Sunday, December 6, 2015

Cranberry and Pecan Brie En Croute

Looking for the perfect appetizer to make for your next party? Look no further! This recipe is delicious and always gets rave reviews! And the best part is it's quick and easy to make. I made this for my sister's baby shower a few weeks ago. It's a little more fancy than your average cheese ball and looks great on a pretty platter!

Cranberry and Pecan Brie En Croute

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 (8 ounce) wheel of Brie cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Soak dried cranberries in a small bowl of water for one minute so that they are not hard.
  3. Lay thawed puff pastry sheet on a cookie sheet.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in pecans and cinnamon and toast for about 3 minutes. 
  5. Place Brie in the middle of the puff pastry.
  6. Place pecan mixture on top of Brie.
  7. Place brown sugar on top of pecan mixture. The heat of the pecan mixture will help melt the brown sugar.
  8. Drain cranberries. Place them on top of brown sugar. 
  9. Bring the edges of the puff pastry up and press them together making sure to seal the dough. If you have excess dough you can cut a leaf or decoration to add to the top of the Brie.
  10. Using a pastry brush, brush the entire pastry with the beaten egg.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the oven or until the pastry is a golden brown. 
  12. Serve with crackers or just by the slice.
Note: For this shower I used a 14 oz brie wheel instead of an 8 oz. So I doubled the recipe and used two pastry sheets to cover it. I just placed the second puff pastry on top of the Brie and turned up the edges of the one on the bottom and sealed them together. 


Recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Claire's Bake Shoppe Birthday

Hello there! Busy as usual over here but I just wanted to pop in and share some pictures of Claire's 8th birthday party. We decided on the bake shoppe theme a few weeks before the big day. I thought cake decorating would be a pretty easy activity to execute and fairly budget friendly since I already had a lot of the cake decorating supplies on hand.

 Making 24 cups of frosting was a bit time consuming though. I'll be adding one of those extra large commercial type Kitchen Aid mixers to my Christmas list this year. I'm sure once I tell my husband it's for mixing together large quantities of sugar to feed the bubbly little girls Claire invited to her party he'll jump right up, head to Williams-Sonoma and pick out a cute one with a glass bowl attachment in a super fun color. ;)

I started making the mini cakes a week or so in advance and froze them. The night before the party I pulled them out and frosted them so they were ready by the next day. You can find the mini cake pans at your local craft store.

I found these white chef hats on amazon and added the cupcake paper flowers to dress them up a bit. 

I made the banner using coffee filters and free printables from Pottery Barn Kids. You can view the tutorial here.

The name tag printables can also be found at Pottery Barn Kids.

I made their little aprons out of dish towels. They are inexpensive, washable and most importantly already hemmed -- making them a cinch to put together! I found the tutorial for these here

Since the guests were taking their cakes home we had strawberry shortcake cups for dessert instead of the traditional birthday cake.

The cake boxes are from Hobby Lobby but I also saw some cute ones in the Wilton aisle at Walmart after I had already purchased these. 

All packed up and ready to go! I'm sure the mother's all loved that I sent their kids home with 5 pounds of sugar, but the hate mail's subsiding now and hopefully they'll forget about it by next year and send their kids back for more! 

A lot of these photos were taken with my phone instead of my camera so they are a little blurrier than I would have liked but it got pretty busy during the party so I'm glad I managed to get a few anyway!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ava's Circus Birthday Party

Hello! How crazy is it that it's spring?! Didn't we just clean up Christmas? It's been so busy lately I haven't had much time for blogging but I have been wanting to share with you this darling circus party that my sister put together for my niece Ava's second birthday. All the little 
details are adorable!

Friends and family drove in from all over to celebrate!

Aren't these the cutest balloon cupcakes?

And what could be more perfect for the kids to take home then balloons and animal crackers after the "circus" was over.

She served circus food for dinner including hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta salad, mac and cheese, chocolate covered pretzels and popcorn! It was all delicious and added so much charm to the theme of the party!

It was the perfect day for playing outside and she had lots of fun games set up to keep the kids entertained.

Wasn't that the cutest party? So glad I got to celebrate with her this year!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Adele!

My baby girl turned one last week. I can't believe how fast time flies. She's such a little blessing and we are so glad to have this sweet baby girl in our lives! 

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wish you the best for 2015!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to pop in today and wish you a Merry Christmas!

These photos of the girls were taken a few weeks ago by Brittney Naylor Photography. She did such a great job!

Here are a few photos of our Christmas decorations. I had intentions of taking more photos of everything and giving it a complete post but time got away from me. My kids are reminding me to just "Let it go". =)

This adorable little bug print is from Craftberry Bush