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Cake My Day Inspirations: Food Crafts for Kids — UP CAKE

[ 208 ] March 6, 2015 |

Introducing “Cake My Day” Cake Design Cookbook

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

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Introducing CAKE MY DAY by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson

This month Sweetworks sent us over a box filled with goodies and one simple mission – make a cake that’s inspired by a soon-to-be released book Cake My Day and utilizes some of the candies in the box. Challenge accepted!

Cake My Day

UP Cake inspired by CAKE MY DAY

We flipped through the book, getting inspired and then went to work creating another kid-themed treat (like our Christmas Santa Hat Cake or our Halloween Eyeball Spiders). There is an amazing looking balloon cake in the new CAKE MY DAY book called Up, up and away, that started the ball rolling. Balloons are great but what do kids associate balloons with these days? The movie UP, of course. So why not go with that?

UP cake Cake My Day

How to make the UP CAKE!

The creation is simple. Take a square cake, cut into the shape of a house and then decorated with colored frosting and plenty of Sweetworks candies to create the look and feel of a house. Make a dozen, or more, small cupcakes. Cover them in blue frosting and top them off with a large colorful gum ball. Attach some kind of stringy candy to the balloons and house to give it the floating feeling and Ta-Da, you’re done. Simple and totally do-able!

Special shout-out: Katy Rose of ModlyChic had her mother, Shirley Hinderer, create this cake for me. She is truly the hands of God, and I cannot thank she and Katy enough for their kindness.

Cake My Day Sweetworks

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: Bet you can’t wait to cast your eyes on Cake My Day, right?! Well, this book, which is filled with dozens of cake creations, comes out on March 24th. So mark your calendars. And to sweeten the pie, or cake as it may be, we’ve got a Sweetworks giveaway worth $50! One lucky winner is going to get a bunch of Sweetworks candy AND THE BOOK Cake My Day to get to work on their own cake creation. Use the rafflecopter below to enter!

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Buy it CAKE MY DAY at:  Cake My Day

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Late Night Snacking : Wine Smoothie with Yoplait Light

[ 11 ] January 11, 2015 |

Late Night Snacking: Wine? Or Wine Smoothie?

Today’s discussion “Late Night Snacking : Wine Smoothie with Yoplait Light” was sponsored by Yoplait Light 

Wine Smoothie Late Night Snacking yoplait Light

Late Night Snacking and Calories

Do you love late night snacking or perhaps just a relaxing glass of wine before bed? If you do, you may not realize that you can have a cool refreshing smoothie made with Yoplait Light yogurt for the the same amount of calories or less!! Psst…and it’s yummy too!

Here’s some common late snacks and their calories:

  • Bag of microwave popcorn with butter (474 calories)
  • 2 slices of pizza (570 calories)
  • Bottle of Hard Lemonade  (220 calories)
  • 2 chocolate chip cookies (220 calories)
  • 1 6oz glass of red wine (150 calories)
  • 1 Wine Smoothie (150 Calories) –recipe follows

Wine Smoothie Recipe — a true Snack Hack!

Wine Smoothie Late Night Snacking yoplait Light

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Wine Smoothie
Prep time
Total time
A refreshing alternative to your 6oz glass of evening wine, a wonderful wine smoothie!
Recipe type: Alcoholic Beverage
Serves: 2
  • 7 oz red wine (your favorite, the cheap stuff is fine)
  • 1 raspberry or blackberry Yoplait light yogurt (6oz)
  • 40 frozen black berries, raspberries or mixture of both
  • Wine Smoothie Late Night Snacking yoplait Ligh
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend to desired consistency.
  2. Pour in glasses
  3. Drink it up
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 150

I usually have a glass of red wine before bed every night. It’s a super end of the day treat for me. Also, after dinner, I usually have a little dessert of some kind. But with New Year’s resolutions rolling around, I needed to find a way to cut some calories. I crafted a wonderful Wine Smoothie from Yoplait light yogurt. This delectable sweet combines my usual dessert and wine into one late night treat. A Wine Smoothie is scrumptious for a late night, guilt free snack helping me to keep my New Year’s resolutions.

