Saturday, May 28, 2011

Forget Halloween! I'll Wear The Costumes Now!

If any of our readers attended kamp with me last year you'll remember how crazy about the amazing costume parties I am. Seriously... I love making costumes! Last summer at kamp they had a party themed "After Dark in the Ark" This is where the real party animals come out! I decided I was going to be a peacock! I cut apart an old dance costume, made gloves out of the sleeves, put together a POOFY tutu added tons of peacock feathers and this was the final product! (You can't see the back of my head but I had pinned about 10 feathers in it)

This summer the parties are..
Justice League
Batman, Superman, The Hulk, and Ironman have nothing on this K2 party! We have superheroes like you have never seen before. Come to K2 this summer for a party that will make you fight the bad guys and realize how good you look in a cape. Break out the capes, masks and your best superhero outfit and you will be ready to go for this night! We need all the superheroes to unite so we can dominate this party

Club Deuce
Ever want to go back in time? Well, this summer we are going to take a spin through every decade! We will be dancing our way through the 50’s and their poodle skirts, the 70’s and the tie-dye sensation, and even the 90’s with all your favorite boy bands! But it’s not just those 3 decades, we will be hitting every decade in between. So come dressed for any decade you want! Go dig into your grandparents’ closet for their best polyester outfits. Your parents probably have some great 80’s prom attire. Whatever decade you pick, just make sure you go all out for it! This party is going to last awhile…about 6 decades!

X-Games have nothing on K2 Summer 2011! Gear up for this party by sporting your most extreme gear. You can go safari like Bear Grylls, total snowboarder like Shaun White, or completely extreme in anything. At K2 this summer extreme will completely blow your mind! You will be trained and challenged in extreme games and maybe even have X-Games of our own. So come dressed as ANYTHING extreme…think helmets, knee pads, neon, crazy hair wigs, camo…anything extreme works for this crazy party!

Redneck Olympics

Where’d I put those overalls? We hope you can find them because these Olympics will have no fancy ski suits, sparkly gymnast tights or nike goggles. For these Olympics you need your best straw hat, overalls and country boots. You can come dressed as the Clampits or come dressed as a southern belle. Whatever you wear just make sure it is down home country and ready to do some Olympic sports like you have never seen!

Most of you have probably heard of Atlantis. The secret island underwater or the 5 star resort; but most of you have probably never heard of Lamplantis. Lampe has now discovered that there is a secret underwater world and this summer the horrible molemen will come to take over the beautiful Lamplantis. So come dressed to be a part of Lamplantis by sporting your best resort attire, underwater scuba diver, or geeky treasure hunter. This 5 star kamp is waiting for you!

Sounds like a blast huh? Well I'll let you in on a few of my costume secrets!
Justice League - I'm hoping to make an incredibles costume!
Club Deuce - I'm going 80's all the way!
K-Extreme - If all goes as planned (aka I need to find a khaki cargo shirt and shorts) I'll be going as the Crocodile Hunter! G-Day mate!
Redneck Olympics - Not 100% sure on this costume yet... Probably my red cowboy boots with jean shorts and a cowboy hat... Suggestions are welcome!
Lamplantis - This one will take more time and effort if I go through with my costume idea... A mermaid! *sings part of your world* I'm obviously not going to go for the crazy skimpy mermaid... That's just unattractive (And sooo not k-rated) I bejeweled a blue tank top and I have an idea for a skirt (umm I mean TAIL!) As I put together the costumes I'll try to take pics and post them!

With Kamp only about 1 month away I have to start soon!
Until next time!
p.s. sorry for the lack oh photos in this post... Yes I know, photos make everything more interesting...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Costumes, Cupcakes, and Chaos- Oh My!

...So to continue on the subjects of costumes and cupcakes I want to tell you about this weekend, which is not as much about costumes as it is about cupcakes and tornadoes. As you may know, both Maddie and I had dance recitals this weekend only at different studios. She can tell you more about her experiences later if she so chooses, but right now I'm going to tell you about mine.
    It all started with the cupcakes. My mom and I planned to have this nice picnic right before my recital and the dessert of choice was cupcakes. So Saturday morning, the day of my four (FOUR!) recitals I whipped up two dozen Funfetti cupcakes and some of Maddie's delicious frosting. Then I had this stellar idea to make them look like little ballerinas, and in order to do that, we'll need marzipan (duh). Never made it before. Let's see, first ingredient: almond paste. Well, how do you make that? Okay, the recipe is on page 780. Now, one pound of almonds. Good thing we have that almond tree in our backyard! Wait, we live in Minnesota and almond trees can't survive in our climate? Great, now let's hop on over to the store. Good, now we have all we need to make this bad boy... oh my gosh! It's time to leave!
    Well, we got as far as the almond paste. So we quickly frosted the cupcakes which were the tutus and molded the almond paste into a head and arms. This was the product:

