Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Aimee's Bachelorette Party

I once again have been slacking, but I swear I've been busy!! :) My last post was a few weeks ago, I've had such a great response from it, Peanut Butter Twists! If you haven't checked that post out, be sure too...they are deeelish! Anyways, back to the post...our friends got married out of town this past weekend, the weekend before that I did stuff around the house, and the weekend of Oct 6th was Aimee & Ryan's bachelor/bachelorette parties.

As you know I am her Matron of Honor, and couldn't be more excited for her! Her wedding is in 2 weeks (November 3rd), and I already can't wait to share those pics after.

Invite front

Invite back
I designed her invites on, and loved how they turned out. I had VistaPrint print them out for us, as well as a lawn sign & Thank You notes for her to send out after the party.
LtoR: Aimee & her Mom, Aimee with her Bridesmaids, and Aimee & I
For her bachelorette party, we met at one of the other BM's house, had pizza, drinks, and played a panty guessing game! The idea came from pinterest via Healthy Tipping Point, she had played the game at her friends bachelorette party. You ask each guest to bring a pair of new panties, unwrapped, that best represents them, and then the bride has to guess who brought each one. It was a huge success, and needless to say Aimee has lots of pretty panties to choose from now! ;)
Aimee & a few of her new panties! ;)
We also took before & after mug shots...well just Aimee & I on the afters, since we forgot to capture the other 4 girls before going home. I created little signs with my Cricut, using bright pink scrapbook paper, and black vinyl. I used the Cherry Limeade cartridge for the font. I spotted this idea on pinterest via Breezejoy, and thought it was such a fun idea!

Aimee still looks good, but me...I look like a hot mess! LOL
After the "pre-party" we hit the town, sharing a party bus with the guys, but only for a few minutes. We got dropped off at Power & Light, and danced the night away! We had such a fun time, and here are some pictures to recap the night!

Party action on the Party Bus!

Party action at P&L (and a couple from the party bus)
Hope you come back and check out her wedding pictures after November 3rd! And let me know if you'd like a tutorial on how I made her bachelorette invites with picmonkey, I will recreate them since I forgot to take screen shots while I was making them.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Peanut Butter Twists

One of my favorite rolls that our school would serve with our lunches was a Peanut Butter Twist! They were so good, and I can honestly say I haven't had one since 2004. I've always wondered how they made them, but there really aren't too many recipes out on the internet that I could find. Last year, a girl that I used to go to school with was wanting a recipe on facebook, I immediately tuned in. Someone posted a recipe shortly after she requested it, and I was sure to copy the recipe down myself.

Me & Tracy (the other secretary here at work), we like to bring in a treat for the guys' birthdays. Last week Thursday it was my turn to bring something, so I decided I would give these yummy Peanut Butter Twists a try! I haven't ever made them before, so I wasn't sure how they would turn out. Below is how I made them, using the recipe that was posted on facebook and combining it with the recipe I found over at Taste of Home. They turned out amazing, and let me tell you...the peanut butter filling was so good, I kept eating it with a spoon. So.addicting. This is a keeper and I can't wait to make them again!

Peanut Butter Twists (adapted from a friend & Taste of Home)
Dough Ingredients:
1 box Hot Roll Mix
1 cup hot water (120*-130*F or hottest tap water)
2tbsp Butter, softened
1 Egg

PB Filling Ingredients:
2 cups creamy Peanut Butter
1 stick Butter, softened
1 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Cinnamon

Glaze Ingredients:
1.5-2 cups Powdered Sugar
5 tbsp warm Water
3 tbsp Peanut Butter Filling

1. Using a mixer & dough hook, prepare dough as directed on Hot Roll Mix box.
2. Let rise 1 time for 10 minutes, flour counter top, and roll dough out into a rectangle.
3. Using a mixer, mix together the ingredients for the PB Filling.
4. Spread PB filling over dough, leaving approx 1/2" around edges.
5. Fold dough in half, and cut into 1"-2" wide strips.
6. Twist strips 3 times, and lay flat onto a parchment covered cookie sheet (or spray with cooking spray).
7. Bake at 350* for 15-20, until golden brown.
8. Remove from oven, let cool on pan for a few minutes, then transfer over to wire cooling rack and let cool completely.
9. Mix up powdered sugar glaze mixture, and drizzle over top of PB Twists.

Notes: This recipe will make 12-14 twists (or a few more) depending on how big you cut them. Next time I make them, I will cut the filling recipe in half. There was a bunch leftover that I had to throw out or I would've gotten sick from eating it all with a spoon! Or make 2 batches of dough. The glaze was a little too thin, next time use less water, or even try it with milk.

What was your favorite meal/snack to eat at school?