Everlasting Gobstopper Cupcake Toppers

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You know what movie I LOVED as a kid???

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! I mean how could you not!!! A magical factory filled with quirky and fun inventions. And let’s not forget all of the fun crazy candy!! I’m sure I am not alone in this as it is my number one requested custom design.

So without further ado here is the latest addition into the shop.

Everlasting Gobstopper cupcake toppers!

Everlasting Gobstopper cupcake toppers
They were a bit of a challenge to design and I am thinking that is why it has taken me so long to actually create them, but I am so very glad that I did. They measure approx. 3 inches in height and width and are easy enough to cut. You can cut along the perforated line or right up against the edge, then just assemble by attaching onto lolly sticks or picks using tape or glue.

Everlasting gobstopper cupcake topper image
 

They come five to a sheet and you are able to print as many as you would like at home or through a printing service. (That’s always my pick.) An easy and fun way to add a bit more color and flavor to any Willy Wonka Themed party!

 

Everlasting Gobstopper image 
These are available for purchase and immediate download (once payment is processed) through my Etsy shop. You can find out more information in regards to purchasing them HERE. I will be adding quite a few more items and characters relating to Willy Wonka, so please keep up to date if these are the types of party items that interest you!

And as always if you are looking for something custom, please feel free to contact me to discuss design options!!

 

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Ice Cream- You Scream for …..Cupcakes???

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Schools out!!!! Well preschools out over in these parts anyway. And what better way to kick off summer the with some ICE CREAM, but a less messy version. Because let’s face it, kids and ice cream are inevitable a recipe for a sticky, mess.

I use these for the end of the year ice cream parties that my daughter’s pre-school host as a thank you and see ya later, have a great summer type of treat!

I will be offering them as a free printable for a limited time only(Free until July 5th 2014.) After then they can be purchased through my Etsy shop. These are fun and a festive way to add a little something extra to a cupcake to turn them into something more!! Use them for parties holidays or any other fun inspired occasion. They print out on a standard sheet of 8-1/2×11 sheet of paper. All you need to do it print, cut and assemble using glue or tape. These should be wrapped around already baked cupcakes :) Then decorate your cupcakes accordingly!!

 

mixed ie cream party cupcake wrappers
 
 They are always a big hit and can be dressed up as much as you like. For a limited time you can download the ice cream cone version here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)

 

ICe cream cone cupcake wrappers 3
 

The banana split version can be downloaded from here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)

Banana Split cupcake wrapper
 

And last but certainly not least the hot fudge version can be downloaded from here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)

Hot Fudge sundae cupcake wrapper
 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the wrappers! Have a sweet summer!!

 

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Easy Easter Cookies

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I don’t know about anyone else, but lately I feel as though time has been getting away from me more and more. There ALWAYS seems to be some much to do and just never enough time. I figured that adding one more kid to the mix a little over a year ago, wouldn’t upset the running of our smooth engine (ha ha..) of a household, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Two kids, no big deal. Three kids…absolute insanity. I never realized how unraveled everything could get being twisted and pulled like a piece of taffy ALL DAY LONG.

Never the less things I used to have time for, I just don’t anymore. So when I do make something, it needs to be quick, easy and of course fun! I volunteered to make the cookies for my daughter’s preschool class, because I haven’t made anything in a bit and I was feeling the desire to get in the kitchen and create.

Miniature colored dough bunnies and carrots cookies

 

I’m not sure how other Mom’s out there in the world balance kids, a relationship and all the other things that life blesses us with, but for me I had to let go of some of my passions in order to give my children the attention that not only they need, but which they deserve. What that means for this brief moment in time is letting go of trying to make sufficient time to create elaborate decorated cookies, cupcakes, cakes and cake pops. Because try as I might, I am unable to balance that act of doing time intensive creations and  caring for my kids properly.

