Little Helper

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I convinced Jon that we needed a step stool for the kitchen so that Adelaide could see what I was doing on the counter and “help”.  I wanted to start getting her involved in what I was doing and giving her simple tasks to help me complete.  I was making cake pops for Ashley’s shower, which I would normally do during nap time.  I decided to have her participate, which surprisingly worked out well.

She helped me put the cake into the food processor and hit start, mix the icing in and form the cake into balls.

She also ate some of the cake.

Okay, a lot of it.

I really felt like I was winning when she was helping me with the cake pops.  We were engaging in a new project, doing new things together, having a baking lesson.  But then Adelaide realized that she could use the stool to get into things she previously couldn’t reach.  Like the microwave, the knife block, the sink.  So the jury’s still out whether this was a good purchase or not.

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Her babydoll was also on the counter, which she took breaks to feed with the bottle.  Such a good mommy.

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I dipped them later that night when she was in bed because it’s a pretty time sensitive art.  I set aside a mini one for her to enjoy the next day.

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She got one bite out of it before dropping it and Brady snatched it up.  Oh well.

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Adelaide’s Donut Party

the baloney bug I never thought I’d feel so emotional about my baby turning one.  I always hear moms talking about their kid turning one and think, “Okay, it’s not really that big of a deal.

But it is.  In so many ways.

I mean, first off, I survived a year of parenting.  I think that alone is worth a party.

There were days over the last year that just dragged on, but then somehow they turned into weeks and before I knew it, I had a one year old.  One who is walking and doing tricks and constantly making me laugh.

I keep thinking back to a year ago when my water broke, when we walked the halls of the hospital, when I trusted my body and when I became a mother.  I think about that call I made to my mom to tell her I was in labor and how I started crying thinking about how my life was about to change, while she told me I could do this.

My life has stayed the same in some ways, and simultaneously changed in every way.

I sometimes forget that I’m a mom.  When I go to work or when I am out without Adelaide.  I’m just another normal person on the street, except I’m not.  I’m a mother to a precious girl.  A one year old.

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I decided a while back that the party theme would be donuts.  And yes, donuts can be a party theme.  Why not?  We served donuts from Doughnut Plant which were a huge hit.  Since our party was at noon, I wanted to serve brunch type foods.  We had also rented out a space, so I couldn’t serve any hot foods.  I finally decided on donuts (of course), bagels, donut shaped cake pops, chicken salad on croissants and fresh fruit cups.  And booze. 14-03-08_1st_Birthday_05 the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug

The majority of our party was adults, so we set up a bloody mary bar (so much fun picking ingredients for this- even made some bacon which was a hit), mimosas (with orange and grapefruit juice), water and coffee.  I had a dream a few days before the party that we forgot celery for the bloody mary bar.  The horror!

We also asked that our friends not bring gifts.  We live in a tiny apartment and just don’t have the space for extra things.  Plus we wanted to just have our friends all gather and come have a good time without have to worry about picking out a gift for a one year old.  Our friends are so generous though, and literally every person asked if they could bring something or help out in some way.  In hindsight I might have asked them to bring food or toiletries for the shelter my church supports so that they didn’t feel awkward showing up empty handed.

The room was filled with our friends and family who love us and love Adelaide.  To look every direction and see the people that have helped you raise your daughter is a feeling like no other.  I know how lucky I am to have had the support I’ve had over the last year and I’m eternally grateful for every single one of those people.  It really does take a village. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I was hesitant to have a smash cake at the party for a few reasons.  We’d have to get a high chair to the party location, Adelaide would of course get messy, but how messy?  I decided to suck it up and go for it.  The cake was made at a local bakery (I just asked for a plain white 4″ cake) and I put donut shaped cake pops on top.

I brought a change of clothes for her and a ton of wipes. 

Turns out we didn’t really need them because girlfriend doesn’t want any cake.

