thanksgiving

DIY: Thanksgiving Turkey cupcakes

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The last couple of years, I’ve done some tutorials for various other blogs on Thanksgiving treats. Today I am going to share one of those with you here on my blog.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Last year I did this awesome tutorial on making Turkey cupcakes for Thanksgiving. I was a guest post-er on CakeSpy’s website.

Thanksgiving. The holiday of food, er giving thanks for life’s bounty. A few days to indulge in excess of food, family, travel and shopping–that is to say, a great holiday. No worrying about giving and getting presents: just a day to enjoy stuffing ourselves, making more room and saying thanks for that delicious turkey.
Back when I first started exploring baking creatively, I came across this idea for making Thanksgiving turkey cupcakes. At first I was a little skeptical because it looked like a lot of work and up to the point my decorating skills consisted of a butter knife and a slab of frosting from a can. But I couldn’t resist, and I found that these were really easy to make and so irresistibly cute. This is also a great thing to give kids something to do later in the day. They can assemble their turkeys and throw a turkey parade to rejoice for those birds that survived another year. Or the kids can make them ahead of time and you can use them as your table centerpiece. Just arrange on a platter and stick some flowers in between the cupcakes. Read more and see tutorial on Cakespy.com

 

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! And come see us at the Patchwork Festival in Santa Ana on Sunday!

Unicorns and Winnie the Pooh

Right now, I am in the throws of Black Friday shopping. Elbows out and sneakers on. LOL! but thanks to www.blackfriday.info, I am totally prepared. I know what I need to get and where it’s at for the best deal.

Anyway, wanted to share with you some recent orders I’ve had.

The first one was for a little girls birthday party. She really wanted unicorns so we did a mix of unicorns and her name spelled out:

Unicorn cupcakes

Unicorn cupcakes

And this order was for a little boy’s first birthday. The theme was baby Winnie the Pooh. Man, it was hard to find some ideas for that! I found lots of Classic Pooh, Pooh and Friends but little of baby Winnie. So I decided to make the buttercream look like beehives and then crafted these bees by hand. I stuck toothpicks in them to give the illusion that they are buzzing around the hive.

Bumblebee cupcakes

And then found some cute brightly colored cupcake rings and added those to the other dozen cupcakes. I think they turned out pretty cute.

Winnie the Pooh cupcakes

Awww Piglet. I just loved Piglet when I was little. I also had a Winnie the Pooh that was so incredibly loved that he had only one eye and no mouth. The felt pieces had come off. But I didn’t care. I don’t remember what happened to him. Wow, that’s sad. What a downer!

Haha, alrightly, well there are some recent orders I’ve had. There have been others but I’ve decided not to take pictures of just my standard decorated cupcake orders. I have plenty of those types of pictures. So I’ll only be showing customized orders now. Unless I come up with a new flavor.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that you are not insane like me out at the crack of dawn to get a deal!

Only 4 weekends left until Christmas!

Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving??

Can I get a hell ya! to a 3 day work week!

On Wednesday, I’ll be leaving work at 1p and heading up to the Bay Area to spend Thanksgiving with my husbands family. We decided 2 yrs ago that we would spend this holiday with his family and Christmas with mine since his mom’s birthday falls around Thanksgiving and my mom’s birthday is Christmas Eve. It’s about a 7 hr drive if we don’t hit any traffic. And it’s a VERY BORING drive. Hours and hours of dust bowl farms off the 5 freeway.

I am happy to see my niece. I like spending time with her even though she is a tremendous ball of energy. But I am coming prepared with crafts to do with her. I bought some wood ornaments at JoAnns for 50% off $.99. They have a little picture center too. I think we’ll color these with markers. And I am bringing some cookies to bake with her, the Pillsbury Ready Bake turkey cookies. If I have time this week, I might also bring some pre-made sugar cookies that we can decorate together. We did a gingerbread house last year but that was a disaster. Too much waiting time to allow the house walls to set, she lost interest almost right away. And ended up just munching on the candy that we needed to decorate the house with. LOL!

During our last visit, she discovered my iPhone. So I will add free apps that she can play with. She’s pretty good with some of those games! She figures them out pretty quick with just little instruction. I am trying to think of some other things I can do with her so if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments section. She’s 5yrs old.

This year, my husband and I are contributing to the feast by bringing a turkey with us and I am going to make a Two Potato Saute that I’ve been making since 2002. It’s so easy to make and incredibly delicious. My husband likes to cook and he’s found his go-to recipe, Alton’s Best Ever Green Bean Casserole. The first time he made it was a couple of years ago. It was my first time trying a green bean casserole. He does a great job, very tasty!

I am thinking about making a pie in advance, something that I can prepare now and freeze and then transport it up there in a cooler. I wasn’t sure which one to make until I saw this post from Bakerella. We brine our turkey too and that comes with us in the car, in a paint bucket we use for this purpose only. We just stop along our way and keep refilling the ice to keep it cold. We usually go with Alton’s brine recipe but this year we are trying out a soy sauce one. We’ve been brining our turkey since 2002. In my opinion, there is no other way to make a turkey. Brining a turkey guarantees a moist and delicious bird. My work gives us a turkey every year. This year I bagged a 15lber. Woo hoo!

If you are still wondering what to bring for dessert, check out my Turkey cupcake tutorial on CakeSpy or my Kid (parent)-friendly Thanksgiving cupcake tutorial on Angry Julie Monday. You can either make them in advance, or take all the ingredients with you and set them up on a kids table and let them create the dessert for ya. It will make for some great picture taking moments for sure.

Thanksgiving cupcake tutorial for kids

Turkey cupcake tutorial

I’ll end this post by saying that I am very thankful for everyone who reads this blog and supports my efforts in making Meringue Bake Shop a fruitful business. I am amazed at the amount of support I get from my baking friends all over the world as well as my fellow local bloggers. I hope you all know how much it really means to me. Running this business while working a full-time job can be frustrating and exhausting and I appreciate having people cheering me on in the good times and bad.

Hope you all have a nice holiday with your family and friends. Now, go stuff yourself silly! Gobble gobble

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Turkey cupcake tutorial, originally uploaded by kristin_a.

So hey check this out! My turkey cupcake tutorial was featured on Cake Spy. THE Cake Spy!

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Woo hoo!