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Shake your Shamrocks

14 Mar Shake your Shamrocks Cocktail

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to start the weekend!! OK, well maybe not right this second … but after my daily to do’s are done and the errands are ran… then you can best believe that  I WILL be sippin on one of these babies later!

Shake your Shamrocks Cocktail

I call it Shake your Shamrocks because after about 2 that is probably what I would be doing.  HEEEEEY!!!

 

Here is what you need:

2 oz Melon Schnaps
2 oz Peach Vodka
2 oz Sprite – I like a little fizz!!

Just Shake it all together, pour in your chilled glass and shake your shamrocks!!!!

Cheers!

St. Patty’s Day – Free Party Printables

10 Mar

St. Patrick’s Day is just a week away! I am so ready for all things green, because that means that spring is right around the corner.  To celebrate the sunshine, I am sharing with you these FREE St. Patty’s Day party printables for your celebration!  Print as many copies as you want!  If you use them, take a pic and let me see! :)  Click on the link under the picture to view the  PDF file to print.

St.Pattys Day Cupcake Toppers, Toothpick Tags & Straw Flags

St. Patty’s Day Cupcake Toppers, Toothpick Tags & Straw Flags

 

StPattys Day Water Bottle Labels

St. Patty’s Day Water Bottle Labels

St. Pattys Day pintables

St. Patty’s Day Cupcake Wrappers

St. Pattys Day pintables

St. Patty’s Day Banner

St. Pattys Day Treat Bag Toppers

St. Patty’s Day Treat Topper

Nutella Filled Sugar Cookies

14 Feb Nutella Sugar Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Today I am going to share with you a super easy and quick tip to make your ready-to-eat refrigerated sugar cookies the perfect Valentine’s treat! These Nutella Filled Sugar Cookies are amazing. Well, anything with the word Nutella is amazing.

I used refrigerated sugar cookie dough (so I cheated, who cares?!) and cooked for 12 minutes in a greased mini muffin pan. As soon as they came out of the oven I placed a shot glass (party on, Wayne!) in each on to make a little cookie bowl. After the cookies cooled, I popped them out of the pan and filled them with Nutella. Tilly helped adding by pink sprinkles and candy hearts.

Nutella Sugar Cookies

We paired out treats with a glass of milk. I decorated this jar (Starbucks frappe bottle) by cutting out the heart shape out of double-sided adhesive with my Silhouette Cameo and sprinkling glitter over top! The ribbon and a cute Valentine’s Day straw sets it over the top!

After we ate our cookies we made Valentines. Here is Tilly’s o”fish”al Valentine for her daddy! It says “You are o-fish-ally my Valentine! Love, Tilly!” The fish is made of hearts cut with my Silhouette Machine. Tilly glued it all together and added some glitter (that’s my girl!) and then we strung it to a skewer “fishing. pole” with some glittered twine. He’s going to love it.

Fish Valentines

Happy Valentines Day, ya’ll!!

Valentines Day Burlap Banner

23 Jan Valentines Day "Be Mine" Burlap Banner

Valentine’s Day is in the air!  I love seeing everyone’s cute ideas out in blogland on their various Valentine Day projects. So many sweet receipes, crafts and cards to create!   I am a complete girly girl so all the pink hearts, flowers, chocolate and glitter gets me all excited!   I am working on romancing my mantle up a bit and thought the best place to start was with a festive banner. 

Valentines Day "Be Mine" Burlap Banner

This “Be Mine” one is my favorite.  I told my Valentine I made it just for him… he rolled his eyes ;)

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 I had some red and natural colored burlap left over from Christmas so I used that to cut out the pennant shapes, which are strung with a lace trim.   For these with the red glitter letters, I used my silhouette to cut out letters on double-sided adhesive, secured on the burlap, and glittered it up. 

 Valentines Day Burlap "Love" Banner

For this banner, instead of using red glitter letters I created a stencil with my silhouette and stenciled the letters in with black paint.

 Valentines Day "Love" Burlap Banner

I just LOVE how they all turned out! So cute! I kept one and gave one to each of my sisters.   If you want one, then you can purchase one at my Etsy shop here.  

Until next time, friends!

Rainbow Layer Cake

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Need a little color on a gloomy Monday?  This 6 layer Rainbow cake will definitely bring some happiness into your day!  Isn’t it so fun?

Rainbow Cake

 I made this cake for my daughter’s 2nd Birthday, she had a rainbow party.  It was a huge hit!  