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She was not at all interested in the cake.  She picked off the donuts one by one and tossed them to the ground.  She wouldn’t even touch the cake, so finally Jon put his finger in the icing and gave her a taste.  She was still skeptical.  Finally, we got her a fork and she took a few bites off of a fork and then tried to stand up and get out of her chair.  Basically, it was the cleanest smash cake you’ve ever seen.  She didn’t wear a bib and didn’t get a speck of icing on her clothes.  She kills me. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I still can’t believe I have a one year old.  I’m so lucky to be her mama.

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Breaking Bad Cake Pops

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The series finale of Breaking Bad is mere minutes away and I’ve got the baby in bed and the tv tuned in.  I’ve been waiting all week for this, and it’s here!  In honor of the best tv show ever, I’ve made a few snacks.

We’ve got the Walter White cake pops.  I made regular cake pops, dipped them in white candy melts and topped them with crushed up jolly ranchers.  So easy.

Jon requested a few “Grey Matter” themed cake pops, so I made a few grey ones and rolled them sprinkles I had leftover from a New Years project.

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And last, but not least, we have the Jesse Pinkman Vodka Pink Lemonade.  Oh yes, I’m ready.  Share your thoughts on the finale!

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Jesse Pinkman Pink Vodka Lemonade

2 oz Vodka

2 oz Lemon Juice

1 oz Cranberry

1 oz Simple Syrup

Add water to taste (about 3 oz)

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Love is Sweet

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This past weekend I threw a bridal shower for my friend Jessica.  We became quick friends when she started dating Jon’s best friend Matt.

I always used to tell Matt that I wanted him to date someone who I could be friends with, so I was pretty excited when he introduced me to Jess.

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I of course had to have a mimosa bar, because what event is complete without a little booze?  I served the champagne with grapefruit, orange juice and raspberry lemonade.  The raspberry lemonade was by far the most popular choice (probably because it was awesome).

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This cheese board is actually Jon’s masterpiece.  Thank goodness I had him around to help set up before the shower because preparing for a shower with a newborn takes a tiny bit longer than I expected.

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I used this recipe for the cucumber topping.  It’s just Boursin cheese and a tiny bit of heavy cream.  Easy and awesome.  Done and done.

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Then there were cheesecake pops.  Oh, cheesecake pops.

True story: I tried to make my very first cheesecake the day before the shower while Adelaide was napping.  I rushed through it and got it in the oven literally at the same time that she woke up.  I baked it for an hour and then let it cool in the oven for the recommended five hours.

And then I forgot about it.

The next morning I woke up and realized my mistake.  I’m pretty sure the guests wouldn’t have appreciated eating a cheesecake that had been sitting out for twenty four hours, so I had to throw it out and send Jon to buy a store bought one.  The worst part isn’t that I had to throw out a perfectly good cheesecake, it’s that I wasted an entire two hour nap.

Next time I would skip trying to make it from scratch and just buy a store bought one to begin with.

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Congratulations to Matt and Jessica.  We couldn’t be more excited for you!

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Three Year Blogiversary

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This week marks three years that I’ve been documenting my life on The Baloney Bug.

In the last year I enjoyed my boys:

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I tried some new recipes:

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I learned not to lend people my phone:

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Had a bride cut me off:

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I traveled:

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I spent time with my family:

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And the best of them all, I’m expecting our first child:

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Thanks to everyone who ever clicks over to this page and shares in what happens over here.  This blog has become my place to document my little family, my modern day scrapbook.

I can’t help but to be excited about what the next year will look like.

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Pie Pops

Your eyes are not deceiving you, that is pie on a stick.  I’d seen pictures of pie pops floating around the web and knew it was something I had to try.  They were surprisingly easy to make.  Especially because I cheated and used pre-made pie crust and fillings.  But the beauty of these is you can literally fill them with anything.  Chocolate, nuts, cherries, apples, pumpkin…the list goes on.

