Football Bouquet

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I wanted to share 2 ideas that were used at our college’s homecoming tent this year.  They can easily be used to decorate your own football game day.

The first one: creating a football bouquet from a clay pot that is painted with brown craft paint – several coats.  Once the paint is dry, blue painters tape was used to mark off football lacing, white craft paint is used in between the blue tape lines or if you have a steady hand, this can be done freehand.  A styrofoam ball will be needed to sit on top of the painted pot.  The size will depend on your size of clay pot.  Then lollipops were inserted into ball.  I found some green grasslike plastic at the thrift store and we tucked in around the top of the pot.

Inspiration came from 2 sites I found on Pinterest (one doesn’t have a link so unfortunately I can’t give credit).  But here is the picture.

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Here is the other idea that was utilized – lollipop bouquet (this is a much smaller clay pot than I used and dum dum lollipops were used.  Our bouquet used tootsie pops.)  Besides we are Arizona State University and I couldn’t use lollipops called Dum Dums – so wrong.

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The second idea is an inexpensive way to create a football garland.  It is a free printable from Centsible Life  Download, Print on color printer, cut and glue or tape. 

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It is fun to find ideas to create a fun atmosphere as we gather to cheer on our favorite team and create memories.

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Caramel Cupcakes

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This weekend a group of my daughter’s friends gathered items (in lieu of a baby shower for our new addition that is due in November.  My daughter decided she didn’t need anything for the baby since this is #3) and wanted to put together 20 Love Bags.  These bags will be given to foster children who are removed from homes for various reasons and arrive with only the clothes on their backs.  

Items were removed from sacks, laid out on the kitchen island and we began walking around filling the bags with toothpaste, a toothbrush, baby wipes, a blanket, Kleenex, coloring book, crayons, a photo album and a storybook.   We saw the truth of how something bigger than ourselves had become a reality.   It is the hope that these bags will not only be a comfort to the children but also the families that are taking in these little ones.

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After we had completed our project we talked, laughed, shared and, of course, ate.  One of the items I served was a Caramel Cupcake.  I was a bit challenged because I wanted to make sure my daughter, who needs to avoid eggs, could enjoy them.  The solution was found by substituting the egg with milk (I used almond/coconut milk) and apple cider vinegar.  We also had Monster Cookies, Almond Joy Bites and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Caramel Cupcakes
A caramel cupcake with caramel frosting.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  2. 1 ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened or (your choice of milk)
  3. 2 cups white spelt flour, (or your choice of flour)
  4. 3/4 cup white sugar
  5. 2 tsp baking powder
  6. ½ tsp baking soda
  7. ½ tsp salt
  8. ½ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  9. Caramel Liquid Stevia - 6 to 8 drops
  10. Caramel Frosting
  11. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  12. 3-4 cups Powdered Sugar
  13. 1/3 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  14. 8 Kraft Caramels, unwrapped
  15. Caramel Liquid Stevia, 6 drops
Instructions
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  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line two-12-cup muffin pans with muffin cups. Spray lightly with a coconut oil.
  4. Combine the 1 1/2 cup almond milk and vinegar into a 2-cup measuring cup and whisk together. Let sit 5 minutes until curdled (little bubbles will appear on top).
  5. Add stevia in liquid mixture.
  6. In large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  7. In a separate bowl whisk together the almond milk mixture, oil and stevia.
  8. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and mix well.
  9. Fill the cupcake liners about 1/2 full. (Do not overfill)
  10. Lightly bang pan against counter to even out batter.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes back clean, approximately 15-20 minutes.
  12. Cool in pan on a cooling rack.
  13. Make frosting below.
  14. When cool – Top with frosting and sprinkles, caramels and chocolate.
  15. Caramel Frosting
  16. Place caramels in microwave-safe dish with milk. Heat in 20 second increments, stopping to stir until well combined. Add in liquid stevia
  17. Place butter in the mixer and whip until smooth.
  18. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar.
  19. Add in caramel milk mixture.
  20. Continue to add sugar until frosting is the consistency you desire.
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We hear about so much bad in the world but there are many who are doing what they can to spread kindness to our hurting world.  We live in a world that strives to have our focus remain on the yucky instead of the good. I have been blessed lately by seeing the generation of my daughter stand up and create good – and I am encouraged.  “Do not let kindness and truth leave you.  Bind them around your neck and write them on the table of your heart.”  Proverbs 3:3

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Frosting Done

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Ready to Decorate

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Here are my favorite items for making cupcakes.  

Kitchen Aid Mixer – I would consider going into debt if this kitchen tool broke but I’ve had mine for over 25 years and it’s still going strong.

Rachel Ray Cupcake Pans – I recently replaced my worn-out pans with these and enjoy how easily they clean up.  PS – They are on sale.

Cooling Racks – It is important to cool your cupcakes down before frosting – a cooling rack helps speed the process.  Tip:  I often bake my cupcakes the day before I decorate.  After they have cooled, i place in my cupcake storage containers and refrigerate.

Cupcake Storage Containers – These are my favorite holders because the tray can accommodate 12 regular size cupcakes or 24 miniature cupcakes or be removed entirely to hold a batch of cookies.  They also stack on top of one another.

Disposable Frosting Bags – These are worth the money – cuts down on clean-up.

Frosting Decorating Tips – I am not an expert on decorating but these large tips make my cupcakes better than my skill level.

Large Tip Decorating Coupler – This is made up of two piece – one will go inside the bag and the other will hold your tip onto the outside of bag and connect everything together.

Go to the Thrift Store and buy a cylinder vase or use a large drinking glass.  Place bag in vase/glass, fold the edge over vase/glass.  This makes getting the frosting into the bag much easier.

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Gluten Free Pancakes (from a mix)

Sometimes you need pancakes.  Yes you can eat your breakfast cereals, smoothies, eggs BUT there is a NEED for pancakes.  Now finding a good gluten free pancake recipe is tricky.  But I am happy to say that I have found a mix that I am giving an A+ to – the WafflePancake/Crepe mix was from Namaste  I added  coconut oil, eggs and  Silk coconut milk to the mix and I was ready to make some flap jacks.

Side note:  We downsized our home of 25 years this spring and feel a bit like Joanna and Chip of Fixer-Upper.  One of our projects was the kitchen.  I probably need to do a separate post of the particulars.  I’ve included  our before and after picture.  Now back to the pancakes.

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I’ve had my blue mixing bowls forever but these are very similar.  This is the griddle I have and love.  That little guy peeking in the background is the cutest tea bag infuser called Mr Tea

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These pancakes have a tender texture.  I like to make mine in 4″ circles and serve them several ways.  Here are a few ideas..(1)  A little grass fed butter (Kerrigold brand), Sunflower Seed Butter, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup or (2) Organic berries – sliced and mixed with a little organic syrup to release the juices, sweetened organic whipped cream – a delicious dessert.

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So excited to have a pantry.

I’ve linked up the products up above in case you are interested.

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