Sugar Swings! Serve Some

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mini birdhouse treats with jelly bean birds


I almost can't stand how cute these little sugar wafer bird houses came out! I love those sugar wafers that you can find in almost any convenience store these days.  Strawberry is my fav but they even come in some other fun flavors too like lemon and cookies and cream! 

Who knew they would make such a neat building material - and all edible.


And the jelly bean birdies really do tie the room together ;)

See all the cuteness here at sheknows!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Rainbow swirled bundt cake - with no dyes


Who loves bundt cakes? ME ME ME! Maybe I'm just getting older but I love them.  So tasty and also portable to bring to a party.  

And this one's not a plain old boring bundt cake - there are rainbow swirls inside! You guys know how I love rainbows right? I try to put them in everything.  


And guess what? This rainbow is all natural with no artificial dyes.  

See all the details on how to make it here at sheknows!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Pea Pods made from Fruit


Summer is in full swing around here! The kids are in a few day camps, the days are 90+ degrees and humid, the cicadas are singing their hot summer songs - and I'm loving it all.  It's hard to believe it's nearly the end of July - only one full month of summer left so I'm going to enjoy every second of it.

And I have a really easy healthy treat for you this time.  Well relatively healthy when you compare it to the rest of the sugary sweets that you usually find here.  Cute little pea pods - made from fruit.  


I spotted these Joray brand fruit rolls in the food store the other day.  Joray makes all kinds of flavors of fruit rolls, but I had never seen an all apple green fruit roll.  (ps if you look for them, I found them in the Kosher section of my local Shop Rite food store).


I thought they'd make great pea pods with some green grapes as the "peas".


They are really super easy to make too.  Cut out a leaf shape from the fruit roll.  Add your grapes (2 or 3 "pea" clusters) and wrap the fruit roll around the grapes.  


Twist the ends a bit and that's pretty much it.


Very cute as is or you can up your cute factor by adding some smiley faces.   Faces added with an edible food writer.


Smiling pea pods - try not to smile yourself!


Make them for your veggie averse peeps.  I was thinking they'd also make a super cute addition to a twin or triplet baby shower or maybe a fun April Fool's Day prank.  So many options!

Thanks as always for stopping by.  Have a GREAT week!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summertime Flowers made from Goldfish Crackers and Mini Oreos



Yay, it's Summer! I love summertime and all that goes with it.  The hot summer weather - yes! Even the humid weather? Yes too.  I know that's weird but it doesn't bother me.   Eating yummy summer cool treats? Of course! 

One of my other favorite things about this time of year is all the blooming flowers around.  There are so many colors and types of flowers (well when I can keep the deer we get away from these delicious delicacies).

I decided to make my own summer flowers.  These are really simple and made from Pepperidge Farms Goldfish crackers (they come in all sorts of flavors and colors now), mini Oreo cookies, and pretzel sticks.  


See more details here at she knows

Like flowers too? Then you may also like these Spring Flower Cupcakes




Or these easy Spring Flower Candy Pops




Happy Summer and thanks for stopping by!

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!

video

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