Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April Fools Tasty Treats!

Have fun this Friday with some April Fools food pranks!
Cook up some tasty surprises for your family!

Pound cake, flaked coconut, swedish fish candies & fruit leathers.
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"Fish Sticks & Peas Dinner"
Sugar wafer cookies, corn flakes, green taffy candy & strawberry jam.
Get the details from Family Fun

"French Fries & Ketchup"
Breadsticks sprinkled with sugar and strawberry jam.
Get the recipe details Family Fun

"Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Sandwich"
Vanilla pudding with red food coloring and toasted slices of pound cake with "cheese" tinted icing. Photo via Flickr

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Four years ago...

Four years ago my world changed forever!

Happy Birthday to my sweet little M&M!
I'm so proud to be your momma!

I love you baby girl!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Chocolate Butterflies

I love these! My little girl is turning 4 soon & we are in full party planning mode! Everything Old has the details to turn your cupcakes from plain to fabulous! You won't believe how easy they are to make! Get the details HERE!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cake Pops

After a recent trip to Starbucks, I was reacquainted with the beloved cake pop! Oh how I missed your tasty goodness! And with our princess tea party around the corner, now was the perfect time to make a test batch!

  • Cake Mix
  • Frosting
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Candy melts
  • Sprinkles
Make the cake per the box instructions. We selected strawberry since pink pops were requested.

Once the cake is cooled (I chilled mine overnight) crumble it up in a bowl. Add the frosting. I used 3/4 of the jar so they wouldn't be super creamy. Mix with your hands until throughly combined.

Roll mixture into balls and place on a cookie sheet.

Melt some of the chocolate per the directions on the package. Dip the lollipop sticks into the chocolate and insert into the cake ball. Stick in freezer for 30 minutes.

Next insert the cake ball into the melted chocolate by holding the lollipop stick and rotate until covered. Once covered, remove and tap until the excess chocolate drips off.

Immediately cover with sprinkles, sugar, coconut, m&m's or anything else you'd like to decorate with!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Felt Princess Tiara Tutorial

The birthday party planning is in full swing for my lil gal (I can't believe another year has flown by. I just want to keep her tiny for a few more years)! She's requested a princess party... so bring on the pink, glitter & tons of tulle!

I didn't want to buy plastic store bought tiara's for each of the girls, so we made a felt version. Want to make one for your princess? You'll just need:
glue gun
felt squares
rhinestone crystals

Here we go...

First I made a template (freehand) for each piece

Using the templates, cut out tiara pieces

Wrap your large felt piece around the headband. Run the glue along the center of the headband and press to hold the felt down. Next match up the two ends of the tiara and add glue to hold it in place. Glue down the rest of the tiara and cut off excess.

Glue down the smaller piece of your crown and add rhinestone crystals

She couldn't wait to try on the first finished tiara!

I love how each guest will get her very own & original tiara!

Next project... fairy dust! Details to come soon!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Caviar Nails

How about some caviar… For your nails?

A little fact most do not know about me is that I have been a licensed nail technician for over 13 years. At a young age, I always paid attention to my nails and when the acrylic nail fad of the 90's came around, I wanted to learn all about it (did I just age myself or what. haha). I enrolled in beauty school and took the state licensing board but I never made a career out of it. It was just an item on my bucket list that I can check off. To this day, I still swoon over pretty nails.

Fashion Week was filled with plenty of darkly hued nails, but at the Cushnie et Ochs Fall 2011 fashion show, models donned black beaded nails appearing as though they had been just dipped into the luxurious delicacy.

Want to try & create this caviar manicure at home?
  1. Apply two coats of black nail polish
  2. Dry and then cover the fingernail in nail glue
  3. Dip nails into black seed beads and add a sprinkle of glitter for some sparkle
  4. Set nail art with activator spray
While black nails are not my thing, I'm thinking this could be fun with a mixture of brightly colored seed beads. Sort of like cupcake sprinkles... for your nails!