Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Santa Cookies (Nutter Butter)

Wow it's almost Christmas so it's time for Classroom treats!! Here are the cute Santa's I made for Caden's class.  I found these super cute Santa's on Phaedra's Adventures.  These are actually pretty easy to make, takes a little big of time but so cute!  Here is a step by step tutorial.

What you Need:
Nutter Butters
Wilton Red Melts
Wilton White Melts
Shredded Coconut
Mini Chocolate Chips
Red Hots
Parchment Paper
Piping Bag

I melt my chocolate melts in the microwave for 1 min 30 seconds.  BE CAREFUL not to burn! I melt my melts in my pampered chef glass bowls they are amazing for this.  Take a Nutter Butter and dip in Red for the top of the hat. Place on parchment paper to harden.  I use a plastic piping bag melt the white melts in the microwave.  I added the fir on the red hat and a dot for the end of the hat.  Let this harden, then to the bottom of the cookie.  I melted the white melts in my other pampered chef glass bowl and dipped the bottom of the cookie in the white for the beard.  BEFORE it dries add some coconut for the fuz of a beard.  I then pipped a little white to hold the eyes and the nose.  For the eyes you use mini chocolate chips and a red hot for a nose.  I picked up some plastic bags from the dollar tree for Caden to share with each classmate.





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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

After returning from my business trip I signed up for a cake for Birthday Dreams. I just love this charity Birthday Dreams (bringing birthday's to homeless kids). I of course picked a crazy busy week and almost forgot I signed up.  So I had to make a quick cupcake design.  I had a Mickey Mouse cutter from Caden's party a while back so I made these up.  Not my best but still cute!  Thank God I had a bunch of Modeling Chocolate left over so they were a breeze to put together. Recipe below if you haven't made it before.


Modeling Chocolate
12oz Candy Melts
1/4 Cup light corn Syrup

Melt your Candy Melts in microwave (mine takes about 2 minutes). Stir them to become smooth and add the corn syrup.  It will become thick and form a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit out and dry.  Takes a few hours or over night is best. (Alexis note: I found to roll this out use a little powder sugar (like you would do with flour), also you have to kneed it a little like you would dough to make it easy to roll out).




What you Need:
Frosted Cupcakes (I use my Sturdy Buttercream Frosting)
Red Modeling Chocolate
Black Modeling Chocolate
Pink Modeling Chocolate
Mickey Mouse Cutter
Wilton Circle Cutter

Cut the Mickey / Minnie Mouse head out of black Modeling chocolate. I then made red and pink circles to represent Mickey and Minnie Mouse.  I used a little water to attach the black head to the circle.  I then added my toppers to frosted cupcakes.



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Monday, December 15, 2014

Lady Bug Oreo's and Pretzels

Before I left for Boston I was asked to make some treats for a friend baby's 1st birthday.  She found bumble bee's and lady bug's she wanted done.  I posted the bumble bee's yesterday and today is the Lady Bugs. I found the idea on how to make them on Etsy for Lady Bug Oreo's and Lady Bug Pretzels.  They are time consuming and your back and hand will hurt when done .. lol BUT they are so cute.  My camera battery died half way through this project so I'm missing some step pictures for the Lady Bugs.  Click on my Bumble Bee post link above to see the step by step there.


Lady Bug Bee Oreo's

Oreo's (I used Birthday Cake Flavor)
Red Candy Melts
Black Candy Melts
Candy Eyes
Large Heart Candy Decorations
Small Flower Candy Decorations
Pipping Bag

I have 2 glass bowls from pamper chef that I melt my melts in the microwave for 1 min 30 secs, be careful not to go to long it will BURN done it believe me. Take an Oreo and place in the red Melts.  Use the candy spoon to take the Oreo out of the melts.  The slots in the spoon make the extra chocolate come off.  Place on parchment paper and let it set up.  I put mine in the fridge. I took a throw away bag (you can use a ziplock bag if needed) and melted some black melts and did the dots and line down the center. Once they were set up I dipped half of the red coated cookie into black melts, before the black has harden add the eyes, large heart for the mouth and flower.  



