Monday, October 31, 2011

A Lego Birthday Theme {So many cute things}


Aren't these cookies cute.  I plan on making these for Will's class.



And these cupcakes have chocolate lego that were made in a silicone ego ice cube mold.  Cute or what? You can find the ice cube tray HERE.



These candles are perfect.  All I will need to do is add them to the cake. You can find the candles HERE.




And last but not least, some adorable decorating ideas. I am not sure who will have more fun at the party me or Will. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Amaretto Bundt Cake (reposting because it is that GOOD!)


This Amaretto Bundt Cake made our entire family so H-A-P-P-Y!!! My sister-in-law made it a few weeks ago and so kindly shared the recipe. What really makes it is the Amaretto glaze.

Amaretto Bundt Cake

Cake batter:
1 package (18.25 ounce) yellow cake mix {I used one from Trader Joe's}
4 large eggs
1 (6 serving) package vanilla instant pudding
6 teaspoons amaretto
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Frosting:
1/2 cup amaretto
2 cups powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Combine cake mix, eggs, pudding, water, oil, almond extract and 6 teaspoons amaretto;blend together well. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake for 40-50 min.

4, While cake is cooking prepare the Amaretto icing: Sift powdered sugar and remaining 1/2 cup Amaretto and blend until smooth with a hand mixer.

5. Remove cake and leave it in the pan, while it is still hot poke holes in the bottom and pour the amaretto icing over the bottom of cake. {I used a straw and put several holes around the cake and it soaked in perfectly.} Let cool for at least two hours before removing from pan.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New in the shop God is Good necklace


Wear the God is Good necklace as a reminder of how very good God is or perhaps give it as a gift to someone special.

The Good is Good necklace is a 7/8th inch sterling disc that has been hand stamped around the outer edge, the piece is adorned with a beautiful gray pearl and both charms hang on a 18 inch sterling silver bead ball chain.   You can find the God is Good necklace HERE.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Birthday To The Old Man

Our Greyhound Kane just turned 11, he is a old man.  He isn't normally allowed on the couch but we made an exception on his special day.  Happy Birthday old man! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How to make Chocolate covered pretzels


Will wanted to make some Halloween treats with his special Halloween sprinkles so we had to make chocolate covered pretzels.  These are the perfect combination of sweet and salty and are very easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate chips (We prefer Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate)
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Sprinkles/candy corn or whatever you would like to decorate
  • a Pyrex bowl to melt chocolate in 

These are so simple to make.  Follow the melting instructions on the package of chocolate. We melted ours in the microwave.  Dip the rods in the chocolate and then decorate.  We let them harden on a silpat mat, which works really well and is easy to clean up.

Enjoy!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Meet Jack Sparrow and Indiana Jones



Meet Jack Sparrow and Indiana Jones.  My nephew is Jack Sparrow and Will is Indiana Jones.  Will wanted his costume to be "authentic"  so we searched high and low to find the pieces to his costume.  We had luck on ebay for the jacket and boots.  We went to Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village and it is always fun for kids and adults.  If you are local be sure to check it out at least once.  We have three more Halloween events to go! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mason Jar Pumpkin Candles


We love Halloween around our house and especially love to make our decorations.  This year we made Mason Jar Pumpkin candles and I was inspired by this post over HERE. at Not So Idle Hands, Emily has a lot of fun projects so be sure to check her site out.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kristen's Custom Creations Special Offer For Blog Friends


Please enjoy 10% off by entering code BOO10 at checkout.  ***
***Offer Good until October 17th.  Offer not valid on prior purchases or with other special offers. Happy Shopping friends!  

La Dolce Vita

Friday, October 7, 2011

Do you dress up for Halloween?


Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?

I am,  and when I saw this hat I decided to be a witch.  It is a fun hat, more like a good witch hat right?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Yummy Mummy Halloween Treats



Aren't these cute, and fun to make too! You can find them at theidearoom.net  You can find so many fun things on Pinterest! Off to do some more pinning!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Kristen's Custom Creations partners with Feast it forward!


Kristen's Custom Creations has partnered with "Sip. Share. Feast it Forward," a show about philanthropic living in the California Wine Country. By purchasing this necklace, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Jack and J.T. Snow Fund at Washington University School of Medicine that are working to find a cure for Wolfram Syndrome. Learn more and how to "FEAST it Forward" by visiting www.feastitforward.com 

 "Feast it Forward" will be partnering with the inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), debuting November 9-13, in Napa Valley's picturesque communities of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. The 5 day "extended weekend" features new independent films; studio sneak previews; conversations with the attending directors, actors, producers, and writers; Opening and Closing Night festivities; Tribute and Awards Programs; wine tasting pavilions and culinary demonstrations; VIP receptions and dinners with Napa Valley's own celebrity chefs and winemakers, and more. 

Learn more at: 


And get to know Katie the host at www.feastitforward.com, this event is sure to be a lot of fun and definitely for foodies and wine lovers.