Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Goodies!

Christmas desserts! Here are some fun Christmas themed desserts I made this year to serve at our Christmas parties!
First off, "Reindeer Poop!"
 This Reindeer Poop was definitely a 'Pinterest Fail" one of the kids in my class gave me a batch and tey were delicious! So naturally, I looked up a recipe on Pinterest to make my own and share the deliciousness with everyone else! I found the recipe here: http://sosimplystephanie.hubpages.com/hub/christmas-oreo-cookie-balls
The hardest part was coating the oreo balls with chocolate!! They looked horrible, but they still tasted good!!

Next Up, "Hot Cocoa Cupcakes"
These are just your basic boxed chocolate cupcake, but they are topped with vanilla frosting and mini marshmallows to look like a cup of hot cocoa! I added a little candy cane on each cupcake to make it look festive! Super cute!

Just your classic funfetti cupcakes, topped with a variety of Christmas sprinkles! They all look a little bit different but are all equally yummy!

 Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ty's 2nd Birthday!

Ty turned 2! He is obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse so that was the theme! Since he is a December baby and we live in a tiny house, party planning is difficult! We had the party at The Little Gym. They have all kinds of gymnastics equipment for toddlers! He had a blast!!
This was the invitation! It came out great, just as pictured, I had to order as a printable and have printed myself, I found on etsy from: AmandasPartiesToGo

 My sister ordered this shirt for him off of Etsy! super cute!
 Luckily my best friend is pretty much the cake boss of CT, so she made this awesome Toodles cake!
 The cupcakes were even more amazing with each different Mickey character represented! She is the best!

 The dessert table!
 My own masterpiece of Mickey cupcakes made with crushed mini oreos as the topping, and 2 mini oreo halves as ears!

 We also handed out Mickey and Minnie ears to everyone as they arrived! Not very practical for the kids during a party where they are running and flipping, but they were cute! My sister ordered them off etsy.

Goodie Bags! (or buckets) I hate giving rinky dink toys that no one wants, so instead I try to do a more practical goodie bag, each bucket was $1 from the Dollar Tree, I purchased Mickey shaped chalkboard labels on Etsy from: VintageBlooming  and wrote each kids name in chalkboard marker. 
Inside are:
  •  Mickey Mouse coloring book
  • Mickey Mouse story book/or/Mickey puzzle (depending on age of child)
  • Straw cup with Mickey Mouse chalkboard label  
 (all $1 from Dollar Tree)
 and a few snacks: 
  • Motts applesauce to go
  • Dried apples (which happens to have photos of Mickey on the packaging & also one of Ty's favorite snacks)
  • A small bag of goldfish
(no cheap candy/junk) I bought all the snacks in bulk at BJ's so anything extra, I just kept for Tyler to bring to school for snack. I probably spent about $4 on each goodie bucket, and hopefully everyone got good use out of them! Extra buckets, I have around the house storing Ty's things.
It was a great party!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall Rice Krispie Treats

 I decided to make some fun rice krispie treats for the fall festival at Ty's daycare! They had a fall festival celebration instead of a Halloween party this year, but I still wanted to do something cute and festive! I started out with some pumpkin rice krispie treats!

  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 Bag of Marshmallows
  • Butter
  • Red & yellow food coloring
  • Tootsie rolls
  • Green frosting for leaves 
    Its super easy! you literally just follow the recipe on the back of the cereal box! When the marshmallows are nicely melted, mix in the red and yellow food coloring until you get your desired orange color. Make sure you add the food coloring BEFORE the cereal! Failure to do so will result in chaos. 
    Once the cereal is nicely mixed into the marshmallows, its time to roll the pumpkins into balls! I definitely recommend spraying your hands with Pam cooking spray before handling and during the rolling of the pumpkins to avoid getting marshmallow and cereal all stuck to your hands! 
    After the marshmallows are rolled, stick a tootsie roll on top for the stem, make sure you do this while they are still warm, once they harden the tootsie roll will not stick.
    Last, take a tube of green frosting and add a vine to each pumpkin.
    Ta da!

