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A Halloween Birthday Bash For Daddy

23 Oct

Yesterday was my husbands birthday. Since Halloween is next week, my oldest daughter wanted to have a Halloween themed party for my husband and his twin brother.  My daughter placed paper balloons she decorated around the apartment.  We baked cupcakes and she insisted we have “twin” Jack-o-lantern cakes for my husband and brother-in-law.  I started thinking about how I could create this idea for her with what we had at home. This is what we came up with:

I don’t have a round cake pan and I only had 1 box of cake mix.  I realized that our Oogga bowls are oven safe and the perfect size for personal size cakes. See my past Oogaa post.  We made the cake mix according to the package and then filled the two bowls.  We used the remaining mix to make twelve cupcakes for the guests.  I added green food coloring to the end of the batter to make one green cupcake for the stem (do not ice this cupcake when done baking).

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We only had a container of hot pink funfetti icing. We put a little pink icing to the side because both of my girls wanted a pink cupcake and started talking about how we could turn it orange.   My daughter did a color mixing unit at school last year and she pipped up, “we can mix yellow and red to make orange”.   I pulled out the food coloring and we started with yellow.  As we were mixing, it turned bright orange and she realized we didn’t need red.

Once the cakes and cupcakes were done baking, we started icing.  After we  finished icing both cakes, we cut the green cupcake in half and cut one end off.  We added it to the top of the cake.  We always keep chocolate chips handy because my oldest loves them. We decided they would be good to use for the eyes and mouth of the jack-o-lantern.  She insisted I put them on for her.  The “twin jack-o-lantern” cakes were ready.

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My oldest had so much fun she asked if we could make them again. There is a Halloween bake sale at her school next week so we plan to make a few to sell.  Leave the Jack-o-lantern face off for a great Thanksgiving dessert.

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Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this post.  All photos, ideas, and opinions expressed are my own.

Fun Friday: A Pancake Party

13 Sep

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Over the summer, the girls had a blast having Pancake Parties with their friends-morning, day, or night.  My oldest had so much fun she requested one for her 5th birthday, which happened to be last Friday.

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Pancake Parties are easy!  All you need:

  • Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix (make a head of time)
  • Small bowls for you favorite “mix-in” ingredients.  Our favorites include; strawberries, blueberries, bananas, sprinkles, and chocolate chips.

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  • Tea cups for the pancake batter, one for each child.
  • Spoons for each child to stir ingredients and one for each “mix-in” bowl (to prevent pancake batter from getting into the fruit, sprinkles, etc.
  • Plates (if you use paper you can write names on them with permanent marker, if you use a regular plate use Wilton icing gel or writers for names

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  • Skillet or non-stick pan

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Some tips and suggestions for a successful Pancake Party:

  • Prepare a head of time.  Cut fruit, make batter, and put everything into bowls before children arrive.
  • Include a variety of “mix-in” ingredients.  My girls like very different ingredients in their pancakes and we want to make sure there is something for everyone.
  • Watch and make sure the kids aren’t putting too much in their batter because some kids like EVERYTHING in their pancake and it makes it hard to cook if there it too much in there.
  • Place teacups on the plate with their name so their batter doesn’t get mixed up.DSC_0650
  • Include activities for the kids to do while you clean up and cook the pancakes.  Putting on a cartoon for the kids to watch is always a good one or they play dress-up in their room.
  • Read a story about Pancakes while they are eating.

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Whether you are looking for something for a Fun Friday Night or something to do over the weekend, Pancake Parties are always a hit.  Happy Friday!

Butterscotch Blankees: Bundled Up With LOVE

6 Nov

When the girls and I walked out the door yesterday, we knew it was cold but didn’t realize just how cold. Today we were ready for the cold weather by wearing hats, scarves, and gloves. My oldest daughter has been looking forward to wearing her new Butterscotch Blankees hat and scarf we recently received and with winter weather creeping up on us I highly recommend them. The hat and scarf are beautifully made and very soft. My daughter usually complains about materials itching her and gets cranky but she has not complained once about the latest addition to her winter gear. I asked my daughter what she thought about her hat and scarf and she said they are cozy and comfy. She has worn them a handful of times since receiving them and many people have commented on her adorable hat and scarf (click links to see the different styles to choose from).  Hats and scarves come in two colors, the main color and the accent color with antique roman font (pictured below is the floating heart hat with ear flaps and floating heart scarf in lilac and fushia).  The hats come in acrylic or cashmere and are available in three sizes small, medium, and large. The scarves are 6″ x 40″ and only come in acrylic.  I chose to personalize ours with LOVE  instead of names so the girls could share, however, I LOVE them so much I plan on purchasing another set for my youngest daughter.

Butterscotch Blankees make great gifts for the holidays, birthdays, and baby showers, especially with the adorable packaging that looks like a piece of candy.  All products can be personalized to meet yours or your child’s taste.  In addition to the hat and scarves, Butterscotch Blankees, has personalized blankets, stroller blankets, pillowsdresses, and sweaters to keep your little one(s) comfy and cozy this winter.

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  I received a hat and scarf from Butterscotch Blankees for the purpose of this review.