Let me just add that the little guy is such a PIA , a cute one though and right now and is into EVERYTHING, so until that level of curiosity can be tamed as his independence grows, my stuff needs to be put on a shelf for the meantime figuratively and literally. I may moan about it at times, but overall it’s really fine because I love hanging with my peanuts, they’re awesome. I have also found other things to fill in the tiny cracks of time I find throughout the day, which quells that need to constantly create for now.

But when I do decide to be creative in the kitchen, playing it smart counts for everything. I’ve come to realize and embrace that the abundant plate that life has given me at this point in my life always borders on being full, so there is little to no room for outer distractions or extra time intensive work. Which brings me to these cookies. Quick, easy, fun to make and especially eat, they were a hit among the kids and teachers alike.

colored dough carrot cookies for easter

 When I started making these I had one idea in mind, but since I had dough left over I made a whole bunch of goodies. And they all started with theses bad boys.

Large chocolate cookies with colored dough carrots

 Simple round scalloped cookies with colored dough piped on them to look like carrots. They bake together and prep and clean up is super fast….like really super fast.

 

This is what you will need….

  • Chocolate Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Vanilla Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Orange and Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Decorating Bags
  • Cookie Cutters in whatever shape you like
  • Food safe markers (black)
  • Large round pink sprinkles

Now for cookies I have to admit I use two recipes that I myself did not create. I exclusively use two sugar cookie roll out recipes from LilaLoa. Her End-All for Chocolate Cookies and Vanilla 2.0 Cookie recipes are hands down the best and since trying them out, never found another reason to even try another recipe. So if you are needing or wanting to try new cookie dough recipe these are it. They bake perfectly every time and seriously don’t spread at all. ( Have I mentioned how much I LOVE theses recipes???)

Anyhooooo, You can begin by coloring some of the vanilla sugar cookie dough with the food coloring.

Colored dough decorated carrot cookies

 

 A little of this goes a very looooong way so make an appropriate amount for your baking needs. Start by adding a little water to the cookie dough and mixing it up, so that it becomes very soft and will be easy to pipe out of a decorating bag onto the cookie. But do not add so much water that it becomes liquid like, you just want it to have semi soft peaks. When you get it to the desired consistency add in a few drops of food color to achieve the color you want. Then repeat this process for the second color. Bag the mixture into a decorating bag and just place it to the side for a minute. I the meantime roll out an cut your cookie shapes. 

When all your dough is rolled and paced on a baking sheet you can start adding the carrots. I practiced a bit on a piece of wax paper first to see how I wanted to make them.

colored dough practice carrot cookies

 

I started with the actual carrot first. Just a bunch of zig zaggy lines.

pipe colored dough carrots onto cookie

 

And then I added the greenery on top. Just a bunch of vertical wavy lines worked perfectly.

greenery carrot top cookies

 

And then I baked those dad boys up!

Colored dough carrot cookies easter

 

Remember when I told you not to add too much water???? Well in these guys case I sort of overdid it :( But you can get better lines like I did on these carrot cookies I made last year , but only if you keep the consistency a bit tighter. These were for a bunch of three and four year old, so I’m pretty positive they didn’t care about the loss of detail on my cookies as much as I did.

Either way I had so much fun making them (and my kids did too!) that I made a whole bunch of miniature versions as well! I just used a whole bunch of scalloped mini cutters I had, I believe Wilton makes them.

mini carrot cookies easter colored dough

 

And then because these were so fast and easy, my mind started wandering and I figured I better add in some bunnies to the mix, so those carrots would not go to waste!!! Makes sense right????

mini bunny cookies for easter

 For the bunny noses I just used large pearl Sprinkles these were also a Wilton product. I added them before I baked them ad they held there shape perfectly. I drew on the eyes and the whiskers using a food safe pen, the brand I use is Food Doodler, but Wilton also makes them.

easy miniature bunny cookies for easter

 Just wait until the cookie has cooled before drawing any details or else it will be too soft the draw upon. And then you have an army of sorts of mini bunnies and carrots!

