Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Easy Christmas Tree Cake

     It's almost that time of year again. It's almost Christmas. Every year I try to avoid thinking about it but ever since I saw one of those holiday countdown memes on Facebook a few weeks ago, it has been on my mind. There's just so much that goes into the holiday: party planning, making ornaments for my nephews, and don't forget all the shopping. Though I have to admit that I've already picked up a couple Christmas gifts. Please tell me I'm not the only one LOL. Since I love to bake, dessert has always been my responsibility for the family Christmas Eve party, so I came up with this easy Christmas Tree cake.

     For my Christmas Tree cake design I used an 8" square pan. After a few attempts on paper I finally created a template that worked well and was ready to start my design. 
     1.  I measured about 3" both ways from the upper left corner and cut across the cake creating the top portion of the tree. 
     2.  Next I cut the cake in half by cutting from upper right corner to lower left corner. The section above the cut will become the bottom section of the tree. 
     3.  I measured about 4.5" both ways from the lower right corner and cut across the cake to form the middle section of the tree.

      4.  I then cut about 0.75" off the bottom right corner since I need a straight surface to form the middle section of the tree
     5.  From the leftover section of cake I cut out a 2.5" wide piece for the tree stump and a star for the tree top.

     Once your cake is assembled, it's time to decorate
     I divided a can of frosting into 4 bowls but put the majority of the frosting in one bowl to dye it green for the tree. I dyed another bowl yellow for the star and the third bowl brown for the tree stump.
     The last bowl will be used to decorate the tree with garland. I chose to leave the frosting the white vanilla color but you can use any color that you want . 

After frosting the cake, I used the white frosting in a sandwich bag with the corner cut off to pipe garland across the cake and then decorated it with candy. I chose to use M&Ms but you can use whatever candy you prefer. This is a great time to let the kids help. 

     Feeling really festive, add some green food coloring to the cake mix before baking for a green tree all the way through. 
    If you're not a cake fan don't worry. This design works great with brownies too. You can use cream cheese frosting instead of the vanilla. 

     Can't wait to see all of your cakes.  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Fun Night Out

I received complementary tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters game from USFG in order to facilitate my review. As always, any thoughts, feelings and opinions shared are my own.

     If you're looking for a fun night out, I've got a great event for you - The Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour.  It had been years since the last time that I had seen the Harlem Globetrotters but I still remember watching in amazement and couldn't wait to see them once again.  Although the players have changed, the fun and excitement of the evening remains the same. It's a basketball game and so much more.

During the evening, in addition to the basketball game, we were treated to the following fun events:

a quick boxing match

a ball spinning competition with children from the audience

a sing along to Adele while our phones lit up the arena

a dancing mascot

t-shirt cannon awesomeness

a guest appearance from Raven of Anna and Raven on Star 99.9FM

and even a dance off

As I mentioned earlier, the players have changed over the years (roster) and I was happy to see a female on the team. We got to watch Ace demonstrate her amazing dribbling skills as the announcer emphasized the importance of "girl power"

Know what's even better than looking at my pictures from the Harlem Globtrotters game? Attending a game yourself. So order your tickets online today and use promo code FUNFAM  to save 25% off your tickets. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Don't Miss Your Chance to See the Harlem Globetrotters

     Looking for a fun family activity to do this winter without freezing your butt off outside? Come see the Harlem Globetrotters on their 2017 tour. I can't wait to see them on Feb 24th in Bridgeport.

     The famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm - plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson* - the Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction.

     You won't want your family to miss it!!  So order your tickets online today and use promo code FUNFAM  to save 25% off your tickets.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lemonade 10 Ways for those Lemonade Days

   As summer gets closer and the temperatures finally start warming up here in New England, there's nothing better that I like to drink than a glass of cool refreshing lemonade. But I get tired of drinking classic lemonade day after day so I turned to my fellow bloggers for their twists on lemonade. 

