Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Chocolate Coffee Macarons

If your taste buds are anything like mine, you love the combination of coffee & chocolate. We love chocolate flavored frappes, and chocolate flavored lattes, and anything else that can be changed into chocolate and coffee flavored...

That's why you and I love the idea of making chocolate coffee macarons!!!!

Chocolate Coffee Macarons
w/ Chocolate Coffee Ganache
Makes about 18


1 c powder sugar, sifted
1/2 c almond flour, sifted
2 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
1 Tbsp instant coffee powder
2 large egg whites, room temp
1/4 c granulated sugar

Mix a Tbsp of instant coffee powder into chocolate ganache.

Baking direction from Martha Stewart's seen here.

This one was me and my husband's favorite flavor. It just tasted great, and had that strong coffee smell we both love. 

Try it out!

Bumble Bee Cake Pops

Here's a cakepop post for all those cakepop lovers like me! Great for this coming up SPRING!


Bumble Bee Cake Pops!
great for a baby shower!

OMG! These were the cutest things I've done with cake pops ever since I made these bachelorette cake pops seen here >>>
I must admit, these bees were so time consuming. So I will warn you, be prepared to spend hours on these things. Especially if you are making a lot! In my case, I made 3 dozen...

Note: Scroll through my blog archives and find basic cake pop tutorials. I suggest making a few batches of simpler cake pops first if you are just starting out, before trying these bee cake pops to get a few techniques down. To save time, I will cut straight into mostly the decorating part of this tutorial. 

Step 1: Make cake balls. Here's a few tips on how I make cake pops here and here.
Step 2: Shape the cake balls into ovals.
Step 3: Dip sticks into yellow candy melts, and into oval cake balls. Refrigerate.
Step 4: Dip each cake pop into yellow candy melts. Refrigerate.
Tip: To make the bee stingers, hold the cake pops sideways after dipping into the candy melts to allow the excess chocolate to drip. Once the dripping stops, remain holding the cake pop sideways until the stinger stiffens for a few more seconds before placing them into cake pop stand (Styrofoam board). 
Step 5: Using a new small paintbrush, brush on 2 stripes onto each cake pop using black candy melts. 
Step 6: Using a toothpick, dot some eyes.
Step 7: Adhere two candy hearts between the two stripes to serve as the little wings, using the tip of a cake pop stick dipped into yellow candy melts as glue. 
So fun! and worth all that time and effort because they look super cute. The theme was so perfect and a bit different from the usual "pink" themed baby "girl" showers.
I made a little baby girl bee and just shortened the stick.
This was our refrigerator that week, literally no space for other food other than cake...
These bees were so happy to be outside!
The bees looked so cute wrapped up and tied in their little tiny baggies w/ hexagon-shaped labels on them to match the bumble bee theme.
... also, check out the beehive cake, see more here.
I am definitely gonna make these again sometime, for birthdays or just for funzzies...


Thursday, November 24, 2016

October Baby Shower!

Last month in October, we had our gender reveal baby shower! I was about 32 weeks then. Today on Thanksgiving Day 2016, I am 39 weeks exactly & still very pregnant! The belly has gotten very heavy & big! The hubby & I cannot wait to finally get to meet this kiddo!

I'm thankful for ...
... having made it to 39 weeks of pregnancy
... a healthy baby growing inside me
... a supportive hubby who wakes up any time of the night to help me with absolutely anything & everything
... such loving friends & family who helped make the baby shower happen!

Here's a few photos of the simple DIY/decorations we were able to come up with...

We went with a simple flower centerpiece made of baby's breathe & white carnations which my mother-in-law & aunt bought the morning of ...
... and my aunt arranged them in decorated mason jars with pastel pink & pastel blue burlap ribbons...
 Pink, Blue & White balloons...
 Some Hand-written Hand-drawn signage...
DIY mason jars used as cups for guests during the party & then to take home as party favors!
Because I had little energy to bake & decorate cakes/desserts, we went with simple store-bought cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes... & a family friend made pecan tarts & pecan cookies!
... and on the opposite food spectrum, are very healthy appetizers... cheese, grapes & hummus...etc...
& one of my favorite things... me & the hubby's baby photos! I wonder who the baby will look like!??! 

& if you are wondering... IT'S A BOY!!!

Praise God! & Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!