Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Crepes

I love fall time mostly for the food pumpkin in particular. Lets be honest fall time in Arizona is still in the 90's so the weather is not the highlight of the time of the year! So thank goodness for pumpkin and fall flavors! When thinking of which recipe I would create as part of the Krusteaz Baker's Dozen I couldn't help but lean towards their pumpkin spice pumpkin pancake mix I have only made the pancakes before and have been wanting to mix things up! And one of the easiest ways to mix things up with their pancake mix is by making crepes out of them!

So lets think about this....pumpkin, chocolate chips, and crepes match made in heaven! And thats exactly what it is!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Crepes
1/2 cup Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup water
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tablespoons butter, melted

To find out the full instructions head over the Krusteaz website!

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post for Krusteaz. I am part of their brand ambassador program and have been compensated for creating a recipe using their products. However; all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Friday, October 7, 2016

One bread dough done 5 different ways

Today I am teaching a class at the Pinners Conference! When I was asked to teach a cooking class for the conference the first thing that came to my mind is a bread class. I am not at all a bread expert but I have made rolls many times in my life. One recipe in particular I have made more times then others. So I knew that I needed to share my overnight cinnamon roll recipe done in 5 different ways!

So here it is!

Overnight Roll Dough

1 Tablespoon yeast
3 cups warm water
1 c. sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup oil
5 cups flour + 5 cups flour

In a mixer add yeast, warm water, and sugar. Combined and let sit for 10 minutes. Then add salt, eggs, oil, and 5 cups of flour. Mix for 5 minutes on medium speed. Then add another 5 cups of flour and mix for 5 to 7 minutes on medium speed. Then let rise 1 hour. Roll dough into a rectangle on a floured board and spread with butter, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Roll together and slice individual roll slices and place into a well greased or sprayed pan. Cover with thin cloth. Let rise for 8 hours on your kitchen counter. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Let sit for a few minutes then frost them. 

Regular Cinnamon Rolls

1/2 cup butter melted
brown sugar

Spread or sprinkle over dough before rolling.

Vanilla Icing:
1 lb powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened almost melted
8 ounces cream cheese, softened (optional)

Mix together all ingredients. Add milk if you need to thin the icing while mixing. 

(If you like alot of frosting I would double this recipe!)

Orange Cinnamon Rolls

1/2 cup butter, softened almost melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
orange peel from 2 oranges

Spread and sprinkle over dough before rolling.

4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
orange juice (until glaze is a thin consistency)
1 orange zest

Combined all ingredients and spread over orange cinnamon rolls after you bake them.

Ham & Cheddar or Bacon & Cheese Pinwheels

Bacon crumbled up (cooked) or Ham (not cooked)
Shredded Cheese

Garlic Butter

Fill with meat and cheese and after you are done baking brush tops with garlic butter 

Knotted Rolls

Spread melted butter over dough after rolling it out to a rectangle. Fold over into thirds and cut into 1 inch strips. Knot rolls and put onto cookie sheet. Then let rise.

Brush with melted butter after knotted rolls are very lightly browned.

Knotted Orange Rolls

1/2 cup butter, softened almost melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
orange peel from 2 oranges

Roll out dough into a rectangle. Spread and sprinkle ingredients over dough. Then fold into thirds and cut into 1 inch strips and knot. Place on cookie sheet.

4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
orange juice (until glaze is a thin consistency)
1 orange zest

Combined all ingredients and spread generously over entire orange knotted rolls. 

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Peanut Butter and Banana Steel-Cut Oatmeal

My youngest son is obsessed with oatmeal. It is always his favorite food on the questionaries that they do at school. Maple & Brown Sugar is his fav! The only problem with oatmeal each morning is that it takes a little longer on busy before school mornings. He is also my child who is very particular! If something is too hot, too cold, too spicy, or too sweet he will have nothing to do with it!

When I discovered this oatmeal I was surprised and ecstatic! And I love steel cut oats more then any other type of oatmeal! So honestly it was a match made in heaven for our home! My son will eat this straight up just the way it is! But I wanted to throw in one of my favorite oatmeal combinations to share with you all! So here it is! Peanut butter and banana steel cut oats!

So here is the line up....

Pour oatmeal into bowl

Add half of a banana smashed up

 Mix in a scoop of peanut butter

 Stir it on up!

