New Designs: Bella's Engagement Ring Cupcake Topper

In anticipation for the new installment in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn Part 1 this Friday, I created this little cupcake topper to replicate Bella's engagement ring. Was so fun to make and so excited to see the movie this weekend! Any other Twihards out there?

A Unicorn Themed Tea Party

This past weekend my oldest daughter (wow—that still sounds so new to me!) celebrated her 7th birthday with a few of her closest friends. Once again Janelle requested tutus (she still loves to dress up) and ordered some premade tutus from Halo Heaven for all of the girls to dress up and take home as favors. We quickly came up with a pink and gold color scheme and went with it…so fitting too that Janelle’s favorite unicorn is Goldalicious. Fun and games were introduced by pin the tail on the unicorn and followed by unicorn races. Then the girls glittered unicorn horns which were unicorn horn shaped seashells that I picked up very inexpensively at the Dollar Store. The girls then refreshed themselves with a spot of tea and some sweets and treats from the dessert table. I couldn’t believe how enamored they were over the table and the cake. So sweet! We included brownie pops (highly recommend), edible image unicorn cookies, cupcakes, raspberry lemon tea sandwiches made from pound cake, and of course, chocolate covered oreos. Each guest was sent home with their own hair accessory that I made a few months before the party as well as a unicorn necklace that I found on Ebay to go along with their tutus.
Thanks to Print Your Heart Out for the perfect invitations in coordinating invitations for the party as well as custom unicorn party tags used for the cookies and labels for the dessert table. They were the perfect addition to the party! Thank you to Modern Frills for creating a custom unicorn silhouette tee for Janelle’s special day! A big thank you to Sheila Anderson Photography for the great snapshots of the party! They turned out gorgeous!

Some News!

Hello friends!

I know posts have been pretty sparse for the past few months and there is reason for that.
On August 12th we welcomed a baby girl to our family and have been pretty busy getting used to having a little one around again.
She is truly a blessing and I could not keep quiet about our new addition any longer.
So I introduce you to our baby daughter,

Ava Charis Isabella

{Photo Credit: Jennifer Veitch Photography}

Polka Dot Blossom Baby Cake

Good morning lovelies! Where has the time gone? I cannot believe we are already into the month of June and school will be ending in 2 more weeks!

Sharing with you all today my latest cake that was for a baby shower and was created using the colors of the new baby's nursery. This was an oreo cake with chocolate ganache filling. I love making these baby cakes...They are so adorable!

Have a great day everyone!

Superhero Party

What boy doesn't dream about being a superhero? This party from Paiges of Style really captures a superhero in training's dream. For more details visit here.

Some new cake designs..

Happy Monday! Thought I would share with you all two of my latest and greatest (hee hee) cake designs.
Thanks again to my lovely photographer sister from the VixenMade blog who captured these shots for me on such short notice!

Peanut Butter and Jam Cookies

A classic combo of peanut butter and jam that would be a clever Mother's Day gift or even to include in a children's birthday celebration or even as an afterschool snack.

{recipe via marthastewart}

Yield: Makes about 2 dozen


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1/3 cup raspberry jam, stirred to loosen


1.Whisk together flour, baking
powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Beat
butter and sugars with a mixer
on medium speed until pale and
fluffy. Beat in peanut butter,
then egg. Reduce speed to low,
and beat in flour mixture until
dough forms. If dough is sticky,
refrigerate for 5 to 10 minutes.

2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll
dough into 1 1/2-inch balls (about
2 tablespoons each). Arrange on
parchment-lined baking sheets,
spacing 1 1/2 inches apart. Press
into 1 3/4-inch rounds. Press hearts
into centers using your fingertips.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

3.Bake for 12 minutes. Remove
from oven, and reshape hearts
using your fingertips or the
handle of a wooden spoon. Fill
indentation of each with a
generous 1/2 teaspoon jam to form
a heart. Bake until cookies
are firm, 6 to 7 minutes more

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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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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