Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The easiest strawberry shortcake EVER!

Mothers day is about an hour and a half away.
 
I have already baked a lemon cake.
Frosted said lemon cake.
Filled lemon cake with homemade lemon curd.
Made fondant to cover the cake.
Made gum paste flowers to decorate the cake.
Tore off the fondant because it was horribly bumpy.
Thrown away all the gum paste flowers because they didn't match the cake now.
Made homemade whipping cream to cover the mess of a cake.
 
Then my sweet loving husband came out looked at my cake and said...do you think that is enough?
 
Now with 18 people eating dessert this was already on my mind
I was just waiting for someone to say it...
and he did...
an hour and a half before we were supposed to leave.
 
Immediately I think of strawberry shortcake. 
Which is a very easy dessert unless you are Brians grandma.  She cuts up POUNDS of strawberries by hand and makes her own whipping cream and biscuits!  She is quite amazing.
I know I cannot come anywhere close to how amazing hers is...so i decided to be as unlike myself as possible!
STORE BOUGHT EVERYTHING!
 
I had this trifle bowl that I had never used except for to store things.
 
Ran to Fred Meyer and grabbed:
4 boxes of strawberries
4 angel food cakes
4 tubs of cool whip
 
I cut the pound cake into cubes and put it on the bottom
Then I layered the cool whip on top.
Then I cut up all the strawberries and added a little vanilla sugar (thanks to my aunt robin for the awesome housewarming gift!)
Layered the strawberries.
Cool whip on top of the strawberries
Then another loaf of pound cake on top!
 
I bought way too much...so I made the same dessert for my family the next day!
 
Here is one picture, one horrible iPhone picture...
 
 

 
Yes, the presentation could be a lot better.
But for being in a hurry and a VERY last minute dessert, I would say it is pretty good!
 
-e

Friday, May 24, 2013

Seattle Mariners Gift Basket

I am currently a member of the alumni association at the high school I graduated from.
 
Each year the school has a golf tournament that we use as a little fundraiser.
This year we decided to put together a gift basket and sell raffle tickets.
 
Since my husbands grandparents get season tickets to the Mariners I thought that would be perfect.
Here are a few pictures of the Seattle Mariners Gift Basket!
 
 
Inside the basket is:
  • 4 Tickets
  • 1 Parking Pass
  • 1 package of 3 Mariners Golf Balls (amazon)
  • 1 package of 50 Mariners Golf Tees (amazon)
  • A basket
  • Baseball Ribbon
  • Peanuts
  • Red Vines
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Dad's Root Beer
  • Big League Chew Gum
  • Baby Ruth Candy Bars
  • A sign

 
Hopefully we will make a lot of money for our scholarship!
 
-e


Friday, May 17, 2013

Hospital Survival Kit

My cousin (the one I blogged about here) had her baby boy today!!!!!
 
Today I had to return a few things to target so I decided to put together a little basket of goodies for her while she is at the hospital.
She had to have a c-section so her stay will be a little longer then she originally planned.
 
I found a few hospital survival kit ideas on pinterest but I thought they all could have a little more umph.
 
Here it is!
 

 
 
Items Included:
  • Basket
  • Magazines
  • iTunes Gift Card
  • Fuzzy Socks with Grippers on the bottom
  • Kleenex
  • Nail polish
  • Chap stick
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Body Butter or Lotion
  • Headbands
  • Hair Bands
  • Mints
  • Gum
  • Chocolate
  • Gummy Candy
  • Granola Bars
  • Lucky Bamboo Plant

Most hospital survival kits that I saw online used a bucket or a gift bag.  To me, spending a few extra dollars to get a nice basket that will actually be used is worth it! 
 
The magazines that I chose were Redbook and Parents Magazine.
 
My favorite thing that I added to the basket is the bamboo!  I was picking up a little flower arrangement (that costs WAY too much!) and then the tiny bamboo plants caught my eye! 
The inside of the card said,
 "Lucky Bamboo plant symbolizes luck and success because of its ability to grow quickly, healthy and resilience.  It is recommended by Feng Shui Masters to improve the energy in the home and to give the person more energy to face today's challenging life styles"
 
How PERFECT is that for a new mother!
 
It is also great for a new mother because it is very simple to care for....just keep water in the pot!
 
 
Even though I have never stayed in a hospital, I can only hope this will help a little.
 
-e


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tacoma Group Prom Picture Locations

So my mom just asked me to help her take pictures for my little brothers senior prom.  (he is a SENIOR!?)

She said that they want to go to a place in Tacoma that not a lot of people go to. 
They thought about going to the rose garden in point defiance with their group of 10. 
I thought I would search the web and my Tacoma knowledge to think of a few locations. 

1. Point Defiance Park 
At the park there is a beautiful rose garden, pond area, white gazebo, and a pagoda. Attached to the park is the zoo and aquarium which would be a really fun place too. It would be totally not like anyone else's prom pictures if you had the shark tank in the background. On the day of their prom the zoo is opened until 6pm.

2. Chambers Bay Golf Course
Chambers is in University Place right outside of Tacoma. There are these large structures made out of cement that are scattered across the park from when the site was used as an industrial park. They make a grreat backdrop for photos. They have made a new bridge that goes over the train tracks and you can walk on the beach. These would be awesome places to take pictures.

3. Ruston Way
There is a beautiful view of the puget sound right by the restaurant C.I. Shinnanegans.  You just have to make sure not to stand too close to the restaurant. 

4. Fort Steilacoom Park
If you have a group that likes the cowboy/county look then this park is for you!  They have the coolest barns and other farm items. 

5.  Tacoma Glass Museum
There are many places to go in downtown Tacoma. The glass museum has a very cool bridge that goes over the freeway and has these awesome glass sculptures that look like big pieces of rock candy. There is also a water feature, boat harbor, huge staircase, train tracks near UW, and very cool buildings. 

6.  Graffiti Garage
This is a garage that the public is allowed to graffiti. It has turned into a very cool, unique piece of art. Some of the graffiti is not like "grandma approved" but that makes it such a fun place. It is a popular spot for boys to take senior pictures but I think all of the colors would be awesome for group prom picture. 


I am going to try to take some pictures of these locations in the next couple days and maybe find a few more locations!  

Anyone have any other ideas?

P.S. I think it would be super fun to do a trash the dress shoot afterwards. It wouldn't have to be their senior prom dress, maybe one that is in the back of the closet that hasn't sold on Craigslist yet. :)