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.

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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

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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.

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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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back to school A is for APPLE cake

Back to School A is for Apple Cake

We’re celebrating back to school with an easy “A” is for Apple cake idea. A few simple cuts from a 8×8 square cake and you’re ready to ice.

Hop over to my latest post for Parade magazine for all the super easy and fun how tos. The kids can even help with this one!

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

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fruit bars with real, honest ingredients

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Outshine Fruit Bars, but all my opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way! #pmedia #SnackBrighter

Okay friends. You know my seven year old has severe food allergies.

It’s one of the things that drove me to learn to bake. You know, the kind of baking where you leave out or add ingredients until you perfect a recipe so that no one, family or guests, realize that something is missing. Yep. Pretty much everything I do is dairy free and no one is the wiser! I even make homemade dairy free ice cream sometimes and my hardest challenge, his older brother, loves it.

Popsicles

Well, with Edy’s Outstine Fruit Bars, there is no need to whip anything up. They’re simple. They’re real. They’re delicious. AND, they come in a multitude of flavors. These four (some seasonal) are my family’s favorites: Pineapple, Lemon, Peach and Strawberry.

Pineapple Popsicles

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I loved them all, but my absolute hands down favorite is the lemon. Refreshing. Amazing. In LOVE!

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I know I feel good about feeding my kids Edy’s. They get a refreshing and delicious treat and I have piece of mind that they’re filled with honest, real ingredients.

Visit Edy’s Outshine Fruit Bars to learn more about America’s favorite fruit bar! And you can find them on facebook too for details on the latest flavors!

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

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5 tips for a well organized pantry

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I love an organized pantry. LOVE! Unfortunately I’ve not been loving mine for a while now.  I considered sharing a “before” picture of my pantry with you, but honestly I was embarrassed. Yep. It was that bad. See. I’m a baker so I have tons of baking supplies. You know. Sprinkles. Cookie cutters. Cake pans. Candies. Chocolate. And on and on. And it was in disarray.

Well… I guess I can hang my head and show you a bit of what it looked like…

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What?! I’m NOT sharing a big picture of my shame… {smirk}. This is all my pride can take. You get it though right. It was a mess.

So here’s the deal. I know better. You get something out, you put it back. We tell our kids this exact thing all the time. Right! Well, now I’m going to lay my excuse on you. I’ve been working on this big project (can’t wait to share it with you) and my pantry has gotten a bit out of control. So I really needed to take the control back. When I’m organized my projects just flow better and are done sooner. So here we go.

My five top tips for organizing your pantry:

  1. Empty the space – trust me. I know it’s a pain, but it’s amazing how energized to organize {grin} you are when you’re looking at a empty canvas.
  2. Separate by type or use – while all your things are out on your kitchen floor, take the time to organize them either by what they are, or the item’s use. For my baking pantry I’ve organized mine by candies, sprinkles, tools, chocolates, cupcake tins, etc.
  3. Keep heavy items low and light items high – I’m not short, but I’m not tall and I certainly don’t want to pull something heavy out on my head. Which, I have to admit was exactly what I’ve been doing. My cake pans, individually, are not heavy, but when you put them all in a basket (that they don’t fit in) and then try to pull out just what you need, or pull the whole thing out… well… it can be hazardous to your health!
  4. Use containers that make staying organized easy – what I mean by this is, purchase containers that make it easy to “store–use–return” without much work. You might say, what’s the big deal… unstack the containers, pull out the container you need, pop the lid, store your items. Okay, so let’s get honest with each other. You and I both know that more often than not you will leave the ONE item that you needed to store on top of the stack telling yourself you’ll put it away when you have other things that need to be put away too. {knowing glare} You think I’m being judgemental. No ladies. I’m not. This is what I do myself and I know I’m not alone!
  5. Label – I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty, but I don’t have the time. Actually, I label because it forces me to consciously think “I’m misplacing this.” Nine out of 10 times, when I have labels I put things where they belong the first time. Plus, it doesn’t hurt when little people are helping you tidy up!

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Okay, so I shared that my cake pans are a death trap. Just teetering above my head ready to fall. And actually they have a few times…

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And this is how they look now! On the floor, per tip #3, and organized by size so I know exactly what I have at a glance.

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Now, beyond my five tips, let me share with you my new favorite storage tub for my pantry. Rubbermaid just came out with these new All Access™ Organizers available at Home Depot. Want to know why I like them so much? THEY OPEN FROM THE FRONT!

Okay… this is just genius. Think about it. No more unstacking them to get that one thing out, or in. This new design will actually help you stay organized because you won’t have the excuse that the box you need is way on the bottom. Yep. I use that excuse too. {grin}

Another thing. I like to store fabrics and craft papers in tubs in my basement. Well, I like to see what is inside without opening it, but I need the color tubs so that the sun doesn’t fade them. Now I have the best of both worlds! I can see in and I just place the color side to the window!

The All Access™ Organizers are also perfect for closets, playrooms, laundry rooms or anywhere you need some storage. For example, my oldest tried to snitch my small tub for his LEGO collection. I won on the tug-of-war, but had to promise to go back and get more.

Want to know more about Rubbermaid All Access™ Organizers and where to find a local Home Depot, join them on Facebook: Home Depot and Rubbermaid and ask the experts!

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

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