Liv’s 4th Birthday: Edging Cupcakes in Sprinkles

Thanks so much for sending kind thoughts and words our direction. Everyone is feeling SO much better around this house and it’s a huge blessing! I was really hesitant to put Marley on any sort of medication, but seeing the effect of baby-sized zantec droplets and how much of the pain is eased on her little esophagus and belly is absolutely worth it. T’s temperature is gone and I’m feeling like a new human being :).

There were a handful of projects from Liv’s sparkly star 4th birthday that I was hoping to share here on the blog (before this happened!) and now seems like a good opportunity to revisit.

Liv's Sparkly Star Birthday Party | PepperDesignBlog.com

This might seem like the simplest little detail but I think it’s kind of a sweet detail. It’s sort of the opposite that I did here.

To make the stars (which are paper and perched on toothpicks) pop, I lined just the edging of the frosting in gold sprinkles.

Liv's Sparkly Star Birthday Party | PepperDesignBlog.com

I loved the idea for it but wasn’t initially sure how to execute. I searched around online, thought about rolling the edges… then just shaped the icing and carefully sprinkled on the sprinkles.

Liv's Sparkly Star Birthday Party | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv's Sparkly Star Birthday Party | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv's Sparkly Star Birthday Party | PepperDesignBlog.com

The key was LOTS of icing. Start with a huge pile of icing on top of each cupcake, and then flattening the top, create an edge all around the sides and repeat.

I attempted this to some degree with the cake and it was so challenging! Ended up very thick on the bottom and randomly scattered around the rest of the cake.

Liv's Sparkly Star Birthday Party | PepperDesignBlog.com

But now it’s sort of a cake puzzle that I must solve… Can’t wait to try it again.

The cupcakes were fun to decorate and I love playing with new techniques. It’s therapeutic. Will be sorting out the shortcuts and tricks for these guys, too. :)

Current State of Affairs

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It’s been a busy and long weekend. Marley is fighting acid reflux, I went to urgent care Thursday night for a really bad case of food poisoning, came down with mastitis on Saturday (I read online that that’s nature’s way of telling you to Slow Down), T had a temperature last night and was up for a good chunk of it. Tired as I was I didn’t mind her ‘cuddle now?’ requests one bit. We cuddled and rocked, and while the flu is no good I get a little mushy for that sweet and extra huggable demeanor that accompany sick littles. We also had family in town which meant busy house but plenty of extra hands while I slept most of Saturday. This sort of infection just knocks you out cold complete with chills, aches and monster headaches. We’re on the up and up (yay antibiotics!) but not 100%. Keep our family in your prayers.

Valentine’s Day S’more Snack Packs

Valentine's Day S'more Treat, Favor | Easy DIY Folded Card Packets | PepperDesignBlog.com

This year I wanted to craft a Valentine’s Day treat that was easy. In the past I’ve done variations of this diy snack pack with different handmade elements (a photo backdrop, a handmade cereal ‘candy necklace’ treat, a craft paper version,a Liv art version) but I scaled way back this year and designed these with notecards and treat bags. So simple. Mostly notecards because they’re already scored and folded over. Treat bags because they’re such a nice size (but sandwich baggies would work well, too).

Valentine's Day S'more Treat, Favor | Easy DIY Folded Card Packets | PepperDesignBlog.com

Honey Maid Go Bites challenged me with coming up with a unique project or recipe that included their new Go Bites snack. These are little graham snacks with a teeny bite of chocolate inside. My girls were addicted. I thought that creating a s’more-based Valentine’s Day pack was the perfect way to compliment the ‘sweet’ side of this treat.

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