My goals for 2011:
1. Gain fifteen pounds. This is about what I average per year, so I’ve decided to set myself up for success. Weight loss resolutions only result in disappointment and low self-esteem, and really, who needs that?
2. Get up to at least 850,00 Google Friend Connect Followers. Give or take 848,000. I mean, I’m flexible.
3. Convince the Fruit Roll-Up company to create a cotton candy flavored Fruit Roll-Up. The only bad thing that could come from such a creation is that the pile of silver Fruit Roll-Up wrappers shoved in the crack of my recliner would grow. And maybe my thighs…bringing my closer to achieving my #1 goal of the year (see above).
4. Ban PajamaJeans from the earth. Not only are they a fashion crime, but a crime against humanity…and I will not stand for it.
5. Increase my daily intake of leafy greens. That was a lie. I will not be doing that at all.
6. Put the Kool-Aid pitcher back in the refrigerator empty at least twice. Everyone else in my house does it, so I figure it must be really fun and/or rewarding.
7. Start my very own Babysitters Club. This is an unfulfilled dream from my childhood, and I need to fully realize it in order to gain closure. Wait–would I actually have to watch other people’s kids, or could we just hang out and eat Twizzlers and talk about it? Mental note to come back to this one after further research.
8. Bring back the word “triflin’”. Because seriously, there are times when that is the only acceptable word for what is going on.
9. Invent a real working robot. Not the creepy kind like that gold guy on Star Wars, but a cute one that wears an apron and cleans your house. Like Rosie on the Jetsons.
10. Make my blog the best it can be. Because you guys have given me such an awesome year, and I love you for it. Thank you so much!!
I will be honest and say that I’m not a very cool New Year’s Eve person. I don’t go out, I don’t dance, and I don’t crack open a bottle of fancy champagne at the stroke of midnight. But I do watch the ball drop in Times Square…..from my couch. So when I thought about New Year’s Eve cupcakes, I knew that I wanted to create just that.
Are New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Cupcakes weird? Should I have just done party hats or something? I never know when I take things too far.
Wanna know how I made them?
You need silver gumballs and silver sprinkles. I bought the sprinkles at Hobby Lobby, and the gumballs at Michaels. Right up there by the cash register.
Color a lollipop stick black with gel food coloring, and attach a silver gumball to the end. I did this by poking a hole in the gumball with a toothpick first.
Next you need donut holes. I couldn’t find any plain ones at my grocery store, but these cinnamon sugar ones worked just fine.
Using a wooden skewer, dip the donut hole in melted chocolate (almond bark, candy melts, whatev) and let the excess drip off. Immediately sprinkle with silver sprinkles, covering the entire surface. Place coated donut holes in the refrigerator to set up.
Once the balls are set, place some melted candy on the stick where you will want the ball to go. This will help it stick.
Slide the ball into place, skewered end first.
Now pipe on your lights with yellow frosting, stick it in a cupcake, and you’re done!! All you need now is a miniature Snooki ready to jump out once it lands!!
Seriously…Snooki? What are those New Year people THINKING?
I hope your New Year’s is full of fun and sparkles!! Happy Thursday!!