October 29, 2013

Cupcake Milkshake with Chocolate Whipped Cream and Shayshay's Cupcakes Giveaway!

 Woohoo! Boy, do I love cupcakes and I am excited to announce that we have teamed up with ShayShay's Cupcakes here in Leesville to have a Cupcake Giveaway! Scroll down to the entry form below and complete the 3 required steps and you will be entered to WIN a DOZEN CUPCAKES of your CHOICE!
 To kick off our cupcake giveaway I thought I would share my recipe for a fun twist on a milkshake: a Cupcake Milkshake! I used my red velvet mini cupcakes leftover from my post yesterday on Red Velvet Cake in a Jar. I top my milkshake with pillowy Chocolate Whipped Cream and it is to die for!  Enjoy! 
 

 Ingredients:

Makes 2 16oz milkshakes
  •  6 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole milk will make it the creamiest and richest)
  • 5-6 mini unfrosted cupcakes (or 2 regular size), your choice of flavor
  •   For my Red Velvet Cake recipe click here
For the Chocolate Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup (half a pint) of heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar (or you can sub brown sugar)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. For the whipped cream: Place your mixing bowl and beater in the freezer until you are ready to make your whipped cream. 
  2. Pour all 3 ingredients into the cold mixing bowl and mix on high until stiff peaks form. 
  3. Refridgerate until ready to use.
  4. For the Milkshake: in a blender combine ice cream, milk, and cupcakes (you may have to do this in batches depending on the size and strength of your blender). 
  5. Mix and pulse until creamy. I do not completely liquify as I like creaminess and some texture of the cupcake to still be present. 
  6. Pour into cold glasses and top with Chocolate Whipped Cream.
  7. For a fun touch, if you have any mini cupcakes left you can frost them and push a straw through them and add one on each glass!
 
I am on a cupcake kick this last week. These gorgeous cupcakes from ShayShay's Cupcakes were what I used for Ava's Cake Smash Birthday Pics! Rich chocolate cake with creamy white chocolate frosting! The ladies at ShayShay's sure do know how to bake up a ton of flavor in a small little cake! Be sure to enter the contest below and visit them on Facebook >>> here <<<
 My mini red velvet cupcakes are too cute! 
I added cinnamon-sugar frosting to half as a garnish for the Milkshake!
Find the Red Velvet Cake recipe here
 
 For the Chocolate Whipped Cream: simply add heavy cream,
 powdered sugar, and cocoa powder to a cold mixing bowl and mix on high until stiff peaks form.
 
 A few simple ingredients mixed together make a seriously delicious shake!
 
 Throw into a blender, mix until you get the consistency you want (I like it a little chunky!), and pour into a cold glass.
 
 Top with mounds of Chocolate Whipped Cream and garnish with a frosted mini cupcake (simply push through your straw).
 

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Red Velvet Cake in a Jar for Care Packages

 My husband Ashton is gone on his first deployment and I am always trying to think of fun and creative things to send in his care packages. After searching on Pinterest for care package ideas I came across numerous cake in jar recipes. I loved the clever idea of baking a cake in a jar and then sealing it so it stays moist and fresh for a month plus. So I decided for this month's care package for Ashton I would make his favorite cake, Red Velvet, and bake and send it in a jar!
Don't be intimidated. This recipe is super simple. However, you can also use any box mix and bake in a jar too! Or think "out of the box" and bake brownies, pie, or bread in a jar!

View my how to video here!
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October 28, 2013

Despicable Me Minion Birthday Party and Coconuttie Snickerdoodle Cookies

Minions Party
My little Ava just turned the big 1 and I am still in shock! I started planning her birthday party months early (I couldn't help it she's my first baby y'all!) and I knew immediately what the theme of her party was going to be: Despicable Me. We play her the movie on the tablet during car trips and she is mesmerized by the funny minions. Then during a recent trip to Houston we took her to see Despicable Me 2 and she sat in her stroller and quietly enjoyed the movie. Baby of the Year!

Ava was decked out in a custom made minion dress, necklace, and bow and Ashton and I even had matching shirts! Of course, the pups were there too in their color coded bandanas!
My parents drove up from Florida and all of Ava's friends attended. We had the whole she-bang for our little minion including Despicable Me balloons, toys, serving wear, posters, and cupcakes. I made paper lantern minions and purple evil minion goodie bags filled with Despicable Me surprises! We had mostly young kids, Ava's age attend so instead of party games we played the Despicable Me dvd and had a "Box of Shame" photo op. I served a festive menu including themed food from the movie such as Cheese Puff "caterpillars" in a dog food bowl, banana taffy candy (minions love them!), and Robot Coconuttie Snickerdoodle Cookies.
Check out pictures from the party along with the menu below.
I have also included the recipe for the Coconuttie Snickerdoodle Cookies I made and links for all the printables and items I used for the party.
These Minion Quesadillas are a blast to make! Check them out here.
 Check out Ava's Minion Munchies Mix here.
 
