Cake Pop Creations with Tween Daughter Take 1 and Take 2

Just before Christmas I went out shopping with my Mom for presents and while we were at JCPenney’s we happened upon their kitchen area where cake pop machines were on sale. I exclaimed, “oh my gosh, Ki wants one of these so bad” and it was a sealed deal, my Mom took a peek and for only $15 it was a steal of a deal. Miss Ki was about to open up a cake pop machine and cake pop mix on Christmas Day. It took us awhile to actually get to use the cake pop maker, but finally we made some cake pops one day, just for fun. This is our story of making Cake Pops for the first time …. and the second time!

Happily Blended Blog Cake Pop Creations With Tween (5)

It was a challenge to get the cake pop mix just the right texture and then the frosting mix too. We were super impressed with how well the Cake Pop maker worked in all honesty. We had perfect, cute little circles of cakes. This was exciting!

Cake Pop Creations with Tween Daughter Take 1 and Take 2

As you can see in the picture above, we failed miserably with the frosting this first time around. It was certainly a learning experience. Once I posted these pictures on Facebook, my friends were happy to give some advice. After all, a lot of my blogger friends work with Wilton and have been making Cake Pops long before I even knew what they were. Some examples of what we should have done for frosting was to use those candy melts or melted chocolate.

Cake Pop Creations with Tween Daughter Take 1 and Take 2

So this second time around, we decided to make Red Velvet cake pops for my daughter’s school Valentines Day Party. Shown above are our picture perfect circles of red velvet deliciousness.  The cake part came out great and so next was to put to work some tips on how to decorate these babies.

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While I was unable to purchase the candy melts everyone recommended, I did purchase a container of vanilla frosting and some chocolate chips to melt. My daughter, who is taking cooking classes for Winter program, had a way to thin out the frosting better. Apparently if you take a normal can of frosting and mix it with a beater/mixer it helps to even out the fat content. I love baking with this girl, she is always teaching me new things. So Ki mixed up the frosting and melted the chocolate chips over the stove, not together of course.

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Look at that proud face! My daughter created a chocolate covered red velvet cake pop and to compare this with what we did our first go round, you can probably see why she is beaming with pride! Then, all by accident, she happened to drizzle some chocolate over the frosting she placed on the top of the cake pop using a frosting bag decor thing and thus created her covered covered red velvet cake pops with a dab of vanilla frosting on top and chocolate drizzled over. She was proud. I was proud. I am raising a little chef here.

My daughter is at home in the kitchen, she is a natural baker. I advise anyone to encourage their kids to be a part of the kitchen so that they too can find their way in the kitchen, baking can certainly be a great stress reliever. For my daughter, baking was a way for her to come up with new blog post ideas for her soon to be public blog, House of Bear Hugs.

 

Super Bowl Party Ideas

Who doesn’t love a good Super Bowl party? After all, what could be more fun than all of your friends crowded into one room, enjoying snacks and getting excited about the big game? To really get the most enjoyment out a Super Bowl party, some of us like to get really creative to entertain the crowd. First on the list is usually the game day spread and next, the decorations. Here are few simple things you can do to plan ahead for the ultimate Super Bowl Spread and decorations.

What Are You Going to Eat?

Providing food at a game day party is not just nice, it’s essential. If you haven’t decided what you are going to make for the big day, we have a few ideas:

Queso Dip

Admit it. A Super Bowl party wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without the queso dip. Luckily for you, Kraft has a great recipe that we’ve hooked you up with. Your welcome.

The Ultimate Spread

If you want more than just queso dip and salsa, make a spread and get creative with things like nachos, tacos and quesadillas. Get crazy and go all out with mini-burgers and some sophisticated toppings. There aren’t many people who are going to turn down tasty mini-cheeseburgers with bacon and tomato!

If you stick with simple recipes and make a lot of bit-sized, build-your-own options, you won’t have to worry about anyone going hungry or picky children.

Desserts

Definitely don’t skimp on the desserts on game day. Whether you decide to go with store-bought options or make a few options at home, some top favourites are cookies, brownies and bite-sized cheesecakes.

You can always get creative and get a game day cake. Or, you could make cake pops during half time. If you aren’t that into the game, you could get the cake started and let it cool before half time. Once half time starts, your guests can come to the table, where you have a spread an array of different frostings and sprinkles so they can create their own. This is a great idea if you have children attending as well because it keeps them occupied.

Decorations

One of the most fun things about game day is how festive it can be. For some, it is practically a holiday. Join in on the fun by decorating your home. You can hang banners or decorate your table as a football field. You can also use astro turf to create a decorated doormat. The sky is the limit. Also, don’t forget to wear your favourite jersey.

No matter what you decide to do for game day, keep it fun and simple. This is a time for you to relax and enjoy each other’s company, while possibly enjoying some competitive rivalry. Remember to just take it easy. You’ve already got everything else covered.

