RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS THIS WEEKEND!

Don’t forget the circus is this weekend at the Vivint Home Arena in Salt Lake City! 146_20160622_00919-edit

I’m so excited to see this show. A quick synopsis-

“The story begins with magical circus Starseeker Paulo, who travels the universe with a Magic Telescope in search of the greatest and most talented circus stars. Paulo discovers two hopeful young stars, Johnathan and Davis. After an audition, the Magic Telescope selects Johnathan as a future Ringmaster. Davis is then recruited by Tatiana, Queen of the Circus of Fire, to join her on her evil quest for intergalactic circus domination.

After searching the galaxy far and wide, Starseeker Paulo and Ringmaster Johnathan have all of the stars needed for their circus. The two are ready to bring The Greatest Show On Earth® back to Earth, when Queen Tatiana captures their circus stars and hides them on distant planets across the galaxy to ensure that her own Circus of Fire can rise unchallenged.

Paulo and Johnathan’s mission to retrieve their circus stars from across the galaxy begins!”

Don’t forget about the  “Dad’s Day” discount on Saturday (tomorrow) for fathers who want to take their children to the show during the LDS Women’s Session of General Conference. The discount code to use is DADS50 to save 50%!

WHEN:                 Friday, September 23 – Monday, September 26

Friday, September 23                     7:00 PM
Saturday, September 24               11:00 AM3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 25                  1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, September 26                7:00 PM

I’m attending tonight. Hope to see you there!

OVERNIGHT BREAKFAST HASHBROWN CASSEROLE

I don’t have very many casserole dishes that I love, but this one is an exception. It makes the best breakfast or even dinner. It’s wonderful because you make it the night before and then just pop it into the oven the next morning. I had it most recently on a trip to a friend’s cabin. There was a large group of us and this made breakfast so much easier and much faster. I made two casseroles, one ham and one sausage, and it was nice to have both varieties.  I made THESE pancakes as well, and breakfast turned out darn near perfect. The casserole recipe comes from a friend who frequently serves them at bridal or baby showers for brunch, and everyone always wants the recipe. This would also be perfect for a Christmas breakfast!
 Easy overnight breakfast hashbrown casserole with sausage or ham. Such an awesome dish for large gatherings, and easy because you make it all the night before. Recipe at everydayjenny.com

Overnight Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole

1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon oil
5 cups frozen shredded hash browns
3 cups shredded cheese
1 1/2 cups sliced ham (I usually just buy sliced deli ham and chop it up)
OR 1 one pound roll sausage (such as Jimmy Dean’s, cooked and cooled)
8 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

In a small frying pan, heat oil and add diced onion. Saute over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until onions are soft and translucent. Set aside. Spray 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray. Mix potatoes, onions, ham or sausage, and cheese in the bottom of the baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, milk, and salt and pepper. Carefully pour over the potato mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours. Preheat oven to 350.  Bake covered 45 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover and bake another 10-15 minutes until center is set. Sometimes the eggs still look a little glossy, but will set up upon standing. Do not overcook! Let stand about 5 minutes before cutting.

Recipe Source- My friend Hillary via Tyne

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS TICKET GIVEAWAY

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The circus will be in Salt Lake City at the Vivint Smart Home Arena September 23-26! I always get so excited when the circus comes to town. I love watching all the amazing performances!

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This year in an all new show, “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® invites families to experience an intergalactic adventure, signaling a new genre of circus with an interactive, action-packed storyline that follows a heroic quest of good versus evil.”

New this year will be a “Dad’s Day” discount on Saturday for fathers who want to take their children to the show during the LDS Women’s Session of General Conference. The discount code to use is DADS.

WHEN:                 Friday, September 23 – Monday, September 26

Friday, September 23                     7:00 PM
Saturday, September 24               11:00 AM3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 25                  1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, September 26                7:00 PM

WHERE:               Vivint Smart Home Arena – 301 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Ringling Bros. is an all new app available for download for free from the Apple Store or Google Play for Android devices. It allows you to unlock exclusive content, take a circus selfie and also receive special messages that allow you to be part of the show.

Also, don’t forget about the Starseeker’s Early Access, which starts an hour before show time and allows you to get up close and personal with the show’s performers!

GIVEAWAY

I’m giving away 4 tickets to the opening show at 7 PM Friday, September 23. To enter head to my Instagram page HERE, make sure you are following me and tag a friend in the comments, one friend per comment please. If you don’t have Instagram, leave a comment on this blog post about who you would go with.  The giveaway begins Monday, Sept. 12 at 9 PM and ends Thursday, Sept. 15. at 9 AM.  It is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram.  Must be a Utah resident, 18 or older. Winner will be notified by email or DM on Instagram and MUST reply within 2 hours or a new winner will be selected. Must be able to attend the show on Friday, September 23.

