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Baby Shower Stuff Thus Far April 24, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,Cake,Candy,DIY,Family,Food,Goals,List,Party,Updates — Yaya @ 10:08 AM
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Hello Hello!

As of Saturday, I have purchased everything I need for the party except the fresh food for the buffet style meal. I have put together the favors and the DIY Candy Buffet Jars. I have made Wish cards and a cute container for the Advice Cards.

Now, I am getting started on the desserts. I was going to do a candy buffet and call it a day but a Candy Buffet and Dessert Table combo is more my style. ^_^ So far, I have made Chocolate Spoons, Pink and Yellow Meringue Cookies (Lemon Flavored), Star shaped Oreo Truffles with Candy coating instead of chocolate and Oreo Truffle Star pops.

Today will be all about the cake. I am baking the cake I need to make the cake pops as well the actual Baby Shower cake. I am not frosting the cake today, just baking it. After the party I will post pics of everything and catch up on my blogging. I will also add DIY instructions, tips and tricks to putting together a Baby Shower or any kind  of party.

Thanks for reading!

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Trick or Treat? October 25, 2011

Lately, I have been reading all about doing something different for Halloween and the rest of the upcoming holidays. Everyone seems to agree that different is usually better.The thing they didn’t provide was ideas on how to be different and possibly better. The suggestions I read about range from hosting a party on a small tight budget to volunteering. Now, these ideas are all fine and good but not what I expected.

What about healthy treats and fun or inspiring ideas for Halloween?

Lots of healthy treats…  to make at home. Not what I need. What can I give kids when they come to my door on Halloween that won’t break the bank and cause diabetes? I know it sounds harsh. At the same time, I know it is absolutely necessary. This is especially true if you want your child to eat well and enjoy a variety of things. The challenge began a few days ago (with only a few days until Halloween).

First thing I did was come up with a list of Do’s and Don’t’s. Here is my list:

  • Do give out treats and tricks you would glad receive for you or your child.
  • Don’t force people to take them.
  • Do make it fun and exciting by turning a treat into a surprise.
  • Don’t over do it! Time and effort is always good but if you over do it, the whole thing becomes a burden.
  • Do buy any edible and healthy treats.
  • Don’t make your own treats!

*The reason I am adding this is because as a parent I am more likely to let my child eat store bought and sealed candy than I am to let him eat homemade candy. Not that I don’t like homemade treats, I’m just lesslikely to allow my child to just eat them. There is sometimes the awkward moment when the person handing out homemade treats stands at the door waiting for you to pick up an unsealed or packaged treat and eat it. Unless, I have known them for a long time I have a difficult time just eating whatever they offer me.

Trick or treating involves going door to door and getting candy from people in your neighborhood. Sometimes you know most of the people who live around you really well. Other times, you barely know their name. I choose what kinds of things my child can have based on my personal knowledge of where things come from or came from.

The best way to avoid awkward moments is to go to a community “Safe Night” event where only volunteers are allowed to make food and drinks. Usually these will be people everyone in the neighborhood knows.

After you make a list of Do’s and Don’t’s, Come up with a specific list of things that would be fun and acceptable for you to do.

My List Looks something like this:

Fun and Tasty Treats:

  • Granola Bars
  • Low Fat or Sugar Free Candy
  • Single serving packs of light butter popcorn
  • Low sodium and whole grain pretzels

Fun Tricks:

  • Give trick or treaters scary books
  • Small toys
  • Educational Toys
  • Mini Treat Bags (like birthday party favors)
  • Small scrolls with their fortunes and a small piece of candy

These are my ideas for Halloween. For Thanksgiving and Christmas some of these would work as stocking stuffers and fun things to do during get togethers.

The Final Plan:

Hand out granola bars and whole grain pretzels, educational card games, and books. To do this, I am gathering several materials.

Materials:

  1. Granola Bars  and Pretzels (Store Bought)
  2. Small books that I am donating and asking neighbors to donate (twice as nice if they are Halloween stories)
  3. Educational card games like Memory from the Dollar Store (Dollar Tree in my case)
  4. Halloween treat bags or wrapping paper (Opaque colors like black, orange, and purple work best).

To prepare the items decide what you want to do. In other words, what’s your gimmick?

Mine- Ring the doorbell and pick a mystery prize.

Do this I just put a granola bar or a bag of pretzels in each bag.Then I added a small book or an educational card game to each bag. Once this was done, I closed the bags and put them in a large box so that trick or treaters can pick a prize and hopefully have a memorable Halloween. This is also a good idea for a community event or a small Halloween Party.

I’ll add an update after Halloween to let you how it turned out. Good Luck!!

Thanks for Reading!!

