Category: Food and Drink
Violet will be turning one in a little over a month, and my mind is in full-on party mode. I haven’t made all of the final decisions for her little shindig yet, but I have found a ton of cute party ideas on the web. Here are some fun things I’ve come across during my search that would be perfect for a superhero party (because what kid doesn’t want to be a superhero?!)
And here are some super cute superhero invitations to send out to all of your guests:
And of course, every good superhero gets hungry from all of that saving the world and stuff, so feed them some yummy oreos in fun comic colored dots:
Just make sure your party isn’t near any kryptonite and I guarantee that your kids will have a blast! (Want more party ideas? Check out my Back to School party plan over on with two cats).
Do you need an idea board for your party or event? Click here and I’ll have one to you lickity split!
mini cupcakes via Amy @ shewearsmanyhats.com. for the flags she printed the text, cut flag shapes, and attached them to toothpicks with a little craft glue.
Ducky Punch via Cheryl @ tidymom.net. the blue Kool-Aid makes it look like bath water and the sherbet mixed with the ginger ale gives it “bath bubbles”.
are you getting a ridiculous amount of snow this year? this is my 4th winter in NJ/NY and we have had more snow than the 3 previous winters combined!
check out this mama’s creative snow day snack idea. all you need is a bowl of snow and some milk, vanilla, sugar, food coloring, and sprinkles. for the entire recipe visit back to her roots
my husband and i joined Costco over the weekend. we belonged years ago, before we had children – but i just didn’t feel like we were getting our money’s worth. you can only use Costco coupons at Costco, and often times i got much better deals at the regular grocery store (with sales and coupons) do you belong to a bulk warehouse store? what kind of things do you purchase there? i am on the lookout for the best deals!
a few things we bought that were really good deals: whole wheat pasta, Ragu spaghetti sauce, Zone bars, Clorox disinfectant wipes, and popcorn…
a few things that we bought that i am not sure about: string cheese, orange juice, and Huggies wipes…i am going to do a price comparison to see if i got a deal on these things!
anyway – now that i have all of this bulk food, the problem is where to put it all! as you see i have a teeny tiny pantry. today i am going to reorganize because i know there is a lot of wasted space in there. i am also cleaning out the mini fridge that we have in the garage. i figure i can put foods that i don’t use everyday in that fridge, along with extra soda and OJ.
a simple acorn cake to celebrate fall! yum yum!
Prep Time: 10 Min.
Bake Time: 50 Min.
Decoration Time: 20 Min.
Yield: Makes 2 Acorn Cakes (Each Acorn Serves 15).
2 boxes (18.5 oz. each) Devil’s Food Cake mix
1 container (16-ounces) prepared vanilla frosting
Brown food coloring (or green and red to make brown)
1 ½ cup prepared chocolate frosting
3 cups SNICKERS® Brand Miniatures
2 pieces TWIX® Brand Caramel Cookie Bar Minis
colorful M & Ms
1 1/2 quart oven-safe glass bowl
1 (9″x13″) cake pan
1. Prepare both cake mixes according to box directions. Divide batter between buttered oven safe glass bowl and buttered and waxed paper lined oblong cake pan.
2. Bake both cakes in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 40 to 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely.
3. Cut both cakes in half. Use photo as guide to cut the flat cake into bottom portion of acorn. Use half moon shaped cake as acorn top. Push cake against the straight edge of flat cake to form acorn.
4. Tint vanilla frosting beige with several drops of brown food coloring. Cover bottom of acorns. Cover acorn tops with chocolate frosting. Arrange SNICKERS® Brand Miniatures around acorn tops, using a TWIX® Brand Caramel Cookie Bar Minis for the stem.
LOVE these! definitely the cutest turkey food creation that i have seen!!
supplies: 1 large gumdrop, 7 small gumdrops, 6 toothpicks, nerds candy, gummy worm, marshmallow, scissors
1. attach a small gumdrop to the end of 5 of the toothpicks, and poke into the large gumdrop to form the turkey’s tail and body.
2. cut a gumdrop in half and attach to the turkey body as wings.
3. create the turkey head by first cutting two small pieces of marshmallow and attaching them to a gumdrop as the whites of the eyes (the sticky marshmallow adheres quite well!). push a small candy nerd into the center of each eye. poke a larger candy nerd in the center to form a beak, and then trim a small chunk of the gummy worm to form the snood (red flap that falls along the beak).
