Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Super Bowl Party Game Idea

Organize a Super Bowl Party Game 
In lieu of a football pool, have each guest predict the winner’s final score. Write each guess on a tag and tie it to his or her beer or glass.  (Or if paper cups, use a Sharpie to write Score)Whoever gets closest to the correct score wins.

thanks Real Simple Magazine for a Great Idea!
(I love this Magazine!!!!)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Nacho Bar for Superbowl Party!

What a fun your own Nacho Bar for a Superbowl Party or any party!
What a great idea....Your Home Based Mom
sares this easy idea.
Set up your favorite toppings and use aluminum pie tins for making the nachos.
Have the oven heated and ready then pop each person's in the oven until cheese melts!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Superbowl Brownies

Makes: 12 brownie sandwiches
Cook: 25 minutes
2 boxes (16.4 ounces each)
Betty Crocker® Hershey’s® Original Supreme Brownie Mix
Cooled coffee
1 can Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy Milk Chocolate frosting
1 cup sifted confectioners’sugar
1 tablespoon milk

Mix brownie mixes according to package directions, substituting cooled coffee for the water. Bake in two 9x13-inch pans according to package directions, under baking just slightly. Cool completely.
Using a football-shape cookie cutter, cut out 12 football shapes per pan from cooled brownies.
Spread about 1 tablespoon frosting over the tops of half of the football shapes. Cover with other half of football shapes to create sandwiches.
Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip with milk-chocolate frosting. Pipe frosting just inside the seams of the sandwiches.
In a small bowl combine 1 cup confectioners’ sugar with 1 tablespoon milk to make an icing of piping consistency.
Fill a small plastic bag with icing. Snip a very small opening in one corner of the bag. Using gentle pressure, decorate the brownies to look like footballs.

source: Sandra Lee

Friday, January 25, 2013

Kisses Countdown to Valentine's Day

I heart this!
Hershey Kisses Countdown to Valentine's Day
Eighteen 25 shows you how to make and also a free printable for the label.
Click HERE for instructions!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

DIY Valentine Heart Bag

No words needed! How Easy and Cute!

source: Surprise DIY

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Pop Rocks Valentine Idea always has some great ideas!
You rock Valentine!!!
click here for instructions and more ideas

You Rock

These go together very quickly and are always a hit with the kids!

1. Create text box twice the width of candy and tall enough to cover up all of the miscellaneous cover text.

2. Add text as shown and print. Trim edges with pinking edgers or shears.

3. Fold around wrapper and staple at side seam so you do not disturb candy inside.

4. Add three music note punches randomly.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Valentine S'more's for Friends!

From Fabulessly Frugal Valentine Smores!
Click here for easy instructions!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Click HERE for an easy tutorial for folding a napkin into a heart!

Source for tutorial and photos: The Girls Guide to Guns and Butter! (Interesting Name!)
I heart hearts!!!!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Red Velvet Brownies

Time to kick off my Favorite holiday...Valentine's Day xoxo

Let's get it started right with "Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing"

Recipe from Smells Like Home

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
source: adapted from How Sweet It Is

For the brownies:
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 oz red food coloring (or a scant 2 tbsp)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

For the white chocolate buttercream frosting:
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 oz good-quality white chocolate (not chips), melted – I recommend Callebaut
1 – 2 tbsp heavy cream

To make the brownies:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter and flour an 8″x8″ baking pan.

In a small bowl, slowly stir together the cocoa powder, food coloring, and 1 tsp vanilla into a thick paste until no lumps of cocoa remain. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then stir in the remaining 1 tsp of vanilla.  With the mixer off, add in the cocoa mixture, then turn the mixer to medium and beat the two mixtures together until they are one uniform color.  Slowly add in the flour and salt and mix on medium-low speed, just until combined.  Do not overmix.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir up the batter with a rubber spatula once or twice just to ensure all of the flour has incorporated from the sides of the bowl and there isn’t anything stuck on the bottom of the bowl.  You’ll want one uniformly colored (red) batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the brownies.  Allow brownies to completely cool in the pan on a baking rack, about 45-60 minutes.  Frost brownies in the pan, cut into 12 bars, and serve, or remove the entire batch from the pan to a cutting board, cut into 12 bars, frost, and serve.

To make the frosting:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until soft and fluffy then beat in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time; allow the sugar to mix in before adding the next 1/2 cup. Once all of the sugar has been added, beat on medium speed for 30 seconds and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add in the melted white chocolate and beat on medium speed until incorporated.  With the mixer on low, add in heavy cream 1 tbsp at a time and beat at medium speed until the frosting has reached your desired consistency.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Sprinkles Cake Topper

I love them...Here is a great Cake Topper (not to mention a beautiful ruffle cake)
This is made from melted Almond Bark and sprinkles
Click HERE for Tutorial

source: Kojo Designs

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Colorful Calendar Idea

How beautiful...
start 2013 out colorful and bright uses Washi tape to make her calendar fun!

Happy 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Sweet Start to 2013

Cake Batter Pancakes 

Ring in the New Year with
these festive pancakes!

1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 cup Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
3 tablespoons candy sprinkles
1 cup milk
1teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

Glaze and Garnish
2 1/2cups powdered sugar
3tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk
1teaspoon vanilla
Additional candy sprinkles

Step 1
Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat or electric griddle to 375°F; grease with cooking spray, vegetable oil or shortening. (Surface is ready when a few drops of water sprinkled on it dance and disappear.)
Step 2
In medium bowl, stir together pancake ingredients until blended. Pour by slightly less than 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until pancakes are golden brown. Stack on serving plates.
Step 3
In small bowl, beat powdered sugar, milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with whisk until smooth.
Step 4
To serve, top each serving with glaze and additional candy sprinkles.

source: Betty Crocker and from Blogger, Lil Miss Bossy