I can’t believe another year has passed.  It seems like my buddy just turned six.  Funny story:  at his party, I only put six candles on the cake.  You know, because he is six.  Jack turned to me and said, “uh, Mom, I’m turning seven.”  Oops!  I had to laugh.  I guess I’m just not ready for him to grow up so fast.

Because it’s all the rage with the kids right now, Jackson wanted to have a Minecraft themed party.  We ordered these awesome invitations from Etsy:

Minecraft Invitation

For the goody bags, I found some food tent cards and made them into mini favor bags.  The “gold” are rolos candies.  The “diamonds” are turquoise flavored hard candy I found on Etsy.  And the “coal” is this neat chocolate rock candy I found on Amazon.  I had ideas for several more Minecraft item bags, but these suckers are time-consuming, so I went with just three.

Minecraft Goodybags

The hit of the party (pun intended) was the Steve piñata.  Once again, I found it on Etsy.  The kids loved it!  He held about five pounds of candy, so…yeah, I apologize to the parents who have to deal with all the subsequent sugar rushes.

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A local baker put together this awesome looking (and tasting) cake.  I am no Minecraft expert, but I think it features a Creeper, Steve, and a pig.  I’m sure your kids can tell you all about who they are.  I, on the other hand, cannot!

Minecraft Birthday Cake

After the festivities, the kids played games, danced, and jumped in bouncy houses.  Oh, to have the energy of a seven-year-old again!

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Finally, we ordered some neat thank you cards from, you guessed it, Etsy.

Minecraft Thank You Card

Happy 7th birthday to my baby boy!

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It’s Christmastime, so Buddy, the Elf, has come to our household once again.  You can check out his previous years’ antics herehere and here.

He made a grand entrance down the chimney with his Hershey bar and candy cane sled and brought some of my son’s favorite treats.  Then, Buddy spelled out a special message using goldfish!

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After being so nice the first night, Buddy got a little out of hand and drew funny faces on a family portrait.

Elf on the Shelf

Then, he took a candle out of its lantern and roasted marshmallows to make himself a smore!

Elf on the Shelf

After a special trip to the North Pole, Buddy brought back a broken candy cane and some magical sugar…

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We planted the candy cane pieces, and overnight, they turned into huge M&M candy canes!

Elf on the Shelf

Here’s Buddy hanging out and camouflaging himself with The Big Guys.

Elf on the Shelf

And here he is swinging from the chandelier.

Elf on the Shelf

One night, Buddy found a pint-sized pool table at The Dollar Store to entertain himself.

Elf on the Shelf

Then, Buddy snuck around the house with my son’s iPad and took some sELFies!

Elf on the Shelf

What a crazy elf!  He’s not quite done this year, but I can’t wait to see what he comes us with next year!

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I adore cupcakes, eating them and making them. For Fall, I make a couple that I think are super cute:  a sunflower and a scarecrow. Really, the perfect time to make these is right after Halloween with your leftover candies.

Fall Cupcakes

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cupcake mix (or make your own) and wrappers
  • Frosting (chocolate and vanilla)
  • Individually wrapped caramels
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Candy corn
  • Fruit Roll-Ups or Fruit by the Foot
  • Potato sticks
  • Chocolate sprinkles 

Scarecrow and Sunflower Cupcakes 

For the sunflowers, place the candy corn in a circle for the petals, and add the sprinkles in the center. Pretty easy, right?

The scarecrows take a few more steps. The eyes are brown mini M&M’s, and the nose is a candy corn. The smile is chocolate frosting. The most complicated piece is the hat. Take one caramel and flatten it into a disc. Shape a second caramel into a gumdrop, and then push them together. Use your dried fruit cut into strips to cover the seam. Last, place the potato sticks under the hat for hair. And you’re done!  I won’t post the “after” picture where my devil cat knocked half of them over and broke the platter. Hopefully, you won’t have to contend with that!  Happy Fall, y’all!

Scarecrow and Sunflower Cupcakes

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