Create May 2019

Can you even believe that May is almost over? I know I can’t. It just flew right on by and almost completely got away from me. On that note, does anybody else feel like May is honestly almost as busy as Christmas? Because I do. Busy in a different kind of way, but still crazy busy. Either way, I was able to work on my #Create2019 project this month: Cake pops.

Guys, not to brag, but I make the best cake pops I’ve ever tasted. Blake and I keep trying others, and nothing else is quite as good. The problem? They never turn out pretty. So that was my goal for this month. Well, that and to try out some new flavor combos. And I am here to report that, while I’m still not 100% there yet, I have upped my cake pop game quite a bit this month. (Cue the party music).

Here are my best tips, in no particular order, for tasty (and semi-pretty) cakes pops:

  1. Start with Betty Crocker cake mix. It is honestly just the best. Some people swear by Aldi brand cake mix. It’s good, but I think Betty Crocker is the way to go. Wanna hit it out of the park? Buy the box of Party Rainbow Chip cake mix and the coordinating icing. You won’t regret it. I’ve gotten the most compliments on that specific kind.
  2. Get yourself some good quality melting wafers. Not baking chips. They simply don’t work as well. No, you need melting wafers. If you want a smooth coating, splurge a little bit. I recommend Ghirardelli brand. They taste super good, plus, they melt and coat beautifully. I do not recommend Wilton brand, for two reasons. 1. It doesn’t taste as good. 2. They don’t really melt much better than cheap baking chips. I also found a brand at Michael’s that was pretty good, Choco Maker. I like them because they have a variety of colors and flavors. Plus, melted fairly nicely, which was a bonus.
  3. Some tutorials instruct you to put your rolled cake balls into the freezer, and some instruct you to place them in the fridge. I’ve tried both, and I’m here to say that for me, it worked best to put them into our deep freezer.
  4. If at all possible, melt your wafers in a tall mug. This makes it easier to cover all of your cake pop. While dipping, I also found it easiest to pick up the mug and move it around until the cake pop was covered, instead of swirling the cake pop around in the chocolate (does that make sense?) Otherwise, I had a lot of cake pops fall off the stick. Still tasty, but technically no longer a cake pop.
  5. It helps to have some tiny helpers to mush up your baked cake and roll up the balls. Many hands make for quick work, and they can roll almost faster than I can scoop.

6. Speaking of scooping, it helps to use a scoop like the one sitting in that bowl. Mine is Pampered Chef. I believe it’s this one. That will give you nice, even sized cake pops.

7. It doesn’t hurt to have helpers sticking the sticks into the cake balls either. Just make sure they get them fairly centered, and don’t poke them all the way through.

8. If adding sprinkles to your cake pops, do so almost immediately after dipping, because that shell dries quickly.

9. One box of cake mix makes a heck of a lot of cake pops, so be prepared to share. I wonder if they freeze well? I’ll have to try that and report back.

10. Cake pops are fairly involved. I like to make the cake a day in advance, and then turn them into cake pops the following day. That helps to break it up a little. (Plus, cooling time takes foooorrrrreeeeevvvvveeeeeeerrrr and I’m just too darn impatient).

This time we made Chocolate Fudge cake mix with white chocolate coating and some with coffee coating. I prefer the coffee, the kids prefer the white chocolate (thank goodness, that means more for me!) Earlier in the month we made Party Rainbow Chip with white chocolate coating and some with dark chocolate coating. Time and again, the Party Rainbow Chip with white chocolate coating is my absolute fave. But let’s be honest, they’re all good. (Unless they’re made with the Wilton wafers, in which case I don’t care for them 😅). Now don’t mind me while I go come up with some names for these babies, and maybe eat one or two while I’m at it.

Advent-Day 5 2017


For day 5, we made puppy chow. Usually we make Chex Mix, which I love, and we may still make, but the girls have been BEGGING me for a few months to make puppy chow. So I thought it would be a fun change of pace. On the paper they pull out of the advent calendar I always write what we are going to be doing, and then I also try to draw a little picture to hint at what we’re doing (because we’re still learning how to read in this house). Now, we talked about my drawing skills yesterday. If you missed that, the basic point is: I’m not good at it. At all. So my drawings are not only a little wonky, but also plain out humorous. I should have taken a picture, but didn’t think about it, so I’ll just have to tell you. We made puppy chow for one of our camping trips this past year. Not thinking, we went to bed with it sitting out. Mind you, it was in a covered Tupperware bowl, so we really didn’t think much of it. Turns out, raccoons are excellent at opening said Tupperware bowls, and they are even better at devouring all the puppy chow inside of the bowl. Ever since the Great Raccoon Theft, it’s been the running joke in our family. Needless to say, for today’s paper slip, I drew a bowl of puppy chow with a raccoon trying to reach inside and steal it. The girls knew right away what we were going to be doing. And to my great pleasure, they got a big kick out of the drawing.


To make the puppy chow, we used this recipe. If you’ve never made it before, it’s super simple, and doesn’t take that long. The only addition that we made was that we added red, green, and white sprinkles to ours. Because Christmas. 🎄


Please take note of little Eleanor in the background chowing down on the chocolate spoon. 🙂


And their favorite part: shaking it all up.

The only thing I would do differently is to actually bend down to take out a big Ziploc baggie to shake it all up in. Bending is not exactly the easiest thing to do at this point in the pregnancy, so it won’t be quite as difficult next time. 😅