Monday, February 2, 2015

A Fun Week of Thank You's!

 I wanted to make some thank you treats for my dear friends who helped throw my baby showers.
 I made these buggy tags super quick with my "Life's a Party" Cricut cartridge.  It was meant for a card but I just cut it into a tag instead, added some washi tape and string.
Treat #1 I added these to the bottom of all the boxes and cups.  I found them on the PlainChicken website.
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispies
(Printable Recipe)

  • 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal*
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts*
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows*
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 pounds white chocolate chips (2 12-oz packages plus 1 1/3 cup) or 1/2 pkg. white almond bark.
In a large bowl, combine cereal, peanuts and marshmallows. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and peanut butter on High for 1 minute and then in 30 second intervals until fully melted. Stir chocolate into cereal mixture. Mixture will be slightly runny. Drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper. Let set until firm, 2 hours. Store in an airtight container. 
*I added more cereal, peanuts, and mallows to the 1/2 pkg of almond bark and 1 cup peanut butter so that it wasn't so runny.  I just added until it looked good (maybe a half cup more of each)
 I added some chocolate drizzle so they weren't so bluh!
 Treat #2 Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bark.  I found this on the Cravings of a Lunatic website.
  • 1 1/2 cups (250 g) milk chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli brand) 
  • 1 1/2 cups (250 g) peanut butter chips (Reese's brand)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) shortening (I used 3/4 tsp. coconut oil instead)
  • 1/2 cup (250 g) skor toffee bits (I ended up using more because thats my favorite part- I just sprinkled until I was happy)
  • Instructions
    • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
    • In a microwave safe bowl melt the milk chocolate chips on medium heat for about 1 minute, check the chocolate by stirring it, if not melted you can turn on again for 30 seconds. Check and stir again. Repeat if necessary. The chocolate should be smooth.
    • In a second microwave safe bowl combine the shortening and peanut butter chips and microwave on medium heat for 1 minute, check the peanut butter chips by stirring it, if not melted you can turn on again for 30 seconds. Check and stir again. Repeat if necessary. The peanut butter chips should be smooth.
    • Spoon each one alternately in lines on the pan you line with parchment paper. Just add it randomly, doesn't need to be any rhyme or reason to it. Continue until all the melted chocolate and peanut butter is on the sheet. Now take a butter knife and start to pull it through the colours to create a marble effect. I like to do mine in lines and pull straight through. I like the look of it. But design yours any way your little heart desires. It sets up quick so you may want to do this halfway through the process.
    • Toss the skor toffee bits on top. Then use your hand and press the bits into the chocolate a little so you don't lose them all when you break it up.  That's why I like to add more!
    • Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for about an hour to set up.
    • Remove from the fridge and break into pieces.
    • Serve with a big old chocolate and peanut butter smile!
 This is what it looks like after you break it up.  I learned that you need to break it as soon as you take it out of the fridge because the chocolate chips become a little soft once they get to room temp. again which makes it harder to break.
 I found these little boxes at Hobby Lobby!  I love the colors!
 I also found these little cups at Hobby Lobby too!
 This week I also made a thank you plate for my kid's dentist.  I included some of the white chocolate peanut butter krispies but made chocolate covered berries too!  Have you ever had chocolate covered raspberries?  They are the best!  They don't look as pretty but I think they taste better than the strawberries. You have to try it!
Thank you friends for the wonderful baby showers!  You are so kind!  I can't wait to meet my new little guy and use all these awesome gifts!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

You're So Sweet, I Could Squeeze You!

I just got released from my youth calling at church and I wanted to do something for all the girls to show them how much I love them and will miss them.  I found this lemon idea online from The Multiple Blessing website.  I love being cheesy and thought this sounded most like me.  
 You're so sweet, I could squeeze you!  Yep, right up my alley! And since I love hugging the girls it was perfect.
 This is what I put into the cups: lemon (I found these small Meyer lemons at Sams Club), lemon flavored drink mixes, lemon heads, lemon Jolly Ranchers, Lemon Drops, a heart straw, and most importantly I made a little bookmark that included my testimony and something I loved about each of the girls.  I really wanted them to remember this most about me!