Here’s What’cha Need:

  •  2 boxes of white cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 container of vanilla yogurt
  • 3 – 4 containers of vanilla / marshmallow icing
  • food coloring

Here’s What’cha Do:

  • Pre heat oven to 350″ and grease 8 or 9 inch round pans
  • Combine cake mix, eggs, oil, water and yogurt together for about 2 minutes or until combined.
  • Divide cake batter evenly into 6 bowls
  • Add desired amount of food coloring into each bowl until you reach the color you like
  • Bake each layer of cake for about 11-13 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Repeat until all colors are baked.
  • Cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.  I kept mine in the freezer overnight.
  • When you are ready to frost the cake, unwrap each layer, spread icing on the top and place another layer of cake on top, spread icing, and repeat until you have all your layers.
  • Now is the time to get generous and spread that icing thick.  Slop that sugar on all over the cake to completely cover  any gaps in-between the layers of cake.  The icing will help hold it all upright and secure the cakes in place so they won’t break when thawed.

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And there you have it.  Such a bright, fun and cute cake!  I decorated mine with skittles.  I had visions of a pom pom banner across the cake, but time was not on my side that day.  Once you cut into the cake, all them”oohs and ahhs”  will take over and no one is paying attention to the outside anyways! 

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The possibilities with this cake are endless! You could do it in pink ombre for Valentines Day or green for St. Patrick’s or red white and blue for 4th of July.  So many ways to personalize it to your special occasion.  And not only is it super cute, but I love the flavor that the vanilla yogurt adds while also making the cake super moist.

Send me some pics if you make it, I would love to see! Until next time,  friends!

Pumpkin Donuts

23 Nov Pumpkin Donuts

Nothing says fall to me like pumpkins! I love everything about them… carving, decorating, pumpkin scented candles… and I especially love the pumpkin flavored foods during fall time!  When tweenie was a little boy we used to go to this one pumpkin farm that always made home made pumpkin donuts and fresh apple cider.  You could watch them fry the donuts fresh and set them out with the glaze still dripping and the donut deliciously warm.  So when I saw this recipe for Glazed Pumpkin Donuts here at Barefoot and Baking, I knew I had to try them!

It was just three of us the night I made these, so I cut the recipe in half.  It still made about a dozen donuts, which was more than enough for us.  They were sooo good when they were all done and still warm with the glaze dripping.  

Can’t get enough pumpkin! Yum!!  Pretty good result for my first donut making experience!   Hope you guys have a great week and a had a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Until next time, friends.

Monster Eye Ball Truffles

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Hey ya’ll!  Hope you had a great weekend!  Our weekend was good… yesterday we had tweenie’s football game and then headed to the store to stock up for Hurricane Sandy.   Today I picked up all my Halloween decorations outside and my flower pots so nothing will break or blow away in the storm.   Then before it got too windy we headed down to a local corn maze and got lost in some fall fun!  Corn mazes and pumpkin farms are my absolute favorite fall activity.  And what’s even better? Tilly walked the whole maze and now has been passed out for almost 3 hours.  Happy Sunday to me!!  

Since this dang hurricane is going to be bringing the tricks I thought I would share some yummy Halloween treats!  Aren’t these Monster Eye Ball Truffles the cutest?

  These frightfully fantastic truffles are made from the same recipe as a previous post Mint Chocolate Oreo Truffles .  But actually this time I didn’t make them with mint, I just doubled the Oreos.

I dipped the truffles into green dipping chocolate and placed a white chocolate wafer in the center of each ball and a some blue colored white melting chocolate in the center of the eye ball.    Very easy, and ends up being a cute, fun treat that the kiddos are going to love! 

 Until next time, friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amaretto Finger Cookies

28 Oct Amaretto Finger Cookies

Wow! I can’t belive it is almost the end of October and I this is my first post!  I have been pretty busy this month so even though I have been creating all sorts of goodies, I haven’t had the time to review my pictures and write up a post.  The days go by so quick!  I am all hyped up on Halloween candy so I thought it was a perfect time to catch you up on some of the Halloween goodies that I have been making lately… starting off with this recipe for some wickedly delicious Amaretto Finger Cookies.

Here’s What’cha Need:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2  & 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp. Amaretto
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sliced almonds
  • Red decorating gel

Here’s What’cha Do:

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar.  Add egg, vanilla and amaretto.
  • In another bowl mix together flour, salt and baking powder.  Add to wet mixture slowly. Combine.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  • Roll into balls (about 1 to 1 1/2 inches) and then roll into a finger shape (about 1/2 in x 3 in).  Make them as thick, thin, long as you want.
  • Place on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.  Use butter knife to make line indents for knuckles and also press tip downat end to create a nail bed)
  • Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes.  Cool on pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack.
  • Adda dab of red decorating gel to nail bed, then place a sliced almond on top for the nail.

 And THAT is finger lickin’ good!  hehe!   Until next time, friends!

Summer Pool Party

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 How did your first official first week of summer treat ya?  My week was fantastic!  Had a girls night out, went yard sale’n & shopping with the hubby, spent time poolside with the kiddos and the icing on it all… I got to help with two parties!!  It was a busy weekend filled with all kinds of crafting and cooking goodies!   I am very excited to share with you everything that I have been working on.  

