Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dinosaur Party for my now 4 year old!

My youngest turned 4 this past week & we celebrated his birthday yesterday with close family. I felt so bad not having time to do a big party for him this year, but he didn't seem to mind one bit!  We had a full day of swimming & fun!  He requested Dinosaurs & Mexican Food so that is exactly what we gave him!  

Everything was so last minute so I wanted to come up with a super easy Dinosaur Cake using things that we had on hand. We all thought this turned out so cute & you just can't get any easier than this cake!

Easy Dinosaur Cake

1 Cake Mix (we like Pillsbury)
Green Food Coloring
3 Graham Crackers
Green Sprinkles
2 Large Edible Eyes
2 Chocolate Chips
2 Marshmallows

Start out by pouring your cake mix into 2 round cake pans & 2 cupcakes. Bake according to directions.  Then you want to cut the bottom of one cooled round cake in a straight line on the sides leaving a half circle in the middle. Take your cake & place it on the other round cake facing up. Then cut around the outline on the top of the other cake to match things up. Place them on a platter. Cut out 2 sections from the bottom to fit your 2 cupcakes.  Cut out a tail from the scraps.  It will look like this...

Then make (or use store bought) frosting & add a few drop of green food coloring. We cut graham crackers in half & then added a toothpick on the back securing with a little cookie icing. Let that dry & then spread some of the frosting on the front. Dip the frosted graham crackers in green sprinkles. It will look like this....

Frost the cake (we only frosted the top...I was in such a hurry). Press in the frosted graham crackers around the top of the head. We cut marshmallows in half for make the horns. Pressed on edible eyes & used chocolate chips for the nose. Here is a close up of the head....

Cut cut mini marshmallows in half for the feet...

My now 4 year old absolutely loves this cake & everyone thought it was so cute. Sometimes simple ideas do way better than complicated fancy cakes.  

We also made him this Dinodilla (Quesadilla) & he just loved it. We have made a ton of these ideas in the past using different shapes for dinosaurs. You can check those out HERE.  For this one we just cut one spinach tortilla into this Dinosaur shapes & used that piece as a guide to cut out the other tortilla. We put shredded cheese, black beans, & brown rice inside & grilled it. I put a little bit of sour cream in a baggie to decorate & used 2 black beans for the pupil & mouth. We broke off the tips from guacamole chips for the spikes....

My now 4 year old loves guacamole so we created a Dinosaur Guacamole dish for him decorating with chips, sour cream, & black beans (so easy)....

Happy Birthday to my little guy...we love you so very much!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Cake Pop Ice Cream Cones and 1st Day of 3 Year Old Preschool!

My youngest had a birthday earlier this week & also started his 1st day of 3 year old preschool today!  We created these fun Cake Pop Ice Cream Cones for the kids in his class to celebrate on their first day of school. He was so excited to bring these in & he said that the kids loved them.

We always make our Cake Cones using cake pop mixture because baking the cake in the cone makes the cones soggy...especially if you make them the night before serving them. This way the cones stay crispy & you can make them ahead of time!:)

Cake Pop Ice Cream Cones
(makes 12)

1 Cake Mix (we like Pillsbury)
1 Can of Frosting
Ice Cream Cones
White Candy Coating (Candiquik)

Start out by making your cake in a 9x13 pan according to package directions. We like to break up the cooled cake into crumbs using a fork. My boys have fun with this part!  Mix in 3/4 of a can of frosting. You can use any boys wanted chocolate. Melt the white candy coating according to package directions. Dip the top edge of the cone into the chocolate. Add just a small amount of the cake mixture inside the not press it down. Then scoop out about a tablespoon of the cake mixture & flatten it out into a disk. Then roll up a ball from the cake mixture & press on the flattened out piece. Place it on the top of the cone & let the chocolate harden for about 5 minutes. 

They will look like this...

Once the chocolate is hard you will spoon the other melted white chocolate on top holding the cone on it's side.  Everything will stay put since the cake mixture is attached on top with the hardened chocolate. We added sprinkles & then pressed a red Sixlets on top...

These were so fun to make & you could make these in any colors by adding food coloring to the chocolate or using candy melts.

Here is my big boy ready for the 3 year old's. He was so excited!  Me...not so much. Poor thing was comforting me saying...I am going to be okay & I don't want you to cry. He also reassured me that he would be careful & wouldn't get on the monkey bars (that's how he broke his femur a few months back). 

We all just adore this little guy so much & he is so special.  I am really going to miss hanging out with him all day long, but so glad that he is loving his new school!:)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party #128

It's time for our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party!  We had such a hard time picking out features this week because everything was so amazing. We always love seeing your creations & thanks so much for sharing them!

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Here are some of our favorites from last weeks party!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Tuna Fish Bento Lunch

We were asked by Bumble Bee to great a fun lunch with their tuna & we came up with this fun Fishy Bento Lunch!! This is such fun lunch to make the kids for school & very easy to create.

We were sent lots of different Bumble Bee flavors to choose from. My favorite was the Sundried & Tomatoes with Olive Oil. My husbands favorite is the Jalapenos & Olive Oil...the Chipotle was SO good as well!  I am definitely going to purchase the flavors from now them!  I mix in just a little bit of mayo with the flavored tuna & it's perfect.

However, my boys favorite is the chunk light tuna. If I am using the chunk light tuna I add a little bit of mayo & spicy mustard.  I also add a bit of onion flakes & just a tiny bit of relish.
 We figured...why not make a tuna fish sandwich actually look like fish. So that's just what we did!:)

Fishy Bento Lunch

2 Pieces of Bread
Bumble Bee Tuna 
3 Carrots
1 Pretzel Rod
1 Twizzler String
Gold Fish Crackers
Blue Jell-O
1 Clementine
Heart Sprinkles (optional)

Start out by cutting a piece of bread into a fish shape using kitchen scissors. Use that piece as a guide to cut another piece. Spread your tuna fish in between the slices & place inside a bento container (we like Easy Lunchboxes). Place 2 carrots on the end. Cut the other carrot to look like a fin & lips. We used a pretzel rod on top to look like a fishing pole & tied a Twizzler string around it to look like the fishing line....

We placed Gold Fish Crackers in the top & blue Jell-O in the bottom. We peeled a clementine & pulled off one slice for the back. Place that on top of the Jell-O. We make 3 little fish using heart sprinkles....

This was lots of fun to make & we I bet your kids will have a big smile on their little faces when they open this up at school! #BumbleBee101

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