Mr. ONEderful – First Birthday Party

15085537_10102096185304977_5263577617091106180_n.jpg

A few weeks ago, my baby boy turned one. ONE. Excuse me while I go wipe the tears from my eyes. I am so excited for the little man he is becoming but miss my little, snuggly baby. Watching him grow and learn has been the most wonderful experience.

Now, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a first birthday party, or even where to begin to plan throwing one. Children can be very unpredictable with their moods, do you serve alcohol, how long should it last, do people really wanna watch him ‘open gifts’ [eat the paper].

After all the stress and craziness – it ended up being the perfect day and truly a ONEderful party. See all the details here!  Continue reading

May the 4th be with you

May 4th was always just another day, until I met this amazing man…

10882112_10101227654822027_3841070155506575856_n

Now May 4th is known as “Star Wars Day”.

Before meeting Leep I had never seen a single minute of a Star Wars movie. [gasp] Now, I’ve seen all 7 [there’s currently 7, right?] and Star Wars has become a part of my everyday life. I’ve made Star Wars cakes, hosted Star Wars birthday parties, dressed in Star Wars clothes and even had a glimpse of it at our wedding.

So in honor of today, and my amazing husband Leep, here’s a photoblog of some of our best Star Wars moments.

May the 4th be with you.

149921_10100442703800167_1055908485_n

R2D2 cake – homemade


16164_10101293712227457_5473328468200124559_n

Storm Trooper Cupcakes


10551711_10101258774373197_3911808056475755714_o

Lightsaber Wedding Entrance


10926450_10101258774388167_6820827721394101679_n

Lightsaber Wedding Entrance


10926233_10101258777287357_2334704679805876528_o

Lightsaber Wedding Exit


1795864_10101258777322287_7593594097743973843_o

Lightsaber Wedding Exit


1916205_10101666278112437_581339836940762546_n

Star Wars themed Christmas ugly sweaters


10639614_10101666998868037_5978298156864005986_n

Star Wars themed Christmas ugly sweaters


Capture

Storm Trooper onesie


12345609_10101656044006667_8109006256933529620_n

Leep’s Star Wars birthday


10959440_10101293712062787_8558324428899140525_n

Leep’s Star Wars birthday


10959716_10101293711783347_1315964158778681520_n

Leep’s Star Wars birthday

Spiced Rum Cupcakes

cupcakes1

Leep has a deep love of spiced rum, so for his birthday a few years ago I set out to make some Captain Morgan spiced rum cupcakes. I scoured the internet high and low with not much luck on what I was looking for. So I gathered up a few different recipes and worked some cooking magic to combine them into my own personal mix.

The cake is spicy and moist while the frosting is sweet and boozy. These are one of his favorites and get rave reviews by all who taste them. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

20160417_180347.jpg

Cupcake Ingredients:
1 French Vanilla cake mix
1 1.75oz (4 serving) instant French vanilla pudding mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cold milk
1/2 cup Real butter, melted
1/2 cup spiced rum

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350º. Combine all ingredients and beat for 2 minutes. Pour into lined cupcake pans and bake for 22-24 minutes. Cool slightly on a rack.


Buttercream Icing:
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter, at room temperature
¼ cup whipping cream, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup Spiced Rum
5 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (give or take)
Pinch of salt

20160417_200953.jpg

Directions:
In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter to lighten. Add 2 cups of the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed until incorporated.  Turn the mixer to medium and continue to beat until well blended.  Add the whipping cream, vanilla and Spiced Rum and beat until smooth.  Add the pinch of salt and the remaining sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition, until the desired consistency is reached. Each time I make this I end up using different amounts of sugar.  Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to two days.  If refrigerated, bring to room temperature and beat lightly before using.

Optional: Sprinkle cinnamon on top. 

20160417_20271020160417_202927