Thursday, August 21, 2014

Secret Message Cake Pops

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 :)

Everyone loves to get a gift of cake pops, but what if you could add an additional message? "Be Mine" for Valentine's Day; "Prom?" - "Happy Birthday" - or even "Marry Me" would be a great way to totally impress someone and make it super memorable. 

I simply bought some Wilton Sugar Sheets, cut out the letters and set them aside. While dipping the cake pops, I simply placed them down over the letter and let them dry before decorating them. 

The letters were tricky to cut out, especially the "s", "k", and "n". It was those sharp, small corners that were giving me a problem. I'm not sure if it was because the letters were old, or they got dry. 

I can just see lining these up to give to someone and then slowly turning them over to uncover the message. Wouldn't you like to receive these?

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Two Cup Tuesday No.85

I am having a blast at the Food Blog Forum in Ashville. A BLAST I tell ya!! In fact this whole weekend has been a blast. KC Bakes drove down from New Jersey on Friday and we have been having a wonderful "girl weekend" together. We drove down from West Virginia to Ashville (+450 miles and 8 hours later) to the event. Needless to say, so far, it's been amazing!

While here, I've been pimping Online Blog Con! There are just 15 days to get your tickets. You gotta get on this! There will be Giveaways! Awesome Presenters! Networking opportunities with other bloggers.

You have already missed out on a giveaway for 4 tickets to Blogging Concentrated, a Group Post Promotion with LorAnn Oils, and a group Pin Board hosted by Better Homes & Gardens! So, what are you waiting for? There are over 150 people signed up so far. Come and join us!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to Make and Use Candy Clay

Goodiebites is back with a great Candy Clay Tutorial. Love to work with fondant but hate the taste, give candy clay a try instead!

Hi Y’all. Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer. It’s been a busy season for me as I prepare for my own wedding in September.

So much to do, so little time! But I did have lots of fun working on this tutorial.

I have never liked the taste of fondant so in looking for something to use decoratively on my cake pops I found this recipe for candy clay aka modeling chocolate. Only 2 ingredients are used, the directions are simple, it lasts for months, and best of all – it tastes GREAT!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blueberry Coconut Push-up Pops

How to make frozen Blueberry Coconut Push-up Pops.

So, I've been seeing all of these "Back to School" photos of kids. My goodness, some kids go back to school early! I could not believe that my niece in Hawaii went back the beginning of August! I don't understand why they are headed back so early!

The public schools in West Virginia go back on the 18th. That is early this year compared to previous years. My daughter goes to a private school and they don't go back until September 4th! She'll be home alone with me for over two weeks while her friends are in school. What's a mama to do?

I guess I'll just have to make more of these yummy Blueberry and Coconut Push-up Pops for us to enjoy. 

We can sit back in our blow-up pool, relax in the August summer heat, and enjoy some of these while laughing at the neighbors who were up and out the door at 8:15 am. We will stay up late watching movies and enjoying a late night snack. 

So, on the one hand, I'll have to entertain her a bit more during the day, but I can still sleep in for two more weeks!

Ahhhh.... bliss.... I am not a fan of alarm clocks and early mornings. I really enjoy sleeping in and as much as my kiddo doesn't want to go back to school, I think that I despise it even more.

It's a good thing that I have these little yummies to cheer me up!

This recipe also makes a great no-bake pie. Check it out HERE.

Blueberry Coconut Push-up Pops

by Karyn Granrud
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: blueberry coconut popsicle
Ingredients (serves 8)
  • 4-ounce cream cheese
  • 1/3 C Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Milk
  • 1 C Cool Whip (thawed)
  • 10 ounce (1/2 a can) Blueberry Pie Filling
  • 1/2 C Coconut Flakes, small and large flakes (I used unsweetened)
Cream the sugar, milk, and cream cheese until smooth.
Fold in the Cool Whip and blueberry pie filling. The color should be uniform and no white should remain. Fold in the coconut.
Transfer the mixture to a large plastic bag, cut off a 1 inch corner and fill the Push-up Pops. Cover and freeze overnight.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Two Cup Tuesday No.84

There are just 3 weeks left until the Online Blog Con! I can't believe it! It's approaching fast! Do you have your tickets yet? You better go get 'em! These are a few of our presenters and sponsors and we are adding more every day!

There will be 4 HUGE giveaways from OXO. Learn how to pitch to a magazine presentation from Better Homes & Gardens. Ahalogy will tell us all about their pinterest tool to get your amazing photos on to Pinterest and make some extra money! CoSchedule will provide each person with a free 3 month trial offer of their wonderful calendar and scheduling tool and designer Garrett Moon has a presentation on Social Media tips and tricks.
Need some G+ help? Wade Harman will give his personal insight to growing your following and making real connections. Christine DeGraff is going to tell everyone how she grew the OBC G+ page from 40 fans to over 700 in just 30 days! Get a discount on the amazing Google+ tool, Circloscope and grow your G+ page like we did!  
Rare Media has the 411 on ad optimization and getting a little green into your wallet and co-host Katie has had nothing but great results using PadSquad for her mobile site. 
Sara Hawkins will tell you all the legal background to your blog so you can keep all that extra cash that you're making!
Heidi from Foodie Crush is going to tell us the great advantages to self publishing your own e-books and Sally Ekus is has the inside track to getting you that book deal that you want! 
Learn how to write a great pitch and get the contract for some sponsored work. Jillian from Social Stars is going to let us know how to get those coveted sponsored opportunitiesAmber Bracegirdle  and Erik Hochberger from Food Fanatic are going to teach us all about the great world of syndication and why those scraper sites might not be so bad. 
Blogging Concentrated has in in-depth class on SEO. What it is, how to use it, and how to get your post up to par! Wanna know who's "stealing" your photos and who is featuring your post? The Blogger Network has a great new tool and they are very excited to tell you all about it!

And there's even MORE! This is going to be huge people! HUGE!! You've still got time to join us! Sign up today!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Chalkboard Cake Pops

Jo from Cake Poppin' is back and ready to school us all with her amazing cake pop skills! She's made some fun Chalkboard Cake Pops that are great for a back to school gift!

I came up with the idea for the chalkboard cake pops when I saw the effect applied on some amazing Halloween cookies designed by my friend at Sweet Baketique last year. The chalkboard design was becoming a pretty popular trend and I knew if I could figure out a way to do it on a cake pop, the possibilities would be endless. The chalkboard effect is one of the hottest trends right now and with the kids heading back to school in a few weeks, these chalkboard cake pops would make the perfect treat for that big day!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Elvis Ice Cream

Elvis Ice Cream - Chocolate Ice Cream loaded with frozen Bananas, peanut butter chips, and mini marshmallows.

I fell in love with this chocolate ice cream! For starters, it's chocolate (duh); second, it's got frozen banana chunks (OMG); third, there are peanut butter chips (nom nom); and finally, mini marshmallows (slurp)! 

Given Elvis' love of fried banana and peanut butter sandwiches, I think he would have liked this ice cream! Yes, I think any old fat dude would enjoy this ice cream :)

Elvis Ice Cream - Chocolate Ice Cream loaded with frozen Bananas, peanut butter chips, and mini marshmallows.
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