Lady Bug Pretzels's
Pretzels
Red Candy Melts
Black Candy Melts
Candy Eyes
Heart Candy Decorations
Flower Candy Decorations
Chocolate Candy Dipper Spoon
Pipping Bag

I have 2 glass bowls from pamper chef that I melt my melts in the microwave for 1 min 30 secs, be careful not to go to long it will BURN done it believe me. Take a pretzel and place in the red melts.  Use the Candy spoon to take the pretzel out of the melts.  The slots in the spoon make the extra chocolate come off.  Place the dipped pretzel on the parchment paper and let it set up.  I put mine in the fridge.  I took a throw away bag (you can use a ziplock bag if needed) and melted some black melts and did the dots. Once they were set up I dipped half of the red coated pretzel into black melts, before the black has harden add the eyes and flower.  


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bumble Bee Pretzels & Oreos

Before I left for Boston I was asked to make some treats for a friend baby's 1st birthday.  She found bumble bee's and lady bug's she wanted done.  I saw them on Etsy for the Bumble Bee Pretzels for $90 and the Bumble Bee Oreo's for $23 and thought what the heck.  BUT this is where I EAT my words.  They are time consuming and your back and hand will hurt when done .. lol BUT they are so cute.  I did Lady Bugs also and just charged my friend some of what I paid for the supplies. 

Bumble Bee Oreo's

Oreo's (I used Birthday Cake Flavor)
Yellow Candy Melts
Black Candy Melts
Candy Eyes
Small Heart Candy Decorations
Small Flower Candy Decorations
Pipping Bag

I have 2 glass bowls from pamper chef that I melt my melts in the microwave for 1 min 30 secs, be careful not to go to long it will BURN done it believe me. Take an Oreo and place in the yellow Melts.  Use the Candy spoon to take the oreo out of the melts.  The slots in the spoon make the extra chocolate come off.  Place on parchment paper and let it set up.  I put mine in the fridge.  Once they were set up I dipped half of the yellow coated cookie into black melts, before the black has harden add the eyes, small heart for mouth and flower.  I took a throw away bag (you can use a ziplock bag if needed) and melted some black melts and did the strips.  



Bumble Bee Pretzels's
Pretzels
Yellow Candy Melts
Black Candy Melts
Candy Eyes
Heart Candy Decorations
Flower Candy Decorations
Chocolate Candy Dipper Spoon
Pipping Bag

I have 2 glass bowls from pamper chef that I melt my melts in the microwave for 1 min 30 secs, be careful not to go to long it will BURN done it believe me. Take a pretzel and place in the yellow Melts.  Use the Candy spoon to take the pretzel out of the melts.  The slots in the spoon make the extra chocolate come off.  Place the dipped pretzel on the parchment paper and let it set up.  I put mine in the fridge.  Once they were set up I dipped half of the yellow coated pretzel into black, before the black has harden add the eyes, small heart and a flower.  I took a throw away bag (you can use a ziplock bag if needed) and melted some black melts and did the strips.




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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Family Photo's are DONE!

This year I was really behind, with me heading to Boston I didn't plan so well and didn't get my family photos done, meaning I didn't get my cards out the day after Thanksgiving like I've done for years.

My amazing Friend Jennifer at Johansen Photography travels, she does amazing work and the best part AFFORDABLE!!!

As you know my previous post I was looking for the best family photos. We decided on two and we did those along with a few family photos!

They all were done in my front yard and in front of our tree.  And Thank God for Rick who had been working 2 jobs and had maybe 6 hours of sleep in the 3 days leading up to this shoot was such a GREAT sport!

Here's our Card:
Front

Back

And here our the photos:

I added the bubbles :)

I think this is my fav!










Ahh my boys

LOL Funny Faces!

Cole getting to be such a grown boy!

