Je T'aime........Ma douce

This is my newest idea. I thought an egg carton would be an adorable way to package cake balls for a Valentine's Day gift, birthday gift, shower or anniversary gift.
 I used the maraschino twine from The Twinery to make my letters and I glue gunned them on.
I used {THIS} recipe for the red velvet cake to make the cake balls and I dipped them in white chocolate and white chocolate shavings.
What do you think? These 2 were my first attempts so I'm sure if I practiced I could get them a little more polished looking. I have been dabbling with the idea of opening my own catering business and I think these would be a great addition.

This one says, "I love You, My Sweet" in French

This one says, " a little sweet, for you my darling"
After making them, I decided I likes the first one much better because it was shorter and easier to read. It'a all about trial and error.




Hanna

Ginger 4 Months

 I just had to share this video with you all because it's way too cute. Little Ginger learned to laugh a few weeks ago and it is so darling. I can't believe how fast the time is going. She is so big already.

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Bacon, Cheddar, Herb Cupcakes and My Birthday Part 2

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup milk
Corn sliced off 2 corn cobbs
1/3 cup fresh herbs, finely chopped (I used rosemary, thyme and chives)
3/4 cups cooked chopped bacon

for topping:
( a note about the topping. This TOTALLY unnecessary. I made it to top the cupcakes to look cute and it was delicious but these would be great without it. Mu husband preferred it without)

8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese(room temp)
1/4 cup sour cream (room temp)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon chopped chives

Spray 2 muffin pans with non stick cooking spray. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Now in another bowl, mix together all the remaining ingredients. Then mix wet and dry ingredients together. Scoop into muffin pans. Bake  at 350 degrees for 12-15 min or until golden.
For topping beat all ingredients at room temperature and pipe onto cupcakes. Garnish with fresh herbs.


My Birthday Part 2
So here is a little update about the second half of my birthday celebration. I must admit I got VERY spoiled this years. For about 2 years prior to this we didn't do gifts for anniversary, birthdays, or even Christmas because our finances were so tight. Now that I have gone back to work it has given us just a little bit of wiggle room so I guess my hubby took advantage off it and bought me some wonderful gifts. I had one of the best birthday's I've had in a long time.

He surprised me with this AMAZING vintage waffle iron that had never been used, straight out of the box. Isn't it cute? You better bet I tried it out Immediately. We had homemade waffles for my birthday breakfast and this Sunday I'm planning on making cheddar cheese waffles and fried chicken! I LOVE this gift! 

He also surprised me with a new Le Crueset. We have a le crueset dutch oven and a larger le creuset stew pot in the same color but this is perfect for smaller meals. LOVE IT!!!

And, my favorite birthday gift of all an emerald pendant to go with my ruby pendant that I got when Little Milton was born. And it's from the same local jeweler who made all our wedding rings.

Let's just say I was stunned!!!! 
Isn't it gorgeous?

love. love. love.

Here it is with the necklace I already had from when little Milton was born. I LOVE it. I'm so wearing it everyday. 

So, I think it's safe to say my birthday was AMAZING this year. Isn't my hubby the greatest?






Hanna

Photography by Hannah GIVEAWAY

I'm really excited to introduce you all to Photography by Hannah. Hannah is a budding photographer and offers GREAT prices on photo shoots AND photo edits! 
Plus today she has offered to do a giveaway here on bouffe e bambini. She is giving one lucky winner 5 free photo edits ($25 value). 
She transformed some of my Easter photos for me and look how gorgeous they came out. I think I'm going to order a couple of them to frame.




GIVEAWAY

THE PRIZE:  Winner submits 5 photos to be edited by Hannah. Open Worldwide!

MANDATORY ENTRY


Visit Hannah's photography website {HERE} and let me know you did.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES
1. Become a fan of Photography by Hannah on {FACEBOOK}
2. Become a follower of Photography by Hannah on {TWITTER}
3. Become a follower of Hannah's {BLOG}
 3.Become a public follower of my blog via Google Friend Connect
4. Become a follower of bouffe e bambini on {TWITTER} 
5. Become a fan of bouffe e bambini on {FACEBOOK}
6. Tweet, blog or facebook about this giveaway

Giveaway ends Friday June 3rd @ midnight

It's My Birthday

Today is my birthday. I'm 33...................I think.
(Sadly, I'm not kidding. Over the past few years whenever I am asked my age, I have to sit there and think about it for a few minuets and even then, I can't get it right! Ha! ). 

