Monday, April 25, 2011

Chocolate, Cupcakes, and Cakeballs - Oh My!

Hope that everyone had a great Easter Sunday!  We had a lot of fun and a lot of food, which was great.  We had Easter lunch at the Mandarin with my husband's family and got to spend time with our beautiful nieces and our gorgeous little great-nephew who are always so adorable and funny.  They are growing up so fast, but they still enjoy Aunt Marni's baking.  This year I made cupcakes for them and packaged them in little cupcake boxes (see picture below).  And of course, the 'Easter Bunny' brought little envelopes with some of the green stuff too, since Aunt Marni and Uncle George are no too hip in the department of what the kids are wearing and listening to these days.
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These are pics of the tray of cupcakes and cakeballs that I made to bring to the delicious Easter Dinner meal at my parents' house later in the day.  Yes, the same day.  But we did it!  And yes, I did say cakeballs.  I hadn't heard of cakeballs until the other day and believe me, they are so good!  And super easy to make.  All you do is bake a cake (usually I bake my cakes, etc. from scratch, but for this endeavour, I used a mix), take the baked cake out of the pan after it is done and still warm and put it in your mixer in pieces with a container of icing and mix together.  Put the mixture in the fridge overnight.  The next day, use a melon baller to make cake balls.  Melt any type of chocolate (I used white chocolate wafers that I got at the Bulk Barn) and dip the cake balls in using a special dipping spoon and put them on a tray lined with wax paper.  Before the chocolate coating sets, sprinkle with whatever type of sprinkle you would like and let the coating set for a few hours.  You could use butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, or any type for the coating.  Check out http://www.allrecipes.ca/ for all kinds of ideas.


Here is a pic of how I packaged the girls and our great-nephew's little cupcakes for Easter.  I tried to make the cupcakes look like little nests with eggs in them.
Well, that's all for now.  Hoping to get back on the Silhouette today with all of the great things that I learned at the class last week with the continued lesson about print and cut.  And Mother's Day is just around the corner, so I better get busy making something special for my amazing Mom.
Hope that you are all having a nice Easter Monday.  The three of us are relaxing and puttering around the house, looking for a cottage to rent in the summer, catching up on some t.v., and just enjoying the day off.  Hugs and Pugs to everyone!!!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bake Sale

Our beautiful niece is having a bake sale today at her school, so she asked me to make some chocolate chip cookies for her.  And of course I had to throw in a sweet pug image.  Here are the cookies with little puggie napkins displayed on the plates................sure to draw a crowd!  Hope that you all have a great day.  And good luck Brittany with the bake sale!!!
Hugs and Pugs!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cool Giveaway From 'All Things Thrifty'




Here is a cool giveaway from 'All Things Thrifty' and here is the link:






This will bring you to a link for an incredible website that has all kinds of great ideas. And this givewaway is for some very pretty personalized stamps. I hope I win!!!!! I just love them all, but I narrowed it down to one that was my favourite. What is your fave? My fave is pictured above.










Monday, April 18, 2011

Thank you Mr. James Dyson

Thank you Mr. James Dyson for inventing one of the best inventions ever!!!! After vacuuming our family room with my new Dyson animal vac, I can practically make a new fur coat for Syd. Although I am completely embarassed with what came out of our carpet, I also know that previous vacuums just don't pick up what this amazing machine does, even though we try our best to keep on top of things.

There are so many attachments to this vacuum that you can clean everything with it. I also got a free spring cleaning kit because I ordered it on-line from Future Shop and I picked it up in-store only a few hours later.

And what a great workout! The Dyson ball makes the vacuum move in any direction, so you can dance and move to your heart's content. I give the vacuum 5 stars and would recommend it for everyone who has animals, the human kind and the furbaby kind.

Hope that you are all having a great day! Just don't look outside at the white stuff that is falling.

