Sunday, December 30, 2012

Last minute NYE treats and inspiration!

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I cannot believe 2013 is almost here! Be sure to check out some of my festive New Years Eve treats for some fun last minute inspiration from my:
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sweepstakes: Baking with avocados

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This post brought to you by Avocados from Mexico. All opinions are 100% mine.

The holiday season has arrived and what better way to sweeten up the season than with some tasty treats and desserts! To keep the extra calories off your waistline, a fun trick is to sub some of the fat in your baking recipes with avocados! Your goodies will come out rich, moist and a lot healthier, so you can indulge without as much guilt this holiday season. To make it even sweeter, there is an avocado sweepstakes going on this month, giving away over 500 prizes with a grand prize of $2,500 (details below)! 
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Tangled Christmas Light Marshmallow Bites

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These cute little balls of tangled Christmas tree lights are a really cute and unique goodie for the holidays! They are great for serving at a holiday party and also package up nicely for gift giving. All you need are some marshmallows, green candy coating and some colored sprinkles and you have a fun and festive treat that everyone will love. 



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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lindsay Ann Paper Doll Set: Christmas Edition {Free Printable}

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I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this post with you, just in time for the holidays! To bring Dollhouse Bake Shoppe to life and into your home, the talented Tricia-Rennea, Illustrator has created the complete "Lindsay Ann Paper Doll Set" in a fun and festive Christmas theme, as a special FREE gift to you! Made exclusively for Dollhouse Bake Shoppe, Lindsay AnnThe Bake Shoppe Doll: Christmas Edition, is a printable paper doll set that comes with adorable mix-and-match holiday outfits, winter-time accessories, gifts and of course cupcakes, so your little girl can play, dress her up and "bake" sweet treats to serve. I can't wait for the paper bake shoppe kitchen add-on to play with her in, coming soon!

Simply print, cut, and play!
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sugar Plum Bars

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I am so honored to have had the opportunity to create the "Holiday Bakeshop" recipe collection for the Decemeber/January 2013 issue of Family Fun magazine. I have had my work published in the magazine multiple times, but when I was approached about doing the entire holiday feature this year, I was beyond thrilled. It was especially fun to see my work recreated in the photos in the magazine and always so exciting to see my name published!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Gift-Wrapped Sugar Cookies

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I am so honored to have had the opportunity to create the "Holiday Bakeshop" recipe collection for the Decemeber/January 2013 issue of Family Fun magazine. I have had my work published in the magazine multiple times, but when I was approached about doing the entire holiday feature this year, I was beyond thrilled. It was especially fun to see my work recreated in the photos in the magazine and always so exciting to see my name published!

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Soft Gingerbread Biscotti

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I am so honored to have had the opportunity to create the "Holiday Bakeshop" recipe collection for the December/January 2013 issue of Family Fun magazine. I have had my work published in the magazine multiple times, but when I was approached about doing the entire holiday feature this year, I was beyond thrilled. It was especially fun to see my work recreated in the photos in the magazine and always so exciting to see my name published!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Simple Peppermint Fudge

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I am so honored to have had the opportunity to create the "Holiday Bakeshop" recipe collection for the Decemeber/January 2013 issue of Family Fun magazine. I have had my work published in the magazine multiple times, but when I was approached about doing the entire holiday feature this year, I was beyond thrilled. It was especially fun to see my work recreated in the photos in the magazine and always so exciting to see my name published!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Gingerbread Kid Pops Featured in Family Fun Magazine

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Remember my Gingerbread Kid Pops from last year? 


Well besides the fact that they are the top most viewed post this week, my idea was featured in the December 2012 issue of Family Fun Magazine! You can find my pops, recreated by Family Fun's real live test family, on page 28 as the featured "Treat of the Month". Always so exciting to see my name published along side my ideas! I also had the honor of creating a collection of festive recipes for their Holiday Bake Shop feature on page 68 (recipes will be posted over the next few days!).

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

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Who doesn't love a cookie covered in rainbow sprinkles?! This recipe is great for when you just a want a couple cookies (that can also, easily be baked in the toaster oven in minutes) instead of an entire batch. Baking in small batches is so simple and quick and is perfect when you don't need a whole plate of cookies tempting you from the kitchen the next day. My small batch dessert recipes are simple to prepare using less ingredient, with quick baking times and easy clean up.  This is a great recipe to whip up for a special occasion, to put out for company to enjoy, or for a late night indulgence without over doing it!



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Saturday, December 8, 2012

It is the first night of Hanukkah!

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To get in the spirit, try making my 100% edible Rice Crispy Treat Hanukkah Menorah and add a fruit chew "flame" each night! On the last night EAT IT for a yummy and fun Haunkkah treat!


Anyone making latkes or Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts)? Try my Sufganiyot Cupcakes for a fun and simple alternative!


How about playing for chocolate coins... with edible White Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidels?


Going to a party? Try my Cupcake Menorah and arranging it on a serving platter for an edible center piece that doubles as a sweet gift!


Click here to check out my entire Holiday roundup for more fun recipes & treats!
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Simple Tootsie Roll Penguin Cupcake Toppers

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These cute little winter penguins are so easy to make and taste a lot better than fondant, because they are made out of 100% tootsie roll! Use them to top cupcakes, cakes or serve on their own.


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Monday, December 3, 2012

Giant Cookie For Santa

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What better way to get everything on your Christmas list, than to butter up Santa with his very own, buttery, chewy, crispy GIANT chocolate chip cookie! This chocolate chip cookie is so simple to whip together and most importantly, it is kid friendly, with no mixer required! So be sure to get the kids involved in this one-bowl, quick and easy recipe that is so much more fun to bake than a traditional batch of cookies.


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Sunday, December 2, 2012

FREE Christmas Printables, Gift Tags & Homemade Gift Ideas

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Here are some of my favorite FREE printables from the talented illustrator, Tricia-Rennea from Trillustrations!  She is also the talent behind the "Lindsay Ann, Bake Shoppe Paper Doll" free printable!

TO PRINT
1.  Click on an image below to enlarge it. 
2.  Right-click and click "save" or "save as" to save it to your computer.
3.  Print on card stock or regular printer paper and enjoy! 

If you would like a PDF version of the images below to print, write to tricia@shysocialites.com and let her know I sent you!

Hot Cocoa Labels
Gift Idea: Stuff a festive mug with a packet of hot chocolate mix and baggie of marshmallows. Wrap in cellophane. Print the adorable label below, adding the "To/From" on the back side of the label. Using a hole punch, attach it with ribbon! Even add one of my Holiday Cocoa Stirrers in with your cocoa for a sweet and festive touch!

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