October 5, 2015

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake

When I saw Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake on Half Baked Harvest's blog  I knew I had to try it.  Her photo's had me hooked. All that delicious caramel dripping down the sides of the cake and the chocolate ganache, oh my my.  When I told my co-workers I was making it they immediately said, " You ARE bringing in left-overs right?"

Half Baked Harvest warns you that this cake has a lot of steps. She wasn't kidding. There's A LOT.  She assures you the cake is worth all the steps.  Myself and everyone who tried it would agree. 

Now, my cake does not look as pretty as Half Baked Harvest's. As you can see, there is no chocolate ganache showing.  This would be because I accidentally burnt the chocolate and heavy cream which would have been the ganache. It was getting late at night when this happened so I improvised and grabbed the Hershey Syrup in the fridge and used that. Hee hee 

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake made by Fizzy Party

 You can also see the caramel didn't get as thick as Half Baked Harvest's too. Once again, I didn't wait for the caramel to cool enough. My friends, bless their hearts said the cake looked really good and they couldn't wait to try it.  The mmm's and the way they devoured the cake told me they all really enjoyed it. Yeah! 

Don't you love the faux twigs in the apples. Those are forks from Party Pail inc. I love these forks. They're realistic looking, dishwasher safe and every one of my friends commented on how much they liked them.
Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake made by Fizzy Party
Have you ever seen baked goods on blogs that look picture perfect and think, mine won't look like that so why even try to make it?
Just look at mine! That's why. Although mine looks nothing like Half Baked Harvest's it still tasted amazing, my friends appreciated it and I learned new baking skills.  So try those baking recipes you've always wanted to try. 

September 29, 2015

Podcasts and Parties

While all the party bloggers I know are posting about Halloween and fall parties my blog has been spookily quiet.  Not because I'm sitting on the couch watching soap operas and eating bon bons. No way! I don't know how to just sit and do nothing. I've been busy planning, shopping and crafting for #FizzyPartyFallHarvest.  You can see all the party prep here. I'm also working on other projects for Cupcake Wishes and Birthday Dreams  and A Blissful Nest

I've also been hanging out on A Sublte Revelry.  Here's why,
My friend has been telling me for the last 2 years that I need to do a podcast about my passion, parties!  I'm extroverted, talk animatedly about stuff I'm passionate about and network like mad, no shortage of guest stars for my podcast. I'd tell my friend I'd think about it and she'd bug me again to get one going. 

Why did I never start one?  I haven't had time to research how to set one up. I've been too busy planning parties, crafting and enjoying life! 

I may not have started a party podcast but A Subtle Revelry did! And guess what it's called? Seriously, you'll never guess. Kidding!! It's called  A Party Podcast .  I stumbled across it on her instagram account and just had to listen. The podcast starts with a catchy little tune that makes you want to get up and dance. 

In her first episode, A Subtle Revelry talks with You Are My Fav
  I hadn't heard of You Are My Fav before so before the episode got underway I popped over to her blog. This is the great thing about social media, it introduces and connects us to so many creatives. 

The episode chats about their kids and kids parties and chocolate chip cookies. The kids and kids parties I couldn't relate too, I don't have any, but there was a lot in the episode I could relate too. Melanie of You Are My Fav talks about how she's always pinning recipes and not doing them. I can so relate to that. Like Melanie I'm trying to actually bake and cook some of the recipes I pin. 

A discussion was also had about keeping kids parties more chill now instead of big productions, simplifying and not stressing over kids parties. She talked about how she does all these little details for the parties and no one notices.  As I was listening I was thinking, lots of party bloggers seem to be simplifying and doing less details but not me. I love the details and thankfully my guests notice and appreciate them. Nothing wrong with simplifying, just not my style. 

Although I didn't get a podcast going, I have been toying with occasionally bringing you interviews with amazing party bloggers, bakers and crafters.  Leave me your thoughts in the comments!  

September 9, 2015

Retirement Party- Snowbirding Here We Come

 Exciting news! My mom retired!! It's a snowbirding life for my parents now. They're off to spend their winters in sunny, warm, blue sky Arizona. No more damp, chilly, grey sky Oregon winters. So I threw a party, of course! 

Guests were greeted with a cactus garland I cut out of scrapbook paper and "When I Retire I'll..." cards by Small Moments

The burnt red wall of our dining room is the perfect colour for this party. I made the garlands by cutting shapes out of scrapbook paper and attaching them to teal  jute. Small Moments created this great backdrop for me along with more "When I Retire I will..." cards.  
If you know someone moving away for retirement or work, this backdrop can be customized to any location in the U.S. It was super simple too. I received a PDF, emailed that to my local copy center and done. 

A nod to Arizona. I covered paper mache letters in craft paper and scored this great cactus pinata from Handcrafted Parties. I saw it on her Instagram feed and snatched it up before anyone else could. 

My guests could not stop talking about these jars from Always the Occasion.  Especially the cactus one.  The glitter gives the cactus a prickly look. Too fun!

The mason jars were the perfect platform for showcasing the cupcakes. 

My parents enjoy golfing so I created greens on red velvet cupcakes and topped them with a chocolate golf ball. I fooled several of my guests with these golf balls. They had to ask if they were real. :D hee hee

Chocolate hazelnut cupcakes from scratch to represent Oregon. 

I love these cactus cookies from Delectable Baked Goods.  They've got swagger :D 

Cactus embellished straws. 

hi!!!! That's what I feel like this cute little cactus pinata is saying. I scored this one too from Handcrafted Parties. oooh, look at those jars sparkle!

Happy Retirement to my mom! 

Oh and if you didn't notice, I'm using a fancy pants new to me camera. Disregard the darkish look to the photo's, the lighting in my dining room suuuucks. Seriously.  But other then that, what do you think?  Better picture quality eh?

Shop the party:
Backdrop and retirement cards: Small Moments 
Cactus Pinatas- Handcrafted Parties
Jars- Always the Occasion
Cookies- Delectable Baked Goods
Straws- Queen and Company 
Scrapbook paper, paper mache letters, cupcake holder- Craft Warehouse
Cupcake liners- Wilton
Golf Ball Mold- Blake's Decorette Shop