    Once I finished the pumpkins I got excited and decided to try some different fall shapes, so I created some corn cobs also.
    For the corn cobs, I used only yellow food coloring and then I simply molded the rice krispies into an oval-corn-like shape, and used the tube of green frosting to make the husk.
    Easy enough.

     Lastly, I kind of over estimated my rice krispie making abilities when I decided to try the candy corn rice krispie treats that I saw on (http://www.glorioustreats.com/) The colors were easier said than done and came out a mess! I ended up just using food coloring to dye vanilla frosting and frosted them the colors they were supposed to be!
    I would definitely classify this one as a "Pinterest fail"

    good luck and happy fall!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mason Jars!

So I recently saw some cool mason jar ideas on Pinterest! I decided to try the see-through colored mason jars. I mixed mod-podge and several drops of different food colorings in the bottom of the mason jar and just tilted the jar in different directions until it was covered in the mod-podge/food coloring. I then rested them upside-down on a paper plate to let the excess mod-podge drip out, for about an hour, then I let them air dry for 24 hrs. I took photos every few hours to see the progress; when you initially coat them in the mod-podge/food coloring mixture, the jars look pastel, but once they dry they are see-through and bright colors.
this is right after i covered them in the mod-podge mixture

a couple hours later you can see them starting to dry

as they keep drying they become brighter

almost there!

before bed, almost dry but not quite

the next morning! done!

for the bathroom! i haven't decided what to do with the rest yet!

I also decided to just paint the insides of a few with acrylic paint to see how it would come out...

I used the acrylic painted ones to style the kitchen where I have a more subtle look going, not too bright. 

This project was super easy! It took about a minute to complete each jar... the long part was the drying and waiting!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week

My latest project has been teacher appreciation week! As a teacher myself, I see how many teachers are overlooked and under appreciated for all of their hard work. I decided to do something fun for my son's teachers at his daycare, there are 5 teachers and the owner, who is not only one of his teachers, but also watches him at home two days a week to help me out. I made them a batch of homemade cookies and brownies and put a tag on saying: "For all of my teachers: thank you for being so sweet, thanks to you, I'm one smart cookie!" I forgot to take a photo of that one. I went to Walgreens and bought a few different gift cards, all the same amount and put them in envelopes with a message.

Two Starbucks gift cards.
One envelope read: "You are a 'tea'-riffic teacher!" The other read: "Thanks a 'latte' for all you do!"

Two Panera Bread gift cards. (They love Panera.)
One envelope read: "You are 'soup'er!" The other envelope read: "I 'loaf' having you as a teacher!"

One Subway gift card.
The envelope read: "There is no 'sub'stitute for you!"

And last but not least, for the owner, a Dunkin gift card that read: "I 'donut' know what I'd do without you!"

I had each teacher choose an envelope. I told them it'd be a surprise what it was but they may be able to guess from my little message on the envelope! They thought it was cute and they seemed to appreciate it! 

Moral of this blog: Don't forget about your children's teachers! They are some of the most important people in your child's life! 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Cupcakes

Here comes Peter Cottontail.. hopping down the bunny trail! Hoppy Easter !! Made some simple Easter cupcakes for Ty's school, here is a pic!
I just used some classic Funfetti cake mix and used food coloring to color vanilla frosting pastel colors for Easter, I found some nice pastel sprinkles as well to top with! A nice variety of colors for the kids to choose from, yum!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Irish Carbomb Cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day

Scrolling few Pinterest I found some great cupcake ideas for St. Patrick's Day! I always like to bring something to Ty's daycare, but I also found a great recipe for some ADULT cupcakes from http://javacupcake.com/2010/01/irish-car-bomb-cupcakes-revisited/

 This is the Irish Carbomb Cupcake! The cupcake is made with Guinness. The frosting is Bailey's Buttercream. and there is a Jameson chocolate ganache in between.
I am not a cupcake or baking expert by any means, but the directions are very thorough and relatively easy to follow as long as you have all the ingredients!