MIni bunny and carrot colored dough cookies

 The larger cookies I shipped of to the students of preschool and the minis were packaged up and sent as gifts for the teachers, who never fail to ask me if by chance I baked anything for the party :) You just can’t buy great tasting cute cookies made with fresh ingredients, things like this have to be created from the love of baking!

I do hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to pin away so others can see how easy these are!!

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Fairy Party Butterfly Dessert Spoons

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In less than three weeks my little peanut Sami Jams will be turning five. As I reflect on the past five years, I am slightly thrown off at how fast it that it really went by. Random people I would meet on line at the supermarket used to look at my frazzled, three kids in tow self and pass along their gentle words of parental wisdom, never forgetting to pat my arm and express to me to enjoy every moment; even the insane ones, because they would grow so fast. But I never realized “how” fast that really meant. So if you are unsure then know fast means ridiculously, you won’t even believe it fast.

She decided that this year she wanted a fairy type of Tinkerbell party. Now I must admit that I like to do as much as I can to make my childrens birthday’s as magical as I think chilhood should be. I want her to look back at these days as ones filled with laughter, love, joy and filled with the type of magic that kids love so much. It all began with the invitation design. I created a stylized version of Tinkerbell as I didn’t wan to get stuck using just ideas relating to the Disney version of her.

Tinkerbell party invitation 5x7 free

I am doing my best to create as many fun themed things to add to the party, beginning with these colorful butterfly dessert spoons.

Fair Party butterfly dessert spoon sparkly

I want butterflies and all things fairy sized EVERYWHERE!! These were super easy to make and work so well to bring some fun and color into a dessert table! I used  a paper punch I purchased through Amazon from Martha Stewart Crafts of a Large Monarch Butterfly. It measures approx 1 -1/2 inches.

Butterfly punch front and back

I punched out a whole lotta’ solid colors…

Punched butterflies dessert spoons

And some patterned ones too….

Patterned punched butterflies dessert spoons

The background I place them on was made with some other fun and vibrant patterned paper. To make these I used a round one inch punch from Fiskars I purchased from Amazon .

unched circles butterfly dessert spoons

 The dessert spoons I used are probably the cutest things ever! I also purchased these spoons through Amazon.

mini dessert spoons

This is what you will need to make them…

  • Butterfly Punch
  • Small Round Punch
  • Miniature Dessert Spoons
  • Solid Colored Card Stock Paper
  • Patterned Card Stock Paper
  • Glue Dots or Glue Gun

Punch out all of your butterflies out of both the solid and patterned paper. Also Punch out all the circles that you will be needing. Fold the top butterfly (patterned paper) slightly in the middle so that the wings fan out.

patterned punched butterfly folded dessert spoons

Using a glue gun or glue dots attach it to another butterfly (solid color).

attach paterned butterfly to solid dessert spoon

 

And then attach it to the round punch paper…

attach buterflies to circle punch dessert spoon

 

Finally attach to the BACK (Flip the spoons over)of the top portion of the spoon.

Fairy Butterfly dessert spoons

 So incredible easy right!!!! These are perfect place in little cups of jello, pudding, cupcakes small cookies or cakes…anything really. They just add a pop of fluttery, fun into any fairy, butterfly or Tinkerbell themed party.

Butterfly fairy party dessert spoons

Hope you enjoy and stay sweet my peeps!

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Easter Egg Cookies Filled with Candy

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I love a good surprise. I also love a yummy decorated cookie, so when you take both of those elements and create this idea of a cookie with a surprise of candy tucked  and hidden inside I’m all about making them. Cookies like these have intrigued me since peeking at these candy filled pinata cookies  some time back and  I have been anxious to make my own version ever since.

As most SAHM know that finding time to do anything for yourself, can at times be a tough. For me as soon as I sit down, someone wants juice, or crackers or a movie on or just me in general. It becomes a challenge to find the time I need to actually pull these ideas from the constant buzz of ideas inside my head to create them. 

