I’ve been absent from my blog for quite awhile. I was able to take a week long vacation back in my hometown in Nebraska. I spent lots of time with family. We celebrated my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary, I met my sister’s boyfriend of one year and threw my sister-in-law a baby shower! It was such an amazing week. Many family members were able to meet Claire for the first time and everyone commented on how cute she was…
I was the hostess of the baby shower along with of my sister. We decided to go with a rubber ducky themed shower. Thanks to Pinterest, I found a lot of ideas for the shower. I found a new frosting recipe, diaper cake directions, punch recipe, etc. Just to warn you, this is a very long post with lots of pictures!
First, I came across a punch recipe that sparked the idea of having a rubber ducky themed shower.
Ducky Baby Shower Punch
Source: Tidy Mom
- 1 packet blue, unsweetened Kool-Aid (Look for Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade or Berry Blue flavors)
- 1 (2 liter) bottle Ginger Ale
- 1 (64 oz) bottle White Grape Juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 scoops pineapple sherbet
- 2-3 Rubber Duckies (make sure they float – bathtub toys)
- maraschino cherries (optional for garnish)
- orange slices (optional for garnish)
- Chill ginger ale and grape juice over night
- Remove sherbet from freezer about 1/2 hour before serving punch to soften
- In a large bowl, combine Kool-Aid packet, sugar and chilled juice. Stir to blend.
- Slowly add chilled ginger ale.
- Float 8 scoops of softened sherbet on top
- Add Rubber Duckies (don’t forget to wash before using)
- garnish cups with cherries and orange slices
Conclusion: It tasted great but ended up looking like dirty bath water. My mother picked up the ingredients and even though she did get white grape juice, it wasn’t really white. With the ginger ale and juice a light brown color, the bath water turned dirty blue. If you ever make this, make sure you find a clear ginger ale or clear juice. However, it was neat how the sherbet made bubbles when added to the punch. It made the punch look like a little bubble bath!
Kera Mashek made a diaper cake for my baby shower at KWWL. I had some leftover diapers and toys, so I decided to try my hand at a diaper cake. My source: Littlemisstomato. My results:
Turned out great!
I used size 1 & newborn diapers, one roll of ribbon and extras I had lying around. Instead of inserting more diapers inside the cake, I used baby wash and shampoo. I ended up using all my leftover diapers and didn’t have to buy any. Perfect!
Finally, I decided to make cupcakes and use them to form a rubber ducky. We expected a small number of guests so we made 24 cupcakes. We took the easy path and made the cupcakes from the box. But I insisted on making homemade frosting. I always heard how delicious buttercream frosting is so I found a recipe and went with it.
Fluffy Buttercream Frosting
Source: Cooking Classy
- 1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature (3 sticks)
- 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (use clear if desired)
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, using the paddle or whisk attachment whip butter on medium high speed (if using whisk attachment whip on high speed) until nearly white and very fluffy, about 7 – 8 minutes, frequently scrapping down the sides of the bowl.
- Add in powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract and mix on low speed until blended, then increase speed to medium and beat until very light and fluffy, about 5 – 6 minutes, frequently scraping down the sides of the bowl.
- Immediately spread over cooled cake or cupcakes.
Conclusion: SSSSOOOO GOOD!!! The Pinterest pin on this frosting said it “melts in your mouth”. Boy were they right! This frosting is absolutely delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s made of sugar and butter! Absolutely delicious. Easy to spread and fluffy. I will now always use this recipe for my cupcakes and cakes.
To sum it up, my week (+ a few days) in Nebraska was great. Claire was able to spend some quality time with her grandparents. I saw some old friend and relatives. If only family could be closer every day of the year…
My mom & mommy-to-be with baptism outfits made from my mom’s wedding dress.
My sis, sister-in-law, me and Claire
Posted under Me, Recipes
This post was written by firstname.lastname@example.org on March 28, 2013