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Who am I? I'm a wife to my best friend. I'm 'mama' to two silly boys. I'm a full time mom, a cook, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, an errand runner, and a boo boo kisser. I'm a cake decorator and an aspiring crafter when I find time. Throwing parties are my true passion. I'm loving my life and trying to enjoy every minute with my boys!
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Candy Cane Melts

Looking for a fun, fast, and yummy treat to make for the teachers/mailman/friends on your Christmas list?  Then try these candy cane melts!  It takes less than five minutes to whip up a batch, and they are oh so tasty.

You only need 3 ingredients: Candy Cane Kisses, Pretzels (square or holiday shaped), and green and red M&Ms.



First, unwrap all of the kisses.  This is the most time consuming part.  Warning: Do NOT ask your hubby to help you...half of the kisses will mysteriously disappear.



Next, put a kiss on each pretzel.


Then pop them in a 250 degree oven for about 2ish minutes.   You want them to be soft and shiny, but not melted.  They will look like this:


Then just put an M&M on each one, package them up, and they're ready to go!  Yum :)




I've linked this post with these fabulous blogs: Skip to my Lou, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Craft-O-Maniac, It's Fun to craft!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Cookie Party

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with friends and cookies?!  I hosted a Christmas cookie exchange party last weekend, and had a blast doing it.  The rules were simple:  Bring a 1/2 dozen cookies per person attending, plus an extra dozen to taste during the party.  That way each guest ends up going home with an assorted variety of cookies.

I kept this party sweet and simple.  For decorations I made hanging poms (check this tutorial out if you've never made them before).  And of course I had all of my regular Christmas decor up.


For food, I had mini pigs in a blanket (with gingerbread toothpics), spinach, artichoke and cheese bread bowls, and chips and dip.  I had a drink table set up with yummy wassail, candy cane cocktails, and egg nog.







I had two prizes to give out- one for best tasting cookie, and one for the best looking cookie.  The prizes were a cute holiday potholder and towel set, with a silicone spatula in a cute little bucket.  The favors are rolled up oven mitts, tied with a ribbon and candy cane.





We also did an ornament swap, white elephant style.  All in all, it turned out to be a really fun little party, and I definitely plan on doing it again next year!  Merry Christmas :)

My decorated sugar cookies



I've linked this post with these fabulous blogs: Skip to my Lou, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Craft-O-Maniac, It's Fun to craft!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Goldfish Baby Shower

I hosted a double baby shower this past Spring for a couple of friends.  I decided to go with a goldfish theme, with orange, blue, and green being the main colors.  I think it turned out absolutely adorable!


Decorations

For the decorations, I made hanging poms from blue and orange tissue paper.  This was my first time making poms, and I was surprised with how easy it was!  I followed this tutorial.



I also used fishbowls with goldfish crackers throughout the room, as well as several live fish centerpieces.



Food

The food was pretty simple.  We had catered sandwiches and fruit.  I also made pasta salad and had goldfish crackers of course!  The cupcakes had cute little fishies to match the theme.  We also had punch (served out of a punch bowl that looked like a giant fish bowl) and lemonade.




Favors and the Diaper Cake

For the party favors I made cute little lavender scented soaps with a fish in the middle.  I used a great tutorial from this site, and piled them in a tall glass jar.  The diaper cake was also blue and orange with goldfish on it.  It was my first attempt at a diaper cake, and I'm thrilled with how it turned out!



Fuzzy Sock Cupcakes

Looking for a perfect teacher/aid/etc gift?  Fuzzy Sock cupcakes are super easy, super cute, and super cheap to make!  All you need is a pair of fuzzy socks (Michael's has them for $2), cellophane bags, ribbon, red pom poms, and scrapbook paper.


Starting on the toe end of the sock, roll it tight.  Then pull up the middle to make the "swirls".  Add a red pom pom for the cherry.





Wrap your cupcake line around the socks and glue or tape.  I used my cricut for the cupcake wrapper, but you can find plenty of templates online as well.  Put your cupcake in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon.  Now you have a cute and simple gift!



I'm linking up with these fabulous blogs:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Halloween Crafts and Food

I wanted to share a few pictures of the different crafts and food that I did for Halloween last year. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do for teacher and student gifts and Halloween potlucks this year, but hopefully you'll get some inspiration from this post!


Chocolate covered witch warts (Raisinettes...thanks Can't Stop Making Things for the free printables!)
Witch shoe treat holder (I do have the scut file for those interested)
Worms (don't worry, they're just jello!)
More jello worms (recipe at The Idea Room)
Treat holders (Made with cricut and sweet treat cups from Stampin' Up)
Cockroach clusters (popcorn balls with glazed pecans, thanks to Hello my name is Heather for the cute idea and free printables!)
Chocolate covered marshmallows
Sugar cookies (Here is a great tutorial for decorating sugar cookies with royal icing)

Mini pumpkin pie cheesecakes (recipe)

I've linked this post with the following *awesome* craft blogs:

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Robot Birthday Party

Yes, I know it's been quite a while since my last post!  Life got pretty busy around here for a while, but now that school is back in session and things are quieting down a bit (for now), I'm looking forward to getting back in crafting/blogging mode.  But don't worry, I still took pics of the crafts and parties that I've been doing, and I will be posting those throughout the week!

But today I want to share with y'all the robot birthday party I put together for my son's 4th birthday.  I already knew that I wanted to do a robot theme, so imagine my excitement when I found out that a new Cricut cartridge called Robotz was coming out!  It really helped with the decorations, and was a great time saver (I can't imagine how long it would have taken to hand cut all those little guys!).  Please excuse the less than perfect pics, most were taken in a hurry!


Invitations


The invitations were one of my favorite parts about the party, and they too cute!  I used the Cricut Robotz cartridge to make them, and then glued on some googly eyes.  The center flap opened up and had all of the party information on it.  My son loved passing them out to all of his friends.


Decorations
Drink table with the favor boxes, blow-outs, and masks

Centerpiece- my son's favorite robot

  
Birthday Banner above the food table (sorry for the bad pic!)

 The pinata. Fun fact- it was a Kung Fu Panda pinata that I picked up on clearance, and just covered up the original pic ;)


Food

Robot fruit display...the kids really loved this!

 Robot cake.  Not my best work, but my son loved it!

The rest of the food was pretty basic, since I was running short on time.  We did pizza, chips, cheese sticks, veggie tray, etc.


Activities/Favors/and THE Robot

This was the favor box.  It had robot tattoos and stickers, robot shaped bubbles, a sucker, and a cute little gumball machine that I picked up on clearance after Easter.
 
This was the activity table downstairs.  I had robot tattoos to apply, and robot stickers, markers, and colored paper for kids to make pictures with.  I also had a few robot books set out here.

This was THE robot.  I have to give props to my wonderful husband and brother on this one, they really went all out!  It actually has lights and switches that really work on the front (yes my hubby is a bit of a techie geek, lol).

And it looked even more amazing when it was on!  My brother played the part, and did a great job with it.

We had the kids play a couple games outside, this one was "Robot Says"...like simon says.


So all-in-all it was a great party, even though it was a little more basic than I usually do.  But the birthday boy and his friends all had a blast, and that is the most important part.  And of course you know I have to throw in a few more random pics for good measure! 

Robot high fives!

Blowing out the candles :)

My silly little 4 year old!