Category Archives: Dessert

How to Make Cotton Candy

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It’s no secret that I am 100% in love with my cotton candy machine! I was completely surprised when my siblings gave it to me for my birthday 3 years ago! Before that I wanted to use it in parties but it is hard to know where to buy cotton candy! Lucky for me, the cotton candy maker they bought me is the real deal and I have used it A LOT! We pull it out for birthday parties, field day at school, baby and bridal showers, holidays (remember my cotton candy neighbor Christmas gifts?) and even let my daughter and her cousins sell it in our front yard along with some lemonade.

How to make Cotton Candy - Events To CelebrateI’m going to walk you through how to use a cotton candy machine just in case you are like I was and have it on your secret wish list to take your parties to the next level!

If you read cotton candy machine reviews you’ll see quickly that those small ones sold at department stores aren’t awesome. They make a pouf that is about the size of an ice cream cone and just don’t get the job done. Mine is the Great Northern Vortex cotton candy machine and it has been amazing! I also have the hood that goes over it to contain the fluffy fly-aways. 

Cotton Candy Equipment:
Cotton Candy Machine
Cotton Candy Machine Bubble Hood
Floss Sugar – I have only ever used the Gold Medal brand
Cotton Candy Floss Cones
Twist Tie Food Storage Bags – Gallon size
Bowl

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(This is the kind of bag I use. The cotton candy bags are much too large!)

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Construction Birthday Party

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If you’re on the hunt for really great Construction birthday party ideas, you’re in the right spot! Today I’m going to share all of the Construction party decorations, Construction party food ideas and the cute Construction party cake! Come back for the adorable invitations, favors, games and activities.

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My cute little guy just turned 3 and he LOVES tractors! Not farming tractors (although, he does like those), the big CONSTRUCTION tractors! My husband uses them in his work and my son LOVES to go see “Daddy’s tractors”! In fact, he thinks any tractors we see as we are out and about are “Daddy’s tractors”. So, we planned a really fun Construction Birthday Party for him and a few of his friends and had loads of fun!

Let’s DIG right in to the fun details!

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Homemade Peach Ice Cream

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Homemade Peach Ice Cream - made simple by using a Cuisinart ice cream maker! You'll want to add this to your list of favorite homemade ice cream recipes!

It is peach season here in Utah and I personally feel like we have the best peaches around! I love to peel them and eat them fresh, but look forward to making homemade peach ice cream and peach crisp each year with them! I promise, it is not hard to learn how to make homemade ice cream, especially if you have a Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream maker. When got my cuisinart ice cream machine a few years ago I didn’t realize how much I would use it! Because it is so easy to use, we have so much fun customizing the flavors to what we love! This homemade peach ice cream is a cross between peaches and cream and my favorite peach crisp recipe because of the addition of one special spice. You’ll want to add this to your favorite homemade ice cream recipes for sure! 

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Unicorn Marshmallow Popcorn

At our Unicorn party last weekend with my nieces I made some super delicious and sticky Unicorn Marshmallow Popcorn. It was pink, fluffy, sweet and so yummy! The recipe is simple enough if you have ever made rice crispy treats, but the addition of jello powder to the recipe adds the cute pink color as well as FLAVOR! I can’t wait to try this recipe again with other flavors – it was amazing! 

Unicorn Marshmallow Popcorn4 Ingredient Marshmallow Popcorn perfect for a Unicorn Party!

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Coconut Raspberry Cake

Trust me when I tell you that this Coconut Raspberry cake will take away your winter blues. It will transport you to springtime in one bite! It’s January and we are buried in snow. I made this cake for Easter last year and it was so delicious! I need something to give me the hope of Spring, so I made it again for a ladies night in we are having in my neighborhood to bid farewell to a friend/neighbor that is moving. The tangy raspberry paired with the luxurious coconut buttercream frosting topping the spongy french vanilla cake is the perfect combination. 

Coconut Raspberry Cake

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Cake:
Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Vegetable oil

Raspberry Sauce:
1 box Raspberry Danish Dessert
1  12oz bag Frozen Raspberries
2 cups Water

Coconut Buttercream:
2 sticks (1 cup) Butter – room temperature
4 cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Water
1/2 tsp Coconut Extract
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

3/4 cup Shredded Sweetened Coconut

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Step 1: Bake the cake according to box directions

 I used 2 – 9″ round pans and baked them for 25 minutes and then allowed them to cool on my stove before turning them out onto a cookie sheet to cool in the refrigerator. You can do this cake in a 9×13 pan or layer it the way I have done. Either way it is amazing. If you are doing the layer version, I recommend spraying your pan, adding a round of parchment paper and spraying it again with non-stick spray just to make sure they come out clean. 

