Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Round Up

With Easter only a few hops and skips away and me having a whole pile of things to do, I'm signing off to go get ready or the holiday. But before  I do so I wanted to do a quick round up of the Easter ideas I created!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and find something to brighten up your holiday a bit more!!
And thank you all for always liking and sharing all my creations on Facebook! You all help me continue with this site your wonderful participation!

Happy Easter!


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Maple Bacon Pancake Bites

We eat a lot of "mini" meals here in our household. We also eat a lot of meals on sticks, you know "kabob" style.

Some of these idea were born of need,  because the moment I figure out what my kids like, they also decide they don't want it any more. And some are created simply because my kids think it's fun for me to take ordinary ideas and make them special just for them. so I try to be creative with ordinary food...like these frozen yogurt bunny bites.

This is one of the many meals on sticks that I make for my kids and my little tabbers loves to call them her "birfday cakes"

I don't make these everyday because I'm creative, not crazy. This week my eldest in on spring break so we are home ALL day and trying to keep occupied. We also have a little more time to make cute, yet sticky messy meals like this one.

They are easy enough to make and I use my Perfect Pancake recipe to make the little pancakes. You can find that recipe {{HERE}}. I measure out about a 1/2 tbsp-1 tbsp of mixture to keep them small and bite sized. I also use maple bacon, because it works so well with pancakes, although I'm not thrilled that the house STILL smells like maple bacon hours after it's been consumed.

I bake my bacon in the ovens so it cooks all flat and even. I am not one of those people, like my brother in law that know how to cook bacon in a pan. Try as I might it always cooks unevenly and it's  just not as good. So I lay my bacon on a foil lined (easy cleanup) baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10 min or so flipping it once.

Once bacon is cooked fold it accordion style so that it can be sandwiched in between the little pancakes. Once pancakes are all golden and perfect slide them on your skewer sticks, serve with some maple syrup and fresh fruit if you have it serve and enjoy!

I hope enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Carrot Sugar Cookies and Cookie Dough Dip

This year my hubs and I decided that we would host not only Easter Dinner, but Easter brunch as well. We figured life isn't interesting enough with three kids and holiday, so lets pile some more "fun"on top of the daily insanity of everyday living in our household.

It's really not as bad as I just made it sound, because it's actually the only way that both sides of our families get to spend the holiday with us. My side for brunch and his side for dinner. As much as I would LOVE to do everything, sadly I cannot and preparation is my bestie for life, when it comes to doing so much in one day.

Needless to say I need an dessert idea that would work for both mid morning and after dinner. Something not entirely to sweet and something that could adapt to any given time of day. And this is what we will be have serving after breakfast and after dinner....

Yes, please!

Before I even go into any of the details of this awesomeness. I NEED to tell you all how excited I am over these cookies! They are so EASY to make and bring an ordinary dessert platter alive with color and fun. AND these are not decorated with icing, chocolate or frosting. They are decorated with colored cookie dough which is piped onto the cookie ***before*** baking.

So MUCH fun!

I cannot take credit for this idea though because I first saw it done from the ever talented Ms. Cuit who explains the entire process {{HERE}} her post is in French, so you will have to translate it. I will give you my version, she also wrote a version in English that can be found {{HERE}}, so check it out.

This is what you will need for the cookies....
  • Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Carrot cookie cutter (or triangle shape)
  • Orange and Green gel food coloring
  • Decorating bags, couplers and decorating tips size #2 or #3
For sugar cookie I always use my two favorite recipes which you can find the chocolate {{HERE}} and the Vanilla {{HERE}} Hands down the best tasting cookies ever! And they don't spread and keep their shape like a well toned gymnast. But like I always mention, if you are not feeling that adventurous, just use store bought dough, although they won't hold there shape as well. 

Roll out you dough and cut out your carrots and set them up on  parchment lined baking sheet, put them to the side. Be sure to save some of the extra dough and divide it into two portions. 

