Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Gourd Cake Pops

It's Fall!! It's Fall!! And Fall means lots of pumpkin, gourds, and squashes! I dedicate this post to all of the misshapen, odd colored, strange textured, and made-fun-of gourds out there. I feel for ya. I can identify with ya. I think that your colors make you special and that your weird bumps and bruises give you character. 

When I head off to the farmers market or local pumpkin patch, I want to take all of the strange and unusual pumpkins home. I want to put them on center stage for everyone to look at and marvel over. They need a place of honor to show off how wonderfully different they were created.  

To make these all different, I played with white, two shades of orange and green. I didn't want a tie dye effect, so I had to tap carefully so as not to have them swirl. To get the bumps in the ones above, I added some random sprinkles to a first dip, then redipped them. I love the effect. 

To add more color depth and dimension, I used Copper Luster Dust, Cantaloupe Luster Dust, and a bit of Buttercup Petal Dust and Light Green Luster Duston the green ones. I loved the effect.

The pops above were just white before I added the luster dust. Look at those colors! Amazing! Just like Mother Nature.

The best part - this was super easy! Take a look at this tie dye tutorial, however, just add a touch of the second color and then tap straight up and down instead of turning the pop in a circle. 

Once the cake pops are hard and dry,  use a small, dry paint brushto "paint" on the colors. Add darker and lighter to create shadows and depth. The copper luster dust really makes the orange pop and highlights the texture of the gourds. 
These are some photos from my last trip to the pumpkin patch. As I said, I just love all the colors, shapes, sizes, and textures that natures creates! It's a wonderful thing!

You wanna know what else is wonderful? Seeing your blog friends CELEBRATE!!

My friend, Sandra, from A Dash of Sanity, is celebrating her blog's 1st Birthday! To celebrate, she is giving away a Kitchen Aid Mixer!!  And it's not just any KA mixer, no - it's a KitchenAid Pro 450 Series 4.5 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer in Red. How awesome would this be in your kitchen for the holidays??? Totally, mega awesome!!  So enter NOW! Good Luck!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cadbury Screme Egg Cupcakes

Since I'm all about EASY, how about these easy Halloween Cupcakes for your weekend snack? They start off with your favorite cupcakes, then get a super funky frosting decoration and finally topped off with a Cadbury Screme Egg! So easy, so yummy, so packed full of sugar for all the crazy kids!

I love it!

You've gotta be a fan of the Easter Creme Egg to enjoy this treat. I personally love them and try my hardest not to induldge... but...for the sake of the blog, I just had to pick them up!

I only bought just the three to be safe and I promise that I did not eat them all.

Wanna know how I did the frosting? It's so easy. You will need a clear Decorating Bagand an open star tip.

Cut 1 inch off at the point of the bag and add your tip. Press it in firmly (no I don't use a coupler) and fold the large top over. Carefully add lines of food coloring the to bag. In this case I alternated two purple lines and two green lines - four stripes, green, purple, green, purple.

Add your frosting and pipe away! I just went around three times to get it nice and tall.

The color will initially be very vivid and then will "soften" as it dilutes in the bag. You can see the difference in the one on the left and the one on the far right.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Cherries

Phew! It's been one of those days! Ah, who am I kidding? It's been one of those years! You know what will make my life just a bit easier? Simple treats. I don't think it gets much easier than Chocolate Dipped Cherries.

However, these chocolate cherries are all dressed up for Halloween! I found some orange Roland Cherriesand knew they would be perfect for a fun, quick and easy snack.

These would be great to add to a cake or cupcakes. Place them on you Halloween treat table or just enjoy them as it. That's what I did.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Two Cup Tuesday No.93

Did you have a great weekend? We were super lazy, slept in, watched TV, and basically vegged out. It was great. We finally got out of the house today and drove all the way to Berkeley Springs, WV. It's a very historic area and home to George Washington's "bath tub". I think that's pretty cool!

Another week, another Monday, another party! Thanks so much to everyone coming back week after week. It's fun to go through all the new blogs and visit with old friends. I really appreciate everyone coming by!

This week on Dieter's Downfall, I'm making a Chocolate Zuccotto - also known as a Bomb Cake. I got the recipe while I was in Hawaii and got to visit the Four Seasons Hualalai for dessert at their Beach Tree restaurant. It was amazing and I wanted to recreate it at home. 

It starts off with Amaretti Cookies, buttermilk ice cream and then the zuccotto! It's going to be epic! 

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Organizing my Baking Supplies

OXO and The Container Store want you to get your Kitchen Organized - and I did just that!
Get the OXO Pop Containers from The Container Store.

OXO is celebrating POPtober and they want you all to know about their amazing Pop Containers. They sent me some to test out and get my baking supplies organized. It was a much needed thing for me to do! My baking supplies were a MESS! I pulled everything out, placed it on the counter, threw away a ton of old food, cleaned out the garbage and organized all of my supplies! 

It looks so much better now thanks to OXO and The Container Store!

I had so many open bags and old candy that I just never used it. I would use half of the bag for a post and then saved the other half for later. Well, later never came, so into the trash it went. My counter was a mess. Don't believe me? Check out my Instagram feed.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Acorn Brownie Pops

I enjoy working with great companies like Mussleman's. They are helping me maintain my waistline, one dessert at a time!
As a novice baker, I've learned a few tips and tricks along the way. You should always use your stand-up mixer to whip egg whites. You don't need all the fancy kitchen gadgets (I'm looking at you funny egg yolk separator bulb-thingy). And you don't need to always follow the recipe. Trying something new can be fun!  

Thanks to Mussleman's Unsweetened Applesauce, I learned that you can swap out the oil in cookies, cakes, muffins, quick bread and brownies and replace it with applesauce for a fraction of the calories. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cream Filled Chocolate Donuts with Glaze

I got up and got moving this morning thanks to #MillstoneCoffee and Socialstars by Crowdtap.
Grab a Coffee and Donut in the morning and have a Great Day! #MillstoneCoffee

How do you get up and get going in the morning? Ideally, I'd wake up at 6 am, get an hour yoga session in followed by a hot shower and a yummy breakfast of eggs, bacon, and a big cup of coffee. I'd be fresh and ready to start my day knowing that I can conquer anything that comes my way. 

In the real world, I never go to bed on time. I'm always up late blogging, catching up on social media, or just too invested in my book to turn the lights out at a decent hour. As a result, I end up hitting snooze too many times then rush around getting everyone ready for school. 

There is no 6 am yoga, no hot shower, and no bacon and eggs, but there is always COFFEE!

The perfect pour of #MillstoneCoffee - How do you like your coffee?

Thank goodness for that fresh, hot cup of Millstone Coffee this morning! Sometimes I think it's more about the coffee ritual that I enjoy. It used to be that the coffee grinder was my alarm clock, but last year we ditched the plug in maker for a manual pour over maker.
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