Thursday, February 16, 2012

Every Day Should Pop!

We had a Blogiversary!!!

In the midst of last week Every Day Should Pop turned One-Year-Old! Although not EVERY day popped, I’m OKAY with that. In the beginning of this journey my mindset was that I had to make a new cake pop every single day... Why? Well, because I love ridiculous holidays, a good reason to smile, and I never shy away from a challenge. I quickly realized that making cake pops made me happy, and this was the perfect creative outlet for me.

This journey began February 8th, 2011. 
My husband had recently given me Bakerella's book.
 In my mind she was a genius and she introduced me to my new biggest love.
  I had a running list of cake pops ideas next to my bed. If you know me, you know that I don’t sleep well and I'm a terrible insomniac. I finally got tired of looking at the list and decided it was time to make a blog to share my pops. So, at 2:00am I headed down stairs and Every Day Should Pop! was born with this post. I knew at the time the idea might be crazy, but in the beginning I honestly didn't care. This blog was for me. I wanted learn how to make cake pops, expand my skills, and have fun. Visitors were just an added bonus. Maybe I’d inspire them or maybe brighten their day. Once I realized people were actually visiting this blog, the pressure was on!

Scrolling back through the archives, I realize there are more than a few ridiculous cake pops. In the beginning I was just trying to getting my footing by experimenting with different candy melts, fondant, and I even used marzipan and few times. Also, it wasn’t until late-August that I got a new camera. It’s definitely not top of the line, but it made a big difference!

I can tell you that making cake pops became a family affair. My boys were often contributing their ideas, getting me supplies, and occasionally passing out left over pops to neighborhood kids. My favorite was probably watching my son Evan sit at the kitchen table sketching out designs. We all really bonded over these little pops. My husband actually did most of the writing. There were many nights where we were laughing so hard, as we tried to tie in cheesy
 anecdotes with these posts. I’m grateful that through this blog I was able express things I don’t often talk about and re-live certain memories. Through out this whole process I tried to let you, the reader, in to who I really am, through the use of these little cake pops.

As fun as this last year has been, it’s been stressful at times too. I vividly remember making cake pops on
Richter Scale Day. Only to have my husband come home and tell me that he lost his job. Ironically our family was shook up that day and for many months to follow. He’s now back to work, but I can tell you that losing his job might have best thing that could have happened to us. We were able to accomplish some pretty exciting stuff and spend some much needed family time together.

Outside of the blog this year, I'm thankful for many of the opportunities that came my way. I've been thrilled sharing my cake pops with my friend Jen Carver's business, Banner Events. She is an amazing party stylist! Many of her parties have been featured on great sites like Hostess With The Mostess, PizzazzerieAnders Ruff Custom Designs,
Kara's Party Ideas and others. I look forward to contributing more pops to her creative events in the future! Also, about half way through this last year the crafting site Craft Gossip introduced my blog to their readers. It was the first time we received that level of exposure and it was such a thrill to receive such a positive response. I'm so thankful to absolutely everyone out there in the social media and blogging community who have shared my pops.

As I've said, this is all still a learning process for me. As I keep moving forward with this blog 
my goal remains the same. To have fun and continue to find my place in this creative blogging world. I hope to give more tips and tricks along the way.

It makes me happy to know that I have inspired many of you, and just seeing my pops represented on Pinterest makes me smile. Thank you for sharing in this journey with me! I know the sky is the limit, and I hope you enjoy making every day pop just as much as I do!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Show the one you love with a Box of Chocolates Cake Pop!
This is my cake pop twist on a Valentine's Day staple...

First, I shaped the pops by flattening the cake/frosting mixture between two pieces of wax paper until about 1" thick. Then, I used the double heart cookie cutter in this set of mini Wilton cutters to create the shape of the pop by cutting into the cake. Next, I chilled the pops for about 15 minutes before dipping them in red candy melt. After the candy coating hardened, I used a Make 'N Mold Decorating Bottle to outline the pops. And finally, I used a decorating bag and #2 tip to create the mini chocolates. Mini chocolate chips would also work.

Hope you all have a great Valentine's Day with the ones you love!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bake Sale - Pops for a Purpose

Cake pops have honestly been the last thing on my mind this week. Unfortunately, my neighborhood and community has been stricken with a terrible tragedy that is almost too horrible to comprehend.
For those of you who haven't already heard about the Powell boys, Braden an Charlie, here is a link to the story. All I can say is that they were taken from this earth far too soon at the hand of their father.  

I never really got to know the boys, though I did meet them once, and saw them around the neighborhood frequently. Charlie went to the same school as my kids, and participated in an after school program with them too. To say that it's been rough week for everyone around here would be an understatement. I've never seen so many puffy eyes, hugs, and acts of kindness as everyone tries to understand something so terrible.

In an effort to raise money to support the Cox Family the neighborhood has planned a bake sale for tomorrow, and I made these cake pops for that purpose. I was told by school staff Charlie had dreams of 
being a farmer when he grew up. So, with Charlie's interests in mind, I felt it was fitting to donate farm animal cake pops. I hope he would have liked them.

Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.

If you're interested in supporting the Cox Family, memorial contributions can be made to any Wells Fargo Bank to the
Charles and Braden Powell Memorial Fund.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI Cake Pops

We're gettin' ready for the big game!

It'll be a small gathering of just my family at our house tomorrow, but that didn't stop us from taking a trip to Costco to partake in all of the amazing free samples. Great food is really what the Super Bowl is all about!

I threw together this little cake pop arrangement for my kids. Footballs are pretty simple, and I loved that I was able to use the Make 'n Mold red and dark blue candy melts!

Go Patriots!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day!

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, declaring six more weeks of winter... he better get back into his hole quick before my kids snatch
up these Groundhog Cake Pops!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentine Cupcake Pops

Valentine's Day is on the horizon and there's nothing better to give your sweet then these sweet cupcake cake pops!

I made these pops the other day as a practice run for another project,
but thought it was quite appropriate to post them today...

It just so happens that four years ago, on this very date,
Angie Dudley (aka Bakerella) posted her very first cupcake cake pops on her blog... and with that one post, the cake pop phenomenon was born.

Here's to her anniversary and all of the inspiration she's provided!