Sweet Treats Just Because

*This post is sponsored by Rich’s Products as part of their Give Bakery Because program.  A grocer’s bakery is the convenient and ideal location to purchase delicious baked goods that can be customized for any gift giving occasion.  Rich’s and I encourage you to head to your local in-store bakery the next time you need delicious, sweet treats – or just because.  But all these opinions are mine.
Sometimes it is nice to surprise your babysitter (often my mom in law) with sweet treats while she watches my sweeties.  #givebakery //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI totally lucked out in the mom-in-law department.  My mother-in-law, Marie,  is very good to me and my kids in so many ways and is always willing to go out of her way for us.  A few months back I asked her for some help with watching the kids one day a week so I could really focus on things that needed to get done for the blog.  She didn’t hesitate to commit and pretty much runs all over town for me taking care of the kids every Friday, so I can put together photo shoots, set up meetings or even just have a wonderful long lunch with a girlfriend.  Because she already helps me that day, I often hesitate to ask her to watch the kids on other days if something else comes up.  I never want to over step my bounds or take advantage of her and her generosity.  But she often steps in to watch the kids more than just that one day a week.  And I am forever grateful of her willingness to drop what she is doing to come help us out.  So sometimes I like to leave her a little sweet treat, just because.  Sure she gets extra love around her birthday and mother’s day, etc.  But sometimes it is nice to just let her know we are appreciate her.

Easy DIY star food picks to add flair to store-bought baked goods. #givebakery //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’m actually typing this post from wifi on a plane.  And if you do any sort of traveling without your family, you know that just to be able to get on the plane requires lots of planning ahead and prepping.  So the last thing I wanted to add to that prep was a lot of crafting and fuss.  I wanted to leave my Marie a little treat to thank her for picking up my slack while out of town. Since I had to make a grocery store stop anyway, I just made sure to swing by the bakery section before I checked out.  I saw a variety pack of sweet rolls, that I knew my mom-in-law would like, and knew they would be perfect to leave for her to snack on while at my house with the kids.  I didn’t have to bake it and I didn’t have to spend a lot of money.  It proved to be the perfect base for a little flair and the message that I am thankful for her.  I mean really, these picks took almost no time at all.  But they’re pretty cute, right?

DIY straw flag to tell your babysitter where to find the milk.  #givebakery //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSince she wouldn’t be expecting treats I wanted to make sure she knew that we had ice cold milk in the fridge to go along with the rolls.  Just a super quick note on the computer, printed out and strung on a straw is all you need to elevate the store-bought goods to a truly special moment. [Read more...]

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Lollipics Custom Suckers are the Coolest!

Rad custom suckers by Lollipics!  #staywildaltSo I’ve been back from #altsummit for a week now.  And I’m still exhausted.  I’ll have a full wrap up for you in the next week or so but I am super excited about these custom suckers we had at our mini-party so I just had to share these now!  Right as we were beginning to plan our party, I found out about this great new company via Lindy called Lollipics.  They can take just about any image and make it edible and put it on a sucker.  We knew we were featuring Lauren’s calligraphy (although these suckers are using a font since we couldn’t get Lauren’s writing done in time!) all through the party so the idea of having rad black suckers with her writing on them, (all edible!) was such a fun idea!

Custom suckers by Lollipics at the #staywildalt party #altsummitHere is what they looked like at the party.  Aren’t they awesome!  The company was super generous with us and sent us enough for all the party guests.

Cool custom suckers by Lollipics perfect for party favorsI managed to snag a few to bring home for my kids and decided to take a few more photos of these awesome suckers.  The white area is essentially a very thin layer of fondant printed with edible ink.  So amazing, right?!

Custom suckers by Lollipics.  Great for party favorsOf course my son was more than willing to test them out for me.  They were cherry flavored and SO yummy!

The coolest party favors!  Custom suckers by Lollipics.Hurry mom!!!!!  I need to get my tongue on this thing!

Great custom Lollipics suckers for weddings or parties! Our party theme as “urban jungle” so we felt this “stay wild” sentiment was really good and used it throughout the party in several ways.

Kids love suckers.  Perfect party favor idea!  Custom suckers by Lollipics!The ink sort of just disappears when you eat it.  My son thought it was so fun and immediately started asking me what else we could put on the suckers.  I told him anything we wanted!  Aside from the suckers being super cool, the company is freaking amazing.  They have top-notch customer service and a quick turn around time.  I will definitely be using these again!  Will you be at the upcoming Snap conference?  Lollipics will be there too!  I’m so excited I found this company.  Make sure you let me know if you end up using them for anything.  I’d love to see the creative things you come up with!

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Kitchen Sink OREO Cookie Balls Recipe with Dippers

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of OREO.  All opinions are my own.

