Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chick Chat!

Every month my mom hosts a ladies group called "Chick Chat" at her house. Its a time where ladies from all walks of life can get together and have a great time of fellowship. Every month a lady from the group shares "her story" and after that I have make tons of delicious desserts to eat. This month my aunt Amy Smalley came to speak to the group. She is a marriage counselor/speaker who travels all over the world helping couples to improve/save their marriages.

We took a break from doing Chick Chat over the holidays and didn't have it for 4 months. We wanted to start back with a BANG. I made TONS of desserts and we went all out for decor. Here are some pics of last night...

We had a Candy Table full of candy and take out boxes to fill up

The Mantle with our Chick Chat Banner

Our Dessert Table

M&M Sandwich Cookies

Almond Joy Cake bombs- Chocolate Cake soaked in hot fudge filled with Coconut almond cream and covered in chocolate

Butterfinger Cupcakes- Butter cake filled with Butterfinger cream frosted with chocolate butterfinger frosing

Snickers Cheesecake

We had around 45 women come! This was the largest group we have had yet. Here is a pic of some of the women that came. There are a lot missing from the picture....

I was so excited to invite the ladies from my small group at my new church! Here we all are...

It was such a fun night! Cant wait till next month!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

What Im Makin' these days!

Show Us Your Life with Kelly's Korner
This Weeks "Show us Your Life" is all about what people make! I'm so excited I get to participate in this one! I make Desserts and Bows and all sorts of party decor! I have been doing bows for the past year and a half now but I've been making desserts and pastries since I was 14. I started my own Holiday dessert and pie business at 15 and have always had a love for pastry making. I went to Culinary school and have been a pastry chef professionally since I was 20 years old. Even though I'm not working anymore, I still do custom orders for desserts and parties. Here are just a few pictures of some of the desserts I have done recently.

Almond Joy Cake Bomb- Chocolate cake filled with coconut almond cream and covered in chocolate
Cherry Limeade Cupcakes- Lime Cake filled with a cherry filling frosted with lime and cherry frosting

 Chocolate Peanut butter Cupcakes- Chocolate cake filled with peanut butter cream and peanut butter frosting and drizzled with fudge
Oreo cake bombs- Chocolate cake filled with Oreo Mousse covered in White chocolate and Oreos
Strawberry lemonade Cupcakes- Strawberry cake filled with lemon cream with strawberry and lemon frosting

Cookie dough and dirt cake cupcakes

Another thing I LOVE to do is plan and make decorations for parties! While working at The Sweet Spot I planned all of our children's parties and I LOVED it. I make things like banners, cake toppers, cupcake wrappers and all the other party decor. Here are some pics of a couple things I've done.

One last thing that I make and sell are my bows! I tend to make more of an "over the top bow" mainly because that is mostly all Hannah wears. Here are a few pics of some of my recent bows..

Well that's it! If anyone has any questions or would like to place an order for something dont hesitate to leave me a comment of email me!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday LOVIN!

One thing I am LOVING today is a blog post from Paige at Praise Him in this Storm..... She wrote about the very popular article circulating through facebook called "Don't Carpe Diem". If y'all haven't read the article read it HERE. But I LOVED Paige's take on it.

When I read the article I was not a fan! It seemed so negative to me. I realize that having kids is challenging and I'm sure when you have more than one its even worse, but the whole article rubbed me the wrong way. It seems every time an older woman (or man) reminds me to enjoy my daughter even in those hard times, I really appreciate their advice, they usually offer it because they have perspective. I have learned that having perspective is one of the hardest things to acquire sometimes.
I think that that is exactly what "The older Woman" in that article is trying to point out to the writer. Its not that she wants her to throw a party because her kids are acting up, but its that she wants to bestow a little "perspective" to her day.Its natural to want to complain about our kids when we have had a hard and challenging day (week, or month ha!) with them. But its when our complaining becomes more frequent than our thankfulness that we loose sight of the gift God has given us. Every time Hannah is bugging me to death or being disobedient or just plain bad, I try and remind myself of all of the women out there who would LOVE to be in my shoes, the women who have lost a child or told that they will never have a child. God has given me the best gift he can possibly give us on this earth and that's a child. If I spend every night in bed and look at my husband relieved just to have gotten through another day, I don't consider that doing the best with the gift that I have been given. Not to say that there wont be those nights, but I hope and pray that there will be significantly more nights that we lay in bed telling each other how lucky we are that we have an angel sleeping in the next room.

