Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sweet Caroline's 30th!

This cake is for my sweet, crazy, wonderful friend Caroline who is celebrating her 30th birthday today! Along with Caroline's birthday comes lots of fun as the girls are celebrating tonight with a 30 and flirty bar hop in Atlanta. Mode of transportation..."The Fur Bus". EEK!
I must admit, I'm one mama who is very excited to get out of the house for a night out with adults!!! And I've never been on The Fur Bus so I'm not sure what to expect, but it does sound interesting! ;) We shall see...

Happy Birthday Carol!!!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Its been a while since I've baked a cake!

But that doesn't mean I've been staying out of the kitchen!! In fact, I would say since Christmas I've been spending about 90% of my time cooking with my girls. We've been serving up things like turkey, pancakes, any veggie you can think of, cupcakes, cookies and even a steak!!!
(all plastic of course)
Bailey and Olivia got a new kitchen for Christmas and haven't wanted to stop cooking since.

Here is their new kitchen...I remodeled an old ugly desk I found at Goodwill by painting it pink, removing/adding some doors, sticking a sink in the middle and adding some oven eyes.
Before pic. The ugly old desk that is no more...
And here are my busy little bakers.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Don't forget about Santa!!!!

We almost did!! Bailey was so focused on getting to bed early tonight so that she didn't disappoint Santa that we nearly forgot all about his cookies!!

OMG, seriously...that would have been BAD!

About 5 minutes after I walked out of her room I thought, "OH NO!! We forgot cookies for Santa!!". So I ran up and got her out of bed to set up our highly thought out plan to figure out Santa's favorite cookie/milk combo!!! You see, he told us earlier this week when the girls went to sit on his lap that his favorite cookie was chocolate chip so we knew what his favorite cookie was...but he never told us what his favorite milk flavor!!?! So we set up a sampling station...this just basically covers all our bases and gives Santa no room to complain!!! (can you tell I'm a mom who is used to accommodating different food tastes??)

My money is on the ol' trusty regular white milk, (easier for future Christmas Eves) ;) but Bailey is convinced its either strawberry or chocolate.

I guess we'll know in a few hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

And carrots for the reindeer!!!!! (they're a little old, but they'll do)

Merry Christmas to everyone out there in the Internet world! I hope you all have a wonderful/happy/blessed Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Trim the Tree/Gingerbread Decorating

I am having so much fun this holiday season! My Bailey girl is 4 1/2 now and totally into all the Christmas season festivities. Today we had Bailey's ballet class friends over for a Trim the Tree/Gingerbread decorating party! (I obviously couldn't decide on which activity to do so we did both!) lol We had so much fun!! The girls sipped on hot chocolate out of fancy china while they worked on their crafts. Such big girls!!! Here are a few pics from today's festivities.

First up, the hot chocolate bar...complete w/ marshmallws, sprinkles, reeses peanut butter bits, candy cane stirrers, and snowman cake pops!

These little bowls are made from chocolate!! I got the idea from this site. Check it out!! Lots of clever party ideas!

Bailey checking out the dessert table...

Time for hot chocolate!!!

First activity, decorating Christmas trees! Each girl was given her own personal tree to trim, a basket full of mini ornaments and a popcicle stick star to decorate. The girls had a "tea party" with their hot chocolate while they trimmed their tree.

Next up, decorating gingerbread houses! I made these out of graham crackers. Easy, cheap and the possibilities for these little decorators were endless!!! Even my little Liv got in on the action!! Mama was so proud....

Bailey's house. :)

All the houses...these are seriously the cutest things I have ever seen! LOVE how well they all did!!!!

My team of decorators....

Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Jesus

Bailey's preschool teacher asked me if I could make a 'Happy Birthday Jesus' cake for their class Christmas celebration today. I was super excited to do this one b/c I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Thats not to say I didn't feel a little nervous with it being a birthday cake for Jesus after all!!

No pressure right?!!?

But I put a good bit of work and lots of heart into it so thats all that matters in the end!

Its a little early, but

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fun Christmas Dessert

Fun, yummy and easy too!!!
All you need is oreos, candy melts and lolipop sticks.
Simply dip your stick into a little big of melted candy, insert it in the middle of an oreo sandwich. Give the candy a little bit of time to dry.
Then start covering the cookie w/ candy melts! I just microwaved my candy melts in a bowl and used a spoon to pour the chocolate over the oreo (holding it by the stick over the bowl of chocolate so that the excess drips off into the bowl).
Super easy and oh my goodness so tastey!!!!

I made these to serve at our family Christmas party coming up this weekend. I had just finished up when mom came walking through the door for a visit. She and Bailey started pressuring me to let them try I caved and we all decided to split one.
I took the first bite...yumm

Bailey took the next...yumm

Then mom...yummm

And then Olivia took her bite...HOG!!
We all just looked at the empty stick with frowns on our faces...then over at Olivia who had a mouth full of cookie and a big grin.

Bailey broke the silence, "Guess daddy doesn't get a taste".

Poor dad.