Ice Cream- You Scream for …..Cupcakes???

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Schools out!!!! Well preschools out over in these parts anyway. And what better way to kick off summer the with some ICE CREAM, but a less messy version. Because let’s face it, kids and ice cream are inevitable a recipe for a sticky, mess.

I use these for the end of the year ice cream parties that my daughter’s pre-school host as a thank you and see ya later, have a great summer type of treat!

I will be offering them as a free printable for a limited time only(Free until July 5th 2014.) After then they can be purchased through my Etsy shop. These are fun and a festive way to add a little something extra to a cupcake to turn them into something more!! Use them for parties holidays or any other fun inspired occasion. They print out on a standard sheet of 8-1/2×11 sheet of paper. All you need to do it print, cut and assemble using glue or tape. These should be wrapped around already baked cupcakes ūüôā Then decorate your cupcakes accordingly!!

 

mixed ie cream party cupcake wrappers
 
 They are always a big hit and can be dressed up as much as you like. For a limited time you can download the ice cream cone version here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)

 

ICe cream cone cupcake wrappers 3
 

The banana split version can be downloaded from here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)

Banana Split cupcake wrapper
 

And last but certainly not least the hot fudge version can be downloaded from here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)

Hot Fudge sundae cupcake wrapper
 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the wrappers! Have a sweet summer!!

 

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Easter Egg Cookies Filled with Candy

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I love a good surprise. I also love a yummy decorated cookie, so when you take both of those elements and create this idea of a cookie with a surprise of candy tucked  and hidden inside I’m all about making them. Cookies like these have intrigued me since peeking at these candy filled pinata cookies  some time back and  I have been anxious to make my own version ever since.

As most SAHM know that finding time to do anything for yourself, can at times be a tough. For me as soon as I sit down, someone wants juice, or crackers or a movie on or just me in general. It becomes a challenge to find the time I need to actually pull these ideas from the constant buzz of ideas inside my head to create them. 

These candy filled Easter egg cookies were actually the first version of these cookies I made, even before I made the Pot of Gold version for St. Patrick’s day. That  idea was born as I was working on these and since St. Patty’s day tends to come before Easter,  I posted that one first.

Before I get into the whole shabang, about how I made them I need to insert a small bit of information here. Typically when I make decorated sugar cookies I use Royal Icing to decorate them. I also use Royal Icing when I make sugar toppers for cupcakes like these or these..

But I get a lot and I mean a lot of emails asking me about Royal icing; what is is, how to make it, where to buy it and sometimes just complaints about it. I personally love using it and working with it, as I find it to be unlimited in it’s creative possibilities, but lets be real for a moment.

Preparation, coloring and discovering what the proper consistency can be a bit time consuming for the person using it for the first time. It does even for people like me that have worked with it more. So I have a solution…..for me and for you, for right now. Because as much as I love it, finding the time to prepare it is next to impossible right now and that is at this moment  in time like a sharp pin popping my balloon of creativity.

But I found alternative that can suffice for the time being….ready …wait for it….. Betty Crocker Cookie Icing, you can find it at most grocery stores.

It is not Royal Icing, so it’s not for fine detail, it’s has more of a glaze consistency and never dries as hard as Royal Icing does. But for easy to do quickie decorating it totally works. It colors very easily and the consistency is perfect for outlining, filling and a bit of detail work as long as it’s not so intricate. Its a great alternative a pinch

Now moving on.These cookie were made using an amazing vanilla sugar cookie recipe from LilaLoa.com. As I have mentioned before these are my absolute favorite Vanilla Sugar Cookie as of the moment. If your up to making the dough try her recipe. But if your not feeling that adventurous, go buy some sugar cookie dough at the store, although they most likely won’t hold there shape so perfectly after baking.

This is what you will need…

  • Egg Shaped Cookie Cutter
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Royal Icing or Betty Crocker Cookie Icing 
  • Colored chocolate melts (You could just use this to decorate if you wanted)
  • Gel food coloring to color you icing.
  • Decorating Bags or small plastic baggies
  • Decorating tips/couplers
  • Miniature candies to fill cookies with.
  • Wax Paper

Roll out your sugar cookie dough and cut out your shapes using the egg cookie cutters.  Each cookie is comprised of three parts, so make sure you cut enough cookies out of the dough to be able to assemble them at a later time. Keep two whole and cut a small hole in another (using whatever works.)

Bake the cookie according to recipe directions and allow them to fully cool, before you move onto the next steps. After they are fully cooled you can get ready to assemble them. First I decorated the the tops of the cookies using the cookie icing. I colored the icing I was using a very light pink color. Pipe a nice line around the cookie and let it set.

Do this for every cookie and by the time you finish you can go back and fill in each cookie.You will need to let these sit and dry for a bit before adding in the additional details on top of the cookie.

After they have formed a nice crust on top, if you want to decorate it more you can do so. I used white icing and made a few designs on top of the cookie, to make it a bit more interesting. I started with a zig…

 
And added a little zag….
 
