Tag Archive | candy

New Book Available- Decorate Cakes, Cupcakes and Cookies with Kids

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I had a ton of fun writing this book. I was fortunate to have many of my friends and family willing to participate with their kids. I also had all four of my kids in the book. Even though my older boys were nearly 16, they agreed to be part of the book. Dan Brand was once again the photographer and did an amazing job photographing the kids and projects. He has quite a way with kids! Two of his own beautiful girls are in the book. The book contains a couple hundred photos, but Dan took thousands! I’ll post some of my favorites that didn’t make the book soon.

The book can be ordered from Country Kitchen SweetArt or pre-ordered from Amazon.

Bruce’s 40th Computer Theme Birthday

My husband is a software engineer and loves everything computer. I wanted to highlight his passion on his 40th birthday. I did a lot of research trying to come up with computer theme supplies and ideas, but couldn’t find much. I did find one particular blogger who gave some really cool ideas. Visit her blog here: http://computerparty.wordpress.com/. I had a difficult time figuring out how to decorate! I based all the decorations on 101000 and the colors black, white and silver. 101000 is binary code for “40”. My sister and I recently just went in together and bought a Cricut. While I don’t scrapbook, I loved making decorations for the party. I was very happy with my first project-the banner. I also cut “1’s and “0’s and scattered them on the food tables. I also cut larger numbers and attached them to the window. Other decorations that I used were CD’s hanging from black and silver ribbons.

Assorted Chocolate Truffles
Close up of Chocolate Truffles
Bruce’s “must have” cookies at every party- ritz crackers dipped in dark mint chocolate

Butter Pecan Cupcakes with Caramel Filling and Cream Cheese Icing

Appetizer Food Table

Spring Rolls

Bruschetta Kabobs
Sun dried tomato cheese torte and mini cheeseballs
Yummm…. Cheese……
Bruce’s 40th Birthday Photo collage
Bruce’s Birthday Banner

Halloween Dessert and Treats Party

Our basement was just recently finished, so we decided to have a fall party. Luckily the rainy weather cleared in time to give us a beautiful night for a cookout. We served hot dogs and chili, and then had lots of sweets!

Caramel Corn, Peanut Butter Balls, Ghost Truffles, and Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Sugar Cookies and Mint Cookies, Skeleton Truffles, Milk Chocolate Nut Truffles, Caramels

Skeleton Truffles, Milk Chocolate Nut Truffles, Homemade Caramels

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing and Fondant Crow Decoration

Casket, Skeleton, and Crow Fondant and Buttercream Iced Sugar Cookies
Peanut Butter Balls and Tart and Tangy Ghost Truffles
Skeleton Face Truffles and Milk Chocolate Nut Truffles

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Each family was given a goodie bag to take home. The bag consisted of more of the same treats that were on the dessert spread.

Goodie Bags

4 piece Halloween Truffle Box

"Potion" box of homemade caramels

Bag of Caramel Corn and Test Tube of Sixlets

It’s a little morbid, but I turned my kids into Halloween characters using adobe photoshop and framed them in a gothic frame.

Isaac as a rotting kid

Sydney as a Vampire

Vampire Treats for Halloween

My assitant Theresa and I made several treats for a vampire-themed Halloween. I also gotta admit that I am a Twilight fan and am so looking forward to the last movie, part one of Breaking Dawn! I just may need to make some of these treats again for our girls night out at the movies! For instructions on these as well as many other Halloween treats, visit Country Kitchen SweetArt’s website.

Vampire Collection

Vampire Cookies

Vampire Candy Bouquet

Vampire Cupcakes

Brownie with Vampire Stencil

Halloween Potion Book Cake and Creepy Edible Things

Fall is such a great time of the year! With fall comes bonfires, crisp air and Halloween! Halloween¬†always brings back lots of fun childhood memories. I love picking a theme for Halloween parties and figuring out creative treats and snacks to serve to match the theme. This year, I’ve chosen a “Potion and Creepy Things” theme. The instructions for all of these projects can be found on Country Kitchen SweetArt’s website.

Potion Book Cake

Potion Bottle Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Rods

Eyeball Cake Pops

Chocolate Rat, Frogs and Spiders