August 29, 2016

Birthday Cake Pancakes

Yes... you read that right! BIRTHDAY. CAKE. PANCAKES!!! These are crazy delicious and crazy sweet! Perfect for my hubby who loves all things Birthday cake. I stumbled upon the original recipe awhile back and knew I had to make these for his Birthday. We made them together and changed it up a bit to create what we think is the best Birthday concoction EVER!
Cake Ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup yellow cake mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
pinch of salt
rainbow bead sprinkles

Combine flour, cake mix, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add milk, egg and vanilla and mix with a fork until smooth. TIP: you might want to start with only half the milk and gradually add the rest as needed to make sure the batter doesn't become too runny. Different cake mixes vary in moisture. Sprinkle in the rainbow sprinkles and swirl them into the batter.

Heat a pancake skillet over medium heat on the stove with a touch of butter so the batter doesn't stick. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side.

Icing Ingredients
2 cups powdered sugar
3 1/2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
more rainbow sprinkles

Mix the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a bowl until all ingredients are combined and a nice syrupy (is that a word?) glaze forms.

Pour icing over plated pancakes and garnish with more rainbow sprinkles!
Makes approximately 8 medium size cakes. We've pretty much decided that it doesn't need to be someone's Birthday to make these again. They're so much fun to make (and eat) and would make an awesome breakfast idea for kids too. Enjoy!

xx Sécia
F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

August 10, 2016

How {NOT} to Make Champagne Popsicles

These might look pretty but they were a complete flop! I figure my failure will be your success so here's how NOT to make champagne popsicles...

Most people know that alcohol doesn't freeze well. I knew this... I knew it when I was pouring the champagne. I knew it when I was putting the molds in the freezer and I knew it in the pit of my soul when I pulled them out. I thought I'd risk it just to see and they slid right out of the molds and immediately started to melt. I was barely able to sprinkle them with gold dust (omg so pretty, right?!) and photograph them before they were just pools of bubbly in my hands.
So I did some more research and found a couple of tips to keep those pops icy cold:

1. Don't freeze the champagne by itself (like I did). A super easy alternative would be to add juice. Anything to help cut the bubbly and solidify the popsicles. I love mimosas so mimosa pops sound pretty dang delicious to me! (I actually wanted to make these but was too lazy to run to the store to get some OJ)

2. This site suggests you boil off some of the alcohol on the stove first. I'd opt out of this one because what's the point?! I like my booze...

3. This site mixed champagne and wine and that seemed to work.

If you have any tips of your own please share them in the comments! I'd love to hear what others come up with.

xo Sécia
F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

August 06, 2016

::: Summer Vibes :::

We stocked lots of fun new items in the shop over the weekend :: Gold embossed gift tags, brand new neon greeting cards and check out those rainbow sprinkles pills! Arn't they awesome?! Seriously, Petite Insanities is getting so weird and awesome with all of these little goodies!
Get 'em while they last and stay tuned for some more awesomeness {like next level awesome} coming very soon!

xx Sécia
F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

July 29, 2016

SHOP ART THEFT ::: SUPPORT INDIE ARTISTS

I realize my voice is small in this online world that we live in but I absolutely had to share this, even if it only reaches a few individuals. I've seen this problem pop up here and there on Instagram (anyone see that complete ripoff of BanannaBones' gap-tooth design by Forever21?) and I've realized that in order to stop this "design plagiarism" of large retailers ripping off the small business artist, we need to stop shopping at the stores (allegedly) committing the crimes.
Visit Shop Art Theft and read more about this important topic on cool mom picks as well as details about which retailers to avoid AND embrace (because there are some great ones out there like Target, Land of Nod and J Crew that do support indie artists).

xx
Sécia
F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia