Rice Krispie Cake @themerrythoughtI mentioned in one of last week’s posts that rice krispie treats are one of my favorite desserts. So it’s only natural that I made a huge rice krispie cake for my birthday week last week! And we topped it off with some of the last peonies around here since the heat is killing them off!Rice Krispie Cake @themerrythoughtRice Krispie Cake
-Three 1 lb bags of marshmallows
-9 tbsp butter
-18 cups of Rice Krispies

I made my rice krispie treats in three separate batches to make things easier:
Melt 1 bag of marshmallows with 3 tbsp butter and then combine with 6 cups of rice krispies.
Put each batch into a greased 8″ round tin and let cool.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar (a little at a time), milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency.

Assemble the Cake
Remove each rice krispie layer from the tin.
Lay down the first layer and spread a thick layer of icing across the top. You may want to use skewers between the layers to give extra support so the icing doesn’t all get smushed out.
Repeat with the next layer. Smooth out excess icing around the edges of the cake.

Now top off your cake:
We used sage and peonies. Peonies are NOT edible – lay down wax paper on top of the cake so that any unedible flowers don’t come in contact with the cake. Remove flowers before serving.
Rice Krispie Cake @themerrythoughtRice Krispie Cake @themerrythoughtRice Krispie Cake @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

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Birthday Cake Popcorn @themerrythoughtTomorrow is Caitlin’s birthday! 🎉 So I thought this would be the perfect time to share this yummy cake batter flavored popcorn. I was joking with Caitlin that it seems like we really love her birthday because we’ve done so many birthday-ish posts lately; but then again, as I’ve mentioned before, we have 10 family birthdays in May & June, so it’s no wonder we have birthday inspired projects throughout these months!
I’ve had this on my to-post list for ages and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get around to it. This recipe is so easy to make (with only 4 ingredients) and this popcorn is so addicting!!! It makes for the perfect addition to any party really, not just birthdays. Use whatever seasonal/theme sprinkles you want and then it’s perfect for every occasion!Birthday Cake Popcorn @themerrythoughtBirthday Cake Popcorn @themerrythoughtBirthday Cake Popcorn @themerrythoughtBirthday Cake Popcorn

10 cups popped popcorn (it’s about one and a half bags, I used Simply Salted)
8 oz candy melts or white chocolate chips (I used Pastel Colorburst Candy Melts)
1/2 cup white cake mix
2-3 tablespoons sprinkles (or as much or little as you’d like)

Place popped popcorn in a large bowl, set aside. Add candy melts to a medium-size bowl, microwave on medium high for 30 seconds. Stir. Keep heating and stirring in 30 second increments, until the chips are just about melted, but you still see a few small lumps. At that point, just keep stirring and the chips should melt completely as you stir. (Make sure not to overheat!) Stir in cake mix. Pour mixture over popcorn and stir until thoroughly coated. Add about half the sprinkles and stir to mix in. Pour popcorn onto wax paper, spreading into a thin layer. Add remaining sprinkles, let chocolate set and enjoy!Birthday Cake Popcorn @themerrythoughtBirthday Cake Popcorn @themerrythoughtBirthday Cake Popcorn @themerrythoughtHere’s to wishing Caitlin has an amazing 27th year! Happy birthday girl!

-Manda

  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 11:10 am

    Ivory - What a lovely idea. My birthday is today, and let me send a ” happy birthday” to Caitlin!!!ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 12:55 pm

