My Toy Story 24th Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

On Saturday we celebrated my birthday with my family. Its actually on the 11th but we had dinner early this year!Toy Story Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

The Woody and Buzz and Slinky Dog were already mine but my mom found the Army Men at the Dollar Store!Toy Story Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Some of my favorite quotes and a Woody and Jessie Pez dispenser.Toy Story Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

The inflatable jet pack may or may not be used for this years Halloween Costume. ūüôā And since I have a major sweet tooth, the desert bar was a must!Toy Story Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Jessie’s Chocolate Bites, Buzz Lightyear’s Moon Rock Candy, Alien Cupcakes, Barbie & Ken’s Gum Balls and Bo Peep’s Marshmallow Pops!Toy Story Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Pizza Planet Cheeseball & Crackers and Hamm’s Roll Ups for Appetizers. I somehow managed to forget to get a pictures of Bullseye’s Meatballs, and thats probably because they were so delish! We gobbled them all up.Toy Story Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

The alien cupcakes tasted a lot better than they may have looked. But you know.. we’re not up for Cupcake Wars.Toy Story Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

The entertainment before dinner! Who knew a 14 year old and a 3 year old would get along so well with the same toy!Toy Story Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

The sides for dinner were Baked Mr.Potato Heads and The Army Men’s Mixed Veggies!
Toy Story Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

And the main course, thanks to my chef brother, Rex’s Dinosaur Egg-Plant Parmesan and Slinky Dog’s Chicken Nuggets. It was amazing!Toy Story Birthday Party | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

And of course they needed a picture of me with my Toy Story sweatshirt and sippy cup. My mom made Woody’s Ice Cream Cake and a picture of my beautiful birthday roses! Thanks for everyone who came over and helped me celebrate!

Baked Yummy Goodness!

2012-12-21_0001¬†I can’t deny the fact I have such a huge sweet tooth. So getting all these wonderful baked goods and making them pretty during the holidays is definitely one of my favorite things to do. Baking can be such a great gift to give and if you get a little creative it can go a long way! This year¬†we made ‘Reinbeer’, reindeer cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzels, white chocolate grasshoper¬†cookies, Rolo pretzel bites and we still have more were planning on doing this weekend! I had my sister and her friend be my elves and make the chocolate covered pretzels!
2012-12-21_0003The ‘Reinbeer’ was a huge hit as gifts. I don’t drink beer so I have no idea if that is even a good kind of beer but the bottle perfect. I glued googley¬†eyes and a pom pom¬†nose. Twisted around pipe cleaners for the antlers and a cute¬†ribbon for the scarf!2012-12-21_0004

So first you take a pretzel and a Rolo¬†and bake them in the oven. Then when the chocolate¬†is all mushy and moldable¬†you place the pecan¬†on top to press down and put them in the freezer to harden. They’re chocolatey-pretzely-caramely-pecany-delicious. Yes, that’s an actual thing. Yum

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What is cuter than reindeer cupcakes? Nothing, that’s¬†what. I found these gems on¬†Pintrest¬†and was so excited to make them this year. Bake your favorite cupcake (I used simple boxed white cake mix) decorate with chocolate frosting. I used M&M’s for the nose, Nilla¬†wafers for the base, York Peppermint Patty Pieces for the eyes and pretzels for the antlers! My suggestion would be to do the decorating the day of. We made them the night before they were going to be eaten and the pretzels and nilla wafers were mushy. They were all eaten just fine, but it would have been better eaten the same day!

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These are probably my favorite! If you’ve never had Keeblers¬†“grasshopper” cookies, they’re basically the same as Gift Scouts Thin Mints. So you take those bad boys, did them in melted chocolate and sprinkle crushed up candy canes on top.¬†¬†And to quote¬†my good friends Sophia Grace and Rose I just have to say that it is all “SOOOOO GOOD!”