Shaun the Sheep Cake and Cupcakes

My daughter turned six last week. She loves Shaun the Sheep a lot. She requested a Shaun the Sheep birthday cake for her "day of birthday" and sheep cupcakes for the day we invited the family over for a party. I was a little nervous about the cupcakes. So much that I begged my husband to get a small cake.

The cake was pretty simple. I took a box cake mix and followed the directions. I made two round cakes and made a peanut butter filling for the inside. I ended up covering the whole cake with peanut butter icing which is perfect for the color of Bitzer! My husband was kind enough to help me get the icing I needed. Blue, black, white and brown icing all made by Wilton. I also used brown piping gel.

Using a Bitzer coloring paper, I outlined the part I wanted to be applied on the cake. Then I
turned over the paper and gently rubbed the gel on the cake. From there I was able to pipe the colors onto the cake. I am no cake artist, but she loved the cake and that's all that matters to me!

What do you think?

I used candy eyes, mini marshmallows, white buttercream icing, white and black Wilton cake frosting. I started by using a a box cake mix for my recipe. After baking the cupcakes I applied buttercream icing for my base to hold the mini marshmallows. Then I piped the sheep's head and ears. After that I added the candy eyes. This is how it turned out.

If you have a question about the cake or cupcakes, comment below.

Like I said, I am no professional baker but I did my best for my daughter and that's what counts. Not to mention I had a lot of fun.

Thanks for reading!

Amazon Fire only $49.99

Get an Amazon Fire for only $49.99 PRE- order releasing tomorrow 9/30/15! This is a great deal. Amazon is running this deal because all of the new developments with Apple. I think this is a fantastic deal.

Why is it awesome? Look what it is has to offer!
  • Beautiful 7" IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600) and fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Rear and front-facing cameras.
  • All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free - including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more
  • Enjoy more than 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps and games
  • 8 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • Updated user interface - Fire OS 5 designed for quick access to your apps and content plus personalized recommendations that make it easy to discover new favorites
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music
  • Stay connected with fast web browsing, email, and calendar support

There are many apps in the Android market that are great for kids. Ipads are so expensive and that's why I am so excited for this awesome price!

A few of my favorite apps are The Super Why and Word World. My son loves letters and numbers. He loves spelling. Do you have a favorite app?

How to Loom Knit a Baby Hat

I am so excited to show you how to loom knit an easy baby hat! This project is beginner friendly and takes very little time to make. If you have extra yarn consider making a few hats to donate to a NICU for premature babies. Speaking from experience they can always use donated hats for their precious little ones.

In the video I recommend if you are donating not to make a brim on your hat. It definitely depends on what type of yarn you use. I love Baby Soft yarns. Stay away from wool yarn to prevent an itchy head.

If you have any questions about the video or how to make a hat, please comment here or on my YouTube page. If you want to see more videos like this or are interested in learning how to knit something specific, let me know!

Thanks for your support friends!

Banana Muffin Recipe

Whenever I find something my son will eat I get very excited. He doesn't eat too many foods. He ate a lot more before he was diagnosed with autism. Packing school lunches for him is a chore. It seems like everything he likes is processed.

I am a huge fan of Giada De Laurentiis and I read about her Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting recipe and I decided to try. I made a few things different though. I didn't add any of the frosting toppings. If it's not the perfect texture, he isn't eating it.

The next time your bananas start to turn black don't throw them away. Use them for this recipe!


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil 
3 large eggs (room temperature) 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas (Peeled and mashed)
18 muffin paper liners 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Line muffin cups 

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl to blend. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the banana. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.

Divide batter evenly between muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The top of muffins should be golden brown. Use a toothpick tester inside muffin to make sure nothing sticks. 
Cool on a rack and serve! 
We don't call them banana muffins here. We call them "banana cakes". I am going to keep working to make them healthier. Next time I am going to add chia seeds and protein powder. 
How do you make your banana muffins? 

How to Make an Easy Slip Knot


I am very excited to start my tutorial videos. This is something I have wanted to do for awhile now. I started knitting because I really didn't have any hobbies or things to outside of being a wife, mom, and homemaker. It's extremely hard for me to leave the house. It's not that I can't or that my husband won't let me. It's difficult for me to leave my kids. It's a little easier if I am going on a date with my husband, but without having a lot of support those times are few.  I have a horrible feeling of guilt if I go do something by myself. I know I am not the only mom out there who feels this way.

 My goal is to help other people who feel this way too. I started out loom knitting and now I am crocheting many products! It gives me an out. Just for the record, I do occasionally make myself go to something. In between though, I knit and crochet. I hope you enjoy. If you have a question or an idea for a video message me.

This video shows how to make a slip knot. In both loom knitting and crochet, you will need to know how to make a slip knot. I had to practice this many times before I got it down. If you have any questions on this video, please ask. Please take time to "Like" and "Subscribe" to my YouTube account for more videos.

Thank you for your support!

How to Make an Easy Loom Knit Hat

I am a self taught loom knitter. I expressed interest in loom knitting when I was pregnant with my last child almost six years ago. My husband went to the craft store and bought me the Knifty Knitter Round Looms. I got the entire set from smallest to biggest. It took me awhile to get started, but once I did I was hooked.

If you are looking for a hobby and can't knit with two needles (like myself), this is the perfect hobby for you to try. You can make hats, scarfs, blankets and more! I am very happy to help others learn how to loom knit. I have started making tutorial videos. Please keep in mind that making videos is a huge step for me. I am extremely shy, but I have decided to take a leap and go for it. Hopefully I can help other moms who don't get out much or who lack in self-esteem learn a hobby that is just for them. I love making projects and it certainly has helped me.

This is a great project for a beginner.   If you have any questions, message me below or on my YouTube channel. If you would like to see more videos, please "Like" and "Subscribed" to my channel. Thank you very much for your support.

Therapy Chickens for Autism

My son Alexander will be eight in November. He was diagnosed with autism shortly before he turned three years old. He has always loved chickens. They have a calming effect on him. I have read many reports on how chickens and other therapy animals provide numerous benefits to adults and children who have special needs.

We love the country. We are lucky to only be about one hour away from Holmes County, Ohio which has a huge Amish population. Driving to the country is one of the few things we can all do together as a family.

Anyone that knows me knows how I want to have backyard chickens. Alexander loves chickens and he has for a very long time. In my opinion, chickens have a therapeutic effect on him. Over the weekend we traveled to a farm where we often go. They usually have a small chicken section in the main barn with the rest of the farm animals. He usually hangs out looking inside the caged coop. This time we noticed something new. It was a huge area of free range chickens!

We immediately went over to the chickens and he sat right down and started feeding them grass! It was amazing because I have not seen him that calm in months. He wasn't screaming, hitting or pushing. He was just watching the chickens! Seeing his reaction has made me more determined than ever to pursue the issue of therapy chickens. Here he is in the video box below.

Do you know anyone that has therapy chickens? Have you ever thought about getting chickens or do you already have them? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear about your experience!
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