Pizzelle’s

If you’ve never heard of Pizzelle’s you are missing out. They are a traditional Italian waffle pressed cookie made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter and anise flavoring or vanilla. Before you go out and buy a bunch from your local grocery store…STOP! They are so much better homemade and if you can’t get them homemade then I would suggest a local Italian Import Market. There’s nothing better than the real thing. There are a lot of possibilities with Pizzelle’s,  my favorite Pizzelle is with cannoli dip on holidays. Yummy

Whenever I think of Pizzelle’s I always think of my Nonna. She is 100% Italian and she has making these cookies every year for every holiday, event, get together, Sunday night dinner for as long as I can remember and at 87 years old she still makes them for every member of the family. She even made a whole bunch for every guest at my sister’s wedding, put them in a huge container and drove them down to Florida. Talk about dedication! She has her own Pizzelle iron and bustles around in her kitchen in the early morning hours making these delicious cookies that everyone adores. What’s not to love about this cookie? You don’t need any other dessert when you have fresh homemade Pizzelle’s, it’s like a little piece of heaven in each bite. I’d love to have the recipe, but I know that I could never ever make them like her. No one could.

My Nonna knows I love Pizzelle’s in fact every time I come over to her house she makes sure to have them out on a platter on the table. It would be rare to go into her house and not find a large tin of Pizzelle’s waiting to be eaten by someone. My Nonna used to cook and bake and make mountain loads of Italian cookies when we were younger…But as she gets older there is less of that, and that’s completely understandable. One thing you can always count on no matter how many years go by is to always have a pizzelle from Nonna.

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When my sister had her Bridal Shower my Nonna made a variety of Pizzelle’s as you can see here she mixed in the chocolate and the vanilla. There are so many varieties with these cookies. You can top it with chocolate and sprinkles or crumbled candies. You can bend them over into cannoli shells and fill them with cream or mousse or do the same thing by leaving them flat. You can do Pizzelle S’mores, or stuff them with ice cream or fruit. The possibilities are endless. 

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So obviously when it came time for the baby shower I didn’t even have to ask. I knew I could depend on Nonna to make her famous Pizzelle’s and they were a hit!

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So if your craving a sweet, go and get yourself a Pizzelle! You wont be sorry.
Next blog…Candy Tables

~*~RockyRose~*~

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Baby Shower Favors

I have loved every minute of planning this baby shower for my sister. I wanted everything to be absolutely perfect. I wanted to find the perfect favors that would match her theme. I knew I wanted favor bags, I looked for Muslin favor bags with an anchor on them, and I kept seeing them but they had blue anchors and none with pink available. So I started searching Etsy and I just couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for until I stumbled upon Dazzling Expressions. And after messaging back and forth I was able to get exactly what I was looking for, for a reasonable price, and I was able to get them on very short notice. They were custom made with a pink anchor, my sister’s name, and the date of the shower. They came out perfect…

I then went to Party City and bought mini pink plastic pacifiers to attach to the drawstring. My aunt then went out and bought baby tags, and fillers. She bought pink nail polish, body wash sponges, nail files and mints. 

My grandma, my aunt, and I got together and spent the entire day working on them. 

 

I was very satisfied with the final outcome and I couldn’t have done it without Dazzling Expressions for their fantastic work. 

~*~RockyRose~*~

Arts & Crafts

Pink & Navy?

That’s the colors I started with…
Paradise Pink (#21957E) & Real Navy (#20353E)
This is Apple Barrel Gloss Acrylic Paint, 20z

So I went to Marshall’s and I purchased an Anchor and an Oar. They were originally blue so I had to paint them. And I went with these colors…but the pink seemed too dark and the Navy though Nautical wasn’t exactly babyish. So I switched it up a little. 

Pink Sea Foam Green

I was in Walmart when I saw  a Pink Parfait (#20251E) which is much lighter and Acapulco (#21972E) which is a beautiful shade of Sea Foam Green and it worked so much better. 

And I used it on pretty much everything. It brightened up the room so much. 