This is my fav of Caden

Have a GREAT weekend!!
Any plans??

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Boston Trip 2014

I headed Black Friday for my 2nd annual trip to Boston for a work event.  Every Saturday after Thanksgiving we do a huge event at the Marriott.  We had about 400 people show to the event I fly in to help set up appointments and greet people.

I always fly JetBlue to Boston due to the non-stop flight!  AND on my way to Boston JetBlue had WIFI on the plane!  YES it was awesome!!


I know most are not happy about the Thanksgiving stores being open but I'm grateful for those people who work.  I'm able to do my shopping Thursday night and then hope on a plane Friday afternoon and fly to Boston.  My flight was delayed so I got into Boston and into my room around midnight.  I find staying at the hotel the night before the event is awesome.  I can then get ready and just head down to the event in the main ballroom.

My co-worker Lana and my bosses son William
click link above Lana and her family are going on a year long sailing trip!

The event was a hit! I stayed Saturday and Sunday night at my bosses house.  I love their house it is so beautiful!  My male boss had hip surgery recently and was in the guest room with a special bed so I slept in the bunk beds in my bosses son's room. He's such a great kid reminds me of my youngest.  We talked for a long time, he told me all about minecraft.  It was just like being home.

Sunday between work, my female boss took me to the mall.  I had lost my black boots before the trip and needed to pick up a pair along with I forgot my makeup brush.  We were able to walk the mall and even went to see Catching Fire.  I haven't been to a movie in so long, and to see a movie I LIKED was so nice!!!

My Rooms
1st Night - Burlington Marriott
2nd Night - Braintree Hyatt

Monday AM I got up worked a while then headed into the office.  This stay I ended up staying at the hotel in our parking lot.  That way I was able to work in the office during the week. We have 2 locations so I split my days between the two offices.  It was really nice getting to better know my co-workers. Being virtual has great advantages but having the one on one time really does help.  I'm so excited that I've been asked to come back every 3 months and work in the office.  A great break for me and also face time which really does help.  I've worked her for almost 7 years now, last year was my first time meeting everyone in real life.  So this is a huge step and I love it!

The Hyatt had an amazing healthy Breakfast
PLUS a few not so healthy meals were had also ... lol

Since I work at home my dress-code is PJ's
So had to buy dresses for the days in the office and the event.
And a going outfit for the Museum and Mall (double duty outfit .. lol)

I had a great time and one night one of my coworkers took me to the The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  I had so much fun!  It was breath taking to see Van Gogh and Monet paintings up close.  This was my first time seeing paintings up close! AND I got to see a Mummy's head up close!  It was more then words could explain!  And we hit a yummy place for dinner where I hear celebs are seen a lot!!


What an amazing trip! And when I got home Rick had the house cleaned, laundry and dishes done.  The house hadn't  burned down and the kids go to all their classes and tutoring!  I feel so much better about going now every 3 months!

Hope you're all having a GREAT day!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pumpkin Cheesecake (A little Lighter)

For Thanksgiving I wanted to make a dessert that wasn't so high in fat and calories.  I Google search light Thanksgiving meals and came across this Pumpkin Brulee Cheesecake on Food Network.  Their was VERY pretty and the did a brulee on top that I skipped (let's say because I wanted to and not that I didn't run out of time .. lol).

The cheesecake was moist and very yummy, I doubled it knowing I would take the left over to my friends house who was watching the boys while I was away in Boston.  So mine took a lot longer to cook and got a little more brown then I would have liked to.


