Sock Monkey Baby Shower

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Growing up I never had a sock monkey, but if I were a kid now, I would LOVE to have a sock monkey. They are so cute! Given this, I was more than pleased to put together some goodies for a Sock Monkey Baby Shower with a Christmas twist. I made Cake Pops, and Cookies.

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First, the cake pops were Vanilla Cake dyed Blue on the inside since the mother-to-be would be having a boy. I mixed the cake with Vanilla Frosting and then inserted m&m’s for the ears and froze the cake prior to dipping. For the hat I piped on a dab of royal icing and topped it with a red candy. So cute!

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Then, I made some Vanilla Sugar Cookies and piped a sock monkey face on top with Vanilla Royal Icing. I added some pop with colored sugar and a santa hat for the Christmas twist!

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Overall, I was very pleased with how all these goodies came together. The most challenging item was the cake pops, but I did learn a lot and they came out very well!

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Monster High Cake

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Do you have a child who is a fan of the show Monster High? If you do, then I bet they would love this cake!

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I made this Monster High Cake for a client’s daughter who is a fan of the show. The cake is Vanilla and on the inside one layer is dyed Pink and the other is Black. This makes for a pretty exciting surprise when the cake is cut into! The frosting is Cream Cheese Buttercream. I did carve the cake down a bit to achieve the skull shape.

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I heard later that the cake was a hit. The birthday girl was very surprised and happy!

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Classic M&M Cookies

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Are you in the mood for a good, classic cookie?

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Well then, I have what you’re looking for! These Classic M&M Cookies fit the bill perfectly. The cookies are thick, chewy, and full of flavor and color. Oh, and, of course, M&M candies!

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Perfect for an after school pick-me-up or a late evening treat. Best enjoyed with a tall glass of milk.

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Pure Pumpkin Pie

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It’s that pie time of the year. When the weather turns colder, when the leaves change, when you start seeing Christmas commercials on the TV…this is when I start baking all sorts of pies.

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I recently made a Pumpkin Pie for a small holiday get together. It was simple and basic with a buttery, flaky crust filled with a spiced pumpkin filling. The filling turned out great; not too sweet, and the pumpkin flavor really shined through. This pie is best served slightly cool with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Classic Pecan Pie

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Who loves a good pie?

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Well, I sure do! Especially around the holiday season. Once the seasons change, the weather turns cooler, and the leaves start to change, I think about baking pies.

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This time I made a Classic Pecan Pie. Simple, buttery crust filled with a sweet, sticky pecan filling and topped with yet more pecans. Best served at room temperature with a good sized scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream…or both!

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Sweet, lemony, and tart!

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Those words describe the flavors in this Lemon Meringue Pie. I made this pie using a basic Buttery Crust recipe and, once baked, filled it with a sweet and tangy Lemon Curd. After chilling for a bit, the pie was then topped with a sweet Swiss Meringue, which is a bit sweeter than your standard meringue.

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For a final touch I broiled the meringue for a bit in the oven. Nice and toasty brown. All in all I would have to say that I am a fan!

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Fall Theme Sugar Cookies

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Turkeys, Pumpkins, Acorns, and Leaves oh my!

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Fall sure is one of my favorite times of the year. I love seeing all the leaves change and  the sent of pumpkin is everywhere. So I was super excited to make these Fall Sugar Cookies!

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The base is Vanilla Sugar Cookie dough and they are frosted with Vanilla Royal Icing. I chose to make 4 shapes: turkey, pumpkin, acorn, and a leaf.

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I had fun with all of the different shapes, but I would have to say that the Turkey is my favorite. He’s so cute! After flooding all of the cookies I went back and accented various elements with some Sanding Sugar. It really makes them stand out.

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