First, take the pre-made pie crust and roll it out a bit thinner.  Make sure to use flour on the top and bottom to keep it from sticking.  Then cut out your pie shapes.

Put the cut out pie crust onto your tray with a lollipop stick.  Fill with your desired filling.  I chose cherry.

Then put another piece of pie crust on top, making a pie sandwich.  Maybe I would have eaten my sandwiches more as a kid if my mom made them out of pie.  Just a thought.

I sealed the pie sandwiches by pressing around the edges with an extra lollipop stick.  I’ve decided that next time I make these I’ll just use a fork, but really either way is fine.  Brush egg whites on the tops and pop them in the oven at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes (or until they’re golden brown).

Leave them on the tray to cool so that the stick can settle.  I might even try these next time without the stick.  I mean, a mini pie sandwich is a delightful snack regardless if it’s on a stick or not, right?

These really were ridiculously easy to make.  And quite a crowd pleaser as well.  I already went out and bought a couple Christmas shaped cookie cutters so I can make a more seasonal variety.  Can’t you just imagine your relatives singing your praises if you brought these to Thanksgiving dinner?

You’re welcome.

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Donut Cake Bites

I wanted to switch up my cake pops from their normal shape so I decided to spice it up by making them look like tiny donuts.

Hubs was fairly popular when he brought these into his office the next day.

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Carrot Cake Truffles

Funny story: A couple of weeks back hubs and I were out to dinner and trying to decide what desserts to share.  Hubs suggests the carrot cake and I say, “Ew, no way” and suggest something else.  So we order our desserts, the waitress walks away and hubs goes, “But carrot cake is my favorite.”

What??  Since when??  How have I been married to this person for over three years and had no idea that carrot cake was his favorite?  I don’t know how but it just never came up.

So to make it up to him I used this recipe to make him carrot cake truffles filled with a cream cheese icing.

Well, we may not have won the Mega Millions but at least hubs got some Carrot Cake Truffles.

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Cake Pop Tutorial

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I’ve been getting enough inquiries into how to make cake pops that I decided it was time for a tutorial.  My very first!

Cake pops are a major labor of love.  They’re time consuming, tedious and often times frustrating.  But the result is that oh so sweet little dessert that’s sure to impress.  Hopefully these steps will help you make your very own pops.

1. Bake a sheet cake and crumble.  I did this by hand, but it can be done with a food processor.  Unfortunately mine broke.  (This would make a good birthday gift.  Cough cough.)

2. Mix in about 2/3 a can of frosting.  I don’t use the whole jar because then the cake will most likely fall off the stick when dipping.  Don’t be afraid to get your hands in there!

3. Form into balls.  I then let them sit in the freezer for half hour or in the fridge for multiple hours.  This way they are firm and don’t fall of the stick when you dip them.

4. Okay, now the dipping part.  This is where it gets complicated good.  I use Wilton Candy Melts because they’re the most readily available and cheap.  Here’s the key: microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between.

And listen up- I add a dollop of Crisco to the melts before microwaving.  The candy melts can be way too thick, and this really makes the dipping step MUCH easier.

5. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick into the candy melts and then put it about half way into your cake ball and let sit for a couple of minutes.  This is an important step and will help ensure that the cake ball doesn’t fall off the stick while being dipped.

6. Submerge the cake ball all the way down into the melts.  Do not swoosh it around in the melts or it will fall off the stick.  I’ve found the best way to coat it is just rock it back and forth.

7. Remove and tap your wrist to get any excess melts off.  Do not shake or tap the stick directly or the cake will fall off the stick.

8. Decorate as desired and put in a styrofoam block to dry.  I’ve started to use these because they’re cheaper.

9. Enjoy!

If you haven’t already seen Bakerella’s video, it’s a must see.  Best of luck!

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Thin Mint Truffles

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day I naturally made Thin Mint Truffles.  I mean, what else am I supposed to do with a dozen boxes of girl scout cookies?

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