Happy Birthday, Little One….A Look Back In Time (With Pictures)

I cannot believe how quickly time just seems to have flown by since we were celebrating C’s 1st birthday last year. Today, she turns two and since we’ll be busy sharing this special day with our family, I wanted to take some time to share last year’s event.

Sock Monkey Cupcakes

Late last winter C was obsessed with her Sock Monkey, Isabella, and all of Isabella’s friends (we had a few of those singing and dancing sock monkeys that Target sold last year) and so we wanted to capitalize on what we knew she enjoyed.

Sock Monkey Theme Birthday

Sock Monkey Smash Cake

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Tissue Paper Pom Pom Ballls

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Birthday Party Treats

Sock Monkey Birthday Party

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Where I’ve Been…

I went to bed last night with the promise that I would remind myself to write a post letting you all know where I’ve been the last couple of days…You may not have even noticed that I was gone or you may have wondered why I skipped out on Friday Fictioneers this week, either way I’m going to give you an update. A good friend of mine is having a baby (yay!) and is due in February. I had the privilege of co-hosting a small get together in her honor today and have been working on it during my free time the past few days. I’m planning to do a few tutorials but, in the meantime, I thought I’d share some pictures.

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I’ll be back to my regular schedule tomorrow. In the meantime, how did you celebrate your Sunday?

Toddle Along Tuesday: Mommy Edition

I’m excited to participate in my first ever Toddle Along Tuesday, co-hosted by my incredible friend Amber at Goin’ Bananas. This week, they’re asking fellow bloggers to discuss their Mommy hobbies. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably already figured out that I love to bake.

I find baking to be one of the most relaxing activities and I firmly believe that cake and cupcake decorating are a form of art. Here are some examples of my work:

What are your hobbies?

Mmmm….Apple Cinnamon Baked Treat Recipe (with pictures)!

I had planned to do an entire blog post on what we did for Thanksgiving this year but I realized it would be entirely too long so I’m going to break it into segments. I wouldn’t classify myself as someone who necessarily cares about keeping with tradition when it comes to food. To be honest, I’d be happier to do something unique every year rather than having turkey with stuffing and all of the “must have” side dishes. That’s why, since it was my turn to make Thanksgiving dinner for my family, I wanted to think outside the box. To start the evening, I had homemade bowtie pasta chips with an asparagus dip and a hearty romaine salad with homemade croutons. For dinner we had double stuffed lemon garlic chicken breasts with sides of mashed potatoes, green beans, and parmesan rolls. For dessert we had birthday cupcakes (my dad’s birthday is next week), pumpkin pie, and these baked apple cinnamon treats:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One Apple
  • One package of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits or Crescent Rolls (I used the Crescent Rolls on Thanksgiving and the Grands Biscuits tonight.
  • McCormick’s Cinnamon Sugar
  • Butter

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

I’ve made these twice now. The first time I left the skin on the apples but tonight I peeled it before dicing it (I have texture issues with apple skins). Whatever you prefer will work.
Dice your apple and set aside.
Unwrap the biscuits or crescent rolls and stretch out the dough (as pictured).
Melt 1/2 stick of butter in the microwave.
Brush melted butter on the top of each piece of stretched out dough.
Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of each buttered piece of dough.
Place a small handful of apples on each piece.
Fold over each piece in half to seal. Then brush melted butter on each side and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Once they’re oven ready, bake them at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes (you’ll want to keep an eye on them).
For best enjoyment, eat them warm with a scoop of Blue Bell (my personal favorite) vanilla ice cream. I think it would also be nice with some melted caramel drizzled over the top.
Enjoy!
Since I’m not doing specific posts about the other two desserts, I thought I’d include some pictures of those as well. The cupcakes were a plain vanilla with a creamy vanilla buttercream frosting and the pumpkin pie (not pictured) was purchased from Costco. I feel that I should mention, in case you weren’t aware, that Costco has the BEST pumpkin pies this time of year. Not only are they ridiculously large but they’re also only $5.99 and totally delicious.

Surprise Birthday Fun – Cupcakes (A Tutorial)

One of my closest friends turns 30 this Tuesday (happy birthday, D!) and so her husband put together a surprise party for her tonight at a local bowling alley. I love any opportunity to bake and decorate cupcakes and so I offered to make some for this event. If you’re not in the habit of decorating your own cupcakes, I highly recommend it. It’s something I’ve really grown to love doing in the last couple of years. I thought I’d share my first ever semi-tutorial.

 

What you’ll need if you want to replicate this:

  • A 10 inch Wilton decorating bag (in a pinch I’ve cut the bottom right hand corner off of a gallon sized Zip Lock bag and it works just fine).
  • A 2D Wilton decorating tip.
  • your favorite cupcake recipe & frosting recipe (Mine were french vanilla cupcakes with a whipped buttercream frosting).
  • Wilton colors (I used orange, purple, and both blue and green).
  • Cake Mate Cupcake Gems (I used “Shimmer Silver).

There’s really no perfect science to coloring frosting when it comes to decorating. I start out by putting just a little bit and then add to create the desired look. I did this in three rounds: orange, purple, and then I mixed together the royal blue and the green to make the turquoise color you’ll see below.

 

Insert the decorating tip into the bag and push about half way out of the hole in the bottom. Then fill the bag about half way with the frosting and twist the top of the bag. You’ll want to hold the bag just above the twist when you decorate so nothing comes out of the top. I twisted the cupcake around and frosted it starting from the outside of the cupcake working my way in towards the center. Immediately after I frosted them, I sprinkled the Cake Mate gems onto the cupcakes.

Here’s how mine turned out:

I thought I’d mention that, some time ago, I received a gift from my dad and stepmom: a Zak Designs Cupcake Tray. I love it. Not only is it adorable but it’s also eco-friendly and made from recycled material. 🙂

Here’s the finished product: