Summer Cakes

Hello there!  Just wanted to share two cakes I did two weeks ago!  😀
Lemonade Stand CakePetal Cake

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New Braunfels and San Antonio

Howdy gang!

This weekend the hubs and I went to the hill country for a quick weekend of fun with our friends.  The San Antonio/New Braunfels region is always a great spot to experience a ton of Texas culture condensed in one spot.  You can do a lot in a short period of time!

Remember the Alamo!  The Alamo closes early so if you want to see it I highly suggest going first thing in the morning before the crowds arrive!

The Alamo 2015If you visit these regions make sure to set aside Guadalupe River 2015some time to either play at Schlitterbahn Water Park or tube the Comal or Guadalupe Rivers.  Tubing is the cheaper option and is a great way to relax in nature.  For this trip we chose to tube down part of the Guadalupe starting in Canyon Lake, TX.  We used TubeHaus rentals.  It cost $17 a person for a tube and shuttle service and sometimes they have $2 off coupons on the website.  Be sure to brush up on the River Laws to see what is allowed.

If you choose to do Schlitterbahn Water Park, parking is free and you can bring your own lunches!

After tubing for 4 hours, we showered and headed over to San Antonio for an evening of history and fun!

First stop was La Tienda for Old Timey Photos!  This store is located across the street from the famous Menger Hotel which is at the Alamo Plaza.  I always make a stop here!  It’s way too much fun to pass up and is a great souvenir!

You can also buy any hat imaginable in this store! 😀

Big Tex Hats

San Antonio 2015

Next, we stopped at the Menger Hotel Bar where Teddy Roosevelt recruited some of his Rough Riders.  We grabbed and old fashioned and looked around to kill time before a ghost tour.  This is a great stop if you want a refreshing drink and some history.  The bar is connected to the hotel and houses many artifacts and information plaques.  Who knows maybe you’ll run into the ghost of Teddy?  🙂

Looking for Teddy Roosevelt

An Old Fashioned

Menger Bar

The ghost tour that we took is offered by The Sisters Grimm.  I have done this tour twice and have enjoyed it both times.  On this trip I learned that The Sisters Grimm now offer a dinner/tour package!  You have dinner/tour at the famously haunted Menger Hotel before embarking on a walking tour on the streets of San Antonio.

What makes this tour so special is the staff and history behind the stories.  It’s crazy to think how old some of the places are!  The tour guides dress in period clothing and are filled with energy and lots of knowledge about both the factual history of the area as well as the rumored tales that have been passed down through the years.

The tour lasts 1 and 1/2 hours and costs $15 a person.  I highly suggest wearing comfortable shoes for this outing!  Don’t pass this up!

Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours

Sister Grimm- Lauren

Overall it was a great weekend.  If you are looking to spend time in both San Antonio and the New Braunfels area I suggest staying in a town called Selma.  It is directly in between both cities and makes it easy to visit both without driving too far.  The availability is better as well in Selma.  We didn’t really go to the river walk in San Antonio this trip but if you do, I suggest you eat a Boudro’s!  Get a prickly pear margarita!

Links to fun things in the region:

San Antonio:

The Alamo

The Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour

The Menger Hotel and Bar

Bourdro’s Texas Bistro

La Tienda- Old Timey Photos

Rita’s on the River

Rio San Antonio- River Walk Boat Tour

New Braunfels/Gruene:

The Gristmill- Food on the River

Tubehaus

Rockin R

Gruene Hall- Oldest Dance Hall in Texas

Lemon Buttercream Icing

Lemon Buttercream Icing

Hello there!  Today I’m sharing a refreshing Lemon Buttercream recipe.  😀  It is heavenly.  I could eat this stuff with a spoon.  It’s not too sweet or sour, it’s just right.  🙂  I choose to dress some lemon cupcakes with it!  To top it off I added a pink fondant lemon slice!  🙂  Put this one in your recipe box, trust me.

Lemon Buttercream Icing by Redbird Recipes

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp clear Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 tsp Lemon Extract
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 4 cups Confectioner’s Sugar

Directions:

  • Cream the softened butter.
  • Mix in vanilla, lemon, and milk.
  • Mix in 1 cup of sugar at a time.  Use a spatula on the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Mix until icing forms stiff peaks.

*This icing is best kept cold until 30 minutes before serving.

http://www.redbirdrecipes.com

Bacherlorette Cookies- Black and Gold

Black and Gold

Had some fun with black and gold this week!  I’m still learning ways to incorporate metallics.  It’s a real learning curve.  After a few different attempts I decided to cheat and use the Wilton Color Sprays.  It was just easier to color my transfers then transfer them onto each cookie.

Tonight I’ll be tackling 2 cakes and 24 cupcakes AND a formal party that I have to attend!  Comfy Bed, I’ll see you at 2am! 😀

Garden Quiche with Bacon and Goat Cheese

Garden Quiche with Bacon and Goat CheeseHowdy gang!  My kitchen has been quite busy the past two weeks.  The poor hubs has had a lot of non-home-cooked meals on account of all the baking orders I’ve been filling.  😀  Alas, we can’t all be June Cleaver 24/7!  Am I right?  My goal is to cook most of our meals from scratch but that goal is not always achieved.  I was finally able to whip up a special quiche for the hubs.  He absolutely loves quiche.  However, he refuses to use that word.  He insists on calling it an “egg pie” .  Men.  Though, I guess technically he is correct, right?  lol 😀  Whatever!

I call it a Garden Quiche because it has such a huge variety of garden veggies in it!

Anyhoo!  Here’s the recipe!  Enjoy!

Garden Quiche with Bacon and Goat Cheese

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated Pie Crust, par-baked in a glass pie dish
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Scallion, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, diced
  • 2 cups fresh Spinach
  • 3-4 small Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 really small Jalapeno, sliced
  • 4 slices of Thick Cut Bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 1 small package Herb and Garlic Goat Cheese, chopped
  • 1 Roma Tomato, sliced
  • 6 Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Par-bake the crust in a glass pie dish using pie weights for 3-4 minutes at 400*F.  Set aside to cool.
  • Layer the tomato slices on the bottom of the pie shell.
  • In a skillet, saute the peppers, scallion, spinach, garlic, mushrooms, jalapeno, and bacon until bacon is fully cooked. *You can add the spinach at the end.
  • In a large bowl beat the eggs.
  • Add cheeses and sauteed veggies into the eggs.
  • Pour egg mixture into pie shell.
  • Bake for 30-32 minutes at 400*F.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

http://www.redbirdrecipes.com

When is Halloween?

Ghost CookiesI couldn’t help myself this past weekend.  A friend gave me a set of Halloween Cookie Cutters and I made it 2 days without using them.  Halloween is one of my absolute favorite holidays!  I cannot wait until Fall gets here!  Fall is a crazy season for us.  Football runs our household schedule and the few free weekends we have we try to fit in as much hunting as possible.  Even though it’s crazy busy it’s still my favorite time of year and always has been!  What’s your favorite season/holiday? 😀

Fourth of July Cookies!

Field of Stars Striped Star

So I had a Fourth of July order this past weekend!  I used a design by SweetAmbs for my inspiration!  These bad boys were delicious!!  😀

Have any 4th of July Plans?  I’ll be helping our Lions Club out at the big firework show this weekend!  Fun fun!  😉