Friday, November 27, 2009

Indian Corn Cake

About 15 years ago, I saw an Indian Corn Cake in Country Woman Magazine (I think). I made it that year for Thanksgiving and then forgot about it. Not sure why, but I thought about it the other day and I thought that the boys might enjoy decorating it, so I got the stuff to do it (trying to go on memory - it's a pretty simple cake, but it has been 15 years).

I got a butter cake mix, I made Wilton's butter cream frosting myself (recipe here) and some Reece's Pieces (I got 4 boxes: 4 boys = 4 boxes, besides I knew that if I got too many they would get eaten anyway and it is better for me if they each have a box so there is no fighting).

I made the cake according to package directions and baked the cake in a 9" round cake pan and let it cool. After I got the cake out of the pan I cut it into a corn shape (not sure where the pics are - sorry), similar to the parentheses ( ). I then iced the cake. (For some reason, I had the hardest time getting the icing to stick to the cake. I got crumbs all in the icing, but it didn't matter because we were covering it up with Reece's pieces.)

Here are some pics of the boys putting the candy on the cake. (I gave each of them a bowl and poured their candies into the bowl to make it easier on them.)

Here are some pics of the cake with all the candy on it.

Here is the completed cake. I used some twisted paper ribbon (that I untwisted and shaped into a corn husk shape). Does it look like Indian Corn? Well, whether it does or not, it was our Thanksgiving Day dessert.

Out of curiosity, I did a search on the Country Woman website and found a picture of the cakes that I saw 15 years ago, you can check it out here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Turkey Hair Barrett Tutorial

"A turkey is a funny bird, his head goes wobble, wobble.
All he knows is just one word and that is gobble, gobble."
(That's what Anthony's pre-K class said before their Thanksgiving dinner.)

Well, I've finished my tutorial (that I mentioned here) on making the Turkey Hair Bow/Barrett and I even did it before next Thanksgiving. But I guess it's not in time for you to make one for this Thanksgiving (sorry) - unless of course you already have the supplies on hand (it just takes a few minutes).

You will need 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon in the following colors: green, yellow, red, brown and orange...

...googly eyes, hair clips... glue gun and glue sticks...

...and optional (not necessary, but really makes things easier) metal cookie sheet, wooden ruler with a metal edge, and a wood burning tool with the chisel tip.

Measure your hair clip either with the green ribbon itself or with a measuring tape and cut ribbon to that length. (Depends on the size of your clip as to how long your green ribbon will be.) I cut my ribbon with the wood burning tool (chisel tip), this heat seals the ribbon and keeps it from fraying. (You can use scissors and fray check if you want.)

Hot glue the green ribbon around the outside of the hair clip (making sure you don't glue the clip together where it won't open).

Cut 3 inches each of brown, yellow, orange and red ribbon.

Cut a piece of orange ribbon slightly smaller than 1/2 inch.

Cut 2 pieces of brown ribbon, one 6 1/2 inches and another 2 1/2 inches.

Fold the small orange piece in half (to form a triangle - this will be the beak) and glue. Fold each of the 3 inch pieces (these will be the tail feathers) and the brown 2 1/2 inch piece of ribbon to form a loop (see picture) and glue.

Take the long brown piece of ribbon (6 1/2 inches) and make a large loop on one end and glue on the back side. (This will be the body of the turkey.)

Make a smaller loop on the top part of the ribbon and glue on the back side. (This will be the head of the turkey.)

Take the 2 1/2 inch piece (that is now a loop) and glue to the underside of the turkey body (see picture).

Glue the orange triangle and the googly eyes onto the brown piece (see picture for placement).

Glue the colored loops (tail feathers) onto the green ribbon covered hair clip in a fan shape (see picture for placement).

Glue the turkey body onto the tail feathers and green covered hair clip. There's your turkey hair bow.

I hope each and everyone of you has a very safe and happy Thanksgiving. Count your blessings.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Easy Shorts

For next summer, if you want an easy way to make shorts for your child, here it is!!!

Bandana Pants!!!!

They are quick and easy, but if you have ever worked with bandanas before, you know that they are not a perfect square or rectangle (so that means your shorts won't be perfect). I figured my boys were so active that they couldn't be still long enough for anyone to notice. These are cute play shorts. They are inexpensive and if they get extremely dirty or ripped (I have 4 very tuff and tumble boys), it won't be the end of the world.

You can find the directions here. There are so many different bandanas out there that your possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Let's Talk Turkey!

O.K. Sorry that I have been MIA. Still not sure how to get everything done since school has started and I am also still having issues with my camera (it actually basically died or as good as dead). I am using my son's camera and I have to get used to it.

Well, here is one thing that I've been up to. I made a Turkey hair bow. A little girl at church had the cutest bow and I just had to try to make it, so I went home (before I forgot what it looked like) and this is what I came up with.

When I asked my DH about it, he said "If you used your imagination it might look like a turkey". Is it me or is it him? (Does it look like a turkey or not?)

I will try to do a tutorial on it later (don't hold your breath, I have no idea how long it will take me - maybe I will get it done before next Thanksgiving). ;o)

UPDATE: 11-25-09, I have finished the tutorial and you can view that here.
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