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Canton in Conroe

4 Dec

This past weekend was Canton in Conroe.  It is put on by Wilkinson Elementary each year.  This was the 4th Annual Canton in Conroe.  It basically is just like Canton except on a much smaller scale.  For those of you that have never been to Canton – seriously?  You’ve never been to Canton? What’s wrong with you? – it is a big craft fair where vendors set up booths to sell items like glassware, wood carvings, home decor, wreaths and other holiday decorations, jewelry, clothes, bags, food, and CAKE BALLS!

This was the 2nd year that Cake Balls Egg-Cetera participated in Canton in Conroe.  I helped Mom last year and we actually had a blast doing it!  Both of us love Canton so it was fun to make money, as well as spend it, at a craft fair.

Flyer for Canton in Conroe

Flyer for Canton in Conroe

We worked all week and by “we” I mean Mom made all of the cake balls and I made the flyers, painted signs, and tied ribbons on the finished products.  Mom did a variety of all six flavors (strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, spice, and banana).  She made dozens, 6-packs, 3-packs and singles.  Do you know how hard it is to predict what people are going to want when you have that many things to choose from?? She has done other craft fair type things in the past and strawberry sold out but then the next year, strawberry was all she had left…so you kind of have to just do a large variety of everything and hope for the best!

She made them in all different colors and decorations and a bunch in Christmas themes…guess which ones were my favorite??

snowmen

THE SNOWMEN!! Seriously, how cute are these?!  This was the first time she has made them and I think they turned out great!  And apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought so because she completely sold out of the 24 she made!  She made them in vanilla and chocolate on top of an Oreo with a little Oreo hat!  Mom is so creative!

I think our booth turned out pretty cute this year!

booth

Plus we were in a pretty great location!  We were right by the entrance so everyone that came in had to pass by us.  Also, our booth was on a corner which happened to line up with the line for the concession stand so people already wanting a treat would see the cake balls and buy some!

Our side booth along the concession stand line

Our side booth along the concession stand 

line

Mom sold out of almost everything she made this year which was awesome!

And here’s a fun fact for you:  Cake Balls Egg-Cetera is still taking orders for Christmas!  They make great gifts for friends, family, co-workers, and teachers and of course are perfect for parties and cookie exchanges!

If you want to place an order or want more information, you can either call/text/email me or call/text/email my mom.

Email:  cakeballseggcetera@gmail.com

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Cake Balls Egg-Cetera

3 Oct

For those of you who have no idea what a cake ball is, you are in for a treat (no pun intended)!

Cake Balls Egg-Cetera

The name cake ball is pretty self-explanatory.  Basically it is a ball of cake dipped in chocolate.  Sounds pretty great, right?  That’s because they are!

Maybe I am biased but my mom makes the absolute BEST cake balls.  I’m not the only one who thinks so either!  We have had some major cake ball addicts tell my mom that the ones she makes are better than any others they have tasted and they keep coming back for more.

My mom started a side business called Cake Balls Egg-Cetera back in April 2011.  You may be wondering how she got into this and where the name Cake Balls Egg-Cetera came from…Well, it all started back around October 2010.  My dad’s side of the family is HUGE so when the family Christmas party rolls around, the adults don’t really do gifts or anything like that but we always bring food and desserts.  Mom wanted to do something different but had no idea what to do.  One day she saw a sign outside of a bakery that was advertising “Cake Balls.”  My mom thought, “What in the world is a cake ball?” so like any normal human being, when she got home, she Googled it.

Mom found different recipes and thought she would try them out because they seemed very simple.  Well, let me tell you that it is a good thing that she started experimenting with them in October because it took her 2 solid months to become good at making them to where they were appealing to the eye.

This is what she looked like for two months, except slightly more frustrated than these happy children

We have seen some cake balls in bakeries that are either pretty because they are coated in Fondant but taste terrible or hideous with lumpy chocolate and poor decorations.  Over the past year she has tweaked her method and recipes and has found the perfect balance!  They are gorgeous and absolutely delicious!

Anyways, back to my story about her starting and naming a business…Mom made all of these cake balls for Dad’s side of the family but had no idea how to store them.  Quite the predicament seeing as she had made about a dozen per family member.  At the time my family raised chickens so obviously we had egg cartons.  Dad had the bright idea of storing the cake balls in the egg cartons.  They were the solid brown, cardboard type cartons but the cake balls fit in them perfectly.  Mom slapped on a sticky Christmas bow and took them to the party and everyone LOVED them.  They all kept saying that she needed to start a business because they were so professional looking and tasted great.  And that’s just what she did, hence the name Cake Balls Egg-Cetera.  Now she has the clear, pretty egg cartons instead of the not-so-appealing brown ones (and we got rid of the chickens, thank God).

