Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Beach Cookies

This past weekend we took a short beach trip to Portofino Island, FL. We were visiting family and so of course I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to make something fun for the nieces and nephews! The kids were each bringing friends so I thought the girls would enjoy some bikini cookies and the boys some swim trunks!I also threw in some beach balls with sugar sprinkles! The cookies were a hit and all devoured immediately after dinner on the first night!

I just had to share this picture of our little beach bum! How cute is he all covered up in his beach attire! We tried so hard to keep him out of the sun, in the shade and under umbrellas, but the poor little guy still managed to get a little sunburn on his cheeks and top of the head. He absolutely loved the beach though and we can't wait for many more family trips!

Have you made any beach themed cookies this year? Where is your favorite family vacation spot?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far! It's been pretty hot here in Mobile so we've made a few trips to the beach with our new little boy and we've also enjoyed staying cool inside with the AC. And most every night comes to an end with some type of ice cream treat! Today I'm excited to share with you one of my all time favorite treats as a kid...Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes! Yes you heard that right, cake baked in side of an ice cream cone. So grab some ice cream cones, your favorite ice cream toppings and let's get ready to bake some of the cutest and most perfect cupcakes for summer!

The recipe for these cupcake cones along with six "ice cream flavor" frostings are all on Half Baked to celebrate National Ice Cream Month! I'll give you tips on how to get the hand scooped or the soft serve look when decorating your cupcake cones! So head on over and check out this super easy recipe that will be a hit at your next summer party! Trust me the kids will love these...especially the cones with the edible candy eyeballs!


Have you ever made Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes before? What are some of your favorite ice cream flavors? Do you prefer your ice cream in a dish or a cone?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Rustic Cake Pops

I know things have been quiet on the blog here for a while now and I apologize. Life as a new mom to a 3-month old, working full time and trying to fit in daily chores around the house doesn't leave much time for baking and blogging these days! I have definitely missed baking and hope to get back in a normal routine soon! I have so many fun recipe and decorating ideas I'm excited to share...if only I could get the little one to take longer naps on the weekends so I can squeeze in some baking!

A few weeks ago I did manage to crank out 120 cake pops for my friend Alicia's wedding shower. Lucky for me, my mom was in town to watch our little guy so I could roll, dip and decorate the cake pops. Alicia is planning a fall wedding on a farm in North Carolina and her decorations are going to be very simple and rustic, with navy and beige as the main colors. To display the cake pops for the wedding shower I decided to use some burlap and navy grosgrain ribbon wrapped around soup cans to match her theme for the wedding. These DIY cans couldn't be any simpler to make and super affordable as well. Stuff them with some paper shredding on top and you've got a beautiful cake pop bouquet!

Check back soon for a new and super fun cupcake recipe for summer time!

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