Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A little something you didn't know....

Yes, as you can clearly see, I love to bake.  I also love to cook too.  I've decided that when I run across really amazing recipes, why not share them with you too!  So, here goes.  I have a weird obsessed with Kale.  Love it in soup, love it in salad, love it in smoothies...wait....did she just say smoothie?????  Yes, smoothie!  I started drinking this every morning along with a homemade granola bar that is to die for.  So, so healthy yet so, so tasty.

My recipe for Kale, Pineapple, Ginger Smoothie

The kale I get is very large.  The green on the stem measures at least 7 or 8 inches so I just use the entire leaf and throw away the stem.  I have one of those tall GNC cups that I throw everything in and use my hand held cuisinart blender.  Works perfect!  As a matter of fact, here is a pic of it right after I devoured it for breakfast this morning :)

1 large kale leaf (no stem)
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
A dime size piece of fresh ginger.  Skin removed.  I just throw it in whole.
1 cup of water (or more depending on texture you like)

Blend and enjoy!

Homemade Granola Bar

Here is the link to the recipe: http://backtothecuttingboard.com/dessert/no-bake-chewy-granola-bars/

I took a quick Instagram photo right after we taste tested it last night.  I used coconut oil instead of butter and brown sugar syrup instead of brown sugar.  The recipe also says to refrigerate which I did, but after it got back to room temperature it fell apart so I placed it back in and that is where it will have to stay.  Honestly, this is just as good or even better than store bought granola bars.  The great thing is it has no preservatives or words you cannot pronounce in it.  I even used Giant Eagle brand high energy soft granola in it.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Baby Shower Cake & Cake Pops

The combination of pink, mint green, cream with a hint of blue really worked.  I little birdie told me she overheard people at the shower saying it was the best cake they have ever had.  That definitely makes me happy!

Zebra Print Cake (Inside & Out)

I must admit, this is my favorite cake I've done to date.  It was for a beautiful young lady named Asia who was turning 11.  She is also our neighbor!  She wanted a zebra print cake so this was the perfect opportunity to try making the inside zebra as well.  I have been really wanting to try it and fortunately, it turned out exactly how I had imagined.

Friday, June 21, 2013



To achieve a giveaway this big, we had to pull together an even bigger list of awesome party planners and small businesses. They include: Spaceships and Laser Beams, This Little Mama, Mimi's Dollhouse, Samantha Walker Designs, Petite Bebe, Angelina's Dream Parties, Flaired Affairs, Vanessa Grant Events, Yumtastics, Ribbon Revelry, Cupcake Express, Cupcake With Character, Inkberry Cards + Design, One Swell Studio, Simply Sweet Parties, Unlimited Party Themes, One Inspired Party, Hello My Sweet, Miss Party Mom, Get Scrooged, Printable Parties to Go, Party Pants LLC, Katarina's Paperie, Dorothy Kurzydlowski Photography, Party Printables, Itsy Belle, We Heart Parties, I Will Invitations, Confetti & Crumbs, Karo's Fun Land, Chic n Sweet Candy Buffets, FLIPAWOO Designs, Just a little Sparkle, Giggles Galore, Nancy Veitenhans Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant, Party Dime Time, Paige Simple Studio, Fancy & Fold, Go Against the Grain, Gabrielle's Cottage, Design Dazzle, Myour Stories Designs, Bloom Designs Online, and Amy's Party Ideas.

And that's not even all of them! You can see the full list of everyone involved in the Rafflecopter form. Without everyone working together this would not be possible.
Prize: One winner will receive $1200 USD in funds via PayPal. Talk about summer fun!
Rules: Contest is open from June 20, 2013 at 11:59PM EST to July 11, 2013 at 11:59PM EST. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. The odds of winning depend on the number of people who enter. Giveaway is open worldwide to all participants 18 years of age and older. Void where prohibited by law. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Should they not claim their prize within this time, another winner will be selected. Please ensure that the email spaceshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com is on your "safe list" as we would hate for you not to get your prize!
Disclosure: This is an independent blogger giveaway. It is in no way associated with PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media network. I did not receive money to be part of or promote this giveaway. Should you have any questions, please contact Stephanie at Spaceships and Laser Beams via email at spaceshipshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com.



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Baby Boy Gender Reveal Cake

I have been patiently waiting on a picture of the Baby Boy Smead Reveal Cake I made and here it is! They were so certain it was going to be a girl. Hope to post pictures of their reaction after cutting into it as well.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Camo Cupcakes

Happy 11th Birthday, Zach !!!!

Outdoor Wedding

I was beyond thrilled with how the setup of this wedding turned out.  They had several different cake pops which included chocolate, vanilla bean, maple bacon and pineapple upside cake pops along with strawberry lemonade cupcakes.  The use of lemons, burlap and shabby chic picture frames truly enhanced the table and went well with the colors of the cake pops.  I got a ton of natural light so the pictures turned out great.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rubber Ducky Cake Pops

These were easier than I thought to make, but I must have used 3 pounds of chocolate for around 16.  Expensive rubber ducky's :)  Melissa, I hope your niece enjoy's them!

Black & Hot Pink Zebra Print Cupcakes

Happy 8th Birthday, Sam!