Homemade Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been on hiatus for a little bit, but I have returned ūüôā I haven’t had any cakes to make and I’m thinking our weather has had a lot to do with that. Its been non stop snow. Every single day!!! That’s Chicago for you. Then, the 2 cakes I did have to make… I couldn’t get my camera to work! It kept saying my memory card was locked. I was so confused. Then today I look at the memory card itself and see this tiny lock and unlock switch! Problem solved!

Due to my camera functioning again, I was like “COOKIES”. My Mom and I were watching the show Kelsey’s Essentials on the Cooking Channel and she made these amazing Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! SO EASY TO MAKE TOO! It’s seriously stupid easy!

*This is Kelseys recipe and I take zero credit for any of this besides the Ghirardelli Chocolate part ;)*

This is her recipe copy and pasted!

Ingrediants

  • 1 cup¬†granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure¬† vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups¬†flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup¬†milk chocolate chips. I didn’t have these on hand, but what I did have is an entire bag of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate squares! I crushed them up and used those instead!

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Preheat oven to 350!

Use Bananas that have brown spots on them, they are the most ripe and will taste best in these cookies!

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In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Mix in the bananas and egg and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the vanilla.

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In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Mix until thoroughly combined.

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Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. It will be a wet cookie dough (for some reason mine was a little thicker then what the recipe describes. It just resulted in a fatter cookie!)

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I had to unwrap about 15 squares. It was easiest to crush them in the little packaging with my fingers then open it and dump them into a measuring cup. I used the entire bag of squares!

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I used about 1 1/2 cups of crushed chocolate! The more the better if you ask me. So finally, stir in the chocolate chips.

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I used my cookie scooper to place them on the ungreased baking sheet (what’s nice about the recipe having shortening is that we don’t have to grease a cookie sheet!) Each cookie sheet should have 2 cookies! Pop

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Bake just until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn and swap the cookie sheets on each rack for even cooking. Cool on a wire rack.

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YUMMMMMMM!

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These were AMAZING right out of the oven! The banana taste is subtle yet totally there. It reminded me of banana bread with chocolate chips in it! So good and simple!

xoxoxox

Dani

 

Breakfast Cups!

These are the breakfast cups that Maria made for our Annual Girls Grab Bag party! Check that out here: Grab Bag Post!

I seriously fell in love with these little cups of breakfast heaven. They have bacon in them… so yeah, that’s obviously enough to love right there. I got the recipe off of Pinterest. Here is a link to the original recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/330179/bacon-egg-and-toast-cups¬†and look at that! It’s by Martha Stewart! Love that bitch!

*NOTE: This recipe is for 6 cups! I made 4! I originally started out making 3, then my sister wanted one so I made 4 instead*

Alright lets get started!

Heres a visual on how they’re made!

You will need the following items:

  1. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  2. 8 slices white sandwich bread (in my case, 4)
  3. 6 slices bacon (in my case, 4)
  4. 6 large eggs (in my case, 4)
  5. Coarse salt and ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375, grease the muffin cups with your butter

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Again, I began this adventure making 3, then ended up making 4 ūüôā

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Use the top of a big glass, at least 4 inches in diameter to cut the circles. The original recipe says to use a 4 inch cookie cutter but not everyone does (but of course I do lol) but this is how Maria did it at our party and I thought it was a good idea!

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Flatten the bread down

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Make your bacon as you regularly would. Do not cook till crisp. Cook them until they’re medium, right before they’re about to start crisping up.
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The original recipe says to cut the circle in half and then put the bread into the muffin cups, but I found no reason for that. Leave the circles of bread whole, and press it into the muffin cups. Any bread that rips, just fill in the holes with more flatten bread pieces. I think used a silicone kitchen brush to lightly brush the remaining melted butter on to the bread.

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Add your bacon to the muffin cups

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Crack an egg into each cup, over the bacon. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top, and throw them in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. The original recipe said 15-20 but at that point the eggs were still a little too runny for my taste. I did almost 30 minutes.

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How yummy do these look?!

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The bacon gets to just the right amount of crispiness after its done in the oven!

