Sunday, July 21, 2013

Elmo cake for Sophia's 1st birthday

                         This cake is for the sweetest 1 year old girl Sophia . She loves Elmo and my friend , Sophia's mom wanted to have a smash cake for Sophia and her sissy . So here it...Happy birthday .

                          It is a basic white cake with whipped cream icing . The mouth is made with melted chocolate .

Cake decorated by Jr and Princess Pea

                  This is Jr and Princess Pea's first attempt of cake decoration . And they made this momma very proud . The cake is a basic white cake with whipped cream icing . Here's wishing Saarth a very happy birthday ...

DIY Bench , our Long Weekend Project

                           Mr. AJ and I  LOVE  DIY projects . Being back from a long vacation we wanted to stay home and have fun during the fourth of July weekend . We wanted to have something in the foyer to sit and still not make it look like a formal seating arrangement . We even did not want to put chairs there . A bench was a perfect solution for that . The material ( wood ) for this bench was under $30 . We decided to paint it instead of staining and added baskets that look neutral . The bench is made with 2x4s and is very sturdy . You can find the plan and the step by step directions here.

Strawberry soup for my princess

                I am back to blogging after a long break of almost four months . Yay... Since the day we got home after the dream vacation at the Disney World  , Princess Pea had been asking me to make Cinderella's favorite strawberry soup that she had at the character dining with Cinderella ,Prince Charming , her step mother and Step sisters . What a great experience it was ! I made this soup when We were invited for a cookout on hot summer  evening .. This  soup is very cool and refreshing and a good start to Royal Feast ..
               Though I was given a recipe for the soup along with our pictures taken at 1900 Park Fare , I changed it to make it with whatever I had in my fridge . The pink soup is also perfect for girl's birthday parties as well as tea parties .

What we need :

2 lb. strawberries ( frozen work well too )
2-4 tbsp. sugar ( depending on the sweetness of the strawberries )
2 cups milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup yogurt
strawberries or mint to garnish

To Proceed :

1) Wash and chop the strawberries .
2) Add sugar and let it sit in the fridge for 1/2 hour .
3) Blend together strawberries , milk , sour cream and yogurt till the soup is creamy .
4) If you find the soup to be very thick , adjust the consistency with some more milk .
5) Chill well and serve .
6) Garnish with either fresh sliced strawberries or a spring of mint .

*** The actual recipe calls for heavy cream but I substituted it with milk (whole or 2% is fine) to make it a bit healthier .
        You can use 1/2 cup of yogurt instead of sour  cream to make it a healthy version for Kings and Queens .****