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!).  

So let's FROZEN ALL THE SWEETS! 

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!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Naturally Colored red, white, and blue flag fudge



The 4th of July is right around the corner, so that means all kinds of fun red, white and blue foods start showing up everywhere.  I so love that! My contribution this year is some red, white, and blue fudge.  

Super fun because the fudge is shaped like little US flags and bonus the red and blue color comes from fruit.   I won't go as far as calling it healthy, but at least there is fruit in it!  Perfect to bring along to a 4th BBQ or party.



You can always skip the flag shape and just make red, white, and blue layered fudge too.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gingerbread Men for Father's Day


Gingerbread has got to be one of my favorite flavors - ever.  All shapes and forms work for me.  I mean gingerbread is all cinnamony and spicy and so so tasty.  So I'm pretty much campaigning to make gingerbread treats to be made all year round -let's not just limit it to the holiday season and Christmas time.  Who's with me??


Dress some simple gingerbread men cookies up with some "bow ties" and you've got a cool way to wish Dad a very Happy Father's Day.  And unlike boring old father's day cards that get put in a drawer to collect dust, these Dad can just eat when he's done admiring them.  Well you *could* eat cards but they wouldn't be near as tasty.


The bow ties are made with some heart shaped jelly beans that I got on sale after Valentine's Day.  They are all variations on cherry flavors (my hubby's fav flavor).  Attach the hearts together with some melted chocolate or vanilla candy melt. Accent them with some discs of candy melt with some edible glitter on top.


Then just attach the bows to the gingerbread men cookies with more melted candy/chocolate.  Add your favorite Dad saying with more melted chocolate (or you could use royal icing too).  Once all the candy or frosting is dry, you can brush the entire cookie with some gold shimmer dust.  The shimmer dust just makes them a little extra special.  And you get some simple but fun gingerbread men for your favorite Dads.


A very special Happy Father's Day to all the "Dads" in my life. To my Dad, thanks for everything you do and are doing now for my kiddos!  And also to my other half.  He is such a tremendous Dad to our 3 kiddos.  As we are lucky to have them, they are as lucky to have you.

PS.  Do you like the new blog design?? I thought I was due for an update and wanted to do something super fun. Thanks so much to Jessica Krieger, I love it!

More decorated gingerbread men you may like!

Super Hero Gingerbread Men and Women
The Peanuts Gang Gingerbread Men
Disney Princess Gingerbread Cookies
Mini Super Hero Gingerbread Men
Star Wars Gingerbread Men


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Monday, June 2, 2014

Maleficent Movie Cupcakes



Wow it's been awhile since I made cupcakes - I think I may have gone into a little withdrawal! And what better reason to make cupcakes than the new Disney Maleficent movie that opened this past weekend.  I've not been able to see it yet but the the trailer and previews look great.  Like Lord of the Rings meets Disney Princesses.

I'm staying away from the movie reviews too.  The couple that showed up in my FB feed didn't look promising.  But I'm going to stay optimistic for the arch Disney Villain from Sleeping Beauty - The Mistress of All Evil.


For these cupcakes, I went with the look from the books - not necessarily the Angelina Jolie all black look.  The cupcakes are vanilla tinted green with some black swirls.


And her horns (or is that a hat??) are made from these, Cinnamon Churros snacks!


I was on the prowl for some Bugle snacks for the horns, but of course I could not locate them in any store within a 15 mile radius of my house.  Go figure.  So I had to make do and trimmed the churros for the horn look and then dipped them in black candy melt.  The churros are actually a much better combination with the candy melts.


The icing is very light green and purple swirled frosting.  The swirled look is done by adding each color to a piping bag, then adding those 2 bags to a third bag.  Simple and it works great!


I made some mini maleficents too.


And if you fast forward past the summer and pretend it's Halloween, they also could pass for some some crazy bat or Bride of Frankenstein cupcakes - but for today's purposes they are Maleficent!


And in the old story, Maleficent's all crazy nuts evil about not being invited to a Royal Christening.  Good thing she's not around today because she'd have to deal with all the other fairies FB photos showing all the stuff she wasn't invited to.  She would be all up in the comments "Now you shall really deal with me @PrincePhillip and all the powers of Hell!" She might actually do better in Westeros playing the Game of Thrones.  She's got the dragon and everything.  (Side bar: for GoT fans, did you see last episode "The Mountain and the Viper"?? Holy. Cow.  This show never disappoints.  Kudos HBO.)

