Thursday, February 27, 2014

Miniature Cake Bunting

I have been down for the count over the past two weeks. It seems as though a stomach virus had decided to rip through our home and take it's sweet time working it's way through each and every one of us.....


With that being said, my physical condition hasn't left me really wanting to bake, cook, eat, be awake or blog anything I have done. But since I am feeling slightly human, I though it was time to start getting back into the swing of things.

I was a lucky girl this past Christmas and the hubby got me a Silhouette Cameo. I have been eyeing one of these for as long as I can remember and finally found a reason to get one. I purchased mine through Amazon, they have a bundle pack which includes a lot of great tools to get started You can find out more information about the one I purchased here ----> Silhouette Cameo Starter Kit Bundle Cutter

I haven't really had a chance to break it out and use it as much as I dreamed I would, but for this I had an opportunity to use it to cut out some teeny, tiny letters I made for a cake bunting.  I adore miniature cake buntings and make them as much as I can, they just have the ability to make a plain cake pop out a little more and are and easy way to personalize a cake with a little extra style.

It was my first "real" time using the silhouette so I am pretty limited on what I know how to do, but I am so looking forward to learning more about the program. I know that it will be perfect in helping me save time in regards to a lot of the hand cutting I do.

The cake was a lat minute request from an old friend, so I  made this to help celebrate her daughter's Sweet Sixteen! The pom poms on top are made of fondant, those were also a first, so they could be better. Thank goodness for next times, which always leave room for growth and improvement!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Til' next time :)

(Items used to create this project  are available through Amazon.com (commission earned for sales) 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Create a little LOVE this Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is upon us yet again! This is a  holiday that celebrates the most wonderful thing that we are able to show in so many ways. Although I love to jump on the bandwagon and make fun treats and such for all holidays, there are meanings behind all that I do, that sprout first from love. These cookie I made seemed to express in cookie form what I truly feel about love.

That love is so much bigger and more colorful than anything else I have ever experience in my life and is so powerful in it's vibrancy!

What I thought love was in my younger years has definitely transformed into a bigger understanding of how powerful of a force it can really be.

Love is a seed planted in our hearts....and it grows...and grows...and grows....expressing itself onto the canvas we called life, in a spectacular display of colorful moments we simple call life.

Love is a miracle shared by us all.

Hope you enjoyed this post and Happy Valentine's Day from me to you!!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Peas Be Mine Valentine's Day Printable

I happen to be slightly "crunchy" when it comes to what my kids eat, although certain contents of this blog may suggest otherwise. Some of you may not know but I was/am one of those breastfeeding, baby wearing, co-sleeping, make my own organic baby food types of Mama's.

Even now as they are older I try to avoid processed sweets/foods on a daily and serve them organic fruit and veggies as snack. I'm not saying this is the way to do with your kiddo's, it's just what I do with mine. I make them every meal and rarely give them processed foods and none of that makes me better or worse than anyone that  also does or does not do this.

With that said, holidays tend to be the exception to the rule in regards to sweets and I often make them all sorts of fun super sugar (non-organic at that!) laden treats for school parties, but decided that this Valentine's Day I would do things a little different and try my best to parlay some healthier choices for all the kids.

 I figured their parents would totally appreciate me and sing my praises for making the decision to finally bring some healthy alternative to a holiday that is synonymous with chocolate and sugary sweets and the kids would as be super excited to get a bag full of peas with this cute printable on top!

Too far?? Just for the record  as much as I would love to torture my children and justify this as a form of early karma as I send them skipping into school with fists full of these and have them sprinkle a bit of cray cray on their school party, I am not the craziest Mom on the block. 

But a part of me finds great humor in the reactions of the kids after receiving a bag of these crunchy, healthy treats. This is the face my daughter made when I told her this would be the Valentine's for her class, as peas happen to be a not so favorite of hers.

