Bridal Luncheon Cake Pops

I had the awesome privilege of creating cake pops for my friend from Small Group Bible study. She wanted them for her bridal luncheon yesterday. Her only requests were that I incorporated purple in them, that they would be pretty and that they would be individually wrapped so she could set them at each place setting.

It was so much fun making these elegant cake pops. My goal was to make these cake pops pretty and classy, so I did a vine design on them. I was proud of how they turned out and she was excited about them when I delivered them to her. Each pop was individually wrapped in a clear wrapper and tied with a purple bow.

In case you’ve never experienced the deliciousness of a cake pop, they are coated in sweet vanilla (or chocolate) candy and inside is gooey moist cake. They are completely customizable with your choice of cake flavor, icing flavor and candy flavor too.

Cake pops are the perfect size treat and are great for any occasion. Bridal showers or bridal luncheons, birthday parties, baby showers, anniversary parties, engagement parties, baby gender “reveal” parties….really anything you can think of can be made even more special with cake pops.

I serve the Metro Atlanta and Greater Atlanta, Georgia areas…especially Dacula, Suwanee, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Grayson and Snellville. Please contact me at AnneRains@gmail.com if you have a cake pop need.

Have a blessed day!

Chicken ‘n Dumplings…Crockpot Style!

I am so glad that I found this easy, easy recipe because this is now one of my go-to recipes! Who doesn’t love a big ole’ bowl of Chicken ‘n Dumplings? Especially with this cooler fall weather…and it’ll be even more comforting when the temps drop this winter.

This Chicken ‘n Dumplings recipe is awesome because it’s made in the Crockpot! Oh how I love the Crockpot…just add a few ingredients in the morning and you’re done. Come dinner time you have a meal that tastes fabulous!

In this recipe you do have to do a small amount of work towards the end…such as shredding the chicken and cutting the biscuits into pieces and adding them to the soup. Then you have to let it cook for about another hour, but still this recipe is simple, easy and delicious so those extra steps are no trouble at all!

Ok, well I suppose I should quit yapping and give y’all the recipe already! Here’s a pic first just to get your mouth watering…maybe it’ll be inspiration for what to make this weekend? At any rate, have a great night and try this recipe soon!

Chicken ‘n Dumplings

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 4 Grands Flaky refrigerator biscuits

Directions:

  1. Place chicken in Crockpot
  2. Add the butter, then the soup, chicken broth, onions and parsley
  3. Cook on high for 4-6 hours
  4. Once cooking time has finished, use a fork to break up the chicken (keep chicken in the pot)
  5. Cut the four biscuits into 9 pieces each stir into the soup
  6. Continue cooking for one more hour

You could easily add some veggies to this to make it more like chicken pot pie…carrots, peas, corn would all be good additions. But if you’re not in the mood to be extra healthy (we all have those days!), it is absolutely delicious as is. Enjoy!

As with most recipes these days, I found it on Pinterest (follow me!) and here’s the link to the original recipe.

Favorite Photos from Crested Butte, Co

Tonight I finally got around to editing my favorite photos I took while on vacation in September to Crested Butte, Colorado. If you have never heard of or visited Crested Butte before you should definitely consider vacationing there! It’s absolutely beautiful and is a fun little mountain town full of great restaurants (you won’t find fast food places or franchises there…just locally owned restaurants with really delicious food!)

If you enjoy snow skiing it’s great to visit in the winter and is cheaper than big name places like Aspen and Vail. Summertime you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, horse back riding and just taking in the beautiful scenery. And no matter which season you visit in there’s plenty of cute little shops and boutiques for you to explore. I love the slower pace of life in Crested Butte and the fact that you can easily walk or bicycle to get around town (or take the free town shuttle between the town of Crested Butte and up to the ski resort area!)…maybe someday I will move there.

Enjoy these photos!

If you want to see more pictures from our Crested Butte, CO trip, here’s a link to my Facebook album of my favorite (unedited) images:

Colorado Trip Album

Isn’t the world God created for us beautiful?! Just imagine what Heaven will be like!!
Have a blessed evening!

Cookie Inspired Cake Pops

Not too long ago I had a request to make Oreo cake pops…without hesitation I said ‘yes’ because they sounded too yummy not to do. After delivering that order (it was a wife getting them for her hubby as an anniversary treat…great gift idea!) I was inspired to create other cookie inspired cake pops.

My family was celebrating fall birthdays the following week so it was the perfect excuse to try them out. Believe me, they were willing guinea pigs…I mean who doesn’t love gooey chocolate cake covered in vanilla candy and loaded with your favorite kind of crushed cookie?! Heaven on a stick if you ask me.

I’m now offering a cookie inspiration line of cake pops…your choice of Oreo, Chips Ahoy or Nutter Butter. Email me for details: AnneRains@gmail.com

Oh boy…what have I done? Now I’m craving cake pops!