Sprinkle on some brown sugar and cinnamon

Top with some sliced bananas

Drizzle on some honey

Serve it on up! 

Peanut Butter & Banana Steel-Cut Oatmeal
1 (10 ounce) container Pacific Organic Steel Cut Oatmeal (Maple & Brown Sugar)
1 Banana
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
pinch of cinnamon
toffee bites (optional)
honey (optional)

Pour the ready to eat Pacific steel-cut maple& brown sugar oatmeal into a bowl. Cut the banana in half and mash up one of the halves. Mix the mashed banana in the oatmeal. Then mix in the peanut butter. In a container combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the oatmeal. Slice up the other half of the banana and lay the banana slices on top of the oatmeal. Top with more of the brown sugar mixture and the toffee bites. Drizzle with honey. Pour as much milk or cream as you would like on the oatmeal. Then eat up!

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post from Mambo Sprouts and Pacific. I have been compensated for creating this recipe. However recipe, thoughts, and opinions are my own!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Favorite Fall Baking Recipes

When fall comes around I am ready to turn on my oven again and get baking! I love baking with apples in the month of September and of course pumpkin is in full swing come the end of September and all throughout October. 

The transition from fall to holiday baking is one of my favorite times of the year! October is a month full of entertaining and parties in our home. So having treats and baked goods ready is a key ingredient when entertaining. 

So lets start with some yummy fall breakfast ideas!

These Sunshine Muffins: they are full of apples, carrots, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Those spices scream fall to me and they are one of my most popular recipes on the blog! 

These pumpkin crumb doughnuts with brown butter frosting were downed by all my neighbors! I posted a picture and had 2 friends randomly stop by and ask to sample haha. I made them a couple times last year and loved them every single time! 

And I am dying to try these Pumpkin Pancake Poppers from Krusteaz

These No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars are perfect for an on-to-go breakfast or a fall snack

These Pumpkin Doughnut Holes are pinned for me to try this fall

These Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Bread is also one of my top pumpkin recipes that I make over and over again.

Another is these pumpkin oat muffins

A few of my favorite fall desserts are:

These apple turnovers have been a favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl. My aunt and mom make them all the time and although a little tedious and a lot of work they are work every bit of work! 

Some of my favorite fall recipes include Krusteaz mixes! I am part of their Baker's Dozen which gives me an opportunity to create fun creative recipes using their products! Like this Brown Butter Apple Crumble

Along with this pumpkin gingerbread cake with a shortbread crust! Use a Krusteaz shortbread mix to create the crust and top with pumpkin and spices and this is the perfect Fall recipe!

And how about these mini oatmeal pumpkin cream pies...I don't know what else screams fall then these babies!

I hope you enjoyed learning about some of my favorite fall recipes to bake! Let me know which one is your favorite or which one you can't wait to try! 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Krusteaz. I have been compensated for sharing this blog post. However recipes, thoughts, and opinions are my own. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Star Wars Birthday Party

A few months back my 5 year old came to me ready to plan his birthday. I am starting to think that he may like birthday parties as much as I do. So the starting of the Star Wars birthday party started! I think that the best way to start a party off right is by sending out the right invitation! I spent hours researching different invitations. I found the perfect one especially for this age group! These invitations are innovated, 3D and playful. My son and all his friends loved them! Queen of Novelty on Etsy designed them and they are perfect!

Now onto the party..

I knew that I wanted a sign outside the party to let everyone know which house was ours. The Banner Guys and Gal have a great Star Wars sign  that I placed out front along with lines of X Wing and Storm Trooper and Darth Vader balloons.

Photo Booth:
Right when you walk in there was a photo booth to the left where the kids could pick out props and take pictures. I just grabbed a roll of black butcher paper, order these stars, and found these amazing props from Party Photo Props on Etsy and told the kids to grab a friend and take some pictures!

The on the right side there was a little station where you could get yourself Star Wars Ready! The amazing light sabers were a hit of the party! Definitely a Party MUST! They were very well put together, high quality and super cute! 


The "Choose your Light Saber" and "Welcome Young Jedi" were signs from Simone Made It. I used a few of her items through out the party. It is an Instant Download and I took them to Fedex Office and had them print them on card stock. 

The last couple of parties I have made these personalized lanyards for each child. It always makes them feel special to have their name on something and it was perfect for the Jedi Training theme! I had Simone Made It also do these. I took them to Fedex, printed them, cut them, and then laminated them there. I hole punched and then attached to a black lanyard. 

