double chocolate chip marshmallow soft batch cookies & peppermint mocha coffee

I’m a coffee lover. Can’t get my day started without it. And this time of year that means Coffee-mate’s Holiday flavored creamer. {swoon}

Peppermint Mocha and Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite creamer flavor right now is the Peppermint Mocha. It’s just the right splash of peppermint to make you think you stirred it with one of those soft peppermint sticks your grandma always kept in the candy jar. {mmmmm!}

Did you know Coffee-mate has more than 25 flavor options? So if peppermint isn’t your thing, no worries. They have something yummy for everyone!

And who can have such a decadent coffee without a sweet treat?! Okay, I admit it. I can. Every single morning. It’s like I told my kiddos “no sweets until after lunch” and I then I sneak up each morning and start my day with Peppermint Mocha. If they only knew! {smirk}

I digress, let’s get to my Peppermint Mocha coffee’s sweet complement: double chocolate chip marshmallow soft batch cookies. They are amazing if I do say so myself. Oh, and if you want to make the dairy-free recipe version (like I do for my youngest with food allergies), I’ve included how to modify the recipe too!

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Let’s bake a batch! For Double Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies:

  • Pkg Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted (alternative for dairy-free: substitute Smart-Balance in blue container)
  •  3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (alternative for dairy-free: Trader Joe’s chocolate chips)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place cake mix, eggs, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in your mixer. Blend.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon onto parchment paper and add marshmallows, pressing down a bit
  5. Bake for 7 minutes (chewy) or 11 minutes (crispy)
  6. Allow to cool completely and store in airtight container

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I’ll meet you at the coffee pot! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!


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ghostly rice krispies treats for my Halloween party

Rice Krispies Treats are a favorite in my house so they tend to grace every holiday party with this past Friday’s Halloween party being no exception. Let’s get crafty and make some Ghostly Rice Krispies Treats pops!

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To make Rice Krispies Treats Ghosts (yield six), you’ll need:

  • 6 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • 3 tsp butter
  • 1 cup white icing
  • 1/4 chocolate icing
  • 6 lollipop sticks
  • egg shaped cookie cutter (inch deep)
  • wax paper
  • 2 plastic icing bottles
  • toothpicks

Easy steps:

  1. Butter the cookie cutter and your hands and then mold each ghost while the treats are still warm.
  2. Insert the popsicle sticks into the bottom (small part of the egg) of each crispy. (Tip: Doing it later might cause your icing to crack.)
  3. Add white icing into a plastic icing bottle and pipe the outline of the shape.
  4. Heat the remaining icing for 8 seconds and slowly fill the krispie, pulling any icing to the sides with a toothpick.
  5. Allow the icing to set for at least five minutes.
  6. Add chocolate icing to second icing bottle and pipe faces.
  7. Allow to set for a few hours if you decide to package in cello bags.

Happy Halloween everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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gone batty Halloween cake & Halloween blog hop

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I’m so excited to share with you my first Halloween cake of the season (I have several more planned!). I dubbed this one ”gone batty!” {grin}

And guess what else! I’m hosting a Halloween blog hop with some of my creative and crafty friends! From Halloween party treats to Halloween favors to Halloween home décor, we’ve got you covered! Scroll down to see all of the creative and creepy ideas!

But first, let’s talk cake! A crafty bat cake to be exact!

If you’re a baker, like me, whip out a two layer flat iced cake and pop it in the fridge. If you’re not, no worries! Head down to your favorite bakery (or even your favorite grocery) and pick up a simple no decoration cake. Even for those of us that love to bake, in a time crunch, heading to the local bakery is the best corner to cut!

Gone Batty Halloween Cake | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now that you have the cake squared away, let’s get crafty!