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These are really easy to make! And theyre seriously just so good! You can bite into them or you can eat them with a fork, either way is just as enjoyable ūüôā

xoxoxox

-Dani

Mason Jar Hot Chocolates mmmm

Yesterday my girlfriends and I had a couples Christmas party… 5 couples total! We did a grab bag which is always fun and the gifts were all so perfect. The gift I decided (I’d include Mike but I’d be lying if I said he had any part in the gift besides agreeing that it was cute lol) to give was a little in home movie date night! $10 red box giftcard, 4 old school Coca-Cola bottles, 2 boxes of movie candy, all inside of a bucket of popcorn!

I really wanted to make something small for the girls. I’m always thinking about things to make that I can blog about! After scrolling through Pinterest I decided I’d make them: Mason Jar Hot Chocolates!

My blog should really be called “Everything I Make is Inspired From Pinterest” because that’s seriously my entire life. I can scroll and pin ALL DAY LONG!

I didn’t follow any exact tutorial for this… I just kind of picked from a bunch of them and made mine!

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I cut out these circles on my eCraft Machine to make the tops cute

AGAIN… I HATE THE COLOR GREEN. There was no way I was including green in this so red black and white was what I went with.

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All my supplies!

The spoons and the chocolate morsels are for mixing spoons! Which I just love the idea of! So when you make this, you use the chocolate mixing spoon to mix everything up and the chocolate melts into the Hot Chocolate and makes it even more chocolaty!! Amazing!

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate chocolate!

I picked out 4 bottles of original Baileys because lets be honest it’s delicious.

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Get some plastic spoons…

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Melt some semi-sweet chocolate morsels…

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Put it on the spoon, and if you want to make it even cuter then drizzle some colored chocolate on top! I used Wiltons Red Candy Melts! Since I always have it on hand.

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Then individually wrap all of them in cake pop wrappers!

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I used 2 packets of Swiss Miss per Mason jar! Each packet requires 3/4 cup water or milk added but really who only wants 3/4 cup of hot chocolate?! Not me!

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Add marshmallows then tightly close the Mason Jar… don’t want them getting hard!

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Then I taped the Baileys and the mixing spoons to the sides of the mason jar because I was doing this solo and didn’t have anyone to help me hold them and tie at the same time. You probably don’t need to tape them if you have someone helping you!

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I wrote little instructions on the top, it reads:

Pour contents into large mug, Add 1 1/2 cups of hot water or milk, Use spoon with chocolate to stir, Add Baileys and enjoy!

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And here they are all complete!

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Happy Holidays!!!

xoxox

-Dani

Annual Girls Grab Bag :)

Every year the girls and I do a Christmas Grab Bag! We do a $40 dirty Santa Grab Bag and we ALSO do a $10 dirty Santa Gag Gift! The gag gift is always the most fun. The gifts for that are hilarious! Some are so bad and naughty I feel weird listing them on my blog -lol- just this alone would put all 8 of us on Santas Bad List!!!!

We decided to make this years grab bag festivity into a brunch on Sunday! December is so crazy and it was hard to find a day all of us could definitely get together therefore this worked out perfectly and really who doesnt love everything that comes with doing a brunch!?

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MIMOSA’S! YUM

4 of us brought OJ, the other 4 brought the champagne! My sister made a Peach Orange Juice which was extra amazing. She just halved a bottle of OJ and filled it back up with Peach Nector.

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^Do you see those cups?!^

You have no idea how wonderful these truly were. My friend Maria made them. I searched Pinterest and found the recipe:

http://www.marthastewart.com/330179/bacon-egg-and-toast-cups

Looks like its from Martha Stewart which I dont doubt for a second! At first I thought the egg was gonna be all runny and I’m not into that, but when I bit into it and it was more of a hard boiled egg/eggs-that-are-in-a-Mcdonalds-Breakfast-Sandwich kind of consistency… I was in love!!! And bacon…. don’t even get me started!

