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:













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That wraps it up!

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

Soft Frosted Cookies


These cookies are big, soft and delicious.

I found the recipe on Tide and Thyme

Makes 24 cookies:


For the cookies
4½ cups all purpose flour
4½ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
1½ cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
3 large eggs
5 tsp. vanilla extract

For the frosting:
5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tbsp.) unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
7-8 tbsp. milk (plus more, as needed)
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)

To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt, and whisk together to blend.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed. Blend in the vanilla.

With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.

When you are ready to bake the cookies, scoop a quarter cup of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the cookies at least 2-3 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes or just until set. (Do not overbake! The edges should be no more than very lightly browned if at all.) Let cool on the baking sheet for several minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To frost the cookies, place the confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter, vanilla, and milk to the bowl and whisk until smooth. Whisk in additional milk as necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Use an offset spatula or spoon to frost the cooled cookies. (If the frosting begins to thicken as you decorate, just continue to whisk in small amounts of milk to keep it workable.) Top with sprinkles if desired. Store in an airtight container.



Then Enjoy!!

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. 

I found the recipe on Your Cup of Cake, there are a few things I did differently


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

Directions:
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:


presents!


That wraps it up!

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