Happy Anniversary Mycupkeiki!!

Last night I got this message:

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It’s a fun achievement for me, and I wanted to say thanks to everyone who’s been along for the ride. I

I looked back through old posts and can hardly believe my eyes at how much my cupkeiki has grown, and all the great adventures in food, crafts, and explorations we have had. Life is amazing, my family is amazing and this blog has been amazingly good for me!!

🎉🎊🍻🎊🎉

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Have Mug Will Paint

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Here’s a Christmas DIY that’s fun, cute, inexpensive, thrifty, and creative.

I bought a used coffee mug last year around Father’s Day, to attempt the infamous “sharpie on a mug” project. The problem? I guess I didn’t research enough and used plain ol’ sharpies and not the oil based ones. The result of my cupkeiki’s cute mug design (which was honestly just scribbles) was a washed off and super faded mug her dad was never going to use.

What to do… What to do…

Recycle, upcycle and get creative.

Using an Elmer’s Painters paint pen in Gold, I drew free form scallops, and dots on the mug. After it was, of course, cleaned up (Bon Ami works wonders).

The new result? A cute mug that is pleasant looking to the eye. Whether it gets used as a mug or not at this point almost doesn’t matter.

These would make fun Christmas gifts, filled with individual servings of hot cocoa mix and marshmallows or simply chocolate, candies, even nail polishes or spa gifts. The possibilities are endless!

Wednesday.

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Pink nails, with a gold glitter top coat, playing matchy matchy with my pink Reefs! Woot woot.

This gold glitter polish is from O.P.I. The pink is from Sinful Colors, it’s called Boom Boom. It’s one of my favorite colors.

Chocolate Peppermint Cake W/ Salted Peppermint Buttercream

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Your holiday is about to get deliciously cheery! Chocolate, peppermint, buttercream…drool drool drool.

I saw this recipe, posted last week on DesignLoveFest’s Instagram feed, and immediately thought, “yes!!!”

So here is the original link: http://www.designlovefest.com/2014/12/peppermint-chocolate-cake/

I made a few adaptations, first by decreasing the cakes amount of sugar to 3/4C., because with all that chocolate I was afraid of an overly sweet cake. Second, I only had hotel pans to work with, I made the same amount of batter, however only half the amount of frosting. Third, I wound up adding more milk than the recipe called for, to get an even consistency in the batter. Fun!!

So here we go:

Cake:
2C. All purpose flour
3/4C. Sugar
2/3C. Dutch Process Cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces dark chocate
2/3C. Canola or vegetable Oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Peppermint extract
4 eggs, room temperature
1/2C. Water
1/4-3/4C. Whole milk (enough to make the batter a smooth consistency)

Grease and flour three hotel pans, and preheat oven to 350F.

In small bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a large bowl (preferably stainless steel) over a pot of simmering water (double broiler) melt chocolate, stirring constantly. Once melted, remove from gear, whisk in oil and extracts, then eggs one at a time. Then add flour and water alternately, incorporating well, and finally add the milk.

Divid batter amongst pans and bake for 30 min or until toothpick inserted into middle of cakes comes out dry.

Allow to cool completely on wire racks before frosting cakes. I cut the top off one cake to make stacking more easy.

Lightly frost, add crushed candy cane is desired.

Frosting:
1/2C. Butter
1 1/2C. Powdered Sugar
3Tbs. Whole milk
1/4 Peppermint Extract
1tsp. Vanilla Extract
1tsp. Salt

In a bowl with an electric mixer, mix all ingredients until frosting is desired consistency.

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Marbled Clay Ring Dish

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I’ve been obsessing over this diy from A Beautiful Mess, as I think every other DIYer has. If you haven’t seen the tutorial, check it out here: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/11/marbled-clay-ring-dish.html

Right, so now on to what I did:
1st: made two large ropes of white clay.
2nd: made four smaller ropes of colored clay (maroon, metallic grey, black and light purple)
3rd: Twisted all the colors together, rolled out twisted pieces into a longer rope, folded it in half and twisted again. I repeated this step three times.
4th: rolled clay into a ball. Using a glass jar I rolled out clay to 1/4″ thickness, used a small ramekin to cut a straight edge, laid clay into a slightly larger ramekin and baked at 275F for 15 min. Allowed to cool before taking out. Once cooled and out of ramekin I used a gold paint pen along the edge. Allowed to dry and coated with the Sculpey gloss coat!
I used the leftover clay from cutting the edge to piece together the wishbone.

This is such a great project and gift idea, and your own cupkeiki’s will have fun with it too, my cupkeiki did! The color possibilities are endless, as are the sizes/widths of the clay colors used!

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