Ingredients
8 sheets honey graham crackers
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
12 -ounces 1/3rd less fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2/3 cup low-fat (2%) Greek style plain yogurt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 15 -ounce can pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Directions
Position the oven racks in center and lower third of your oven. Fill a roasting pan about half full of water and place on the lower rack. This will create a moist environment for the cheesecake and help prevent cracking. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Coat a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Put the graham crackers and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar in the bowl of a food processor and grind until fine. Add the butter and two tablespoons of water and pulse until moistened. Press into the bottom of the prepared springform pan. Bake until set and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Combine the cream cheese, brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar and salt in a large bowl. Beat, with an electric mixer on medium speed, until smooth and fluffy. Add the yogurt, egg and egg whites, reduce the mixer speed to low, and continue to beat until blended. Add the pumpkin, flour, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat until just combined. Stir with a spatula a few times to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated and to release any air bubbles in the batter that could cause the cheesecake to crack.

Pour the batter over the crust and rap the pan against the countertop a few times to bring any trapped air bubbles to the surface. Place the cheesecake on the center rack in the oven. Bake until just set and the center wiggles slightly, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Turn the oven off and crack the door open. Let sit in the oven for 15 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Run a thin sharp knife between the cheesecake and then pan to release the sides. Cool completely and then chill until cold, at least 4 hours, or overnight.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Next on my list to do before I left for Boston was to make a treat to take with me.  I love to make caramel corn it's easy and always a hit.  I of course can't make the same type each time, so I found a recipe on Food.com for Cinnamon Bun Popcorn.

Ingredients:

12 cups popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup kernels or 2 bags of microwave popcorn)
cup pecan halves, roughly chopped
cup brown sugar
teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup real butter (= 1 stick)
teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pieces white almond bark or pieces white chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Pop your popcorn according to directions. Be sure and check for any UN-popped kernels, those are the WORST to bite into unexpectedly.

Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon, butter and karo in a medium sized pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to rolling boil. Remove from heat and add your vanilla and baking soda. The baking soda will make your caramel mixture foam up and rise, don't be alarmed, it's suppose to (this is why you need to use a tall sided pot if you have one).

Pour your caramel mixture over your popcorn and pecans and stir well.

Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined cookie sheet. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool down. Break into bite size pieces. Store in an air tight container.

Alexis notes:  I made blow your mind microwave popcorn, that way you're popping your own popcorn.  I had some of my homemade butter left over and used that. I also used Wilton Melts in bright white to drizzle over the done popcorn.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Oreo Truffle Turkeys

I must first start with I'm sorry I have been away.  I had to travel to Boston for work and the week before I left with Thanksgiving I lost all track of time to blog or do anything.  I promise to get back in the swing of things this coming week.

I found this idea for Oreo Truffle Turkeys on Pink When so easy to make and you should have seen Caden's classmates, huge smiles!!


  • 36 OREO cookies finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 package (8oz.) cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 (4oz.) semi sweet baking chocolate (melted)
  • candy corn
  • candy eyes
  • tubed icing (to help things stick together)
Break cookies into cookie crumbs. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended well. Shape the mixture into about 48 (1′ inch) cookie balls.Freeze for 10 minutes. Then dip the balls into the melted chocolate and then place onto a pan covered with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.Once you have the cookie balls made, it’s now time to make the OREO cookie balls into OREO Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie Balls. You will need a few extra ingredients to finish off the turkeys. Remove the OREO Cookie Balls from the refrigerator (only cooling for about 10 minutes) and grab your supplies.  I just simply grabbed 5 Indian colored honey flavored candy corn and add them to the back of the cookie ball.
ALEXIS NOTES:  I changed a few things that I found were easier.  I used my ninja to make the cookie crumbs.  I made my oreo balls a little larger so the turkeys were a little bigger, I made 26 enough for the whole class, but I would say 24 is the perfect amount for these.  I melted my Wilton melts in the microwave.  NOW this is what I found was the easiest method.  Once you dip the ball in chocolate work quickly adding three candy corn for the feathers on the rump, add 2 Wilton candy eyes and I broke off the white tip of the candy corn for a beak.  I found trying to add the candy corn etc after the balls had dried to be a pain in my rump. :).  Now I also tried to dip several then decorate but my house was warm so the chocolate dried to fast. So unless you have a helper decorating after you dip the chocolate.



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