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Friday, April 30, 2010

Oreo Lolipops

For my Pinkalicious party I dipped some oreos in white chocolate, which I made pink with food coloring, and then stuck a lolipop stick in it to make it a lolipop of course! I got the idea from Heavenly Blooms Olivia Party. It sounded pretty easy, but let me tell you, it was quite a process...I must have gone through 50 Oreos and got 24 looking good...but from it I learned some tricks that might help you if you attempt this yummy dessert for your next party. First you need to melt your candy bark or candy melts. I got the candy bark from Savemart during Christmas-it's the only time I can find it there-or if you use candy melts I buy those from Michaels and they come in pink so you can skip the dying step. Then you need to open the oreo cookie (this is where I lose some because they break) and stick your lolipop stick in the melted candy and then in the open cookie. I found that double stuffed oreos worked better. Then close the cookie back up (gently so you don't break more) and dip in the candy melt. Then set on parchment paper and wait to dry. When you are all finished, wrap in small clear bags and tie with a bow...voila! Enjoy!
 
 I used both white regualr chocolate ones.
 
These were the ones that actually turned out.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Homemade Chocolate Frosting

I haven't posted in some time because I was still trying to re-couperate (don't think I spelled that right) after that Pinkalicious Party of mine! Clean-up was time consuming to say the least, but all worth it! Anyways, while making the girl's birthday cake for their actual birthday today, I stumbled across something that I found very interesting. I am sure you all know this already, but I forgot about it and thought I would bring it back to life. On the back of the Hershey's Cocoa Powder box there is a fabulous recipe for chocolate frosting. I don't even think I followed the exact recipe, but it turned out AMAZING!!! I would post a pic, but I made them at my sister's house (the cake and cupcakes). Maybe she'll send a photo. However, if you haven't made it in a while, please do and know you WILL lick the bowl! Enjoy!

"PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING
Melt 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
stir in 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa.
Add 3 cups powdered sugar alternately with 1/3 cup milk and
1 teaspoon vanilla extract beating to spreading consistency.
About 2 cups frosting.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pinkalicious!

So my girls turn 5 and 2 on April 26th and April 29th. Seeing as their birthdays are so close together I combined them this year and decided to throw what I now call a "Blogified" party. I chose to do a Pinkalicious party because my girls LOVE pink and their room is pink and they only like to wear clothes that are pink...so it was the perfect theme! In February I started getting inspired by all the blog parties out there. Boy are there some talented ladies out there...wow! I tried to "blogify" my party...and let's just say...blogyfied is what happened in my garage.  Here are some pics of the pink event. I had SO much fun planning away and finding inspiration from all of you out there. Hope you get some ideas as well...and keep "blogifying" your parties!
I was mostly inspired by the Olivia Party over at Heavenly Blooms. And the popcorn cones I found at Hostessblog The water bottle labels I ordered from BigDayCreations and the rest of the labels on the candy bar and cups I created using Microsoft Word. The table coth on the candy bar is an old table cloth I had and I bought some touling and my friend Alf "showed" me how to do it...she is the talented one whoe got it done:) Thanks Alfie! My lolipops I pruchased from http://www.candywarehouse.com/ and I spray painted a basket I had, bought some fake grass (because I didn't have time to grow it) and propped it all up with some styrofoam (Thanks to Gina for the great idea!) Thanks to all my friends who let me borrow their stuff...Mich for more pink tissue balls, Melissa for the awesome Ostrich feathers, Robyn for the lemonade jug and silver drink bucket, to Alf for her sewing abilities, my sissy who keeps me on task-house clean-and lookin' like I am ready 24/7, to Alex and Bri for running the show and cleaning up my garage, Annette for helping out during and after, Mamie for cutting out all the charms for the bracelets the girls made, and my husband for letting me go wild with a staple gun in our garage for an entire week. Oh and my neighbor Randy who let me put my crap in his garage! And all my friends who came and were so generous with the girls, we love you all!!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Oroweat Bakery Outlet

Just had to share a litle place I love and frequent often. Oroweat Bakery Outlet. Today I purchased a total of 16 loafs of bread for a wopping 18.30! I like to stock up my freezer with bread so I always have some on hand for the millions of lunches and sandwhiches one can make with four children and a husband. I didn't just buy generic bread, I bought Oroweat wheat bread, Fransisco Sourdough, Thomas bagels, and hogie rolls galore! There was even a new thin Thomas bagel that my kids have already gone through a dozen! If you haven't visited yet, it is right by the infamous City Lights on Clovis Avenue...I know, interesting location. But for some reason my hubby always likes to go with me...wink-wink!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

Disneyland Trip Tricks

So this past week I went to Disneyland with the family. All four kids and hubby. Both my hubby and I dreade this trip because although we knew the kids would have an absolute blast, we the adults would be working our tails off to make sure we had everything to make it as stress free for ourselves as we made sure the kids had fun. To my rescue came my sissy. If you do not know my sissy you are missing out on life. She likes to organize, boss you around, and bestow her wisdom on you-all while smiling. I let her do all that the night before our trip. She organized outfits for all four children and my hubby and I. She packed up our food bags, carry-into-the-park bags, and told me how to keep my stroller organized throughout the trip. (She hates messy strollers in Disneyland, beware she is going next week and could be checking out your stroller!) She even handed me her secret weapon...the camera case. This little camera case is where she stores her lipgloss (to keep herself pic perfect) her blush (for a mid day pick-me-up) her compact (to keep her looking refreshed and renewed as she would say) and her phone, camera, ID and money. So, she allowed me to borrow this secret weapon. I added a small bottle of purel to keep my kids as germ free as one possibly can in a park of millions of diseases and germs flying everywhere! I being the good sister that I am, followed ALL of her tricks for a successful trip in Disneyland and I have to say that this trip was one of the most stress-free trips. I always was ready for a picture, my stroller organized at all times, and my camera case on me~ready to snap that picture moment, wash my kids hands, and pay for anything without having to move too far. Thanks sissy...you should write a book.
me with camera bag...kids taking picture of happy parents:)

Monkey business

So I've seen a few blogs where my friends made this monkey bread from biscuits and sugar and butter. It looked yummy so I thought I should try this, so I did. Tonight after dinner I bribed my kids and nephew to eat all their dinner and if they did, they could help me make dessert. They all gobbled down their dinner and we shook our dessert into place. And well the result was super yummy and sticky~ Just fabulous!!!