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So what is  To me, it’s my fallback plan.  Whenever I don’t know what I’m making for a specific holiday meal, party contribution, or just plain dinner with my kids, I know I can look through the collection of host and user submitted recipes and find something I can use.  Perfect example – last night. I’d promised to bring cupcakes to my twin niece and nephew’s upsherin/birthday celebration for the kids’ table.  8:30 PM the night before the 9 AM party, the little kids were finally asleep and it was time to make cupcakes. Um, no cake mix. Yeah, I confess. Cupcakes in this house come from a mix. I don’t even bother with a mixer.  Mix it with a fork in a bowl, pop it in the oven and done.  Not going to happen this time.  So, I turned to CookKosher to find something simple.  Hmmm white cupcake recipe from a user who makes custom cupcakes professionally.  That should do it!



A couple of hours, a tub of Duncan Hines frosting (thank goodness I did find that in my pantry!) and some food coloring later, VOILA! Cupcakes!! is currently running a fabulous recipe contest on their website.  Lots of great prizes pop up a couple of times a week with a couple of amazing grand prizes at the end. For all the details, you can check it out on

By now many of you know that I tend to go a little – ok, maybe a lot – over the top when throwing birthday parties for my kids.  I have fun doing it and we create really great memories for them.

My Benny turns six this week and he chose a nautical theme for his party.  The weather cooperated and we had a beautiful day for lots of sea-faring fun!

The invitation:

The boys decorated personalized sailor hats while we waited for everyone to arrive.  Then they learned how to make their own paper boats.  After that it was time for some active fun.  In two teams, they had relay races. They walked the plank, ran to ring the Captain’s bell, stacked the cargo and filled the water tanks.

After working up an appetite, they lined up for mess time.  Each boy got his own mess tray to fill with his choices from the buffet.  After dinner, they got to dig in the sand (table) for golden coins.

Everyone worked together to decipher the clues for a grand scavenger hunt.  They discovered a real treasure chest filled with loot!

The fabulous cupcakes were from Cup of Cake here in Lakewood. Once again, their treats were a huge hit!

A very special shout out to my lovely assistant who is training to create special parties of her own ;-) .


My big girl turned nine last week so we had a big SWEET TREATS bash yesterday.

First was the little photo shoot to create the invitations.  Yes, the ice cream is all real!

The invitations:

The girls decorated aprons, dipped and decorated cake pops, had an ice cream bar and made ice cream beaded key chains.  Lots and lots of sweet fun!