I saw these super cute cupcakes on Pinterest last week and wanted to make my own. Im not one for following directions so I only used the picture as my inspiration and made a few changes. I love to cook and bake but I always give recipes my own twist. Typically it all turns out delicious in the end but sometimes "my own twist" doesn't work out so well.
So how did these turn out?? Read on to find out what I did and see the finished product!
First stop was my local Food Lion to shop for ingredients. I had a general plan of what to buy but I also wanted to see what they had that I could try out. I already had a box of white cake mix at home which was great value brand (I love smart shopping and generic products). Here is what I left with.
Food Lion brand Pretzel Sticks
Betty Crocker Cupcake Icing
Cake Mate Decorator Icing
Betty Crocker Neon Gel Food Color
Cake Mate Decorator Tips
I was really excited to try the aerosol cupcake icing and the decorator tips. Especially the decorating tips because they screw right into the tip of the icing tube. I usually make my own colors of icing using white icing and food color and load it into an icing gun gadget that I have to do the decorating. This looked so much easier!
First I mixed the cake according to the directions on the back of the box. I decided to make one change. I wanted my cake to be orange like a pumpkin. I prefer to use gel coloring but liquid food color works fine too. I used 1 tablespoon of the neon orange color. This make the cupcakes perfectly pumpkin orange!
As you can see my cupcake pan is well loved and used!
The box said to fill the cupcake liners half full but I like my cupcakes to be big so I filled these 2/3 full. The box also said to bake them for 18-21 minutes. I always start with the least amount of time as to not overcook them.
I shouted at my Alexa to set a timer for 18 minutes! Has anyone else discovered the amazingness of using the Echo in the kitchen?? I use the timer feature all the time!
I even managed to cook dinner and do the dishes in the 18 minutes. I ended up having to add another 5 minutes to the timer. It took 23 minutes to perfectly cook them.
Look how perfect these turned out! Now the hardest part of baking... waiting on them to cook so that I can ice them! I stuck them in the fridge and sat down to eat my dinner!
20 mins later they were perfect for icing! Time to finally try out the aerosol icing! The can came with 4 different tips. I decided to try star tip and leaf tip. The icing was easy to use and came out nicely. I used my knife to smooth the icing down on a few of my cupcakes.
I really couldn't decide what I liked better; star tip, leaf tip, and smoothed icing (pictured in that order).
Next I used the green decorating icing to create the vine. I choose the #3 tip for lettering. As I squeezed and moved the tip across the cupcake the line swirled naturally! So easy!
Then I decided to get brave and try to use the leaf time to make some leaves. This proved to be more difficult! Last step was adding a pretzel stick for the stem.
Here are all three decorated. I think I like the cupcakes that I smoothed out with a knife best. What do you guys think? Is this a pinterest win or pinterest fail?
Hi guys! I just wanted to do a quick recap post for our very successful Girls Night Out fundraiser event! I know I am late getting to this but better late than never!
If you were at this event you already know how much fun we had! If you had to miss it then let me recap the night for you!
We loved hosting at AJ McMurphys! The drinks and food were delicious! The staff were so friendly and helpful. We cannot wait to come back for another Girls Night Out!
Check out AJ McMurphys on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajmcmurphys/
This Girls Night Out was really special because we partnered with Robinson Jewelers to raise money for the Humane Society of Eastern NC!
Robinson Jewelers had the cutest "Cause for Paws" bracelets for sale and the proceeds went to the Humane Society. Thanks to you wonderful ladies (and gentlemen) we sold every one of them! We were able to raise $500 for the Humane society from bracelet sales alone!
As always, the SWAG and prizes were amazing! Robinson Jewelers gave away 5 pairs of pearl stud earrings and a beautiful diamond necklace. Congrats to all our lucky winners!
Check out Robinson Jewelers on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robinsonjewelers/
Our favorite Scentsy consultant, Christy Moore Foreman, joined us to share her amazing products! I was happy to find out that Scentsy sells essential oils and defusers! Let me tell you how cute they are! We hope that you all stopped by to meet Christy and got to see all the wonderful things she had for us! If you missed her check out her website.
We hope you ladies enjoyed the night as much as we did! We can't wait to see you all again at our next Girls Night Out at Uptown Brewing on October 10th!
Here is a link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/516013912479284/
As with all our Girls Night Out events, tickets are free but you do need to reserve them on Eventbrite So don't forget to get your tickets ahead of time!
Love all these wonderful pictures? Think Lia Biscardi with ScapePhotographyUS.
She is amazing! Check out her work! https://www.facebook.com/scapephotographyus/
We are busy working on last minute preparations for tomorrow night's event and we are so excited to share what we have planned for you guys! You definitely DO NOT want to miss this Girls Night Out!
We are so excited to partner with the Humane Society of Eastern NC for this event! We are raising funds for the HSEC and also hoping to help some of these adorable pets find their forever homes! Take a look at all these precious babies!
HSEC cares for homeless and neglected pets until they find their forever home! The HSEC's mission is to serve as a safe haven for homeless and neglected pets and to act as a resource to the community.
"By educating the public about issues pertaining to animals, we feel that we can work towards the elimination of over breeding of dogs and cats and teach owners to be responsible pet owners. At the same time, we hope to facilitate adoption of pets to good homes so that we can allow more unwanted animals to find a temporary home with us."
Join us tomorrow to help this wonderful organization that does so much for the animals in our community!
Check them out on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HSECarolina/
I want to give a huge shout out to our sponsor Robinson Jewelers! They have very graciously donated SWAG BAGS for the first 25 people!
They will be selling the cutest "paws for a cause" bracelets for $25 and will be donating all the proceeds to the Humane Society of Eastern NC! Buy a bracelet and you will be entered for a chance to win a pair of pearl earrings or a diamond necklace!
They will also have some of their beautiful jewelry for sale at the event!
Robinsons the only same family owned and operated jewelry store in Greenville, North Carolina. They are also nominated for the 'best jewelry store' in Greenville, NC by the Daily Reflector!
Check them out on facebook:
I am Super Happy to announce that our favorite Scentsy Consultant, Christy Moore Foreman, will be joining us tomorrow nigh! Check out these super cool Lion King Scentsy Buddies!
If you have never tried or need a refill on the best smelling fragrances around then this is your chance!
"Fragrance shapes your story. It captures moments like pages in a journal, and we offer 95 scents to set those memories free! Explore our fragrances and share your story, your way"
Come out and say hi to Christy!
We absolutely cannot wait to see all of you guys share everything we have planned for tomorrow night!
Ladies, thank you so much to everyone who came out to our Girl’s Night Out event at Tapped! We had a blast getting to know everyone and we hope you enjoyed networking, shopping, sipping, and the Have Y’all Eat Yet food truck. We are so excited to grow our events in Greenville and have even bigger events in the future.
Of course, we want to give a huge shout out to all our lovely vendors and sponsors who made our event so special! We hope you enjoyed meeting them - reach out to them for more information on their products and businesses!
Abby Trusnovec joined us with her featured product, LipSense – the original long-lasting lip color – as well as a full line of anti-aging, plant-based and natural cosmetics, skincare, and hair care that really work! SeneGence believes in giving women the opportunity to build a business as large as they dream, to make as much money as they deserve by selling products that truly work through a global network opportunity, all from the comfort of their own homes and within their own communities. Want to learn more about starting your own business, earning money from home, having fun, making friends, and getting involved in something bigger than yourself?
Reach out to Abby to find out more!
Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/trusbeautyvips
Online Catalog: https://seneweb.senegence.com/media/5721/usa-bb-may2019-digital.pdf
We loved that Ravien Velez brought her beautiful jewelry from Paparazzi! Paparazzi is truly a unique company and they believe that trendy accessories can be available, and affordable, to women everywhere. The best part is that every piece is just $5.00! Cute and affordable… How can you beat that?
“We know that wearing a new look, and feeling confident in your appearance, builds amazing self-worth. Our passion is inspiring dreams, empowering talents, and reaching goals by sharing our products and the excitement of Paparazzi. We see it happen every day.”
If you are interested in checking out her beautiful jewelry then check out her page at www.1queenofaccessories.com.
We also were so excited to have Misty Taylor with Magnolia and Vine. If you aren’t familiar with this unique company then definitely check them out! Magnolia and Vine has designed their exclusive jewelry and accessories to be fully interchangeable. Customize the pieces according to personality and style, attaching favorite Snaps, Accents, and accessories. There are hundreds of options and endless possibilities, and changing things up is oh-so easy. Pearls one day, peridot the next.
Visit Misty’s website to learn more about this amazing line! www.mymagnoliaandvine.com/3993
Shout out to Tina Manning from Color Street for providing the awesome Swag Bags and one of our amazingly cute giveaways! Color Street is 100% real nail polish strips that requires no dry time, smudges, or streaks. Lasts up to 10 days. Not to mention that the colors and patterns are super cute!
Check out their products: https://www.mycolorstreet.com/22370/products/clearnailart
We had another amazing giveaway donated by Tapped! A lucky lady won a koozie, sticker, and gift card to use at Tapped!
Be on the lookout for more Housewives in the City events in Greenville!
Hi friends! My name is Abby and I am a SeneGence Independent Distributor!
You may have heard of LipSense - well SeneGence is the company that founded LipSense, but we are SO much more than lips! We have a full line of makeup products (think tinted moisturizer and foundation, concealer, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, eye liner, and everything in between!) plus an entire line of skincare and anti-aging products, haircare, and even perfume.
SeneGence has not only improved, but completely CHANGED, my life.
That’s because the products actually WORK. They do what they say they are going to do. They are long-lasting, smudge-proof, waterproof, budge-proof, and honestly life-proof. I can rest assured knowing that the fabulous face of makeup I put on at 6 AM is going to look just as good all day until I take it off at 9 PM. The products have improved my skin and hair so much in such a short amount of time. I feel more confident in my own, naked skin and bare face than I ever have in my entire life. I love being able to look gorgeous wearing a full face of makeup, but also feel beautiful not wearing a stitch of anything on my face. I have never found another brand that has made me feel this way.
Not to mention how this BUSINESS has changed my life! Before SeneGence, I worked full-time as a teacher in a job that I was not passionate about. I was working for a paycheck, wishing for the day I could quit, hoping one day I could be a stay-at-home mom without having to stress about our finances. Well, thanks to SeneGence, I am! I have resigned from teaching and I am able to work my business full time, from the comfort of my own home, on my own terms, deciding my own hours, making as much money as I want. SeneGence has been such a blessing in my life, for myself, for self-confidence, and for my family.
Through this business, I have decided to get outside of my comfort zone and do things I wouldn’t have normally done - like sign up for a vendor event! I found Housewives in the City and contacted Laurie right away. I had never done an event before, and I was incredibly nervous, but she made me feel so welcome from our first conversation! My first event with HITC was absolutely amazing! I had so much fun meeting and interacting with women I might have never met if it weren't for these events. I am so grateful I found HITC and I plan on being at every Eastern NC event I possibly can! They have set the standards high, so I might never be able to do an event with any other company again. ;)
Thank you Housewives in the City, Laurie, and Brittany, for hosting such incredible events! I am so glad I get to be a part of this community!
We wanted to thank everyone that came out to join us for our Pop-Up Surprise at Uptown Brewing Company yesterday! Not only were there so many other events going on in Uptown Greenville, but it was CRAZY hot AND was pouring rain for part of the evening. You ladies are troopers! Uptown Brewing Co. staff was amazing as always, pulling together the complimentary wine tasting for us and rolling out their new Strawberry Tart brew the same day! We had about 50+ ladies join us for shopping, mingling, and of course WINE. Obviously these Girls Night Out socials wouldn't be the same without our awesome vendors, you ladies make life so easy and fun! And a big shoutout to our Dessert Sponsor, Patty Cakes, Cupcake Boutique for her AMAZING cupcake flavors and to our Featured Charity Eastern NC Stop Human Trafficking NOW! for joining us, sharing what they do, how they help, and giving ideas on how each of us can help in the fight against human trafficking!