The Boys Birthday Party #birthdayparty #raisingboys

For the first time in their five and seven years of living, my sons had their first real birthday party ever this past weekend. Both boys were allowed to invite any friends they wanted and, of course, any that I could find a way to contact as this was Summer break from school. The boys were happy to have friends here for a party, and of course relatives as well. Some relatives I haven’t seen much of in the past, such as my cousin Troy and his girlfriend even arrived!

Boys Birthday Party

I had to rush to the store first thing in the morning, well when I woke up which was closer to 10am, for the ice cream, balloons and while out I decided that punching balloons just had to be at these boys birthday party, for sure! Dollar Tree is like one of the best stores to visit because every single thing in there is $1, okay some things are under $1 but nothing is above $1. A true dollar store. Two bags of punching balloons at $1 per 3 balloon pack were picked up and quickly blown up upon my arrival back home.

Punching Balloons

Wat-AAH! was the refreshment of choice for this party too, we had a cooler full of drinks for all to enjoy. I had to laugh about serving Wat-AAH! because it’s water, bottled water, well it’s more than just that, it’s Wat-AAH! and the guests had fun laughing at how my kids pronounce it all pirate-ish to their friends and the family. The boys were not impressed at first that all I had in the cooler of ice was bottled wat-aah! but it was all they drank and boy did they drink. It was a pretty hot day with sunshine shining down, so those kiddos needed to stay hydrated and they did.

WAT-AAH

The boys originally wanted me to have two cakes for them, but me not being a great cake maker went to purchase the cakes only to realize they were close to $15 each. Two cakes were not an option, not one bit. Thankfully my sons were able to fight until they agreed come to an agreement on one gold cake with a birthday greeting written on top from the bakery at Market Basket.

boys turn five and seven

The party was a super hit and I am so happy that the boys were able to celebrate their birthdays in a unique way this year; it started with each having one special day alone with their Dad and ended with this amazing party blast of a day!

Mama and her boys

I am now the proud Mom of two boys who are five and seven… boy how time flies!

Planning a Boys Birthday Party in August

I am planning a birthday party for my sons, for the first time ever. These two boys are 2 years and 6 days apart. Having always celebrated with their Dad, myself and maybe my sister and her husband with cake, ice cream and presents, usually the boys do not have any form of a birthday party. This year shall be different, Aj is turning 7 and has made some friends having been in school for K and 1st Grade. Even my little one who is turning 5 has made some friends from being in pre-k this past year. That means, with the lovely world of Facebook, I have connections to parents of children my sons may want to come to a birthday party and so that translates to .. This Mama is planning a combined August birthday party for both of these two boys …

Planning a Boys Birthday Party

Aj is all about having a birthday party, the kid is flat out excited to be turning 7 and to be able to invite friends over. He already started drawing invites to his b-day party to three or four friends without me even having set a date and time in stone yet. I am thinking the birthday party will be August 24th. Aj would like to have chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, prizes for games we can play in our backyard and if a warm day – use a sprinkler.

Now I have to be on the look out for boys birthday party ideas, because in all reality this truly IS my first time planning a boys birthday party. In October, I have my daughter but that is relatively easy (or at least used to be)…

Next, K-man is not too impressed about idea of a b-day party because he wants to go to Chuck E Cheeses, you know, where a kid can be a kid?! That won’t be happening this year, too expensive for my budget. I would much rather enjoy our new house with a nice BBQ, cake, ice cream, kids running wild and great company!

So while I try to continue to unpack and get organized here in the new homestead, I also am working on creating a celebration for my sons who will be turning 5 & 7 in August!

 

 

Red Velvet Cupcakes in Ice Cream Cones? #foodie

The daughter and I had always enjoy baking but the other night she decided that baking the normal red velvet cupcakes as they were shown on the box was not good enough. No. This tween wanted something different, something she thought was cool. Something more…

Happy Face with Velvet Red Cupcakes

While yes , as shown above she made a cute smiley face out of the mini cupcakes that were made, she didn’t only do that. The cream cheese frosting was made and the cupcakes were a great start, but then she realized you could put cake mix in ice cream cones… did you all know that? I have seen it done before but didn’t realize it was super easy.

Red Velvet Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

While the ice cream cone cupcakes did not come out exactly as planned, give her a break this was her first time trying to make them, they did come up tasting delicious.

Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cones

In order to make the cupcake cones, you basically make cake mix with your own recipe or as shown on a box. From there you spoon in cake mix into the ice cream cones about 3/4 of the way up, I think you should do about 1/2 or so because we did 3/4 and they overflowed, just a thought.

You bake in the oven according to the instructions for cupcake baking. Let cool. Frost the tops, decorate and enjoy!

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