Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Mystery: Yo Gabba What??

So... I was asked to make a Yo Gabba Gabba themed cake for a 2 year old's birthday this weekend.

Client Question: Do you know what Yo Gabba Gabba is?
My Answer:  I don't have kids, but pathetically, yes, I am familiar with the show.

Now if you've never seen Yo Gabba Gabba before, it's a show that was designed by two dads who wanted something more from children's television.
Like actual music.

AND celebrity guests... 

 because as everyone knows, a hefty prerequisite for any good preschool nowadays is a vast knowledge of the Kardashian family and why they're famous.
Hmm, wait.
Why are they famous again? 

Anywhoozy, if you're interested in checking to see what Yo Gabba Gabba's all about, step one is to sit down.

Trust me on this.
 There should be a warning before the show starts.  
Something along the lines of:

"This show is not recommended for individuals with balance issues.  Please remain seated throughout the entirety of the show.  Please do not watch if you have taken medication within the last 4 to 6 hours."

Okay, so here's a clip:

You're glad you sat down right?
Told you. :)
Before the characters were added...
This was the smash cake.  It's DJ Lance's hat! :)

Sugar & Love Everyone!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine's Day Edible Scrabble Tutorial

Have you ever played Bananagrams before?

(Okay, be honest.  Who just spell checked "bananas" by singing the Gwen Stefani song?)

Bananagrams is basically Scrabble only the tiles come in a cute little banana-shaped bag, there's no board, the tiles don't have numbers on them, you shout out words like "PeeL!" every so often, you build your own crossword...

Okay, so maybe it's not like Scrabble really.

But you do:
1. Use tiles with letters on them - like Scrabble
2. Create words all crossword-style-ey - like Scrabble.

Ahh, see!  
Everything connects in some way. :)
Anybody wanna sing "It's a Small World" with me??


 ...okay then...

Ahem, as I was saying, Bananagrams is kinda, sorta, not really at all like Scrabble, but I'm too cheap to go buy it (Seriously, I never knew the demand for games was so high that they could charge ten bucks for Uno.), so my husband and I play using Scrabble tiles.

Funny thing is, we have a really nice Scrabble game.  
It's the turntable board with real wood tiles and everything.

Ahh well.  

I think maybe it's the whole make-up-your-own-crossword part I prefer.  With my own board, no one has to painfully watch as I take half an hour to think of super duper triple word scores like "CAT".

But anyways, this mixture of games got me to thinking about edible twists I could put on them.  Hence, today's post of  
Valentine's Day Edible Scrabble.

The ingredients you'll need are: Graham Crackers, a sharp knife, a grater, frosting (marshmallow frosting would tatse AMAZING!) or melting candy/chocolate, food/icing coloring (optional), a piping bag and piping tip #3.

First, you take the Graham... (Sandlot flashbacks anyone?  LOVE that movie!)

Carefully break the graham cracker into four pieces along the lines.

***Sharp Object Alert!***  Please don't let kids do this step alone!
Now take one of the fourths and cut it in half.

 Use the grater to smooth any rough edges.

 Next, prepare your icing, candy or chocolate and piping bag.

Pipe the letter onto the square.
 Don't forget to pipe the number in the bottom right-hand corner! 
If you're making Scrabble tiles, I mean. :)

Now just repeat the previous steps until your message is complete and...

VOILA!  :)

 Sugar & Love Everyone!

P.S. These would make super cute cupcake toppers... just saying. :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Love: Ninja Style

Do not click on another page yet!

You are about to catch a glimpse of the elusive...

DUN, Dun, dun!

Brownie Bite Love Ninja.

Okay, wait.
Let's try this again.

So it's gonna be that way huh?


Two can play this game...

Come out with your hands up!

That's more like it. :)

Prepare yourself for something really corny in


Now that you've seen Love Ninja, did he steal your heart too?

Sugar & Love Everyone!

P.S.  Love Ninja is an agile brownie bite clothed in stealth black candy clay so he can do more cool ninja stuff.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mmmm Mmmm Monday

I was going to make Valentine's Day themed ice cubes today (I realize now how lame that sounds), but being the Shaky McGee that I am, I couldn't snap a clear picture before they melted.  

On the bright side, my countertop is now the proud owner of a beautiful lake of pink water! :)

AND I have an excuse to post the scrumptious heart-shaped cranberry scones I made my hubby for breakfast this morning!  
I put them on a tray that was actually a framed picture of the two of us an added a little love note/utensils ring to up the cutesy factor.

