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?
Hello Housewives! I hope you guys are ready for a fun time tomorrow night! We can't wait to see all of you guys!
I am so excited to be back at Bern Bar for Ladies Networking Night Out: Luau Style! Mackenzie has some delicious tropical drinks planned for us! I can't wait to try them all!
Excited to welcome back some of our favorite Featured Business!
Gillian McNally-Vanderzyl- Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant! Gillian is an independent consultant with Mary Kay and we are so ready to have her teach us all about the skincare and color cosmetics Mary Kay has to offer!
Check out her socials below and check out the new masks!
Judy Wooden - Premier Director with Neora. This is an Anti-aging and Wellness focused line!
Who doesn't want to?
Judy says "Today’s the day" Meet her in person tomorrow night to find out all the details.
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Christy Moore Foreman with Scentsy will be joining us as well. She has the scents that you will love.
If you have never tried or need a refill on the best smelling fragrances around then this is your chance! Come out and say hi to Christy!
Lauren Marie Ferrell from Norwex will also be joining us. With Norwex products, you save time and money while improving the health of your home and our environment. The power to clean without harmful chemicals.
Want to learn how to protect your family from dangerous cleaning chemicals? Make sure you stop by to check out what Lauren has to offer!
Finally we have something fun and unique planned for tomorrow night.! Dawn Lyn Warner with Healing Intentions will be joining us!She is a Psychic Medium & Reiki practitioner. Dawn has felt a strong pull to help New Bern and will be offering readings at the event.
Her Website is:
Call or text 860-478 -6251 or Message here on FB.
Make sure you guys share this event with your girlfriends because FOMO is real!
Fall is one of my favorite times in New Bern. The weather is perfect and so many fun things are going on around town. Here is my list of must do activities to check out!
If you would like more information about any of these events, you can click the teal headings to take you directly to each facebook event!
New bern has tons of live music! One of my favorite fall activities is to go out with friends and enjoy out local music scene. One of my favorite concert series "Footloose on the Neuse" will have Joe Brown Band at Union Point Park. I love this concert series because it is in our beautiful waterfront park! You can bring chairs or a blanket to relax and enjoy the music. Beer and food is available for purchase! I love to get a big group of friends together for a night of fun, music, and great views. This would be perfect for a date night as well!
When: September 13- 6:30-9:00
Where: Union Point Park- 210 E Front St, New Bern
Cost: Free- Drinks and food will be available for purchase
Listening to Live Music
Many of our wonderful local bars and restaurants regularly have live music all through the week. Some of my favorites are Blackbeards, The Garage, The Brown Pelican, and The Bruin! Click to follow them on Facebook to check out their music schedule!
What could be better than camping under the stars in one of the coolest places in New Bern! Saturday evening activities include crafts, lawn games, a hamburger and hotdog dinner, smores, and a campfire sing along. There will even be a moonlit scavenger hunt in the Wilderness Garden with glow sticks!! Sunday morning you will wake up to breakfast and family yoga! This will be a great event to bring your kids to and enjoy some fall family time!
When: September 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – September 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Where: Tryon Palace, 529 S Front St, New Bern, NC
Cost: $50- Proceeds benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation
Fall fairs are one of my favorite things ever! I just love all of the food and always eat my way around the fair! Polish sausage, turkey legs, cotton candy, and funnel cakes are my favorites! This is a great event for a date night or to bring your kids and family!
When: September 26- October 6th
Where: The Craven Jaycees Fairground -3700 US Hwy 70 East, New Bern
Cost: $5 entrance fee, free parking, and ride tickets bands available for purchase.
This may be what I am the most excited about! The Wedding Singer is one of my favorite movies ever! This movie is so funny, has an adorable story line, and has tons of 80's music!
I have not been able to make it to any of the other Movies in the Park events yet but have really been wanting to go! You can bring a blanket or chair and enjoy this wonderful movie under the starts! They will have concessions available for purchase. This would be the perfect date night!
When: September 28- 8:30
Where: Union Point Park- 210 E Front St, New Bern
Cost: Free- Drinks and food will be available for purchase
The Mumfest kickoff concerts are always so much fun! I have been every year and have yet to be disappointed. I absolutely cannot wait for this years concert! The lineup looks amazing!
The opening act is FILMORE with Mitchell Tenpenny as the second act in the lineup! This year's headliner is Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr.
You can bring a chair or a blanket to relax and enjoy the music. I prefer to join the crowd and dance the night away! Food, drinks, and alcohol will be available for purchase. There are different levels of seating that you can purchase that include different seating areas and amenities. I've tried them all and prefer the Premium View tickets. The extra money spent is worth being able to sit closer to the band!
When: October 11- 4:30- 10:00
Where: Lawson Creek Park- 1309 Country Club Rd, New Bern
Cost: Advance ticket prices: General Admission- $20, Premium View- $30, VIP- $90
MumFest weekend is one of New Bern's most fun weekends! Starting with the kickoff concert on Friday night and continuing on Saturday and Sunday with MumFest! This festival closes downtown streets down for a weekend of food, fun, and rides! This is another fall event that I love to eat my way around! I love to go to the Beer Garden and relax with friends and end the day with a ride on the ferris wheel! If you have never ridden the ferris wheel at mumfest then you are definitely missing out! You get the best view of the New Bern waterfront from the top! Don't forget to check out the many vendors for some awesome shopping!
We have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks! I hope that you guys enjoy these fun events as much as I do! Feel free to comment any other events that you guys love!
All of sudden it's August in New Bern, NC and no one warned me! There is still so much fun to be had before Summer ends and I don't want to miss a thing.
Here is what is left on my Summer bucket list. Do you think I can fit it all in?
1. Take my Grandson Noah to the beach for a few days. His 3rd birthday is in August so the timing is perfect. I like to stay close to the beach because a toddler at the beach needs a lot of fun stuff.
Here are a few places that we are thinking about staying.
Palm Suites 602 W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC
Islander Hotel & Resort 102 Islander Dr, Emerald Isle, NC
The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores 511 Salter Path Rd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
2. Movies on the Lawn. Almost like the drive-ins of old but without the station wagons.
Here are a couple of good ones coming up:
August 29TH-Bring the Kids and the popcorn
TRYON PALACE IS OFFERING MOVIES ON THE LAWN.
August 10TH-Date Night
DATE NIGHT MOVIES IN THE PARK FEATURING THE PROPOSAL
3. IT'S MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY IN AUGUST
We both love to check out live music and here is what is coming up in August.
August 9th 2019 YPG River Jam with Trainwreck and Spare Change
August 10th The Bears are playing at the Garage. Fun Fact: The drummer lives next door and guitarist lives down the street so being a groupie is easy.
August 16th Footloose On The Neuse – Summer Concert Series with Lewis and Clark
Live music is booming the rest of the Summer and my favorite place to find out more is
The New Bern Music Calendar.
Back to school is in the air (and the stores) but there is still some time to fit everything in....if I hurry.
If You Still Need Some Ideas for your List...
Happy Monday ladies! I wanted to get a jump start on our Wild About Girls Night Out Networking Social and share everything we have in store for Wednesday! For starters, we'll be at The Garage, a fairly new venue here in New Bern (James City to be exact!) The Garage is a family friendly arcade bar with golf simulators, virtual reality systems, a full backyard space all accompanied with 10 beers on tap! We're so excited to hosting a Girls Night Out at a new venue for our ladies to check out. The Garage is even offering us 20% off all of our tabs!
Look forward to seeing you ladies Wednesday! Click here to find out more about our event!
Talk soon! -Brittany