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Boys Birthday Cake Idea

Here is a fun Boy’s Birthday Cake idea that I would like to share with you today!

My son loved the new Disney Planes Fire and Rescue movie, so for his birthday this year we made him a Planes Birthday Cake!

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To make this cake, I made on cake mix in a 9×13 pan, and one cake mix in two circular dishes and one small loaf pan.  After they had baked and cooled, I frosted them with a chocolate cream cheese frosting, all except for the mini loaf which I frosted white.

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We knew we wanted to get our son a few Planes toys so we planned the cake accordingly.

For THE FIRE, we printed it out on white cardstock in color ink. Then we cut out the flames, taped them to tooth picks and stuck them in.

For THE TREES, we printed out several pages on different shades of green cardstock.  Then we cut two little slits into each tree and inserted a pretzel stick and stuck them into the cake.  Then we placed extra pretzel sticks around to look like logs.

For the building, we frosted the mini loaf with white frosting and then we stuck pretzel sticks on it.

For the river, we used Twizlers pull apart licorice.  Then we placed mini unwrapped Snickers in the river to look like rocks.

Then we used a skewer stick to go through all the layers of cake in order to support the weight of the plane on top of it.

 

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Our five-year-old LOVED this birthday cake, and I’m sure your child will too!

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Chicken Pot Pie

Here is a wonderful (easy) recipe for one of my favorite comfort foods: Chicken Pot Pie

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2-3 Chicken Breasts
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 package frozen Peas and Carrots (or other veggie mix)
2 Refrigerated Pie Crusts*

Cook and cube your chicken.  Cook veggies according to directions on package.  Combine soups and milk, and stir in chicken and veggies.  Spread one pie crust in a 9″ pie dish.  Pour in chicken mixture.  Top with the other pie crust and flute the edges.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

*Lately I have been making my own pie crusts from scratch using THIS RECIPE from Better Homes and Gardens.  When I do this, I usually bake my pot pie longer – closer to 50 minutes to get the crust nice and golden brown.

Enjoy!

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Family Reunion Cup Holder

Our summers usually have several family reunions.  This weekend we are headed to another one!  One of the trickiest parts of having a large group together is cups.  There is always tons of cups all over!  Ashlee has come up with the perfect solution to help us out this year!  It’s the perfect Family Reunion Cup Holder!

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These are very useful at large gatherings, and they are simple to make!  Just follow the steps below to make a cup holder that holds 20 cups (5 on each side).

#1 Buy your materials
You’ll need one 4″ x 4″ post about 25″ long, twenty 4″ long nails, and one base board (about 12″ x 12″ x 1″)

#2 Sand the boards

#3 Paint the boards

#4 Mark the nail locations at 5″ apart (depending on your cup size)

#5 Drill holes on the marks to prevent the board from splitting.  Remember to drill at an angle!

#6 Insert nails

#7 Attach post to base

#8 Drill a hole in the top for a marker holder, if desired.

#9 Wipe off the nails so they are clean and enjoy!

Use the marker to write names on the side of the cup and put initials on the bottom.  That way each person can quickly find their own cup.

Oh, and remind everyone to rinse their cups out before they hang them on the holder (especially if they were just drinking any beverage other than water.)

We hope you enjoy all of your family reunions and parties this summer!

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