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Graduation Themed Funfetti Cupcakes

Graduation Themed Funfetti Cupcakes

 

My little guy graduated from preschool last week, and a few of the mums got together to throw a fun little party at the park to celebrate the end of the kids first school year, and the beginning of their first ever summer holiday! We brought bubbles, water guns and water balloons, and they had fun running around like CRAZY as most 5 year olds do. I volunteered to bring all the kids a treat–and in asking Braden what he wanted, he didn’t hesitate to tell me “funfetti cupcakes” which are his favorite. After decorating them with sprinkles, they were so boring, I decided to make these little scrolls and caps to go on them, at the very last minute. I KNOW!! I am one of those annoying “pinterest mums” that over-does everything and makes other mums feel bad! :-( I didn’t want to be that cliche, but I did want the kids to LOVE their cupcakes, and they really did, so it was all worth it. They were fun to make, and were the hit of the party… not just with our little graduates, but with the Mum’s {I just didn’t dare tell them how much butter was in them!} ;-) I used the Cake Boss’ vanilla frosting recipe, which is my all time fave. And I thought I would post the recipe/idea along for all you other overachieving, pinterest mums out there, that live to put a smile on their kiddos faces!

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Mini Pear Pies with Caramel

Mini Pear Pies with Caramel

The other day on pinterest I saw a recipe for Mini Pies with Pears and Blue Cheese that looked awesome! I both love and hate it when I see a genius recipe idea like this… because I wish I had been the one to think of it first! But I was so happy someone had thought to do this–because it’s so simple to adapt in so many fresh, unique ways! Instead of blue cheese, I decided to fill mine with my husband’s all-time favorite cheese, and a classic-pairing for pears: delicious Bris! Then I simply topped them with some chopped candied pecans, and served them with an autumn side-salad.
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American Stuffed French Toast with Peaches

American Stuffed French Toast with Peaches

I have come to find that English French Toast (also called “Eggy Bread”) and American French Toast are eaten in entirely different ways! In England our French bread is savory, (all that goes into it is egg and bread) so it’s quite normal to eat it with ketchup, or alongside a fry up! I even had a friend that ate her french toast with marmite… although i’m not sure that’s quite the norm! While in America, French bread is really sweet–they put cinnamon in their egg mixture, and serve it with syrup, berries and cream. I wish someone had told me about this sooner, because when I had french toast here in America, I would eat it with ketchup just the way i’ve always done… and it was SO gross!! I got some funny looks from my American family too… they still love to tease me about that! Anyway, I think in this instance, Americans have got it right! French toast was meant to be served with fruit and syrup and all things sweet, and this stuffed french toast recipe, which takes it one step closer to perfection with all that delicious cream cheese, will prove it! P.S. Whenever I think of maple syrup I think of ELF: “You like sugar don’t you?” “Does syrup have sugar in it? Then Yes!” My husband and I probably quote that every time we have it! I hope you guys like this recipe, especially my English friends who have been eating it all wrong! ;-) Ok. Not wrong, but just not in the BEST way!

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Gemma’s 2nd Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Party

Gemma’s 2nd Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Party

This weekend was my little girls 2nd birthday! I have been planning her party for the last couple of weeks with the help of her big brother, Braden. He told me: “Gemma would like a princess Rapunzel party with pink balloons and a princess cake.” It’s so sweet how well he knows her, and how thoughtful he was too… but she was adamant that she got a Yo Gabba Gabba party instead. I even tried to talk her out of it, because my sons first birthday party was Yo Gabba Gabba themed too!!

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4th July Cupcakes and Red White & Blue Strawberries

4th July Cupcakes and Red White & Blue Strawberries

I love Independence Day in Mattawa! My in-laws always host a huge party at their house with great food, swimming, shooting guns, and a huge fireworks display. They know how to celebrate holidays, but 4th of July is always the biggest, and they always go all out. This year they decided to keep things more ‘low-key’ but there are still 60 people coming for dinner–so I asked if I could bring something to help out, and I was assigned CUPCAKES!

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