Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Daughters Birthday Party

For the first time I actually planned out a party. For me that's a feet because I usually just wing everything. This year my daughter asked for a "Pink Themed" party. With her day so close to Halloween I decided to incorporated some of the seasons colors too.

I wish I had taken a picture of the inside of the cake but I did make it checkered board style "black and pink".  Frosting well is pretty obvious :)-Pink butter cream with pink and black rosettes.

I just love this idea of personalizing the root beer bottles. Each of the girls had there own special bottle.
I did the same with their goody bags.

I also  used large and small mason jars for her favorite candy. One of her friends happens to be diabetic so I tried to give her some options too. I made her up 2 jars of sugar free hard candies and sugar free mint pattys.

Of course I couldn't have just candy on the table....I added her favorite fruit too, Grapes and Apples.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Just a few of my favorite cupcakes

I Love Chocolate! I got this idea freading through some blogs. The acorns are made from  Hershey's kisses and vanilla chocolate wafers. I probably should of used a milk chocolate wafer but...oh well next time.

I've made this cupcake quite a bit lately. It's a Banana Cake with Peanut Butter frosting with a chocolate ganache glaze...can you say yummy!

I made these for my mom birthday this year. She loves cherry cordials so I used maraschino cherries dipped in dark chocolate for the ganache. Adding a little or the cherry juice to the frosting gives it a really nice flavor.

These are a very simple "lower" fat cupcake cap. I replaced the oil with 6 oz. of apple sauce and used egg beaters instead of whole eggs. A garnish of sliced strawberries top it off. A nice alternative to the regular butter cream frosting.

I loved this idea of putting your batter into ice cream cones and baking. These work great for kids parties or school fund raisers. These happen to be a test run for my daughters birthday.

I made a bouquet of these pretty flower cups for an anniversary. I think pipping on flowers certainly dresses up any cupcake for any occasion.

The best inspirational book for making cupcakes has to be "Hello Cupcake". My sister got me this book for christmas one year and let me say when ever I need ideas I grab this book. Anyway...This was the first cupcake I did from that book. My son was into Harry Potter at the time. so for his birtdhay I made up these cute owl cups. They were a big hit with the kids.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kids snacks for school-No NUTS allowed.

This first month of school has been challenging to say the least. Between soccer, chorus and field hockey practice I'm also challenged with finding lunches and snacks that don't have any sort of nuts in them. I realize many of you already have dealt with this but for me it's a little difficult.

My kids love to snack on nuts-doesn't matter what kind they just love them.  We always have a jar of peanuts or a bag of walnuts in the refrigerator. Or we have boxes of granola bars in the pantry.  When it comes to making school lunches and snacks I have to be so careful not to make or buy anything with nuts.
I think it makes me nut!!  anyway....

These are just a few ideas I have made at home for my kids and yet they may not be organic or so called 100% health they are a happy balance, the kids get what they want and so do I.

A great alternative to a nut granola bar.
This is an Apple Cranberry Oat bar.  I used
apple sauce and diced apples with dried cranberries. Full of fiber and antioxidants plus it still tastes great.

Slice Apples don't have to be boring. Easy caramel sauce           
helps to spruce up any apple.
1 can sweetened condense milk
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
2 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
bring all except vanilla to a low boil for 2-4 min
 remove from heat and vanilla allow to cool.                                                

You can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies.
Replace 1/2 cup all purpose  flour with 1/2 whole
wheat flour if you'd like.

I thought these would be great for when the 
neighborhood  kids come over. Whole wheat                                                            
pretzel sticks dipped in a little chocolate and
sprinkles. Fun and tasty :)     

This is one of my kids favorite school snacks. Caramel popcorn.I happend to get
this recipe from but you can find them lost of recipes on the internet or in your favorite cookbook.                                                                                                                                                    

 I've posted the recipe for this Banana Bread a few months back.  I personally love banana bread and muffins and thank goodness my kids do too! We always have extra bananas left in the rack at the end of the week.  Use them to make bread or muffins for breakfast but best of all they are great for after school snacks or pack into your kids lunch box.




Raspberry Cake

Raspberry Cake

Little Minis

Little Minis

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes