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Weekly Favorites 1/24/2014

This week’s weekly favorites is devoted to recipes I have meant to try but haven’t yet. As I was spending time going through recipes earlier this week, I realized it’s been a while since I tried something new. I ventured over to my Pinterest recipes board and picked five that I want to try first. The five I chose are:

Lemon-Blueberry Breakfast CakeThis buttermilk blueberry breakfast cake just looks delightful! I have a ton of blueberries in the freezer screaming to be used. I think this may be one way I use some of my blueberry stash.

chocolate_peanut_butter_smoI just love the chocolate and peanut butter combination. The fact this says “No Guilt!” on the picture makes me want to try it as soon as possible.

Copycat King's Hawaiian Rolls from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - these taste just as good as the store bought version, and are so easy to make: even for the novice bread maker like me! #recipes #breadI love hawaiian rolls! I just don’t like the price tags associated with the ones located in the deli section of my local grocery store. When I saw this, I knew it was worth trying. I just haven’t had time yet. But I will. And I’m pretty sure I will have to restrain myself from eating the whole batch all by myself. It’s almost like you can smell these by just looking at the picture. Moving on…

Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini from Bombshell BlingI’ve been meaning to try this for weeks, but I keep forgetting about it! I will promptly print the recipe so I remember I have it.

Strawberry Brownie Kabobs 739 copyThis picture just screams “SUMMER!” every time I look at it. For some reason I just heard Joey in my head saying, “What’s not to like? Brownies – good, marshmallows – good, strawberries – gooood.” (I’m sorry.) I look forward to making these this summer when strawberries are in season. By the way, I don’t like seeing strawberries in the store in January! It’s not strawberry season yet.

Time to go cook! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bug Birthday Cake

A good friend sent me a text one day asking if I would make her little boy a birthday cake. She said he wanted a bug cake and wanted it to be chocolate. I was thrilled to be asked! She sent me over a few pictures of ideas she had found on Pinterest, and I began to put my ideas together.

Bug Cake Top

I went shopping at Dollar Tree for some bugs. While I was making the cake, the plastic bugs were soaking in a warm soapy bath!

I made the chocolate cake using two box mixes and two different size pans. I made two layers with each size pan. The bottom of the cake was iced with chocolate icing. Then I put Oreos in my awesome Ninja blender and made them look like dirt in a matter of seconds. I used my hands to press the crushed Oreos all around the bottom of the cake. The top was iced with vanilla icing colored green. I refrigerated it over night to help everything stay in place. When I pulled it out the fridge, I used a fork to rough up the side of the top layer. ย Then I wrote “Happy Bugday Jordan!” with the chocolate icing. Finally, it was time for the fun part! I used the Wilton icing tip #233 to put grass all over the top layer. It actually went very quickly, and since it’s grass and dirt there was no need for it to be perfect!

Bug Cake Side

After all the grass was ready, I added all the plastic bugs. I also used gummy worms around the base of the dirt.

I wish I had a camera to capture the look on Jordan’s face when he saw it! He thought it was so cool! I loved making this cake, because it did not have to be perfect! I think my mistakes added to the character of the cake and made it look more like grass and dirt. It was fun to make, and it was loved by all the kids! ๐Ÿ™‚

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