 

 

PERSONALIZED DONUT WEDDING CAKE WITH CRICUT

This post is sponsored by Cricut as part of their wedding campaign “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal”. I also received a Canon Printer in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Its no secret that I love making all kinds of cakes. But what about people who don’t like cake? (gasp!) This donut cake is the perfect alternative! I used my Cricut Explore Air to make the custom cake topper and cute photo cutouts. A tiered cupcake stand was used to hold the donuts and I also used some edible gold spray to give them a slight shimmer.

Donut wedding cake. Pictures and cake topper made using a Cricut machine.

First, I used my Canon PIXMA MG7720 printer to print the pictures. I really liked this printer because it is super fast and the colors are great. My favorite part, though, is that I could print wirelessly right from my phone! This is a wonderful option since most people have the majority of their photos only stored on their phone. All you have to do is download the app and within a few minutes you can print with just a few clicks on your phone. Don’t make the same mistake I did and make sure you put the photo paper in the right way- the machine has a little picture in the paper tray to show you. I was so excited I didn’t even check and ended up printing on the back of my photo paper at first! Whoops!  Besides that little mistake, everything else about the machine is nice and straight forward. I even set it up all myself in about 30 minutes. I love the sleek design, and how user friendly it is. I am excited to try some of the other options like scanning in the future, and a great bonus is that it is compatible with the Cricut “Print & Cut” feature.

Canon Printer-2Donut wedding cake. Pictures and cake topper made using a Cricut machine.

Then, I used my Cricut machine to cut out a personalized cake topper and the cute photo toppers. It’s your story-make it personal! I love how easy it is to use my Cricut to cut out photos in any shape imaginable. From more complicated cuts to simple shapes, really anything is possible! I used a quatrefoil shape for this cake. I let the bride choose what saying she wanted for the top, and she thought “Love Is Sweet” went perfectly with their story.

Donut wedding cake. Pictures and cake topper made using a Cricut machine.

If you (or someone you know) are planning your dream wedding then you need to enter Cricut’s Wedding Giveaway!  They have partnered with several amazing brands to help make your wedding amazing.

This week’s prize is a $1500 credit to FiftyFlowers. FiftyFlowers delivers fresh, wholesale flowers directly to your doorstep! Their huge selection of flowers includes all the favorites, like roses, rose petals, peonies, tulips, hydrageas, and also the more unique flowers, like protea, scabiosa pods, succulents and air plants. Plus so much more! You can shop by color or flower type which is also super convenient. FiftyFlowers is a great place for the DIY bride to have the perfect wedding flowers!

Enter to win HERE

 

Contest Information:

The four weekly contests will be hosted on Cricut’s blog within one blog post. Entrants will be asked for basic information including “why” they want to win that week’s prize, and what detail they would like to personalize about their wedding. Those who are not getting married will have the option to “nominate” someone they know that is getting married. During the week an entrant enters the contest, they will be entering to win that “week’s” prize, along with being entered to win the grand prize. Entrants can enter once a week. Cricut will be hand selecting the winners, and all winners will be contacted via email to confirm their entry details. Confirmed winners will be announced on Cricut’s Instagram account at  https://www.instagram.com/OfficialCricut/

ORANGE SODA CREAMSICLE CUPCAKES

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I have been making this orange creamsicle cupcakes for a number of years and they are one of my favorite easy cupcakes. They are always a hit when I bring them to parties. I think it’s because there is usually chocolate or vanilla cupcakes so it’s a nice change in flavors. The cupcakes start with a cake mix with a few adjustments which make them really easy. The frosting  is super light and creamy and goes great with the cupcakes. An optional step is to use an apple corer and take out the middle of the cupcake. Then using THIS whipped cream frosting you fill the inside. You will have leftover frosting, however, because it doesn’t use very much to fill the insides. You can also skip that step and the cupcakes still are very good. But it’s always fun to have the surprise center. Although these cupcakes are a great summertime treat, I think they would be awesome at a Halloween party made with black cupcake liners!

Super easy orange soda creamsicle cupcake recipe. Cool whip frosting and a cake mix base, these are always a hit at parties. Recipe at everydayjenny.com

Super easy orange soda creamsicle cupcake recipe. Cool whip frosting and a cake mix base, these are always a hit at parties. Recipe at everydayjenny.comOrange Creamsicle Cake

1 package yellow cake mix
2 tablespoons orange Jell-O
1 container orange soda (such as Crush or Fanta)
Ingredients called for in package directions

Follow the cake mix directions, replacing water called for in recipe with orange soda and adding 2 tablespoons orange Jell-O. Bake according to package directions. Allow cupcakes to cook completely, then frost with orange creamsicle frosting (recipe below). Optional- add a candy orange slice for decoration.

Orange Creamsicle Frosting

1 container cool whip (16 oz) thawed
1 pkg orange Jell-O (3 oz)  minus 2 tablespoons (used in the cake mix)
1 cup orange soda

In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix all ingredients together for about 2 minutes on medium speed. Frosting will thicken a little bit after sitting. Frosts 24 cupcakes.