Raspberry Buttercream Frosting 

Ok guys…  This is. The. Frosting!! I made it for cupcakes for my youngest daughter’s first birthday 🙂 Oh my goodness, it was so good and the secret is freeze dried berries! I’ve never done a recipe like this before, but this took it to an entire different level and no artificial flavorings or colors 🙂 A must try! 

Ingredients: 

– 2 sticks softened (1 cup) unsalted butter

– 1 cup (10-12g) freeze dried raspberries (or strawberries) I think any berry would be good! 

– 4 cups powdered sugar 

– 2 Tbsp. Heavy cream 

– 1 tsp. vanilla extract 

Place the freeze dried berries into a food processor and blend into a powder. I don’t have a food processor, so I just used a gallon bag and hit the berries with the back of a metal measuring cup until they were powder. Set aside. 

In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the softened butter on medium speed about two minutes until creamy. Add the powdered sugar, raspberry powder, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Mix until well blended on low. Increase speed to medium high and beat for a full three minutes. Add 1/4 cup more powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin and add a couple more tbsp. heavy cream if it’s too thick. Add a pinch of salt if the frosting is too sweet. 

Frost as desired.

   
    
    
   
     
   

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Eggless Cookie Dough Dip

My friend Alesha originally made this dip for one of our get togethers and oh my gosh! It is SO good! It doesn’t have any eggs in it either so you don’t have to worry about consuming raw eggs! She served it with Nilla wafers the first time and that’s a fantastic combination! I bet it would be scrumptious on any sweet thing really though or as a topping on ice cream, YUM!

Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup butter
– 1/3 cup brown sugar
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 block softened cream cheese
– 1/2 cup powdered sugar
– 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:
Melt butter, add brown sugar, and vanilla and mix together. Cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Slowly add in the brown sugar/butter mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Place in the fridge to chill or serve right away with Nilla wafers.

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Strawberry Lemonade Punch

I made this punch for my baby shower and it was a huge hit with everyone! Definitely one I’ll make again!

Ingredients:
– 2 packages frozen strawberries, thawed (16 oz).
– 2 cans frozen lemonade concentrate (12 oz).
– 1/2 cup sugar
– two (2 liter) bottles of Sprite, chilled

Directions:
In a blender, blend strawberries, sugar, and thawed lemonade concentrate. Pour mixture into large punch bowl and add in the chilled soda. Stir and top with fresh sliced lemons. Enjoy!

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Baby Olivia’s Sprinkle Shower

This weekend was so much fun! We had my baby shower for Olivia and it was a blast! Everyone had a great time, we had good food and fun games! I have a couple recipes from it that I’ll try and get posted in the next day or so. I can’t believe tomorrow marks exactly one month until she’ll be in our arms, if I don’t go into labor sooner. We cannot wait to meet her and are feeling so blessed 🙂
Here’s some pictures from the shower 🙂 I made all the cupcakes from scratch as well as the frosting. I also frosted and decorated them myself, which took an eternity but I was really happy with how they came out 🙂

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Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip

LaLa made this dip for Paisley’s party when she visited, and oh my goodness was it good! Everyone by passed most of the other snacks, because this dip was so delicious! I made it for a BBQ this past weekend also and it went over well too 🙂 SO yummy!

Ingredients:
– 3 cups chopped chicken
– 3/4 cup Frank’s Red hot sauce
– 1 cup ranch
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– two 8 ounce packages of cream cheese

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350F.
In a medium sized bowl, mix everything together and pour into a small baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes, and stir once halfway through the cooking time.
Serve with “Scoops” tortilla chips.

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Paisley’s 2nd Birthday Party!

Hello everyone!
Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks! My older cousin, who is pretty much a second mom to me, flew in and stayed for the week leading up to the party. It was so amazing to have her here and now that she’s gone it makes me miss her and my family so much more 😦
On the bright side though, the party was awesome! Everything went off without a hitch, and the rain even held out for us. The whole week prior had been sunny as well as Sunday, Mother’s Day. The day of the party however, was very cloudy and I had been praying and doing “no rain” dances the entire week. We spent most of the time inside, but I still had some outdoor decorations that I was hoping wouldn’t get ruined. Thankfully my prayers and dances were answered and it ended up pouring a few hours after the party!
This week I’ve been basically making some of my old recipes, so nothing to new and exciting to share. However, I do have a couple new recipes I’m going to try in the next two weeks, so I’ll post them if they are winners 🙂
I hope you enjoy the birthday pictures 🙂 Thankfully I have two awesome friends that were my photographers throughout the whole party 🙂 Shout out to Stephanie and Max! 🙂

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Folding Party Napkins

I’ve been literally “wrapping” up the odds and ends for the party, and one thing was to wrap up the silverware!
I wanted it to look cute and to coordinate with the rest of my party decor, so I used red napkins and the same twine that I used with the banners. I couldn’t find any good tutorials online that I liked, so I just sort of played around until I came up with a wrap job that I was pleased with. I’m going to try and relay my instructions as best as I can, and hope that they make sense!

Start with a plain paper napkin, you could probably use this same technique with a cloth napkin as well.
Unfold it, and lay it flat so that the longer edges are on the sides and the shorter sides are on the top and bottom.

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Next, fold the left side into the right side, so that it’s forming a triangle shape, with a border at the top.

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Now, take that right hand bottom corner, and fold it to meet the left hand corner of the triangle. Rotate it just a hair, so that an upside down triangle is facing you, with the border edge on top.

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Now, insert your silverware, I put my fork over my spoon and it worked well. Insert the silverware in the pocket that the napkin creates, about 2-3 inches from the right hand edge of the napkin.

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Now, fold the top corner down to where it’s forming a point.

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Next, take your folded point and bring it across the silverware creating an angle. Now, you’ll start rolling the silverware from right to left.

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You should come out with a nice looking even point at the end of the silverware bottom. If it’s not even, just rotate your silverware, so that you achieve that point on the bottom. I think the bottom is really cute, and makes it look elegant 🙂

Now, flip the roll over and take the little tail end of the napkin that you have left and fold it back once.

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Flip the silverware roll back over gently, making sure you hold the back in place, and secure with twine or a ribbon. Make sure you get it wrapped around the tail part too, so none of it is sticking out.

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Isn’t this a super cute way of wrapping silverware? I plan to fill Mason jars with them and display them on the tables, with my “mouseketools” sign at the Mickey Mouse party 🙂

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