Our Spotlight Charity for May is Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking NOW! Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now desires to create a community that actively works towards abolishing Human Trafficking locally and globally. The empower our community to reduce human trafficking by: Educating citizens about the reality of Sex Trafficking & Labor Trafficking in ENC and around the world; Expanding local markets for Fairly Traded items produced without coerced or exploitative labor practices; Encouraging legislators, law enforcement, and the public to contribute to the fight to end Human Trafficking; Collaborating with and supporting other local, national, and international anti-trafficking and victim-assistance efforts.
Check below for their upcoming events in the Greenville area and a peak at products from Fair Trade (all proceeds from Fair Trade go towards to efforts to end Human Trafficking!)
Hello ladies! The month of May is quickly coming to an end, but we are closing it out with a BANG! Girls Night Out this month will once again be held at Uptown Brewing Company in Uptown Greenville, we seriously love this venue so much. Join us for a "Pop-Up Surprise" and complimentary wine tasting with Larkins from Johnson Brothers. The brewery is also rolling out their NEW Strawberry Tart for the first time for us along with their Lemonade Raddler for just $3!
They were such a HUGE hit at our last social that we absolutely had to have them join us once again this month! (Also I need to purchase the perfect hat for this summer!) Let's give another big welcome to J.B. Boutique & Accessories!
The last networking social at Uptown Brewing Company was such a blast and we are so excited to be working with this awesome venue again later this month! Mandy Brady is back to educate you on everything Rodan & Fields to get your skin (& lashes) looking more fab than ever! Check out her site!
Let's give a big welcome to Ashley Sutton and her featured business THRIVE! The THRIVE Experience is an 8-week premium lifestyle system, to help you experience peak physical and mental levels. 1-2-3 premium products taken every morning, that have changed millions of lives.. Learn all about this company next week!
I don't know about you, but I don't think there's anything much cuter than Stella & Dot merch! Shop with Kelli Byrd DelSorbo at Uptown next Thursday!
I hope you ladies are as excited as we are for Thursday! Let's give a big welcome to Melinda Harrell Sampson and her Featured Business, Trades of Hope! 💕
We have Ravien joining us with her Featured Business, Paparazzi! You know obsessed we are with these stylish $5 pieces. Check out her socials and website below!!
1 Queen of Accessories
Featured Charity - Eastern NC Stop Human Trafficking NOW!
Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now desires to create a community that actively works towards abolishing Human Trafficking locally and globally. Be sure to stop by and chat with their group to learn what you can do to help your community in this fight against human trafficking.
Dessert Sponsor - Patty Cakes, Cupcake Boutique
All hail the Wild About Girls Night Out animal print theme social at Uptown Brewing Company. We've all been there, planning to attend a themed party or social without having to break the bank OR not having an idea on what to wear! (No worries, I actually had the same problem and it's an event I'm helping host!) So, like any true millennial, I turned to my Pinterest boards for some inspo and found exactly what I was looking for! Below are some of my fav looks to throw together for Girls Night Out this week!
Whatever you decide to wear, rock it! I'm so excited to see everyone and all the prints Thursday, May 30!
Have you planned what you’re doing for Mother’s Day yet? As a restaurant lover of Eastern NC, my favorite Mother’s Day go-to is brunch. Surrounding everyone’s favorite lady with friends and family, what greater gift can you give?
This year, I’ve actually opted out of making reservations for Mother’s Day brunch and am planning to treat her to a family brunch at home with the help of Hello Fresh. Hello Fresh is offering a first ever Mother’s Day Box (brunch and/or dinner!) Brunch includes 3 entree recipes and a bonus drink, while dinner includes a special 3 course meal. At $18.99 for 4 servings, I’d say this is a steal. No worries, I’m already stocked on the champagne and OJ. Get yours here!
Hi, I'm Laurie!
Hi 👋 My name is Laurie and I am a Social Media Marketing Manager based in New Bern, NC. I am married to the man of my dreams, a mom and in love with my adorable grandson, Noah. I love checking out new local restaurants, festivals and events while searching for great places to host monthly Girls Night Out. You can usually find me checking out all things live music, the best hospitality in town and working on my campaign to bring Bonefish Grill to New Bern-it's going to happen!!