My top eleven from 2011!

It has been such a blessed year! I can not wait to see what this upcoming new year will bring!

This year has been different for me, I quit my job and was able to stay home with my children,
It is the most amazing thing (something I will never take for granted) Waking up with my children and not having to rush to work at the crack of dawn puts a smile on my face every morning.

Since I am now a stay at home mom, I was able to work on our house, craft and sew which I love so much. I can not wait to do more things next year!

Here are my top 11 viewed posts from this year:





That wraps it up!

Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you all in the new year!

Cookie Party 2011

This year I hosted my first ever cookie exchange,
it was so fun and successful that I am hoping to make it a annual thing.

My table expands so I was able to seat 13 people at the table, so no juggling cookies and hot coffee in your lap :)

Christmas tree lollipops for each of the girls

Prizes for the best tasting cookie, best looking cookie and best overall cookie

These french Macroons were a bite of heaven :)

Merry Christmas!!

German Chocolate Cupcakes

I made some cupcakes and let me tell you something, they are Gooooooood!
My husband actually asked me what bakery I got these from, because you know... I don't know how to bake anything. 

Chocolate Cake:
1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
3 eggs
½ cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup buttermilk
1 cup sour cream

German Chocolate Frosting:
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1/2 cup butter
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cup chopped pecans
1 ½ cup flaked coconut

Chocolate Buttercream:
4 ounces cream cheese
½ cup butter
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk or cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners.

2. In a electric stand mixer, gently combine oil, eggs and vanilla extract.

3. Add in about 1/3 of the cake mix and mix until combined.

4. Add Buttermilk and mix until combined.

5. Add another third of the cake mix.

6. Add sour cream, then final third of cake mix.

7. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 18-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
8. German Chocolate Frosting: On medium heat in a sauce pan, constantly stir evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks and butter until thickened. (Basically, until it boils and it will take approximately 10 minutes.) Stir in vanilla extract, pecans and coconut. Then transfer to a large bowl and stick in the fridge to cool.

9. Chocolate Buttercream: Beat cream cheese and butter for 4 minutes. Add cocoa, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Let beat for 3 minutes. add milk. If it is too thin, add powdered sugar. Or if it is not dark enough, add more cocoa.

10. Pipe Chocolate Buttercream around the edge of the cupcakes to create a barrier, and scoop a small amount of cooled German Chocolate Frosting into the center.

And then you can enjoy...

Carnival Themed Birthday Party (shared Party)

My kid's birthdays are 3 days apart, therefore I decided to throw them a birthday party together. I decided on a carnival theme, since it is gender neutral.

I had so much fun planning it, I started thinking and gathering ideas 3 months before the party on pinterest. It had to be an indoor party since it is December.

Take a look on how it turned, warning that there is a picture overload :)

I bought 3 yards of this red stripe fabric from IKEA for the background

Chocolate Cupcakes, you can find the recipe here

Vanilla Cupcakes, you can find the recipe here

Cake Pops, you can find my tutorial on how to make these here

I bought the lollipops on Amazon

I bought these popcorn containers at Target in the dollar bins

I wanted to have a "photo booth" for lots of fun and silly pictures
I found some free printables here and here

I used 2 large foam poster boards
I taped them together and glued blue stripes to cover the seam and create a fun bright backdrop

me and my hubby

my daughter AKA the birthday girl

I bought these foam masks on Amazon for the kids to play with while I got the food ready

For food we had:

Baked Potato wedges
Italian hotdogs for the adults and plain hotdogs for the kids
veggie cups

Bean bag toss game

Some empty cans, a little bit of scrap paper and you have yourself:

I also made the pinata:

Party hats that I made

Birthday Girl:

I made a Rainbow cake, I saw this here
Instead of a cake mix, I just used my vanilla cupcake recipe

Birthday Boy:


That wraps it up!

We had such a great time, I can not wait until next year!