fluffy frosting & festive flags

March 17, 2014

Since we were hosting a birthday sale this past weekend, I couldn’t resist whipping up some cute mini cupcakes to offer our firefly fans.  I’ve always been a box cake girl, but when it comes to frosting I usually turn to my grandma’s recipe.

cupcake birthday buntingIf you’re not a fan of super sweet or thick frosting this recipe is for you!  In my opinion the texture of this tasty topping is quite divine and it’s just sweet enough to compliment the cake flavor.  (as many of our firefly fans can attest to!)

Here’s what you need:

1 cup milk

4 tablespoons of flour

1/2 cup Crisco

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

frosting recipe

First, heat the milk and flour on the stove and stir constantly until it thickens.  Let cool completely.  (I often put the pan in the freezer or fridge to speed up the cooling process)

Next, mix the Crisco, butter, sugar and vanilla.  Once creamed, add the cooled flour and milk mixture and beat on high until fluffy.  Spread on your favorite cake and enjoy!
favorite fluffy frosting recipeInspired by our recent diy birthday decoration post, I decided to add some cuteness to our platter of pretty cupcakes.  I often do things on a whim so I managed to scrounge up some kabob sticks in the back of one of my kitchen drawers, pulled out some washi tape and stole some dental floss from our bathroom to make these party pennants.

cupcake bunting

It really was an easy project to pull off and definitely turns up the festivity dial a bit…. which got me thinking to do something similar with toothpicks.

washi tape cupcake flagsBy the time I was playing with these it was far too late to embark on making over a hundred to send off to the stores, but I’ll store this idea away for another day.

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diy decor for a birthday bash

March 11, 2014

With the one year celebration of our Ann Arbor location and our Rochester store  approaching its 8th year in business–we’ve got birthday on the brain around here.

diy birthday decorations

What better way to celebrate than pass along a few fancy DIY birthday decorations that we found on the web! Check out the all the colorful ways you can celebrate in style…

Save a little dough by making your own banner.  You can find all the instructions (plus a template) by heading over to Rain on a Tin Roof.

The Tissue Tassel Garland Cake Topper that we discovered on Something Turquoise is suitable for any soiree.  You can adjust it to any color scheme.


Rachel Hollis from The Chic Site devised a cute and colorful way to use all of those leftover cupcake wrappers in your cabinet. This project only requires three supplies: a needle, thread, and your leftover wrappers. You’ll be well on your way to creating the cutest party garland ever!


Dress up a plain glass vase with a some colorful wrapping paper and leftover ribbon and you’ve created a lovely modern tablescape!  The Hostess With The Mostess shares all of her secrets here.

Set a colorful foundation for your guests by adding one of these DIY Splatter Paint Popsicle Stick Runners into your mix. This is a seriously easy project…popsicle sticks are taped together underneath and then randomly splattered with paint. Such a great result for very little effort.

You won’t be able to keep your friends away from this cute photo booth…the eye-catching backdrop is made of  plastic tablecloths and costs less than $10 to make! Find the detailed instructions for this project on the For The Love Of… blog.

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baking up a storm

March 10, 2014

If spring fever is getting the best of you… why not turn those depressing snow drifts into a fluffy white frosting on your favorite cupcake recipe?  Making sweet treats in your kitchen is always a good distraction and the end results taste oh-so-good!

baking goodies


1.  This cute cupcake flour sack towel is super absorbent and can clean up spills in a second $9.95

2.  What time is it?  Well, time to bake of course!  $59.95

3.  Looking to try something new?  Explore the possibilities with this 500 cookies recipe book $17.95

4.  We may not have flowers outside yet, but there is no reason we can’t measure with some  $7.95

5.  More measuring fun with these mighty clever matryoshka doll measuring cups $13.95

6.  Get the kids involved baking something sweet for an afternoon of memories.  These fun apron sets are available in girl & boy designs  $24.95

7.  Any good baker needs to test the batter, right?  $9.95

8.  This smiley spatula will be happy to flip your cookies off the baking sheet $8.95

9.  Did you know cake mixes aren’t just for cakes?  In fact, one of my favorite cookie recipes is actually made from a chocolate cake mix  $9.99

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I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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