Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Groundhog Fruit Snack!


Groundhog Day is just around the corner (Feb.2) and we have seen a lot of super cute Groundhog cookies and cakes that people have shared this year...along with our Groundhog Desserts that we made a couple of weeks back. I wanted to share a healthy one and I made this for my boys today for a after school snack. I am sure they will love it!

It's SO easy and all you will need is 1 pear, dark grapes, and green grapes.

Wash the fruit and cut the top of the pear off. Place the pear cut side down on the plate. Cut the grapes in half. Place the dark grapes around the pear to look like a hole. Place the green grapes around the dark grapes to look like grass. Make the face details and ears using the pear scraps that you cut off. Everything will just stick on! I did cut a slit for the mouth and pushed in the teeth.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Conversation Pie Pops!


I remembered seeing some Pie Pops awhile back from Luxirare and we thought it would be cute to make Cherry Heart Pie Pops for Valentine's Day using the same method as her round pops. It's very simple to do!

You will need Pillsbury pie crust, cherry pie filling, lollipop sticks, 1 egg white, pink sugar, and, red or pink decorating frosting.

We first rolled out our pie crust and cut out hearts with a heart cookie cutter...


We got 13 hearts from 1 pie crust....so you would have 13 pops if you used 2 pie crusts. You could get more heart pops if you used a smaller cutter. We placed 6 of the heart cut outs on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet. Press the lollipop stick in the middle. We took the easy way out and just used premade cherry pie filling. Spoon on just a small amount in the middle like this...


Make sure not to use too much juice...just a couple of cherries and a small amount of the juice. Lay the other heart cut outs on top and press the edges with the end of a lollipop stick to seal the edges like this...


Brush the tops with egg white and sprinkle with pink or red sugar. Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes or until lightly golden like this...


We decided to write Sweetie Pie and Cutie Pie on our hearts to make them look like the Conversation Candy Hearts. You could also spray them with edible color spray to make the colors stand out more. My boys gave these fun Pie Pops to their little girlfriends and they loved them!


I had the best time making these with my youngest 1 year old. We had so much fun and he was so excited to see his finished pop! I even let him eat a little bit of the crust. He was so excited!!


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Fun Finds Friday!

It's our Fun Finds Friday and we found some pretty awesome crafts and fun food this week to share with you. Here is a collection of our favorites...

Jenny Price is seriously the queen of pancakes. They are just amazing! Take a look at these Valentine Pancakes for example...



Here are some really fun Owl Valentines made by Smitten Blog Designs....with a free download!


I shared these little Love Bugs on our Facebook page, but wanted to share them here as well...SO CUTE! Made by Party Pinching...


I knew when I spotted these cute Gnome Cupcakes they must have been made by Sugar Swings! She entered them in a cupcake contest over at Celebrations and I am sure she would appreciate your vote...here
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My boys are addicted to making crafts here at home and I can not wait to show them this Paper Plate Shark...how fun! Made by Almost Unschoolers...


One of my new favorite blogs is Bird on a Cake. She makes AMAZING cakes and fun cupcakes as well like these Conversation Heart Cupcakes. I am surprised she doesn't have thousands of followers yet! She is on Facebook as well if you would like to check her out there...


Here is a fun way to serve potatoes for Valentines Day from Hanielas!


I also shared this fun Rainbow Party on our Facebook page this week. Lots of fun ideas! Check it out over at The Party Wagon...


I am going to do this Mess Free Paint with my 1 year old made by Feeling Love Some...


I spotted these Busy Bee Cupcakes the other day and love the idea. Made by Hostess Blog...


Here is a fun Groundhog Breakfast from Gourmet Mom...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine Spaghetti


We had fun with our spaghetti last week and made hearts out of it for Valentine's Day. My kids LOVE spaghetti...it's their favorite. My boys were extremely hungry the night we made this so we did this very quickly! I think we spent like 5 minutes making this...it's so easy to do!

We used whole wheat spaghetti noodles (we like Ronzini Healthy Harvest) , spaghetti sauce, & 2 bread sticks. Just boil the noodles, make the sauce, and bake some bread sticks. Shape the noodles on the plate into a heart. Put the sauce on top. Cut the ends off of 2 bread sticks at a angle and make the arrow out of that. Just use our picture as a guide. We wrote I love you on top with noodles. It's a fun way to write something sweet to your little ones for dinner.

The writing would stand out a bit more if you used regular spaghetti instead of whole wheat. Whole wheat pasta and breads are all we ever have in this house. Another idea is to write something with parmesan or mozzarella cheese. You could also do this with any kind pasta noodles.

My boys were thrilled with this fun dinner and I am sure we will be making this regularly!