Update: I had several Trick or Treaters comment on how fun it was to have a more involved interaction rather than a quick handout and a closed door. I had fun and made it fun for the kids. It was great. Only downside- it requires a little more than opening a bag of candy and pouring it in a bowl. That wasn’t a problem for me. What made it better was that my son decided to help. He made a small mess (he’s only 15 months) but he did it with good intentions and a loving heart!

Thanks again for reading!!

 

Only 30 Days! July 2, 2011

Filed under: Birthday,Candy,Food,List,Party,recipe — Yaya @ 10:08 PM

Today marks the last month countdown. I am excited and have no idea if I will laugh, cry, or do both on his birthday. What I can say, is that I will be very happy. Either way, I find myself planning and planning like a mad woman. To what end? Well, here’s what I’ve got so far:

First Birthday Party Plan

THEME: Sesame Street

SET UP:  Laid back, relaxed, cute, and fun. Large table set to the back with lots of the treats set out.

MENU AND RECIPES:

  • Birthday Cake- Sesame Street with yellow, red, and blue decorations.
  • Candy- All sorts of chocolate and fruit candy. Possibly set them up in jars.
  • Ice Cream Cake Pops- Recipe Below.
  • Oreo Truffles- Recipe Below.
  • Cake Pops- Same as “Ice Cream Cake Pops” recipe.
  • Drinks: Soda, water, and juice boxes for everyone.
  • Adult Drinks: Wine and beer.

Aside from this list of mine, I came up with several recipes that would be good. I was going to try them today but I made a turkey instead. ^_^

Here are my recipes:

 

Ice Cream Cake Pops

What You Need:

1-2 pkg. Sweet Ice Cream Cones

1-2 pkg. Wafer Ice Cream Cones

1 pkg. Cake Mix (Chocolate)

1 pkg. Frosting (Basic white or vanilla)

1 pkg. Candy Melts

Toppings- Whatever you would like to cover them in- like sprinkles

1 pkg. Plastic Lollipop Sticks

Make It:

BAKE the Cake and allow to cool. Cut the cake into four pieces. Then crumble the cake into a bowl by rubbing two of the pieces together.

MIX frosting into the cake crumbs.

SHAPE into medium sized balls (about the size of the opening of an ice cream cone) and place on parchment covered cookie sheet. Refrigerate until ready to dip.

MELT candy melts in microwave as directed. Make a base for the cones to rest on by making small cone shaped holes in a Styrofoam base.

PLACE  lollipop sticks in the balls to dip. Remove the sticks and slide onto cones. Lightly cover in sprinkles.

Note: For Cake Pops leave in the lollipop stick and place on a Styrofoam base to dry.


Oreo Truffle Recipe (found online)

What You Need:

1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

1 pkg.  (16.6 oz.) OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 4-1/4 cups), divided

2 pkg. (8 squares each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted

Make It:

MIX cream cheese and 3 cups cookie crumbs until well blended.

SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Melt Chocolate

Place unwrapped chocolate squares in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 2-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring every 30 sec.

How to Easily Dip Truffles

To easily coat truffles with the melted chocolate, add truffles, in batches, to bowl of melted chocolate. Use 2 forks to roll truffles in chocolate until evenly coated. Remove truffles with forks, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Place truffles on prepared baking sheet; let stand until firm.

How to Store

Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

I am going to be making Cake Pops tomorrow. Wish me luck. I will hopefully have time and a camera handy, so I can share my results.

Thanks for reading!

 

My Top 20 Anime and Manga List April 26, 2011

Filed under: Anime,List,Manga,Review,Shoujo,Updates — Yaya @ 3:14 AM

My top 20:

1.Tokyo Crazy Paradise (Manga)

2. Skip Beat! (Both)

3. Paradise Kiss (Both)

4. Fruits Basket (Both)

5. Ouran High School Host Club (Both)

6. Fall In Love Like A Comic (Manga)

7. Death Note (Both)

8. Gundam Wing (Both)

9. Elfen Lied (Anime)

10. Ranma 1/2 (Manga)

11. Cowboy Bebop (Anime)

12. The Story of Saiunkoku (Both)

13. The Kindaichi Case Files (Manga)

14. The Wallflower (Manga)

15. Outlaw Star (Anime)

16. Midnight Secretary (Manga)

17. Boys Over Flowers (Manga and Drama)

18. Ai Yori Aoshi (Manga)

19.  D.N. Angel (Manga)

20. Yu Yu Hakusho (Anime)

This is my top 20 anime  and manga list. These are some of the best animes and mangas I’ve seen throughout the years. If you think I missed anything, make a list and add it to the thread. Thanks for reading.