Monday, September 1, 2014

Two Cup Tuesday No.87

Welcome to September! I hope all my US bloggers had a great Labor Day Weekend! I made a ton of cupcakes, baked bread, and poached some fruit for posts as well as hosted a BBQ for family. It was a good weekend!

I'll be back to work on Tuesday wrapping up the last few items for the Online Blog Conference! There are just a few last minute items that need to get done, but I am so ready for it to start. There have been a lot of last minute sign-ups and I am truly grateful for everyone who has joined us!

The Conference starts next Monday, but there are just 5 more days to buy your tickets. We will close the registration page on Friday, Sept 5th. We have already hosted a giveaway, had a sponsored opportunity shared, and have a FB Flash Promotion scheduled - however, you have NOT missed out on the 10 other giveaways that we have planned, the pin parties, and the presentations. It's not too late - SIGN UP NOW!

Last week on Dieter's Downfall, I made an amazing Chocolate Whiskey Cake with Whiskey Dulce de Leche Frosting and a Whiskey Ganache topping. It was so good! You've gotta make this for your man!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Strawberry Soda Jell-o

Strawberry Soda and Vanilla Ice Cream make this fun jello twist for dessert.

If this post isn't evidence enough that I don't want summer to end, then I don't know what will!

It's Labor Day weekend and everyone in Blogland is making pumpkin desserts and planning their fall leaves tour. However, I'm going to be a total rebel and go with JELL-O and a pool party to enjoy every last second of summer!

I seriously don't want it to end and I've got 5 good reasons that make total sense to me!

Reason #1 - I have really, really enjoyed sleeping in. I do NOT look forward to school starting and having to get up at 7:15 again. I hate it. Really, really hate it.

Reason #2 - I really, really enjoy staying up late. This goes hand in hand with #1. I get a lot of blog work done late at night. The house is quiet; the kid is in bed; I can totally focus on getting these posts written up and photos edited without disruption.

Reason #3 - Fall just means that winter is just that much closer... Ugh! I enjoy Christmas, but really dislike the three months of cold that follow.

Reason #4 - Now this is brutally honest... every single pumpkin recipe has been made. The moment I think I've come up with something original, I find it on Pinterest. I just don't know what to make that would be "new"... So I guess I'm a bit underwhelmed...

And finally #5 - Summer treats are just so much fun! This strawberry soda jello was fun! It was delicious and it was so easy to make and enjoy!

So, here's to the end of summer. I hope that you had a great one! We sure did and I can't wait until summer 2015! 

Have a great Labor Day weekend. Enjoy the sunshine and the warm breeze. Catch some fireflies, find a toad, and enjoy the family!

Strawberry Soda Jell-o

by Karyn Granrud
Prep Time: 12 hours
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: gelatin jello
    For the Strawberry Soda Jell-o
    • 2 envelopes Knox gelatin
    • 1/2 cup cold water
    • 1/2 cups boiling water
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 cups Strawberry Soda
    For the Ice Cream Jell-o
    • 3 envelopes Knox gelatin
    • 1/2 cup cold water
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
    For the Strawberry Soda Layer
    Sprinkle the 2 packets of gelatin over the cold water and let it sit until it's absorbed and softened. Pour boiling water over it and stir until dissolved. Add in sugar and strawberry soda and combine. When the sugar is completely dissolved, pour into a 9x13 baking dish and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
    Cut into cubes and transfer to an bundt pan. Store in the fridge while making the ice cream layer.
    For the Ice Cream Layer
    Sprinkle 3 packets of gelatin over cold water and let it sit until it's absorbed and softened. Pour boiling water over and stir until dissolved. Add in sugar and stir then set aside.
    Place the 2 cups of ice cream in a small pot. Melt it over medium heat on the stove, or in the microwave, until it's liquid. Stir the melted ice cream into the gelatin mixture then let it sit to come to room temperature.
    Pour the ice cream over the strawberry soda cubes and refrigerated overnight. Cut and serve them up for a no-melt treat!
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    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Eloise Cake Pops from GoodieBites

    GoodieBites is back with a fun cake pop tutorial! This is an easy way to make faces and really impress your kids and family with your awesome cake pop skills! 

    Hi Everyone. Summer is finally coming to an end (my least favorite season- sorry to all the sun worshipers!) and September is upon us. I've always loved September. Back to school for my daughter, nice cool weather on the way, planning holiday meals as well as trips for the family, and this year it has an added special element - I will be getting married September 13th!! Woo-Hoo!! For our honeymoon we will be going on a cruise in October, but many years ago the fanciest thing for many people to do for a honeymoon was come to New York and stay at The Plaza Hotel. That brings me to today’s tutorial for the famous 1950’s children’s book character Eloise.