You’ll need:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Lollipop sticks (cut in half or use short ones)
  • Co’ordinations Black Glitter Cardstock (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Bat template (half of a bat, intended to be cut out of folded sheet)
  • Hot glue
  • Optional: Black sixlet candies to finish the cake edges (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)

Easy steps for decorating your “gone batty” cake:

  • Fold cardstock in half (don’t crease too much or it will tear)
  • Place template (half of bat) on fold line and cut. This will give you a symmetrical bat and you’ll already have that nice fold that makes them look like they’re flying
  • Hot glue bats to the tips of your lollipop sticks
  • Insert into your cake at varying heights so that they appear to be flying in an upward motion
  • Optional: Attach additional bats to your cake backdrop for extra effect!

Gone Batty Cake and Cupcake | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now please HOP over and visit my friends! 

scared batty Halloween cake + creative blogger Halloween hop

 

From left to right in the collage you’ll find:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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monster cupcakes in a minute

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Hey ladies! Creepy Halloween cupcakes don’t get any easier than this, yet they will still make the kiddos giggle. By the way, did you catch yesterday’s two ingredient potion punch?!

For fun chocolate monster cupcakes, you’ll need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes (your favorite recipe)
  • Fudge frosting
  • Resealable freezer weight bag
  • Candy eyes (these are Wilton brand and I picked them up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Optional: Lime green and white polka dot cupcake wrappers (from World Market) and lime green and white stripe napkins (from Target)

Simple steps:

  1. Spoon fudge frosting into resealable bag, snip one corner into an “X” and pipe icing onto cupcake.
  2. Strategically {wink} place one candy eye on each cupcake.

Yep… that’s all you have to do to get a few smiles!

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easy Halloween potion punch

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This post is brought to you by Villeroy & Boch, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way!

Hi ladies! Want an easy and family friendly punch idea for this year’s Halloween party?! Well it doesn’t get any easier than my potion punch!

And why not serve it in these beautiful everyday crystal goblets from Villeroy & Boch. No formal dinner needed to pull these pretties out of the cabinet!

It’s really time to end the myth that crystal glasses are delicate and should be saved for special occasions. Villeroy & Boch’s everyday crystal is durable and doesn’t cloud or chip. And that’s even with my boys (ages 7 and 9) using them for milk at dinner. It makes them feel special and I love the way the set table looks. Trust me, Villeroy & Boch is the everyday luxury you deserve!

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For my potion punch you’ll need only two ingredients!

How to make… and the easy just keeps on coming…

  1. Put one-and-a-half to two scoops of sherbet in your goblet (or 8oz. glass).
  2. Top with 7up and watch it fizz! The kiddos will think it’s fun!

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Make sure you connect with Villeroy & Boch on twitter, facebook and instagram! You’ll get lots of pretty table ideas and can start your Christmas list early. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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pink ombre cake & happy 60th birthday Mom!

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My sweet mom turned 60 this week!

My boys decorated a breakfast for her. Lots of streamers and pink… pink everywhere. She loved it. {grin}

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For her cake I tried my hand at making my first ombre cake. It was a simple one, but I think it turned out pretty!

To ice a simple pink ombre cake, you’ll need:

  • Your favorite homemade buttercream icing
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Three bowls
  • Pink rock candy
  • Optional: Wax paper

How to ice an ombre cake:

  1. Starting with a chilled two layer cake that already has a white crumb coat.
  2. Divide your icing into three bowls.
  3. Add one drop of gel food coloring to one bowl, two drops to another and three to another. Go light on the drops. It will get dark quickly.
  4. Apply your darkest icing to the bottom, about an inch tall.
  5. Apply the middle color to the middle, again, about an inch tall.
  6. Apply the lightest color to the top inch and top of cake.
  7. Crumble rock candy (if on sticks, crush inside plastic on cutting board), and sprinkle around edge of cake.

Bakers tip: Using small 3×3 pieces of wax paper, slip them under your cake on your cake plate, before icing your cake. This helps keep the cake plate clean. Just slip them out once you’re done and touch up your icing near the base if needed.

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We also whipped up a quick glitter number cake topper.

