Happy Halloween!

Edible Eyeballs anyone?

I was searching online for a healthy snack my preschooler could bring to school today to share with her classmates. I couldn’t be happier with this snack and it was super easy!

All you need are carrots, cream cheese and black olives! I cut up the carrots last night and put them in some Tupperware with cold water and also cut the olives in half and put those back in their brine. This morning all I had to do was “paste” the cream cheese on the carrots and plop the olives on top – my three year old helped me with that step.

Happy Trick ‘O Tricking!


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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I brought some homemade-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies in to share with the office today. When I set them out this morning, I assured everyone that with 2 cups of oatmeal these definitely fall into the breakfast category ;) Just a few short hours and many enthusiastic thank you’s later, this was all that was left at noon!

By popular demand, here’s the recipe. I’ve also included a few fun variations!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening (I use these handy pre-measured Crisco shortening packs)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Quaker Rolled Oats
  • 2 BAGS semisweet chocolate chips (I’ve also been known to use 1 bag of semisweet + 1 bag white chocolate chip cookies!)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat shortening, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually stir in flour mixture.
  5. Stir in rolled oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Lightly spritz cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray
  7. Teaspoon onto baking sheets
  8. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden. I let cookies cool on sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Yields approximately 64 cookies (16 cookies per cookie sheet).

With this many cookies, I like sharing! But they also keep well stored in the freezer and are surprisingly good, just a little bit crumbly, frozen.

Another way I like my cookies when I’m feeling extra indulgent?

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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It’s A……

Recently, we received two very fun and unique announcements from friends sharing that they’re expecting and if it’s a baby boy or girl. And they’re just too cute not to share with you! Bonus? These expecting moms found a fun way to make their announcements fun for family and friends both near and far!

One really unique way of revealing the exciting news? (It’s delicious, too, if you live nearby!) A friend posted this on Facebook:

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And a few hours later…

 

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Love this idea? We thought you might! See below for instructions on how to make your very own “Baby Cakes”

Baby Cakes

1) Prepare a batch of your favorite cupcakes (24 count). Let cool completely.
2) Mix up the filling while cupcakes are cooling:

2 tsp. hot water
1/4 tsp. salt
1 jar marshmallow cream (7oz)
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Food coloring (Red or Blue)

3). Dissolve salt in hot water and set aside to cool.
4). Whip marshmallow cream, shortening, sugar, and vanilla until it’s fluffy.
5). Add in cooled salt water and whip well until completely combined.
6). Add drops of food coloring to filling and whip until you have your desired color.
7). Fill your cakes:

Place filling in a pastry icing bag with a #22 star tip.
Insert tip into top of cupcake and gently squeeze until a small amount of filling is in the cupcake. You can also cut a small hole in the top of the cupcake and spoon filling in if you prefer.

8). Frost your cakes with your favorite icing to cover up the colored dot on the top of the cupcakes.
9) Serve to family and friends to share the wonderful news!

 

Another friend made the announcement by combining her love of photography, design and shoes!

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Did you do anything fun or different to let your loved ones know the good news? Let us know!

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‘An Afternoon In Italy’ Baby Shower

How sweet is this?

Last Saturday, I attended “An Afternoon in Italy” Baby Shower in celebration of a close friend, pictured above, who is expecting her first child — a little girl! — at the end of December.

The setting was completely charming! My friends who hosted did a stunning job transforming one of their backyards into a beautiful space reminiscent of an Italian trattoria.

The afternoon was complete with Italian music, delectable homemade and catered Italian bites…

 

Bellinis, vino, champagne, and Pelligrino…

{On a side note: How cute is that watermelon-baby buggy?! And how about that homemade chalkboard? I made it out of an Ikea picture frame and a can of chalkboard spray paint :) }

And gifts and games! My favorite game was trying to guess the name of the famous baby mama stuck on your back. It’s a great ice breaker if not everyone knows each other. I FINALLY guessed mine after deducing that my celeb was blonde, around 30, married, not an actress, not a model, not a singer, that she is seen in magazines like Us Weekly and People, and not on reality TV but her dad is — Can you guess who?!

We played two other games throughout the afternoon. In keeping with the Italian theme, the winners each won a bottle of wine. One game was to estimate the number of taffy pieces in a glass jar, and the other was to determine who carried around everything but their kitchen sink/the most useful stuff in their handbag. To determine the winner for the latter, a pen was handed to each guest along with a piece of paper listing 50 items. Anything from a toothbrush to a calculator, rubber band, and safety pin. If you had it in your bag, you got a point. I had a teeny tiny handbag with me that day so I got two points since my smart phone counted as a calculator and a camera. Someone (with a big bag) got 38/50! I didn’t walk away empty-handed, though. All guests received a cute little jar of cocoa butter with the event name and date engraved on the top!

Finally, I just have to share that as gifts were being opened, one of the gals sitting directly next to me whom I had never met before pulled out a Marmont Nursing Cover and started nursing her baby! …Of course I had to say something and she was kind enough to allow me to take photos even after I warned that they might end up here or on our Bebe au Lait Facebook page :)

Have you attended a baby shower recently? What’s your favorite baby shower game?

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