My little Minion: the birthday girl Ava! 
 I ordered Ava's custom printable invites on Ebay. I searched all over for the perfect invite and the ones I found from seller mrblonde1999 were the cutest and best priced. 
I made a sign to display with Ava's monthly pictures 
(including 2 minions for her coming soon 11 and 12 month pics)
 
Family pic!
 I ordered the custom iron on transfers for our shirts on Etsy from LangePrinting
I found Despicable Me duck tape at Walmart and cover a foam board with strips of it.
Then I taped the top half of her invite to the board and voila I had a door sign for the party!
I framed a minion poster I found at Toys R Us and made that the gift area. 
I found fun Mylar Despicable Me balloons on Ebay and "Ava" balloons at Party City and then had them blown up at a local party store the day of the party.

Minion paper lanterns were so fun to make! I used yellow paper lanterns from Hobby Lobby and white and black card stock cut into shapes and attached with hot glue.
For the rest of the decor I simply stuck with the blue and yellow minion colors for the banner, tablecloths, and streamers.

Haha! The Box of Shame was taken from a clip in the movie featuring the three girls (see pic above) and we just had to create our own and make it a photo op for the kids (and silly adults like me!).
It doesn't get more simple: Just use a large cardboard box, cut a lookout section, and label it.
I handed Minion goggles out to all the kids. I used the pic above that I found with I Googled "printable minion glasses" and printed them out and my wonderful husband cut them all out for me!
Lots of goodies for the party goers! Besides the minion goggles, I also gave out minion party blowers (found at Party City.com) and "Squid Launchers" (like Vector used in the movie) aka mini water guns.
Then I created purple evil minion goodie bags. You can draw the face on but I Googled "Evil Minion" and just printed out a face and taped it on a purple paper sack (Hobby Lobby) and added purple tissue paper as the crazy hair. I filled the bags with Despicable Me Party Packs (coloring pages and crayons) found for 99 cents each at Walmart and a bottle of bubbles (great gifts for any age child!).
 

The MENU 

  • Stuffed Crust Pizza  (I ordered 3 larges which was plenty but I asked Pizza Hut to cut them into squares instead of slices. This gave me more pieces and they were the perfect size for the little ones).
  • Veggie Platter with a RANCH Fountain (my genius hubby came up with using our chocolate fountain for ranch dip! It was a hit!)
  • Minion Yellow Cake Push Pops
  • Minion Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes
  • Coconutties (Snickerdoodles kicked up a notch!)
  • "Caterpillar" Cheese Puffs (make sure to serve in a dog bowl like Gru)
  • Banana Candy (the minions love bananas!)
  • Blue Fizz Punch (Blue Hawaiian Puch with Ginger Ale)
  • Pink Minionade

The Ranch Fountain was a hit and the kids were excited
 to eat their veggies and dip them in the fountain!
*The blow up minion was a Walmart free gift with Despicable Me DVD purchase. 
You can also find them on ebay.
I always have bottled water available but I served two fun kid friendly drinks:
Blue Fizz Punch (Blue Hawaii Punch and Gingerale) and Pink Lemonade cleverly titled Pink Minionade.
For both cupcakes and push pops I used boxed cake mix. One yellow cake and one chocolate with marshmallow filling. I used yellow Cupcake Icing by Betty Crocker and chocolate sprinkles on top for hair. 
I found this FREE printable for Minion Pushpop Wrappers on Pinterest. You can download them here
*Despicable Me plates and cups were from partycity.com and the stuffed minion toy was from Party City.
I found these adorable minion cupcake wrappers (she also sells purple evil minions) on Etsy for only $4 and I printed them myself on cardstock. You can find them here: FoxTailPaperCraft

I found banana taffy candy and banana runts at a candy shop.
 I Googled "Minion Bananas" to find the pic.
  Can't forget little Agnus' Caterpillars aka Cheese Puffs served in a dog food bowl just like Gru does for the girls in the movie!

     Snickerdoodle Coconuttie Cookies

    (My techie husband inserted wires and who knows what into one display cookie to make it a robot like Gru uses to break into Vector's fortress)

    Ingredients:

    Cookies

    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
    • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla 
    • 1/2 cup crushed pecans
    • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar*
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    Topping

    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 tbs cinnamon

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar, then add egg and vanilla.
    3. Mix in pecans, coconut, flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. 
    4. Form into balls and roll in topping mixture. 
    5. Drop by teaspoonful onto a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.
    6. Bake for 10 minutes until golden.
    Cream of tartar imparts a unique tangy flavor to the cookie, which makes it a classic snickerdoodle.
    These cookies should be baked only until the edges begin to brown – about 10 minutes. 
     This will keep the interior of the cookie soft and chewy.


    Minions everywhere! 
    Ava's friend Lily-Grace wore a minion outfit her Mama made out of overalls and a tutu!

    Ava's outfit was absolutely perfect for her party and I was so pleased with the custom made minion dress from Mckenzie__skye on Instragram. I also ordered the minion bubble necklace from Bellasbowtique2008 and the minion bow from Bowszigzag both on Etsy.
    Ava with my parents, her Papa and Oba.
    Charlie and Dylan joined the fun and celebrated their little sister's bday in style with bandanas to match the party colors!

    Ava's best friend Charlotte is matching attire! These girls are too cute together!
    Molly and me with our babes, Charlotte and Ava.
    Craftie Molly even made a minion gift bag for Ava's gift!
    Wow! What a party! So glad out friends and family could celebrate Ava's special day with us.
    Hope you enjoyed the tips and recipes. If you order anything from the links provided please let the seller know you heard about them from www.4theloveoffoodblog.com 

    Check out Ava's Minion Easter Eggs How To here
     
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