Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My Favorites Valentine's Day Party Round UP

With Valentine's Day just around then corner it is time to plan all those class room Valentines Parties.  To make things easier I have put together some of my favorite ideas.  

1. Easy and cute class party all planed out.  Easy as 1-2-3..

I love these cute parfaits.

2. I love the idea of having kids decorate straws, it is a lot like decortaing the  cups, but the more they can do the better.  

Great instructions at Paper Source Blog.

3. Awesome and fun party games at Cul-de-sac Cool.

These sound so fun I am looking forward to using them at my next party.

4. My kids LOVE Yahtzee and how cute is this Valentine's Day Yahtzee at The Idea Room.  

Great for smaller parties or Valentines family game night.

5. Matching games are great.  Educational, but kids don't realize it.  

You could make one like this one from Make and Takes.  Or make it for older kids with math facts, (2x3) and (6).

6. Makoodle has this very cute Valentines Bingo boards.  

Bingo is always a hit.

7.  Free printable party pack at Amanda's Parties To Go.

Tic-tac-toe boards make a fun take home. 

8. Decorate sugar cookies. There is a great recipe at Landeelu.

Cookies, frosting, sprinkles, a few plastic butter knifes and you are good to go.

If you are doing groups, make sure to make a set for each group.  

10. Fun minute to win it games at Sassy Sites.

Several fun looking games here.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Best Oreo Cupcakes

I am pleased to introduce you to the very best Oreo cupcakes.

Oh, they are SO good.  What makes them extra good is the "frosting."  It is less like frosting and more like a fluffy cheesecake.


For the cupcakes
1 box of triple chocolate cake mix
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 larger size box of unprepared chocolate pudding
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup of water
About a cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
about 6 very chopped Oreos

For the frosting
1 package of cream cheese, 8oz. at room temp.
4 cups powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 container of Cool Whip, 8oz. thawed

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix together the cake mix, oil, unprepared pudding, sour cream, eggs, and water.  Then add in chocolate chips and finely chopped Oreos. 
3. Bake in cupcake liners for about 18 mins.
4. While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting.
5. Beat the cream cheese and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy.  Slowly add in the sugar while continuing to mix the cream cheese mixture.
6. On a low speed, add in the cool whip.
7. You may need to allow the frosting to set up in the refrigerator while the cupcakes continue to cool.  Make sure the cupcake are all the way cool before adding frosting.
8. Put your frosting in a pastry bag.
9. Stick the point of the pastry bag into the cupcake and squeeze a little frosting into the center.  You will see the cupcake puff up.
10. Then frost the cupcakes like normal and sprinkle with crushed Oreo.
11. If you'd like, stick a piece of leftover Oreo in the frosting, for a little flair and extra cookie goodness.

Do you want a few extra tips on how to make pretty cupcakes and my favorite butter cream frosting, perfect for those up coming Valentine's Day parties?

Plus my favorite Chocolate Fudge Frosting.  So good you will be tempted to eat it with a spoon.

Mmm now I want cake....