Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall Flower Box Cupcakes

I've kinda given up on Summer.  It's already chilly out, the town pool water is plain cold, and all the fall/autumn stuff is out in stores.  So instead of complaining about how fast the summer went by (and believe me I've already done plenty of that), I made cupcakes.  

Fall flower box cupcakes! I found these neat mini loaf pan liners at a local Homegoods a few weeks ago and thought they'd make neat little flower boxes.  AND I also found York Peppermint Patty Minis - I know mini peppermint patties!  Pretty much impossible not to eat a handful at a time.

The flowers (they are supposed to be Fall Mums!) are made with chocolate covered sunflower seeds.  Attach them to the mini peppermint patty with some green candy melt.  The colors of the sunflower seeds definitely remind me of fall colors.

Bake your favorite cake in the mini loaf pan (I used chocolate of course, you know dirt like) then pipe some buttercream leaves and add your candy flowers on top.

And if you can't find these little loaf pans, you can use mini cupcake liners.  Just pipe some buttercream leaves and add a flower on top for simple mini cupcakes.

See pretty too!

Or do both!

Heading up to Canada soon for a last summer vacay and a little detoxing from electronics but I hope you like the cupcakes.  Do they look like mums to you?? Leave a comment and let me know! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Back to School Graham Cracker Snacks - and Other Lego Themed Ideas PLUS Giveaway

Hey Everyone! So it's that time of year again when I constantly ask "Where the heck did the summer go!" I woke up today and it's even a little chilly outside.  Did you ever think you'd be longing for the hot and humid days of summer? It feels like we hardly had any and I most def am wishing for more summer.

And it's amazing that in my FB feed, there are so many 1st day of school pics already.  My 3 kiddos don't start until September after Labor Day, but that's really only a couple weeks away.  Please time, please SLOW DOWN! 

OK time won't slow down, I get it, that's fine - so in protest I'm celebrating every single day with treats.  Well maybe not every single day, because I have a day job and all, but how about something to get the kiddos excited for school? And if Lego won't get them excited (at least if they are like my kids), then I don't know what will.  Make some edible Lego inspired back to school snacks - all you need is some chocolate candy wafers and graham crackers.  

Directions for assembly are easy:
  1. Make your candy minifigs (see tutorial here)
  2. Open a pack of graham crackers and break into squares
  3. Using more melted chocolate, attach minifig to graham cracker
  4. Using more candy melt, write phrase on squares (put candy melt into zip lock bag, microwave until melted well, snip an end of the zip lock bag and pipe)
  5. Add a contrasting color candy melt around the border of the graham cracker (just to neaten them up, not needed of course!)
  6. Add heart sprinkle onto lego minifig

All you really need are some fun molds.  Like this one:

Or this one:

Or maybe this one:

Or how about a pack of all 3?

I know, you totally want these right? Well guess what? You can enter to win a pack of all 3 of these molds in my "Summer's Not Over Yet" Giveaway.  Enter to win a box of these fun mold/ice cube trays thanks to a new friend over at Amazon.  Actually we're giving away 1 box to 3 readers!!! WOO!!! You can see the molds/ice cube trays over at this Amazon listing. 

To Enter the Giveaway: 

There will be 3 winners of the giveaway picked via Rafflecopter.  Open to US residents only.  Giveaway ends August 23rd 12 AM EST.


Here are some other fun treat ideas to use the molds for.  Use your imagination!

A tutorial on making the candy mini figures using a silicone mold:

Chocolate Covered Lego Minifig Cake Bites (using the larger minifig mold)

Or just use them to make some fun chocolates to snack on! Use your favorite chocolate or add some sprinkles to leftover melted chocolate/candy melt to the molds and you've got some really easy and super fun snacks.

And of course the Back to School Graham Cracker Treats

"Nice try mom!"

Friday, August 8, 2014

Watermelon Gelatin Squares with Mini Watermelon Peeps

Ok since I just did a Healthy Fruit Rainbow Cake, I had to go next with something totally opposite and off the charts sugary.  Plus I couldn't go all summer without a couple watermelon treats.  It just wouldn't be summer without watermelon.  AND I also found some Peeps minis at a store the other day.  Peeps that are mini chicks! You know my love of all things miniature as well as all things Peeps, so this was a total win-win for me.  

Every time I see watermelon flavored gelatin in the store, I scoop some up because it's sometimes hard to find.  This particular brand was by Jolly Rancher which makes a bunch of unique flavs - like green apple and blue raspberry.

To make the gelatin pink peptobismol colored, I added some condensed milk.  Follow the directions on the gelatin box adding the gelatin powder to 1 cup of hot water.  Then add 1/2 cup of the sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup of cold water.  Mix well.  Pour the mixture into a dish and let set in the refrigerator for a couple hours (preferably over night).  To remove the gelatin, set the pan in a hot water bath for 1-2 minutes.  Turn pan with gelatin over onto a cutting board and tap until it falls out.  Then cut into squares.

Add your favorite sprinkles.  Sprinkles make everything better.

Then top with a Peeps mini! These just happen to be sour watermelon flavored.  

