Wednesday, May 9, 2012

{Baby Shower} Cream Cheese Candies

I can’t believe the time has almost come for our baby to arrive!  Though I can feel our squirmy little one many MANY times a day, it still seems surreal that I.WILL.HAVE.A.BABY.  We opted not to find out whether or not we’re having a boy or girl, and I think that has really added a lot of fun and excitement to this process.  To each their own, and I know not everyone would want to do it this way, but I must say I wouldn’t have it any other way for us!  Luckily, I actually love the color yellow, which tends to be the gender neutral “go-to” color.

We were so fortunate to have three baby showers thrown for us!  One was a surprise shower at work given by my awesome & amazing coworkers.  It had a bumble-bee theme and was TOO cute!  They included cupcakes from my favorite neighborhood cupcake shop, Cupcake Collection, and really hooked us up as far as gifts!  Things really began to feel real after this shower.

I was so overwhelmed I didn’t get a chance to take sufficient pictures of this adorable shower!  It was fun & cute!

Next up was the baby shower at my hometown church up in Kentucky, attended by church members & family.  Some of the people attending this shower have known me since I was a baby!  I sure was blessed to grow up in such an awesome & amazing community.  Baby racked up tons of great gifts, and we couldn’t be more thankful.

(Top: I “hinted” that a sheet cake was a waste of money, and not nearly as delicious as homemade, so my mom, Aunt Brenda, and my Mammy (grandmother) made a variety of delicious cakes! Middle: Opening gifts! Bottom: Nathan being silly with one of the books.)

And finally, rounding out the showers was a smaller shower thrown by my amazing aunt who I refer to as “The Queen of Showers” and my awesome cousin, a new mom herself, who helped choose the adorable theme.  They both worked hard and we had a really lovely day!  That shower was a “family shower” attended my aunts & grandmothers, and we were so blessed that some of Nathan’s aunts & Granny were able to come as well!

Just SOME of the spread!

No diaper cake, my aunt made this Diaper Big Wheel!  LOL, it was so cute!

And now… I’m so blessed to be showered with love from fellow food bloggers!  I was honored when Jessica asked me if I wanted to have a virtual food blog baby shower, so of course I said yes!  If you’re unfamiliar with this concept, basically you make a dish in honor of a fellow food blogger, and post it to your blog.  I love this concept, and can’t wait to see what the ladies have done for me!  Head over to The Novice Chef to see the roundup!

And since my posts are few & far between these days, I couldn’t not post a recipe myself to share.  Don’t go thinking I went and made something myself for my shower.  Nope!  This is a recipe my mom made as a contribution to my family shower.  She knows I love these mints.  They’re creamy & a bit refreshing, and melt in your mouth.  She’s made them for many wedding & baby showers in the past.  She’s says they’re really easy to make, and I know they’re delicious.  I’ve never personally made them, but now that I’ve got the recipe, who knows, I might have to make them myself!

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Cream Cheese Candies

Yield: 6 dozen candies

Ingredients:

1 3oz package cream cheese softened
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
3 cups confectioners' sugar
food coloring (optional)
granulated or colored sugar

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese with peppermint extract. Beat in half the confectioners' sugar. Knead in remaining confectioners' sugar until smooth. Divide dough according to the number of colors you want, and add food coloring as desired. Shape dough into 1/2 inch balls and roll into granulated or colored sugar. Place on baking sheets, flatten with a fork, and allow to stand 1 hour to harden. Store in airtight containers in refrigerator.

SOURCE: My mother, who forgot what magazine she cut the recipe out of. ;)

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21 Responses to “{Baby Shower} Cream Cheese Candies”

  1. 1
    branny — May 9, 2012 @ 4:38 am

    Congratulations. I can’t wait to see what you’re having. Who knows – my husband is having work in Nashville late summer and I’m tagging around so maybe I’ll get to meet the bundle of joy! I’m so sorry I couldn’t participate – things happened and I just couldn’t pull it off.

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    Kathryn — May 9, 2012 @ 6:08 am

    Congratulations!

  3. 3
    brandi — May 9, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    the shower looks like so much fun – those monkey cupcakes are adorable :)

  4. 4
    Lesley Eats — May 9, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    Glad to see you’re all hooked up and ready! And thanks for sharing that recipe. It never occurred to me to make those candies!

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — May 9, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    Congrats again Erin! The bee theme is a cute theme for a baby shower. You look great – can’t wait to “meet” your little one.

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    Katie — May 9, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Congratulations! Looks like you had a delicious baby shower!

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    Melissa — May 9, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Congrats girl, you look so cute!!! Love those cupcakes!

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    Kelsey — May 9, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Congratulations to both you and Nathan! You will certainly be incredible parents. I have to say, I completely smiled reading about your hometown church shower with homemade cakes; that’s exactly what I knew you’d appreciate when I wrote my post for you!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — May 9, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Congratulations! I love how your family brought homemade cakes to the shower. I agree—can’t beat a homemade cake! Those candies your mother made sound awesome (and very simple).

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    I love these mints so much! I think my mom has made them for almost every baby/bridal shower that I’ve ever been too. She even has a whole collection of molds ( wedding bells, heart, baby shoes, etc) for shaping them. Congrats on your little one & thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    1. I want all the outfits worn by you shown here. You got some serious style, Lady. Love it.

    2. I’ve never even heard of these mint candies and they sound awesome! Wonder how they’d be with liquor in place of the peppermint extract. ;) Bourbon candies. I’m trying this.

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    Michelle — May 9, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    congrats!! looks like such a sweet shower :)

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    Laura — May 9, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    Congrats again! I didn’t find out the sex of my daughter and my second baby that’s on the way I haven’t found out the sex of either. I think it’s the way to go! = ) The candies look awesome!

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    elly — May 10, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    You look adorable! I obviously agree with your sentiments about not finding out the sex wholeheartedly. :) The candies look great!

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    JulieD — May 10, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    Huge congrats, Erin!! I love the pictures from your baby showers and those cream cheese candies look awesome!! I love the color yellow too! :)

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    Shannon — May 11, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Aren’t baby showers so much fun? I can’t wait to make those candies. I love them! Congrats to you both!!

  17. 17

    All your baby showers look like so much fun! I especially love the bumble bee theme! And that’s so fun to be surprised if it’s a boy or girl!

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    I found you through your virtual shower. Congrats on having your 1st baby! All of your showers look amazing!

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    Kerstin — May 13, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    Aww, congrats, looks like you had such lovely showers!

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