Monday, November 23, 2009

Harvest Krispie Treats

The boys are having a Thanksgiving Party at Mother's Day Out on Tuesday. I signed up to make rice krispie treats since they are allergy friendly to the boys as well as a few other kiddos in their class that have allergies. However, I can't make them plain! I had all of these ingredients in my cabinet!!

I made some pumpkins. Just rolled the cereal treats into a ball, rolled them in orange sprinkles and topped it off with a green fondant stem. I attached a little note saying HAPPY THANKSGIVING with a leaf sticker.

After I ran out of orange sprinkles, I found some yellow ones. I immediately thought of corn. So, I rolled the cereal treats into a thick log, covered them with yellow sprinkles, cut fondant in the shape of leaves, and attached them to look like the husk of corn. I attached a little note saying "Have an A-maize-ing Thanksgiving" with a leaf sticker.

It only took about 30 minutes to make the treats, decorate them, and put them in clear treat bags. I managed to get that done while the boys were playing nicely in their room! I made the little notes and attached them while the boys were napping. I hope the kiddos like them at their church party tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How To Make the Flock of Turkeys

I've had a lot of people ask me "how to" make the turkey here ya go!

You need...

2 dozen sugar cookies (I purchased them from the bakery at the grocery store!)
1 package of Nabisco Pinwheels (I've never heard of these, but they are in the cookie aisle)
1 can chocolate frosting
1 can vanilla frosting
yellow and red food coloring

Color half of the vanilla frosting yellow and the other half red. Prepare an icing bag filled with red, one with yellow, and one with chocolate. If you don't have icing bags, no big deal! Use ziploc bags instead. Put #3 tip on the yellow and red and a #12 on the chocolate. If you're using ziploc bags, snip a small hole on the red and yellow and one about the size of a pencil eraser on the chocolate.

Cut the rounded edge off of 1/2 of the sugar cookies,and cut the Pinwheel cookies in half.

Spread a small amount of chocolate icing on the bottom of the Pinwheel and attach to the flat edged sugar cookie

Make "feathers" with the red icing around the edge of the Pinwheel

Spread more chocolate icing on the cut edge of the Pinwheel and attach to a whole sugar cookie

Pipe a neck and head out of chocolate icing

Use the yellow icing to draw in the legs, feet, eyes, and nose

Finally, use the red icing to make his snood!!!

You can make these on a smaller scale with Ritz crackers and oreos cut in half. I used brown sugar cinnamon Ritz...didn't know they made them, but they are DELICIOUS!!!

So I typed this all up only to find a link to it online...oh well! Their directions are probably a little better than mine!

Monday, November 16, 2009

You'll Gobble These Up!

I buy one holiday recipe magazine each year to see what new cookies people come up with. This is one cookie I couldn't resist making. The best part, it's all store bought...sugar cookies, Nabisco Pinwheel cookies, one can of white frosting, one can of chocolate frosting, yellow and red food coloring.

Badda Bing Badda Boom...this is what you get...

Now...if I could magically become a better photographer, life would be grand!

I ended up individually wrapping these and donating them to the Yule Mart which is the Officers' Spouses' Club's biggest annual craft fair fundraiser. They went like hotcakes!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Operation Baking GALS

I recently joined a volunteer group called Operation Baking GALS (Give A Little Support). The purpose of the group is to send baked goods to the soldiers overseas. I joined a group through East To West Bakers. I sent off my first shipment today!

I made Mrs. Fields Double-Rich Chocolate Cookies with the help of the boys, of course!


2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup salted butter, softened
3 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla
2 cups (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

-Preheat oven to 325.
-Combine flour, soda, salt and cocoa powder. Mix well and set aside
-In a large bowl, blend sugars at medium speed. Beat in the butter and egg until creamy.
-Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until light and fluffy.
-Add the flour mixture and chips, and blend at low speed just until combined.
Don't over mix
-Drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes

I threw in some smarties and skittles to help fill the box.
I hope he and his fellow soldiers enjoy it!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Shoe Box Cake - CAKES FOR A CURE

I was asked to donate a cake for the OSC (Officers' Spouses' Club) on Ft Bragg for their "Cakes for a Cure" Fundraiser. The theme was Girls Night Out, and the colors were pink, of course, and brown. I knew immediately I wanted to make a shoe box and a gum paste shoe. Neither of which, I had done before. Here's the end result...

My friend, Brandy made the gum paste flowers! It was the first ones she's ever done, and I think they turned out FABULOUS! The cake was 100% edible...from the shoe to the tissue paper.
Notice the shoe has the name "Jami" on it. A high school classmate of mine lost her battle with cancer on October 18th. I wasn't able to make it back to Kentucky for her services, so this was my tribute to her. The girl who won the cake read Jami's story that I put with the cake, and was so touched by it that she HAD to have the cake!!

It was the highest grossing cake at the auction, going for $70. That's probably about what I would charge for it anyway...minus the cake board detail and gum paste flowers.

I left the auction with 1 cake order and found another one in my email box the next day. It was a great night.

Tanya Biank, the author of Army Wives, was there to sign her book and be the guest speaker. She was full of grace, intelligence, and poise. It was an honor to meet her, since I'm a huge fan of the show.