Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Flag Wreath

I made a Flag wreath. I think I gave myself carpel tunnel syndrome! I got the idea from the Ooderadoodle Primitives blog - under Memorial Day ideas.

You just need a styrofoam wreath and a bunch of Flag toothpicks.

I used five packages of Flags to make this wreath. Each package contained 125 Flags - thus the carpel tunnel syndrome. I worked on this wreath on and off for days while I watched Wimbledon.

The directions said to keep adding flags until you could no longer see any white. I seriously felt that I could have added another package of Flags - but I ran out of Flags and didn't have the energy to go to the store to buy more. I am going to hang my wreath tomorrow with a big red satin ribbon.

God Bless America!

More Mini Donuts

Today I made some more mini donuts. I am obsessed with making them! I used the same recipe but I dipped these donuts in blue chocolate and added white sprinkles.

I can not wait to make these in pink, orange and yellow!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mini Donuts

I made some mini donuts! They were so easy to make. I bought two mini donut pans at La Sur Table and followed the recipe on the back of the donut pan. These donuts are baked not fried.

Baked Mini Cake Donuts

1 1/4 cup cake flour, sifted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray the mini donut pans with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, egg and butter. Stir until just combined. Fill each donut cup approximately 1/2 full. I put the mixture inside of a large ziplock bag and sniped a corner of the bag and used this method to fill the mini donut cups.

This recipe said that it made 24 mini donuts - but I was able to squeeze 36 donuts from the above recipe.

Bake for 4 - 6 minutes. I only baked for four minutes. You should bake until the top of the donut springs back when touched. Let cool in the pan for five minutes. I used a knife to pop the donuts out of the pan.

There was also a glaze recipe on the back of the pan - BUT I decided to dip the top of the donuts in melted chocolate and then use rainbow sprinkles.

These are so little and cute!!!

My husband and kids loved them!

Don't these look professional? And they didn't take very long to make - although I did need to buy cake flour and buttermilk!

The next time I make them I will dip them in blue chocolate with white sprinkles!

Friday, June 24, 2011

One Year Blogoversary

Guess what? June 30th is my one year Blogoversary! I love blogging - it is such fun! So to celebrate my one year Blogoversary I am planning a super fun giveaway! To enter you just need to be a follower, tweet the giveaway, like my facebook page or spread the word on your facebook page. Each time you follow or mention you will get chances to win. Or you can just tell me what your favorite post has been in the last year! If you are already a follower - you can still enter! See examples below! The contest ends on Thursday, June 30th at 5 p.m.

Just let me know - with a comment below and be sure to add your email to the comment - so that I can contact you when you win. Each example would be a separate entry - so you can enter three or four times!

Example: To be a follower -

Hey Teresa - I am a follower and my email is 123.

Example: Like Roommom27 on Facebook -

I just pressed like on your facebook page and my email is 123

Example: Twittering or adding Roommom27 to your blogroll

Teresa - I twittered about your giveaway my email is 123

Example: Telling your facebook friends

I posted your giveaway on my facebook my email is 123

Each time you do one of the above you increase your chances to win! What will I win you ask?

Why one of my favorite books:

And if I get over 50 entries - I will giveaway two Cake Pops Books! This book is fantastic! It has the most beautiful photos and step by step directions to create the most beautiful cake pops for any occasion.

I absolutely drool every time I open this book. So leave your comments/entries below and you may soon be the proud owner of this book! Don't forget to leave your email so that I can contact you if you win.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Graduation Oreo's

I made some chocolate covered Graduation Oreos for Christian's class party today.  I bought the Graduation decorations, red and yellow chocolate at Michael's.

So I dipped some Oreos in yellow chocolate and added the Graduation Cap.

I dipped the remaining Oreos in red chocolate and added the Diplomas.

Then I put the Oreos on a big platter to bring to the party tomorrow.

After all of the parties and festivities for both of my graduates - high school and fifth grade - I will need a vacation. And by vacation - I mean a relaxing vacation.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Graduation Caps

I made graduation caps for Christian's class.  I wish I could take credit for this super fun idea. But I got the idea from the Bakerella website.

You will need:

miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares
miniature m&m's
Airhead Extremes
chocolate to melt
lollipop sticks
parchment paper
styrofoam blocks

Put the miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in the freezer for about five minutes. In doing so the wrappers can be removed much easier.

Now completely unwrap the peanut butter cups and lay them out on a large piece of parchment paper. Then melt some chocolate and put a little chocolate on the lollipop stick and gently twist the lollipop stick into the peanut butter cup.

