DIY- Mustache Cake

You just never ever know when a mustache cake might come in handy.  I think it could be used really at any occasion because it’s really hysterical and people laugh when they see one and when people laugh they are happy and who doesn’t love a happy party?!?!

When I first took charge of the mustache cake I was a little weary and originally thought I would call my local baker friend who can whip things like this up pretty quick….and then I got to the research machine AKA Google and come to find out there wasn’t a whole lot out there but I added together some ideas found and made my own masterpiece! 

First you are going to need a round cake pan.  I used a spring loaded one that you would normally use a cheese cake in (bc that’s all had at the moment).  I used a box cake mix.  You will have to bake the cake about 10-15 minutes longer than what the box calls for because the box calls for 2 8 inch rounds and you are just going to make 1 8 or 9 inch rounds for this size stache. 

When the cake is done baking.  Let it cool.  We put the cake on a cooling rack and in the fridge. 

Take it out and cut the cake in a YING YANG shape.  First make a small cut with a paring knife.  When you get your ying yang just right then take a very sharp knife (not a bread knife) and cut it to the bottom of the cake.

We then took a flat cookie sheet and covered it in fun wrapping paper.  I happened to have this wood grain looking paper I used that was perfect.  Then we laid down strips of wax paper….you’ll see why we chose strips in a minute.

Then lay the cake on the top of the strips of wax paper.  We secured the cake with skewers we cut in half by going diagonal from the top of where your nose would be if this was your big giant stache.  You can actually make the points go up or down….depending on what you like. 

We then got to icing.  If you have a crumb brush it’s a great idea to run that over the crumb parts of the cake so when you are icing you don’t get all clumped up.   The reason we did strips of wax paper is because we could just pull each out instead of having to do an entire piece of wax paper.  This part was the scariest so make sure you have someone with two spoons or spatulas holding the mustache as another is pulling out the wax paper. 

We then took the side of our icing utensil and made whisker looking things.  At this point you are going to wish you could put it on your face it’s so fun.

Wha-LA!  A mustache cake!

You could use a smaller cake pan too.  I was even thinking about trying this same technique with cupcakes!  Mini-stache cakes.  HEHEHEH!

Have a great Tuesday and happy baking!  Even if it’s not a mustache……but it totally should be.


Basset Babies

When I brought my basset babies home they were in need of some serious TLC.  I washed them and then set them in my laundry basket in the sun. 

And they cuddled and slept. 

Two days ago I took my basset babies to doggie daycare.  They came home.

And they cuddled and slept.  Almost exactly like when they were young pups. 

Talk about siblings and what is most harmonious….I’m thinking these guys are the POSTER PUPS for harmony. 

Check back in at Spooinest tomorrow….I’m going to show you how to make one of these

Because you just never know when you’ll need a cake in the shape of a mustache. 



The Camping Trip

I did not get eaten by a bear….I’m here.  What a crazy last few weeks it has been.  I’m glad to be writing today though. 

The camping trip was a great time.  We made our way to the campsite on Friday around 3 and set up camp….Teddy’s mom snapped a few photos of me setting up the tent and all since it was my first time to have done that.  I love having that documented….and my Mom loved seeing them.  She didn’t believe me that it really happened.  HA! 

Here we are on our way!  There was a lot of stuff and of course the bear dogs had to have somewhere to snooze! 

This is the view from our tent.  It was really serene.  The running water from the creek was amazing.  I loved laying in the tent….so typical of me loving to lay in the bed!  We had a blow up mattress, the dogs bed, and our sleeping bags as covers in the tent….so it’s a really good thing we all like one another!  The dogs actually ended up being valuable in the tent because they kept me warm….they are like little heaters. 

 Here is Teddy and his Dad!  Aren’t they so cute?  Teddy and I were really thankful they were there to experience my first camping trip together and his Mom and Dad love camping so much!  The first night camping was so much fun….we had a steak and potato dinner over the campfire….and wine!  So fun!  No smores but we will remember that next time! 

The dogs did great with the camping.  If another dog was around they would bark a little but just because we had them tied up to a stake in the ground.  They slept so sweetly by the fire and just were happy as peaches!  We saw a bloodhound at the campsite and it’s basically a really big Reggie (my brown basset hound)….so funny!  I had never seen one in person and wanted to dognap it from its tent but Teddy said no. 

