometimes I add more but this year we just used what we had in the box.
Let them have a blast. Fun!!
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Festive Shortbread Cutouts

Posted by PicasaThese are a wonderful addition to your holiday fun. 
The pop of red and the wonderful delicate shortbread adds 
lots of pizazz to that holiday cookie platter.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Peppermint Chocolate Delights

Tried a new recipe today and OH MY!! Are they ever good!.It's snowing outside today in Tennessee.
What a cozy day to create a new Christmas Cookie.  Christmas music on the IPOD, Lasagna is in the oven and Cheesy Potato Soup on the stove. We are getting our jammies on early and watching ELF. Good Times.
Oh and today I forgot to put on mascara before Church. Well today was Baptism day and needless to say I'm glad I forgot the mascara. It would have been gone anyway.I love our new Church. This was our first experience in seeing adults being baptised and it was beautiful. I loved it! Happy Sunday =)Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas at Sweetie Cakes

Lots of Sweet Treats coming out of the oven this Holiday Season. The kitchen smells Wonderful!
From top to bottom...Molasses Snowflakes, who would have thought Molasses Cookie dough is so easy to work with for cutouts. Polish Kolachky, fruit filled delicate pastry dough melts in your mouth. Plus, its not overly sweet so you can eat more than one. French Puffs, great for Christmas Morning! Molasses Red Tree Cookies for my favorite local Coffee Shop Restaurant! They are big so it's like a meal with coffee. Last but not least I have to make something for all of the kids teachers. A box of Sweetie Cakes Cupcakes decorated for Christmas! Yum!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween

Posted by PicasaHappy Halloween from Sweetie Cakes!
Festive Cupcakes for the Kids.
Thank you, to my Mama who worked every night
after work making these adorable bones and tombstones.
Love her bunches! Aren't these cute?
Well everyone have a fun and safe Halloween.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Pros and Cons of Shortbread.

Posted by PicasaLet's face it there are pros and cons to everything, including cookies.
 Shortbread is at the top for me.

I analyze everything and I do mean everything.!!!

We can start with what do I want to bake this week?
 I could bake shortbread everyone loves it when I do...pro.
It uses a lot of butter...pro & con.
Prep time..the butter must be room temp....con.
You have to plan ahead for the room temperature butter...con.
Shortbread only has four ingredients...pro. Make it anytime!
Who doesn't ever have flour, sugar and butter in the house?
It takes time to whip the butter to perfect consistency...con.
Like earlier, prep time. I am usually multi tasking so this "whip time" as I call it, allows me time to do just that, "Multi Task."Pro!
The consistency is very thick and its difficult to spread in the pan with the parchment cut perfectly with a 1 inch overhang...CON! time consuming..art classish :(
That being said....clean up is a breeze....PRO~!
Bake until golden brown...40 minutes. ~Multi-Task Time...pro!
Right out of the oven sprinkle with sugar....Pro! Yummy
and cut into fingers...con! Because you can't have one yet!
Let cool completely...con! I have to leave the house because I can't take the wait...con!
Once cool...gently take out of pan with spatula...first one usually breaks...pro! I get to eat it!
Sugar all over my lips....??? Messy but yummy!
~no comment!
Shortbread is so good you can keep eating the cookies until your sick....con. But pro in a way since you can't taste the richness of these delicate buttery delights.
They are truly a treat! PRO
Analysis complete!