Pomegranate Lemonade by The Tip Toe Fairy

Easy Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade by The Classy Chapter

Raspberry Mint Lemonade by A Dash of Sanity

Cherry Lemonade by Pizzazzerie

Sparkling Pineapple Lemonade by Create Craft Love

The BEST Homemade Basil Lemonade by Domestic Superhero

Fresh Peach Lemonade by Food, Folks, and Fun

Brazilian Lemonade by Today's Creative Life

Kiwi Lemonade Recipe by Hot Eats and Cool Reads

Do you have a lemonade recipe that you enjoy in the summer? I'd love for you to share it.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Memory to Treasure Forever

     It's here!! My metal hexagon print from AdoramaPix has arrived and I am so excited about it, I just have to share it with you. Look at it, it's beautiful! It looks exactly like the picture I took on the beach that day.

I went with a beach/water themed picture for my AdoramaPix hexagon metal print because I'm redoing my bathroom from animal print to a nautical design and needed some artwork for the wall. Since these metal prints are waterproof/weatherproof I knew they could withstand the steam from the shower without having to worry about it getting damaged by the condensation like my old wooden/glass framed art pieces were. If it gets wet, just wipe it off. You don't have to worry about scratching it because the print is infused onto the metal making it a durable scratch resistant surface that you can even clean with a glass cleaner. With quality like this you know you have a memory to treasure forever. 

The ordering process was so simple, it only took me about 2 minutes from start to submit order. You start the process by choosing the shape you want you metal print to be. Since the Hexagon is their newest shape I chose to go with that design but they do have many other options to choose. You can also select the size of your print. I chose the 9.5" x 11" to best suit my wall space. 
Once you pick your shape and size, just upload your picture. Now it's time to customize it to your liking. You can crop the image to get the best placement for your shape. You can stay with the original coloring or make your print black & white or sepia. If your image is sideways, don't worry they have a rotate button as well. I told you they make the ordering process so quick and easy. 
Next you get to pick the mount that best works with your space. Since I knew that I was going to be hanging it on my bathroom wall I went with the "wall float" mount but they also have these options: no fixture, easel, magnet, and acrylic pedestal. I was surprised when my print arrived to find that they included a level with the mounting kit to make sure that my metal print is hung perfectly. 
The last step is to choose your finish. I went with the glossy white finish but you can pick whichever one your heart desires. AdoramaPix customizes each print to your liking for a truly one of a kind metal print that will last a lifetime. 
The 9.5" x 11" metal hexagon print with a wall float mount like mine will cost you $42 but that includes shipping because AdoramaPix offers free shipping on orders over $39. More good news, as my reader you can save 25% on your Hexagon Metal Prints but using the promo code PXHEXMTL25 before June 15, 2016. Be sure to check out all the great gift ideas offered by AdoramaPix.

I received a free Hexagon metal print from AdoramaPix and USFamilyGuide in exchange for my review. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Display Your Pictures Forever with AdoramaPix Metal Prints

     I love taking pictures but never know what to do with them afterwards. I have thousands of pictures saved to SD cards and I scrapbook a few of them but what about that amazing image that I was able to capture, what can I do with it? I don't want it forgotten about on some SD card or tucked away in a scrapbook, I want to display them for everyone to see. That's why I was glad to learn about AdoramaPix.
     AdoramaPix helps to turn your digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because the images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. So that means you can display it in any room in the house. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints. Check out all their fun gift ideas on their webpage

I can't wait for my 9.5 x 11" Hexagon Metal Print to arrive so I can share it with all of you. Thinking about getting some too? Well order by June 15, 2016 and save 25% off Hexagon Metal Prints with promo code PXHEXMTL25.

I will receive a complimentary print from AdoramaPix through US Family Guide to facilitate my review. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


            Welcome to my blog. Let me introduce myself. I am DeMarie, owner/founder of DeMarie's Dream. I was born and raised in Connecticut but I love to travel. I have a Master's Degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and have spent the last decade working with individuals with special needs. I love to write about the places I've visited, craft projects, recipes and things relevant to my life. I can't wait to start sharing my life with you.