This morning I am making bacon, herb cupcakes and
my mom is coming over to take me and kids shopping and then hopefully my hubby and I can have a nice dinner at home when he gets back from work. It seems like the perefct day to me, nice and simple, just spending time with family.

As you all know I recently went back to work and I got my first paycheck the other day so I decided I deserved a couple birthday presents in the form of gorgeous weight loss incentive. 
I am BIG on gorgeous clothes as weight loss incentive. 
For me, it works like a charm, every time!! It keeps me SUPER motivated.


so, I bought myself this  ridiculously gorgeous linen tuxedo jacket from EmersonMade which I will wear with EVERYTHING! I am totally obsessed and in love!

and this utterly adorable silk dress from Anthropologie

And these 3" nude, patent leather pumps from Steve Madden
I have been really needing a nice round toe nude pump but now that I'm a mama of    T*W*O   I decided to try a shorter heel.  I went with a 3 inch heel instead of my usual 4 inch with a platform. We'll see if I like them!


Happy Birthday To Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. I've lost 21 pounds....................39 left to go!!! 
I'm getting there!! And yes I bought the clothes above in the size I WANT to be not the size I am now. Trust me, when you buy something that gorgeous in a smaller size you WILL reach your weight loss goals. 








Hanna

The Handmade Hog and Ideas for Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Please join me and link up ANYTHING handmade or homemade. I would love to see recipes, DIY projects, party planning, and craft projects of all kinds!!!
And if you didn't make anything this week, no worries, link up an old favorite!!!
There are no rules! Feel free to grab the Handmade Hog button and place it in your post or on your sidebar but it is absolutely NOT required!! EVERYONE is welcome to participate!!! This is just supposed to be a fun way to share your ideas and pick up some new ones !! 
So, please join me! LINK UP!!! I can't wait to see what you have in store!!!



Here a couple ideas that I had swirling around in my head on how to decorate chocolate covered strawberries. Simply melt the white chocolate, dip the strawberry, chill the strawberries. Then melt a very small amount of dark chocolate and cherry morsels and decorate with a tooth pick!

Strawberries in Tuxedo
These would really be great for any occasion.


Mr. & Mrs. 
I think these would be just DARLING for a wedding or engagement party. LOVE these! 



Crab Cakes

I saw {THIS} recipe on Baked Bree and had to make it. I love seafood, especially as the months are growing warmer. It was delicious and quiet simple too.

Crab Cakes:
1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat
1/3 cup crushed Saltine crackers
3 finely chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 eggs
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
the juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt

to cook:
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup butter




Hanna

Evy's Tree GIVEAWAY

This is hands down one of my favorite giveaways here on Bouffe e Bambini!!! 
You are getting the chance to win ANY HOODIE you want from Evy's Tree!
I have been in love with everything at Evy's Tree for quiet some time now. I personally own 3 hoodies and 2 cardigans from this gorgeous shop and I love every single one.
They are really well made and just simply unique. I've never seen anything like the hoodies at Evy's Tree. There is something for men women, and children. They really are gorgeous. 
Here are a few photos of what you will have to choose from if you win.

all photo credit {Sam Hassas Photography}


All photo credit {Sam Hassas}




GIVEAWAY

THE PRIZE:  Winner's choice of any in stock hoodie at Evy's Tree. Open WORLDWIDE!!!

MANDATORY ENTRY
  Please visit Evy's Tree and tell me which gorgeous hoodie you would choose if you won
ADDITIONAL ENTRIES
1. Become a fan of Evy's tree on {FACEBOOK} 
2. Become a follower of the Evy's Tree {BLOG}
3. Follow Evy's Tree on {TWITTER}
 3.Become a public follower of my blog via Google Friend Connect
4. Become a follower of bouffe e bambini on {TWITTER} 
5. Become a fan of bouffe e bambini on {FACEBOOK}
6. Tweet, blog or facebook about this giveaway
7. Purchase something from Evy's Tree and comment back here afterwards. 
Giveaway ends Monday 5/30 @ midnight




Hanna

my heart

I just thought I'd share a couple quick photos with you since it's been a while since you've seen my babies. Little GG is 3 months and 3 weeks old and little Milton is 18 months old now. 
These are a couple photos of him holding her for the first time. He's finally starting to really enjoy her. He gives her little kisses and gets in her play gym with her and makes her laugh. He shows her his toys. I'm so happy he has finally taken to her. Seeing the two of them together just melts my heart. 



Hanna

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