These candy filled Easter egg cookies were actually the first version of these cookies I made, even before I made the Pot of Gold version for St. Patrick’s day. That  idea was born as I was working on these and since St. Patty’s day tends to come before Easter,  I posted that one first.

Before I get into the whole shabang, about how I made them I need to insert a small bit of information here. Typically when I make decorated sugar cookies I use Royal Icing to decorate them. I also use Royal Icing when I make sugar toppers for cupcakes like these or these..

But I get a lot and I mean a lot of emails asking me about Royal icing; what is is, how to make it, where to buy it and sometimes just complaints about it. I personally love using it and working with it, as I find it to be unlimited in it’s creative possibilities, but lets be real for a moment.

Preparation, coloring and discovering what the proper consistency can be a bit time consuming for the person using it for the first time. It does even for people like me that have worked with it more. So I have a solution…..for me and for you, for right now. Because as much as I love it, finding the time to prepare it is next to impossible right now and that is at this moment  in time like a sharp pin popping my balloon of creativity.

But I found alternative that can suffice for the time being….ready …wait for it….. Betty Crocker Cookie Icing, you can find it at most grocery stores.

It is not Royal Icing, so it’s not for fine detail, it’s has more of a glaze consistency and never dries as hard as Royal Icing does. But for easy to do quickie decorating it totally works. It colors very easily and the consistency is perfect for outlining, filling and a bit of detail work as long as it’s not so intricate. Its a great alternative a pinch

Now moving on.These cookie were made using an amazing vanilla sugar cookie recipe from LilaLoa.com. As I have mentioned before these are my absolute favorite Vanilla Sugar Cookie as of the moment. If your up to making the dough try her recipe. But if your not feeling that adventurous, go buy some sugar cookie dough at the store, although they most likely won’t hold there shape so perfectly after baking.

This is what you will need…

  • Egg Shaped Cookie Cutter
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Royal Icing or Betty Crocker Cookie Icing 
  • Colored chocolate melts (You could just use this to decorate if you wanted)
  • Gel food coloring to color you icing.
  • Decorating Bags or small plastic baggies
  • Decorating tips/couplers
  • Miniature candies to fill cookies with.
  • Wax Paper

Roll out your sugar cookie dough and cut out your shapes using the egg cookie cutters.  Each cookie is comprised of three parts, so make sure you cut enough cookies out of the dough to be able to assemble them at a later time. Keep two whole and cut a small hole in another (using whatever works.)

Bake the cookie according to recipe directions and allow them to fully cool, before you move onto the next steps. After they are fully cooled you can get ready to assemble them. First I decorated the the tops of the cookies using the cookie icing. I colored the icing I was using a very light pink color. Pipe a nice line around the cookie and let it set.

Do this for every cookie and by the time you finish you can go back and fill in each cookie.You will need to let these sit and dry for a bit before adding in the additional details on top of the cookie.

After they have formed a nice crust on top, if you want to decorate it more you can do so. I used white icing and made a few designs on top of the cookie, to make it a bit more interesting. I started with a zig…

 
And added a little zag….
 
And finished it off with some curve lines and dots Add what you wish here..use your imagination :)

I let the decorated tops dry overnight, but I’m sure a few hours would suffice it you need them faster then that. To put the entire cookie together, get the rest of the pieces and begin assembling them. I used white chocolate candy melts to attach the pieces, because I knew it would dry hard and keep it all together. I just added a bit to the bottom part of the middle layer cookie.

And attached it to the bottom piece.

Let it set up and then the fun begins as you can now fill it with candies! Just don’t overfill it as you won’t be able to attach the top. I used these fun pastel colored hard candies, that my kids call marbles.

Now add the top, I also used melted white chocolate here as well to keep it all together. How pretty!

Let them fully set up before you start doing fun stuff, like cracking them open.

 
I love how those little candies look spilling out of the cookie!
 
 
An easy and hopefully fun filled way to brighten up an ordinary cookie and make it a bit more special for  Easter!
 