Before I found a job after I graduated college, I helped her business by doing what I could while she was at work (this is a side business, remember? so this woman still works full-time).  It took me some time but I finally got the hang of making the cake balls but Mom is still way better.  She just has a natural ability at it or something.  I usually get stuck baking the cakes and rolling the balls since she is better at decorating them which is fine with me because it is fun for us to do something like this together.

Lately, Mom has been getting herself prepared for the holidays because this is the time of the year when she gets super busy.

Halloween Cake Balls with ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and mummies

Thanksgiving Cake Balls with leaves and pumpkins

Christmas Cake Balls

She stays busy throughout the year with baby showers, weddings, birthdays, other holidays, and just random orders but around Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas she gets swamped.

Good for Any Occasion!

She makes all different kinds of flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Red Velvet, Banana, and Spice (similar to carrot cake).  And she dips them in either Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, or Dark Chocolate.  My personal favorite is Strawberry dipped in White Chocolate.  YUM!

Mom has even ventured out to do Cake-Pops and Ice Cream Cones!

If you want to order some Cake Balls, you can either call my mom at 936-524-3461 or e-mail her at cakeballseggcetera@gmail.com!  You can also check out her page on Facebook.  Just search for Cake Balls Egg-Cetera and you should be able to find it!

The typical packages come in dozens or 6-packs.  Just let her know if you have any special requests!  You can order any flavors and dips that you want (minimum of 1/2 dozen per each cake flavor ordered) but Mom usually needs about a week in advance, especially on the bigger orders.

Check out this HUGE order of 60 6-packs for Teachers Appreciation Week!

Pizza Pizza

20 Sep

Have you seen this advertisement for Pizza Hut’s Garlic Bread Pizza?  You can get 9 slices of 1-topping pizzas for $8.99.  You can add up to 5 toppings, but of course they will charge you per additional topping.

You all know how “thrifty” I am (you say cheap-ass, I say thrifty) so here is a cheap and delicious version of their garlic bread pizza that you can make at home!  It is quick and so simple that a kid (or someone who is kitchen-challenged) could do it!

Step 1:  Start off with the following ingredients:

1-box of frozen garlic bread (usually 8 slices per box)

1-small jar of pizza sauce

1-package of shredded mozzarella cheese

variety of your choice of toppings (I used turkey pepperonis, mushrooms, onions, and jalapenos)

Step 2:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

**Note:  Degrees Fahrenheit in case you have no idea how to use an oven in America**

Step 3:  Wash and chop up your veggies

clearly just put the jalapenos in this picture to give it some color..

**Note:  We used jalapenos that we canned ourselves but if you want to use jalapenos, use them from a can rather than fresh, otherwise they will be super crunchy on your pizza**

Step D:  Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil

Step 5:  Place desired amount of frozen garlic bread slices on the foiled covered cookie sheet

Step 6:  Spoon the pizza sauce onto the garlic bread

Step &:  Spread shredded cheese on top of the pizza sauce

**Note:  Putting it on this layer, rather than on top of your veggies makes the cheese soft and stretchy (think Ninja Turtles stretchy) instead of brown and crispy**

Step 8:  Load your pizza up with toppings!

All of my ingredients are hidden by my pepperonis

Step 9:  Pop this tray in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Cheese should be melted and bread should start turning a golden brown (or just looks appetizing to you…you all know how a pizza should look when you are about to eat it)

Step 10:  Remove from oven and let the pizzas cool for a couple minutes

If you don’t wait, you will burn the bageezes out of your tongue, roof of mouth, and possibly your lips, causing you to not be able to taste these pizzas (or anything for the next 3 days)

YUM!

Step 11:  Stuff your face with all the garlicky goodness!

Easy, right?

Overall this recipe takes about 20 minutes with preparation and cook time.  Way better than waiting for an hour for the pizza-delivery guy!

Plus it is a fraction of the cost!  (who doesn’t like saving money?!)

I think it would be a great thing to do for kid’s parties or something and have each kid add their own ingredients to personalize their pizza!

If you decide to make these, let me know how you like them!

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