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Summer’s Mermaid Birthday Party

Last weekend my little girl turned FIVE years old!

We went back and forth a little on what type of party she wanted, but ultimately settled on a “Mermaid  Birthday Party”.

Thankfully Pinterest is always my friend and guides me to the best of the best crafters with awesome ideas to create a great party.  Here are some shots from the day. And by “some” shots, I mean, I am sorry for an extremely picture heavy post.

Welcome Mermaid sign for the front door.

Summer helped me “design” her very own birthday shirt. She did a pretty good job.

One of my favorite things in our house has always been our chalkboard wall. The kids play on it all the time and it always gets used for birthdays and holidays.

Our party was mid day so we just did some finger sandwiches, and snacks.

I was going to make my own rock candy, but for real, after reading how to do it and that it can take a couple of weeks for the crystals to grow I decided to bag it and just buy them!

How fun are these marshmallow pops? They are super cute and the were really delicious!

The clam shells were also a big hit. It is just frosting in between two nilla wafers and a sugar bead for the “pearl”

Love my sweet birthday girl!

Everyone loves mermaids– What is your mermaid name? Mine is Mara Aqua Rain

I got these hula hoops on clearance a while back so I grabbed them for “party gifts” for the girls!

Last minutes I decided I didn’t want to make cupcakes myself. I was swamped with other things and was just running out of time. Walmart to the rescue and the colors were exactly what I wanted. I made these adorable little cake toppers to go with them.

A pinata was really the only “game” I planned and the kids all left with bags of candy!

Look at all these sweet girls (and one boy!)! I am so grateful for all of our amazing friends that gathered around my girl to celebrate!

After presents and some cake and lots of playing with friends it was time to wrap up our day of fun!

This little Mermaid was as happy as a clam! Happy Birthday sweet girl!

Make your own Gummy Worms

Last year for my birthday, my father in law bought me a gummy worm machine.

I don’t actually eat gummy candy because it has always bothered my teeth, but my family, however, love gummy worms, bears and fish. Especially my husband. So as soon as I got the machine we made our own gummy worms.

Make your own gummy worms

It came with the trays for worms, bears and fish and one giant bear!

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We didn’t waste any time and got to making our gummy candy! The kids thought it was so fun and were excited to make their own candy.

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You just use a box of jello and a box of Gelatine and pour into the little pot. Then occasionally give a stir until the mixture is nice and smooth.

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One it is a liquid you can pour into each of the molds.

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Then you let them sit so they can firm up. And you’ve just made your very own gummy worms, bears and fish.

Now if you don’t have one of these handy little machines (you can get mine HERE) you can use a sauce pan to cook up your mixture and some fun little molds that you find on amazon, or in the Target dollar spot!

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Have you ever made your own gummy worms? How did they turn out?

EggNog Cookies

I know, I know… EggNog Cookies? I am sure some people are gagging at the thought right now. It seems that people either LOVE eggnog or HATE eggnog. I am one of those that loves it!

But I will say this about these delicious cookies – They taste creamy and practically melt in your mouth but they don’t really taste like eggnog.

Yesterday I shared about attending a cookie party over the past weekend and the S’mores Cookies I made for the exchange. After browsing Pinterest I also found these eggnog cookies that I wanted to give a try. I understand that they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I thought they were delicious!

I found the recipe over on Coupon Cravings and I was super excited to make them. Since I am always up for making something new and I think these will be a regular Christmas cookie that I will make again each year!

They seemed to be a hit as they tasted a little more like a sugar cookie with nutmeg and a hint of eggnog. And it made a pretty huge batch. I had plenty to take to the cookie exchange and more than enough for home!!

Cookie:

  • 1 c. softened butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. eggnog
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 3/4 c flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • ½ t. nutmeg

Frosting:

  • 1 and ½ c. powdered sugar
  • ¼-1/2 c. eggnog
  • 1 tsp. light Karo Syrup
  1. Mix together butter and sugar.
  2. Add in eggnog and egg.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
  4. Chill for atleast one hour.
  5. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
  7. When you pull them out out the oven, push the top down with a jar to flatten
  8. Cool on drying rack.
  9. Frost with eggnog frosting and sprinkle with nutmeg

So which are you? An Eggnog lover or hater?

S’mores Kiss Cookies

Everyone around here is in full Christmas spirit. We have been using our Chocolate Advent calendar to countdown, we have a chain countdown, presents are about half wrapped, Friendsmas 2016 is in the books and this past weekend I went to my sister in laws annual Christmas Cookie exchange.

Typically around this time I make all sorts of treats, so making something for a cookie exchange is no biggie. But this year I really wanted to make something different from the normal toffee, fudge, peanut butter balls that I make each year.

I headed to Pinterest and searched for Christmas Cookies. Of course there are a million different kinds that sounded amazing. But I picked two and stuck with them. The ones I am sharing today are S’mores Kiss Cookies.

Sounds easy enough, right? It certainly was. These cookies were not only super easy to make but amazingly soft (even a couple of days later)!

The kids loved helping with these because not only did they get the job of unwrapping chocolate kisses, they were able to sneak a couple!

I love s’mores. But roasting marshmallows over a fire isn’t something I get to do often. So I have no problem settling for something as delicious as these S’mores Kiss cookies!

S’mores Kiss Cookies – Recipes from Six Sister’s Stuff

  • 1 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20 large marshmallows, cut in half
  • About 40 chocolate kisses (I ended up using 36)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using a large bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth.
  4. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Put tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet, 1″ apart. (I use a small cookie scoop which is basically just a small ice cream scoop)
  7. Bake for 6 minutes and edges are just getting golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and press half of a marshmallow, sticky side down, into each cookie.  Let cool completely.
  9. Let all cookies cool completely then preheat broiler.
  10. Put all of the cookies back on baking sheets and broil for 1 minute. Don’t let them burn!
  11. Remove from the broiler and place a chocolate kiss on top of each cookie.

What are your favorite Christmas Cookies to make?

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

While everyone is sharing all their Christmas desserts, I am over here still sharing pumpkin everything! But that is because I made so many delicious pumpkin treats this fall that I can’t keep them all to myself! And these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are no exception!

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I am always browsing Pinterest for recipes to try and if you have ever looked at my pinterest, you already know, I have waay too many recipes pinned. But what you don’t see are my secret boards full of more recipes that I think I need to try right away!!

Lately I have shared the Pumpkin Puree I made and an amazing Pumpkin Poke Cake, so today I want to share some delicious Pumpkin Sugar Cookies. This recipe made a great amount of cookies and I froze abut half of them. It is always nice to pull out a package of cookies in a couple of weeks and eat them again!

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There are not too many ingredients, so this is pretty fast cooking! But after you make your dough you do need to let the dough sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to chill. I should have let them sit longer because my dough wasn’t interested in rolling. It was still pretty sticky! I ended up just scooping out my and sprinkling with the sugar.

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Home made pumpkin puree is just amazing. You really know where your food is coming from and the ingredients in it: Pumpkin!

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These pumpkin sugar cookies really are delicious and they have the perfect amount of pumpkin in them too!

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Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe adapted from Wine and Glue

  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 14 Tbsp butter (1 3/4 stick) room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350®
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together and set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the egg yolk, vanilla, and the pumpkin until well combined.
  5. On low, mix in the flour mixture until well combined.
  6. Refrigerate the cookie dough for 20 minutes.
  7. Roll the dough into one inch sized balls. Roll in sugar and ut onto a lined baking mat.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes
  9. Let cool on the pan for a couple of minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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What are your favorite cookies?