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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Superbowl Breakfast


My 8 year old came up with this fun Superbowl Football Breakfast with a NY Giant Goal and a couple of Patriot Pancakes..heehee! We made this by using 2 eggs, pancake mix, whipped cream spray, & green grapes.

We beat 2 eggs and poured them in a pan on med. low heat. Cook them like a omelette. Let that cool and set aside. Pour the pancake mix in the pan and make a couple of med. sized pancakes. Let them cool off just a bit and cut the edges to make the football with kitchen scissors. Cut out a goal from the eggs with kitchen scissors and place on the plate. Place the footballs on the bottom. Cut a hand full of green grapes in half for the grass. Spray on the whipped cream to make the football laces.

Very easy to do and the kids will have fun making this one. My 8 year old did and I think his idea turned out awesome!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cat and Mouse Valentine Cookies


We came up with these fun Cat and Mouse Heart Cookies last year for Valentines's Day before we had started a blog. I was going to say sorry for the bad picture, but my pictures are not that much better now.ha I do try to get a decent shot before my kids are grabbing the plate out of my hand to dive in! I am sharing for the idea and I am sure you could make them look a lot better...I had helping little hands that day.

We made these by using different shaped heart cookie cutters, cookie frosting, 2 pink Starburst, 1 red Twizzler string, heart candies, chow mein noodles, and a sugar cookie recipe.

Make your favorate sugar cookie recipe and cut it out with a small heart cookie cutter and a large heart cutter. Just place the small one on the big one to make sure it will fit for the ears. Bake the cookies and let them cool. Frost them with your favorite cookie frosting recipe or just make it easy and get the Betty Crocker cookie frosting.

We put a couple of pink Starburst in the microwave for 8 seconds and then flattened them with a small roller. We cut out a tongue and the ears for the cat. We decorated both of the faces with heart candies. We used chow mein noodles for the whiskers. We rolled up a Twizzler string for the tail. We attached red cookie frosting in different areas for the tail to stay put!

My boys LOVED these and they were so fun to make with them!

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Groundhog Day Desserts


We made a couple of fun Groundhogs Day Desserts last night and we thought they turned out super cute!

For this one we used chocolate pudding, 3 vanilla wafers, edible eyes, choclate cookie frosting, whipped cream spray, 1 chocolate chip and 1 mini marshmallow. We spread our chocolate pudding on a small plate. We decorated 1 vanilla wafer with the edible eyes, chocolate chip for the nose, and cut a mini marshmallow for the teeth. We cut up 1 vanilla wafer to make the ears and feet. We used kitchen scissors and that worked out great! We attached everything with Betty Crocker cookie frosting. We put a little pudding in between the 2 wafers and put the Groundhog on top of the pudding. We did crush just a small amount of 1 oreo half and sprinkled that on top of the pudding to look like dirt. We squirted on the whipped cream around the pudding and put a little bit on his head to look like snow. Place on the feet and then your done!


For this one we just used a little ramekin dish. Spoon in the pudding and place the Groundhog on top using the directions above.


You could also just use one of those premade pudding cups and make the Groundhog to go on top. Get the kids in the kitchen to help with it so they can have some fun!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Fun Finds Friday!

We had the hardest time picking out our favorites for Fun Finds Friday this week..so many fun and yummy things to choose from! We have gathered up are favorites and here they are!

Check out these adorable Valetine Love Bugs from Wing it Vegan...


We just love how cute and clever these Wild Valentines are from Design Mom. Includes a free printable!


I love how simple and cute these Cupid Arrow Cupcakes are from Bakerella...


I don't know a kid out there that doesn't LOVE sprinkles! Check out this Sprinkle Cake from Kiss My Cakes...


We love this Sweet Pea Candy from Party Pinching...adorable!!!


All for the Boys is a fun site to check out it you like to get crafty with your little boys. Check out this fun Tiny Bow and Arrow...


Love these Cinnamon Roll Krispie Treats from Cooking Classy...


Just 2 ingredients (strawberry frosting & white chocolate) will make this beautful Valentine's Fudge from Cookies and Cups...


We love s'mores in this house and these Valentine S'mores just look amazing from Haniela's...


I love this Art Cupcakes idea from All You. My older son is such a great artist and would just love this!


I think (not my boys of coarse) these Ballerina Wands are just adorable from Oh Sugar Events. They look simple to make and so cute!


This Soap Explosion looks fun to do! Get the how to's from Making Memories with your Kids...


These Valentine Baked Red Velvet Donuts look good from Crumbs and Chaos...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It's a Groundhog Lunch!