So simple too! Line greased muffin tins with smashed down bread… lay a half cooked piece of bacon in there, crack an egg over the bacon, pop into oven for 20-25 minutes. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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Becca made this delicious French Toast with a rich buttery maple syrup sauce on the bottom!

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Anne made pancakes. I thought this was the extent of them until…

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She added a raspberry to each one! Then it really was game on for these babies!!

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My sister made some bacon, green onion, ranch, and cheese crescent roll ups!

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And I made s’mores dip, you can find that on¬†my blog post with the recipe here: http://glitterbatterandothermatters.com/2013/12/10/smores-dip/

Some things I didnt get a picture of: Heathers hash brown casserole and¬†Sam’s fruit dip!

But all in all I think it’s safe to say that we as a whole… DO NOT mess around when it comes to get togethers and food. We always out do ourselves ūüėČ

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The kiddos opened their gifts first!

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Ella snapping pictures of Cameron!

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Ummmmm lets talk about these Michael Kors flats! So cute, I’d wear them!!

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socks

Becca got all of us Christmas socks… which were a huge hit because even at 24 and 25 years old we all enjoy the idea of having matching things and all wearing the same stuff -lol-

I didn’t get pictures of our grab bag but items included:

All kinds of jewerly, scarves, socks, candles, hair stuff, nighties, scrapbook supplies (who do you think gifted that?! Me of course haha always encouraging the creativity! I just thought it was so neat… Michaels sold these packages for scrapbooking that included a 12×12 scrapbook, stickers, paper etc!). So much good stuff! Now the gag gifts… I will leave those to your imagination!!

Merry Christmas!!!!

xoxo

-Dani-

S’mores Dip!

YES. SMORES DIP. You read that correctly. I love s’mores. For our girl’s grab bag I made this dip and it was a hit. Then, I brought the little bit of leftovers home and I reheated it in the microwave and it was a hit with myself all over again. So delicious, I have no regrets.

 THIS: http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/517468033/smore-crack-dip/  is the exact recipe I followed!

Lets begin:

  • Box of Graham crackers
  • Bag of mini marshmallows
  • Bag of semi sweet chocolate
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk
  • Shallow oven safe dish

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Put 1 cup of the marshmallows, the whole bag of chocolate, and 3 tablespoons of milk into a medium sauce pan over low and melt. Stir the entire time. Once all the marshmallows are melted down youre good! Grab an over safe shallow dish and spread this melted mixture of chocolatey goodness on the bottom of the dish.

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MMMMM!

Now, cover it in marshmallows and pop it in the oven, really at any temperature, until the marshmallows are as brown as want them to be!

If your chocolate you poured in is still hot then but the broiler on to speed it up! I made the chocolate mixture, and poured it into the dish prior to going by my girlfriends house so when I reheated it, I just put the oven on bake so it heated up the chocolate again to!

S'mores Dip!

S’mores Dip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went with this much¬†toastiness ūüôā

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Break up some graham crackers for the ultimate dipping experience.

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OH YES!!!! How amazing does that look?! It tastes just as amazing and JUST like s’mores!

This dip is so easy and it was a fun dessert to make and eat as well. The kids liked it too! Especially the marshmallow part. It’s very rich but so amazingggggg! Go make some now for the holidays!!

xoxoxo- Dani

Banana Pudding Cake!

Bananas…. pudding…. cool whip… cake

WOW.

Bitches love banana pudding anything. Yesterday was my sister Samantha’s 26th Birthday. I can’t believe she is 26, which only means I am turning 25 next year!!! EEEKKKK! Anyway, Sam loves herself some banana. I have made this cake a couple times, and its always a hit! It’s super easy too which I love! The original recipe is out of my “Cake Mix Doctor”¬† book. The author, Anne Byrn, takes cake boxes and spices them up! Hence the title of the book Cake Mix Doctor ūüėČ

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We always forget about the cake at my house which is ironic since I make birthday cakes almost every weekend for everyone else -lol-

I called my Mother (the day of Sam’s Birthday… which might sound like we are terrible family members but I just like to think that we wanted a spontanous fresh cake for our Sammy Bee the day of!) and we determined we’d collaborate and make the banana pudding cake she loves. We didnt follow The Cake Mix Doctors recipe¬†exactly. It calls for butter and all this other stuff to be added¬†but we simply used a yellow cake mix and substituted milk for the amount of water that it called for and added vanilla extract!

