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Fancy Chocolate Cake

February 5, 2013 in All Posts, Bake

Today I’m sharing a quick and dirty way to fancy up a regular old store bought box of cake mix.  And by old, I mean literally old – as in expired for over one year.  Before I get to this easy recipe for taking your box cake from grody to gourmet, here’s the backstory of […]

{Craft} DIY Personalized Drink Charms

March 28, 2012 in All Posts, Celebrate, DIY

Here’s the final DIY party decor post from Hubby’s Curry, Cake & A Keg 40th birthday party:  Personalized Wine + Beer Charms! When we saw the rows of glasses lined up on the table on the day before the party, it dawned on us that we didn’t have any wine charms or another way for […]

{Celebrate} Pirate Themed Gift Ideas

January 4, 2012 in All Posts, Celebrate

After the Make Your Own Monster Gift Kit post, which featured some monster-themed gift ideas, some of you asked what themed gifts Sam received for his pirate-themed birthday party, so here you go! My favorite was this awesome set of pirate-themed gifts from our young hipster couple friends who picked up this cool booty from local […]

{Craft} Make Your Own Monster Gift Kit

October 26, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, DIY, Play, Toddler Activities

To know me is to know I can’t resist a good theme!  I fell head over heels with all the pirate-themed birthday gifts Sam received at his first birthday party, so when we were invited to a monster-themed birthday, I just had to give a theme-y gift. But what to give? With so many birthday […]

{Bake} The Outlaw Mom(TM)’s No Bake Oreo Truffle Cake

August 19, 2011 in All Posts, Bake

For J’s birthday, I wanted to create something Oreo-ish since we were having dinner at a restaurant famed – at least in our circle – for its Oreo dessert.  I also wanted to incorporate cream cheese since J had mentioned my Gingerbread Sweeheart Mini Cakes would have been tastier with a cream cheese frosting.  With […]

{Celebrate} Birthdays Are Forever | Free Special Agent Oso Birthday Party Invitation Printable

June 26, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate

How could I have been so remiss?  I posted all the details about our Special Agent Oso birthday party, but neglected to post our invitation! Here it is: Better late than never!  Download a free printable invitation to personalize for your own little special agent’s celebration here.   Just change the font to Cooper Black […]

{Celebrate} Pirate Themed Birthday Party

June 12, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate

Ahoy there, Mateys! You’ve read about my inspiration for Sam’s pirate themed first birthday party and how to make your own pirate party invitation – now here’s how our party turned out and some ideas for your buccaneer bash. The Pirate Ship From the second I came up with the idea for the pirate theme, I […]

{Celebrate} Rolled Treasure Map Pirate Party Invitation

May 31, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, DIY

Inspired by this, the first thing I did to prepare for Sam’s pirate themed birthday party was to decide on the cake.  After debating a pirate ship, a pirate face or a message in a bottle cake, I  finally settled on a treasure chest.  A treasure map invitation was a natural complement to the cake […]

{Celebrate} The Rise of Spring: Easter Craft & Baking Recap

April 28, 2011 in All Posts, Bake, Celebrate, DIY

I’ve always looked forward to back-to-school sales in early August, which mark the imminent start of the school year ahead.  New academic apparel means Halloween – the first official “holiday” of Fall – is around the corner, with Thanksgiving soon to follow, and Christmas rounding out the holiday season in early Winter. This trio of […]

{Bake} Meyer Madness Part III | Strawberry-Filled Meyer Mint Mini Cakes

April 25, 2011 in All Posts, Bake

. . .  and for the finale . . . What better way to celebrate the last of our Meyer lemon stash and all of the red, ripe strawberries overflowing on our kitchen countertop than strawberry-filled meyer mint mini cakes? This time, Jane re-joined the madness from Part I after her brief hiatus in Part II. First, she […]