Doggy Birthday Cake

Today is a very special family members 5th birthday. We decided to celebrate with a cake of course!

Dog Birthday Cake

Yes, I am one of those dog owners that believes that human food is okay in moderation. And let me tell you, I had a couple of happy pups on my hand!

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Cake

1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup soft coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1/2 banana
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup whole wheat flour

I used a 6×3 cake pan, I feel that an 8 inch pan would be too large.You could also make pupcakes…see what I did there?

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the banana until smooth. Add peanut butter, coconut oil and honey to the banana and mix well. Next, add in the baking soda and flour and mix until it is incorporated into the batter.

Spoon batter into a greased cake pan. This batter will not be runny, smooth out the top if necessary.

Stick in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Let the cake cool and serve it up for your birthday pup!

Pup Birthday Cake

P.S. I tried a little bite, not too shabby πŸ˜‰

Advertisements

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

It’s official. I no longer have a toddler! What do I classify him as? A child? A pre-schooler? Either way, I am a little sad that he is growing up, next thing I know he’ll be leaving for college…insert dramatic tears.

Those who know this little man, know he is Batman. When you’re Batman, you need a Batman party and thus the vegan chocolate cupcakes began.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes approx. 14-17

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup coconut oil (soft)

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Then add in the water, coconut oil and vanilla; once combined add in the vinegar. Grease or line the cupcake tins, fill half way. Bake for 18-22 minutes.

These cupcakes are soft and fudge-y and got rave reviews from those who ate them!

Vegan Batman Cupcake

To turn these into Batman cupcakes, make vegan frosting or use a store-bought vegan frosting, like this one from Duncan Hines. Mix the frosting with a yellow food coloring, until you get a golden-yellow. Frost the cupcakes. Then use a batman cookie cutter, like this one from EtsyΒ and cut out Batman shapes for the top of your cupcakes. Fondant would probably work, especially in black, but I wanted to use something a little tastier. I tried this with fruit roll ups, which worked great but I couldn’t find a color that I liked, so I ended up using fruit leather!

Batman Cupcakes

If you’re wondering how I made the cupcake stand, well shh… don’t let my secret out πŸ˜‰ I took boxes we had lying around the house, I think the bottom layer was our battleship game…hehe, and I wrapped them with this awesome polka-dot wrapping paper from Target. Then I wrapped a black (thicker) ribbon around the boxes and then a yellow one on top. I cut outΒ the logo from card-stock paper and glued it on with my hot glue gun. Easy peasy!

 

 

Superhero Wall Art

Long time no see! I hope everyone has had a wonderful January thus far. I have a great recipe to share with you tomorrow that I know you will LOVE but for today we’re getting a little crafty.

I happen to have a superhero fan, and I’ve been trying to figure out a way to transform the nursery style of decor to something a toddler would love without spending much money, if any.

I made these a little over two years ago to hang on the wall, they were incredibly easy to make and looked really cute. I took canvases, cut some batting into the same square shape of the canvas and then cut the fabric in a larger square than the canvas. I placed the batting on top of the canvas and held it in place with a little hot glue. I then laid the fabric over the top and bunched/folded it in the back and used the hot glue gun to glue it in place. They were incredibly easy and inexpensive to make.

Fabric Canvas art

Since I like to re-use products, I took the fabric and batting off and peeled the little bits of hot glue off. Voila! A clean canvas ready to paint! I had a small stash of acrylic paints in the cupboard and I didn’t want to buy more, so some brainstorming took place.

Canvas painting

Any guesses of what this is going to turn in to?

Canvas painted yellow

I had one of those foam paint brushes that cost less than a dollar and a paintbrush that I used out of a children’s watercolor set. I also used a black and green marker to draw out the designs. For this first canvas, I used to foam brush to paint the canvas an all over yellow. While that was drying, I painted my second canvas white in the center, and once that dried I cut out a paper circle, stuck it in the middle (or at least I tried to center it) and then painted the green color on top. Once the base layers were completely dry on both canvases, I took my markers and drew the designs. I then took the paint brush and painted the inside of my outlines…oh and I obviously removed the paint from the brushes before using a new color.

Superhero Wall Art

P.S. I never said I was good at free-hand drawing, but I think they turned out pretty awesome and they didn’t cost anything to make!

I encourage you to look around your house and find something that you can re-purpose. And of course have fun doing it!

Happy Crafting πŸ™‚

Arts and Crafts: Painting with Cars

Happy Sunday!

We are having a lazy Sunday, partially because the washing machine is broken so I can’t do laundry and because the little guy has a cold and I think I’m coming down with one. I am trying to be positive about it, it has been a full 48 hours since I have washed a load of laundry, so I’m going to relish this time rather than think of the clothes and linens that are piling up.

Anyways, I have a great mommy friend who has inspired me to do more arts and crafts! She is always posting these great photos on Instagram of the things that her and her son are making and she also has a pretty excellent Pinterest board going of ideas.

I am planning on making a trip to the dollar store to find some materials, but today we went with what we had on hand. I found this idea on Pinterest.

I had the brilliant idea to put saran wrap on the table, to not only protect it, but save on dirty dishes and for an easy clean-up! I laid down a piece of white sketch-pad paper (you can use construction or whatever you’d like), set out some cars and squirted some paint onto the saran wrap.

Car Painting

Then they took the cars and drove them through the paint and onto the paper. All the little cars had different tread patterns on their wheels.

Car Painting1

Car Painting2

Drum roll please…

Car Painting3

Happy Painting!

Theme Bath Thursday: Superhero Edition!

My fellow mommy friend and blogger over at Our Little Funhouse comes up with some of the most creative ideas that I’ve ever seen! She started doing “Theme Bath Thursday” for her two little toddlers and I finally got around to doing our own version today πŸ™‚ My toddler was so ecstatic! He loves superheros, and this just made bath time so much more enjoyable for the both of us.

To create this Superhero theme, I took some construction paper that we had lying around and cut it into the shapes of buildings and used a white colored pencil to draw in the detail. I also cut out shapes to assemble our little superhero that is defending bath tub city. I found the superhero toys in my little guys toy box, and I wrote on the bath tub wall with Crayola Bathtub Crayons that we had on-hand as well.

Over at Our Little Funhouse they use a couple of products to make bath time more fun that I didn’t have, so off to the store we went. I purchased Crayola Color Bath Dropz and Mr. Bubble Foam Soap to make the theme complete.

Here is our Superhero bath:

superherobath

themebath4

He’s having a blast!

themebath2

And clean up was so easy.

themebath3

I had so much fun doing this, and the possibility of themes is endless!

Until next time πŸ™‚