These cupcakes were a hit at the bake sale at my boy’s school. Sad to say they were almost too easy to make . I think they’d be fun for a birthday party at the pool, a back yard BBQ, a pool party etc… Here’s the Scoop:
A recipe for your favorite cupcakes and frosting
Blue Food Coloring (I use Wilton) to make your frosting look like water
Gummy Rings or Peach Rings
*** So I guess if you live on a lake you could also make these with a darker frosting color . At our lake house mid August that might be green
Remember when I told you about my two pals Jen and Bethany? They lost their very special MOM to breast cancer and to commemorate her they are putting together a book of her favorite recipes. I know why this is one of her favorites… Make this… Make this NOW! It’s so yummy… It is probably more of a special occasion drink, but today is a special occasion, right? Think of what ever reason you can to make this, I promise you’ll LOVE it… Here’s the scoop:
Denise’s Mock Pink Champagne
1 C Sugar
3 C Water
1 qt Cranberry Juice
2 C Pineapple Juice
1 C Orange Juice
14oz Ginger Ale
Boil water and sugar together until sugar dissolves. Cool then stir in cranberry, pineapple, and orange juices then chill. Add Ginger Ale just before serving.
AH, Teacher Appreciation WEEK! I LOVE telling my boy’s teachers how special they are! I have done a couple things this week to show our appreciation. The boys made “stars” for their teachers, we made cards, and we helped provide lunch for the staff on Tuesday. BUT—This is my super easy, don’t have a ton of extra time, the teacher got a ton of flowers already, my husband has been gone for 4 of the past 6 weeks, teacher gift . I found these adorable bowls at Pier 1, some organic soup mix at the grocery store and a cute tag to tie it all together! I also thought with the owl theme you could say something like “Who’s the Best Teacher” Easy and a little bit different! Click here for the printable soup-er teacher form!
The boys and I made these sombreros last year as a little craft for Cinco de Mayo. We used them for centerpieces for our FIESTA! So not only were they fun to make, but they served a purpose, as well…. They were also super easy to put together. All you need is a paper plate, paper cup, some pipe cleaners, puff balls and glue! I twisted the pipe cleaners around the bottom of each cup and cut off the ends for the boys. They rest they were able to manage themselves… We practiced patterns and counting while we were making them too! The other idea I had was to punch a hole on either side of the cups and thread them with ribbon to make a cute banner… What ever you choose I think they’ll be a hit at your fiesta too!
Today I’m going to make two versions of flower cupcakes, this is version 1. These would make an awesome addition to your May Day Baskets and/or Mother’s Day Dessert! Super Easy!
1. Make your favorite flavor of cupcakes. I had originally planned to make white cupcakes with white frosting, but my boys thought they should be brown like “the dirt” that flowers grow in… Love their thinking!
2. Basically we used green sprinkles for “grass”, suckers for flowers and I cut green Now and Laters for the leaves. You could use jelly beans or peanut M&M’s for the leaves too… or if you are really adventurous you could make leaves out of melting chocolate.
3. TADA, that’s it… so easy and pretty cute!
Ode to Boston…. Me, circa early 80′s maybe??? My Mom is originally from Boston… It is where my Maternal side of the family still resides so I have spent a lot of time there over my 30+ years…. There is part of me that is proud to say I have a little “Boston” in me especially after seeing how strong they’ve been the past week! My mom tells me this is her favorite picture of me as a child . I’m enjoying some lunch at Regina Pizzeria either in the North End of Boston or at Faneuil Hall , THE BEST PIZZA EVER! I think I look exhausted, it must have been a big day for us! I think she loves it because Boston is her home, Regina’s is her favorite, and it reminds her of our trips there. I noticed that there are lots of Regina’s around the city these days, but my Mother informs me that this was when there was just two…. The North End is one of my very favorite places to visit when I’m in the city. There is such personality and history there and the food is scrumptious! I really want to bring my boys there soon so they can enjoy some of my favorite places, as well! Maybe I can replicate this photo…Any ways, I thought it was a fun picture for Throwback Thursday! Now I’m hungry for pizza … Regina’s Pizza- I wonder if they deliver to Vail, Colorado??????
May Day is just a few short days away and it’s such a fun time to bless a neighbor or friend! These baskets are so easy and you can fill them with little treats and then “ding dong ditch” your neighbors/friends/family with a purpose! SO FUN… Here’s The Scoop:
To Make the cone shaped basket you will need to cut a 9.5×11 sheet of paper into a half circle shape. Depending on the insect you choose to make you might need to use two colors….
Once you’ve made your half circle shape you will just “roll” the paper into a cone shape and staple, tape or glue it into place…
Then you will need to trace a circle for the head (I used a one cup measuring cup)… Draw some wings, antenna, eyes, etc.. We used glue stick to attach the head, antenna and eyes. I stapled the wings to the back of each of the cones just to make sure they would stay! We drew the spots and faces on with markers, but you could use google eyes and stickers too if you wanted. I cut a one inch thick/11 inch long piece of paper for the handle of the basket. The boys had a lot of fun with this! You can really make them your own! Add treats and gifts and TADA!