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Summer is Over… September 18, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,Cake,Candy,DIY,Drinks,Family,Food,Holiday,Party — Yaya @ 1:42 PM
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It has been a great Summer, filled with wonderful memories. Now, it’s over. That means outdoor parties (other than tailgating) are over. ūüė¶

But I have a solution for passing time inbetween fall holidays: a tea party.

They are simple, fun, and delicious. I hosted a tea party for five recently and we had a great time. We had some tea and a chance to chit chat and catch up. We also played a quick mystery game. It was great seeing friends and enjoying mini sandwhiches.
Here are the pics from the party stuff.

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We had cucumber sandwiches, mini blt’s, pumpkin spice cookies, tea cookies, pear jam, thin mints, lemonade cookies, and dark chocolate ganache to spread on the tea cookies. It was yummy and easy.

Thanks for reading!

 

City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri July 14, 2013

Filed under: Family,Holiday,Opinion,Review,Updates — Yaya @ 10:21 AM
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City Museum was great. We went a few days ago and had a blast. There is so much to do and plenty to see. The fun ranges from slides to caves to a Ferris wheel on the roof. Here are some of the photos we took during our mini staycation.

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Yummy Candy Coated Oreos April 16, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,Birthday,Candy,DIY,Food,Holiday,Party,recipe — Yaya @ 5:36 PM
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I made a few of these yesterday and thought I’d share. Let me know what you think of my new molds.

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Here are both patterns. One is striped and the other is polka dotted. ^_^

My favorite part is how easily you can customize the colors and use these for any kind of party.

Thanks for dropping by!

 

Eggshell Pinatas April 8, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,DIY,Food,Holiday,Updates — Yaya @ 4:51 PM
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Hello All,
Just wanted to give you a quick update on my baby shower plans for my buddy, A and a cute Easter picture.

Now, last time I showed you all my idea for “delivering advice”. This time I wanted to tell you about wish cards. I looked into buying some wish cards but at $1 or more a card it was too much. I also considered a small custom order.

When that was not feasible I googled free ones. They weren’t bad but none were in gender related colors. All were terribly neutral. In the end, I decided to take my chances with making my own.

The DIY approach worked and I made several designs which I then narrowed down to three. I don’t want to spoil the surprise so I will show you the designs another day. But all it takes is a printer and some cardstock to go from idea to reality. ^_^

As for Easter…
It was partly rained out but we still had a lot of fun. This year I took it one step farther by making Eggshell Pinatas. All I did was crack a few eggs on the bottom and lightly peel away the shell. Then I cleaned them out and filled them with candy. I used crepe paper to lightly wrap and seal the eggshell. Once it was done, I wrapped the rest of the egg and mixed them in with a bunch of decorated boiled eggs.

Since we crack the eggs on our head, I thought it would be fun to have a few mini pinatas. ^_^

Here are my beauties:

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Enjoy! My son sure did.

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Here is a better photo of the candy.
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Thanks for stopping by.   ^_^

 

Coquito December 19, 2012

Filed under: Drinks,Food,Holiday,Party,recipe — Yaya @ 9:21 PM
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Coquito or Puerto Rican egg nog as my husband calls it is a delicious and simple Christmas treat. It is seasonal and a Puerto Rican thing. Most people I have spoken to who aren’t from Puerto Rico or have never visited during Christmas usually have no idea what it is. But trust me, you will definitely want to try it. Once you do, it will become a new tradition.

Coquito

What You Will Need:

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  • 2 Cream of Coconut cans
  • 1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 Can of Evaporated Milk
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Rum (Optional)

What To Do:

  1. Pour evaporated milk and cream of coconut in a blender. Blend for 30 seconds.
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch or two of nutmeg. Blend for 4 minutes.
  3. Add 1 cup of Rum and blend for 1-2 minutes. (Optional)
  4. Taste and add cinnamon or nutmeg to taste IF NEEDED.
  5. Pour into container with lid or cap and refrigerate. Usually cold in 1-2 hours.
  6. OR  pour into a glass of ice and enjoy immediately.

For my Coquito I usually put it in empty liquor bottles. I save them throughout the year and I ask friends to save them (when they can) so I can bottle my Coquito and share it. Coquito is best served cold and well shaken with finger foods.

As you can see, I reused a medium sized bottle of Jack.  Personally, I like to leave the old liquor labels on the bottle but you can remove the labels and decorate as you wish.

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Another idea is to gift wrap it. I like to use really shiny paper when I wrap it up. Then all you need is a label or ribbon to let the person receiving it know whether or not the Coquito has rum.

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Thank you for reading!

Happy Holidays!

 

A Quick Photo Update December 17, 2012

Filed under: Cake,Food,Holiday,Uncategorized,Updates — Yaya @ 8:30 PM
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Cupcake on Day 2!

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Had some tea and decided to grab a red cupcake. ^_^

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No filling but look at how fluffy it is. I put them in the refrigerator and it taste so good. Better the next day.

Have a good night!

 

Cupcake Jars! December 16, 2012

Filed under: Cake,Family,Food,Holiday,recipe,Uncategorized — Yaya @ 7:37 PM
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‘Tis the season to be jolly¬† and enjoy the yummy goodness that a cupcake can bring. So here’s to the holidays and festive but always yummy treats.

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These are the some of the colorful cupcakes I made today. They are a little messy and covered in chocolate butter cream, which is my way of saying they are delicious. ^_^

Besides these cuties. I also made some like this.

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Very festive, right. Now, that you’ve seen them I’m sure you want to know how I threw them together. Well, here’s a quick how to.¬† ^_^

What You Will Need

  • 1 Box of White Cake Mix (Made from scratch is fine too)
  • Food Coloring (Liquid or Gel is fine)
  • Chocolate Butter Cream (any flavor you like would work)
  • Jam or Jelly Jars

What To Do

  1. Mix the White Cake Mix as directed or put together your favorite white cake recipe. I used a box mix because it was faster and I really wanted some cupcakes. ^_^ Either one is yummy.
  2. Then the divide the batter into several bowls. I divided mine into five bowls but you are welcome to do more or less. Just try to divide it evenly between however many bowls.
  3. ¬†Add the food coloring gel and make the colors you want.¬† I made blue, red, green, yellow and orange.¬† (Most food coloring packages have basic color guidelines if you need to mix more complex color combos like Teal, which I didn’t make today but I still love.)
  4. Preheat your oven as instructed by your recipe.
  5. Line cupcake pans without mixing the colors. If you mix them, you can make marble effects and that type of thing but this works best in solid colors.
  6. Bake!
  7. Let cook on wire rack.
  8. Remove wrappers from five cupcakes, one of each color. Cut into two rounds.
  9. Drop the bottom of one color into the jar. Top with butter cream. Add another piece in a different color. Top with more butter cream. Then place the top of a cupcake on top and add a nice swirl of butter cream. Mix and match however you like.
  10. Once you run out of pieces you can cut more cupcakes and put them in the jars or just top the whole cupcakes. I did both. Some were for now and the rest for later.
  11. Eat!!

Enjoy now or put a lid on them and refrigerate for later. Either way is yummy. They can be stored in the fridge for up to three days with a lid.

Here are some photos of the steps:

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I hope you enjoy this fun treat. I sure did. My favorite part is that this idea can translate to just about any kind of party, activity and or holiday.  ^_^

Thank you for reading!!