Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Vintage Airplane Shower Printables & Games

The fun continues with post #2 about this cute Vintage Airplane baby shower I did for my niece. Today I’ll be sharing the FREE printables, favors and fun activities we did at the shower. 

I followed my Rules for Hosting a Shower on a Budget and prepared 3 activities for the guests.

Vintage Airplane Shower Activities:

The first was Advice Cards. To help it fit with the Vintage Airplane theme, I ordered these Vintage Postcards on Amazon and asked guests to fill in advice to the new mom on them and slip them into the cute little suitcase. This was something that the guests could do while they mingled and it was helpful to the mom!

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Circus Carnival Party

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I’m not sure if these were a carnival party or a circus party, so we’re calling it both! My sister hosted a party for her two daughters and then a week later I was in charge of our Preschool Graduation and so we both did a carnival/circus theme. Both events were planned for outside and were rained out so both got moved inside the church at the last minute. But, regardless of the weather drama, the parties were both a HUGE hit with all the kids! The games and activities were just as much a favorite as the treats. It really is the perfect party theme. A lot of these ideas can also be used for a school carnival, if you happen to be the lucky one who gets put in charge of that! 

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M&M’s® Crispy Dessert Pizza

With my husbands birthday coming up I was delighted to develop a recipe for Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart to celebrate him and the return of M&M’s® Crispy! #CrispyIsBack #CollectiveBiasM&M's® Crispy Dessert Pizza #CrispyIsBack #ad

My husband is a tough one when it comes to his birthday. If you’ve spent any time around this blog you know how much I love to throw a themed party, but that just isn’t his thing. Instead, all he wants is really good food. He’s not much of a cake person (don’t get me wrong, he’ll eat it, but he prefers other treats) so this year I was so excited to make him this decadent M&M’s® Crispy dessert pizza. It’s out of this world delicious. It takes a couple of steps, but they are WORTH IT! Trust me!M&M's® Crispy Dessert Pizza #CrispyIsBack #ad

The M&M’s® Crispy remind me of Jr. High, which is the last time I remember eating them. Lucky for all of us, they came back! What they add to this dessert is something you’ll really appreciate. You see, you’ve got the soft, chewy brownie, the silky frosting and smooth luxurious caramel. It needed a crunchy bite to add dimension – and load on even more chocolate. The crispy rice center really makes it a match made in heaven!

So, off to Walmart we went! And boy, was Lucy excited to help me load up!  They come in the larger bags too, but she really wanted a bunch of the smaller bags, so we went to town. These bags say they are the “shareable size” – I dont think so, I’ll take care of a bag on my own. And, since the M&M’s® Crispy only have 180 calories per serving, you may decide you get two slices of dessert!M&M's® Crispy Dessert Pizza #CrispyIsBack #ad

M&M’s® Crispy Dessert Pizza

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1- Bake the brownies. I used a spring form pan but a pizza pan would work great too.

2- Whip up that chocolate buttercream – you want it light and fluffy! Don’t be stingy when putting it on the brownie. Make sure you get lots of peaks and valleys too, that’s where the caramel can pool and it turns into a little caramel Jacuzzi for the bits of candy.

3- Drizzle on the caramel. Remember all those valleys you created in the frosting? Fill ’em up! You may not use it all, and you may find yourself eating it with a spoon at midnight when you are up editing photos of the dessert pizza you put it on. 🙂 Thank me later.

4- Top it with the candy. You can leave them whole, I decided to cut them in half with a serrated knife just to make sure everyone knew the crispy goodness they were about to partake of. 

