Simply Sweet

One woman's attempt at cooking, crafting, baking and being a newlywed

Baby Shower Bake Off January 26, 2010

Filed under: baking,crafts,Uncategorized — Sarah @ 3:36 pm

 Part of the reason I decided to start blogging was because of all the positive feedback I received for the crafts and dessert I made for my cousin Janelle’s baby shower.  My husband suggested that I start keep a record of all the crafts and food that I have been making.  I wish I would have taken more pictures of what I was doing but here it is in a nutshell: diaper cake, painted chocolate molds, chocolate sun suckers and sun and baby onsie sugar cookies.

Diaper Cake

Before shopping for Janelle I asked myself “What do parents of a new baby need more than anything else?” I came up with DIAPERS!  Instead of just giving her a pack of diapers, I made Janelle a diaper cake.  Diaper cakes are a really unique and practical gift.  My cake used approximately 100 size one diapers.  I was able to completely customize the look of the cake.  The baby shower theme was “You are my sunshine”.  I rolled the diapers into a three-tiered cake and wrapped a bright yellow ribbon around each layer.  I used baby bottles on the inside of the layers to stabilize the cake.  I added a painted sun to the front of each layer.  For the cake topper I made baby sock roses that I stuck into the open baby bottle at the top of the cake along with some filler flowers.  I thought it turned out pretty cute for my first diaper cake!

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Keeping with Janelle’s baby shower theme I made sun and baby onsie sugar cookies.  The cookies themselves came out great.  I found that it you refrigerate the cookie cut outs before you bake them they keep their shape better. 

The royal icing was another story.  The first batch I made was too thin.  The next batch I made was too thick.  I just could not seem to find the middle ground.  In the end the cookies came out looking pretty darn cute.  In a few weeks I am making more baby shower cookies for my Aunt Colleen to take to a shower.  I found a new sugar cookie and royal icing recipe that I want to try.  Depending on which cookies I think taste better I will post a recipe for the sugar cookies and royal icing.  On this next batch I am going to take a ton of picture while I am making them and once they are done. 

Hand Painted Chocolates

This was not my favorite thing I did for Janelle’s shower.  Hand painting with different colored chocolates took some getting used to.  I started to get better towards the end but I can definitely put off making any more of those for a while.  I did really like making the painted chocolate covered pretzels.  They were a huge hit, especially with Nate’s niece Faith!

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My first blog post ever! January 25, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah @ 6:51 pm

This is my first ever blog entry! I am a complete blogging novice but am really excited to start blogging about all of the projects I have been working on and the ones I hope to do in the future. Since getting married 6 months ago my love affair with cooking, crafting and baking has turned into a full on obsession.

I think all the crafting, cooking and baking I did in preparation of the wedding really jump started my desire to complete more projects and recipes.  I have decided that I am going to complete a new craft project once a month. I am going to make one new recipe a week; be it appetizers, main dishes or my favorite….desserts.   I have recently discovered the joy of working with royal icing. I have by no means perfected it but you know what they say “Practice Makes Perfect”!  I’m sure my Granny wont mind taste testing for me.  She is an even bigger dessert nut than I am.

Now that I have made my resolution public I have no excuse for not trying new recipes and completing my craft projects. So look out world, Sarah has officially turned into a Suzy Homemaker!