Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Valentine's Day Drink

Valentine's Day quickly creeped up on me. 
I thought I was prepared and ready for it, and then found out that we'll probably end up spending the morning, day and night moving. 
I can't say I'm too bummed about it though. 
Because that  just means we're getting one step closer  to settling down.

It also helps that I've never been a huge celebrator of the holiday. Don't get me wrong though, I'd never turn down a box of See's chocolates and a chance to go shopping.
And I do love any excuse to bake and craft,  so I guess I will fully accept this holiday with open arms.

Now on to the simplest mixed drink around. 
A Shirley Temple.
This drink brings me back to my childhood. Especially because I think that was the last time I had one.

 This is perfect for anyone that needs a last minute idea for your loved ones.
These adorable, sparkly drinks are sure to brighten up the day for your cute little ones and also for your hunky older ones.

What you'll need

Mason jars
Mod podge
Sponge brush
Heart gummy candies
Wooden skewers
Lemon-like soda

To make your jars: 
Add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the bottom of your jar. 
Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter, and tap the excess off. 
Continue this for however many stripes you want, using different colors.  
Set aside to dry for an hour.

To make your drink: 
Assemble your heart gummy skewers. 
Pour 1 TBS of Grenadine into your glittered mason jar. 
Top it off with your lemon-lime soda and garnish with you gummy skewer. 

Serve it up and 
have a happy Valentine's Day!

*Moment of truth, I thought it was Friday. Whoops

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Weekend update

 This weekend was filled with a few cousins and few good donuts. 
Evan and I headed up to my parents to go get some early celebratory donuts for my parents (almost) moving into their new house. 
We won't go into details but donuts felt necessary so we made it happen. 
We traveled up north to hit up the Dunford Bakery. 
Once you walk in, you're welcomed with the delicious smell of freshly baked donuts. They then have trays of stacked donuts that you can choose from. 
It's a fill up your own box, kind of service.
 My nieces were in heaven with the abundance of baked goods, and Evan only wanted the chips.
He took one bite of his donut, said yuck and dug into a bag of plain potato chips. 
He is definitely my mini me. I hated donuts growing up and would always choose salty over sweet. 
If only that were still the case...

 Donut eyes, it had to be done.

Later that day, we headed back to Provo for some "Fire and Ice" event that was happening at the Riverwoods mall. 
They had a few small ice sculptures that seemed to melt faster than they were suppose to because of this odd, warm, winter we're having. 
There was some music and a few vendor booths that were set up. To be honest, it was bit underwhelming but Evan still had a fun time and that's all that mattered. 
I'm looking forward to fall time again when they have some fun activities going on. 
It's only 8 months away....

And somewhere along the way, my almost 4 year old turned into a teenager. He looks so old to me in the picture on the left.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Cupid's Arrow Cake Pops!

Happy February everyone! 
Can anyone else believe that January has come and gone? This year is already going way too fast. 
I can't say that I'm too sad about it at the moment though. 
I am so looking forward to finally moving in to our place and setting up our home. 
And it'll be nice to get back to some normalcy.

With that being said, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the beginning of the month with a little Valentine's Day post. 
Any excuse to bake, right?

What you'll need

24 cake pops (recipe and instructions here)
gold sprinkles *
1 sheet of gold glitter paper
glue gun

*After you dip each cake pop, sprinkle a small amount of your gold sprinkles on the tops. Make sure your chocolate is still wet, or else they won't stick. Set them in your Styrofoam to dry.

Once your cake pops are dry, it's time to assemble your arrows. Start by cutting out the ends of your arrows in your gold paper. 
I cut little slits on the sides to show some feathering. 
Place a small dab of glue on at the end of your stick and glue on one of your arrow's ends. 

And that's it! Now you have some adorable treats to serve up for your special Valentine.
And one last thing while we're on the topic of Valentine's Day.
Has anyone checked out Minted's Valentine's Day card selection? 
They have some seriously adorable foil pressed cards that I'm slightly obsessed with. 
Here are just a few of my favorites.
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Go check them all out, you won't be disappointed, I promise.