You’ll need:

  • Printed numbers (just open Word, type your numbers in the point size and color you desire) on cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (liquid is fine, but put it on your finger, not the paper, to apply)
  • Glitter
  • Lollipop stick
  • Hot glue

Easy steps:

  1. Cut out the numbers.
  2. Apply glue (with your finger if liquid, otherwise your paper will get too wet).
  3. Sprinkle on the glitter (over a sheet of paper if you want to save excess).
  4. Hot glue numbers to lollipop sticks.

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Happy birthday MOM! We love you!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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pumpkin doughnuts rolled in cinnamon & sugar

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Pumpkin, pumpkin and more pumpkin! Yesterday I shared a pumpkin doughnut recipe with cinnamon icing drizzle, and today I’m sharing another pumpkin doughnut recipe as my latest contributing post on Parade magazine. This time with a cinnamon and sugar topping.

Hop on over to Parade and whip up some amazing fall flavors!

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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pumpkin doughnuts with cinnamon icing drizzle

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Who likes pumpkin?! Me too!

And this weekend I spent several hours baking with pumpkin! Yes… my thighs are not thanking me, but my family is. {grin}

My youngest has terrible food allergies and has never… ever… had a doughnut. Well that had to change. Right?!

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Our very first homemade doughnut took a few tries, but I can honestly say that the final product was moist, flavorful and screams fall!

I even made a second version, tossed in cinnamon and sugar, that will appear on Parade magazine later this week! I’ll link up once it’s live.

So let’s get baking!

Ingredients for pumpkin doughnuts:

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1  teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin (canned is fine!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk (use soy milk for dairy-free)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened (use Smart Balance Light for dairy-free)

Ingredients for semi-homemade cinnamon icing drizzle:

  • 1/2 cup vanilla or cream cheese icing
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Optional: wax paper

Baking the donuts:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease (with shortening) and flour a doughnut pan or regular cookie sheet.
  2. In bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  3. Beat in the pumpkin, eggs, milk, and butter until well combined.
  4. Fill a large resealable bag (freezer weight is best) with batter and snip off one corner so that the hole is about the size of a nickel.
  5. Pipe into the doughnut pan, or just pipe in circles on a cookie sheet. The dough is thick and should hold it’s shape.
  6. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Bakers tip: Less can be more in baking. The doughnuts will continue to bake internally once pulled out of the oven. To minimize this, place on cooling rack immediately. I’ve even been none to toss cakes in the freezer for a more immediate effect. {grin}

Adding the drizzle:

  • Allow doughnuts to cool (or they will further melt the drizzle).
  • Mix vanilla or cream cheese icing in a small microwave safe bowl with cinnamon (I chose to go with 1 tsp., but I suggest sprinkling to taste).
  • Warm icing, do not melt, stir and drizzle over donuts. I suggest 5 to 8 seconds.

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Welcome to fall! {wink} And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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preserving has never been easier

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This post is brought to you by Ball, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way!

When I was a little girl I used to help my grandmother preserve. I use the word “help” loosely. She did all the work while I chatted her ear off about anything and everything going on in my life. {grin}

She was harvesting a garden and a number of apple and peach trees so it was a large process. She passed away a few years ago and I have a jar of her jelly in my pantry. Her jar of jelly in my pantry is likely ruined by now… but I can’t bare to open it or throw it away.She made jelly out of a wild berry that grows down South, a muscadine. Maybe because I grew up on it, but I’ve never tasted a better jelly.

For the first time ever this weekend, I made jam. All by myself. And guess what… it is amazing!

Jam Maker from Ball Brand

I used the new first-of-its-kind appliance from Ball brand canning products, the Fresh TECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker. I made fresh jam (it makes jelly too!) in under 30 minutes with the push of a button… what typically takes an hour on the stovetop)!

Peach Jam

And since it’s the height of peach season around here, I decided to make peach jam.

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And I chose to use the low sugar pectin. It’s just as good, if not better than the original.