Yeah. I'm no Cake Boss, but they work.
    At the recital, I'm waiting for my mom and the clan to get there so we can have lunch. Five minutes go by, then ten, then fifteen, and when a half an hour goes by I'm really starting to get ticked off. Don't they know I'm starving? I've been dancing all day! They CANNOT have a good reason for this. But eventually my mom does arrive, and just when I get ready to make a snark comment: "I'm sorry we're so late! There was a tornado and we had to stay in the basement for 45 minutes." Huh-wha?
    Never mind.
    Moral of the story: When life throws you a tornado, eat a cupcake.

; )


    Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  ~Philippians 4: 6-7

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Baking for Dummies (by dummies)

    Hi everyone! Welcome to Baking for Dummies! Today we'll be making carrot cupcakes with walnuts and REAL carrot shavings. Now, we use the word "cupcake", but don't be fooled; these suckers can also be served for brunch.
    You'll need:

    ~ carrot cake cake mix
    ~ water, oil, and eggs in amounts specified on the box
    ~ 1 large carrot
    ~ 1 cup walnuts (optional)
    ~ large bowl
    ~ electric mixer and beaters
    ~ wooden spoon
    ~ muffin tins
    ~ paper cupcake liners
    ~ a spoon
    ~ an oven mitt
    ~ an oven
    ~ hands

    Set oven to 350 degrees so you don't forget to do it later. Trust me, it just works better. To prepare, put a paper cupcake liner in each one of the cups of the muffin tin and grate the carrots and chop the walnuts. You can chop them however small you want, it's up to you. Hey, if you want to just skip the chopping and throw the whole nut in there, it's your preference. However, keep in mind that cracked nuts are much easier to eat.

   In a large bowl, thoroughly mix cake mix, water, oil and eggs. Notice the minuscule specks of orange floating in the mixture. Those, my friends are what the folks at Betty Crocker call carrot shavings. Now compare them to your lovely pile of shaved carrots and shake your head in sympathy. Once all the lumps have disappeared in the batter, add the carrots and walnuts. You may want to mix them in with a wooden spoon instead of a mixer so the carrots don't get mushy.
    Now, take your handy-dandy spoon and fill the muffin tins about half full and stick them in the oven to bake for about 25-30 minutes (double-check the directions on the back of the box, I am not 100% sure on this). You may want to check in on the cupcakes every once in a while because the times on the box aren't always correct. Nobody knows your oven better than you... unless you never use it. In which case it's even more imperative that you check on them.

    If you want to frost the cupcakes, this is an opportune time to make the frosting. It just so happens that Maddie has an amazing recipe for cream cheese frosting. Warning: If you're on a diet, this is NOT a good recipe for you.
    You will need:
    ~ 1 eight ounce pack of cream cheese (room temperature)
    ~ 2 cups powdered sugar
    ~ 2 sticks butter (...and this is why it's so darn good)
    ~ 1 teaspoon vanilla
    ~ small bowl
    ~ electric mixer

    Mix together and VOILA! you have the world's tastiest frosting. Once your cupcakes are done, take them out with your oven mitt protecting your precious hand (wow, that was creepier than it should have been) and let them cool for about five minutes. Then you may begin frosting your masterpieces.

Bon appetit!

Then enjoy!



Of course we forgot to take a picture of the
finished product, but this is what we wish
they looked like.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Commendable Feat

    Guess what I did this weekend! Go on, just guess... you'll never guess- MY MOM AND I SURPRISED MADDIE ON HER BIRTHDAY! I know, I know, hold the applause. Aw, this is just embarrassing.
    This is how it all went down: about six months ago we collabbed with Madeline's mom to create a master plan on how to carry out this phenomenon. It involved us driving five hours to her house, whispered phone calls from bathrooms, and parking a block from her house until just the right moment. How we kept this secret from the Master Snoop I have no idea, but as soon as my mother and I reached our destination and realized how momentous this really was, these were our faces:

Ignore the fact that I look like I'm going to kill someone.

    And I guess Maddie was pretty excited when she found us standing at her doorstep, too. She even liked the gift we gave her! I found this incredible book called Knit Your Own Royal Wedding and knew this must have been made especially for my best friend. It even comes with a paper balcony for the dolls to stand on. Let me tell you, it's pretty adorable. Also, I gave her a CD and book of French phrases and a bookmark.