“Crack” Brownies

Well, these brownies certainly live up to their name! They are extra rich in flavor and very addicting. I came across this brownie recipe on Pinterest (naturally) and quickly decided to make them for my boss’ birthday because they sounded so yummy.

These brownies have practically everything in them except the kitchen sink…which means a). they will appeal to pretty much everyone (if they don’t enjoy these something’s wrong with them!) and b). you aren’t going to be able to eat just one!

What’s not to love about a brownie covered in Reese’s cups, marshmallows and peanuts? And that’s not all! They are also smothered in a creamy chocolate peanut butter frosting that gets a slight crunch from Rice Krispy cereal. Oh. My. Word!

I bet your mouth is watering just thinking about these…I just ate lunch but I’m getting hungry typing these words. I’m off to the grocery store in a bit–it may just be time to make these little jewels again today!

Crack Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe for brownies, or use a boxed mix
  • 1/2 C. salted peanuts
  • 1 C. chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • 2 C. mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 C. chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 C. Rice Krispies cereal

Directions:

Butter a 9×13 baking dish, or line it with parchment paper. Mix brownies according to directions and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and top with peanuts, peanut butter cups and marshmallows. Return to oven for five minutes, or until marshmallows puff and brown and chocolate starts to melt.

Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave; stir in Rice Krispies. Pour mixture evenly on top of baked brownies. Refrigerate for two hours before serving.

Recipe Source: Pip & Ebby

Do you have a to-die-for sinfully sweet recipe you’d like to share? I’d love for you to put it in the comment box!

Have a blessed day!

A Pirate’s First Birthday

This post is long overdue seeing as this party occurred in July!! Ooops! Better late than never though right? My son, Preston, has been nicknamed “Preston the Pirate” since before he was born when I decided upon a pirate themed nursery…so, it was only fitting to make his first birthday party pirate themed as well.

I spent months working out the details for this party! (I’m kind of obsessed with planning and throwing parties!) Many nights I would be trying to fall asleep when a new idea would pop in my head and I would have to write it down right then…and sometimes I would even get out of bed, open the laptop and update the spreadsheet I created for the party. Yes, I did say spreadsheet! I’m a bit of an organized nut so I make spreadsheets for each party I plan with guest lists, decoration lists, food lists…basically anything I can make a list for I do!

Well, before y’all think I’m totally crazy, let’s get to the photos from the party…

I created a banner using ribbon, scrapbook paper and this Martha Stewart letter template.

Using styrofoam, some cute fabric, dowel sticks and laundry pins I created a photo display of each month of Preston’s first year.

The food table was so much fun creating! I’m in love with burlap at the moment and it’s very “piratey” in my opinion so I used it as the tablecloth. I created another banner that says “Ye Grub Station” and hung tons of ribbons from the chandelier. You can see the pirate flag and the pirate ship make up the centerpiece. Gold coins and necklaces were the treasure scattered throughout the table.

Cake pops are pretty time consuming to make but I think they really added an extra touch to the party.

I opted for cupcakes instead of doing a smash cake and regular birthday cake.

S’more kabobs…as you can see, I labeled all the food with silly little names to add more fun.

Fruit kabobs

Sausage Balls

Pigs ‘n a Blanket

Carrots and Celery with Ranch

Other food items included caramel popcorn, goldfish and fruit snacks.

Sweet tea and lemonade was served and guests could choose a mason jar to drink from. I created labels that they could write their name on.

I created a “Preston” banner for his chair and attached a balloon bouquet.

The favors were pirate rubber duckies, pirate tattoos and necklaces.

It was such a fun first birthday party to plan! He’s already almost 15 months, almost time to start planning birthday party number two…just kidding, kinda!

Don’t have the time or would rather hand off the duty of planning your child’s birthday party to someone else? Contact me for a free consultation. I serve the Metro Atlanta and Northeast Atlanta areas and would love to help!

Need help with a bridal or baby shower? Or maybe a milestone birthday party or anniversary party? I can help you plan those events too!

You can reach me at AnneRains@gmail.com

Family Outing: Perry Fair

Today we drove forever away to go to the Fair in Perry, Georgia…well it wasn’t THAT far, but 2.5 hours in the car with a 14 month old who rather run around than sit still can be fraying on the nerves! Preston is too little to ride the rides or play the carnival games so we mostly checked out the animals (the llamas were our favorite!) and munched on some snacks…fair food is not healthy, but oh so delicious! Have you had a hot apple dumpling with vanilla icecream at the fair? Oh you HAVE to get one! Yummy!

Here are a few photos from our day

Is that Llama not precious? She was so sweet too…she gave kisses! Her owner takes her to hospitals to visit patients and brighten their day. Pretty neat!

I hope that you are having a great weekend and enjoying fun activities with family and friends! Be blessed!