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!
 
 
 
 

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Bunny Bites Frozen Yogurt

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If you know me , then you may have seen these  little creations or these. Then you might have realized it would only be a matter of time, before I made another version. I can’t help myself, most of the time my brain just works like this! Some people think of making great architectural structures or the next big technological leap and I think of what I can make out of yogurt.

Just my way of expressing my creativity and doing my part to contribute to the grand scheme of things! :)

Frozen Yogurt bunny bites carrot shapes

Truth is my kids can’t get ENOUGH of these, so it’s my job to think of the next great thing to create. And since I use Greek yogurt to make these they do add a nice protein punch into their diets and make me willing to make them whenever they want them. I personally use Fage yogurt, because it is hands down the best yogurt EVER! (That is strictly an opinion of mine, which makes it sort of a fact in my world.)

The idea of these cute bunny bites popped into my head randomly this morning as I did the half asleep shuffle into the bathroom to brush my teeth. Because most people think of things like this at that strange moment in time right???? Or not.

frozen yogurt bunny bites carrots

Anyways they are super easy to make and only take minutes of your precious time.

This is what you will need……….

  • Yogurt (Greek, I use Fage brand, but use what you like)
  • Food coloring orange and green
  • Decorating bags or plastic baggies to pipe
  • Wax paper

I also use plain yogurt which I flavor and sweeten at home, personally I like it that way as do my kids, but you can use whatever flavor preference you like. Next tint your yogurt orange and green.

tint yogurt

Scoop each mixture into a decorating bag or a plastic baggie and snip off a small piece of the corner to pipe the shapes. Starting with the orange create the shape of the carrot by piping a zig zig type of line onto a sheet of wax paper. Be sure the wax paper is on something that will allow you to transfer the piped images into the freezer.

frozen yogurt carot bunny bites pipe orange

After all the lower portions of the carrots are finished, start adding the greens on top. I also did this by adding a zig zag pattern.

add green frozen yogurt carrot bunny bites

After they are all done, place them in the freezer for about an hour! They will be little frozen bites afterwards

frozen yogurt carrot shaped bunny bites

Be mindful they will melt! But they usually don’t last that long!

What other fun shapes would you like to see these made into???

Give me an idea or four as I would love a new challenge!

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Raspberry White Chocolate Shortcakes

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Fruit, fruit, fruit!

But I’m not just talking apples and oranges here. I’m talking about the big, luscious, bright, vibrant berries I see during my fifty thousand trips I make to the supermarket every week.  I never get everything I need or what I painstakingly took an hour to organize and write upon my shopping list (if I even remember to bring it.)  I always have my three kids with me and well, if you have ever taken your kids food shopping you know what I mean. If your unsure then borrow someones kids for an hour and go food shopping.

But let’s get back to the berries, shall we!! Each time I enter the store determined and focused on my task to get that one specific item I need and keep forgetting, I am immediately greeted by overfilled display stands of ripe intoxicating berries. Which assault (in the nicest way possible.) my senses with their berrilicious splendor. During my latest (but not last) trip to  the market, the raspberries started signing my name super loud  and calling to me, not wanting to ignore them and make them feel bad, I picked up a few containers.  

Raspberries happen to be my favorite berry, obviously because they are sweet and delicious, but I believe more so because they are interlaced with such wonderful memories of my childhood. Being so little and seemingly lost in the magical wonder of my Mother’ magnificent garden, carefully not to get pricked as I picked the ripe, sweet berries bursting with the essence of the Summer. 

Let’s just say that my original mission to pick up eggs or whatever this trip needed is forgotten.So what’s a girl to do??? Pair it with something sweet of course and call it a day! What aisle is the flour and sugar in again??

Raspberry White Chocolate Shortcakes.

Now before I even begin,  I wasn’t even sure I was technically allowed to call this a shortcake. But since I did a little internet research, I was able to find just enough information that justified my actions in calling this just that.

