Sugar Swings! Serve Some: July 2014

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!