My teenage beauty helped her BFF host a pool party to kick off the summer and asked if I could “donate” to the cause.  All she has to say is party and she knows that I’m in.  My mind starting going crazy with all kinds of ideas, but I had promised to keep it simple.   And really, a bunch of teenagers running around in their swimsuits really don’t care how I decorate the cupcakes do they??  Nah, they just want lots of snacks and to be left alone.  Here are a few pictures that I was able to snip  for you before I got kicked out…

For the decorations the girls placed tiki torches around the pool and hung up paper lanterns.  We love paper lanterns, they are pretty much at every party that we have.  They busted out all the rafts, beach balls and floating toys that they could find.  The table was covered with a pink polka dot table-cloth and some of the serving dishes were  embellished  with flip-flop patterned ribbon.  The girls bought the long pink cups themselves and embellished them with gems, ribbon and other things… or as Taylor called it, “Be Dazzled!” They turned out really cute, she so creative!

We served an assortment of chips served in beach buckets, blue jello (with Swedish fish inside), Nutter Butter flip clip cookies, goldfish crackers served in paper cones made from cardstock and cupcakes.  The cupcakes were iced blue and then coated with crushed graham crackers to resemble sand.  I topped them off with a little umbrella.  For drinks we had sodas, lemonade and water bottles covered with blue  flower pattered duck tape.  

I wanted to do more, I could do more… it was killing me NOT to do more… but teenagers don’t dig cutesy so there was only so much I could get away with.   :) 

Hope you’re enjoying your summer too! 

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Father’s Day Crab Feast

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Last year we had both of our dads over for a Father’s Day Maryland Style Crab Feast.  My brother-in-law goes crabbing and always gets the best, biggest, tastiest Maryland Blue Crabs.  I went ahead with the crab theme for the party and chose red, white and blue for my color palate.

The table was covered with a red plaid table-cloth and a fishing net was draped over top as an overlay.  I placed boxes underneath the table-cloth to create different heights.   The crab theme was carried out here as well with a crab wine bottle holder on the table as well as crab mallets in mason jars with red polka-dotted ribbon.  Some red, white and blue pinwheels and starfish were scattered around the table.  Doesn’t look like I have a good picture of it, but for my centerpiece I cut blue hydrangea from my brother in law’s house, they were so full and gorgeous!  Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers!

The father’s day banner I made was cute and pretty simple to make.  I used red, white and blue construction paper, ribbon, glue stick, hole punch and scissors.  First I printed off “Happy Father’s Day” and a couple of crab images.  Cut out, glue to poster board, cut out, punch hole in top, thread ribbon through and hung.  

Your guest of honor will love his personalized banner! Who wouldn’t?

I kept the outdoor decorations pretty simple.  Blue plastic table cloths as a base layer and red polka-dotted wrapping paper was ran across the top.  Gotta love the Target dollar section!  The wrapping paper made for easy clean up with the crabs, so not only was it super cute, but functional!  When hubby saw it he told me it was too fancy, and over the top. Really? Some $1 wrapping paper?  Such a simple man, he is so easy to please and impress, I love it! :)   Blue plastic buckets and mason jars with crab mallets were placed on the tables for the guests as well as patriotic citronella candles, to keep those pesky bugs away.  And to top the look off… what’s a party without paper lanterns?!?! Not a good one, so I hung a couple of red and blue ones for fun.

 I served punch, tea and root beer. I got this cute printable from www.Nothingbutcountry.com for the Root Beer. It says “You are an AWesome Dad” but looks like the logo for A&W Rootbeer. Very cute.

I also got this idea for the fish cupcakes from www.nothingbutcountry.com as well.  I just love their site, it is full of all sorts of cute crafty ideas. 

First you will need to prep, bake and cool your cupcakes per the recipe.  As  you are doing this step, you can prep your little fishing poles.  For this you will need wooden sticks (I used skewer sticks cut in half), string, a needle, fish gummies and a little bit of glue.  First wrap the string around your skewer, you cane hold it in place with a little dab of glue.  With the other end of your string, thread a needed though it and then thread that through your fish’s mouth.   I found that if you use a really big needle then it will go through the gummy easier than a regular sized needle.  Tie a little tie and place down carefully so it doesn’t get all tied up in a mess.  That happened to me with a few and I had to do them over. 

When you have all of your poles prepped and your cupcakes are finished cooling, then you are ready to frost them.   Just add a few drops of blue food coloring to your frosting and pipe onto the cupcakes.

Insert your fishing pole in your cupcake and your done, a sweet treat for your favorite fisherman.

We had a great time celebrating Father’s Day with our Crab Feast…  succulent crabs, great weather, fantastic company and cold beer…. an awesome day to celebrate a couple of awesome dads!

Happy Father’s Day!

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