Need other snacking yummy yogurt Snack Hacks?

Wine Smoothie Late Night Snacking yoplait Light

Yoplait has a wonderful Pinterest board of  wonderful 150 calorie late night snack alternatives made with many of their 20 different flavors. Experience these snacking delights and the recipes when you visit the Yoplait  Light Yogurt 150 calories Snack Hack Pinterest board:

  • White Russian yogurt cup (made with French Vanilla Yoplait Light)
  • Spiced Hot Chocolate yogurt cup (made with Boston Cream Pie Yoplait Light)
  • Cherry Eggnog Yogurt Cup (made with Very Cherry Yoplait)

For me, Yoplait Light is a healthy and filling snack (90 calories, 0% fat, and no aspartame) I can eat straight from the package or I can jazz up with a tad of flavoring or alcohol. It’s that guilt-free treat that deserves a featured spot in my fridge.

Wine Smoothie Late Night Snacking yoplait Light

Tell me how would you jazz up these flavors of Yoplait Light?

  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry Cheesecake
  • Boston Cream Pie
  • Very Vanilla
  • Very Cherry

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Chocolate Bowls ! Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers

[ 61 ] December 18, 2014 |

Chocolate bowls made with balloons gives a twist to holiday dessert leftovers

This ” Chocolate Bowls! Repurpose your Holiday Dessert ” post is in conjunction with a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for Marie Callender’s. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Marie Callender’s and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

How to Make Chocolate Bowls Chocolate Cups

Ahhh Christtmas. It’s that wonderful time of year when every thought turns to wonderful special desserts. My mother and grandma always made or served the best of everything. Whether grandma made or store bought, each treat laid out was a nod to a family tradition or something new and fun!

Now all the holidays are hosted at my house. I love to serve pies and cakes during the holidays! Who doesn’t? Sometimes I bake, sometimes to provide myself some stress relief I serve Marie Callender’s pies and cakes. I get homemade goodness and variety with Marie Callender’s.

Chocolate Bowls Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers

Marie Callender’s has wonderful individual carrot cakes, pecan pies, cream pies like key lime and chocolate satin, fruit pies like the hard-to-find razzleberry or apple crumb cobbler, and premium pies such as caramel apple pie. Mmmmmm!

Create a dessert buffet with your holiday leftovers and chocolate bowls

For Christmas luncheon, I serve pies and cakes warm with ice cream and whip cream. However, later on in the evening, I take a different approach. I serve the same desserts from lunch, but I make a dessert buffet. I make chocolate bowls and let everyone choose different selections of desserts. They pile them in small portions into the chocolate bowl and have a new experience then they had at lunch time. With the huge variety of Marie Callender’s desserts, you can’t go wrong with this approach.

Chocolate Bowls Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers


Chocolate Bowls Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers Marie Callenders

Marie Callender’s Pecan Pie and Carrot Cake ready for Buffet

How to make chocolate bowls or chocolate cups for your leftover desserts

How to Make Chocolate Bowls Chocolate Cups

  1.  Blow up balloons to the size of chocolate bowl or chocolate cup that you want to achieve.
  2. Coat each balloon with shortening to keep the chocolate from sticking.
  3. Melt chocolate wafers as directed in a bowl that will allow you to coat balloons to proper depth. Spread out wax paper or parchment paper and place a small circle of melted chocolate as the base.
  4. Quickly dip balloons in melted chocolate and place on circles.
  5. Freeze chocolate dipped balloons for 30 minutes to help the chocolate set and balloon to pull away from chocolate. Remove chocolate covered balloons from fridge. Pop balloon and peel away from chocolate bowl.
  6. Serve leftover desserts in chocolate bowls or chocolate cups.

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Halloween Food Crafts for Kids: Halloween Spiders

[ 397 ] September 30, 2014 |

Kids love Halloween Food Crafts: Eyeball Spiders, Pumpkin Spiders

Halloween Food Crafts for kids: Halloween Spiders is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic food crafts for kids Halloween Eyeball Spiders

 Eye Ball Spiders, Pumpkin Spiders — Fun to make with little hands

There is nothing that’s as much fun as making Halloween crafts. They are silly and spooky! But the best kind of craft is a Halloween food craft for kids…because you EAT it when you are done. How about these slightly eerie Halloween pumpkin and eyeball spiders that we whipped up from using candy from Sweetworks? Halloween Food Crafts for kids Halloween Pumpkin Eyeball Spiders

 Want to know how to make this fun Halloween food craft?