I am really going to miss these amazing girls! I hope I got the point across that I adore and love them!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pink Rosette Cake for Aryana

 I made this cake for my sweet neighbor Aryana.  She is turning 2!
I have a hard time looking close at this.  It was hard having each layer a different color and trying to get each Rosette even to cover the empty spaces.  It was fun practicing.  I don't know how other people do this, probably lots of practice and/or more skill!
 I made this little banner to distract from the imperfections.  I used washi tape for the tags and some pinwheels that attach to straws (Hobby Lobby.)

How adorable is she and her cute birthday outfit that just so happens to match the cake perfectly!  It wasn't even planned! Happy Birthday Aryana!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Elmo Party for Lola

 I made this for my sweet neighbor Lola who is turning 2. We tried to add as much pink as possible.
 I used the same platter for Lucy's Hello Kitty cake.  I added a tutu to the bottom of my round cake board and set it on a big soup can wrapped in white paper.
The Elmo cake is chocolate with cream cheese frosting and the mini cupcakes are vanilla with cream cheese frosting.  To decorate the Elmo I just copied the instructions on the cake pan although I had a hard time getting the nose and eyes to look smooth.  I did use the grass/hair tip for his fur instead of a star tip which was so much easier.
 I made a few of these Elmo cupcake toppers to add to some of the mini cupcakes.
 I found the Happy Birthday Elmo images from the Haath Se website.  I used a 1" hole punch to cut them out then backed them with some flower images I cut from my Cricut.  I glued them to a sucker stick and added some pink Baker's Twine.

 I had to include some pics of the party decor.  This makes me want to sing the song...

Take Home Bags
 I love the tag!
This is Lola and her adorable Elmo birthday outfit.  So sweet!  Happy Birthday Lola!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Do you want to build a Snowman?

 It was Wyatt's turn to bring the snack today and this is what we decided to do.  Ethan's class loved the snowman kits last year and it's so easy and cute!
 I got the tag here from the purple pumpkin blog.
 The 4x9 cellophane bags fit this tag perfect.
 We used pretzels for arms, marshmallows for the body and feet (regular and mini sized,) raisins for his buttons and eyes (chocolate chips would be yummy too but we needed this to be more healthy,) and orange tic tacs for his nose.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

It's A Girl!

 I had the privilege of making these for Tacie's baby shower.  I used my go to recipe:
Sugar Cookies:
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup butter (creamed)
1 cup sour cream
Combine & beat until creamy. Add 6 1/2 cups flour and 2 tsp. baking soda, and 1 tsp. salt. Mix well. Roll out on floured counter 1/2 inch thick. Or place between sheets of parchment paper roll out, freeze for 20 minutes, then cut shapes out and put on cookie sheet. (This method will keep you from having to use so much flour which makes your cookies taste like flour :)   Bake for 10 min. @ 350.
 It was fun decorating these for a girl shower this time.  I found some really fun designs online that I copied.
Pink Baby Bottles

Baby Bibs

 I got so giddy when I saw this beautiful set up that Joy did.  I wish I could take credit for some of it. My cookies are just an after thought to this fun table which I'm totally okay with. Hopefully you won't mind all the pics but I was in love and want to remember this.
 Look at this adorable diaper cake!
 I also really loved her table cloth and runner.
 This was the biggest veggie tray basket I have ever seen.  I actually can take credit for the celery and radishes on this tray. =)
Beautiful wreath
 Love the lanterns! Oh and there are some cookies, blah, blah, next...

Baby Carriage fruit tray
Take home treats: party mints in boxes and thank you suckers!
 She made these wreaths for the front door! Loved it all!