Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mario Mushroom Cupcakes

Two years ago, we threw my daughter a Mario Party for her birthday. My daughter has always been a fan of the Super Mario Brothers line of games. In fact, just the year before we threw this party, she dressed as Mario for Halloween and then shortly after this party she dressed as Princess Peach. So I figured that Mario Mushroom cupcakes would be perfect for the theme. Luckily I have this one little photo as evidence.

To make these cupcakes I baked white cake batter in white nut cups instead of cupcake liners, frosted the cupcakes heavily and rolled the frosting in red decorator's sugar. Then I added some squished marshmallow polka-dots and used dark icing to "glue" mini chocolate chips to the fronts of the nut cups to make eyes. Mario Mushroom goodness!

Thanks for indulging my trip down memory lane!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Alder Lake

We went with my parents to one of their favorite campgrounds last week: Alder Lake Park.

While there, we spent some time fishing for trout.

Yes, the water really is that color. Beautiful green-blue.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Alta Vista (Mount Rainier National Park)

As we camped at Alder Lake, the temperatures went up into the 90's and we all felt like we were wilting. We decided on a spontaneous trip up to Mount Rainier National Park's Paradise Trails to look for some snow to play in to cool off.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

My mom has always wanted to visit La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, and while I had never heard of it before our visit, we knew we should take the opportunity to visit this museum while we were in Los Angeles. When else would we have the chance to see fossils of animals trapped in tar pits long ago?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Star Wars Party Invitation

I had fun making the invitations for my son's Star Wars party. I used a free Star Wars font from FontSpace and combined it with some gold mini brads and gold envelopes.

May the force be with you...