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I did it all myself!!

Liking the new look as much as I am?
Want to know how I did it all?
Well, ok then....here we go....
First, I went to a Blogging Bootcamp hosted by Sarah Roe and CC Miller. They told me all of their secrets, well as many as they could get out in those three hours, and I came home and started going to the sites they talked about.
First, lets start with MakinCuteBlogs and Design It! Love It! she has a TON of tutorials.  
Seriously, a TON!
I also like TheCutestBlogontheBlock and of course google.
If there was ever a question about something I didn't fully understand I just googled it.
For a cute (simple) yet snazzy background I just discovered PatternCooler.com
Now, before today I would have had a complete page full of sites I LOVE with those cute backgrounds.  However, PatternCooler has ALL of them beat!  Yes, ALL of them!
I discovered PatternCooler thanks to google, it was on like page 5 I think, so worth the wait!
Why do I like PC?  WELL!  You pick the background pattern you like.…

welcome back!

(photo found at freephotos.net)
Welcome to the NEW blog!  I hope you enjoy all of the changes, most are little changes that you may not even notice but I sure do.
There are a few more to come, again little changes.
There are still a few things under construction but will be up and running soon.
Enjoy!

Lookie...Lookie!!!

Soooooo......... we have a wedding coming up this Saturday in my family and I have been a busy chicky!
The couple will be having a dessert bar at the reception (umm HELLO!  My kind of party!) and I get a part in making some goodies!  WooHoo!!!!
Soooo....what am I making?  Well, thank ya for asking!
I am making THESE!!!

YUMMMM!!!!
Yes!  That is my FAMOUS Pie-in-a-Jar!!
And aren't THESE just adorable? Those cute little dough pillows will be placed on top of the pies just before the lid goes on the jar.
Don't worry, I will get a few pics of the rest of the bar for you. You're welcome!  ;-)

Birthday Cupcakes Update

(Shirley Temple Cupcakes)
I first talked about this AMAZING cupcake here.  I read all the reviews and read over the recipe a few times just to see if I really felt this was for sure THE cupcake.
It TOTALLY was!  OH! MY! GOSH! It was SOOOOO good!
The cupcake itself is a yummy pomegranate flavor and was SO good just by itself.  The topping is where the Shirley Temple flavor comes in.  It is a sweet yet tart lemon/pomegranate flavor.  YUM!
While making the cupcakes I discovered a few things.  The batter is TOTALLY weird!  Seriously.  I have never seen anything like it in my life.  Well, ok, maybe once when I was making my AWESOME Strawberry Buttercream and something went wrong, very wrong and everything separated.  It looked just like that.  Everything separated.  It was very soupy.  If you make this just know, there is nothing wrong, it should look like that.
I did go ahead and make the homemade grenadine, also talked about here.  It was VERY good!  It is worth making, it is not hard a…

Cinnamon Muffins

I found myself all out of muffin mix this morning.  *SIGH*  What is a girl to do?
Well!  Make your own, that's what!
Cinnamon Muffins 1 1/2 C Flour 1/2 C Sugar 1/4 C Brown Sugar 1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 2 tsp Baking Powder 1 Egg 1/2 C Milk 1/2 C Oil *Cinnamon Sugar Mix
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Combine Flour, Sugar's, Salt, Cinnamon and Baking Powder in bowl.
In separate small bowl beat egg.  Add Milk and Oil stir.
Combine wet ingredients to dry and stir just until dry ingredients become wet, do not over mix.
Fill greased muffin tins 1/3 full with mix (I was able to fill 8).
Sprinkle top with Cinnamon Sugar Mix* and top with a bit more muffin mix.  Again, top with Cinnamon Sugar Mix*.
Place in oven and bake for 15-20 min.
*Cinnamon Sugar Mix I am sorry, I do not have exact measurements for this.  I combine a lot of regular sugar and brown sugar with a bit of cinnamon until it looks right.
These are FANTASTIC!  I will be making these again!

Give me a BREAK!!!!!

(my MG ready for a break)
I have to tell you.  Right now.  Right now at this very moment (ok and a few moments for the past week), I decided I am done!  For now.  With the Disney posts.  Now, I may very well change my mind in the next 30 seconds.  And you know what, that is totally ok.
But.
For now.
I am done.
On to other things.
Yesterday was Mother's Day, it was my 6th Mother's Day and my mom's 30th.  Because of some unforeseen plumbing issues (in my house, imagine that!) we were able to spend the weekend together.  Saturday, all four of us girls spent the day shopping.  It was a good day.  
Yesterday the four of us picked out some flowers/plants for my moms yard.  I even got some strawberries, pumpkins and tomatoes to plant.  It was a good weekend.
This past week at school Mads filled out one of those fill in the blank forms about your mom.  Some of my favs that she put....
I love my mom because she "bakes me cookies" She is best at "making dinner" …

Kona Cafe - Tonga Toast Recipe

Tonga Toast
Kona Cafe, Polynesian Resort WDW
Ingredients:

2 or 4 slices sourdough bread, cut 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick
1 banana
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
oil or shortening for frying
whipped butter and/or syrup


Directions:

Cut a 1-inch pocket in one side of each bread slice. Cut banana in half crosswise, then split each piece lengthwise. Remove peel and stuff two pieces of fruit in each pocket of bread; set aside. Mix sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Mix together well the egg, milk and vanilla.

Heat about 4 inches of oil in a pan to 350ยบ F. Dip stuffed bread into egg/milk mixture and let it soak a few seconds to let penetrate bread. Fry bread on both sides in hot oil until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels or wire rack. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve.  This recipe was found at WDWMagic.com
The Kona Cafe serves this with a Strawberry compote.
You find a video tutorial with a recipe variation HERE, they also…

Kona Cafe - Restaurant Preview

I have read a LOT of wonderful reviews about the Kona Cafe and when I finally decided that 8 character meals while we are at Disney is just too many, I ventured out.  I needed something for the morning we will be going to Magic Kingdom, I needed the reservation early enough in the morning to still be able to make it to the park before it go too crowded and above all I needed it to have GREAT food.

(Pic from Chip & Co. click to go to site)

Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes
Yep, that is all it took for me to make the reservation.  That and the Kona coffee that gets outstanding reviews.

The menu says these pancakes come complete with "Macadamia Nut Butter, Pineapple Sauce, and your choice of Ham, Bacon, or Sausage".  Mmmmmmm!!!

Don't worry, they do have other things that sound yummy!

Tonga Toast is their other yummy sounding dish.  What is Tonga Toast?  Well....it is... "Banana-stuffed Sourdough French Toast rolled in Cinnamon Sugar
and served with a Strawberry Compote and…

Boxes for Bama info

Because of the recent Tornado Outbreak in Alabama there are many, many families that are now having to start over. I am not in the position that I can help by donating money but I AM in the position that I can help by sending a box of food!

I encourage all of you to send one box of food and/or one box of toiletries. You can find Flat Rate Boxes at your local PO and as long as your box is under 75 lbs it is a flat rate to send, rate does depend on box size.

If you would like to participate I can get more info to you, just send me a message on Facebook or email me at thecreativeprincess [at] gmail [dot] com.

Also, if you would rather make a monetary donation you can do that as well. You can do that through me, all money will go to Mountain View Church to help them with costs of helping those in the area. If sending money, checks should be made out to Renovation Ministries and labeled clearlyTornado Relief. You can also donate to the American Red Cross.

Thanks to all!
Br…