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Mini Food Party Menu

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

mini foods party theme

Yes, it has been some time since our last post…but we are jumping back into it.  I have some parties and dishes to post from the last several months.  So here we go…

Each New Year’s we host a small party and each year I stress over the menu.  This year was no different…fancy? casual? pizza and wings? UGHHH…what to make?

After much consideration, I settled on “mini”.  I love mini themed foods – you know, miniature bites of your favorites – mini pizzas, mini burgers, mini sandwiches. The “mini” party menu theme works for several occasions including a kids parties or an upscale cocktail party.  And of course, it worked perfectly for my New Year’s party.  Your guests can graze all night and sample several of these mini treats. 

You will need to do a lot of planning and prep work to make sure you can pull it off and still have time to socialize with guests.  I suggest prepping everything ahead of time so that you can simply assemble everything before your guests arrive.  I also recommend splitting your “batches” up so that you can put out warm seconds halfway through the night.  

Mini Party Menu

Mini Taco Salads

mini taco salads

"mini" taco salads

Mini Burgers

Mini Tomato Soup with Mini Grilled Cheese

mini tomato soup

"mini" tomato soups

Mini Macaroni and Cheese

Black Eyed Pea Salad (for luck)

mini black eyed pea salad

"mini" black eyed pea salad

Mini Hot Dogs

mini hot dogs

"mini" hot dogs

Mini Potato Latkes with Corned Beef and Gruyere

mini potato latke with corned beef and gruyere cheese

"mini" potato latke with corned beef and gruyere cheese

 

Mini Party Desserts

Mom’s Cookie Platter

Mini Milk and Donuts

mini milk and donuts

"mini" milk and donuts

Mini Cheese Cake Bites

Plan your own “mini” food party - get ideas from the following mini food party links:

Mini versions of your favorite party foods

Martha Stewarts collection of Pint Sized Foods

The Galley Gourmets Three Cheese Mini Mac Recipe

My Canon EOS Rebel XS

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

First I want to apologize for the lack of posts this past month, wow there was a lot to do.  It seems like there isn’t enough time in the day, let alone the month to fit everything in!  Now that it’s all over we can get back to business. 

Santa did bring me some wonderful presents and I plan to feature some of them on the site in the coming months.  I can’t wait to try out my sister’s new camera, the NikonD5000 to be exact.  But in the meantime this post is meant to pay homage to my baby, my good old Canon EOS Rebel xs.  I too, have not finished the manual (not sure if I ever will?).  This camera is a joy – I love taking pictures and having good equipment makes it that much better.  Here are a couple of Christmas season photos Canon Style!

Nutcracker

Nutcracker

 

christmas bulbs

christmas bulbs

 

My Stocking

My Stocking

 

Daisy

Daisy

 

Our New Addition...Boo Boo

Our New Addition...Boo Boo

 

Alex asleep in closet next to Boo Boo

Alex asleep in closet next to Boo Boo

 

Knex rollercoaster...only took 6 1/2 hours to build

Knex rollercoaster...only took 6 1/2 hours to build

Hope your Holidays were as wonderful as mine!

New York Yankees Cake

Monday, November 9th, 2009
Finished Yankees Cake

Finished Yankees Cake

Growing up in the Cleveland area can be a nightmare for a sports fan.  “There’s always next year” is our regular end of season moto.  Cleveland has had the longest sports championship drought out of any other U.S. city.  1964 was the last time Cleveland, Ohio saw a championship team, when the Browns won the NFL Championship.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have some very exciting players and make it to the playoffs regularly, but can’t  seal the deal. In 1948 the Cleveland Indians last won the World Series…one can see the pattern of our sports teams. 

The New York Yankees are a team either loved or loathed by people.  This could have something to do with the Yankees leading Major League Baseball in both revenue and titles. 27 World Series titles, 40 American League penants and some of the most celebrated players (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra) is an impressive and intimidating resume. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I was asked to create a Yankees theme birthday cake for a long time fan.

Fondant Mitt and royal Icing Baseballs

Fondant Mitt and Royal Icing Baseballs

The Yankees cake was decorated using Marshmallow Fondant and Royal Icing.  Royal Icing is tempermental in its consistency, but when right it can make the most fabulous decorations.  I used royal icing on a few areas of this cake…the stitching on the baseballs and the actual baseballs along its sides. 

To create the baseballs, I piped royal icing onto a silpat and let it dry overnight.  Before lifting the baseballs with an offset spatula, I detailed them with a bit of red royal icing stitching.  Marshmallow Fondant was used to make the Yankees logo and baseball mitt.  The mitt was hand sculpted and painted.  This Yankees cake was perfect for any sports fan’s birthday and could be transformed to represent any team…even the Cleveland Indians.

Goodbye October

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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Happy Birthday Megan!

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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Many important things have happened on July 18th throughout history. July 18, 1955 in Anaheim California Disney Land opened it’s doors. National Hot Dog Day is celebrated, and many famous people such as Vin Diesel, Hunter S. Thompson, Nelson Mandela, and Red Skelton were born. July 18th also happens to be the 199th day in our calendar…unless of course it is a leap year pushing it to 200th. Aside from all these great things there is one event that stands out in my mind…the birth of my sister Megan. Megan is the brains behind this whole operation and without her, well, there really wouldn’t be Life with Cake. Writing this Blog with her has made our relationship stronger than it has ever been.  I am honored and proud to have her as my sister! Happy Birthday Meg, I love you!

Megan and some of her biggest fans...Nate and Alex!

Megan and some of her biggest fans...Nate and Alex!

Good Enough to Eat…Dog Treats

Monday, May 4th, 2009
Daisy's Favorite Homemade Dog Treats

Daisy's Favorite Homemade Dog Treats

The pet industry is big business.  New products are introduced to the market every year.  Recently I have noticed a growing trend in “Organic” or “Natural” pet foods and treats.  Let me also add these products cost a pretty penny.  I guess the saying goes you get what you pay for. 

Take a moment and read the label on your pets current food or treats, many words I’m not even sure I can pronounce.  I want to know what I’m putting in my body…shouldn’t I know what goes into my pets body?  I started researching homemade dog biscuit recipes and meshed a few ideas together, and this is what I came up with… 

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Meet Miss Daisy

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

treats-2711Welcome Daisy!
 
My family and I just adopted a new puppy from an area rescue – Ruff Life Rescue.
 
She is a much needed addition to our family and fitting in just fine.  Daisy loves to hang out with me in the kitchen and is well on her way to becoming my new Sous Chef!


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