Another thing I'm LOVING are the recipes I am finding on Pinterest. I have found a couple of "Smores" recipes that look amazing!These look so good!
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And so do these!
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Happy Wednesday Y'all!
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

This Weekend...

This weekend has been a good one! We started it out by... TAKING DOWN OUR CHRISTMAS (don't judge... we did just spend over a week at Disney ha!) Last weekend when we got back I kept telling myself to take it all down but....that never happened. So this weekend I knew I HAD to do it. I was not about to go into February with Christmas still up. To make matters worse Hannah was still under the impression that it still was Christmas. She kept saying throughout the day "Merry Christmas...Happy New Year". Poor baby, we have confused her by leaving our decor up until almost FEBRUARY!

I also had an order for Cinnamon rolls and sticky buns I had to make for someone at my dads work. I hadn't made them in so long and was a little panicky at first because that's one of the recipes I never wrote down because I want to keep it in MY HEAD ONLY (no sharing this one sorry) Well.... I had forgotten it for a second but I eventually remembered and they turned out GREAT!

There is nothing like a warm cinnamon roll and sticky bun!

We also introduced Hannah to "The Little Mermaid". She has been on a serious Cinderella kick and we watch that movie up to 4 TIMES A DAY! I was really wanting to find the Little Mermaid to hopefully give her another option. Well I found the one that I watched as a little girl on VHS. WOW! I forgot or never realized how poor the quality was on those things. It was so neat to get to watch it again. Every time I watch old movies from when I was little it brings me back and I am LOVING the fact that I get to do this all over again. She LOVES the movie! So much in fact that we watched it 3 TIMES yesterday... Here we go again ha! I am really enjoying her at this stage. I just want to soak every single minute of my girly girl.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What Im LOVING Wednesday!

So now that I am going to be making more of an effort to get back into blogging, I have to start back on my What I'm Loving Wednesdays! The first thing I am LOVING this week is planning Hannah's 2nd birthday party. I was OBSESSED with planning her 1st Birthday Party but this year I'm going to take it a (little) bit easier with her 2nd Birthday party. This year we are having it at the Jumpy Place and the party theme is Minnie Mouse (shocker ha!) Here are some of my Pinterest inspirations....

The next thing that I am LOVING are all the new TV shows that started this month! We were gone at Disney for over a week and when I got back my DVR was 55% full! These are some of the shows in my DVR right now...

Desperate Housewives: I have always been a fan (even through last years pitiful season)

The Bachelor: Even though I am really NOT DIGGING Ben, I will continue to watch

Dance Moms: I LOVE this show!

Pan Am: I LOVE this show! I have heard rumors that it might be getting cancelled... I hope not!

I only get the chance to watch these shows right before Han wakes up. My husband and I like to watch The Middle, Modern Family, Top Chef and The office together at night after she is asleep.

The last thing I am LOVING this week is the fact that I am officially a stay at home mommy again.My job at The Sweet Spot is no more because well... The Sweet Spot is no more. The owner (Brittney) just didn't want to do it anymore and hadn't even been to the shop in months. I had to run EVERYTHING and make all the decisions plus bake everything for the shop and it wasn't ever going to work out with the  schedule I needed. I only wanted to work part time and the store needed someone full time to make it work the way it needed to. So Brittney and I decided it was best to close. She had just had a baby and wanted to stay home and I didn't want the responsibility of a full time job.... Hannah had to come first. So right after Christmas we closed the doors. I have to say that it hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be. Hannah has been the sweetest she has EVER been. I don't know if its because of coincidence of if she loves staying at home with me everyday but we are both LOVING this new change. I'm excited to get back into MOPS and playdates and I really want to start BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). We haven't had any time to do those things because of me working. I have learned that I might not always get to stay home with her and so I am cherishing this precious time we have.She is only at this age once and I want to SOAK HER UP! She is my little best friend!