I displayed the photo props down here in a bucket. Ordered this fun R2D2 bubble gun that the kids took turns playing with. I also displayed the lanyards down here. The other things are just star wars toys and masks displayed for decoration.

I used this tutorial to make these Princess Leia Buns. I grabbed brown yard from Hobby Lobby and then 3-pack of headbands at the dollar store.

These cute centerpieces were from Krafts by Kaleigh. I have absolutely loved working with her on a big portion of the party. She prints, cuts, and ships the items straight to you! I haven't ordered many things from etsy for parties that come that way! It takes a lot of the hassle of printing and cutting out of party planning and her pieces are amazing! Just wait and see! Her talents are hidden through out the entire party!

I order the Star Wars confetti that is sprinkled here and on the other tables from here.

Now onto the attire:

I got fabric from Joanne and Hobby Lobby and had a girl in my neighborhood follow this tutorial and make these jedi and princess leia robes for each of the kids. I had her make almost 25 of them so I only had her do the robe and hood part and not the inner tunic. Just to save time. I loved how they turned out and I know the kids do too!

And the Princess Leia Costume could not be complete without the buns! So here is the tutorial I used again!

The attire for both the boys and girls of course included these light sabers and the lanyards.


Now onto a few of the decor items... I have an arch into my living room so I grabbed 6 pool noodles from the dollar store. On the bottom of each of the colors I wrapped the black butcher paper, duct tape, and then scotch silver tape. I used those to create the handle look! I had to do it quick so I just hot glue gunned it to the wall. It stayed on for days and stayed on great. When I removed it I just picked off the glue off the wall and no paint came off. Not sure if that happens with every type of paint or just the paint I have on my walls.

My neighbor walked in when I was finishing set up and said "You know what, you need some lights around the light sabers" the party was about to start in a hour and I was hesitant if I had time or not! But being an amazing friend that she is she ran home, grabbed the lights, and started installing them! And honestly I was so so happy that she did bc I absolutely loved it and in all the pictures it made me smile to see them lighting up the pictures! She has used them a few times and every time I see them in pictures I love them! So I definitely need some for myself! They are very reasonably priced too! Here they are on Amazon  She just used push pins to attach them on each side of the pool noodles.

Over the arch in my kitchen my friend drew on these paper lanterns to make them look like The Death Star. Then look a black lantern and cut sides out of black foam board to make the tie fighters. 

Over the window I hung these banners from Krafts by Kaleigh. She also had these printed, cut, tied, assembled and shipped to me...amazing right!? The garland below was from here. And I ordered the amazing tie fighter vinyl  from here. I had these all over the party and they really were the cutest thing ever!  I also ordered the gold metallic stars to go by a print I hung. 

This is the wall on the side of the window, this print from Classy Clutter Print Co. took the party to the next level. She has some amazing Star Wars prints that everyone loved at the party! Prints not only can be used for room decoration. They are perfect for parties so think outside the box when looking for party decor! Then of course these prints can be used again in your kids room or play room! Its a two for one in my book!  Along with the stars from here


My friend used a coloring page and a projector and painted these plywood boards. She uses them for all kinds of parties. So once you cut one and cut a hole in it you can paint both sides with 2 different characters and can use the same board for 2 different parties! The kids used the Star Wars Storm Trooper Nerf Guns and took turns shooting the darts through the holes. 

Another game that we played with the R2D2 trash can. The same from who painted the 2 signs also did the trash can game. You use bean bags  and stand back and toss them in the trash can. 


The last activity that I did was hire a guy who was actually 6'8" to come and do Jedi training. If you are located in Arizona I would totally recommend him. He surprised the kids as Luke Skywalker and did Jedi training with the kids. He then took them outside and did more training to prepare the children for the "Dark Side" after he did the training there was a 10 minute intermission where he changed into the Dark Side gear. That is when I did the cake and singing to the birthday boy! 

Now onto my favorite party the food..


The backdrop off the main food table was Star Wars blueprints from Classy Clutter Print Co.  I also had a custom birthday logo made from Classy Clutter Designs. If you mention my post she will probably be able to create the exact same one for you for your party! I also had her do 2 sizes of tie fighters and 2 sizes of metallic gold stars

Now lets go from left to right....

I grabbed black cups and square plates from the dollar store. I ordered mini tie fighters and used them for the cups. 