      Manda - Happiest birthday to you – hope it’s a lovely one! :)ReplyCancel

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DIY Pacifier Clip @themerrythoughtI recently made my niece, Parker Penny, a couple pacifier clips. Well, for her teething ring clips, she’s not really into pacifiers. She is however, really into chewing on any & everything – and then throwing it of course, so I thought one of these might be helpful! When my boys were babies (why do they have to grow up?!), Caitlin made them some fabric pacifier clips and I loved them, it was so nice to be able to clip their paci’s to them and not constantly be picking them up off the floor. I so appreciated having someone making me fun, cute baby things when I was too busy & overwhelmed to make them myself; and now I can make baby things for my sweet lil niece, who seems to enjoy the toys we make for her! These are a quick & easy DIY to craft and make good use of using up all those extra craft beads – which we seem to have a lot of around here! I love the simple design and that it uses natural wood (of course!). You can find the tutorial for the crochet teething rings here – they’re perfect to pair with these clips! DIY Wood Bead Pacifier Clip @themerrythoughtDIY Wood Bead Teether/Pacifier Clip @themerrythoughtDIY Pacifier Clip @themerrythoughtDIY Pacifier Clip @themerrythoughtMaterials:
– wooden beads
– string
– suspender clip

Directions:
Cut a length of string twice the length you want your clip to be, plus a few inches longer (you won’t need the extra inches if you’re not going to wrap the string around the suspender clip). Fold string in half and tie a loop at the folded end, making the loop about 3 inches in length (you just want to be sure it can loop around the pacifier or ring and fit the beads through, adjust the size as needed to fit your beads). Continue tying knots over that first knot until you have one knot that’s large enough to keep the bead from sliding over it. Slide beads onto string. Once all the beads are on, tie the ends of the string into a knot around the suspender clip. If you’d like, continue wrapping the string around the suspender clip, tie off with secure knot and cut off any extra string.DIY Wood Bead Pacifier/Teether Clip @themerrythoughtDIY Wood Bead Pacifier Clip @themerrythoughtDIY Wood Bead Pacifier Clip @themerrythought

-Manda

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 11:53 am

    Mooms - Lovely, especially w that precious model!!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, June 27, 2016 - 2:01 am

    Vera - looks super cute, but there is a serious chocking hazard:(ReplyCancel

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DIY Birthday Candle Display @themerrythoughtSo my birthday is coming up this week! And my dessert of choice is typically cookie cake or rice krispie treats or peanut butter cookies. And I know that *27* candles in any of those things would basically destroy it so I decided to come up with a different kind of candle display so people like me wouldn’t miss out on all those birthday wishes! 😉 So for all those people with a lottt of candles or that just prefer a birthday dessert that you don’t want to poke a million holes in – this is the perfect simple candle display!DIY Birthday Candle Display @themerrythoughtDIY Birthday Candle Display @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Wood
-Drill
-Pencil
-Candles

How to make it:
Measure candles and use a drill bit the same size of the base of the candles. Measure and mark out where you will want the candles to go on the piece of wood. Drill holes most of the way but not all the way through the wood. Put candles in place.
DIY Birthday Candle Display @themerrythoughtDIY Birthday Candle Display @themerrythoughtDIY Birthday Candle Display @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 10:33 pm

    Ivory - OMG what a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing. I love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, June 27, 2016 - 1:00 am

    Dorothy Hastings - Very nice ideas for celebrating the kids birthday. ReplyCancel

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DIY Modern Cake Stand @themerrythoughtIf you follow us on Snapchat – you may have seen this project already. I had been craving Wegmans’ Ultimate White Cake forever and I never buy it because it’s a bit expensive for an everyday treat. But whenever I have an excuse to buy one, I always go for it. And apparently when I don’t have an excuse to buy one I make a cake stand for the blog so that I do have an excuse! Ha! So I was walking through Target while thinking about a cake stand and I saw this pencil holder – perfect base for a cake stand! And here we are… eating ultimate white cake and some taffy.DIY Modern Cake Stand @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Pencil Holder
-Hardwood Round
Glue
Butcher Block Conditioner
-Paint

How to make it:
Put glue on the base of the pencil holder and center on the wood round. Put weight on top and let dry for a couple hours. Finish top of wood with a butcher block finish. Paint rim of wood if desired.
DIY Modern Cake Stand @themerrythoughtDIY Modern Cake Stand @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

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