The full batch! All garnished with some festive sprinkles and a Lucky Charm marshmallow! Also so yummy!

And last, the kids cupcakes! Simply boxed Funfetti cupcakes, with some green food coloring, also topped with Vanilla frosting dyed different shades of green, a variety of green sprinkles, and a Lucky Charm Marshmallow! Always yummy for the kids!

Happy Green Day!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Tyler's First Birthday

My son's first birthday was last month, to celebrate we decided to throw a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" Party! My son is a big chunk and he eats through everything, so it seemed appropriate. I got a few ideas off of Pinterest.. It was kind of hard to find party supplies because "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" doesn't seem as popular these days... Luckily, Target happened to have a bunch of Caterpillar accessories back in October/November, and that's when I decided that would be the theme! I was very distracted and forgot to take a photo of the room as a whole, so I only have a bunch of small photos.. The tables all had light blue table cloths, with a "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" bucket (filled with candy) at each one as a centerpiece. There were assorted bright-color balloons tied to every bucket.

This is the invitation... the photo quality isn't very good because I used my phone to take a picture of the computer screen when I ordered them. I couldn't find any kind of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" invitation templates on any website, so I had to create my own. I used shutterfly and found a green star template with three photos. I typed in "Hungry Caterpillar Invitation" into google photos, thats where I found the title; there were a bunch of cute ones, but this was the easiest to edit.. however another child's name was in Tyler's place, so I simply edited it in paint. I cut out the other kid's name and typed Tyler's perfectly and used that as the third "photo" space on the card.

This idea was found on pinterest, I found printables of the book pages and glued them on construction paper.... the plum page is missing because apparently plums aren't in season in December, and you cant find them at any local Stop & Shops!

"On Monday he ate through one apple. But he was still hungry." 
We cut up a few of each fruit for the appetizer table, but saved one whole fruit to stick the sign in... I used a long toothpick and taped it to the back. Since one side is sharp, it was easy to stick into the fruit.

"On Tuesday he ate through two pears. But he was still hungry." 

"On Thursday he ate through four strawberries. But he was still hungry." 

"On Friday he ate through five oranges. But he was still hungry." 

We used balloons to simulate a caterpillar over the food table.

I put out a copy of the book on the gift table as a guestbook, with a little sign above asking to sign. I wish I had used a large copy instead of a boardbook, because a lot of people didn't even see it.

Some little "apple" cupcakes with a caterpillar crawing through...

The Very Hungry cake created by my best friend.

The inside of the cake! Awesome!

Ty's "smash cake"

Big boy blowing out the candles. He loves to be the center of attention.

The goodie-bag table.

A closer look at the goodie-bags. There were only 8 kids at the party, so it was easy to personalize the goodie-bags; The kids ranged from 1 year to 8 years. At target I found: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" themed: Snack Containers, Sippy Cups, Small Buckets, & Kid's socks. I personalized each snack container/sippy cup (based on age) with the child's name, and filled them with Hershey kisses. The girl's buckets were filled with bows and other girly things, boy's buckets were filled with cars and stretchy lizards. I had no luck finding cheap copies of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar in bulk online, so I went to a small local thrifty bookstore and found like 20 brand new copies of Eric Carle's "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?" Each for only $1.00! (Originally like $8.00 each); I figured, they were both by Eric Carle, and it was such a good deal, I couldn't pass it up! So each child got a copy. Last, I printed out name tags with a caterpillar on each. I was very proud of these.

Snack container & Sippy cup

Some of the different buckets from the centerpieces & goodie-bags.

The very happy birthday boy with his own little smash cake.

At the beginning of the party he was in his little suit...