Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Paula Deen's Cake Balls

So I am in the process of making cake balls for the first time. YUMMY! I am making them for out church small group meeting tonight and then for Leah's fundraiser. Crossing my finger they are super yummy and of course cute. I will post pics later, but for now here is the yummy recipe.

Paula’s Cake Balls
Paula’s own version of this trendy sweet!
Serves: 36
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Smithfield Product: None


◦1 (18.25 ounce) package cake mix
◦1 (16 ounce) container prepared cake frosting
◦6 ounces of chocolate flavored confectioners coating disks or bar (available in white chocolate, dark or milk)
◦Food Coloring (optional)
Paula's Favorite Combinations:
◦*Red Velvet Cake/Cream Cheese Frosting and dipped in white chocolate coating
◦*Strawberry Supreme Cake/Strawberries and Cream Frosting - Dipped in Chocolate Coating
◦*White Cake/Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting - Dipped in Chocolate Coating
◦*Caramel Cake/Chocolate Mocha Frosting - Dipped in Chocolate Coating
◦*White Cake/Wild Cherry Vanilla Frosting - Dipped in Dark Chocolate Coating
◦*French Vanilla Cake/White Chocolate Almond Frosting - Dipped in Chocolate Coating
◦*Dark Chocolate Cake/Cream Cheese Frosting - Dipped in White Chocolate Coating
◦*Spice Cake/Cream Cheese Frosting - Dipped in White Chocolate Coating
◦*Lemon Cake/Lemon Frosting - Dipped in White Chocolate Coating
◦*Confetti Cake/Vanilla Frosting - Dipped in White Chocolate Coating

Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. When cake is finished baking allow to cool for 30 minutes. Crumble the cake into a large bowl using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Add the frosting and mix until well combined. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Line a baking tray with wax paper. Use a melon baller as a scooper to form balls with the cake mixture. Place on wax paper. Once you have used all of the cake mixture, place the baking tray in the freezer for 1 hour. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl of the microwave, stirring every 5-10 seconds until smooth. At this point you can add a bit of food coloring if you are using white chocolate.

Remove the balls from the freezer. Using one toothpick, pick up the balls one at a time and dip in the chocolate. Use a second toothpick to slide the ball off the first toothpick onto the wax paper lined baking tray.

NOTE: We found that an old Easter egg dipper works as well. If the balls fall off the toothpick into the chocolate, they are not firm enough to work with and you'll need to place them back in the freezer for additional time

Once you have covered all the balls in chocolate coating place the tray in the refrigerator until the chocolate coating is set. At this point you can drizzle other chocolate on the balls for decoration.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Salt Dough Ornaments

The kids and I made salt dough ornaments today. FUN!
So here is the oh so fun and simple directions.

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water

Cookie cutters
Acrylic paint

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

Mix together, salt, flour, and water until dough is formed.

Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.

Roll out the dough to about 1/4 in thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour.

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.

Use a toothpick to make a hole toward the top of the shape. Poke the toothpick into the shape, then holding toothpick straight up and down, make a circular motion as if you were stirring something. Keep circling until the hole is the size you want.

Place all shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.

Bake for 2 hours.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

What's in a name?

I am opening my own event planning business.
Rachel had approached me a week ago about opening my own business to do the parties at Pinwheel Kids. So after lots of thinking, we are!
I will still do all the parties at Pinwheel Kids, they just won't have to worry about it anymore.
We will start at the first of the year, as long as I can think of a name. Suggestions? Seriously, suggestions??? I can't find anything I really like and it's driving me nuts. I like "Setting the Mood" (already taken), Creative Connections, the word Soiree (not thinking everyone will understand that one though). I want something fun, but serious, and that will open us up to doing many different kinds of events in the future. Plus nothing cheesy like Dream Events or anything like that. Could I make this more complicated?
We are also putting brainstorming different kinds of parties. Right now we offer Painting and Tea parties, and have done a super hero party. We've thought of a Mad Scientist and Slumber (they are not staying the night) party.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I'll have a Dr. Pepper please!

I earned a Dr. Pepper yesterday.
I HATE talking to people when there is a possiblity they will say no to me. For one of my classes I have to interview someone for each assignment. Well, I have been putting off interviewing, as in 6 months of putting it off. I have e-mailed someone for my first essay (a manager of a tv or radio station), but no response. So yesterday with lots of constructive encouragement from my husband, I did it! I called 3 different tv stations before I finally found someone who would talk to me. So, as I drink my DP right now I know I earned it and do not feel guilty about the sugar and calories in it.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Party like a rockstar!

Ok maybe like a Veggie Tales rockstar.
I am starting to believe that Pinwheel Kids is some sort of dream come true maker. Rachel's dream was to open a baby and children's store and TA DA! My dream is to be an event coordinator and TA DA!
Rachel has officially made me the go to girl for Pinwheel Kids' parties, Sandra Blanchard EC, event coordinator. Ahhh!!! It's the beginning to what I hope will be a wonderful career for me. I love hosting, decorating, and seeing the smile on the guest of honor's face. Rachel and I are both hoping to make Pinwheel Kids THE party place. I am starting to brainstorm party themes and am super excited about the potential of planning a hot pink and zebra party.
Super gitty!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


We just had a CRAZY few days! Well it could have been crazier I'm sure.

We started out with a busy painting time at Pinwheel Kids. Then spent the afternoon shoppping for last minute costume stuff, shoes, and other goodies. We picked up dinner, to rush eating at the house and getting ready for Riecher Homecoming. Then we headed to Waco for the game. Reicher won and it was a REALLY good game.

I can't even remember the details. But it was party day at Pinwheel Kids. Oh wait I do remember!!! We went to Hobby Lobby to grab some ribbon and stickers, when leaving we got back into by a truck. My right, rear down has a big dent in it. It will be getting fixed tomorrow. After Pinwheel we went grocery shopping and then watched movies.

Can you say "procrastinate?" I had to finish Christian and Matt's costumes. NOT FUN! Matt got our last minute tickets to the Zoo Boo. We headed to the Zoo Boo after kid baths and showers, which had perfect timing, because right after them we discovered the water turned off. Hmm??? When we drove down our street we found a very wet and working fire hydrant. We then headed to Zoo Boo and met up with Allison and her clan. We had a fun time and got lots of candy.

Monday~ Sick mommy!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Please don't panic, I still like cheese. It's just that it doesn't like Christian.
We went to Christian's one year appointment on Monday. He is in the 50th for weight and height, but his head continues to be ENORMOUS (90th). We talked to the doc about some issues he has been having and she suggested taking dairy out of his diet, just a few hours into the no dairy lifestyle and you could see a change. He is now drinking almond milk and to make it easier we all are.
I need to look into other dairy alternatives, she suggests no soy because of the estrogen it contains. Some of my amazing friends have offered suggestions on what to do. Thanks!
Maybe one day my sweet son and I can share a love of cheese, but for now we will just have to wait.