So there! (Just kidding by the way if I am wrong.)

To my surprise these came out even better than I had hoped.  The base that I used for the shortcake is actually a scone recipe I use which I adore, because it is not too dry and not tasteless. It is light and moist and pairs with just about any flavors perfectly.  

For the filling I skipped over the whipped cream and went to something more dense and flavorful and complemented the pure sweetness of the berries with out diluting it. It started with a fruit dip comprised of cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and  a but of  bit of melted white chocolate and then topped off with a bit of glaze on top. 

Sweet but not too sweet.

This is what you will need…..

For the Scones

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1  1/2 cups Heavy Cream
1/3  White chocolate chips finely chopped

For the filling..4 oz Cream Cheese softened4 oz marshmallow fluff1/2 tsp. vanilla extract1/4 cup white chocolate chips2 tbsp heavy cream.

To make the shortcakes(scones)……

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine the sugar, flour baking powder and salt and make a small well in the middle of the mixture. 
  • Add your heavy cream and chopped white chocolate chips to the well and combine. The mixture should be crumbly and not mixed smooth. So just quickly incorporated all the ingredient just until they are loosely mixed.
  • Spoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Make them as large as you would like to make your shortcakes as each one will be split to create two parts. You can shape them up a little if you like.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, do not over bake, let me repeat that do not over bake them  or they will get dried out and you will think the recipe is terrible and then tell me you hate me, I can’t stand rejection so please let’s avoid it and just don’t over bake them.
  • When they are done they will have a golden brown color forming on top.

To make the filling…

I would suggest that before you make the scones, make the filling. This will give it a chance to set up a bit firmer in the fridge and allow the full flavor to develop as it sets.

  • In the microwave heat up the heavy cream.
  • Pour over the white chocolate chips and stir until melted. (quickly)
  • In a small bowl combine cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and vanilla extract
  • Add in melted white chocolate, mix well.
  • Let this set up in the fridge.
When your shortcakes are cooled it’s time to assemble them.
 
 
Split the shortcake through the middle lengthwise.
 
 
Add some filling…..
 
 
Add some raspberries….
 
 
Put the top back on and squish very gently….
 
 
Serve on a plate with some extra raspberries and add some glaze to the tops!
 
 
For the glaze on top (optional) you will need….
 
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 to 1 cup powdered sugar
 
 Melt butter in a small saucepan, add in powder sugar a little at a time and whisk to combine and add vanilla extract. Spoon over shortcakes and let rest for a minute before serving.
 
You can technically make these with any berry you prefer, so please don’t feel obligated to make them only with my favorite berry! 
How would you make these? What is your favorite berry, please let me know!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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A New Direction…and Some Great Changes.

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Since I met and moved in with my  once boyfriend, now husband. The house we live in has the back portion of our home converted to a semi apartment. It was originally built by my husband for  his father to live in, but since his passing, it has been used to help out a few friends get back on their feet.

 

But as our family as grown over so rapidly over in a few short year, we decided that as a family we needed more space. Little did I know how much my home would open up after saying buh bye to a few walls. 

renovations disiguised

 That’s my hubby making faces through the now disintegrated wall, I disguised him with some sunglasses and a mustache in case he doesn’t want his face plastered all over my site :) 

At this point we are gutting and remodeling our bathroom and a spare room into our master bedroom the bathroom. I think after we finish those two projects we will take a break for a minute or two to enjoy our new designs . And then in a few years we will be renovating our old kitchen;  blowing out a back wall and joining two rooms to become one huge kitchen.

In the meantime I will use the extra space as a office/work space. Which is perfect for me, because it keep my little ones from trying to destroy play with all of my stuff. By the time we make this next renovation, I am hoping my little ones will not be so curious of my work and stop touching it .

I’m super excited to redecorate and plan all of the design work with my husband and I have been pinning a lot of bathroom and bedroom ideas, heck I’m even pinning kitchen ideas at the moment.