 Hey, I'm not saying I deserve a gift for this, but if he wants to get me something for my sweetness, I wouldn't tell him no. :)

Okay fine, the jig is up.
Technically they're heart-shaped cranberry "sweetened biscuits".

In case you're a nerd like me who stays up at night ponering those types of questions, here's the breakdown according to

Scones tend to be richer, frequently including both eggs and cream in the recipe, though not always.  Some biscuit recipes will enrich the dough with eggs, but use milk or buttermilk instead of cream.  Scones also use a bit more liquid than regular biscuits, which should make them a bit more cake-like in their consistency. While biscuit recipes may or may not call for sugar, scones typically use sugar, but not as much as sweetened biscuits.

Now that we have that settled, I'll give you my super simple semi-homemade recipe.  
Sandra Lee would be so proud! :)

2 cups Heart Healthy Bisquick
1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like your biscuits)
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Mix Bisquick and sugar until combined.  Slowly add milk until soft dough forms.  Fold in cranberries.  Dough will be sticky; add small amounts of Bisquick to be able to work dough into ball shape with hands.  Place ball onto lightly floured surface and roll out to approximately 1/2 inch thickness.  Use heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out biscuits.  Place biscuits on greased cookie sheet and bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes approximately 8 heart-shaped yummies.

Sugar & Love Everyone!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice

"There's gonna be a new kid on the block."

Just so we're clear...

I am NOT pregnant.
But the hubby and I's best friends from college are!!!

They officially announced it on Facebook earlier this week, because, as everyone knows, ain't nothing official til you post it on Facebook. :)

So I thought I'd dedicate today's sweet treat creation to them and their soon-to-be baby girl!
They'll be such wonderful parents!

Sugar & Love Everyone!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Come Fly with Me

Okay, okay.  I know.
I doubt seriously if this cake pop pig would actually sing Frank Sinatra.
But come on folks!  Whatever happened to suspension of disbelief?

Maybe he's a hipster. 
(although he's definitely not anymore since I just called him out on it.)

But maybe he used to be a hipster that digs the Rat Pack.

AND he's wearing sunglasses.

technically makes him seem kind of mysterious...
which totally proves my point that he could have all kinds of interests we're unaware of, ole Frankie being one of them.

You can take that logic to the piggy bank!

Sugar & Love Everyone!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

And Now for Something Different.

My twist on Pillsbury's Caramel Apple-Marshmallow Tarts.  (I used crescent rolls and homemade apple pie filling.)
But, what can I say?
I needed a vacation from my typical whimsical wonderland.

Which apparently didn't last very long because today, as I was once again sucked into "pinning" things for hours,

-You think I'm exaggerating about the time, but I'm not.  It was literally hours.  I may actually be addicted to "pinning".-

I saw a picture of a pink pig cake pop and well...
Let's just say we all know what my post will be about tomorrow. :)
I am so whipped.

Sugar & Love Everyone!

Monday, January 9, 2012

It's Electrifying!

Happy National Static Electricity Day Everyone!

I'll have you know, I could have been lame about today's holiday and simply re-vamped the sock monster post , but after putting my amazing, albeit often Willy Wonka style crazy folk logic to use, I decided that if you were a note passed to me in grade school asking me if I liked you and to check "yes" or "no", I'd check yes. 

But just so we're clear, I don't "like like" you.  
I just like you.
I mean, it's not you, it's me.  
The whole marriage thing ya know?
But I mean, I'm sure you're wonderful.
And you obviously have good taste if you're still reading...

Uh-hmm, sooooooooooo...
As I was saying, you don't want to disappoint the folks that ya like, so... TA-DA!: a brand-spakin' new post!

Static electricity.
Well, I expereince static electricity on a daily basis.  I've been shocked pretty intensely too.  I know that sounds dumb, but it's true.  Practically each time I get out of the car and go to shut the door


But now I have a system.
Yep, now when I get out, I just use my foot to shut the door.  

I know -  I . am . a . Gen-ius!
Take that extra electrons!  Not gonna get me today suckahs!

Oy.  Maybe I should have stuck with the sock monster re-post idea.

BUT,  I actually do have some pretty EXCITE-ing news for you today!
I've decided to expand my "Party in Your Mouth" brand a wee bit.
That being said, I would like you to have the first official sneak peak.

Just in time for Valentines Day... Introducing
Anywhoozys by Toozy

Anywhoozys are my new line of dough keepsake ornaments - perfect for anyone for any occasion. 
Always customizable and 100% handmade. :)

Have an Electric Monday Everyone!
and watch out for that static electricity as you're getting out of the car ;)