Party Dress {Giveaway!}

Just in time for the holidays the great  women’s dress designers at Shabby Apple have contacted yours truly to host a Holiday Dress Giveaway!! Woo- wee!! I am so excited I LOVE them all!! In honor of the season I am picking:

Bacciami!Tiber

Bacciami  (red)     &         Tiber (black)

This adorable dress is perfect for a Holiday party, dinner with friends, whatever!! I think it is so cute!! It can go casual with tall boots of more dressy with heels. YOU DECIDE!! Pop on over to Shabby Apple and check out all the great womens dresses, skirts and accessories they have to offer!!

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Contest starts NOW and will end on Sunday, December 4th at midnight and winner will be announced on Monday morning. Good Luck and PLEASE share with your friends!!

xoxo. Mama Bird

Easter Treats!

Easter is just around the corner! I have been working on our Easter Egg Hunt at church and completely forgot to plan for my own Easter celebration! Looking around at some of my fav spots I have seen some great ideas and love to put them all in one spot!

 

peep sushi

Peep Sushi

Adorable Spring Crispy Pops from Glorious Treats

Bunny Tails!! from eighteen25

Veggie Flower Bouquet Treat by LivingLocurto.com

Veggie bouquet by Living Locurto

Easter Basket cupcakes via Tori Spelling @torianddean on twitter

easter egg crayons henry happened

Easter Crayons by Henry Happened

Easter Lollipops

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Here is a pic of last years pops. I haven’t started making them yet! oops….

My buds over at Sugarbomb Bakery

shared a great recipe with real fruit juice.

Go check them out!!

I am IN LOVE with ALL of these ideas!!

What am I going to do for Jack’s Easter Party?

What are you excited about this EASTER?

Mama Bird

Christmas Treats!

RE-POST!! I am so happy to share 3 of my favorite sweet treats. One from my Mom, one from my Mother-in-law and a cookie recipe from ME! How fun!! Yesterday, Jack and I made the Reindeer Cookies and switched them up a little. The result was fantab!! I replaced the craisins and the raisins
for dried cherries and dried apples. YUM!!!

Reindeer Cookies
3 eggs
1 1/4 c brown sugar
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 jar Nutella (you can use peanut butter)
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 c m&m’s (holiday mix)
1/2 c golden raisins
1/2 c craisins
2 tsp baking soda
4 c oatmeal (quick cooking)
Preheat oven to 350. In a very large bowl combine eggs & sugars then add each ingredient and mix. Bake 8-10 mins. Yummy!!

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
This is the best little addition to any party! My MIL introduced this to me years ago when Hubs and I were first dating. I have taken it so many places for so many different things and everyone always wants the recipe. It is great served with graham crackers.
1~ 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter (don’t substitute, will not work!)
1/4 tsp vanilla
3/4 c conf. sugar
2 Tb brown sugar
3/4 c mini choc chips
3/4 c chopped pecans
Mix all ing together except pecans, chill overnight so that you can roll into a ball and roll ball in pecans. Delish!

Tina’s Kentucky Pie
This is a recipe my Mother has made every holiday since I can remember. It is so easy!
1~ 9 in pie shell
1/2 c choc chips
1 stick margarine, melted
2 eggs
1 c sugar
1/2 c plain flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c chopped pecans or walnuts
Put chips in bottom of pie shell, mix other ingredients together and pour over chips. Bake at 350 for 30 mins.

Valentine’s Lollipops

P2021860I was looking through Valentine’s Ideas when I saw that Trendy Treehouse  did a great post and I was super excited to find Roots & Wings Co who posted this great recipe for Nana’s Suckers. I had never made suckers before but these were so cute that I had to give it a try. I had a little trouble finding sucker  molds. I didn’t have time to order the snazzy stainless steel ones they had so mine are a lot thinner. I think they turned out quit well. Especially since I had never even used a candy thermometer!! Thanks to the Sisters over at Roots & Wings Co I am in love and think I will be making suckers for every holiday!!
I halved the recipe. I only had 1 mold (5 lollipops) and this recipe made about 15 pops.
1 c sugar
1/4 c light karo syrup
1/4 c water
Bring to 260 degrees on a candy thermometer and then add coloring (I like the paste) and when it hits 290 take off heat and add flavoring. I used cherry.
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This is what it looks like just as you need to remove it from the heat!! P2021864This is how I am going to give them to Jack’s Class. 

Valentine’s Cupcakes

P2011855 Since we are still stuck at home I thought it would be fun to make some cupcakes. Jack LOVED using the mixer and he really enjoyed adding the food coloring to the frosting.

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Kat’s Fav Frosting

1 stick butter

1 8oz pkg cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla

3 c powdered sugar

Allow butter & cream cheese to come to room temperature. Cream with mixer, add vanilla and powdered sugar 1/2 c at a time. If you are making the frosting only 1 color I advise to add the food coloring before the sugar. (It seems to give a really even color) That being said I typically am doing at least 2 colors with a batch and add the color at the end. Whatever works for you!