Here’s the recipe so you can get to some creepy spiders of your own:

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Halloween Food Crafts for Kids: Halloween Spiders
Halloween Food Crafts for Kids: Halloween Spiders is a great food craft for kids working with adults. Fun and quick to make and eat. When preparing this recipe, you must move quickly when you are working with the melted chocolate.
Recipe type: Food Craft
  • White Candy Coating (or whatever color you wish), make sure to use a candy coating not just melted chocolate, it doesn't set up the same way
  • 1 package Celebration by Sweetworks Pearls (I used the Halloween Mix and Autumn Mix, but they have a huge variety)
  • 1 package Celebration by Sweetworks Spooky Eyeballs Or Halloween Mix Gumballs
  1. Place a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet
  2. Melt two squares (or a handful of wafers) of candy coating in microwave or on the stovetop. Once melted you must move very quickly. Put melted chocolate into a quart size ziplock bag and pipe 4 pairs of legs (8 legs total). ½ of the legs should be shaped for the right and half for the left body of the angle legs accordingly. Make another batch. Then, you might want to make some extras in case a few legs break.
  3. Quickly press in the Celebration by Sweetworks Pearls to decorate the legs.
  4. Place decorated legs in fridge for 10 minutes.
  5. Once legs are set, remove from fridge.
  6. Spread another piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet.
  7. Melt 1 more square of candy coating (or a half handful of wafers). On the wax paper, use a spoon to make 2 thick round circle about the size of a silver dollar .
  8. Working quickly, place a spooky eyeball or pumpkin in the center of each circle as a head.
  9. Put 4 legs on each side of the spider, balancing against each other and the center head. You might have to hold briefly but the chocolate sets up very quickly. Carefully place completed spiders in fridge for 15 min to finish setting.

Watch these steps to see the whole Halloween spider building process

Halloween Food Crafts for kids Halloween Pumpkin Eyeball Spiders

Let kids help you make a spooky display with your Halloween spiders

You can use your spooky spiders made from Sweetworks candies to create a Halloween display too! Halloween Food Crafts Halloween Pumpkin Eyeball Spiders Sweetworks is a candy and chocolate manufacturer serving consumers, fundraisers, retailers, distributors, and vending machine operators worldwide. The goal of SweetWorks is to give customers rich quality products and great customer service, while striving to make the best even better. Just look at all the amazing items that Sweetworks has for your Halloween needs. In my opinion, these items are perfect for Halloween trick or treating, class treats, a little treat for your sweetie, or all your food crafting needs: Halloween Food Crafts Sweetworks fall Halloween Candy

 Sweetwork Spooky Eyeball Gumballs, Halloween Mix Gumballs, Orange and Black Sixlet Combo, Autum Mx Sixlets, Halloween Mix Gumballs, Pumpkin Spice Ovation Breakapart

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Giveaway runs for Oct. 1, 2014 to Oct. 15, 2017 11:59PM  EST


$500 Total Prize — 10 Winners will take home $50 in Sweetworks Candy (due to limited supplies substitutions may be made, Prize will total $50+):

  • Spooky Eyes Gumballs 8oz Peg Bag (2 bags)
  • Halloween Mix Gumballs 8oz Peg Bag (1 bags)
  • Autumn Mix Sixlets 14oz Peg Bag (1 bags)
  • Halloween Mix Sixlets 14oz Peg Bag (1 bags)
  • Autumn Mix Pearls 1.75oz Peg Bag (2 bags)
  • Halloween Mix Pearls 1.75oz Peg Bag (2 bags)
  • Pumpkin Spice Break-A-Part (2 boxes)
  • Sixlets Halloween 27oz Laydown Bag (1 bags)
  • Witch’s Brew 29oz Laydown Bag (1 bags)

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