The silverware light saber wrappers are found here and all the food table tent cards can be found here.

The mini candy bar wrappers can be found here. They were also printed, cut and shipped to me! 

In the middle of the table I had these cute BB8 Treat holders. You can go check out their blog here and their etsy shop here. They were such a fun little size that held these cake bites that The Sweet Tooth Fairy made. 

I displayed them on a metal tin tray! They were the center of the table and the first thing the children grabbed. They are the perfect size for a cakeball, chocolate truffle, or candy holder! Like honestly look at how cute they are!!!! 

Behind the cute BB-8's were the cake and cupcakes. I had just some vanilla and chocolate cupcakes topped with vanilla and chocolate buttercream frosting. And then they were topped with the most perfect Star Wars fondant cupcake toppers from Cake Devils. I used these cupcake wrappers to put the cupcakes in!

Then to top it off I ordered a cake from someone in my neighborhood in Gilbert, Arizona. She was very reasonably priced and did a great job! If you would like her email or number shoot me an email and I will send it over to you! 

Next to the cupcakes and cake were the candy bars. That is another thing that I love doing for birthday parties. These were the first wrappers that I got that also came with the silver wrapper lining. So first you wrap them in silver and then wrap them in the customized candy bar print. They were very nice and great quality. These also came printed and cut! For the candy bars I usually do 1/2 hershey bars and 1/2 cookies and creme bars.

Next to the candy bars I displayed these amazingly cute goodie bags. She has so many amazing designs in her shop! And honestly seeing my little boys name on the bag just melted me! 

And here is a little pic of my sons goodie bag that I found after the party that he had stuffed himself! 

And since you can never have too many treats I made some Wookie Cookies using star crunch cookies, black fondant, white fondant, and candy eyes

And of course behind were more candy and treats followed by Pizza Hut.

And that was the main food table! On the side bar I had 2 types of drinks juice boxes and water. I did these cute juice box wrappers and these straw flags. I had the same person who designed the candy bar wrappers also design a water bottle wrapper for me! I love to mix and match a little of everything so that the party flows but isn't all the same. I loved tons of Krafts by Kaleigh's Star Wars products so I order the entire Star Wars Printed, Cut, and Shipped Party. Honestly best thing I did for the party. I usually spend hours and hours printing and cutting! I also normally go to a printer so it costs just about the same price as that but they also come cut already which saves hours in my opinion! 

Lastly, I had a treat table on one of the walls. I had them all displayed for the kids to see and then ended up making each treat bag during the party because the children were having too much fun playing so I figured they would have more fun playing and then I just handed each parents their child's goodie bag when they came to pick them up so it was kind of like a surprise when each kid got home to see what was in their goodie bag!

Goodie Bags

Goodie bags are also one of my favorite, thought out things that I like to do! I started with the perfect goodie bag from Krafts by Kaleigh. If you can't tell by now..she has a huge part in this Star Wars party! She sends the gift bags all put together for you. She sent me 4 different designs (C3-PO, R2-D2, Darth Vader, and a Storm Trooper). I love fun ribbon! It is actually one of the first things I shop for when I do a party! Weird and funny right!? Happiness by the Yard has so many fun products. I couldn't choose myself so I had my son pick up his 4 favorite designs! And since she has so many good Star Wars ribbons I wasn't too worried about turning the reins over to him to pick his favorite! I also attached these tags to add a little diversity!

The table next to the goodie bags had all the things that I put in the bags. I got the sign here! And these bottle cap necklaces were a favorite of the children. I have actually ran into 3 kids that came to the party in the past few days and they were still wearing their bottle cap necklace! My favorite was the little girl who wore hers to church because it was so beautiful and perfect for church! haha 

I used more of the centerpieces also on this table. Another thing that I love to do for parties are these candy kabobs. If you can remember I did them for my Nerf Party.

Another fun addition to the party are these R2-D2 white chocolate pops. I decided to go with light blue and white lollipops. When they came in the mail they were way bigger then I expected! So when you order them know that they are big and can definitely stand alone as the only take home if you wanted them to! They had so much detail and were so cute! 

And that was the Star Wars Party. It was a lot of fun to put together for my 6 year old little boy! If anyone has any other questions please contact me and I would love to answer them! Whenever I do party posts its hard to remember to cover everything! So please ask away! And I hope you enjoyed this party as much as I did! 

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