I added the coloring to a piece of dough in a small bowl and mixed it until it was incorporated. I then added water a little bit at a time until it became a very, very soft doughy mix. Soft enough that it would be able to be piped onto the cookie. 

Starting with the orange I just piped a zigzag pattern onto the cookie.

I then added loops of green for the top portion of the carrots.

Bake according to recipe instructions and this is what they look like out of the oven! Bright and beautiful!

Now you could stop here and just enjoy them like this OR yo can do like I am going to do and add in a cookie dip, but not just any dip, but a cookie dough dip. Yes, there is such thing andyes it tastes as good as you might imagine....probably even better.

I've used this {{Recipe}} from How sweet it is numerous times and it never gets old and there is never any left. But there  a lot of different versions of this around, so if cookie dough isn't your thing trust that your friend Google can help you find one that can suit your preferences.

This one just happens to also pair perfectly with the taste of a sugar cookie. So it's a win, win, win all around! I set up a platter using edible grass to give it a gardeny feel (Is there such a thing???) and to add a little background color into the mix!

I do hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making these cookie! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

French Toast Bites with Banana

This idea was not born because I was trying to be creative with breakfast. Truth is it was born out of necessity!  You see before I had kids and I lived alone I had a small pan for cooking. So small that I wasn't able to cook more than one piece of french toast at a time.

It took close to half a million years to get breakfast ready. By the time both pieces were done, the first was cold from sitting around waiting for the other piece to finish cooking and cold French toast isn't so much fun. So one day I had one of those, "Why didn't I think of this ever????" moments and cut the bread  into pieces  in order to get it all in the pan...it worked!

The rest of the idea developed after I ad kids and discovered that they are a small species unto themselves that...
  • Find the idea of dipping anything much more appealing than not!
  • LOVES eating foods that resemble ice pops or lolly pops hence the stick.
These are easy enough to make and you can tweak them anyway you like!

This is what you need...
  • Bread of choice
  • Small cookie cutter
  • Banana (optional)
  • Small sticks ( you can use toothpicks)
  • Your favorite French Toast recipe or the one I use below.
Get your French toast batter ready and put  it to the side. What I use is a recipe I made up, it's not for a huge portion as my kids are small still. So It works for  their portion and a few extra full slices.You can double it or tweak it up to suit your needs.

French Toast Batter....

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 & 1/2 ( or milk if that is what you have)
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tbsp. Orange Juice
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon (more or less to taste)
Whisk your flour into the 1/2 & 1/3 (milk). Then add in the rest of your ingredients, mix well and put it to the side. Now keep in mind you  can add more or less of anything in this recipe to suit your tastes, so get creative with your bad selves :)

With your cutter start cutting out your shapes. Don't use a cutter with a lot of intricate shapes because a lot of that detail will get lost when the bread gets soggy from the batter. Simple = easier.

Now dip your bread into the batter and cook it up! While it's cooking, slice your banana.If you don't like banana replace it with something else or just use the french toast bites. When the are all cooked assemble them. I do one piece French toast, one piece one piece banana french toast. Serve with maple syrup or whatever you choose and enjoy!!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Frozen Yogurt Bunny Bites

If you know me and you saw these little creations last week, then you may have realized it would only be a matter of time, before I made another version.

Nothing like beating a dead horse right???

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Snow White Party Pack

This is not the first time I have made a Snow White princess party pack, I made one last year for my daughter's third birthday which you can read about {{HERE}} All of the original Snow White printables I created can be found there.

But since my little Miss. Mischief completely destroyed my laptop this past summer, along with a years worth of personal photos of family and friends, all my files were also lost. Including little Miss. Snow White and all of the other princess's I has started working on designing.

I had rushed to make the Snow White Design and I never felt as though it was finished enough, she just didn't seem animated enough. So when  I had the opportunity to remake her for a custom party. I  jumped at the opportunity.

You can purchase the invitation for instant download through my Esty shop {{HERE}}

Her hair bow is cut out from the top which is something I tend to do with many of my cupcake wrappers and I just love the way it adds a bit of dimension.