Look familiar? It's kind of hard to see, but it says
Keep calm and have a cupcake

    Then we packed the weekend to the gills. Friday night we went to a Gamblers game (my first- SIEVE! SIEVE! SIEVE!- Gamblers won 4-1 against the Cedar Rapids Roughriders) and then to Coldstone in honor of the victory.
This is the Gambler's mascot, Ace. He was very nice,
even for a human.
Madeline, reveling in her seventeen year-old power.
    On Saturday we painted the downstairs of her church in the morning, shopped in the afternoon, and had one of her friends, Lillianna, over to watch The King's Speech. Then, after church on Mother's Day we went to Curly's Pub and the Packer's Hall of Fame underneath Lambeau Field.

...And again, Madeline reveling in power

Lombardi was given the keys to three cities, two of
which are Atlantis and Jersey Shore.
    We ended the wonderful visit by going to see Soul Surfer. It was a really good movie and it even inspired Maddie and I to take up surfing. That was only because having an accident and becoming world-famous one footed tap dancers didn't seem like it would work out. Oh, and we also choreographed a dance to Till the World Ends, which may or may not be coming out in video form in the not-so-near future. I know, I hate having to be so vague, but we haven't even finished the dance yet. I can promise you it's pretty amazing, though.

    We hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

A congratulatory telegram to Vince Lombardi from his mom



Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Royal Wedding!

Hello blog friends!

The question of the weekend... Did you watch the Royal Wedding?

I did watch it, but not live. I really wanted to get up but I didn't like the 3 am wake up call that would go along with it. So I watched the recaps that have been running 24/7 since the Royal event. So here's my two "pence"

1.) Kate nailed the dress.  

I think Kate looked absolutely STUNNING in her dress, very modest, very appropriate, and it will be a dress people will be copying for years to come. A perfect dress for a Princess!

2.) The music was fabulous!

I have no idea what music was played but I loved the song Kate walked down the aisle to, please, if you know the "Royal Wedding Playlist" leave a comment and let me know! 

3.) The kiss was sweet!

Short but sweet, very appropriate!

4.) Mad as a HATTER!
I'm totally planning on bringing crazy hats back to the U.S! Anyone with me?

Princess Euginie and Princess Beatrice stole the morning with their hats.

Queen Elizabeth, very classy. Yellow is a huge color for spring, and the beading/roses added just enough "bling" without taking away from Kate!

The Spencers, Williams cousins, Amelia, Eliza, and Kitty. I rather like their hats!

Princess Letizia :) I think her pink outfit/hat is pretty!

David and Victoria Beckham! I love Victoria's hat, very fierce, just like her, and that top hat is just so awesome. He's also really cute. Hello Handsome!

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Amazing hat structure.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, I love love love this hat. I really like how it looks like a headband!

These are just a few of the HUNDREDS of hats at the wedding, every woman was required to wear one! I still am trying to figure out how in the world they get those hats to stay on! Many of the more "publicized" hats were designed by milliner Philip Treacy

That's all for now folks!  See ya later!

Great touch added for the license plate! "Ju5t Wed!"



The Post Prom Post

    Well, hello there! (in the words of Madeline Weinstein) Last night I, Breanna, went to prom. And I have to say- I had a blast. I am also proud to say that I only spent $9.00 on my dinner at the infamously pricey Signatures (including tax). Okay, I'm done boasting.
    I don't know if I would say it was at all magical. It definitely isn't the dramatic mess that it is sometimes portrayed to be. I'd say it was just another over-decorated dance. Not to sound like a pessimist or anything, I'm just saying it's nothing to get too hyped up about.
    The gym was decorated with white and yellow balloons, twinkling lights, cute balloon hard-candies and painted paper plate lollipops. There were even Wonka chocolate bars on the tables around the dance floor(Yes, win!). The whole idea actually turned out much better than I had originally thought.
    All in all, though, I had a really good time getting all dressed up and eating caviar and smoked salmon on rye and dancing my shoes off (and practically my dress... stupid double tape)! And I do believe I promised some pictures in my last post, so here they are:


My mom is really weird when it comes to poses.
This is me staring off into space/rolling my eyes.

Meet my friend, Rachel. This is us displaying our corsages.

And this was the dance floor in the middle of our gym.
This picture was taken during a slow dance-my only
opportunity to take pictures- the rest of the time my friends
 and I were out there dancing like banshees.