Now unwrap all of the chocolate squares and place them on a separate piece of parchment paper.

Using a toothpick to apply the melted chocolate adhere a mini m&m to the middle of the chocolate square.

I used all different colors of m&m's - but you could just use your school or party theme colors.

We decided to be colorful for elementary school.

While the chocolate m&m's are drying - get out your Airhead Extremes and cut them into thin 2" strips.

Using the melted chocolate again take a toothpick - and adhere the thin Airhead strip with the melted chocolate right next to the m&m.

The final step is to add some melted chocolate to the top of the peanut butter cup and lightly press the chocolate square on top. Then set the lollipop stick into a styrofoam square to dry.

While the graduation caps are drying - put everything away and clean up. Then get out your cellophane bags, ribbon and a basket to gently place the treats. Make sure that everything is completely dry before you start packaging them.

This is a fun treat to bring to a graduation party.

Here is a photo of the basket that I brought to Christian's class today. I think the kids really liked them.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Red, White and Blue Skewers

Today I made some fruit and marshmallow skewers for the baseball party. Then I realized that they were red, white and blue and would be perfect for a 4th of July celebration.

The trick is to put the marshmallows in the middle of skewer so that they have to eat the fruit to get to the marshmallows.

Use medium size strawberries and trim the tops so that they are easy to eat!

Use the largest blueberries that you can find.  Also used the medium size skewers.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Red, White and Blue Strawberries

I was going to make a special cake for my Dad's birthday - but I know that I won't have time. So I am going to buy one of his favorite desserts - an apple pie.

But I can't just have a store bought dessert. So I made some red, white and blue strawberries. I think I mentioned it on an earlier post - but I will say it again - my Dad's birthday is on Flag Day. Thus, the red, white and blue strawberries.

The first thing you should do is to wash the strawberries and make sure that they are completely dry before you start melting the chocolate.

Place a toothpick in the middle of each strawberry. And dip the strawberries into the melted white chocolate using the toothpick to dip them in the chocolate. Then hold the strawberry over the blue sugar bowl and using a small spoon- sprinkle the bottom third of the strawberry with the blue sugar. Then place the strawberries on parchment paper so that the chocolate can harden. Once the strawberries are completely dry - you can remove the toothpick.

I placed my strawberries on a simple white platter to show off the beautiful colors.

I made these for my Dad's birthday - but you could make them for the 4th of July. So easy to make!

I bought the blue sugar at Williams-Sonoma - but I am sure that they also have a blue sugar at Michael's.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Graduation - In White

Our daughter Noelle is graduating from high school next week. Out of 780 students only 73 students will graduate wearing white robes - that means that they have over a 4.0 grade point average. My daughter is graduating in white and we are so very proud. She will also have a Valedictorian  medal and a golden tassel. The golden tassel is for a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

So we are having a "white" themed graduation  party. Yesterday I ordered white cupcakes from Cinderella Cakes with white chocolate curls and silver glitter.

Today I spent most of the day making white themed treats for the party.

I dipped marshmallows into white chocolate and sprinkled them with edible pearls from Williams Sonoma.

I was also making chocolate covered Oero's and Mother's Gaucho cookies.

I put the marshmallow pops in a white bucket. I also made  white m&m bags and yogurt covered raisin bags.

Okay - I packaged the Oreo's and Gauchos in cellophane. I tied everything with white ribbon. I found the white buckets in the dollar section at Target.

I also made little graduation caps out of white Reese's Peanut Butter cups and white chocolate squares.

Close up of the Oreo's. I put them in the cutest white liners.

Close up of Mother's Gauchos. The peanut butter cookie and white chocolate sounds like a weird combination. BUT is is so GOOD!

Fortunately we are having her party at a lovely Italian restaurant near our home on Saturday evening.  I am so tired right now - I am having a party tomorrow afternoon  for Christian (more on that later) and a dinner for my Dad in the evening. I have a tennis match in the morning. And I still need to pick up a few things at the store for both parties.

This white graduation would also work for a Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation.

I still have to order some white flowers. Yikes!

Flag Day

My Dad's birthday was yesterday - June 14th. Also known as Flag Day. My parents are coming over for a birthday dinner tomorrow night. Even though it is two days after Flag Day - I still decorated the table with Flags and Red, White and Blue!

I also use similar table settings for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

Here is a view of the entire table.

Here is an individual place setting.

A photo from an angle - I was trying to be artistic!