Have an absolutely awesome week and if you saw the Maleficent movie, then let me know - thumbs up or down?!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Red White And Blue Frosted Cookie Stacks


Holy Cow, Memorial Day is almost here! And if you are like me, the long weekend totally snuck up on you and you may not have any time to prep for a last minute invite to a BBQ or party.  


That's ok, these super simple treats can be thrown together in about 15 minutes.  I'm not sure who first came up with frosting cookies, and stacking them, but it's pure genius. I love anything easy and cute, and these are most def both. 

Start with some store bought cookies.  Of course you can use home made if you just happen to be so inspired, but I always seem to have a packs of cookies laying around, you know, in case of emergency.


PLUS I found these gems at Trader Joes, Speculoos Cookies.  How have I never had these before?? Crisp caramelized cinnamon spiced cookies? Heck yeah.  AND they have such a cute little design on them.  AND this is also the stuff they use to make cookie butter.  Come on, Cookie Butter!!?


Start with some vanilla icing and tint some red and blue.  Pipe onto the cookies.  And sprinkles (optional).  The End.  

I used some homemade buttercream for this (I always seem to have some leftover in the freezer) but you can use store-bought too.  The piping makes them look "fancier"!


Use any assortment of cookies you have around. Add some sprinkles.  Sprinkles make me smile so I try to put them on everything.  Don't put them on meat, meat + sprinkles is just weird.  


These little cookie stacks even make a neat birthday treat in a pinch.  


Happy Memorial Day to you all and I'll be thinking of all the women and men who have served and their families that have lost loved ones while in service.   Enjoy the long weekend and be safe.


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Rainbow Madeleine Cookies


So if you follow the blog and all my blog ramblings, you may know that I like to re-use my baking pans for other purposes.  I got a madeleine pan a few years ago and it has definitely gotten it's monies worth.  Ever since I made these rainbow madeleines, I've been thinking these little buttery cookies/tea cakes would make neat little hot air balloons.  So I had to try.


I love the stripy and blocked colors!


They even stand up!

See more and the full tutorial here at SheKnows

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Watermelon Blondie Bars



Is the 80+ degree weather on the East Coast making you think Summertime? Well it is right around the corner which also means everyone's fav summer fruit should be showing up in your local food stores and on farmer markets stands everywhere.  Woohoo!  Doesn't everyone love watermelon? Well if not they should!


Until it's officially in season, bake up some watermelon flavored and shaped blondie bars.  I know right?? Super fun.  

Check out more including the complete tutorial here at SheKnows. 

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Star Wars Bundt Cake - Happy May the 4th Be With You Day!


Happy May the 4th Be With You aka Star Wars Day! 

You all are probably all to aware that we have huge (I mean HUGE) Star Wars fans in the house.  I can't tell you how much SW stuff we have, but lets just leave it at a lot.  And we can't just not celebrate the official un-official Star Wars Day.  So I made a cake.  A STAR WARS BUNDT CAKE!!!


AND because I love you all, I put YODA in the CAKE. 

OK in any other context that's a weird and creepy statement - so I'll just let you look at the cake!


I hope you can tell that's Jedi Master Yoda.


1) Because they are way cool
2) They were also on sale for half off
3) Yoda is da bomb (do kids still say that?)


Start by baking a tinted green boxed cake in a jelly roll pan.  Once cooled, cut out the shape (in this case Yoda heads) from the cake with the cutter.


And you get a bunch of Yoda heads.


Next, mix up another boxed cake mix (or your fav homemade cake recipe).  I used chocolate, because the official Star Wars cake flavor is chocolate.  Well maybe not but it should be.  Add a little of the cake batter to the bottom of a greased bundt cake.  Then add your cut out shapes (upside down so when you flip the bundt over, the shapes will be right side up).  Try to keep them as close together as possible.  Then cover with the rest of the cake batter.  

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 mins.  


Once cooled I iced with this icing and added some star sprinkles and blue tinted non-pareils, which were cool, but I thought it needed something else.  So I made some tiny light saber sprinkles.  

LIGHT SABER SPRINKLES!


They are made from blue, red, and gray candy melt.  (You could also use royal icing too).  Just pipe small lines with each color, and add some more black or red dots with candy melt as accents.  Once the candy hardens, sprinkle these on top while the icing is still wet.  

I couldn't wait til' the 4th to cut in.  


Yay!  A Star Wars Yoda Inside Bundt Cake!


And did you see they announced the cast for the new movie due out in 2015? Woo! Me and the other gagillion SW fans will be hoping for good things (and maybe a little cgi for Han, Luke, and Leia!)

Happy Star Wars Day to All! Have an Awesome Week!

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