    She was a precocious 6-year-old young lady who lived at the Plaza with her nanny. She was very ‘helpful’ to the staff and guests, even when not asked, and got into a heap of trouble yet got away with seemingly everything. Okay, enough literary history – read the books when you get a chance. Now on to the tutorial!

    Mixed Cake Pop ‘Dough’
    Candy Decorating Pens (the new Wilton are great!)
    Yellow String Licorice
    A Bow Mold (this one is from Lollicakes by Ella)
    Melted candy in White and Yellow as well as a pastry bag of pink melts
    Lollipop Sticks, Scissors, Stand

    First, shape Eloise’s head. Make a round ball and then slightly curve it on the bottom to make the chin. Make small indents on the face for the eye area. Chill.

    In the meantime, using the pink filled pastry bag, fill the bow mold. Make sure to tap the mold when filled to get rid of any air bubbles. Place in the fridge to chill for about 10 minutes. Let set mold sit on counter for a minute or two and then gently remove the bow.

    Dip Eloise in white coating and allow to dry. Once she is ready, cut yellow licorice into hair-length strips. Don’t forget to also cut smaller pieces for her bangs. Then use the black candy pen to add details to her face. Her features are pretty simple. Attach the licorice all around using the melted white candy. As long as she has enough wisps of hair don’t worry about the ‘bald spot’s. Once you’re done adding the hair,  fill in the white spots with the yellow melted candy. When everything is dry, attach the bow with the melted yellow candy.

    Eloise is all done and ready to enjoy her next adventure

    Thanks for stopping by for this tutorial. Please check out our website at where you can order cake pops or sign up for one of our upcoming NYC cake pop classes. Also follow @goodiebites on Instagram and Twitter to check out my other cake pop creations.

    Thanks so much Lisa for another great cake pop tutorial and Congratulation on your upcoming Wedding! My daughter LOVES Eloise and we have already been watching Eloise's Rather Unusual Halloween on Amazon. She'll love these cake pops! 
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    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Chocolate Cherry Monkey Bread Muffins

    Cherry Stuffed Monkey Bread with Chocolate Chips is great for breakfast or dessert.


    I LOVE cherries. Fresh. plump and juicy cherries. I actually stocked up and froze a bunch of cherries and have been using them in my breakfast smoothies. 

    So, I figured I'd stuff them into one of my favorite treats - Monkey Bread!

    Cherry Stuffed Monkey Bread with Chocolate Chips is great for breakfast or dessert.

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Two Cup Tuesday No.86

    Whew! What a whirlwind week! Last week I was at the Food Blog Forum in Ashville, NC and I had a great time! I met some lovely ladies who link up here each week and I talked to a lot of bloggers about #OBC14! This is the LAST week to sign up for the Online Blog Conference. Just seven days left. We'd really love it if you joined this amazing group of bloggers.

    The OBC motto is Lean, Network, Grow and that's just what we aim to do for the month of September. 
    • Think you don't have time? Think again - All presentations will be hosted live and if you can't make it, watch it all month on YouTube.
    • Think you're too "new" to attend? Think again - The group is full of bloggers who have just started to those who have been blogging for over 5 years. We are more than happy to help you going.
    • Think you're too "experienced" to attend? Think again - We have this conference packed full of presenters who are here to help you figure out all the changes to Social Media, ad optimization, and making ebooks using content from your blog.

    We hope that you join the over 150 bloggers who have already signed up and have been eligible for giveaways and promotions.

    Whew! Have you forgotten that I also have a second blog? Well I do :) Dieter's Downfall is a decadent dessert blog where I take simple recipes and turn them into a decadent dessert! Last week I shared a Perfect Peach Pie and a Peach and Prosecco Cocktail. They were simply wonderful!

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    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Movie Theater Popcorn

    Movie Theater Popcorn - your movie nights won't be the same.

    It has been a busy week! I've been out of town, my husband has been working and my daughter has been having fun staying with her grandparents. It's been a while since we've all sat down to enjoy Movie Night as a family. 

    And I couldn't think of a better way to hang out as a family and enjoy a sweet and salty treat than having some Movie Theater Popcorn!

    Movie Theater Popcorn - your movie nights won't be the same.

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Secret Message Cake Pops

    How to make "Secret Message" Cake Pops from Pint Sized Baker
    I loved secret messages as a kid. There's just something fun about having a message in "plain sight" that only you know about. It's fun and can be totally unexpected when planned right. 

    That's what these fun Hidden Message Cake Pops are all about. The presentation is just a bunch of cake pops, but there's a secret word spelled out under the cake pop. 

    Genius! I know :)

    How to make "Secret Message" Cake Pops from Pint Sized Baker
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