Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pirate Pops


Ella has a super creative first grade teacher and this year she has a pirate theme running throughout the classroom. Since Ella's birthday landed on the third day of school, I thought it would be fun to bring in a pirate themed snack. Here's what I came up with - Pirate Cookie Pops!

  • Start with double stuffed Oreo cookies.  
  • Dip one end of the stick in melted white candy melts.
  • "Screw" the sticks in, being careful not to break the cookies.
  • Freeze.


  • Once frozen, dip the entire cookie in melted white chocolate.
  • Once the white chocolate is dried, dip just the top at an angle in melted red candy melts to form a "bandana".

I found these adorable candy eyeballs at Michael's. 


As you can see, I only needed one per treat!  
Heart sprinkles made up the mouth and bandana tie.  
The eye patch was piped on with melted chocolate.


Of course, since Ella is my little princess, I had to make pink pirates, too!




Sunday, August 28, 2011

iheartfaces | White


White.  
Perhaps my favorite color.  
Clean.  Simple.  Full of possibilities.
Looking for shells on a white sandy beach.





Thursday, August 25, 2011

Banana Split Cupcakes


Sometimes I bake something in hopes that it will be heavenly delicious.  Sometimes I bake something to feed a crowd.  But sometimes I bake something just to watch my kids eyes get big and to hear them say WOW!


These cupcakes fell into the WOW! category and they turned out to be the perfect treat for Ella's family birthday dinner.  The inspiration for these came from one of my favorite cupcake books, What's New Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.
  • I super-sized mine by starting with three jumbo muffins.   
  • For the "Ice Cream", divide a batch of white frosting into three bowls.  I used homemade cream cheese frosting (because it's my favorite), but the book suggests frosting right out of the can.


  • Leave one third of the frosting plain
  • Add 2 Tablespoons low sugar strawberry jam to the second bowl
  • Add 1 Tablespoon a cocoa powder to the third bowl.  
  • Put bowls in the freezer for 30 - 60 minutes.  
  • Next, scoop the frosting with an ice cream scooper and place the mounds right on top of the cupcakes.  Yes, it's a lot of frosting, but that's what makes the kids say, WOW!



  • The "bananas" are Stella D'oro Anisette Toast dipped in yellow candy melts. 
  • Drizzle chocolate ganache on the "Vanilla" cupcake. 
  • Just before serving, top each with whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry.

What birthday girl wouldn't want to dig into this?  
Fortunately for the rest of us, she shared!





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

So Many Choices...


WELCOME TO MOE'S!

We eat there sometimes on Saturdays.  Kids eat free.  Three adult meals and three free kids meals.  We have it all figured out.

But on this day something was different.  Something loomed in the distance and beckoned us with its seductive neon lights.  Like a spaceship from afar, it was the Coke machine of the future.


It was filled with choices.  Over one hundred of them!


Simply click your product......


(Diet Coke)....


.... and more choices appear!  
Diet Vanilla Coke, Diet Cherry Coke, Diet Vanilla Cherry Coke, Diet Lime Coke, Diet Raspberry Coke...


Diet Orange Coke?


Peach Sprite, Grape Sprite, Raspberry Sprite, Cherry Sprite, Orange Sprite....... 
Endless Choices.  Endless Decisions!


Please forgive my over-funkified photos.  It's my Instagram iPhone app.  
I can't help myself.


Twenty Menu Choices with unlimited topping selections ......


Five kinds of salsas.......

Two kinds of tea...
(Perhaps you can only truly appreciate the humor in this if you have lived in both The North and The South!)


The evening went like this......
Press all the buttons. Try strange concoctions.


Dump it out.


Repeat.


In the end, Arielle chose a plain cheese quesadilla and water.

Choices are fun. Choices are exciting.
Is there anything better than choices?  

Maybe there is.  
Maybe it's better 
to be content with what you have.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happy Face Cookie Pops



It was Ella's birthday and I wanted to send a little treat in for her Sunday School class.


I had a little more complicated idea for her school treat, so I considered these my practice round.


Double Stuffed Oreos dipped in yellow candy melts with chocolate piped faces.


On a stick.





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