What you need for the cake:

  1. Yellow cake mix
  2. Milk (replace the amount of water the box calls for with milk)
  3. Eggs (amount listed on box)
  4. Vegtable Oil (amount listed on box)
  5. 1-2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  6. Cake Release spray or Try my DIY Brush-on Cake Release Recipe!

What you need for the pudding:

  1. 1 (5 1/8 oz) vanilla cook and serve pudding (or just make quick and easy instant!)
  2. 3 cups milk
  3. 4 tablespoons of butter, cut up
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 3 bananas

What you need for the topping:

  1. Cool Whip (1 tub)
  2. Crushed Nilla Wafers
  • Bake your cake as directed on the box, substituting the water with milk and adding vanilla extract.
  • Pour into your 9×13 pan
  • Bake until golden brown, toothpick comes out clean, and cake¬†springs back when touched
  • Let the cake cool

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  • Make¬†the pudding by placing the pudding and milk into a medium saucepan, fold in butter and vanilla, and follow directions on the box. Remove from heat and let it cool (I placed it in the fridge to speed up that process)
  • Chop up 3 bananas into small pieces (or big pieces if thats your thing), and fold the bananas into your vanilla pudding.

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  • Using the end of a wooden kitchen utensil, poke holes into your cake (I added this, the Cake Mix Doctor does not include this step)
  • Pour pudding and banana¬†mixture on top of entire cake
  • Smooth¬†entire cool whip tub on top of the pudding
  • Crush up some nilla wafers and cover the entire cake with them

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After the cake is fully assembled, pop it into the fridge for at least 2 hours to let everything just ooze together. I might even go as far as saying this cake is better the next day!

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You can see the pudding that has gone in the holes and filled the cake mmmmm

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Seriously this cake is just so good. I really love it served right out of the fridge while its still cool. If you want to make a simple cake that really wow’s… this is a winner!

Yummmmmmm

-Dani

Buffalo Chicken Dip How To!

Everyone loves this dip because everyone loves these 3 things: buffalo sauce, cheese, and ranch dressing. That is a FACT. Men love it, women love it, children love it.

A girls night was planned therefore this buffalo chicken dip was made.

Here is what you need:

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Cream cheese, shredded cheese, shredded cooked chicken, ranch, and buffalo sauce. THAT SWEET BABY RAYS IS THEIR BUFFALO SAUCE NOT THEIR BBQ SAUCE!

I used a little bit of Redd’s buffalo sauce too, since it was a little spicer and bitches love spicer.

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Boil the chicken, shred the chicken, put it in a bowl and toss it with Buffalo Sauce.

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Put cream cheese in a oven safe swallow dish

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And spread

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Now lay your chicken over the cream cheese. Pour a little more Buffalo Sauce on top if you’d like. I liked.

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Now pour some ranch on top of your chicken

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And finally, sprinkle your cheese on top!

Then you’re gonna pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes to warm it up and make it all ooey gooey delicious.

I had EVERY intention of taking a photo of it after I pulled it out of the oven but of course I forgot probably because I just wanted to eat it :/

But what I did get was this:

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An “after after” photo of the dip. We dug right in and then I remembered to do this but oh well I had good intentions and you guys get the point ūüėČ

Now, go to a party, bring this with you and  watch as people just fall in love.

My First Ever Wedding Cake!

Alright everyone… here she is! The first wedding cake I’ve ever done!

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These pictures are not the best, I’m hoping to get some better ones from Katie, the Bride ūüôā

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Katie¬†got this cake topper… so cute and fit so well with the cake!

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The Florist (who was amazing!) and I worked together to get the flowers just right!!! They’re beautiful aren’t they?

He’s on Oak Park and 290! On the corner! I definitely recommend him!

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Well this is a short post, I will update more later! With hopefully more pictures! I was just SO excited I HAD to get this up now!!