~*~RockyRose~*~

Sweet Pink Lemonade

 

Borio’s offered a Soft Beverage package which includes Diet Pepsi, Pepsi, Sprite, Cranberry & Orange Juice and Iced Tea and Lemonade. We also ordered Mimosas and Non Alcoholic Bloody Mary’s. I opted out of the Iced Tea and Lemonade when I saw a very cute idea on Pinterest. 

What could be more fitting for a baby girl shower than 
Sweet Pink Lemonade? 

What You’ll Need~

  • Glass Jug (Purchased at Walmart)
  • Ribbon & Tool (Purchased at Walmart)
  • Anchor Glass (Purchased at Target)
  • Sailboat (Purchased at Target)
              The sailboat was originally turquoise, I just painted it pink.
  • Stand (Purchased at Target)
  • Straws (Purchased at Target)
  • Three Bottles of Minute Maid Pink Lemonade (Purchased at Wegmans)

~*~RockyRose~*~

Baby Shower Games

Since there were really no gifts at this shower I wanted to do some games to keep the guests interacting and away from dying of boredom. I know everyone cringes at the sound of Baby Shower Games but you have to do something to keep your guests busy.

Game 1:

Baby Word Scramble & Baby Word Search

A classic game that makes your guests think.
Just when they think they’ve got it

They realize it’s not that easy.

This is a great game because every woman thinks out loud as they try to figure these out. You should give a time limit, you’ll have a lot of guests, even the Mommy to Be that will suggest like five minutes plus. That’s too long. We did about 2 minutes. The Mommy to Be is an English Teacher. She was technically the winner but we gave it to 2nd place winner instead. The winner got a gift basket!

Game 2: 

Nursery Rhyme Riddles 

Can you remember what Tommy Tucker sang for? Or Who were the three men in the tub?

Can you recall your childhood memories of the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. In this game, that’s exactly what you have to do. 

The object of the game is to finish sixteen Nursery Rhyme questions in under three minutes. The guest with the most correct answers wins.

 

Make sure to watch for guests that pull out their smart phones to try and take a peek.

For our shower, we had a tie and gave away two gift baskets, as the great grandmother and great-great aunt to be had gotten all sixteen correct and finished far quicker then the other guests.

Game 3: 

Tummy Measure Game

Guessing the waist size of the Mommy to Be is all in good fun. 

Each guest cuts a strip of Tummy Tape for an estimated guess. The Mommy to Be is measured, and the guest with the closest length of tape wins.

 

Prize: Gift Basket

Game 4:

A lot of websites I looked at said NOT to do the Guess the Sweet Mess Game. But it was the first game that an older woman suggested for me to do when I was looking for a last minute shower game. I asked her if she really thought older women would be interested in doing it. She told me, absolutely. It’s hilarious and fun!. She was right. Everyone participated. The older crowd, the younger kids, the Mommy to Be. It was a blast. But the candies were difficult. I figured if they were all candies that people eat often everyone would guess and we would have a ton of tie breakers.

 Guess the Sweet Mess

What You’ll Need:

  • 7 Diapers
  • A sharpie marker to label the diapers
  • Wipes (In case people touch)
  • 7 Candy Bars
  • An answer Key

Lay the diapers out on a table and put a melted candy bar in each diaper. Then allow the guests to come up and try and guess which candy bar is in each diaper by jotting their answers down on a piece of paper.

 

 

 

 

It’s fun, challenging, and full of laughter!

The winner received a $10 Subway Gift Card and King Size Candy Bars of the Candy that was used in the game. 

Grand Prize Game: 

Guess How Many Fish in the Sea
Or in the Bottle

I purchased the bottle from Party City and I’ve had the trunk for a long time but it was purchased at the Christmas Tree Shop. Then the Fishing Pole and Magnetic Fish came from Walmart. I printed the poem from something similar I saw on Pinterest and then cut out thirty fish individually after printing it on colored paper.

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Each guest  had to guess how many Swedish Fish they thought were in the bottle. Our winner was only two fish off. Awesome Guess…

So how about you? 
How many fish do you see?

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Prizes:

The bagged prizes were for the games

 

And the canned prizes were for everyone. That way each guest left with a little something extra. 

Each favor had a tag with a number inside.

Throughout the shower it was simple. There were six people at a table and five tables. I just shouted out a number. Example # 2.
So at each table there would be a guest that would come up and they could pick an item from the can. The cans were filled with mascara and lip gloss, nail polish, headbands, eye shadow and make up brushes. Then for the kids I just got sticker books, puzzles, and stick on tattoos.

~*~RockyRose~*~

 

 

Baby Shower Corsages

For the shower, I made a Mommy to Be Corsage and a Nani to Be Corsage but my sister was afraid they would get ruined so we decided to use them as decor instead and they looked beautiful on the candy table. You can certainly buy them online, I see them on Etsy and they are gorgeous but if you are on a budget…Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a Corsage.

What You’ll Need~

  • Box Cutter
  • Bar Glass
  • Cardboard
  • White Felt
  • Different length ribbon~Your ribbons should decrease in size so that you have the biggest on the outer layer and then each one gets smaller as you move in. 
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Embellishment

Pre-Step I

Flip the bar glass upside down so that the rim faces the cardboard. Then use the box cutter to trace a small circle out.

Pre-Step II:

Use the cardboard circle to trace a circle on the felt (two sides) and then cut it out.

Pre-Step III

Hot glue the felt onto the cardboard circle. Press and hold for a minute to make sure the felt sticks to the cardboard.

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It doesn’t have to be this big, it can be smaller, depends what kind of glass you use to cut the outline.  

Step I

The first ribbon I used is about 1″ wide and about 14″ long. Cut 4 of these and place them out. The print should be facing down.

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Now put a little bit of hot glue in the center of this ribbon.
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You are going to place the next ribbon across and hold it down for a moment so the hot glue sticks. Then repeat by adding a little hot glue in the center of the ribbon.

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That way your next ribbon again sticks.
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You want to make sure all the ribbons are connected by the center and it should look like an X on top and X on the bottom.

There’s probably an easier way to do that, but that’s the way that I did it.
Okay moving on…

Step II:

Next your going to fold the ribbon in. And add a little bit of hot glue to the top edge of the ribbon. That way when you bring the bottom part in it sticks together.

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I know my ribbon looks messy…No worries

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Step III:

Now you’re just going to do the same thing with each end

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Step IV:

Like the diaper cake you’re going to repeat your steps. You’re going to do the same exact steps for your next three ribbons sizes. Remember to make sure each ribbon is smaller.

Step V:

So now you have all your ribbons in flower shapes and your going to glue them all together. Add a small drizzle of hot glue to the center of the biggest ribbon and then connect them, repeating the steps. That way your smallest bow flower is on top.

Step VI

Then on the top ribbon you’re going to glue your embellishment. I picked an anchor. Press and hold so that it doesn’t pop off.

Step VII:

Now pick out some smaller ribbon. I have chosen four different kinds and cut them into strips.

  • (3) Anchors
  • (3) It’s a Girl
  • (3) Pink Polk a Dots
  • (3) Aqua Polk a Dots

And I alternated the ribbon, gluing them each to the felt until I ran out of room.

Step VIII:

Finally you’re going to glue the back of the felt, and the ribbon the tips of the ribbon that are attached to the felt and attach it to your largest ribbon. Press and hold.

By the time you’re done it should look something like this. Awesome job! 

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Enjoy!

~*~RockyRose~*~

See next blog for Baby Shower Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Diaper Cakes

I have always seen Diaper Cakes at showers and thought they were way too difficult to make. I never thought I would be crafty enough to put one together. Before you go online and buy one try this DIY.

What You’ll Need~

  • 14″ Cake Circle
  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Hot Glue Ribbon
  • Huggies Snugglers (I used Size 1)~I used about 64 Diapers
  • Mini Rubber bands
  • Curled Ribbon
  • Thick Ribbon
  • Thin Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments

I watched several different DIY tutorial videos on YouTube before I gave this a try. There is an “easier” way to do this where you fan the diapers but I actually found that more difficult. So I rolled the diapers.

Step I

Position your paper towel roll in the center of the cake circle. Use hot glue on the bottom of the roll and hold for a minute to be sure it stays in place.

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Step II:

All the diapers are going to be rolled into a tight cylinder shape.

You can either roll all the diapers before hand or roll them by layer. Your choice. I know, I know rolling 64 diapers gets a little tedious but just pop on your favorite TV show or movie and start rolling. Once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll be on a roll. 

So, Starting on the base tier~roll six diapers from the bottom up. Then place a mini rubber band around each, about 1/4 of the way down. Then position each diaper around the cardboard roll. Next, take the curled ribbon and tie it tightly around the diapers, cut the loose ends off. Then you can either remove the rubber bands or leave them on. For this layer, the rubber bands will be covered.

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Step III:

Next your going to roll 11 diapers from the bottom up. Again, add the rubber bands 1/4 of the way down the diaper and place them around your first layer. Then tie the curled ribbon around the diapers tightly, cut the loose ends off. And again, for this layer the rubber bands will be covered so you can either leave them on or take them off.

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Step IV

For the final layer of the base tier you need to roll 17 diapers. I then added some extra diapers in where I had some loose open spaces. Roll the diapers from the bottom up, put the mini rubber bands on each diaper 1/4 of the way down and place each diaper around the 2nd layer. Then tie your curled ribbon around the final ribbon, cut the loose ends. For this layer, you’re going to want to remove the rubber bands. (The reason we are putting the rubber band down about 1/4 of the way is because if you put it in the middle or lower once you get the ribbon is you will not be able to remove the rubber band, it will then show when you add your decorative ribbon)

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Step V:

We’re moving up to the second tier. And you are going to begin by repeating step 2. Roll six diapers from the bottom up, add a rubber band to each 1/4 of the way down and position them around the paper towel roll. Then tie your curled ribbon around the diapers tightly, and cut off the lose ends. Again, your choice if you want to remove the rubber bands.

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Step VI & VII:

I combined these two steps because they are pretty much the same.

First, you are going to use 19 diapers to finish off your second tier. Roll the diapers from the bottom up, place the rubber bands 1/4 of the way down the diaper. Position the diapers around the first layer and tie your curled ribbon tightly, then cut off the loose ends. You’re going to remove the rubber bands for these diapers.

Now….You’re on the top tier…and you’re going to finish off with Six diapers…Repeat the same steps…Roll the diaper from the bottom up…Place the rubber band 1/4 of the way down the diaper…Position the diapers around the roll, the diapers should go slightly higher than the roll making a small hole in the top. Tie the curled ribbon around the diapers, cut off the lose ends and you are going to remove the rubber bands for these diapers also.

At this time, your diaper cake should look something along the lines of this. Maybe it’s better than mine, maybe it’s worse. Doesn’t matter…You did it, that’s what matters! 

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So now that the diaper part is complete it’s time to add the fun stuff. You should have two different types of ribbon. One should be thick and the other should be thin. 

Step VIII: 

Start with your thick ribbon and work your way from the bottom tier to the top. Wrap the ribbon around each layer to determine how much you are going to need. Then cut it and add a little bit of hot glue to make sure the ribbon is secure on each layer. Hold the ribbon together for a minute to the glue sticks. This ribbon should cover your curled ribbon.

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Step IX:

Now you’re going to use your thin ribbon and follow the same steps. It does not have to be on the top of your thick ribbon. You can decorate it anyway you wish, this is how I chose to do mine. Just make sure the ribbon is securely fastened around each layer.

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Step X: 

Your almost done, now it’s just time to spice it up a little. For this one, my sister is having a girl and it’s a Nautical themed baby shower so I decided to add some Nautical embellishments but also keeping the baby feel to it by putting a rocking horse on the top and pink confetti paper around each layer.

You want to be careful here though, for the wood embellishments that I have on this cake…I used hot glue so that they stick to the ribbon, because I know they will not be reused. If you choose to do something similar be sure the hot glue does not get on the diapers or you won’t be able to use them.

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For this diaper cake, I added baby stuff to it i.e. pacifiers, rattles, toys, etc. Do not use hot glue because these items can be reused. Instead use a ribbon to tie around the object and tie it to your ribbon on the cake. 

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A great gift to give the Mommy to be!

Enjoy!

~*~RockyRose~*~