I thought we had shared this Groundhog Lunch awhile back, but I couldn't find it. What a perfect time to share it when it's just a couple of weeks before Groundhogs Day!

We made this lunch using 3 pieces dark german wheat bread, peanut butter & jelly, 1 banana, 1 dark grape (or raisins), and edible grass (you could use lettuce or grapes,etc...).

We just cut our bread with kitchen scissors in a head shape. Cut the other piece the same using the first piece as a guide. We used a extra piece of bread to make feet. Spread peanut butter and jelly in between or turkey and cheese. Decorate the face by cutting 1 dark grape for the nose and cut a banana for the teeth and eyes. We use bread scraps to make the pupils and whiskers. We happened to have edible grass, but you could use lettuce, green or dark grapes etc...to put around him.

We will be sharing some other fun Ground Hog's Day ideas next week so check back!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine S'more Pops


Most of you that have been following our blog for awhile know how my kids just LOVE s'more pops...we make a lot of them! We thought it would be fun to make Valentine S'mores using a heart cookie cutter.

For our love pops we used graham crackers, pink large and small marshmallows, red and chocolate cookie frosting, and lollipop sticks.

We first found a cookie cutter to fit onto a graham cracker square. We cut out 2 heart shapes...


Then cut the large pink marshmallows in half with kitchen scissors. We squeezed our Betty Crocker chocolate cookie frosting on the inside of the heart cut out. Place 3 marshmallow halves on the frosting. Squeeze the frosting on the other heart cut out and place on top. Let it dry. Push the lollipop stick through the marhmallows when they are completely dry.

We decorated one of them by cutting small pink marshmallows and attaching them with frosting around the edges of the heart. We used red cookie frosting for the other one and cut out a arrow from the graham cracker scraps.

Here they are with side views...



Here are my little sweethearts with their Love Pops!


There are so many ways you could decorate these. You could also write Be Mine, etc...with chocolate, decorate with mini chocolate chips, or even spray them with red or pink color spray. Just use what you have and let the kids have fun making their own!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

A Snowman Breakfast


Here is another fun way to make a Snowman for Breakfast! My kids loved our Frosty the Snowman Breakfast using eggs and pancakes so we changed this one up by using a english muffin, cream cheese, turkey bacon, raisins, and bananas.

We cut our english muffin in half and spread on cream cheese. We cut 2 pieces of turkey bacon with kitchen scissors to make the hat and scarf. We used raisins to decorate the face and for buttons. A small piece of clementine for the nose. We sliced bananas for snow and that is it!

This is so easy to make and the kids will love it!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Down...Set...DIP! A 7 Layer Football Dip that is perfect for Super Bowl parties!


We made this fun Football 7 Layer Dip last weekend and thought we would go ahead and share it today since we are watching the play offs. We are actually taking a break watching it since my wonderful cable company decided to do maintance during a play off game! UGH!! How could they!! Anyways, the good news is that it gives me time to share some fun food!

We made this dip by layering lettuce on the bottom, salsa, tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocados, and refried beans (mixed with a package of taco seasoning). We piped on sour cream on the top to make the laces.

We happened to have a football bowl, but you could just use a round plate and shape a football on that. Just put the shredded lettuce around it and that would look just as good!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Fun Finds Friday!

It's that time again for our Fun Finds Friday and we have found lots of creative goodies and crafts this week! We also find lots of awesome things on Pinterest now that we have joined. If you have not checked out Pinterest you are missing out! However...BEWARE! It's very addicting! You can find us on Pinterest here and we welcome you to follow us!

Here are the most fantastic finds that we discovered this week...

Gotta love these Groundhog Day Push Pops made by Sweetology...so cute!!


This Heart Napkin and Arrow Fork is a clever idea for Valentine's Day from Lisa Storms!


Check out these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes from Cupcakes for Party...YUM!


We love how simple and cute these Subway Art Marshmallow's are from Meaghan at The Decorated Cookie. She is so creative and her new cookbook called Sugarlicious is coming out next month, but you can pre-order on Amazon.com. I can't wait to get one!


We love these Super Hero Pops for Valentines Day from Zakka Life. I think we will make these for the boys in my kids classes.


How cute is this Frosty the Cheesball from Family Fun!


My boys would flip over these Super Mario Cupcakes made by Mighty Delighty...


Doesn't this Heart French Toast look SO good from Land O Lakes...


We love these cut out Heart Cupcakes with cherry frosting from Glorious Treats!


These Strawberries with Chocolate Mousse look amazing from Mind Over Batter!


I just might have to make these adorable Valentine Robots for the kids classes instead...hard to choose! These are made by Gallemore West...


Hope you are having wonderful Friday!