Could you imagine the looks on the face of the kids as packages of these were handed out. I have visions of "Ewwww gross" and "I don't wan't THIS" echoing throughout my brain and it make me all sorts of giggly to think of the faces.

Peas be mine free printable valentines

But in all seriousness although I may be slightly crunchy, I do allow sweets in moderation and these free printables are so much more appealing with CANDY!!!

They can be printed out on a standard sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and come four per sheet.

peas be mine valentines day printable free

But listen, I am not Judy Judgermister, so if ya wanna use them with peas go on with your crunchy self and do your thing! 

And "peas" enjoy these whichever way you decide to use them!!

You can print out the toppers from {{HERE}}

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies for Valentines Day

I love a good combo, especially one that begins with peanut butter and end with chocolate. Add in some fun Valentine's Heart chocolates and you have a great cookie for the big day of "LOVE"

Peanut Butter Chocolate Heart Cookies

Now to take these to a new level wrap them in some fun and festive ways and you  have youself a great little Valentine favor! 

easy packaging idea for cookies

Get the recipe and find out how I made these cute little cookie package over at Bake it Up a Notch Today!

Enjoy Sweet Peeps!!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Heirloom Cookie Sheet Giveaway

I've been a bit more distracted from blogging/baking/playing around mindlessly on facebook as of late than normal, reason being that I met with a nutritionist about a month ago who suggested I try a lower calorie diet to battle my after kid bulge that despite my best efforts will not go away.

I have made huge dietary changes in the past few years trying everything from low-carb, no carb, paleo, grain free, all organic...and the list goes on. With not much success regardless of sticking to whatever plan I was implementing in my life at the time.

But after I was told I would develop diabetes sooner than later if I didn't get rid of the weight, I decided to forgo my internet research/education and go see an endocrinologist and nutritionist to see if I could regain my former self (or better self) with a bit of conventional medicine and nutritional advise.

I was put on a medication to help me balance my fasting blood levels and it was suggested by the nutritionist to count calories.

And I was all like count what???

I have been counting everything but that for the past few years, so the idea of reverting back to that type of "dieting" was nothing I had thought of. I had just cut calories after my first and dropped all the baby weight, but that did not happen after the second or third. In  fact I gained more and more with each pregnancy, which if you don't know was three in less than four years.

So I'm giving it a try. I won't be the once thin, now fat chick lamenting about her weight loss/dieting woes, but I did want to just tell a little background in case you may see some "healthier" lower calories recipes (shudder) on the blog.

 So far I have lost a bit of weight, so it seems promising but counting, weighing and measuring ever bite of food that goes in m mouth is beyond exhausting. So much work for so little loss each week, just doesn't seem right. So many hours in a day are spend planning meals and exercise, that not a lot of time has been allowed for things such as this blog, which by the way has a lot of items that do not fit in my calorie budget.

I remember in my twenties I would just snort a lot of questionable things up my nose and dance for days. Never had weight issues then! But that type of behavior isn't even an option anymore!!!

****Sigh***** being a grown up with self respect, morals and self worth is really hard sometimes

Whatever...it is what it is and I will go along with it if only to avoid future complications with my health later on.

Just wanted to get that ALL out before I get to the fun part of this post which is a giveaway! I was contacted a few months back by Heirloom Cookie Sheets to be part of their new cook book. I was given a cookie sheet to bake my cookie on them and was pleasantly surprised at how awesome it was.

Typically I use a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper when I bake cookies, but I did not need either of these using the Heirloom Baking sheet and  what I got was perfect, evenly baked cookies  that came right off the baking sheet.

Every. Single. Time.  Awesomeness!

So because they are so fabulous and so generous they agreed to give away one Heirloom cookie sheet and one copy of the recipe book.( Which I'm in...just saying )

So please enter and see if you are a winner.

Giveaway will run through February 10, 2014 12:00 am est. One winner will be chosen at random. Winner will be announced via rafflecopter and emailed..

Good Luck!

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