Step 2: Make the Raspberry Sauce

In a saucepan over Medium High heat whisk together the 2 cups of water and danish dessert powder. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add in the frozen raspberries. Use the whisk to mash them up and incorporate them into the sauce. Allow to cool completely and then refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the cake. 

Step 3: Make the Coconut Buttercream

Using a hand mixer mix just the butter in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar, the vanilla, coconut and 1 Tbsp of water and mix thoroughly. Add the last 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp of water and mix until fully incorporated. Start slowly so the powdered sugar doesn’t fly everywhere and then you can increase the speed of the mixer to get it light and fluffy.

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Step 4: Assemble the Cake

Use a long serrated knife to cut each round cake in half. Place the bottom layer on a cake board or plate and top with 1/3 – 1/2 cup (approximately) of the raspberry sauce. Use the back of a spoon to spread it over the cake in an even layer. 

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Place the top layer from the first cake on top of the raspberry sauce and then pipe 1/2 of the coconut buttercream frosting onto the cake. Use an offset spatula to spread over the cake evenly. Top evenly with 1/4 cup of the shredded coconut.

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Add the bottom layer from the second cake and top with raspberry sauce, just like the first layer. You will have some leftover, which is a great thing! It is amazing on waffles!

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Add the last layer and top with the remaining buttercream frosting. Finish it with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, Chill cake in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, 

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When you serve the cake heat your knife by running it under hot water and hen drying it off, This will help it cut through the layers more cleanly.

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Enjoy! I know you will!!

Peanuts Birthday Party Ideas

My son is so in love with the Peanuts Movie and LOVES Snoopy, so as his second birthday approached I knew I wanted to have a Peanuts birthday party. Hold on tight, I usually separate these posts since they are so photo heavy, but I’m combining all of the Peanuts birthday party ideas I used into one giant post today!

Peanuts Birthday Party Ideas

Peanuts Party Decorations

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Nutella Wontons with Macerated Strawberries

If you think Nutella is only for Valentine’s Day, you’re really missing out. I did happen to make these Nutella Wontons with macerated strawberries for our Valentine’s Day dinner but they are so delicious and SO easy to make, they shouldn’t be a once-a-year dessert! 

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I frequently purchase wonton wrappers for a salad we use them in  and have left overs I’m not sure what to do with. Then one day I decided to stuff them with Nutella and fry them. It was a very good day indeed. 

There are just a few steps and you’ll be on your way to being ready for your stretchy pants and a chick-flick. 

Nutella Wontons

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Step #1:

I purchase the large square wonton wraps and cut them in half. Take one half and using a bit of water on your finger, wet the edges of the bottom half and across the middle where the fold will be. 

Step #2:

Scoop a couple of teaspoons of Nutella into the center. I used a Small Cookie Scoop and it helped immensely! It has a release trigger to push the Nutella out of the scoop. Then, when you’re all done (and really, for the sake of your guests you should wait until you’re really all done), you can lick the entire scoop!

Step #3:

Fold one end over the other. Start pressing just around the ball of Nutella pushing out any air bubbles and sealing all of the edges. If you’re making this in advance (up to a full day), you can layer them in a plastic storage container and separate layers with a slightly damp paper towel.

Step #4:

Heat a few inches of vegetable oil in a sauce pan to 275 degrees and then gently place your filled wontons in one at a time. Cook for about 30-60 seconds per side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Dust generously with powdered sugar through a fine mesh strainer just before serving. 

I cut up a pint of strawberries and added 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, mixed it together and let it rest in my fridge for about an hour so the juices could mix together and make a delicious bowl of macerated strawberries to spoon over the top. The slight acidity in the strawberries really helps cut through the richness of the wontons. 

I’ve seen some recipes put a banana or strawberry slice inside the wonton with the Nutella, but I really prefer the contrast of the crispy shell and hot, gooey chocolate to the cold fruit. I just think it pairs together perfectly!

Please tell me you won’t save this until Valentine’s Day! Celebrate today!

Polar Express Party for Preschool

For our neighborhood preschool Polar Express party we combined with the 3 year old class and it was so much fun! I planned the party with my friend, Kara, from Simplistically SassyPolar Express Party for Preschool - eventstocelebrate.net

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