Hello there! We hope your Friday is off to a good start. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not test out one of these 2 fun and unusual recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth. They are colorful and cheery takes on different snack foods, perfect for a party or celebration. Sure these treats are great for birthday parties, but don’t worry if your birthday isn’t this weekend… we won’t tell anyone!
Birthday Cake S’moreos– Who doesn’t love s’mores? And who can pass up an oreo? With this recipe from The Domestic Rebel you don’t have to choose! We think these s’moreos look fantastic dipped in white chocolate, but any colored chocolate would work well!
Birthday Cake S’moreos – Image & Recipe from The Domestic Diva
Birthday Cake Egg Rolls – Yup we said egg rolls! This creative recipe hails from the blog I Wash You Dry and is such a fun sweet take on a savory snack! These adorable little Cake Egg Rolls are covered in cinnamon-sugar for a sweet decadent treat.
Birthday Cake Egg Rolls – Image & recipe by I Wash You Dry
Which is your favorite Birthday Cake spinoff? We are kind of partial to the egg rolls!
Planning a party big or small can be overwhelming. From the food to the decorations to the activities… there are a lot of aspects to cover. Today we’ve gathered some resources to help you keep organized while your plotting the details of your next soiree!
Happy New Year to all our readers and supporters out there! It was a fantastic year in 2012, we were able to help bring joy and relief to hundreds of kids in San Jose during their birthday months. And in 2013 we hope to reach even more :). With 2012 behind us it is important to reflect back on what was good, so today we have our top 5 posts from this past year! You guys really like to craft don’t you ;)!
At MABW we love crafting, reusing, re-purposing, and putting a personal touch on special occasions. Today we’ve got 3 tutorials to share with you that will have you crafting most everything you need this Holiday season with paper!
Pumpkin cupcake filled with caramel and topped with cream cheese buttercream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
With summer leaving and fall beginning we are excited about fall flavored cupcakes! Today we have a recipe for gluten-free pumpkin cupcakes with orange cream cheese frosting—yum! Enjoy these at your next fall birthday bash, or just because it’s fall!
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk you can make it by combining 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar and letting it stand for 10 minutes before mixing in)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup raisins (your favorite variety—we love golden raisins here)
3 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp orange zest
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven.
In a mixer (or using a large bowl and a hand mixer), beat the butter, molasses, brown sugar, and honey together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. (Start on low-speed and increase to high-speed to get the mixture light and fluffy.)
Add the eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla and pumpkin purée. Beat until well mixed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients—the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to the pumpkin batter, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
Use a wooden spoon to mix in the pecans and raisins.
Arrange paper cupcake holders in a muffin tin. Spoon the batter into the cupcake paper cups, filling them close to the top of the cups. Bake about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove from oven to a rack. Let cool completely before frosting.
Beat the cream cheese, butter or margarine, orange peel, and orange juice until creamy. Beat in confectioner’s sugar until blended and smooth.
Spread icing on cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with walnuts!
We couldn’t help but fall in love with these three adorable recipes. They are so creative and tasty, we think they should definitely be in the running to dominate the menu for your next party! The first recipe is for pinata cookies from She Knows. These are a little labor intensive to make, but the results are amazing and super fun!
Buying wrapping paper, boxes, and bags can get expensive, and let’s face it—kind of boring! So we want to share two great tutorials on how to create your own gift boxes and gift bags from common materials that will be fun to make and add some pizzazz to your gifts! The first tutorial comes from Jessica Jones, a designer and author of the adorable blog, How About Orange. Her blog has a fantastic collection of DIY tutorials, free printables, and other great resources—we highly recommend you check it out. Today though we want to share a link to her tutorial detailing how to make gift boxes from paint chips—brilliant!
Click here for step by step instructions and the template created by Jessica Jones!
The next tutorial comes from the website Instructables, and was created by a woman in Anchorage, Alaska. We love the idea of repurposing cereal boxes into gift bags! these bags will be super sturdy, and could even be a fun birthday party craft!
Today we wanted to share an adorable and easy recipe that is sure to please party-goers of all ages. The recipe comes from Whole Foods and manages to pack in a good bit of protein, fruit while leaving your sweet tooth satisfied. We’ve been obsessed with fresh peanut and almond butter lately and have got some ideas for how to customize the ingredients to suit your unique taste buds.