Sweets & Cakes
Spices & Sugars
Cupcakes & Cookies
Make the perfect recipes for Friendship

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Angry Bird Party

My son just turned 10! He was going back and forth on a party theme and at the last minute decided upon Angry Birds.  I am so out of the loop that I hadn't a clue on what they were and so I had to do a little investigation to make sure it was nothing bad.  I found they were pretty harmless and so my husband and I set about organizing games and making invitations and decorations and of course wonderful cake!

 The decorations were so incredibly simple and inexpensive.  I take no credit for it being my idea as it wasn't, I did a google search and ended up finding some amazing ideas.
My husband ended up making a sling shot for one of the games and buying green and red balls to represent the pigs and red bird.  I ended up printing out some pig eyes and snout and sticking them onto the green balls.  The boys found this tremendous fun and I am sure their "shouts" and "hoorays" could be heard throughout the neighborhood. 

Apple dunking was played along with "toss the parcel" originally known as "pass the parcel".  This ended up being quite a laugh as the boys threw the parcel so hard that the gifts shot all over the garden/yard. "There's nowt like having a good laugh", as my fellow Yorkshire Man would say.
 My son requested cupcakes this year as he really doesn't like cake and fondant.  It seems that every year when I make an elaborate cake he blows the candle out and then runs off to play, leaving a whole cake for me to try and get rid off.  So this year I made sticky toffee cupcakes with toffee buttercream. Very very tasty, he enjoyed them immensely! 

I made cake pops, which I am still learning about and far from success.  I used melted white chocolate with food coloring in and just before they started to harden I sprinkled sparkling sugar on top (really to hide the flaws!).  I am finding it very hard to get white chocolate to work well.  I guess it might be because it's not really chocolate. 

Overall we had a really fun time celebrating his birthday and I can not believe my first born is 10. Time goes by too quickly and I am constantly reminding myself to enjoy every moment with my children because the next 10 years will go just as quick!

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter is almost over!

It's hard to think that winter is almost over.  The celebrations seem to keep us all occupied, that as soon as the New Year rolls round we look up and realize it's over and begin to ask whether there was something we could have done to make it last longer.  Only the memories are alive in our minds and any pictures we managed to take, if we remembered!  
Here are a few pictures I remembered to take, whilst enjoying the Christmas festivities in England with my family.
Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

I only made a few cookies this year, but no christmas cake, trifle, christmas pudding, mince pies etc.  Instead I enjoyed helping my sister and mother in England prepare the meal, which was so wonderful.  I had the best Christmas!! It's been 14 years since I last celebrated Christmas in England. Being married to a Pastor and living in Florida it is very hard for us to get away since Christmas is a time of year where there are many hurting people and many events which keeps my husband running here and there during this time.

Reindeer Norwegian Spice Cookies (my favourite)
I was so blessed to be able to go home for Christmas and spend time with my Mum, sister, brother-in-law and their children.  My children enjoyed every moment with their cousins, feeding the chickens, collecting the eggs together, going on country walks, bouncing on the trampoline in the dark (it gets dark at 4pm in winter), and eating the most amazing foods. They certainly developed a great appetite! The cold was so refreshing and I had extreme fun being able to wear winter clothes for once. We loved it.

Sparkly Snowflakes

So with all the fun I really didn't have time to make anything special, nor time to post anything.  Now we have settled back into a somewhat normal routine and my son's birthday is over I can now post these pictures.  I hope you enjoy them.

Jolly Snowmen