The second day/night I wasn’t feeling all that great….honest to goodness just not feeling right.  We stayed at the campsite until dark and then went back to Teddy’s parents to sleep.  I felt pretty bad I spoiled the second night’s sleeping at the campsite but I’m so glad everyone was understanding.  When I got to their house I ran, took a shower, and put on clean pj’s, and went sound asleep!  There is something to say about how fun camping is but man did that shower and bed feel great!  The next morning Teddy and I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready to go!  We went to church, hung around the house, had dinner and I still wore some camping plaid I had packed that day to stay in the theme of things! 

Overall it was a great time and I’m hoping next time I do feel better so that I can tough it out two nights!  I really appreciate all that Teddy and his parents did for me to make me feel right at home in the wilderness….I only saw one spider and that was it! 

Just call me a Wilderness Girl!  No Red Feathers ALLOWED!

Remodel/Makeover – The Bathroom

Our house is old.  It was built in 1935 and we love it.  With its age comes some very enchanting things you have to get used to.  I won’t go into all of them because we would be here a while plus I’m sure you all can imagine or have yourself lived in an older home at one point.  The one thing that cracks me up about old houses is when you peel back one layer of the old wall paper or you take off a mirror in a bathroom you see years and sometimes layers of many makeovers/remodels.  Era’s of what was cool, what was never cool, and I’m sure many fun times had by other families as they made the rooms look like they would like! 

I have lived here for 2 years and Teddy for 4 years and out of all of those years the worst part of our house was the dreaded bathroom.  I can’t imagine, no matter the era, what ANYONE was thinking when they decided on the old decor but you know to each their own! 

So without further ado….


So now you know why I might have had a tiny problem with it!  HA!  When I first moved in, I’m ashamed to say, I was nervous to have people over because of how it looked! ACK! 

That note behind the mirror reads something pretty funny and Teddy and I always wonder “If it was such a biatch to remodel then why did you pick such ugly stuff!” HA!  That’s horrible I know!   The rebath was so bulky and really took up some room in the bathtub/shower area, the floor and the lovely green tile all over the place was just ugly beyond words, the color of the walls was greens as well, so needless to say it was very ‘mossy’.   Not something you want to think of when you are entering the place where you shower!  HA!

So this Christmas Teddy and I purchased a new bathroom for one another as our gifts.  We also did stockings but the bathroom was the best present I’ve ever received by far! 

What a difference! 

The After:


This is the new mirror and the new glass towel/stuff holder.  We purchased the mirror at Garden Ridge….so pretty good price there! 

We kept the existing white vanity, the existing toilet, and the existing light fixture….but we moved it up about 6 inches.  Teddy also put up crown molding up top to finish off the look.  The new color on the walls is Behr Dolphin Fin.  I have been a gray freak lately.  I love it!  Such a nice backdrop for everything.

My favorite part is the new floor.  That mossy green went bye bye for good!  The plant on the back of the toilet is an Orchid however the blooms fell off.  It lived for a while and after reading up on it I think it will bloom again!  I hope anyway!

And the new shower/bath!  All new tile and SO MUCH BIGGER because that big bulky rebath is gonzo!  I love it! 

A lot of the major remodeling was done by contractors but we (as in Teddy) did the demo of the old stuff, the painting, crown molding, decorating, etc. 

I’ve also been busy redecorating the bedroom, living room, and dining room….I’ll do my best to show you all those changes too!  I think it took me a while to get my own style of decorating down because my sister and I lived together until she bought her own house and got married several years ago….so even as an adult I just let her and my Mom do all the decorating and stayed quiet!  Not that there was anything wrong with how they decorate but it is fun having my own style finally.  I would say my style is modern/vintage…..I love antiques and new pieces to be in the same room….I’m not all about one room looking REAL modern or REAL vintage….I love the mix of both. 

