How to Make a Baby Ladybug Halloween Costume!

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For my daughter’s first halloween, I knew I wanted to make hand make her costume! Nothing against store bought costumes, but I was just itching to do something creative! I originally wanted her to be a baby bumble bee after I saw this No Sew Bee Costume from Sugar Bee Crafts, However, when I went to the craft store, there was no bright yellow tulle to be seen. I saw bright red tulle and was sold on the idea of a little ladybug! I started right away on making Little M’s ladybug halloween costume!

How to make a homemade baby ladybug halloween costume for your little girl, complete with a ladybug painted pumpkin, red antennae headband, matching handmade mommy and me infinity scarves, and little ladybug wings | FoodMarriage.com

With less than a week until Halloween, you can still make this easy costume if you want to! I paced myself by doing one piece of the costume each day until it was finished. Here’s what you’ll need to create this adorable baby halloween costume:

  1. Basic Black Clothes and Red Socks – Any plain black shirt and black leggings will do (Tip: Wal-Mart carries Garanimals brand clothing for babies and toddlers with mix and match separates – you can get exactly what you need at a great price – under $4 a piece!) I also picked up fuzzy red socks from Carter’s.
  2. Ladybug Wings – I was going to get red felt and then cut out black circles and glue them on, but I got lucky and found red felt that already had black dots on it the craft store. Score! I bought two pieces of felt, used a bowl from the kitchen to cut them into half-circles and then glued them together at the top with Tacky Glue. Once it was dry I used red thread and hand stitched the wings to the top of the black shirt.
  3. Tutu – I got black elastic, black tulle, and red tulle.  I followed the general idea from Sugar Bee Crafts of just hand-tying the tulle to the elastic band.  I did NOT use glitter tulle as I thought that was not a good idea for a 9-month old. I used regular matte tulle and bought one roll in each color (I used the 3-inch wide kind).
  4. Antennae Headband – Using leftover elastic that I had from the tutu waist band, I tied it in a little knot in the back to make a headband. I then took little red pom poms and stitched them on to the top with red thread.
  5. Mommy & Me Matching Red Infinity Scarves – I used to crochet a long time ago, but haven’t done it in years. I watched this Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf Tutorial on YouTube by Melanie Ham, and it came right back to me!! Her tutorial was just what I needed to get back in the swing of things and learn how to do an infinity scarf, which I had never done before. I made our scarves much smaller but the general pattern was the same with a half double crochet stitch. I wore a black shirt with my scarf to match my little one!
  6. A Pumpkin with Red & Black Acrylic Paint – We spent one night painting our pumpkin red with acrylic paint.  The next day, we painted the top black and added black polka dots with a round sponge brush.

Hand Painted Ladybug Pumpkin for Halloween with red and black acrylic paint. The perfect compliment to your little girl's costume or to your home decor. | FoodMarriage.com

We were happy to get our little girl all dressed up for a party this past weekend. And we are even more excited to get two uses out of her costume this coming weekend for Halloween!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

The “Easter Dozen” from Georgetown Cupcake

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Last summer while visiting the Washington DC area for a cousin’s wedding, my mom, sister, and I visited Georgetown Cupcake (aka DC Cupcakes from TLC).  It was SO much fun and I should actually dedicate a separate post just to that visit! We LOVED the cupcakes there so much that for Easter this year, I decided to send my mom a dozen cupcakes from there!

Georgetown Cupcake Easter Dozen

Since we don’t live near a Georgetown Cupcake location, I went online and found out that I could have them shipped! I will say, the shipping itself was a little pricy…$20 shipping fee PLUS a $10 Saturday delivery fee. I wanted it to be delivered as close to Easter as possible so I paid the extra $10 for the Saturday. While shipping was expensive, the package did arrive in great condition. The cupcakes were overnighted so they were fresh, they were packed well, and there was a freezer pack inside to keep them cool. And honestly, who cares about the overall price when you are giving a great gift!?

I also had the chance to include a gift message.  It said “Happy Easter! We thought you would like Georgetown Cupcakes better than flowers this year!” They came in flavors like Carrot, Cherry Blossom, Peanut Butter Fudge, and more. Oh and the best thing about sending my mom cupcakes? I got to eat some when I went to her house on Easter!!!

If you want to order the Easter Dozen assortment of cupcakes, you can still get them through April 30th! OR check out their entire collection of fun Seasonal Assortments on their menu.

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers’ Day to all of the moms out there!!  To help celebrate the day with family, I made these fun candy-dipped Oreos!  They are fast, require no baking, and are so easy anyone can do it!  All I did was take a package of pink-colored, vanilla-flavored candy wafers, melted them down, and then dipped the Oreos halfway into the candy.  I also saved three cookies to write “MOM” on them to top off the display!!