I am loving all of the colors that are around right now and I think I will be going with this color palette from Benjamin Moore for the paint for our bedroom.

I just love the way gray looks on the walls!

I would really love to try and figure out some new ways to upcycle some of our old furniture, because it would be nice to save some money on new furniture, but also because the challenge o creating something new from something old is always a fun and creative challenge. We have s few different style of dressers ( I know, so outdated) like the one pictured below. I would be curious to see if either my husband or myself could figure out something to make them a bit more updated and in tune with the style we now like.

As I mentioned we are also gutting an remodeling our bathroom, we are working with a narrow space, so I am always looking for ideas for smaller type of spaces. So far I have found a few like this one that I will try and draw inspiration from. For the decorating ,I love the look of two shower curtains which we also decided we would go with instead of glass doors, until my little ones are bigger. And then if we want to to switch it we will.

I will be updating the process every now and again. Now I need to let you all know  this is something so out of my comfort zone. Typically with all the choices available, I tend to get overwhelmed and I cop out and go with solid colors (black, beige, brown) and never experiment with designs,  patterns, or even color for that matter.

I have decided that for these upcoming changes I  will take on the challenge of stepping out of my boring old decorating routine and just have fun with it all!!

I’l post some before pictures soon!!! Trust when I tell you my bathroom right now is very old. We still have a seashell shaped sink.

Any one remember those!!!!

 

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Baby Bird Nest Cookies (No Bake Haystack Cookies)

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I’m really, really, REALLY over the winter. I cannot wait to till the smells, colors and sensation of springtime begin to invade all of my sense with it’s rejuvenating essence. I am that person that complains about the cold of winter AND the sweaty in places I shouldn’t be days of summer.

I’m really not a fan of the extremes of either season. If I had it my way I would live in a climate that is eternally spring like and fall like. But since I live in NY which is none of these and am not planning on moving anytime soon, I guess I’ll have to suffer.

Whatever, either way I now that spring is almost here and in a show of good faith I though I would make something to reflect my absolute love of it. Now nothing makes me think of spring more that the incessant chitter chatter chirping that goes on in the morning and as of late it has returned, and to honor those talkative little birdies I recreated them in edible form.

So weird, right. But I hang on the left side of almost normal, pinkie swear!

No Bake Baby birdie haystack nest cookies

Baby Bird Nest Cookies

These are the some of the easiest cookies you can ever make, as they require NO baking and just a little patience. They can be tweaked with ingredients and color coordinated with any type of season.

Like little red birdies for Valentines day…get it love birds.

Red love bird nest cookies for Valentines day

 

Or you can use green candies for St. Patrick’s Day. If you have mini marshmallows you could also make them little leprechaun hats!

Green birds nest cookies for st patricks day

 

And for the Christmas holiday season you could go with red and green birdies and create some mini Santa hats for them!

Christmas love birds nest cookies haystacks

So many different ways to make these little birdies more festive. And they are guaranteed to be a hit, because they are Cadbury eggs, so that leave just about negative 100 chance survival rate for those little guys. 

Read along, grab the recipe and full how to make as I share all of this bite sized fun with my latest guest post over at  Bake it Up a Notch !

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Da’ Bomb or Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bombs

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 I NEED to share these with you now as it’s important….really important.

Chocolate brownie peanut butter BOMBS….

Now before you roll your eyes in that “Oh, just another cake ball recipe” way. Let me explain to you that cake balls these are NOT.  
These are awesome deliciousness dipped in chocolate…like a sweet nectar of yum from the Gods of dessert. Several years back, when I worked in a bagel bakery cafe in five towns there was a baker who used to come up with the best desserts. He did all the normal run of the mill stuff, but every once in a while he would bring something up front that we would all run and grab as we knocked customers to the side…seriously.
 
First come, first serve right!!!
 
His brownie bites were one of those treats! Now mind you this was years before the cake pop craze had hit, so his little bite of brownies mixed to perfection with frosting and dipped in chocolate was a new taste experience for most of us. It wasn’t til’ I had a cake pop years later that I realized he had been making the “brownie” version of them. 
 
