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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Red Velvet Fauxstess Cupcakes with Swirled Glaze for the 4th of July

Hey Peeps!  4th of July is coming up very very soon, so I mashed up again a couple of my favs:  
  1.  Red, white, and blue food (I don't know why I love tinted food so but I do) AND
  2. Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes
Hostess cupcakes are my secret little indulgence - preservatives, artificial flavors, and all - sorry healthy people but I think you have to have a little bad food once in awhile or you may burst.  I'm pretty sure there is a study out there that has drawn that conclusion.

They are also red velvet because its for the Fourth of July (duh) and it keeps the red, white, and blue theme going!  Don't forget the typical hostess squiggles on top...

...and the creme filling.  Never ever forget the creme filling!

See all the red, white, and blue details here at she knows

Happy Almost Weekend!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mickey Mouse & Friends Pretzel Snacks

I can't stop making sweet and salty pretzel snacks.  I think I may have a problem - but in my defense they are so easy (and portable) and fun to do.  Plus in general most people love the salty and sweet combo and they tend to get gobbled up at parties.  This time I used Mickey Mouse and his friends as the theme because who doesn't love Mickey Mouse?  Well my 10 year old doesn't but he's in that "I'm a big kid now and don't like baby stuff" phase - for some reason he thinks Disney is for babies, obviously he's got a lot to learn about life!

I like to use the square pretzels as the base, then just add candy melt/wafers in assorted colors.  Add the candy melts to a plastic freezer bag, microwave in 10 second intervals until just melted, snip a corner and "pipe" the colors on.   

Add some sprinkles here and there before the candy is hardened to give some detail and you are pretty much done.  

They really are super simple.  I call them minimalistic or abstract Mickey and Friends so I hope you can guess who is who but just in case here they are:

Here are some other fun sweet and salty pretzel snacks you might like too!
  1. Snowflake Pretzel Snacks to go along with some Disney Frozen movie cupcakes
  2. Pretzel Snacks in football team colors for a Super Bowl party
  3. Gold and chocolate pretzel snacks for an all gold dessert display 
  4. Christmas Ornament mini cookies, cereal, sprinkles to look like little xmas ornaments
  5. Minion Pretzel Snacks for the Despicable Me movies
  6. Flag Pretzel Snacks for Memorial Day

7. Frozen Character Pretzel Snacks - because we must #frozenallthethings!
8. Little Birdie Pretzel Snacks - cute little birds made from jelly beans in a rainbow of colors
9. Super Hero Pretzel Snacks - you can't go wrong with Superman and Wonder Woman!

The patriotic flags are my most shared pretzel snack yet - again super easy for your upcoming 4th of July parties. Last year I was at a party and someone randomly brought these - can't tell you how much that made my day!

Happy almost Father's Day to all the dads out there! Hard to believe we are heading into the end of June already.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of your week!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Big Hero 6 Baymax Vanilla Fudge

I made Baymax fudge.  I don't mean I made fudge out of Baymax 'cause that would be kinda gross. But I made Baymax shaped vanilla fudge!  And you guys know who Baymax is right?? Well I hope so - but just in case he's from Disney's Big Hero 6 movie - the lovable inflatable robot.  I also made Baymax vanilla macarons awhile back too.  

I kinda have a thing for him.  He is a personal healthcare assistant and all.  Good qualities - reliable, loyal, and he can fix you.  What's not to love? I think I need a personal robot.  

And what's not to love about him in fudge form?? He's super easy too. Only a couple ingredients.  

See all the details here at sheknows!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Greek Yogurt Pudding Cups


It's time for all the red, white, and blue food! I always love seeing all the tri-colored treats for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.  This year I made some simple pudding cups made from greek vanilla pudding.  

Did you even know they made greek yogurt pudding?? I didn't so when I saw this instant pudding for the first time at the food store last week, I scooped up a couple of boxes.  Mix up the pudding as per the box directions then separate equal portions of the pudding into 3 different zip lock baggies.  Tint 1 bag blue, 1 red, and leave the last bag white.  