Congrats to Katie and Dom! Check her out at ohheybabyblog.com!

She will totes have blog posts on her amazing romantic wedding!

Hillbilly Fondue

Yes, you read that correctly… Hillbilly Fondue! My sister came up with the name for it being the funny girl she is. My mom found out this little trick a couple weeks ago when she was craving chocolate but didn’t want to over indulge.

This very well may be a well known thing I’m not sure but I had never heard of doing this so I thought I’d post about it!

Hillbilly fondue is very easy to make. All it is is melted Nutella!

Seriously it’s so delicious! We like to use strawberries to dip!

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Cut up some strawberries…

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Put some Nutella in a microwave safe bowl…

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Stick it in the microwave, we always put that plastic cover on top to avoid a mess, although this shouldn’t make one!

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Start with 10 seconds….

Then mix it a little

Pop it in for another 10 seconds

Mix it a little

And do one more 10 second trip in the microwave if you’d like it extra melted!

30 seconds max! And NOT ALL AT ONCE! Definitely do 10 second intervals

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Then you’ll have melted Nutella goodness!

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Get those strawberries ready for their chocolate bath

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Soooooo good!!!!! It seriously melts perfectly! And stays in that melted state for a long time!

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Yummmmmm everyone please go and try this now! It hits the spot and with strawberries it can’t be thhhhhhattttt unhealthy right?!

2 Cakes You Just Wont Get Unless You Have Kids ;)

Sometimes I get requests for cakes and I’m like… “What the heck are you talking about?”

Yo Gabba Gabba, Lalaloopsy, Bubble Guppies, Mike the Knight… all new to me! But I will still execute nonetheless but not until I do a little research first.

Bubble Guppies: These are little mermaid children. They obviously reside underwater and theres about 5 or 6 characters. I couldnt just make 1 or 2 so I went for the whole shebang and did as many as I could.

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This is an 8″ cake on bottom with a 6″ cake on top.

Handmade fondant characters are easier when theyre flat like these! So I was able to make all of the little mermaid children

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This is another cake that I crushed graham crackers for to make sand around the boarder. I just feel like it gives it a nice touch! And covers those BLAH cake boards right up!

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I made some seaweed, coral, starfish, and seashells to give it more of an underwater theme!

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The #2 topper was cut out with my eCraft dye cutter! I just had my ecraft cut out two of them, I used double sided tape to stick them together, and put a toothpick inbetween!

The next childrens show themed cake: MIKE THE KNIGHT!

This cake was for Cameron’s 3rd birthday! I have now done 3 cakes for all 3 years for him!

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There he is!! He is so cool.

That picture was taken at Pandora when we got our friend Heather her bracelet from us girls! I knew the charm I wanted to get for her even before we got there.. therefore I took over child patrol!

Can you guess the charm I got her?! The Cupcake one of course!

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His party was at Enchanted Castle, so the cake fit VERY well with the theme of the place ūüôā

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They give out these cute crowns so of course I had to put one on!

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As you can see, the picture on my iPad is the cake I made mine based off of, sent by me from my friend Sam, the mama of Cameron. You cant tell, but I changed a couple things up a bit.

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Mike the Knight leanin’ up on his own cake like a boss!

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The grass and the stone windows went all the way around like I like it! 360 degree cakes are my fav, so theyre cute and make sense at any angle!

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The dragon was my hardest task with this cake.

I should’ve used gumpaste (gumpaste hardens up nicely) but instead I used all fondant which doesnt harden up as easily. This was before my Rice Krispy days. Had I known what I do now… I wouldve used Rice Krispies covered in fondant.

His head kept sloching so I shoved some toothpicks in there and that was the cure.

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This was one of my first hardcore cakes! I loved it!

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I tried to make the door look as much like wood as possible. Ran some black edible marker lightly over them, and used a toothpick to rough it up a bit.

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Theres the Birthday Boy blowing out the candles!

His hair isnt actually blue, the Instagram filter and table cloth helped that awesomeness out!

Kids and cakes go hand in hand!

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Speaking of kids… heres my baby playing with her new toy in her birthday dress!