For this peach jam recipe (yields 12 oz. jar):

  • 2 cups fresh chopped peaches, mashed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp butter (use Smart Balance Light for dairy-free)
  • 3 tsp. lemon juice

In the new  Fresh TECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker, sprinkle in the pectin, top with fruit, water, lemon juice and soft butter (to help reduce foaming). Press jam button. It will start a 21 minute process. 4 minutes in you’ll hear a beep and this is when you sprinkle in the sugar while the machine is still churning. Top with lid and allow the machine to do the rest.

LOVE making jam this way! So much easier than the way my Grandmother made it. 

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Find out all about the Fresh TECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker from Ball, including recipes. Preserving the amazing flavors of summer has never been easier!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

This post is brought to you by Ball, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way!

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Pooh’s Hunny Pot Rice Krispies Treats

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This post is brought to you by Disney and Blue Print Social, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way! Original idea created by Kim Byers and seen here on TheCelebrationShoppe.com first.

I’ve been in love with Winnie the Pooh since I was a little girl. It’s no surprise my boys loved him too. As a matter of fact, I have a picture of my oldest with Pooh from our very first trip to Disney World on my wall right now. He was 19 months at the time and we spent most of our Magic Kingdom day in the Winnie the Pooh toddler area. I think Pooh’s house was just too exciting! {grin}

Now we’re celebrating the release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, all the original Pooh antics and the perfect gift for any Winnie The Pooh lover. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital will be available on August 27th, but you can see video snippets and pre-order now!

We had the opportunity to preview the movie so I whipped up a fun little HUNNY POT Rice Krispies Treat to get the kiddos excited.

Winnie The Pooh HUNNY Pot Rice Krispies Treats | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need:

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 1/2 stick butter (or two tablespoons Smart Balance vegan spread for dairy-free treats)
  • 1 can chocolate icing
  • 1 can lemon icing (or you can tint vanilla with yellow food coloring)
  • Yellow jelly beans
  • Egg shaped cookie cutter (mine is 1″ deep)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Freezer strength resealable bags
  • #4 Wilton icing tip and connector
  • Wax paper

Winnie The Pooh Hunny Pot Rice Krispies Treats | thecelebrationshoppe.com

And the easy how to steps:

  1. Make the Rice Krispies – Prepare Rice Krispies treats according to directions on the box. Butter cookie cutter and spoon warm treats into cutter to mold shape. Insert a lollipop stick and allow to cool on wax paper.
  2. Shape the pots – Using buttered hands, gently compress the egg shape point down a bit and close any holes in the Rice Krispies shape, especially the sides.
  3. Pipe the pots – Attach the #4 icing tip with connector to resealable bag and fill with chocolate icing. Pipe a pot outline as shown.
  4. Make the bees – Pipe three lines on yellow jelly beans (aka bees), one for each pot.
  5. Fill the pots – Remove metal tip and warm remaining icing for 5 seconds in the microwave. Slowly pour warm icing into pot outline and allow to set.
  6. Pipe the “HUNNY” – Attach the #4 icing tip with connector to a new resealable bag and fill with lemon icing. Pipe a “HUNNY” outline with a drip onto the pot on one side. AND write the word “HUNNY” on the pot. Remove the metal tip, warm the remaining lemon icing for 5 seconds in the microwave and slowly pour warm icing into outline.
  7. Top with a bee – Attach bee before the “HUNNY” icing dries.

Recipe yields 6 Rice Krispies Hunny Pots.

Winnie The Pooh HUNNY Pot Rice Krispies Treats | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

If you’re a Winnie The Pooh enthusiast or have a little Winnie The Pooh lover at home, you’ll want to get this beautiful original. Hop, or bounce if you’re a Tigger, over to Disney to learn more about The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. And make sure you join Winnie The Pooh on Facebook too!

Want more Winnie The Pooh party, food and craft ideas? A few blogging friends are sharing ideas too!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

This post is brought to you by Disney and Blue Print Social, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way! Original idea created by Kim Byers and seen here on TheCelebrationShoppe.com first.

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