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Valentine’s Day Party

I have 2 lovely daughters, one of whom is very social, and one who is not. The one who is social works at The Tomkat Studio and is constantly around party ideas, parties, etc. Because of this, she decided to throw the non-social daughter a Valentine’s Party for her and some of her friends. She decorated the place all up, organized a couple of games, one of which was valentine family feud, which judging by the amount of laughter going on, was a big hit. These kids are 17-19 years old, and they had a great time!

One of the favorite treats that my boys always love are homemade oreos. I never make these, as they are a lot of work, but their sister will patiently bake them and fill them, which makes her brothers so happy. These didn’t last long at the party.

I just received these bottles! Aren’t they cute?? Love them. Purchased them at Specialty Bottle. The paper straws are available at The Tomkat Studio, of course.

The Strawberry Lemonade Punch was lovely, and simple to make.  The recipe is available here: www.bettycrocker.com 

The cupcakes below were a boxed vanilla cake and then a standard cream cheese frosting with sprinkles. They were very tasty. The cupcake toppers were from The Tomkat Studio.

 

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Pumpkin Cookies


These are my absolute favorite pumpkin cookies. We made 2 batches of these on Sunday, which is almost 8 dozen cookies, and they were gone by Monday nite. (Not by me eating them, I promise!)

Here is the recipe (it came from allrecipes.com although I use a different frosting):
Pumpkin Cookies
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter & white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. (My oven is hotter so I bake them for 13 minutes). Cool cookies completely before frosting with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, combine butter and cream cheese. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar & then add vanilla. Frost cookies. Unused portion may be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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