The thing I will remember about remodeling the bathroom the most is that Ben’s 30th Surprise Birthday party was at our house 1 week after the bathroom was done with the bulk of remodel however we still had to paint, find the mirror, etc.  So I was freaking out about getting it finished but couldn’t tell him why….so I was a nervous wreck about the bathroom and just generally throwing someone a surprise party….which btw ANXIETY ATTACK!  GEESH!  Overall it was a fun time for both of us and our house is better from it!

The song….

My sweet husband erased all my songs from my IPhone about a week ago.  We almost got divorced.  I’m not that into music at all really but that’s the issue….I couldn’t even remember what was on the darn thing I just knew I liked it….and the doozy was that I couldn’t access my ITunes account either….I mean he really screwed something up. 

Today I forgave him.  I am sitting doing some work and I have my IPhone on it’s docking station and playing what songs I took from our computer and our first dance song was on there….which I didn’t do….he must have. 

That was a sweet moment…and everytime I hear that song I think of how great it was.  The thing I don’t like about it is that in all the photos my chin is HUGE….guess that chintervention didn’t work so well.  BOO!

Here is the song:

Joshua Radin – Lovely Tonight

I need you to know this won't be broken
And all that we said will not be lost into the dawn
And you would be the last thing I saw coming
I'm still surprised

You are lovely tonight
You dear
Will guide me into the morning light
You are lovely tonight
Lay here beside me
I see the rest of my life with you

Alone we are fine but when we're two we are eternal
The moons have aligned our separate lives
Here become one
And you would be the last thing I saw coming
I'm still surprised

You are lovely tonight
You dear
Will guide me into the morning light
You are lovely tonight
Lay here beside me
I see the rest of my life with you

All my life I've lived alone without you
All this time I couldn't find a way to belong

You are lovely tonight
You dear
Will guide me into the morning light
You are lovely tonight
Lay here beside me
I see the rest of my life with you

What will you do today?

 People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
    Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
    Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
    Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
    Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
    Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
    Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
    Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
    Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
    It never was between you and them anyway.

– Mother Teresa

Honestly Me……I Forgot To Remember

I have mild anxiety.  One would think at my age it would subside and become less and less but it’s not the case.  In fact the worst it has ever been was on my way home from my honeymoon.  The pilot didn’t have a very smooth approach to the runway in Dallas and I for whatever reason lost it.  I couldn’t breath, I couldn’t move my hands out of the clamped together position, and I was balling….I literally had no control over my body whatsoever.  Poor Ben didn’t know what to do.  He was also scared about the plane but more scared about my breathing issue.  I was in the middle of a full-blown panic attack and I had never been there before.  The plane landed.  It took me a good hour to fully settle down and be okay.  Ben was ready to go rent a car and just drive the last leg of the trip.  It took a lot of courage (and medication) to get on that last flight.

I’ve recently learned more than ever that at any moment in life what you thought was your normal can become something “not so normal” and you’re not even sure how to deal, handle, or even exist in this new place. 

Lately my mind and life has been filled with an exceptional amount of anxiety, stress, and self-doubt.  Dealing with these for me has always been hard but 2 years ago dealing with them would have been different in so many ways….because I would have been alone.  I don’t mean without family or friends but I mean absent of the one living person that I call my soul mate, Ben.  And now existing in my “not so normal” state of mind with him I’ve learned a very valuable lesson.

Two days ago as I sat and tried to understand my current state of existence and how I got here I realized how very blessed I am.  I realized that all this time I had been so wrapped up in all these crazy emotions I forgot to remember that I have a soul mate that is and will always be my very best friend.  The morning of the day I realized this I thought to myself “Had Ben gone to work and never come home would he have known just how much I value his existence and our committment to one another…or would he have only known me for this place I’m in right now?”  Being married is new to me obviously but what an awesome lesson I learned that very moment…..every minute of every day I never want to forget to remember to share the love that I have for my sweet husband with him regardless of my not so normal disposition. 

And the second lesson I learned is to always remember this: 

Proverbs 3:5  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”

I may not understand why something is happening and I take comfort in knowing that I don’t have to or need to.  The lesson and the outcome will all come to light in time…..I have to be patient and faithful that I’ll get through with the love of Ben and God.

Sometimes life happens and anxiety wins for me but today I feel I have remembered to never forget these valuable lessons.