Sunday, October 9, 2011

Free Halloween Party Printables

The always inspiring Catch My Party is offering up several free printable Halloween packages. How great are they?! Here are the links, so be sure and head over to check them all out. Happy haunting!!

Visit Catch My Party here for the download

Visit Catch My Party here for the download

Visit Catch My Party here for the download

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Halloween Cupcake Idea

I am in love with these Cupcake Liner Witch Hats by Carrie of Half Baked .
Her creativity makes me swoon! Check out her tutorial for the cuties here. There is lots of sweet eye candy over at Half Baked so be sure to browse a bit.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Inside Out Apple Pie

Who doesn't love a dessert that cleverly presented and delicious?! This super creative Inside Out Apple Pie is from Tiny Urban Kitchen and would make a great treat for adults or kids. For the entire recipe and a step by step picture tutorial click here.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Easy Halloween Treats

I love elaborate, creative, Martha Stewart worthy Halloween treats, I do, but here is the deal. Life with 3 small kids is crazy. Kindergarten, soccer, work, the house etc. So needless to say, it helps to simplify when I can. We are having a Halloween party for our boys at our house and I have been searching out easy Halloween treats. My criteria was minimal kitchen time, incorporates store bought items, kid friendly, and visually appealing. Here are some of my favorites. No superior baking or decorating skills needed, and they really are cute! Which one do you like best?
Worm Infested jello cups via From Karlyn

Frankenstein Ice cream Cupcakes via Megan Turnidge Designs

Frankenstein Cupcakes using Wilton's Scary Scull Cupcake Tin via Squawk Fox

Click here to see picture tutorial

Ghosts marshmallows from Gordon Gossip via Tiny Prints

Goulish Yogurt covered pretzels via Chasing Tomatoes

Graveyard pudding cups from here

Bats & Ghost Cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake via Real Simple

Monster cupcakes via Celebrations

Dipped marshmallows from Oh My Sugar High via Love From the Oven

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vintage Doors and Windows

I have been seeing vintage doors and windows being used as styling props for a while now. The charm and rustic feel they lend is perfect. They are also versatile, which I love. They can be used as escort card displays for weddings, backdrop's for dessert tables, or simply for decorative purposes to name a few. I managed to score 4 fabulous windows at a garage sale this summer for $3 a piece. Now I just need an excuse to use them. I think Olivia's 1st birthday will be just the occasion! Do you like this trend or do you think they are best with the old houses they came from??

Image { Elizabeth Anne Designs }

Image { Style Me Pretty}

Image { Ruffled }

Image { Style Me Pretty }

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Image { Recipe Girl }

While I am looking forward to Halloween, I am resisting all other things fall, specifically the cool weather. I just don't want to admit that summer is over and another long winter will soon be upon us. When I saw these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins on Recipe Girl it helped to ease my negative fall attitude. I am always looking for quick yummy breakfast and snack ideas and I think these would be a hit with my kiddos too!

Pumpkin- Chocolate Chip Muffins
Yield: 18 muffins

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 18 min
Delicious combination of pumpkin and chocolate in a morning muffin...

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups pure canned pumpkin
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 Tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray 18 muffin tin cups with nonstick spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (through pie spice).

3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, applesauce, oil and vanilla until well blended. Stir in dry ingredients and mix only until combined (do not over mix). Gently fold in chocolate chips.

4. Scoop into muffin pans and bake 18 to 20 minutes. Turn onto rack and cool.

*Use an ice cream scoop with a spring handle to scoop the batter into the muffin tins- it's so easy and no mess.


Halloween Caramel Apples

I can't get over how fun these Halloween caramel apples from Distracted Homemaker are!! Talk about creative. You can view the step by step picture tutorial here. Have a great Monday!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hallloween Party Inspiration

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I look forward to it all year long! I picked up my copy of Martha Stewart Halloween at the grocery store yesterday, and it is full of great ideas. There are also lots of fun Halloween ideas popping up around the web. Here are two fantastic dessert tables seen this week. Be sure to check them out in their entirety by clicking the links below.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Nautical Dessert Table

I love the rustic appeal of this nautical dessert table by Jenny Cookies. The two tiered ruffle cake makes for a perfect focal point and Jenny did a great job with the nautical details. Just the right amount. You can check out more eye candy from Jenny Cookies here at Eylander Photography.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

{ New Trend } Ombre Ruffle Cakes

I'm going to be honest and tell you that even though my daughter is only 4 months old, I'm already thinking about her 1st birthday. Obsessive compulsive, I know. I have been looking at different styles of cakes and I'm infatuated with ombre ruffle cakes!! The ombre color technique (using many shades of one color to create a faded appearance) is gorgeous and the ruffles...well, how do you not love ruffles?! Here are some images of the fabulous ombre ruffle cakes I have been saving. Isn't the first one by Maggie Austin to die for?!

{Image} Maggie Austin

{Image} Maggie Austin

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

{ Featured Party } Tractor Birthday Party

Who knew tractor's could be so chic?! This stylish tractor birthday party is from Rebekah of Wild Ink Press ,and John Deer has never looked so good! From the darling favor baskets to the color coordinated cake ( I just posted about this trend here ) this party has all the right fixings.

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