I did this with the cupcake wrappers as well! There are a few versions, a red striped/chevron pattern with Snow White's Face.

And one a red chevron/striped pattern without her face.

Let's not forge the fun bunting also made in a red striped/chevron version.

And a red chevron version....with alternating graphics of Snow white, so it's not character overload.

To bring it all together I also created a drink label (9x2) which should fit most standard water bottle sizes, if it's to large you could always trim it down a bit!

I also made a few other things, but I will share them in a future post!

You can view and print some of these goodies from {{HERE}}

These printables are able to be customized and are available for purchase {{HERE}} through my Etsy shop.

Thanks for reading along and I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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Bunny Tails Box Wrappers

I know I post a lot of of sugary laden sweets on this blog. Many of those which are kids friendly ONLY in regards to many will shove them into their little mouths all day long. In the grand scheme of Motherhood I am not feeding my children these things all the time.

I swear there are many fruits, veggies and good sources of protein with all natural organic peanut butter and organic raw honey being served! So when I make up themed treats for my eldest's preschool class I do my best to not to give straight up candy......ever.

I also know that in the food spectrum raisins do not fall under the no sugar umbrella. They in fact have a lot of sugar, but in their defense it's naturally occurring and my kids metabolic systems are in good enough condition that they can handle the sugar load! So these will be working out wonderfully for her preschool class!!!!

Do you remember these little raisin boxes from growing up??? Well not so much the organic kind, because we didn't really have that so readily available as kids (my generation) we ate everything, pesticides GMO's and all...insert nervous laugh HERE!

They are the perfect size, for out family anyway, because it offers a little something sweet but not too much. As a bonus they are miniature and that in my book equals cute any day of the week!

They take an ordinary box of raisins and dress it up for the Easter holiday! This can seriously be tweaked for SO many holidays as they will be!

There is even a section to write the To: and From:

And that naughty little bunny has been busy snacking on  the carrots from the patch!

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!

Wrappers can be printed from {{HERE}}

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter Bunny Cupcake Wrappers

Uggh, Easter is less than two weeks away.

I mean that in a "Oh crapola!!!" I don't have enough time.. panic filled way. Not in a "I hate holidays" way. Because as you know if you follow along, my most favorite thing to do is make holiday themed treats and goodies of the edible and non-edible persuasion.

The hubbers and I have been doing some re-organizing throughout or home for a sometime now. And as I've been told, when you have kids it's a never ending type of cycle. Anyways..... we really became sick of the insane and extreme levels of childproofing we had constructed throughout  the house. You see our kids have a crazy ability to be able to scale anything with those little toes of theirs and they have.

But now that they are a little older and are able to follow direction "slightly" more. We thought it time enough to have take our home back. Needless to say, huge organizing projects have been occurring  which is fabulous. But the process of it is very difficult for my  "Need to control" personality.

Simply stated..boxes and bins of stuff EVERYWHERE.

Moving on......

As you may or may not know I like designing and creating new cupcake wrappers. I try to push my creative limits to come up with fun ways to display cupcakes and treats. And I can't lie, I think this little bunny is no exception to that.

The best part is his feet...look at them :) Seriously cute!

I created two versions and two sizes. I personally like the miniature version the best because there were so many options of what to use them with. Like mini cupcakes, naturally.

But you could also fill up little cups with jelly beans....

Or those serious delicious yet addictive Cadbury mini eggs...

Or these cute little Easter basket cupcakes that I will  share how I made in another post...

Or you can use the standard big ole' wrappers for cupcakes!

Don't they look lovely all together!!

I made two version of the miniature wrappers. The first has a blue gingham background.

The other has a brown gingham background, which reminds me of an Easter basket.

The standard size wrapper is available only in blue.

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 in packages.

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. 

An adorable way to add some color and "hoppy"  holiday fun to your Easter day!

You can view and print the wrappers out from {{HERE}}

Hope you enjoyed this post! If yo have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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