4. cut the last toothpick in half and use it to connect the head to the body of the turkey.
now that Halloween has come and gone, we can talk about my favorite holiday! i love Thanksgiving- delicious food and football! here is a cute and simple turkey cupcake recipe. your kids will think you are genius
Prep Time: 10 Min.
Bake Time: 20 Min.
Decoration Time: 25 Min.
Yield: Makes 24 Cupcakes.
1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
36 pieces STARBURST® Fruit Chews
3 cups prepared chocolate frosting
24 thin chocolate wafers
24 pieces thin pretzel sticks
24 TWIX® Brand Miniatures
¼ cup M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Mini Baking Bits
Fall-colored paper cupcake liners
Small rolling pin
Resealable plastic bag
1. Prepare cake batter according to instructions on box. Divide batter evenly into paper-lined cupcake cups.
2. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, soften STARBURST® Fruit Chews (about 6 at a time) in the microwave for 2 to 3 seconds. Flatten them with a rolling pin and immediately cut into feathers using scissors. Use any red STARBURST® Fruit Chews scraps to make the waddle.
4. Frost the top of each cupcake. Using the scissors, snip a corner off of the resealable plastic bag and spoon 1 cup of chocolate frosting into the bag. For the tail: Pipe a line of frosting across the chocolate wafers and arrange three feathers on each one. Press pretzel stick to support wafer and press it into the cupcake. For the head: Pipe 4 dots on the short end of a TWIX® Cookie Bars candy to stick on the M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies eyes, nose and STARBURST® Fruit Chews waddle.
recipe and photo from brightideas.com
photos by livetpaalandet.com
are you having a 1st birthday party theme? i usually like to stay away from themes but i kind of like the idea of having a party decorated around a cute cake. wouldn’t it be fun to decorate around this cute pirate or choo-choo train cake?
by the way, did you notice the Oreo Cookie wheels, Kit Kats, and other fun candies on the choo-choo train? how fun!
the cupcake obsession has hit the streets of NYC! here is the Little Cupcake Lover street stand on Broadway between Bleeker and Houston on our walk today. there is nothing like a cheerful cupcake on a chilly, rainy day in the city! (photo via my iPhone)
i LOVE creative food ideas (in fact i am going to start another blog soon so i can bookmark all my favorites for future use). this butterfly cake is so easy and you don’t even need a fancy cake pan.
1. Make the cake batter according to the directions on the package. Bake in a greased 9-inch cake pan. Once baked, remove from pan and cool.
2. Cut the cake in half. Arrange the cake on a serving platter, turning the halves so that the rounded sides touch. To shape the wings, cut out a 1-inch triangle from each straight side, 2-inches from the bottom.
3. Completely frost the cake with the icing. Design a mosaic pattern with M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for Easter, and then press them into the top of the cake.
4. To make the butterfly’s antennae, unwrap and soften the STARBURST® Brand FUN SIZE® Fruit Chews for Easter in the microwave for approximately 5 seconds. Then roll the candy into thin ropes and place them at the top of the butterfly.
easy, right? for more details visit brightideas.com
down 1/2 lb this week! only 14 to go.
what do you eat for breakfast? this week i my breakfast was Special K cereal almost every morning. i love this one called “Fruit and Yogurt.” (i even eat it as a snack
we had watermelon stars for our snack today. YUM YUM
i was talking to my sister last night and she brought up her childhood friend, Cindy. she has always been an amazing artist and is now in the cake making business! her cakes are gorgeous and about 1/3 of what they cost here in NYC! while i was uploading these photos my daughter went crazy when she saw ELMO pop up on the screen. (“Momo, Momo, Momo, Momo!!!”) if only i was in MN i would order that little ELMO cake for her birthday. for those of you in Minnesota, here is her contact info:
and some of my fav. cakes:
for more, including pricing info visit Lil’ Cake Lover
here are my cupcakes for the Bake-N-Blog. they are #30 - Coconut Rum Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe from Ming Makes Cupcakes). they turned out delicious, but i have learned that i don’t like coconut on my cupcakes (i love coconut flavor, but the actual shredded coconut on top not so much!) i added some fun cupcake wrappers from the etsy store The Cupcakery (from blogger growingupanjwife.com). for photographing purposes i sat the cupcakes up higher on the cupcake wrapper (so you can see the entire top of my cupcakes- and i actually think they look really cute this way too!) i am including a MckLinky for all Bake-N-Blog participants. feel free to add you name so we can take a look at your cupcakes!