#cookieballsMy family goes through a bag of OREOs like nobodies business.  They are a favorite of my kids, my husband and I have also been known to eat one or 30 of them for a snack.  And even my son’s pickiest friends will indulge in a cookie snack while over for a play date.  So while I like sharing the cookies as it is, I also like to use them in sweet treats (OREO stuffed chocolate chip cookies anyone???).  OREO has a classic cookie ball recipe that they invited me to put my own spin on and share with my readers.  So I reached out to my pal, Kristin of Meringue Bake Shop, to come and create with me.  The holidays are all about sharing and spending time together.  Kristin and I love to be creative together so I thought this would be a fun way to get to hang out and create something super yummy.  Plus, she’s a pro in the sweets department.

Oreo-Cookie-Ball-Basic-IngredientsThe basic cookie ball recipe includes a whole package of OREOs, a block of cream cheese and some baking chocolate.  Kristin and I are both really inspired by Christina Tossi of Momofuko Milk Bar and her ridonkulous Compost Cookies.  So we decided to create our version in cookie ball form.  But instead of creating a ball that you might eat like a truffle, we decided to make it a little bit larger (I LOVE me some sweets) and  serve it with dippers as you might with a cheese ball.

add-ins-for-the-oreo-cookie-ballAs if cream cheese and crushed OREOs  isn’t delicious enough, we decided to add in some pecans, instant coffee and toffee bits.  Word to your mother.

using-mixer-to-cream-oreos-and-cream-cheeseAdd everything to your mixer and mix it all up. [Read more...]

Edible Confetti for Drinks

Edible Confetti for Hot Cocoa and CocktailsI am in love with this edible drink confetti, aren’t you?!  I had seen sugar sheets at my local craft store and always wondered what I could do with them.  So one day I decided to grab one and see if I could use punches to make edible confetti for drinks.  It totally worked!  And I just love how they turned out.  While I only did the edible confetti in hot cocoa in these posts, I know they would be awesome in cocktails, juice and pretty much any other beverage you could think of.  They would even be pretty darn cute in milk (the sugar sheets come in colors too! And while my store didn’t have them they come in patterns and letters too!)

Use Sugar Paper Sheets and Hole PunchThe sugar sheets are pretty thin but still sturdy enough to work with.  I just cut a strip off with regular scissors and used it in my punch.

Use Sugar Paper to make edible confettiI tried a few different punches and they all worked great.  The options are totally endless.

Triangle edible drink confettiYou can do super trendy triangles.

Edible word drink confettiYou can holla at your girl.

heart shaped edible drink confettiYou can send a love note to your boo.

Polka dot edible drink confettiOr you can make cute little polka dots.

Hot chocolate with edible confettiMy youngest LOVED having them in the hot cocoa.  The sugar sheets are slightly sweet and taste kind of like fondant but are so thin there is actually very little flavor.  I was worried about how quickly the edible confetti would dissolve in the warm drink but they totally held up.  Quick tip:  to put them in the drink so they look cutest, you have to try to drop them so they land evenly.  If you drop them in sideways, they have a tendency to dip in to the liquid and you end up with some on top.  It still looks cute but you do not get the maximum cute factor.

I hope you will try this out in your beverages and let me know how you liked it!

Best Cheese Ball Ever Appetizer

Perfect for holiday entertainingWith all the family gatherings that are bound to happen this holiday season I thought I would share with you one of my favorite appetizer recipes.  This Cheese Ball recipe is super easy to make, transport and shovel in your mouth hole.  I didn’t invent this recipe.  I’ve looked at the internet and seen this and variations of this all over the place.  But this is the one that I like the best so it is what I wanted to share with you.

Best Cheese Ball RecipeThere are not many ingredients so make sure that you use good quality items.  I think the blue cheese makes it for me but I understand that there are some people who think it tastes like feet so if that is you, just leave it out.

add-all-the-cheeses-and-green-onion-600Make sure your cream cheese is softened and then just mush it all together.

Best Cheese Ball Appetizer Recipe EverRoll it in a ball (or don’t) roll it in some nuts (or don’t) and eat it with Wheat Thins (I’m sure other crackers would work too but tradition states that you eat it with Wheat Thins.  You don’t want to eff with that do you?)

Cheese Ball and Champagne for holiday entertainingYou know when this cheese ball would work best?  New Year’s Eve.  It can sit out for a while without making all your guests totally sick.  Edible gold stars are like the jazz hands of the food world and really make this cheese ball next level.  Serve with some bubbles and party on.

Best Cheese Ball Ever Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I like to go with sharp cheddar)
  • 1 TBSP chopped green onion
  • 1 TBSP Blue Cheese (crumbled)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • Wheat Thins

Instructions

  1. Combine softened cream cheese until well blended.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Mix well and chill.
  4. Shape in to a ball and roll in pecan pieces.
  5. Serve with Wheat Thins
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