Then eat and wait for the sugary watermelon overload to hit you.  Now you're totally jacked up and ready for your cross fit workout.  You are very welcome.  

Have you tried Peeps minis?? What's your favorite flavor? These sour watermelon ones definitely live up to their name.

Thanks for swinging by and have a totally awesome weekend.  Enjoy the few left this summer.

Check out these other watermelon flavored treats too!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fresh Fruit Rainbow Cake

Is there anything prettier than a rainbow? OK - maybe there are prettier things, but I really love rainbows in all shapes and sizes.  (As if you haven't guessed that by now!) And I especially love all those rainbow treats and cakes all over the place these days - they always make me smile.   That said, I also like to experiment with getting pretty colors au natural.  Fruit works great for that in so many ways - and bonus it's way healthier than cake!   

So I made a rainbow layered "cake" from fresh fruit.  An all natural rainbow, that's pretty and tasty too.  Try it as an alternative to cake, or in addition to cake!

Check out the tutorial over at SheKnows!

PS. You can also make fruit "cupcakes"!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cantaloupe Shaped and Flavored Cake Bites

It's melon season! Woo! And although I love love (love) watermelon aka the king of summer fruits, I also kinda feel bad for cantaloupe.  It's the work horse of the melons.  It's always in fruit salads, piles of them in food stores, and most people love it but there just doesn't seem like there are as many treats with it.

Well there some, like I made these triple cantaloupe cupcakes awhile back (cantaloupe in the cake, frosting and filling!) 

And one of the glazes in these cupcakes is cantaloupe!

But watermelon still always seems to take center stage.  So thought I'd add some cake bites to add to the cantaloupe treat mix.

See more on the how to over at SheKnows! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jelly Bean Bird Pretzel Snacks - Guest Post over at Hungry Happenings

Hi All, I'm guest posting over at Hungry Happenings today while Beth is enjoying a great vacation over on the other side of the pond.  Beth has inspired me so much over the years and her creativity seems never ending!

Pop over to see these more of these Little Birdie Pretzel Snacks.  They are so easy to make.  Beth hope you are having a fantastic vacay and thanks so much for having me over at your place!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Disney's Frozen Character Pretzel Snacks

Are you guys over Disney's Frozen yet? Has it jumped the shark yet?? I mean it's EVERYWHERE.  Frozen clothes, Frozen dolls and toys, Frozen bedding, Frozen books, Frozen cups, Frozen lunch boxes, Frozen bags, Frozen balloons, Frozen decals and stickers, Frozen make-up, Frozen umbrellas, Frozen wigs (WIGS!), Frozen tiaras, Frozen guitars, Frozen beach towels, and on and on and on and on.

But I can't complain.  Disney really knocked it out of the ballpark with this one.  It's a great movie and all kids love it.  I think we've seen movie or heard the soundtrack thousands of times (literally!).  


I made these Frozen Character Cupcakes earlier this year 

But I thought some more simple treats were needed - and you guys already know about my love of sweet and salty pretzel snacks.  So here you go, Disney's Frozen - inspired pretzel snacks!

Make them for your next Frozen themed party (and there WILL be Frozen themed parties!) or just make some for your own Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Olaf and Sven fans.  

See the full tutorial over at SheKnows!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lucky Charms Oatmeal Cookies

Hey there! I finally have a weekend that we have absolutely nothing going on.  It seems like ever since Spring started we've been non-stop every weekend.  The kiddo's little league was a lot of fun his first year, but lots of practices, games, volunteering at snack bar etc.  Plus all of the regular end of school year stuff.  I also had a work trip to Japan in June and we had vacation to San Diego last week.  So it's been so hectic and busy that to have a weekend with no running around has been so great.  

But of course I couldn't just sit around doing nothing - well I did for a little bit and that was enough.  I also made some cookies.  Oatmeal cookies. With. Lucky Charms.  Yes, Lucky Charms the cereal! 

They made them this year in this "limited edition" box with all green clover marshmallows.  

Lucky Charms are one of my favorite junkie cereals.  I indulge every once in a blue moon (or maybe green moon in this case).  So I bought a box on sale after St. Patrick's Day and immediately forgot about it.  When I found it today, going though some bags, I thought it would be fun to make cookies with them.

I used the recipe on the Quaker Oats container for Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  Mix up the cookie dough as per the recipe but I used 1 and 1/2 cups of the dry oats and 1 and 1/2 cups of the Lucky Charms (instead of 3 cups of oats in the recipe).  I also substituted yogurt raisins for regular raisins.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes or just brown around the edges and top.

The recipe held up to its name and these cookies vanished quickly! 

Ginormous Lucky Charms Oatmeal & Yogurt Raisin Sandwich Cookie

Especially if you add a little cool whip and make a Lucky Charms Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich.  

Not that I did that, because that would make a huge oatmeal pie like cookie that would need to be taste tested immediately and after coming back from an indulgent vacation last week eating something like this would be so gluttonous (aka magically delicious)!

Anyway I hope you are enjoying your summer and have some time to relax and sit back and enjoy the days.  It will be Fall again before we know it!  Have a great week!