i lost 1/2 lb this week- YIPPEE! (just 14.5 to go). my week has been so busy that i had no time for any dedicated exercise. Rexford has been especially needy though. i’ve been carrying him around (15.5 lbs) everywhere with me and i really work up a sweat! i’ve also been living on Flatout Flatbread. have you tried it? my favs are the Harvest Wheat and Multi-Grain (6-8 grams of fiber!). when in a rush i just melt some cheese and add a slice of tomato- DELISH!
check out the website for yummy recipes:
have you seen these? i love the “it’s a boy!” and “baby girl” cookies. what a great idea for a baby shower. the set comes with three shaped cutters, seven premade words, and three sets of alphabet letters (plus extras of vowels and other commonly used letters. check out williams-sonoma.com for more info and a video about the cookie cutters.
if you haven’t tried it you should! it is hard to find, but lucky for me the deli shop next door to our NYC apartment carries it. …mmmmmm
something yummy this sunday afternoon!
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus more, room temperature, for pan
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/4 cup each orange, yellow, and brown candy-coated chocolates (from a 12.6-ounce bag) or 8 Reese’s peanut butter cups, removed from their wrappers and corasely chopped
Preheat oven to 350. Brush an 8-inch square baking pan with butter; line pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Butter paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together butter and sugars until smooth. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt; stir just until moistened. Transfer batter to prepared pan and smooth top. Arrange candies or chopped peanut butter cups in 12 rows (2 rows per color, repeating once) on top of dough.
Bake until top of cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Set pan on a wire rack and let cool completely. Using parchment overhang, lift cake from pan and transfer to a cutting board; cut into 16 squares. To store, keep in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 2 days.
i have had chili for dinner the last 2 nights and i cannot get enough! the more onions the better
fall is almost here and that means my favorite seasonal Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream flavors are out! one nice thing about being pregnant is that i feel a little less guilty finishing off an entire bucket of Pumpkin Cheesecake! any flavors you recommend??
i picked up a bunch of apples from the fruit stand by our apartment yesterday. this afternoon i am going to try making some apple puree for lunches this week. (looks easy enough!)
You Will Need
9 2⁄3 oz Apples
½ small Lemon , juiced
Sugar to taste
Peel the apples and cut them into quarters. Remove the cores
Place them into a small saucepan with the lemon juice. Add a little sugar if the apples are tart, and seal the pan with a tight-fitting lid. You don’t need to add any water – the juice from the apple will give enough moisture to poach in. Bring the apples to a simmer, and poach for around 8-10 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.
When the apples are soft, remove them from the heat and puree in a food processor. Make sure you leave the puree to cool to a suitable temperature before feeding your baby.
i have always fed my daughter homemade baby food. i feel like it is fairly easy and just healthier.
however, since we have moved to the city we tend to be on the run more. i have found the most amazing baby food product that she just loves. it is called Sprout Organic Baby Food. not only is it easy, but it is all natural and delicious (she loves it!)
the food comes in an easy to reseal “zip-lock” style pouch- it is so easy for on the go! i literally always have one in my diaper bag (and a little spoon too!)
ha! i love this i found this over on Claire’s blog, craftschmaft.com.
2 x packets of cake mix with icing mixture included
(I used White Wings White Chocolate Rasberry Swirl)
2 x 250g packets of chocolate finger biscuits
2 x 250g packets of cream cheese
2-3 tablespoons of cocoa
blue food colouring
rubber ducks to decorate
white mini marshmallows
for detailed step by step directions on how to make a rubber ducky cake visit craftschmaft.com.
Create a traditon of annual celebration with our festive birthday cake dessert plates and mugs. A pleasure to bring out year after year on your family’s most special days or to make a friend feel celebrated. When you stack the storage boxes, they look like the perfect cake.
Made of refined porcelain. Microwave and dishwasher safe.
For little ladies who lunch: A darling duet of a plate and teacup that tuck neatly into a box to take along on a play date. Fashioned out of stoneware and ideal for sharing with a best friend.
Made of sturdy stoneware, microwave and dishwasher safe.
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