Hugs and Pugs to everyone!!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Princess Birthday Card

Here is a pink, brown, and blinged out birthday card for someone special. Can you guess who??????????? For little Sydney Woo of course! Miss Woo turned 8 on April 14th and I made a little Princess card for her. And in true Princess style, our little sweetie pie posed with her card for her birthday photo shoot. Happy Birthday Sydney Woo!!!! We love you!!!!

50th Anniversary Cupcakes

It was my Aunt and Uncle's 50th Wedding Anniversary this past Friday, so Mom and I decided to have a dinner party for them. I was asked to make the dessert and instead of baking a cake, I thought little cupcakes would be nice. I knew that the centerpiece for the table would be in light pinks and yellows, so I made the fondant flowers the night before and let them dry in a little muffin tin.

The next morning, Supervisor Sydney watched and made sure that I stayed on task while making the cupcakes.
I got a brilliant recipe from http://www.joyofbaking.com/YellowCupcakes.html for the yellow cupcakes. They have yogurt in them and they turned out so light and fluffy and absolutely delicious!
I then decorated the cupcakes using whipped vanilla icing, gold sugar sprinkles, and the fondant flowers. I made cupcake wrappers using my amazing Silhouette with the print and cut feature that I had learned about in my Silhouette class the night before.
And then I put the cupcakes in a cute little cupcake stand, made a doily using the Silhouette, put a sparkly gold fabric around the plate that everything was set on, and sprinkled little gold '50's' around. I was so pleased with how they turned out. One of the guests asked me if I did weddings. Tee heee!!! I said, well, this is the first time I have ever made them, so I haven't got that far yet. But who knows?????

Hope that you are all having a great weekend! Hugs and pugs to everyone!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Shells, Shells, Shells

I love shells! Little shells, big shells, pieces of shells, coloured shells, and not so coloured shells. We have lots of shells sitting in various containers in our upstairs bathroom and they have gotten pretty dusty, so it was time for a spring cleaning today. I soaked them for hours in water with a little bit of dish soap and then put them out on a dish towel to dry. I opened the kitchen window because there is a beautiful spring breeze today and they are drying beautifully. While they are drying I decided to take a few pics. I put these teeny tiny ones on top of one of the big shells to show just how small they are. The shells are from all over the world.......Florida, Mexico, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Australia, Jamaica, and a few other places. I pick them up wherever we go and I always ask my parents to get some for me too when they go to Florida every winter.
They should be dry soon and then they can go back into there beautiful glass containers and look oh so pretty in the bathroom.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Easter Wreath - Take 2

Well, I wasn't too happy with this wreath the first time I did it. It was pretty, but kind of boring.........so today, I added lots of things to it. Plastic eggs, ribbon, and a cute little stuffed chick. Now it looks more like spring and Easter! Thanks Dollarama.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Paradise Island, Bahamas





A few pics from our trip to the Bahamas. We just got back yesterday and we had a blast! We stayed at the Riu Palace Paradise Island and also spent a day at the Atlantis Resort and Casino and did almost all of the waterslides and lazy river in the watersports area. We had 24-hour room service, all-inclusive, impeccable service, sunshine, and so much fun. The only thing that was missing was our little Sydney Woo, who stayed with our wonderful friends in Ridgeway, who provide an all-inclusive type resort for her when we go south once per year. The other vacations we take in the summer always include little Miss Woo, but I know that she enjoys her winter stays in Ridgeway.

Word to the wise, tuck your bum in when going down the waterslides at the Atlantis, because if you don't, you will get a black and blue bum like I have right now. No pics to follow on that one, but it looks really bad! Ha ha haaa!!!!!!!! Oh well, the mojitos sure took the edge off! Have a great day. I am going to do laundry and enjoy 3 more days with my sweetie pie and my sweet Sydney Woo before going back to reality. Hugs and pugs!!! Oh, and I missed my Silhouette, so I will be re-acquainting myself with my craftroom too. Tee heeeeee.