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Halloween/ Fall 2020

This year was very different than usual, but I still tried to make it fun for the kids. I made these Halloween cupcakes:

There were no zombies running after us this year, and no trick-or-treating. 😦 But we made new memories! There was a Halloween parade in our neighborhood, and I did a Scavenger Hunt for my kids!

Halloween Sprinkle Cookies!

Of course I made my annual Halloween Brownie Pizza– but I wasn’t able to get orange Halloween oreos. So I decided to get dark chocolate ones instead– and I told my kids I got them as spooky “rotten pepperoni.”

And my kids asked me if they were really rotten. I was confused and said, “They’re oreos!” And they proceeded to ask me again if they were rotten. Blink blink.

So… let’s move along…

My youngest and I tried making some quick chocolate-covered pretzels, but it was a bit of a disaster. Still yummy though:

I also put some creepy, crawly spiders on our pizza! Ewww!

My kids made these awesome pumpkins:

And finally, I decorated the house a little to get into the Halloween spirit:

So I guess even though this year was very different, we still made it fun and special!

Here’s to making the best of everything! 🙂

Sports Party (Part 1)

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OK, I am waaaay behind with everything I need to post, and my parties are starting to double up.  

So here’s one from a while ago……..

I was thrilled when my son asked for a really simple party theme.

I dreamt of all the extra time I would have after I finished baking and decorating all the desserts the night before the party.

Until this cake happened:Sports tiered cake a

“It’s a super simple cake,” you say?

Yes, perhaps it is.

Except I couldn’t figure out how to draw the sports balls on the trim.

I tried to do the designs with fondant on fondant, and it looked ridiculous.

I tried to pipe the designs on with frosting, and it was worse.

After a long time, I finally decided to draw them on with edible marker.

And then I just couldn’t draw the soccer ball design, no matter how hard I tried.

I know, it sounds crazy, but I just couldn’t.

Here are 2 more cakes, to distract you from my complaining:


Basketball cake 2a

Can you believe I got no good pics of these cakes??


Soccer ball cake a



So back to the original cake– it took me like 3 hours until I finally figured it out.

I must have been seriously tired.

I don’t want to see sports ever again.

Well, except for part 2 of this party post (with the other desserts).  

Promise I won’t complain– and here’s the final cake:

Football cake a

See you soon!


Robot Party (Part 2)

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OK, I’m back with the rest of the desserts for the Robot Party.

These are usually my favorite desserts to make because they are waaaaay easier than the cakes.

Well, the cookies were not my favorites for this party (I hope that’s not considered complaining because I promised I wouldn’t complain this time!).

Robot cookies a

They took forever because no matter what I did, they didn’t look like robots.

Monsters? Puppets?  Weird faces that come out of your TV?  Anything but robots!!!

Finally I ran out of time and convinced myself that robots can look like anything you want.  Right?  OK.

Because of those cookies, I had no time for any more robot-themed desserts, and had to settle on color-scheme desserts.

Here are the mini cupcakes:

Mini cupcakes 2b

 I had no sprinkles that were those exact colors, so I made the dots out of fondant.

Yes, it took a lot of time– but I was happy that they matched perfectly!

And some chocolate-dipped marshmallows for the kids to take home:

Marshmallow pops a

 And the cake balls:

Cake balls a

And finally, the usual  just-in-case-we-run-out-of-desserts brownies:

Brownies a

And that’s it!!  Another party done!

Robot dessert table a

Cakes From Birthdays Past- Part 1, “Under the Sea”

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Once upon a time (2 years ago), my son asked me for an “Under the Sea” party.

That was when it all started.

Up until then, I would buy birthday cakes, and maybe make some cupcakes.

I had done a bug party the previous year, but let’s not even get into that.

But I heard “Under the Sea” and something happened.

I decided to bake—and not just one cake.

Here is the main cake:

I made the fish myself with chocolate molds.

 Then I decided I needed a crab.

Not just any crab—this one was about 2 feet wide.

And suddenly, I needed an octopus—a very odd looking one, of course:

And a goofy starfish:

I also had a fish cake, some clam cookies, fish-shaped brownies, and cupcakes with chocolate whales on top. 

I did get carried away, but it was a good learning experience.

Well, I didn’t learn that I need to cut down on the amount of desserts.  I just learned that I needed to practice my decorating skills.   🙂

(BTW, if you haven’t seen my latest cakes– after I was introduced to the world of fondant– check out my other party posts, or the photo gallery.)

Mini Donuts

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I woke up a few days ago and thought it was a good Mini Donut Day.  The kids each got a few donuts to decorate by themselves, so it also provided entertainment!!  How awesome is that?

I made vanilla glaze, but I thought it was too boring to just do one flavor—


So the other half was strawberry glaze.  Yum!

So easy to make.

So cute.

So hard to watch them dry and not pop them all in my mouth.


By now you must think I’m a pig.

WeIl, I am. Lol.

OK, I just really really like food. Yeah, I live to eat. Sorry.

Not sure why I’m apologizing—it just feels like the right thing to do.

Anyway, after all that– I was a little bit disappointed with the recipe (from Wilton). I didn’t think it was the greatest. Not bad, though. If you ever try it, let me know.

However, the glaze was awesome.

When is glaze ever bad?? I can eat it by the spoonful.

And I did.

So, are you hungry yet?  🙂



Brownie Pizza

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Well, it was a long weekend and I thought I’d have plenty of time to bake 3 or 4 different desserts.

I was wrong.

Really wrong.

I guess I forgot I had kids or something.

I did manage to make a brownie pizza, though.   I didn’t have much time, and I was going through baking withdrawal, so I made a really simple dessert.  I baked brownies in a 12-inch round pizza pan.  Then I made a cream cheese frosting, spread it on top, added chocolate chips and M&Ms, and voila!!  Instant happiness:

You really need to try this.  Especially after taking it out of the fridge.   Seriously.  And I don’t even like cream cheese.

Typically, I have people try my desserts to give me feedback.  For this, one of the comments was, “Yummy- make more next time.”  Works for me!

Sure, it’s not the prettiest, but I only had a few minutes to throw it together.  The kids were thrilled, and I must admit that it tasted really good for something that’s so easy to make.  Maybe next time I’ll add more stuff to it.  But for now, it’s good enough.

Believe me, I know.  I had to pry myself away from it.    🙂