Snip an end of the baggie and squirt into cups, one color at a time.  I had some mini plastic square cups which worked great for this.  

Although the pudding is very tasty on its own, promise me if you make this that you'll add fresh strawberries.  Strawberries are my all time fav fresh fruit.  Don't they look absolutely delish??

After you add a spoonful of sliced strawberries,  go ahead and add some whipped cream and blueberries.  It doesn't have to look perfect, but it will taste pretty dang close to perfect as perfect gets.  

And there you go some mini pudding cups all red white and blue'd up in prep for the Fourth of July.  Plus there is fruit on them so that means you can eat 1 or 2 or 12.  

Have a great week peeps!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rainbow Twizzler Xylophone Treats

The kids and I made some cute little xylophones recently.

I bought a bag of rainbow Twizzlers awhile ago and have been trying to think of something fun to make with all the rainbow colors.  We still have one of those little kid play xylophones laying in the toy box so we thought why not make some edible ones to "play".

Start with some graham crackers.  Cut the Twizzlers in descending size and alternate the colors to fit the cracker.  You can attach them with some melted chocolate.  Once attached, cut off the excess graham cracker with a sharp knife.   For more details, add red round sprinkles on top and use m and m's on the bottom to raise the xylophones up a bit.  

The mallets are made from pretzel sticks with a mini marshmallow as the top.  So simple!

Before you eat them, play them!


Thank you for stopping by and visiting!

Remembering all those who have given their lives for our country this Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Silver Surfer Whoopie Pies

So as the annual tradition dictates, I made the hubster whoopie pies for his birthday this year.  Not just any old whoopie pies, Silver Surfer whoopie pies!

The Silver Surfer is his fav Marvel super hero.  If you don't know the back story, Silver Surfer started out as a herald for Galactus.   Galactus is the bad guy who eats world's energy- HE DEVOURS WORLDS.  That's a bad ass villian super power if you ask me.  Well Silver Surfer used to find worlds to be on deck for Galactus, but when he came to Earth and met the Fantastic Four - he had a change of heart and turned on Galactus.  

Anyway, the hubster has always been a huge Silver Surfer fan and still has his comic book collection from when he was in college.  My original plan was to buy him the first Silver Surfer comic (circa 1968) but I can't really justify spending the hefty price tag for it when it will probably be sitting in a plastic sleeve for years, so went with plan B.  (Although I have to admit Issue #1 looks pretty darn cool!)

Plan B was Silver Surfer themed whoopie pies.  They start like any other whoopie pie recipe.  I always use this recipe because it's so tasty and pretty fail safe.   Pipe and bake your "pie" circles.  

Once cool, add the text (or whatever your design) with melted candy wafers/melts.  You could use  melted white chocolate chips as well.

The silver is from silver color mist - which is like edible spray paint.  If you have not used this before, try it, it makes coloring some projects so easy and fast! (I don't get paid or product from Wilton, I just love the stuff and have it in most colors!).  Once the candy melt is hardened, spray the color mist on both whoopie pie halves and let dry.  

Add your favorite whoopie pie filling and serve.  

And as I mentioned, in place of birthday cake we do birthday whoopie pies! 

 Happy birthday to my best friend, The best dad, and my better half for the past 20+ years!  

And thank you for swinging by - have an awesome week!

Other whoopie pies you may like:

Planet Whoopie Pies
Superman Whoopie Pies
Camo Whoopie Pies

Sunday, May 10, 2015

These Avengers Popsicles are so fun!

Instead of baking for myself on Mother's Day, I opted for the easy way out and just enjoyed some store bought popsicles with the kiddos.

The Original Brand Popsicle makes all kinds on neat themed frozen treats these day and I love love (love!) these Avengers Assemble ones.

They make them in Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America colors - with a surprise of color inside too.

