Cakes and Cupcakes, DIYs, Drinks, Holidays, Squishy, The Mommyhood

Curious Brex turns Two!!

I can’t believe my little monster is about to turn TWO! Seriously, this can’t be possible. It seems like a few days ago we were bringing him home from the hospital, and I was staying up all night staring at his sweet little face and making sure he was still breathing.

I never knew how BIG love could be, until this sweet 6 pound 4 ounce little miracle blessed our lives. He had a rough start, but he was so strong and has grown into an amazing little boy!!

His favorite show has been Curious George since we’ve moved to Texas. He used to get up to dance and shake his little booty to the theme song!

So we decided to do a Curious George birthday! I wanted to keep it simple, and we’re on a pretty tight budget since I’m still on maternity leave. Thankfully Pinterest had a lot of great DIY ideas, and Wal-Mart has cheap party supplies 😂

I bought all of the decorations from Walmart and stuck to basic yellow and red. I ordered the Curious George “Happy Birthday” banner and cake topper from Walmart, too, and did free in-store pickup! To give the table height, I just wrapped a couple boxes coordinating paper. We already had the Curious George stuffed animal that I had ordered from Belk a few months ago.

For snacks I decided to do Charkie’s chips (plain Lays), Hundley’s hotdogs (pigs in a blanket), the Renkin’s fresh veggies, and the Quint’s fish crackers (Goldfish). Of course the Goldfish were left at home, but we still had plenty of food! I bought card-stock and a white paint pen from Hobby Lobby to make the table tents.

I wanted Brex to have his own cake, so I decided to do a small cake for him, as well as cupcakes for everyone else. The cake board is 2 circles of cardboard cut out from a box and covered in wrapping paper, then plastic wrap.

For party favors I did chocolate dipped pretzel rods, because the best party favors are ones you can eat! I bought milk chocolate chips, pretzel rods, and favor bags from Walmart. They actually have bags that are specifically for this! I bought candy melts in red in yellow from Hobby Lobby. I dipped the pretzel rods in the chocolate, shook the excess off, placed them on wax paper, and drizzled with the colored candy melts. Easy peasy!

Everything turned out absolutely fantastic! I couldn’t have been happier with it, and our little monster had a blast!

While it makes me sad that my baby boy isn’t much of a baby anymore, I am so thankful he’s growing up to be such a smart and loving child!

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. -Psalm 127:3

Cakes and Cupcakes, Recipes, Uncategorized

Mardi Gras King Cake

As you know, I’ve been dieting pretty hard since Christmas trying to lose all the baby weight before we get married in November. 

That means there haven’t been a lot of good desserts coming through my kitchen here lately.(cue sad face 😭)

Alas, it’s Mardi Gras season, and that means king cakes are all over Facebook, IG, and Pinterest. And I’ve been dying to not only eat one, but to try my hand at making this classic brioche style dessert.

The history behind the king cake itself, is actually pretty cool. It symbolizes the three wise men who brought gifts to baby Jesus after he was born. The colors have their own meaning with purple representing justice, green for faith, and gold for power. The round shape represents the crowns of the kings and the plastic baby represents baby Jesus! How cool is that?! 

So when my Big Daddy posted on Facebook that he wanted a king cake, I jumped at the oppurtunity to make one! 

Besides, king cake calories don’t count 😂✌🏼️💜💚💛

After scouting Pinterest , I decided on this recipe from Barbara Bakes. I like this recipe because it’s very detailed and leaves little room for mistakes. Seriously, it’s pretty fool proof! Which is right up my alley 😂

I’ll leave the main recipe part to her since she does such an amazing job, but I will give you my recipe for the fillings I used.

My family has never cared for the traditional cinnamon filling in king cakes, with my grandparents favoring a fruit and cream cheese filling and myself being a chocoholic. 

For my grandparents king cake I did a raspberry cream cheese filling, and for ours I did a chocolate cream cheese. Y’all, I could have sat and eaten these fillings out of the bowl with a spoon they were SO GOOD!! 

Raspberry Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 8 oz raspberry preserve 
  1. Beat cream cheese in stand mixer with paddle attatchment until smooth
  2. Add powdered sugar and beat again until smooth
  3. When you’re putting the filling in the dough, layer the cream cheese first, and then spread the preserve on top of the cream cheese 

Chocolate Cream Cheese Filling 

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  1. Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl in the microwave 30 seconds at time, stirring well after each time (be careful not to burn it!)
  2. Let chocolate cool while you beat cream cheese in a stand mixer with a paddle attatchmemt until smooth
  3. Add chocolate to cream cheese and mix until smooth
  4. Spread on king cake dough

Where is your favorite place to get a king cake? Do you have a recipe that you swear by or a favorite filling? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you! 

Laissez les bons temps rouler, y’all! 💜💚💛
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Cakes and Cupcakes, Reviews

Russian Piping Tips: Part One

About a week ago I did a giveaway on my Facebook page for a dozen cupcakes. So of course, everything fell apart this week and I’m just now getting around to making them. But thanks to my procrastinating ways, I got to use my new Russian piping tips on them! 

I got these in the mail a few days ago and have been DYING to use them! I’ve seriously wanted these for about 6 months! 

When I first opened the box, I’ve gotta admit. I was a little intimidated. These things are MASSIVE. So this morning I decided to break them out and give it a shot.

Russian piping top compared to a regular tip
There is a SERIOUS learning curve to these things. After scraping the icing off of the first cupcake for like the eighth time, I finally got the hang of it. One thing I did notice is the icing needs to be a good bit stiffer than what I normally use to hold it’s shape. So I kept having to put the bag in the fridge to keep it from melting from me holding it. 
I only tried one, but I can’t wait to try the rest! I think I’ll watch some tutorials and try to get a better understanding of them before I try them again though. 

This is the tip I used to get the flowers on these cupcakes!