Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Little Way Valentines


Your Little Way Brightens My Day

Our oldest daughter finished creating these rose heart covered pretzels and chocolates last night for today's St. Valentine feast day party while I made up some labels for the treat bags! We all had to be extra creative this year, using stuff we already had in our pantry and decorating stash since I haven't been able to get to the store, and she did such a great job!


Rose Hearts Pretzel Supplies: 


Rose Lollipop Supplies: 

Here is the link to our free printable documents with the Little Way labels. The quote was inspired by these cute Saint Valentines available from Salutare. 

These treats would also make a great Little Flowers craft or favor for upcoming Little Flowers Girls' Club tea parties this spring!



Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nutter Butter Heart Cookie Valentines


"We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become." 
~ St. Clare of Assisi

Inspired by these Simplified Nutter Butter Hearts, one of the girls spent some time making Nutter Butter Cookie Heart Valentines this past weekend in preparation for a St. Valentine's party and card exchange tomorrow afternoon. They were so easy to make and turned out darling! 


All she needed to make them was some Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies (we had some left over from her older brother's recent Ski themed birthday - I posted his Ski Cake but still need to post the rest of the pictures!), Light Cocoa Candy Melts, and Valentine Sprinkles from our stash. We created some labels with a quote from one of her patron saints to attach to the top of each little treat bag. You are welcome to download our document if you'd like to use it too.









I spent a little time this past weekend transferring some of our past St. Valentine's Day printables from Scribd to Dropbox and updated the links in the posts: 





(Includes Crossword and Word Search)





Saturday, February 11, 2017

On the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes Marian GrottoBernadette, The Little Girl from Lourdes

Last year our girls each received a Marian Grotto Kit in their Easter Baskets! I believe I ordered the kits from Catholic Child. You can also find them over at Sacred Heart Books and Gifts and Amazon. The older girls assembled their grottos last May (for the feast of Our Lady of Fatima - the Our Lady of Fatima Grotto kit is perfect for this year's 100th anniversary!) but Rose saved hers for the February 11th feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  After enjoying French Crêpes and Cocoa for brunch she started creating her miniature grotto! 









Note: The older girls used regular glue and many of their gems eventually fell off and had to be regaled on. It also took forever to dry in between steps. To save some time I helped Rose glue the project together with the hot glue gun. I added the glue and she placed the popsicle sticks and gems. It turned out lovely!





O Lady of Bernadette, with the stars of heaven in your hair and the roses of earth at your feet, look with compassion upon us today as you did so long ago on Bernadette in the Grotto of Lourdes.

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Snowy Mountain Ski Resort Birthday Cake


Today is Ranger's 15th birthday! His birthday celebration started a day early (the ski resort is closed today) with a day trip up the mountain and his very first ski lesson. Today we continued the celebration at home. His cake didn't end up quite like I originally envisioned, but I managed to pull it off despite my pregnancy nausea, and really love how it turned out. So did the birthday boy!

He, and his older brother, also had a blast skiing for the first time! More pictures coming soon. 

Ski Cake

Supplies:

Directions:

Prepare and bake cakes according to directions. Cool.


Once the cakes have cooled, slice off one edge of each cake as shown in picture.


Frost the bottom of one of the larger cake pieces with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with the second larger cake piece, bottom side onto the frosting. Place these, cut end down, on cake platter or serving tray,  then place one of the smaller cut pieces in front of the two larger pieces, securing with some additional frosting.


Spread a thin layer of frosting on the top and sides of the cake to seal crumbs. (Opt: place in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. This make spreading the final coat of frosting so much easier.) Spread remaining frosting evenly over the sides and top of the cake.


Cut two skier silhouettes from a black Wilton Sugar Sheet and place on cake. You can download the silhouettes I used here.


Decorate the cake with White Sparkling Sugar and Snowflake Sprinkles. I also went around the base of the cake creating dots of frosting with Wilton Decorating Tip, No. 7.


Melt candy melts according to directions. Place melted candy in a disposable decorating bag or baggie and snip off corner.  Using the melted candy, create trees on wax paper. I just made these freehand, starting with the brown tree trunks first on some followed by the white snow covered branches, and then switching it up by starting with the white branches first and then finishing with the brown tree trunks.  I made 15 trees of various sizes. I also added White Sparkling Sugar to some of them for extra sparkle! :)


Once the candy has hardened, carefully arrange the snow covered candy trees on the cake to complete the snowy mountain scene. 


I'll be back soon to share the rest of the 15th birthday ski party pictures! 

You can scroll through all our past birthday cakes and party themes here

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sponsor Love:: Quarterly Update & Current Specials {scroll to the bottom for a feast day giveaway!}

It's time for another quarterly update on all my amazing sponsors here at Shower of Roses. I also have some great coupon codes to share with you as well! Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a chance to win a little gift package from me which will include books for a couple upcoming feast days including a copy of Saint Valentine and the brand new Paddy and the Wolves: A Coloring Book about Saint Patrick When He Was a Boy

Please welcome my new sponsors:

Catholic Crafts from 
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In addition to visiting the shop over at Etsy, you can also follow Naturally Catholic at Facebook for updates!

We gave this Our Lady of Fatima Puzzle from Naturally Catholic to our children On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima - May 13, 2016. It is perfect for the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima this year! 

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Last Supper Wood Blocks are perfect for Lent. We even included them around our Pentecost Cake last year!

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