Happy Holiday (in May)!

posted by Momo Fali on May 21, 2013

If you’re a long-time reader, you may recall that I don’t make very pretty desserts. I may put my heart and soul into baking you a cake, but they look like they contain my blood, sweat, and tears.

Recently, we were asked to bring a patriotic dessert to a pot-luck so I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. Part of my job is to pin items to the BlogHer Loves Holidays board and I knew there were some great ideas involving red, white and blue goodies. In particular, I wanted to make these rice cereal treats.

They didn’t turn out as pretty as the picture, but it’s me; this wasn’t a surprise. It wasn’t until we got to the pot-luck where I saw these adorably sprinkled cupcakes…


 …and this flag-waving dessert…


 …that I realized I had gone overboard on the dye and created the ugliest dish on the table. They weren’t even blue. They were green and very holiday-buffet looking. This is now my M.O. as I once created, what my friends refer to as, “Holiday S’mores” on a camping trip when I accidentally packed cinnamon graham crackers.


I used a 3-section foam plate as a tray, so as not to intimidate anyone.

At this most recent event, people were nudging me as I took these pictures to point out how bad the treats looked. In their defense, they didn’t know they were talking to the chef.

Next up: I put a Christmas spin on strawberry shortcake.



  • meleah rebeccah

    BAhaHAHhAhHAHhHA! OMG! My desserts would look exactly like yours!

  • tara

    HAhahahah oh my god those are really ugly! Sorry Momo, stay away from baking unless you have help! 🙂

  • Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting

    Yup, I’m soooo with you. I tried desperately to make Dora cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday. Instead, I created “Cracked Out Dora” and “Skelator Dora.” It wasn’t pretty. At all. http://crazyadventuresinparenting.com/2011/01/dora-cupcake-nightmare-aka-ways-to.html

    And then, as if I didn’t already learn my lesson, the next year I tried making a Barbie cake. FAIL. http://crazyadventuresinparenting.com/2012/01/princess-doll-cake-almost-caketastrophe.html

    I need to stick to cooking, and hire out for the dessert-making, man. Because I *totally* suck at it.

  • Toni

    I am SURE they were delicious! Have you seen this site? It’s pretty funny..http://www.cakewrecks.com/

  • Laura in Little Rock

    I’m in love with the second sentence. “…they look like they contain my blood, sweat, and tears.” Now snorting wine, which is not enjoyable, not nearly as much as reading that line.

    Then life imitates art –
    My 8yo son is currently trying to convince me to drink the microwaved and melted vanilla ice-cream that he mixed red sprinkles in. “Look, it’s pink!” he tells me excitedly, while he drinks from a straw and I still pass.

  • Mama D

    Somebody actually said your treats looked bad?? Wow. Dessert artistry my not be your thing, but I bet they tasted good and that person was just plain rude. Your treats were far sweeter than their manners. 😉

  • Melisa

    Still laughing.

    I’m sure they were…delicious?

  • Leigh

    Oh, I feel your pain–my efforts always look better in my head than they do on the plate. But as my Nana would say, “I’m sure they eat just as good.”

  • Amie

    I’d have eaten them. I can’t pass up a rice krispie treat.

  • Val

    I am soooo with you on the Pinterest Fail projects. Seriously, who has the patience and time for all of that?! I’m glad you used the disposable plate so you didn’t make anyone feel threatened… good move 🙂 xo

  • Joni

    You never cease to amaze me with your kitchen skills!!!

  • Melisa

    I’m back, ’cause you know…BLOGHER.


  • Anne Weber-Falk

    Gosh I love this! I. Love. This. Best post ever!

  • AlisonH

    Laughing so hard. Ohmygoodness. I have a friend who’s a master gardener, with a huge yard (for California, anyway) planted in flowers. Which she offered lots and lots of for a flower-arranging how-to at church to try to share her passion. Tables and tables laid out, vases at the ready.


    And… Said friend comes over after I’ve tried and tried and well, at least it’s not too bad; I’d been at it awhile, well, it’s flowers at least and those are inherently pretty, right?, and she looks at my vase and chirps helpfully, Let’s get you started.

    So much for THAT masterpiece!

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