And finished it off with some curve lines and dots Add what you wish here..use your imagination ūüôā

I let the decorated tops dry overnight, but I’m sure a few hours would suffice it you need them faster then that. To put the entire cookie together, get the rest of the pieces and begin assembling them. I used white chocolate candy melts to attach the pieces, because I knew it would dry hard and keep it all together. I just added a bit to the bottom part of the middle layer cookie.

And attached it to the bottom piece.

Let it set up and then the fun begins as you can now fill it with candies! Just don’t overfill it as you won’t be able to attach the top. I used these fun pastel colored hard candies, that my kids call marbles.

Now add the top, I also used melted white chocolate here as well to keep it all together. How pretty!

Let them fully set up before you start doing fun stuff, like cracking them open.

 
I love how those little candies look spilling out of the cookie!
 
 
An easy and hopefully fun filled way to brighten up an ordinary cookie and make it a bit more special for  Easter!
 
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!
 
 
 
 

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Bunny Bites Frozen Yogurt

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If you know me , then you may have seen these  little creations or these. Then you might have realized it would only be a matter of time, before I made another version. I can’t help myself, most of the time my brain just works like this! Some people think of making great architectural structures or the next big technological leap and I think of what I can make out of yogurt.

Just my way of expressing my creativity and doing my part to contribute to the grand scheme of things! ūüôā

Frozen Yogurt bunny bites carrot shapes

Truth is my kids can’t get ENOUGH of these, so it’s my job to think of the next great thing to create. And since I use Greek yogurt to make these they do add a nice protein punch into their diets and make me willing to make them whenever they want them. I personally use Fage yogurt, because it is hands down the best yogurt EVER! (That is strictly an opinion of mine, which makes it sort of a fact in my world.)

The idea of these cute bunny bites popped into my head randomly this morning as I did the half asleep shuffle into the bathroom to brush my teeth. Because most people think of things like this at that strange moment in time right???? Or not.

frozen yogurt bunny bites carrots

Anyways they are super easy to make and only take minutes of your precious time.

This is what you will need……….

  • Yogurt (Greek, I use Fage brand, but use what you like)
  • Food coloring orange and green
  • Decorating bags or plastic baggies to pipe
  • Wax paper

I also use plain yogurt which I flavor and sweeten at home, personally I like it that way as do my kids, but you can use whatever flavor preference you like. Next tint your yogurt orange and green.

tint yogurt

Scoop each mixture into a decorating bag or a plastic baggie and snip off a small piece of the corner to pipe the shapes. Starting with the orange create the shape of the carrot by piping a zig zig type of line onto a sheet of wax paper. Be sure the wax paper is on something that will allow you to transfer the piped images into the freezer.

frozen yogurt carot bunny bites pipe orange

After all the lower portions of the carrots are finished, start adding the greens on top. I also did this by adding a zig zag pattern.

add green frozen yogurt carrot bunny bites

After they are all done, place them in the freezer for about an hour! They will be little frozen bites afterwards

frozen yogurt carrot shaped bunny bites

Be mindful they will melt! But they usually don’t last that long!

What other fun shapes would you like to see these made into???

Give me an idea or four as I would love a new challenge!

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Will You Peas Be My Valentine????

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Need a fun easy Valentine or just feel like you may want to torture you children with embarrassment??? Then send them to their Valentine’s day parties with fistful’s of these!

Peas  be my valentine printable

I’m sure the other parents will think your wonderful thinking about the health of their children and the think of how excited the kids will be to get a bag full of snow peas!!!

will you peas be my valentine printable

Okay, I hope you know I am totally kidding. If I sent these to school with my kids they would be met with lots and lots of “I don’t want them!” or better yet “Ewwwwwww…gross” So I figured to keep my kids for needing any type of future therapy from being the victims of my twisted sense of humor. I will spare them and just make these with CANDY!!!

Peas be mine free printable valentine

They are much more fun that way! I used lime green Sixlet candies, which you can purchase at most craft stores, but any type of round green candy could be used. They can be printed out on a standard sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and come four per sheet. I filled little cello bags that measured  6 x 3.75 inches. But you can use whatever you have handy to put them in and just fold them to fit the printable topper.

Peas be mine printable jpg

Unless you want to make them with real peas…no matter the choice is entirely up to you! Either way “Peas” enjoy the free printable!

Will you peas be my valentine free printable

You can print them from here!!! 

Enjoy Sweet Peeps!!

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Zombie Eye Pretzel Bites {{Free Printable}}

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Boost up any Halloween celebration with these fun and free Zombie Eyes Printable.

Zombie eyes fre printable chocolate covered pretzel bites

These print out on a standard sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 printing paper and there are six per sheet. All you would need to do is print, cut them out and attach to bags. I used cello bags that measured 6 x 3.75 inches. I fold the tops over and then attach the printable with a staple.

Zombie Eye printable pic

 

An easy way to add a little something extra to any Halloween themed party or celebration.

Please click {{HERE}} to print

For full instructions on how to make the Zombie edible pretzel bites, please visit {{HERE}}

Hope you enjoy!!

 

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Mother’s Day Printable Pack ((FREE))

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Help make Mother’s day even more special for Mom by adding that little something extra to your Mother’s Day celebration. An easy and cost effective way to take something simple and add a little jazz!

Folded Tent Card

8 x 10 Sign

Pink Diamond Cupcake Wrappers

Blue Periwinkle Cupcake Wrappers

Subway Art Cupcake Wrappers

Round  Cupcake Toppers

 

Square Cupcake Toppers

 Pink Diamond Bunting

 Blue Periwinkle  Bunting

Subway Art Bunting

 

All items can be printed out on standard 8 1/2 x 11 printing paper. If you would like a sturdier item use a thicker card stock, which is available in most craft stores in  a pack or by the sheet. Simply print and cut out items.

Cupcake wrappers will need to be attached at the back, you can use tape or glue. The toppers that are round can be hand cut or cut by using a round two inch punch. Adhere them to lolly or Popsicle sticks or whatever you choose to use and place them in cupcakes.

The bunting can be attached to colorful ribbon or string with tape or glue.

Thanks for reading along.

I would love to see how you all display these printables, so please feel free to post pics of your Mother’s Day Celebrations on my¬†Facebook¬†Wall ūüôā

 

 

 

 

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Bunny Patch Raisin Wrappers

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am the first to admit that I make a lot of sugar laden treats. But just because I do, doesn’t mean I feed it to my children on a regular. In fact I try to give them next to nothing when it comes to sweets, because I would rather they develop a taste for other things. But I am not martyr here and they do enjoy treats now and again in moderation. When ever I get a chance I try to offer a healthier choice and these raisin box wrappers were a perfect opportunity to take an ordinary box of miniature raisins and transform them into a cute and easy Easter themed treat! I am also well aware that raisins have a lot of natural sugars, so please don’t feel the need to educate me mmmmkay!  

The box of raisins I used contained 0.5 oz of product and they had a few different brands at the store…all of the mini versions seemed to follow the same sizing standard. So all you need to do it print and cut out the images an attach them in the back using tape, double sided tape or glue of some sort.

There are 6 images per page and can be printed on any standard size 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. Since they are wrapped around something, I would suggest using regular old printing paper a opposed to card stock, since it is a bit on the thicker side and may not fold as seamlessly!

Please follow the link to print out the images!

Bunny Patch Raisin Box Wrappers

 I hope you enjoyed this post! And stay sweet my creative peeps!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
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Easter Bunny Cupcake Wrappers {{Free Printable}}

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Looking for a cute way to brighten up you Easter desserts, then this may just be an idea for you!

All wrappers can printed out on a standard sheet of 8-1/2 x11 paper. You can use regular old printing paper, but for sturdier wrappers I would suggest using a thicker type of card stock that can be purchased at most craft stores by the sheet or packages.

There are a few versions of the wrapper available, so click on the one that most suits your needs.

Miniature Blue Gingham

 

Miniature Brown Gingham

Standard Size Blue Gingham 

All you need to do is print the amount you would like, cut them out and attach the ends using tape or glue of some sort. For the feet just fold them up after you cut them out!

Be prepared for people to ooohhh and aaaahhhh over the cuteness factor!!

For other free printables, please check out the Printable Tab!

What will you use these for?? Cupcakes, candy baskets, let me know your thoughts!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Shamrock Frozen Yogurt Bites

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Just when I thought I was done with the St. Patrick’s day themed treats, I realized I forgot to post this one. Which is also so good that I needed to share it. I’m sure you’ve seen versions of these frozen yogurt bites, I make them all the time for my kids and thought I would dress them up for St. Patrick’s Day

Think of it as my good deed towards health.

These are super easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand already!

This is what you need…

  • Yogurt ( I used¬†Greek¬†yogurt)
  • Green food dye
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic Baggie or decorating bag

Mix  yogurt and green food dye to get the color you desire.

Scoop mixture into a decorating bag or a plastic baggie and snip the corner off. Pipe the shamrock shapes onto a sheet of wax paper place on top of a cookie sheet. I made a bunch of swirls that resembled a shamrock, try a few different things to see what works for you!

Stick them in the freezer for a a bit. I actually left mine in the freezer overnight; because like a good exhausted, foggy brained mother of three I forgot I had put them in there. Needless to say the next day they were perfectly frozen, you could even see all the little ice crystals in them.

My kids loved them and ate them all!! You can do so many creative things with this!

 

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading along!If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!!

 

 

 


St. Patrick’s Day Treat Roundup

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Another holiday is almost here and gone!

Here is a roundup of all of the St.Patrick’s day themed treats and ideas I came up with this year! I hope you’ll find the time to try out one of these fun holiday inspired treats!!

Hope you enjoy these and have a fun and safe St.¬†Patrick’s¬†Day!! If you have any¬†questions¬† please feel free to leave a comment below!

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