Monthly Archives: May 2012

foto Friday

My beautiful Daughter:


err, I mean:

and her dog:

and her stick:

these were the outtakes from her Senior photos. (I still can’t believe she will be done High School in less then a month)
She has blossomed into a wonderful human being. I am so proud of her. I know she will do well in the next chapter of her life.

movie geeks, we are

This past weekend, among all the birthday festivities, we went to see the Avengers movie that came out on Friday. We have been waiting with bated breath a long time for this movie to release. We even re-watched all the other super hero movies leading up to this one all last week.

Last week I found this blog post, and thought it’d be a great way to subtly show off our mad craft skillz when we go to the movie. I say “our” this time because it’s a project I can not do alone. I need my husband’s patience to cut out the stencils from the freezer paper. We totally can not take credit for the art as we pulled it directly from the blog. Why mess with something that is already great! Thank you I Am Momma for a wonderful blog post!

We’ve done freezer paper stencils before. We are always amazed at how magical the process is and how they come out looking so close to actual professional silk screening, it’s amazing.

The only down side to this particular project is that I didn’t get very nice photos to share. but here is the finished product and the best geeky family photo in a while:

The process was fun and mostly simple. The hardest part was that we had to make 5 of the same stencils since they can not be re used and we were making a shirt for each family member.
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I’m not going to add a tutorial because there are a ton out there on the google.

Here are some close ups of the finished shirts:
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and of course an action shot:

Hubby and I were actually the only ones who went to the movie wearing our shirts (nerdy couple alert). The littles obviously have to wait a few more years to see it and the teenager went with her boyfriend separately from us and I guess didn’t want to be all geeky fangirl in front of him.

PS the movie was awesome.

PPS the movie kicked @$$.

PPPS best movie I’ve seen in a long time. I love Joss Whedon.

My husband was born on the

Cinco de Mayo
Free Comic Book Day
Avengers Movie weekend
day after Star Wars Day

does it get any cooler then that? He’s a geek. That’s why I love him.

I wanted to make him a nerdy cake for his birthday. His favorite Avenger is Captain America. All the Captain America cakes I have seen on the webz had icky fondant on them. I needed to find a way I could do it without fondant (because fondant is of the devil, and well just plain gross) and also without a crap-ton of food coloring. I was playing around with the idea of using sprinkles, but had basically talked myself out of that deciding that I could never get sprinkles to go to their right spots and not make it look dumb. I wanted it to be as perfect as a fondant one would have looked, only taste a billion times better. My teenager said, “Just do it, Mom! It’ll look fine.” I guess, even if the sprinkles came out dumb, it would still taste ok. I knew Hubby would have loved it no matter what.

To make his cake extra special, I did a fancier chocolate cake. After all you only have 1 birthday a year, so make it super yummy cool. Hubby likes chocolate. He likes raspberry. I made him a Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Capatin America Cake! D.e.c.a.d.e.n.c.e.

I added dark chocolate ganache and raspberry fruit to each layer:

I used parchment paper and cut out the different parts of Captain America’s shield. After frosting with just plain white buttercream frosting I stuck the different rings on the cake to block out where I didn’t want the sprinkles to stick. and voila! a Captain America cake:
(and a ton of sprinkles that didn’t make it on the cake).
The cake took a long time to make, but I had fun doing that for my husband. I can’t make dinner, but I can sure build him a cake!
I decided to just go with the Super Hero/Avenger theme all the way and got him a Captain America t-shirt to wear to the movie. He recently started taking knitting classes, and had been carrying his stuff around in a ziploc bag. I made him a cool (and very manly) project bag to carry his knitting.
I know the yarn isn’t “super Hero” themed, but hey it’s STAR WARS yarn! <-- it doesn't get any cooler than that. I bought him the yarn from HaldeCraft. His first “good” yarn. I’m going to help him make a hat with it. Just to keep the nerdiness well rounded, he also got the extended version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu-Ray.
Our super talented teenager comic-book-ified him and drew this great card:
Happy Birthday to my super cool geeky Hubby. I love you.