M&M's® Crispy Dessert Pizza
Serves 8
A decadent brownie crusted dessert pizza topped with M&M's® Crispy!
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Brownies
  1. ½ c. butter (1 stick) melted
  2. ¼ c. Cocoa powder
  3. 1 c. Granulated Sugar
  4. 2 Eggs – beaten slightly
  5. ½ tsp. Vanilla
  6. ¼ tsp. Salt
  7. ¾ c. Flour – all purpose
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  1. 1/2 c. Butter - room temperature
  2. 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  3. 1 c. Powdered Sugar
  4. 2 - 4 Tbsp. Milk
  5. 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
Caramel
  1. 4 Tbsp. Butter (I use salted, if not just add a pinch of salt)
  2. 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
  3. 2 Tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
  4. 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
  5. 1/4 c. Heavy Cream
Topping
  1. 3/4 - 1 cup M&M's® Crispy
Brownies
  1. Melt butter in a microwave safe dish. Add sugar, vanilla, eggs and cocoa powder and mix well with a rubber spatula. Add flour and salt and mix to combine. Don't over mix. Pour into a greased spring form pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350. Allow to cool completely before adding frosting.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  1. In a mixer with the wisk attachment whip butter for a few seconds. Add vanilla, powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp. of milk and mix together well. Add cocoa powder and additional milk and whip for 1-2 minutes until fluffy and smooth.
Caramel
  1. In a microwave safe bowl add the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Microwave 30 seconds and stir. Microwave an additional 90 seconds and stir. Microwave a final 90 seconds and remove. Add vanilla and cream and stir well to combine.
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Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

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Chocolates are an iconic Valentine’s Day gift. These HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES only have 3 ingredients, but look and taste special enough to be displayed in any heart shaped box. They’re simple enough to make that you could easily get your kids involved and let them take some to their teachers or friends. 

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries:

Ingredients:

1 cup Powdered Sugar (or Confectioners Sugar)
4 Teaspoons Maraschino Cherry Juice (from the jar)
24 Maraschino Cherries
4 oz Chocolate Almond Bark (or other melting chocolate)

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Step 1: Drain the juice from the jar of Maraschino Cherries and reserve. Place cherries on a paper towel. IMPORTANT: you don’t want to dry the cherries out, in fact if you want you can store them back in the juice once you’ve measured out what you need to make the sugar paste. If the cherries are too dry, they won’t melt the sugar paste once the cherries are all dipped and finished.

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Step 2: Mix 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with 2 teaspoons of cherry juice by adding 1/2 teaspoon at a time and mixing well with the back of a spoon and until well incorporated. It’s going to take a little bit of work, but just keep at it until it looks like a very thick paste. If it is a little crumbly, don’t fret (my pet), it will smooth out once you roll it out (kind of like pie crust). As a note: I make the paste 1/2 batch at a time and wrap 12 cherries with it and then mix up the second 1/2. This way the mixture and cherries don’t dry out. 

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Step 3: Take a small spoonful (about a teaspoon) and place it on some plastic wrap. Place a second piece of plastic wrap on top of it and use a rolling pin to roll it very thin. 

Remove the top layer of plastic wrap and place a cherry in the center. Use the plastic wrap on the bottom to help wrap up the sides and then twist at the top to form the paste around the cherry. Carefully unwrap and place on a plate. Continue with the remaining cherries. 

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Step 4: Once all of the cherries are wrapped in the sugar paste, place them in the freezer for at least 10 minutes – but up to 30 minutes. 

Chop 4 oz of Chocolate Almond Bark into chunks and melt in the microwave. Start by microwaving for 30 seconds, stir and go another 30 seconds. If after stirring again, it needs more time, go in 10 second increments, stirring very well after each one. You don’t want to burn the chocolate. Once fully melted remove the cherries from the freezer.

Begin by dipping the bottom of all of the cherries in the chocolate and setting on a plate. Once you have finished dipping all of the bottoms, go back to the first cherry and dip the rest of the cherry by holding on to the bottom. Make sure you get the entire cherry covered in chocolate. The juice will seep out of any tiny holes. Set on a plate to dry. 

Store at room temperature in an airtight container overnight. This allows the juice from the cherries to melt the sugar and turn it into that amazing “sauce” that surrounds cordial cherries. 

