Beach Bum Cake Pops!

Well, sadly summer is almost over! Or actually, scratch that! I had a wonderful summer but I’m tired of the scorching heat and ready for the cool, breezy temps the fall brings…along with the rich colors that Autumn brings!

Summer was full of fun though; for one it was the start of my cake pops craze! I made so many cake pops this summer that I’ve begun to loose track! Some of the first ones I made were Beach Bum cake pops that I took to our Family Reunion in Navarre Beach, Florida.

These little guys cost me several precious hours to make but turned out so stinkin’ cute (and YUMMY of course) that it was well worth the time!

So, what do you think? Did these little guys turn out “beary” cute or what? Each teddy had a swimsuit drawn on (afterall, we weren’t at a nude beach!) and a face painted on…some I’m not gonna lie, they seem to be saying “Help me! I’m about to drown!” LOL! Regardless of their facial expressions, they were delicious and were consumed in no time. (P.S. Cake pops are delicious with a big bowl of ice cream, just sayin’.)

This is a picture from the Navarre Beach trip. Of course we did the classic khaki and white pictures that everyone seems to do these days! We did these in the morning when the beach was less crowded and boy was it sunny…the squinty eyes just couldn’t be helped!

Ok, well I hope you had a delightful summer as well. Oh and if you have a cake pop need…shoot me an email. AnneRains@gmail.com

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S’mores Cookie Bars

I’m a huge fan of all things S’mores! I’ve always loved them since my early Girl Scout camping days but they became even more meaningful to me on the night my hubby proposed. We got engaged at the Ritz Carlton at Lake Oconee while having a romantic chiminea dinner at sunset by the lake. Because of the fire in the chiminea, there was a place to roast marshmallows so the dessert was s’mores.

Ever since then I’m always on the lookout for various types of s’mores treats. We even had a s’mores bar at our wedding! The caterer made this deliciously yummy bite-sized s’mores that were adorable. Here’s a picture of those:

Aren’t they too cute?! And lucky me, my s’mores obsession is being fed through my current Pinterest obsession as well! There are TONS of recipes from s’mores martinis, to s’mores inside of a cookies to s’mores pies and cakes that I’m just dying to try. One day I’ll get around to all of them.

I started with the S’mores Cookie Bars recipe. Let me just tell you, these are FABULOUS! I made them for my monthly Supper Club and did not come home with leftovers. They are so delicious served up warm because that’s when the magic happens: the marshmallow and chocolate are all gooey inside, but the outside is a perfectly soft, wonderfully delicious graham cracker cookie. You’ve really got to try them; you WON’T be let down!

Now here’s what you’ll need and how to make this little piece of heaven:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 C. butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 C. brown sugar
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 C. all purpose flour
  • 3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 king-sized milk chocolate bars
  • 1 1/2 C. marshmallow creme/fluff

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined.
  3. Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place chocolate bars over dough. 2 King-sized bars should fit perfectly side by side, but break the chocolate (if necessary) to get a single layer. Spread marshmallow creme over chocolate. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together).
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars. (They are delicious warmed up in the microwave for 20 seconds or so to achieve the gooey center!)

Makes 16 cookie bars.

Try these! They won’t disappoint!

As I said before, I found these on Pinterest…the original blog post containing the recipe is HERE. Visit that blog sometime if you enjoy desserts as much as I do, there are lots of good recipes there!

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No time to bake, but want some yummy treats? Contact me because I love to bake! AnneRains@Gmail.com

Nature Themed Baby Boy Shower

I adore and have such a wonderful time planning parties! I’ve always had fun hosting baby showers, wedding showers, Christmas parties, dinner parties…you name it, but lately I’ve gotten even more excited about throwing parties due to an amazing party blog my best friend discovered.

Check it out sometime…Kara’s Party Ideas and trust me, you’ll be inspired too!

Today I’d like to share with you a baby shower my best friend and I hosted earlier this Summer. We went with a nature/forest type theme.

The wreath was also part of the the new Mommy’s gift so that when baby Liam arrives she can put it on her front door as an announcement.

The Mama-to-be’s mother made this amazing diaper cake! I’ve never seen one so elaborate and beautiful before!

Frog cake pops were the favors for the guests.

“Acorns”…aren’t those too cute? Made from a dark chocolate kiss, mini vanilla wafer, butterscotch chip and some icing.

S’more Kabobs

Open-faced cucumber sandwiches

We took baby pictures of the future parents, cut them out and glued them onto leaf-shaped pieces of scrapbook paper.

Sweet tea and lemonade was served in mason jars. The guest’s names were on labels to prevent drinks from getting mixed up.

The guests painted onesies and burp clothes. (TIP: We thought it would be cute to hang them outside on my fence to dry…we didn’t realize until later there was a slight breeze. The onesies got blown around a bit and it caused the paint to mess up a little. Moral of the story: lay them flat to dry)

Another tip when throwing a baby or wedding shower is to buy some cute thank you cards. At the party have each guest address an envelope to themeselves. Give the envelopes and thank you cards to the guest of honor to make writing thank you notes ten times easier on them!

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Hopefully these ideas inspired you for your next party! If you’d rather not plan a party by yourself and would like my help, contact me at AnneRains@gmail.com and we’ll discuss your party planning needs.

DIY Frame Artwork

Well, the other day I got a little DIY inspiration from none other than Pinterest! Where else would I get cute ideas from without that new website?! If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet or just haven’t heard of Pinterest, let me tell you a bit about it.

Basically it’s a visual bookmarking system which allows you to save all the really cool things you find on the web in an organized and visually appealing way. The extra neat thing about Pinterest though is that you can SEE what everyone else is bookmarking or “pinning” and then if you like it you can repin it to your page. Pretty cool, huh?

Click here to find me: Anne’s Pinterest

Leave me a comment or send me an email at annerains@gmail.com if you need an invite to Pinterest!

Now onto the point of this post. So a few weeks ago I saw this picture on Pinterest:

I thought that was adorable and it made me want to do something similar in my house.(If you click on the picture you will be taken to the original blogger who created that frame).

The frame is the UNG DRILL frame from Ikea which I promptly went out and purchased. I also bought a wooden letter from JoAnn’s craft store and some black paint. I’m IN LOVE with burlap at the moment and had some at home so that was the fabric I decided to use. The frame came black which matches my home perfectly so I did not have to do anything to it.

Here’s my final product:

I placed it on a wall you see when you first come from the laundry room into the hallway. You can also see it from the main living area. I’m pleased with how this little project turned out. And this little update only cost about $35 or so.

My Niece’s Engagement Session

I was so thrilled when my beautiful, sweet niece Brittany asked me to take her engagement pictures. Of course I said yes! We went to Stone Mountain Park because I just love all of the picture perfect spots there.

Here are a few:

Aren’t these two precious?

Such cute lovebirds!

Best wishes Brittany and David for a very long, happy life together! God bless y’all!

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Contact me at AnneRains@gmail.com if you’re near the Metro Atlanta area and would like to schedule a photography session. For pricing details click on the photography tab at the top of the screen.

Have a great day!