“Naughty” Gingerbread Men

A couple years ago my dear friend Trevor asked me to make him some “Naughty & Nice” gingerbread men cookies for his New Year’s Eve party. Apparently they were a big hit so now when the holidays come around it just seems like a natural thing to continue the fun tradition, albeit a nontraditional one. 

So, do you think these little guys with the mischievous grins will be on Santa’s naughty list this year?

Have a jolly “holly” day. 😉

naughty gingerbread men

Sneak peek of the “Nice” gingerbread men coming up next…

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“Nice” Gingerbread Men Post

A Knitted Decorated Birthday Cake

This is my last post that highlights some of the details of the big family gathering for my mother-in-love’s 95th birthday party! If you’ve been reading along you’ll know her family is pretty much in awe of this special lady. At 95 she is still very active and gets around and is tech savvy! She is on Facebook, writes emails and prints her own photos. She might even do Facetime with her great-grandchildren, it wouldn’t surprise me. We celebrated her… [Read More]

Autumn Birthday Decorations

I know we are fully into the Christmas season but if you’ve been following my blog, Instagram page or Instagram Stories in particular, you’ve seen a few photos of our family’s big celebration for the birthday of our matriarch! We called this special day the “Jean-a-palooza 95” because Jean turned 95! My mother-in-love is an amazing woman who is active, is on Facebook, sends emails, prints out her own photos and is the founder of a knitting group at her… [Read More]

A Thanksgiving Day Birthday – Jeanapalooza #95!

We have a big celebration happening in our family on Thanksgiving Day! The matriarch of our family, my mother-in-love, turns 95! I’ve written about her before as 5 years ago we hosted her 90th “Jeanapalooza”. She’s pretty incredible and her birthday is a big deal for our family as all her children, grand children and great-grand children will be here for her. What makes the day even more fun is that her birthday is actually on Thanksgiving this year so… [Read More]

Succulent Pumpkin Arrangement DIY

If you’re a guest this Thanksgiving and the host or hostess has got the menu covered, I’ve got a different idea for you as a special gift to give. Flowers are lovely and always welcome but how about making a succulent pumpkin arrangement for something a little more unique? I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is to put together. Things you’ll need: Pumpkin (grocery store, home improvement store or nursery) Sheet Moss (home improvement store – I found… [Read More]

USC Cupcakes

As a USC alum, the Spirit of Troy is always within and waiting to be shared. When I found out a very talented girl from our ‘hood had been accepted to the USC School of Cinematic Arts I had to jump into … “ACTION“! Believe me, we are going to see big things from her in the future. Like red carpet Oscar stuff and I’ll be able to say, ” I knew her when she ate my cupcakes!” And she’ll… [Read More]

Mason Jar Decorated Cookies With Fondant Flowers

June was such a busy month. One that included travel, a memorable birthday get-away celebration and a vineyard wedding. When you think of an elegant country wedding what comes to mind?  For me, it’s Mason jars overflowing with wild flowers! What turned out very nice was that the table centerpieces were Mason jars filled with flowers too. A very personalized touch I added was to paint on a “chalkboard tag” with the bride and groom’s new monogram.  Of course, the… [Read More]

Decorated Sailboat Cookies For A Baby Shower

It seems like baby boys are making their debut in earnest! My last post was all about welcoming a baby boy with a Meet n’ Greet Party and this week I navigated into the waters of making decorated sailboat cookies for another little guy’s baby shower who is soon to arrive!  Such happy occasions! This post isn’t a full step-by-pictoral-step because you’d be scrolling till the tide came in but if you like cookie decorating read on because I do… [Read More]

A Party To Welcome A Sweet Baby Boy

Hello! If you’ve been following me on SweetsToImpress Instagram, you’ve seen pics here and there of the dessert party I created for my great-nephew’s Meet n’ Greet.  I not only had the fun of making all the desserts for the table but I also made the decorations!  I’ve been a very busy great-auntie for weeks but I was also very organized which was a tremendous help in not becoming too stressed to get-it-all-done. Since my niece had no preference for… [Read More]

Gift and Wrapping Ideas For A Baking Bridal Shower

Wow! This spring has taken off with bridal showers and the weddings to follow! Thought I’d share a gift idea and presentation I came up for a bride who will be learning how to bake. I hope she’ll love baking as much as I do! If anything, it will give her a good start complete with a couple of recipes and my cell number should she have any questions. Here’s the complete presentation and then below, I’ll break it down… [Read More]