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24 Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

24 Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

Let’s just face it, the holidays are laden with sweet treats, decadent dishes, indulgent meals and lots of cheer. I choose to embrace it all. One popular tradition I happen to love is the Christmas Cookie Exchange. Each guest brings 24 homemade cookies and enough copies of the recipe for each person. 12 of the cookies are set out to enjoy during the party and then each guest takes a plate home with one dozen different cookies to try along with recipes for ALL the cookies at the party. I love this type of party because it combines the fun, social aspect of getting together with friends with delicious treats AND lots of new great recipes that you know are good because you’ve tasted the results!

The one downside to a Cookie Exchange Party is that often you’ll get 7 plates of traditional chocolate chip cookies. If you’ve been invited to a Christmas cookie exchange, are hosting your own, or are just on the hunt for some rockin’ cookie recipes – you’re in the right spot! I’ve rounded up 24 Christmas cookie exchange recipes that will knock the socks off of other guests and there is a WIDE variety (notice, not one traditional chocolate chip cookie? If you need a good recipe for that, see this post.)

24 Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

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If you are in the market for some dessert or cake stands, here are my favorites:

3-Tier Dinner Plate Rack – this is great because you can use your own dinner plates and match them to whatever your colors are.
3-Tiered Dessert Pedestal – classic white matches everything, but this has a little bit of detail to make it unique and cute.
Metal 3-Tier Tray – Antique White – I love the vintage and cottage look to this one, its so chic.

Special THANKS to these contributors: Rae Gun Ramblings, Artsy Fartsy Mama, Cupcake Diaries, Love to be in the Kitchen, Create and Babble, Alimentageuse, Wonky Wonderful, Say Not Sweet Anne, I Heart Eating, Kludgy Mom, Moms Test Kitchen, Sweet Twist of Blogging, The Kitchen is my Playground, A Sweet Baker, Beyond Frosting, Organized Island, Happiness is Homemade, Meal Planning Magic, Kathe with an E, Snap Creativity, Like Mother Like Daughter, Project Domestication, Fearlessly Creative Mammas, Frieda Loves Bread

Happy Holidays!!

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

There is something about a “national day” that involves delicious desserts that makes me feel like it’s a MUST to celebrate! Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. You feel like giving it your full support, don’t you? 🙂

Well, lucky for you I’ve got two solutions.

The first is if you’re in a hurry today and don’t have time for baking or ice cream making, but you want to join in on the fun. I shared this idea a few weeks ago in my post about our Teddy Bear Picnic. It’s simple to put together, sweet, creamy and delicious. How can you beat that?

Behold:

Ice Cream Sandwich with whipped cream and caramel

 

Top a store bought ice cream sandwich with a dollop of whipped topping and a heavy drizzle of caramel sauce and you’re all set!

If you are feeling like Betty Crocker today, then you’re in luck because I have a dessert that will satisfy both your sweet and salty sides.

I call them PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches. They are made with two homemade peanut butter cookies and a scoop of homemade fresh strawberry ice cream. Yum!

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It was so good. I literally licked the plate (don’t worry, I looked around to make sure no one was watching when I did it). The peanut-buttery cookies were slightly salty and still warm from the oven and the fresh, creamy, sweet ice cream was just starting to melt. I rolled the sides in a few chopped peanuts to add an extra bit of crunch and saltiness. It was heaven. I’m not joking (would I ever joke about desserts?!!).

Peanut Butter Cookies

½ tsp. vanilla

1 c. butter

1 c. peanut butter (I prefer chunky)

1 c. brown sugar

2 eggs

3 c. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 ½ tsp. baking soda

Cream together butter, peanut butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs. Sift all dry ingredients together and add mixing well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Bake 375 for 10 minutes. 

