Tuesday Confessional 04/30

Another Bittersweet Memory

I am in the heavy planning stages for my daughter’s second birthday party.  If you have read my blog before, you know birthday parties are a big deal in this house.  Mainly the reason is because I did not have them when I was a child.  I had two birthday parties in my life (that I remember).  And for one of those, my name was spelt wrong on my cake.

But this story is not about me, it is about my grandmother.  It is amazing how much we affect other people and don’t realize it.  As you can tell, because I only had two birthday parties in my life, they were not important to my family.  I wasn’t particularly sad my mother didn’t give me birthday parties until I was older, simply because I didn’t know any better.  I had never had one and had not been invited to any (or if I had, my mother did not take me to them). In any case, once I was older, I realized people should have their birthdays celebrated to show how special they are to those who love them.  I started baking a cake for my grandmother every year on her birthday.  It was a small gesture and nothing fancy but I wanted her to have something.  After the second or third year of doing it, I didn’t plan it that year.  I was really busy in college and with work (I worked my own way through college) and didn’t have much time, and besides, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal since no one in my family ever had birthday parties.  That evening when I went to visit her, she started crying.  I only saw my grandmother cry a handful of times in her life and the disappointment on her face was evident when she realized I hadn’t planned to make a cake for her.  She said she had looked forward to it all day.  God did I feel like an ass.  I didn’t realize it had become so important to her.  I did make a cake for her the next day, but it’s just wasn’t the same.  Sometimes we really hurt people even when we don’t intend to.

And in lighter news…

Look at this beautiful pie I made!  Yumm!

Apple Pie

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How to Make Cake Pops

If you view my blog often, you will have seen several posts showing some really amazing cake pops.  Those aren’t mine.  :)  I wish they were, but they are not.  There is a woman who lives locally in the Dallas area who made them from her home kitchen but the business got bigger than she wanted to manage so she closed shop.  It was very unfortunate for me and many of my friends but as a result, I tried to make some for myself.  These aren’t bad, but they aren’t quite as amazing as hers.

Cake Balls

Start by baking a cake.  Take about 1/2 of the cake after it has cooled and crumble it up into a bowl.  Work with it until it is fine and evenly broken up.  Then take about 2 Tablespoons of whatever flavor of cake icing you choose and mix it into the baked dough.  You don’t want the dough to be too soggy, but just wet enough to clump together when you mold it into a ball.

Yes, I know, it looks like dog food.

Yes, I know, it looks like dog food.

Roll the dough into balls.

Cake Balls

Then melt a little bit of white chocolate or colored bark in a small cup.  You just need a bit of it to start.  Dip the tip if your cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and then insert it into your cake ball.  This helps the ball stay attached to the stick.  Then put them in the freezer for about an hour or so.

Cake Balls

Then melt about one cup of colored bark or white chocolate into a cup.  You will dip the frozen pops into the chocolate to cover them.  But be sure to work quickly because the chocolate hardens fast, so the decorations on them as fast as possible.

Easter Cake Pops

You can serve them upside-down on a platter, or use dry floral foam to stick them upright into a display.

Easter Cake Pops

While these pops I made were very cute for Easter, I recommend using white chocolate instead of the pre-colored bark.  The bark is thicker and super sweet and to me, overall the cake pops were just too sweet.  So try to get the covering as thin as possible and shake off as much excess as possible.

It’s so easy, even the boys helped me.  ;)

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And here are some cute Easter/ Spring cookies I made to go along with them.

Easter Cookies

Tuesday Confessional 04/23

Miss me?

If you’ve been thinking I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks, I have.  :)  I’ve been traveling for work and been otherwise swamped so I haven’t been around much.  I miss my site and hope to invest more time in it soon.

Texas Bluebonnets

Yes, it’s that time of year again in Texas where our beloved state wildflower is blooming.  Everyone is taking their children to have pictures and play in the roadside patches of blue.

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My Little Artists!

This week the kids enjoyed painting little bird houses.

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The Lorax Cake Pops

For the entire party, see here:

The Lorax Birthday Party

This post is to showcase the super cake pops from the party.

The Lorax Cake Pops

Unfortunately I can not take credit for these.  I ordered them from a woman who ran a cake pop business, but she recently closed her shop.  So sad.  :(

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Party Bag Labels- Free Download

This idea was part of the Valentines Party, for the entire post see here:

Valentines Party

This post is a how-to for making simple labels for party goodie bags.  There is a free template attached below.

Party Bag Labels

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Just download the free template, and update the names for the labels as you choose.  I have a couple of names entered on the page so you can see how it is done.  Then print them, cut them out and glue the to whatever bag you choose.