I have been wanting to recreate something like it for some time now, but haven’t had the opportunity until recently. You see I had about half a batch of my incredible creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting left over from my daughter’s birthday and it seemed almost fate that it should pair itself with a lovely chocolate brownie.
 
It was destiny I tell you…. destiny.
 
Hence these brownie bombs were born. They look  similar to cake balls and if you want to call them that I won’t be mad or anything, but I am pretty positive if you make them, THEN eat one, you will be forced by some inner version of yourself to proclaim that these are not mere cake ball, but cake BOMBS.
 
Because they are seriously Da Bomb! 
 
 
 
This is what you will need to make them…….
 
  • A pan of prepared brownies, box mix is fine (I’ll explain a little more on this later)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter Frosting 
  • Chocolate Candy melts
  • Peanut Butter (creamy)
  • Apple Sauce
  • Plastic baggie with the corner snipped.

 I used a good old box of Pillsbury Brownie mix to make these. Please don’t shudder in disgust if your a puritan and only bake from scratch, for me box mixes have the ability to make this busy Mom’s life easier.

 
 
I’m  a huge fan of Pillsbury mixes of all sorts, so that is my go to for box mixes of any kind. Prepare the brownies according to the instructions, BUT instead of using the amount of oil it calls for cut it in half and make up the difference in apple sauce. (So 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 oil.) The reasoning behind this is that if you only use oil after it’s all mixed up and you dip them they will ooze. This happens a lot with cake pops (to me anyway) if I use only oil. It doesn’t affect the flavor at all when using applesauce.
 
Let the brownie cool completely before you crumble them up in to a big bowl. Add in 2-3 tbsp of creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting and mix with a big spoon. Start with a small amount and add if you need more. You want the mixture to be soft and pliable to the touch after mixed and not a big bowl of mush.
 
 
The recipe I have for creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting can be found {{HERE}} I suggest that you use the half recipe, you will not use the full amount of frosting you make, so save the remainder in the freezer, use it for something else or just eat it straight from the bowl with a pink spatula…I won’t judge…promise!
 
After you mixed the brownies and the frosting you can roll them out immediately. I use a Tbsp. measurement and scoop out all the mixture then roll them up.
 
 
They don’t have to be perfect little rounds, unless you want them to be. :) I think a little blobby and imperfect give them character and  make them more like bombs anyway!
 
 
You do not have, let me repeat that, you do not have to refrigerate these, you can begin dipping them in your candy melts immediately. Melt your candy melts in the microwave in 30 second bursts until the it begin to melt and mix, mix, mix. 
 
Do not overheat the candy melts or they will never thin properly, they will be done before you think they are. If you need to you can add in a tsp. or two of oil to thin it out, but if you melt it slow enough and mix it enough you shouldn’t have to even add anything. 
 
I had a handy dandy little candy dipper thing a ma bob, which was cheap and made cheap. Trust when I tell you a fork works just as well. Now bombs away into the candy melts…..let the excess drip away, you can shimmy the fork or candy dipper so all the extra melted chocolate falls away.
 
 
Place them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet to set.
 
 
Hold on, hold, on your not done yet. Although if you wanted to be you could be. But chances are that you have extra candy melts just sitting there begging to be utilized, well here is you chance to let them shine. Add in a tbsp. of creamy peanut butter to your leftover candy melts and stir to incorporate it into the melted chocolate. 
 
Now you have peanut butter flavored chocolate to drizzle on top. Pour this into a plastic baggie and snip a small piece of the corner off and go back and forth over each little bomb to give it a little something extra.
 
 
Let them set…and then arrange them all sort of cute and take pictures of them to entice people or you could just share them instead. 
 
Whatever you choose it’s entirely up to you!!
 
 
 
Full recipe/instructions can be printed from {{HERE}}
 
 
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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