Angry Birds Birthday Party

Long time no see.

I won’t give you a long, waxing sob story about why I’ve been gone so long. Pretty much, I’ve been lazy. Yes, yes, I know. I missed Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Star Wars Day. I’m sorry!

Kid turned 3 and requested an Angry Birds party. Sadly, we are past the stage where he has no interest in his birthday and I get to do whatever the fuck I want. Luckily, we are behind on the Angry Birds trend and we got most of the party supplies on the cheap.

So if you are technologically handy cap and behind on trends, unlike high school, this works to your advantage.

Cake!

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The cake is made from buttercream stiffened with meringue powder. I think it gave the buttercream a strange flavor so I’m not going to share the recipe. It was easy to worked with and the cake turned out much better than then Unicorn Baby Shower Cake fiasco.

Pizza! (based from a Pin by The Joy of Boys)

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A Little Decor!

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The cake stand that held the cupcakes and cake is from Oriental Trading Company. I decorated it to suit my theme. I was going to make my own but decided why not try this first. I thought for $10 if was worth a shot. Very sturdy and I am going to be able to reuse it multiple times (if not forever).

Most of the decorations are also from Oriental Trading Company. Except the balloons were from Party City.

And yes, those are all horribly crappy cell phone pictures. What? I’m the only one who runs out of time and barely has the last decoration up before people start to arrive?

German Chocolate Cake

Husband just turned 30.

For funnsies, I blew up 30 balloons, each with a note stating something I loved about him, and dumped them on his head.

And made him a German Chocolate Cake.

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German Chocolate Cake recipe from Brown Eyed Baker . I did use my own buttercream recipe, because I think it’s tasty. Not the prettiest cake I’ve ever made, but it was pretty damn good.

And, when Husband blew out the candles, there were thirty candles on the cake. With a fire extinguisher at the ready.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (Christmas Edition)

It’s well documented I am a Hershey’s girl.

With anything in life, there are ‘buts’.  Sometimes, there’s a coupon. And sometimes, that coupon includes adorable Christmas themed chocolate chips.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (based on BH&G Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe)

Yields: 3 dozen

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 tablespoon milk

½ cup melted chocolate (I melted chocolate chips)

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups Toll House Christmas Themed Chocolate Chips (or plain old milk chocolate chips)

Directions

Beat shortening and butter until smooth. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking soda. Mix in eggs until well incorporated. Add vanilla, peppermint, and milk. Fold in melted chocolate.

Mix in cocoa powder and flour, 1/2 cup at a time. 

Add Toll House Christmas chocolate chips.

 Using a 1″ cookie scoop, drop dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack. Allow to cool completely.

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I made these for a food drive at work along with a batch of good old-fashioned chocolate chip.