{holiday} Happy Valentine’s Day

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*NOTE* This is NOT a sponsored post.  I bought this little gadget because I wanted it…it was not given to me to try or blog about.


Last night seemed to be the perfect time to try out my new little gadget, the babycakes cake pop maker.  The perfect time because, first, I wait until the last minute to do stuff, and second, because I needed to make treats for the teacher luncheon at school today.  Ok, so I mixed up a regular chocolate cake mix and poured it into a big squeeze bottle I have.  *I think the squeeze bottle made it ten times easier*  I heated up the babycakes and filled each little pocket almost to the top.  It works kinda like a waffle iron.  If you get it too full it just runs out of the sides.  Trust me, I did this a few times and it didn’t seem to alter the cake pop in any way.  After about four and a half minutes cook time, I opened the machine to find 12 cute little perfectly baked chocolate cake balls.  Which, by the way, really do taste like chocolate cake.  Honestly I was afraid they might taste like Easy Bake Oven food…you know?  I popped them out and set them to cool on the handy dandy little pop tray that’s included.

Traditionally, I guess cake pops stand up on a stick with the pop at the top.  Cute, yes, but I would have had to find some sort of display to hold them and I was running out of time and energy…I decided to go with sitting pops.  I’ve had a set of 25 red and white paper straws from Hey YoYo for a while now.  I figured they would work as little handles for the pops.  Since I was serving to a large crowd, the handles also work well so that everyone is not touching all the food, kwim? I cut the straws in half (good straws, by the way) and dipped the ends in some melted chocolate wafers before I speared the cake pop.

I dipped the whole pop in the melted chocolate wafers and sprinkled them some cute mini hearts.  I added flags to just a few.

The teachers loved them and I spared a few for our dessert tonight.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

{The Big Dip} Fish {on a} Stick

I’ve been working on some printables for little fishy party.  I’ve been trying to come up with some tasty little party treats.  You know, so I can try them out.  And taste as many as needed to assure good quality control.  I wouldn’t want to recommend something I wouldn’t eat {several of} myself.  I decided to go with an old favorite…dipped Oreos on a stick.  I’ve done them before (there’s even some how-to pics). They are easy and yummy.

That’s an Oreo with a rice cereal treat ‘lip’ on the fishbowl dipped in candy melts.  The little fishies are candy melts that I piped on wax paper and then attached after they dried.  Quick, easy, and cheap…my three requirements!  How could you not love a cookie on a stick dipped in candy??

I can’t wait to show you the printables that match…coming soon!

Frozen Hot Chocolate

We are a Texas family living in Maryland.  Brrr.  Add to the fact that Maryland actually gets cold.  Really cold.  And snowy.  Real snow.  So far, the kids have had at least 6 snow days and several delayed days.  I’m getting used to the 5:30 am automated phone call from the school district…and running out of fun ideas to keep the kids in check.  So, I came up with frozen hot chocolate.  I’m sure it’s been done before.  This is our version.  I’m not out to reinvent the wheel, just pt my spin on it!


I made hot chocolate in mugs using mix we had in the pantry.  {This was before we got our Keurig machine…would have totally used it!}  Once mixed, wait for the hot chocolate to cool completely.  When it’s cooled, stir again (the chocolate will settle).  Then, pour into a freezable container. I used a silicone brownie pop mold I found at the craft store in the baking section.  I filled the mold and put it in the freezer.


After two hours or so, I brought the mold out and inserted sticks for holding.  I used lollipop/cookie sticks I picked up at the craft store, but popsicle sticks and even straws would work just as well.  Place the mold back in the freezer overnight. The hardest part of this fun treat is waiting for the hot chocolate to freeze!  When you are ready to eat the pops, dip just the bottom of the mold in a sink of hot water for just a second or two.  The hot chocolate should pop right out!


Fun variations to try…

Use plastic popsicle makers, a silicone muffin pan, or an ice tray to make your pops

Use the hot chocolate ice cubes to cool down hot cocoa

Add crushed peppermint or mini marshmallows to the mix for a fun surprise

I just need a bite of cake

I was telling my friend Patti, the other day that sometimes I just need a bite of cake.  One bite…like at ten o’clock at night when it’s quiet and the kids are asleep and I’m enjoying my down time.  And not a whole piece of cake, just a bite.

I had about a dozen devil’s food cupcakes left over from the boy’s special birthday treats and decided to go all Bakerella.  I crumbled the cupcakes up in a big bowl.  Here’s where I went crazy.

I crushed an entire sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mints into the cupcake crumbles.

Yum, right?  Then I emptied a can of vanilla icing into the bowl.  I really wanted to use cream cheese icing, but hubby is not big on cream cheese icing.  I did not need to eat all of these cake balls myself, so I compromised.  In this case, vanilla icing=fitting into my pants.


I mushed it all up and formed little balls.  I had some little wooden spoon things…remember like those ones you used to get with the ice cream cups?…and stuck those in each ball.  I stuck them in the freezer for a bit and then dipped them in light cocoa candy melts.  I added a few sprinkles, because, well, sprinkles make everything taste better.


Now to just eat one.

Cookie Pops

This is another project inspired by Leigh.  She made the cutest cookie pops for Christmas…and (with her permission) I took the idea for Valentine’s Day.  I used Oreo cookies, candy melts, Wilton lollipop sticks, and various sprinkle-y goodies.  I carefully opened each cookie (do what you may for the ones that break!) and hollowed out a space for the stick with a drinking straw.  Then I put the cookie back together, with the stick inside, and dipped the cookie into melted candy melts.  While they were wet, I used the sprinkle-y goodies to decorate them including the nonpareils heart I made (see below).  After they were dry, I covered the cookie pops with little bags and tied them off with twist ties.


I printed off a sheet of hearts on my printer and put a layer of wax paper on top of the printer sheet.  Using red candy melts, I piped the candy onto the wax paper to fill in each heart.  While they were still wet, I sprinkled red non-pareils all over the hearts.  I got the idea when Bridget over at Bake at 350 showed us how to do monograms.  When the hearts were dry, I carefully peeled them off the wax paper and onto the wet cookie pop coating.  It’s a super cute idea for Valentine’s Day, but I could totally see this for just about any holiday.  I think I’ll try piping some green shamrocks…

My Funny Valentine

I love Valentine’s Day crafts and goodies.  I mean, I love Valentine’s Day, too.  But the weeks before getting ready are just as much fun and the day itself.  I’m seriously in love with any holiday that combines red and pink and candy. I made a bunch of stuff this year, I just haven’t gotten it blogged yet.  So even though Valentine season is over, I still wanna share…

Rice Krispie Heart Pops


I saw these gems over at Skip to my Lou.  She gives a great step-by-step.  I had never made real Rice Krispie Treats before…GASP!  Man, they taste sooooo much better than those in the little blue packages.  yum.  I just made a big pan of them and cut them with a heart cookie cutter.  I dipped mine in candy melts and used the cutest little heart sprinkles I found at Hobby Lobby.  I put them on a stick (everything is better on a stick!) and wrapped them in the Wilton shaped bags.  I did have to cut the sides of the bags up a little to fit the hearts inside.  But when I tied them off with some ribbon, you couldn’t tell!  They were a great little treat for the kids’ friends and I even stuck a few in their teachers’ boxes at school for a nice after school treat.


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