Sunday, June 26, 2011

It's a Party!!!

Happy Graduation to Chris!!!

Here is my crafty share (besides the invites). When I was making these, I kept thinking how proud Mara, my crafty buddy, would be of me!

Cheryl helped me with the hats. We used melted chocolate chips to glue together, a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup, a Ghirardelli square, a mini M&M, and a strip of mango Fruit Rollup. The Fruit Rollup wasn't as yellow as I hoped, but oh well... They went together very quickly! A tip... freeze the peanut butter cups. It keeps them from falling apart when unwrapping.

The finished product!

But wait! These are not ordinary cupcakes! They are topped with a BIG dollop of whipped cream; filled with cream cheese and a mini Oreo! YUM! Everybody LOVED them!

My friend Mary is always interested in what kind of food we serve. My mom was a BIG help... she brought sushi, spam musubi, fruit, rice, and jello. That just left me to make green salad, macaroni salad, spicy fried chicken, sesame chicken, pizza and munchies. Everyone ate a lot :oD

I wish I had taken some pictures backyard. Jim worked really hard cleaning up the yard and it looked GREAT! Most everyone was outside enjoying the backyard.

Here is the grad... what a handsome guy! He'll be attending Saddleback Community College in the fall.

We actually have two grads. Cheryl graduated from Saddleback with a AA in Liberal Arts. She'll be starting at Cal Poly Pomona in the Fall. She said that we shouldn't celebrate until she finished her PHD, but notice that she's not objecting to presents, hehehe... Here she is checking out the digital recorder we got for her to take to lectures in the fall.

Jena-girl went next door to play with Jammer while this was going on. Here is Jena helping Jim and Chris fix the screen on the sliding glass door before the party.

That's it! Schools over! Bring on Summer!

Oreo Cupcakes

1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix (I used devil's food)
1 pkg. (8 ox) Cream Cheese, softened
1 egg
2 T. sugar
24 mini Oreos
1.5 cups cool whip

Prepare cake batter per package directions. Mix cream cheese, egg and sugar until wll blended.
Spoon half the cake batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups. Top each with about 1.5 tsp. cream cheese mixture and 1 cookie; cover with remaining cake batter.
Bake 350 degrees for 22 minutes o runtil toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean.
Frost with Cool Whip.


Colleen said...

Love your cards and those cupcakes are just adorable. Doesn't seem possible he is graduating.

Mary said...

The cupcakes are adorable! You also did a great job on the invites. Thanks for the pictures and the menu. hehehe You knew I would ask. By the way, Jena is doing a great job holding down the door. I would hate for it to have moved while Jim was working on it.

Mara... said...

Joni, I am so proud of you! Those cupcakes look amazing and I love love the hat topper!!! So stinkin' cute! I love the little oreo hiding inside, too. That recipe is going on my to-bake list for sure. And all that food, looks like it was quite the party!!