Popsicles are always a hit around here, and honestly it made this Mother's Day even easier for me.  No bake, no mess, and fun.

AND bonus - we just saw the new Avengers Age of Ultron movie this weekend! It was really good guys.  If you are super hero fans (or even if not) go see it! There are the same Avengers everyone loves - but it also introduces a few new characters as well.  Ultron of course, but Vision, and also Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself! 

All in all a great Mother's Day weekend!  Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! I truly hope you enjoyed your day.  Have a great week!

If you want to see more Avengers treats, you might like these Avengers Rice Krispies Treats

Or these Avengers Peeps Pops from a couple years ago.  

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Star Wars Creature Cupcakes - May the 4th Be With You!

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

I've done a bunch of Star Wars posts over the years but this one has to be one of my favs.  The creatures in the Star Wars movies are always so cool and really make the movies so special.  (I don't even mind Jar Jar Binks so much - I know sorry hard core SW fans!)

I made a bunch of my favorite creatures in edible form for you and in celebration of all that is Star Wars today.  Most of them are made starting with some Ghost Marshmallow Peeps that I found frozen in our freezer.  Most all of the detail is made with melted candy melts in various colors, some pretzel sticks, and various sprinkles.

Hopefully the Star Wars fans can identify at least a few of these.  Below (clockwise) a Bantha, Acklay, Jawa, Rancor, and Sarlacc.

A couple of Mynocks:

A Taun Taun and the Wampa

This is the 3rd wampa I've done!
And better pics of the Mynocks and the Sarlacc pit

A happy Star Wars creature reunion photo!

Can't wait to see all the new creatures in Star Wars VII coming out this December.  What's your favorite in all the movies?

You may also like some of the other Star Wars treats I've made over the years.  See the Star Wars category on the right hand side of the blog for all the links.  The Yoda Bundt Cake is my 2nd fav!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Star Wars Day!

Oh and if you'd like the directions on how to make any of these, please just send me an email.  Some are easier than others and use melted candy wafers on top of marshmallow Peeps as the base.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Spring Carrot Gardens Made from Cereal Treats

The 60-70 degree weather on the East Coast is definitely putting me in the mood do some gardening.  Every spring we re-plant an herb garden and have been trying some vegetables here and there.  Last year we grew edamame and jalapeños.  The jalapeño plant went nuts and since you can only eat so many of them I usually left random care packages of Sugar Swings treats and jalapeños with friends.  Not odd at all right??  This year we will be trying to grow our own heirloom tomatoes so wish me luck!  I haven't tried growing carrots yet, but I think I might want to try planting some rainbow ones.  I used them awhile back to make some carrot cupcakes and I love the colors.  Aren't they so pretty?! 

Until I can grow my own real ones, I made an all edible carrot garden from cereal treats.  You can tint the cereal/marshmallow mix orange and shape like carrots or slice into the "garden" to see them "growing" inside.  

I wasn't so sure how this one would come out but I think you can see the carrot shapes in the cocoa krispies "dirt" for a different twist on the surprise inside treat.  Check out the details on how to make the carrot garden here at sheknows!

Thanks for stopping by and definitely get out to enjoy the weather!

PS if you have any tips on growing heirloom tomatoes please leave them in the comments below! THANKS!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Surprise Inside Rainbow Filled Cupcakes

Happy Spring everyone! We just had a weekend full of little league baseball and the weather was absolutely beautiful.  Thank Mother Nature that it finally is Spring.  To celebrate I made more cupcakes.  

These cupcakes will trick you though.  They seem all plain and boring right??

But then cut inside, and ta-da, RAINBOW!  Does anyone ever get tired of rainbows and rainbow treats?? Well obvi not me.  Inside or outside or both.  I'll take them all.  

She the how to here at sheknows.

Enjoy the Spring weather and better yet go watch the new Star Wars 7 trailer that just came out!

Can't wait for Dec 2015! Have a great week!