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Here’s how to do it yourself!

Candy Dipped Oreos

Candy Dipped Oreos

Ingredients

  • 1 box Oreo cookies
  • 1 (14 oz) bag microwavable candy wafers in the color of your choice.

Instructions

  • Melt the candy according to the instructions on the packaging.
  • Dip each Oreo cookie halfway into the melted candy.
  • Remove the Oreo from the candy and carefully place onto a wax-paper covered cookie sheet.
  • Place entire tray of cookies into the refrigerator for about 5 - 10 minutes to harden.
  • Remove from refrigerator and enjoy!
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Fun Easter Centerpiece

Here’s something else that I am totally delayed with putting up here on Food Marriage, but it is so cute I couldn’t not share it!!  Another fun Easter idea to keep in mind for next year!!

Easter Centerpiece Idea with Peeps @FoodMarriage

My mom created this idea for an Easter centerpiece on her own (no she did not copy off something on Pinterest!)  Although, I have to say I will certainly be sharing this on Pinterest now! How creative is this!?

To make the centerpiece, she used a trifle bowl and a flower vase.  First she filled the trifle bowl with egg-shaped candies and then set the flower vase inside the trifle bowl.  She used flower foam from the craft store into the bottom of the vase and then inserted fresh pink tulips.  She then filled the vase with water to keep the flowers fresh.  Finally, she finished it off by lining the top of the trifle bowl with pink peeps!  LOVE this idea!!!!!

Thanks to my mom for letting me share her creativity here on Food Marriage!!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Recipe: Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake

It seems like FOREVER since my last post!  I have a lot to share with everyone!!  Just because I haven’t posted recently, does not mean I haven’t been busy in the kitchen!!  If you follow Food Marriage on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you may have gotten some fun previews!

To update you on what I’ve been up to, I’ll start with Easter where I made the CUTEST bunny-shaped cake!  I know it’s too late for anyone to use the idea for this year, but you can save it to your recipe for next year!!  OR if you have a craving for the most amazing carrot cake ever, you can make a regular round cake for any occasion!

Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake Food Marriage

This carrot cake recipe was passed down to me by my mom who had received it from a former co-worker of hers at the time my mom was pregnant with me.  My mom held onto the paper copy of the recipe for years and just shared it with me.  Now I get to preserve it forever here on Food Marriage!!

Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake Pattern Food Marriage

You will actually need to make two round carrot cakes to make this recipe.  Once they are cooled, you will keep one of them as a round cake and the other you will cut into three pieces, which will for the bunny’s ears and bow tie.  I drew a pattern on parchment paper and then cut it out and laid it on top of the cake while cutting.

Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake Pattern 2 Food Marriage

Finally, you can whip up a batch of cream cheese icing, mix in some food coloring, and play around with the different types of tips to decorate your bunny.  (I used a star shaped tip for the bunny’s “fur” and more of a regular tip for the rest of the cake).  And don’t forget to give your bunny a name!! My bunny’s name was Bobby!!!!

Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: Two 8-inch round cakes

Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake

Ingredients

    For Cake Number One:
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
    For Cake Number 2:
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
    For Icing Batch 1:
  • 1 (8oz) block cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
    For Icing Batch 2:
  • 1 (8oz) block cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar.

Instructions

    For Each Cake:
  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Grease the bottoms of two 8 inch pans with butter and then line with a circle of parchment paper this helps to remove the cakes from the pans very easily).
  • You will mix together the ingredients for each cake separately. Once you are finished with one and pour it into the pan, you can start mixing the second one.
  • Mix the first 8 ingredients for your first cake together in a mixing bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla).
  • Blend ingredients for one minute on low speed.
  • Switch to medium speed and blend for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Stir in your carrots, walnuts, and raisins.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Repeat this process for your second cake.
  • Place both pans into the oven and bake at 325° for about 50-55 minutes (until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean). I also switch the pans from top to bottom halfway through baking.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely in the round pans.
  • Remove both cakes from their pans once cooled.
  • Keep one as a circle and cut the other one in three pieces to form the two ears and a bowtie for the bunny. Arrange in the shape of a bunny.
    For the Icing:
  • Allow your butter and cream cheese to sit out for a bit to soften.
  • Beat your 1 stick butter and 1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese on medium speed for 2 minutes until it becomes fluffy.
  • Slowly add in your pound of powdered sugar until completely blended.
  • Add in a teaspoon of vanilla.
  • Add food coloring if you would like.
  • Repeat this process if a second batch of icing is needed to finish decorating your bunny (I actually ended up using about a batch and a half).
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