Happy St. Patrick's Day!



What better way to celebrate today than with a good ol' plate of fish and chips and finish off with a shamrock shake. Not sure if it is completely Irish but fun nonetheless!
Very happy that McDonalds locations where I live have brought back the shamrock shake but if yours hasn't I am sharing my beloved shamrock shake recipe that I shared with you all last year. To me, it isn't St. Patrick's day without it! :)


Shamrock Shake

Ingredients:

2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
1/4 cup Low Fat Milk
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
Green food coloring

Directions:

In a blender combine milk, ice cream, extract and a few drops of food coloring. Blend to desired consistency. Pour into malt glass. Serve immediately and enjoy!

DIY: No Sew Fabric Party Bunting



As you already know I am no sewer...that talent was given to my sister, Victoria, of VixenMade..;)
And I was not going to start up my old sewing machine that I had bought years back and fought with. I still cannot thread that thing..pathetic I know but the sewing machine won. I had wanted to include some buntings for my son's birthday but the sewing aspect cut out a few options and no, I was not going to pay a fortune just to buy one premade...I am not rolling in the dough...just a different kind at times :).
This project was one that was very economical as it doesn't require much fabric or materials and the bunting is now part of my son's room decor. It happens to fit in perfectly with the colors in his bedroom.

So here is the tutorial for a no sew bunting.

No Sew Bunting

Supplies Needed:

* Fabric of coordinating colors and patterns
* Scissors
* Iron on adhesive (such as heat n bond),liquid stitch or tacky glue
* Ribbon or Twine

1)Draw a triangle on a piece of cardboard or paper to use as a template or use a flag pattern to cut fabric into flags.
2)Lay out flags in your desired order and length.
3)Take ribbon or twine and using the iron on adhesive or liquid stitch apply to top of the back of each flag.
4)Fold over the top portion of flag over the twine or ribbon.
5)Repeat as you go along the bunting length until all flags are attached.


Baked Mini Donuts




I had never made donuts of any kind before and when I found these mini donuts I had to make them for the party. They are baked instead of fried which I prefer. I am not a fan of the fried food nor cooking with hot oil...one episode of a pretty bad burn has not made me want to wade into those waters.

I have included a chocolate variation and the ganache recipe to dip these little lovelies into.


Baked Mini Cake Donuts

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups cake flour, sifted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray mini doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, egg, and butter and stir until just combined. Fill each doughnut cup approximately 1/2 full filling using an icing bag and tip with the batter.
Bake 4-6 minuted or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4-5 minutes before removing. Finish the doughnuts with a glaze or sprinkles or the ganache recipe.

Makes 24 mini doughnuts.




Baked Mini Chocolate Cake Donuts

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 F.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
In separate bowl mix eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick. Combine milk and butter.
Alternately combine egg mixture and milk mixture with flour mixture and mix until smooth and soft.
Spray pan lightly with cooking oil. Fill with batter 2/3 full. Bake 6-8 minutes. After cooled, dip in chocolate ganache.


Chocolate Ganache

1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1. Heat heavy cream in a small pot. Be careful to not let it boil over. Once it begins to boil, remove from the stove.

2. Pour heavy cream into bowl of chopped chocolate. Stir and mix until chocolate is completely melted.

3. Let ganache cool for a few minutes before drizzling donuts with glaze or simply dipping the tops of the donuts in chocolate ganache




Enjoy!

Jadon's 4th Birthday: Rescue Hero Party

I still cannot believe that my little boy turned four this past week. Seriously..where does the time go?
This past weekend we celebrated his fourth birthday with the things he loves best...firefighters and police officers!
Jadon has had a few vintage firetruck pieces in his room for quite a while now and knew then that his party had to have a vintage feel to it.
We included vintage paper straws, fabric buntings, twine and a few other vintage items to the mix.
The guests were greeted with firefighter and police hats and the favor bags were filled with toy firetrucks and police cars as well.
The fun and games were started off with cardboard police cars and firetrucks which were a lot of fun for the kiddies. Guests played red light, green light, a fire rescue game and made their own hero badge to wear. The fire rescue was their favorite...and was played over again a few times as the request of the kids!
The most memorable moment of his fourth birthday was his reaction to everyone singing happy birthday to him! He is so proud to be four now!

Happy Birthday Jadon...We Love You!



































Thank you, Victoria, for the great snapshots of the party!

Vendor Credits and Resources:

Photography: VixenMade
Cake, chocolate covered oreos, cupcakes, mini donuts, cookies: Candy & Cake
Firetruck Tee Shirt: Modern Frills
Labels: Green Apple Paperie
Party Signs, party favor tags, invitations: Candy & Cake
Paper Straws and red and white baker's twine: Two Crazy Ladies
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