Fresh Watermelon Birthday Cake

Fresh Watermelon Cake

Two of my nephews, my niece and I made this fresh fruit cake to serve with dinner on their Mom’s birthday. My sister-in-law is a fan of fruit so it seemed like the perfect time to make this cake (it was on our summer 50 to-do list). I used a semi-large seedless watermelon and a small round seedless watermelon to make the tiers. I cut them at home by myself. It was difficult to get exact rounds even though I used a bowl as a guide. It took me at least 35 minutes to get the tiers cut. I was disappointed that the tiers were wonky but once we added fruit it looked fine!

I packed up my cutting board, knife, cookie cutters, toothpicks, and skewers, spaghetti (to attach the letters, flowers and leaves), and all the fruit and transported it to my sister-in-laws house where we assembled the cake on their back deck.

Watermelon Cake Diagram

I was inspired by this, this, and this. I knew it might be a little chaotic making this with several people so I made a drawing as a guide. While we made the cake the kids enjoyed eating the fruit scraps and discovered that their Border Collie does not like apples. But my nephew told her it was “human” (food) and then she ate a slice!

Fresh Watermelon Cake back

Yes this cake is not as perfect as it would be if a food stylist worked on it for hours by themselves. But I think that this is more special. It was a memorable project to complete with my niece and nephews and a special gift for their Mom. The family of 7 enjoyed eating the fruit and my sister-in-law was very thankful.

Fruit used in our cake:

  • Seedless watermelon
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Green grapes
  • Pineapple
  • Apples (dipped in pineapple juice)
  • Honeydew melon
  • Strawberries

Fresh Watermelon Cake Top

If you decide to make your own fresh watermelon and fruit cake here is my advice:

  • Think about color when planning your cake.
  • Make a sketch before you go grocery shopping so you buy the fruit you need.
  • Buy a mixed variety of fruit (this is not a cheap project).
  • Don’t worry if your tiers don’t look perfect – cover them with fruit.
  • Allow a lot of time to complete this project! This took at least 1.5 hours to cut and assemble.
  • If you will cut letters or shapes make them first (to make sure you have the fruit you need and to get the most difficult part done first).
  • Have a lot of people available to help eat your cake.
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Jellyfish Rice Lunch

Jellyfish rice lunch

I made this as an easy meal my husband could heat up on a night he came home late from work. It could also be eaten for lunch. The sides are in silicone cups for easy removal before heating in a microwave.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Jellyfish – press cooked hot Nishiki rice (or short grained sticky rice) into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap then carefully remove rice from cookie cutter, cooked zucchini with salt, pepper and a little butter

Top Right: Fish – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter

Bottom Right: Blackberries with a shark pick

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5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Prizes

Edited: The giveaway is now closed. I will notify the winners.

I am very excited that it is my 5 year blogiversary! I am celebrating with a giveaway in appreciation for my readers. I have a prize for a person with an United States of America address and a prize for a person with an international address (outside of the U.S.A.)

USA Prize 5 Year Blogiversary

Items in the USA prize:

  • Bento Lunch Box
  • Spring Cookie Cutters
  • Leaves Imprint Plunger Cutters
  • Purple Cabbage Cups
  • Lettuce Cups
  • Spring Imprint Plunger Cutters
  • Animal Fork Picks (5 different animals)
  • Animal Fork Picks (6 different animals)
  • Gnome picks
  • Black cat picks
  • Bear, Elephant, Bunny picks
  • Hello Kitty picks
  • Vegetable picks
  • Eye picks
  • Candy/donut picks

International Prize 5 Year Blogiversary

Items in the International prize:

  • Eye picks
  • French forks
  • French picks
  • Flower picks
  • Candy/donut picks
  • Cherry blossom picks
  • Lilo & Stitch picks
  • Animal & tree picks
  • Number picks

How to Enter:

  1. Please submit a comment telling me if your address is in the U.S.A or international (outside of the U.S.A).
  2. Make sure that I have your email address with your comment.
  3. For an additional entry please subscribe to my blog by email (top right of the page between the header and the social media buttons) and tell me in your comment that you subscribed.

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Prizes cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes. Winner will be randomly selected by a random number generator and notified by the email submitted with your comment. Entries that do not fulfill the mandatory requirements will be deleted. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. If you’ve chosen to subscribe by email for an additional entry, you must still be doing so at the time of the drawing or you will be disqualified, and I will draw again. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. This giveaway ends Friday, July 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. (Edited: The giveaway is now closed)

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Easy Yoda Ice Cream

Yoda Ice Cream candy melt ears

As part of our 50 things to do this summer, my nephew and I made this ice cream treat. It is supposed to be Yoda but maybe it looks like a strange monster. Last year we tried to make Yoda ice cream and it failed since we tried to use ice cream as the ears. We used homemade tortilla chips this year which were much easier.

Ice Cream: Perry’s Mint-Ting-A-Ling 

Head: We used an ice cream scoop to make small scoops on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Eyes: Wilton Candy Eyes

Ears: We cut flour tortilla chips into ear shapes, sprayed a cookie sheet and tortilla ears with cooking spray and baked in 375 oven until done (less than 10 minutes for our shapes). Then we took white candy melts, melted them in the microwave (about a minute) added green food coloring, then spread the now green and melted candy melts onto the cooled tortilla chip ears.

Assembly: It is easier to attach the eyes and stick in the ears if the ice cream is a little soft. After we assembled the Yoda’s we put them back in the freezer until ready to serve.

yoda ice cream sanding sugar ears

Craft Fail!

This is a version we tried with sanding sugar tortilla chip ears (we added green sanding sugar to the cooking sprayed tortilla pieces before baking). I consider it a fail. Also someones finger got into the ice cream but maybe it looks like a mouth.

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16 Birthday Car Themed Bento Lunch

driving themed lunch

In my area when a person is 16 they can take a written test and once they pass it, they get a learners permit to drive. My nephew turned 16 today. He took and passed his written test and can now start learning how to drive a car. I made this birthday lunch for him. When I made it I laughed because while my message is “stop”, a 16 year old normally wants to go. I delivered this to him in time for lunch and was able to visit with him as he enjoyed it. I gave his siblings extra brownies.

Container: Fit & Fresh Bento Lunch Kit

Left Side: Stop Sign – cookie cutter, lettuce, shredded Cheddar cheese, “Stop” – mini cinnamon tortilla chips that I cut with a tiny letter cutter set and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar before baking at 375 for about 5 minutes, brownie with red, yellow, and green M&M’s in a silicone cup

Top Right: Car – cookie cutter with chopped tomatoes and black olives, black beans with salsa

Bottom Right: Red grapes with vehicle picks

Outside of Box: Bag of Bite Sized Tostitos

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Tanabata Star Festival Lunch

Tanabata star festival bento lunch

I enjoy celebrating the Japanese festival Tanabata. My neighbor (and Japanese student) and I made this Tanabata themed lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Brownie with star shaped powdered sugar (sprinkled sugar in a star shaped stencil)

Bottom Left: Stars and Planets snack (with Gerber Graduates – stars, and O shaped cereal), we made the Tanabata pick with printable shrinky dinks and this image that we colored.

Right Side: Star rice balls made using a small star rice mold, carrots (cut with star cookie cutter), celery, blackberries

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Apple Turnover Day

Apple Turnover Day

Happy Apple Turnover Day! I made these very easy and delicious apple turnovers by following this recipe. The dough is frozen puffed pastry and makes this dessert simple to make. I did not use an egg wash or extra sugar on top.

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