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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!



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