I made the ice cream in my new Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet maker with a recipe that came in the box. It has a canister that you freeze 24 hours in advance and then you add your ingredients, mix for 15 minutes and you have the soft, creamy, sweet ice cream! I’ve made 5 batches in 2 weeks (this could be my downfall)!

So, go with the quick route or get baking – either way, make sure you celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

And, for more ideas on turning an Ice Cream Sandwich into a buffet for a wedding, large party or other event – check this out!

Sink or Swim GIVEAWAY!!


I’m so excited to be paired up with these incredible blogs for a really FUN GIVEAWAY! If you’ve been around my blog much at all, you know how much I love entertaining and all of the pieces in each of the prize packages would be a lot of fun to use for any type of celebration! We think they’re all perfect for a end of Summer Sink or Swim party. That’s why we want you to come ba
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So, don’t delay – enter right away! The giveaway is open from Monday, July 29 at 9:00 am (MT) – Sunday, August 4 at Midnight (MT). 

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There will be TWO WINNERS SELECTED! Isn’t that awesome?! Check out these amazing prizes! You know you want to win one of them, heck, I wish I could win one of them!! 

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Butterfly Themed Birthday Party: Food & Desserts

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Did you love the butterfly decorations? I did too. They were so much fun to put together. The food and desserts were equally fun and they were delicious! I looked for items that either fit the butterfly theme or the color theme – that way they would all coordinate.

Butterfly Themed Party Food:

I held two different parties – one for the family to come for dessert and another for little friends. So, let’s start with the dessert party:

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Soda:

For the beverages I purchased Strawberry and Orange Crush for the pink and orange colors and Jarritos pinneaple for the yellow (it is a Mexican soda and can be found on the ethnic food aisle). Then I just added a 2″ printed butterfly taped over the logo of the bottle.

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Cake:

Oh, the cake. I had such grand visions of a perfect cake. Unfortunately, the vision in my head didn’t come out of the piping bag all by itself. I guess you need to actually have some cake decorating skill in order to get what’s in your head. 🙂 The frosting didn’t blend from one color to the next and the chocolate butterflies that I piped out onto wax paper didn’t stand out as I had hoped, but it tasted good!

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I made three 9″ round cakes in the three party colors. For the pink layer I used a strawberry cake mix (I made the rest into cupcakes for the friend party). The middle and top layer were a yellow cake mix with a bit of food coloring added for the orange layer. I made homemade cream cheese frosting because I don’t like the flavor of shortening based frostings.

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Lemon Bars:

I included lemon bars for an extra sweet treat. They are one of my favorite desserts and they matched the color theme – double score! I love all of the recipes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe that I have tried and so although I hadn’t had this recipe before, I knew they would be good. They didn’t disappoint – they were perfectly tart, sweet and buttery. Give them a try!

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Fruit:

For those who wanted a less sugary dessert, I also served fruit kabobs. Keeping with the color theme I served pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon that I cut using a Butterfly Shaped Cookie Cutter.

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Favors:

Guests got to take home Salt Water Taffy in the party colors, chocolate mold butterfly suckers that I made using chocolate candy melt and Butterfly Gummy Candy (purchased at Winco).

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At the party the following day for her little friends I served many of the same items, but added a few to turn it into lunch.

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Butterfly Sandwiches:

I used a butterfly shaped cookie cutter to turn ordinary white sandwich bread into cute little butterfly PB&J’s.

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Butterfly Crackers with Cheese:

Pepperidge Farm Golden Butter Crackers come in the shape of a butterfly! They also have a box called “Cracker Favorites” that contain butterfly shaped crackers. I found them at my regular local grocery store. I simply paired them with some string cheese or cheddar cheese for a simple tray.

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Chips:

To continue with the color theme I offered plain potato chips as well as cheetos (what toddler doesn’t love cheetos?).

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It was fun to brainstorm ways to incorporate the butterfly or color palette into all of the food details! Stay tuned for the details on all of the activities we did at the party!

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