Bunny Cupcakes in a Cone


Bunny Cupcakes in a Cone were a such a huge hit yesterday I had to share. The idea for the cupcakes was in the April 2014 edition of Family Circle but I changed it up a little.


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Ingredients:

  • 24 Ice Cream Cones wafer style
  • Cake Mix (Funfetti is always my fave!)
  • Oil, eggs, & water for the cake mix preparation.
  • 3 batches of ButterCream Icing (pre-made in a can works just as well- 3 cans)
  • Marshmallows
  • icing colors pink & black

Directions:

    • IMG_4143Wrap the bottom of the cones in aluminium foil and place each in a muffin pan. The aluminium foil keeps the cones standing straight up.
    • Make the cake mix as directed on the box.
    • Spoon the prepared cake batter into the ice cream cones. Fill the IMG_4148cones 3/4 of the way with batter.
    • Bake as directed on the cake box. Cupcakes are ready when you can press the center and it pop backs up.
    • While the cupcakes are baking cut 24 large marshmallows in half. I then used a food scissor to trim the halves to make them look like bunny ears. This was the most annoying step since the marshmallows are so IMG_4160sticky!IMG_4159

 

 

  • Take the cupcakes out and let them cool.IMG_4156
  • Using a Wilton number 12 round tip pipe icing in a circular motion toIMG_4157 make the bunny’s head.
  • Put a litte icing on the bottom of the marshmallows and stick them into the sides of the bunny’s head.
  • Using icing tinted pink and a Wilton number 3 tip fill in the center of
    the marshmallow ears. Then using the same tip and icing make a round dot for the bunny’s nose.

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  • Using icing tinted black and a Wilton number 3 tip pipe two round eyes.IMG_4240


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Easter Sweets: Rice Krispie Easter Eggs

Rice Krispie Easter Eggs

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I absolutely love Rice Krispies! I saw this on a Rice Krispies commercial and just had to try them for Easter. The kids and I made them and they were super easy.

Ingredients:IMG_4133

  • Rice Krispies 6 cups
  • Marshmallows 5 1/2 cups (about a bag and half of the mini marshmallows)
  • Butter 3 tablespoons
  • Butter Cream Icing (or any icing of your choosing)

Directions:

  • Measure out 6 cups of Rice Krispies and set aside in a bowl.IMG_4132
  • Spray the inside of 12 large or 24 small plastic eggs with non stick cooking spray.
  • Melt the butter over medium heat. You can also use the microwave but I like to use the stove top for melting. Be careful not to burn the butter.
  • Once the butter is melted add the marshmallows. Slowly stir in the marshmallows. Keep stirring until the mixture is easily poured.
  • Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the Rice Krispies and mix with a rubber spatula. Then repeat with the remaining parts of the mixture. Keep mixing until all of the Rice Krispies are evenly coated.
  • Using your hands fill the plastic eggs with the Rice Kripsies. Close them up and put them aside. This is the hardest part of working with Rice Krispies because they are so sticky! I like to wear rubber gloves and coat them with a little butter to make it easy to manipulate the sticky Krispies.
  • Let them sit for ten minutes and take the Krispies out of the eggs and place on wax paper.
  • Then using colored icing use a decorator bag to create fun designs on your eggs. I used homemade butter cream icing with a Wilton number 5 tip to create lines, zig zags & swirls. If you are not into making homemade there are several ready-made icings and even pre-colored icing in tubes with tips that can be used as well.

 

 

 

 

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No More Brace Face

When I was a little girl I had a gap in between my teeth that you could literally drive a Mack truck through. It was humongous! To make matters worse I fell and chipped my front tooth and I cracked it almost half off. I am pretty sure it was my sister’s fault, if memory serves she was chasing me for a goody bag of candy.

My school picture circa early 80's

My school picture circa early 80′s

Nevertheless there I was with this crazy big gap and a chipped front tooth. I remember the dentist inquiring why my tooth was green. My mother had to explain that green was the color of her k linoleum floor. Apparently I dented the floor with my tooth and took some of the flooring with me. Dentistry is not the fine art is today and my tooth was shoddily bonded which only accentuated the gap.

For years people would try to console me and tell me how charming it was and how it gave me character. “You look just like Lauren Bacall” The problem was I was not a model or an actress so it didn’t really make me feel any better.

The only thing that did make me feel better is the knowledge that one day I could get BRACES. Unfortunately that was never to be. The dentist told us that braces would not fix my gap because my  jaw was set like that way. Of course I cried. I was hysterical I had been waiting forever for these magic braces to fix my smile. The dentist explained that even if he put braces on my teeth they would eventually move back and it would be even more heartbreaking.

It would be many years before I  met my wonderful dentist who fixed my teeth and who is ridiculously proud of himself. He often shows pictures of my teeth to other patients when I am there so they can admire his work.

So naturally he laughed out loud when I brought my children to him and they all had my teeth and gap, albeit not as big. Sometimes heredity is a bitch. He promptly gave me the number of the orthodontist and off we went.

Caroline Christmas Day 2010. First day with braces.

Caroline Christmas Day 2010. First day with braces.

Caroline got her braces on Christmas Eve when she was in fifth grade. Quite a Christmas present for my kid, sometimes I am just an awesome Mom. I believe she also had strep throat which I ignored assuming her complaining was due to the new braces and not strep throat. On a side note I did not win Mother of the Year in 2010.

Yeah they are off!

Yeah they are off!

On our way in...

On our way in…

Many thousands of dollars, hundreds of rubber bands, countless adjustments and three and a half long years later the braces are off!

Worth every penny to see her smile with teeth so straight. She did inherit my gap but now they attach the two front teeth together so her teeth will stay as perfect as the day she got them off.

Before & After

Before & After

 

And they better after all the time and money…

 

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A Jar Full of Savings

images-7Life is expensive.

Kids are expensive.

Lets face it everything is expensive.

The question is how do we teach our children the value of money and the importance of saving money. If your kids are like mine they don’t really understand the concept of money. When they were real little and I would tell them I didn’t have money for something they wanted they would tell me to go the bank and get more. The idea being the bank just gives you money when ever you need it. This would be a nice idea considering how expensive life and children are with sports, dance, clothing, toys, electronics, etc.

Unfortunately that is not the case. Thankfully as they have grown they have developed a better understanding of money. Especially my middle daughter who has become very proactive with her savings. She desperately wants to go to sleep away summer camp this year. The price is pretty steep for the week. In order to defray the cost she decided to start saving for camp herself.

Her idea was to create a savings jar. She was so pumped up about saving for camp she broke out the modge podge and personalized it with pictures of the camp and inspirational quotes to help motivate her. Every time she gets money for her birthday, report card, or from one of her generous aunts she puts it right into her savings jar.  IMG_3934

I am so impressed with her initiative. It really gave her ownership over her savings and I know she will love the feeling of accomplishment she gets when she reaches her goal. An added bonus is that her enthusiasm has spread to the other kids. Amelia, too bibbidi-bobbidi-boutique-00young for sleep away camp was so annoyed she didn’t have a savings jar. We had to help her come up with something to save for so she could make a savings jar too.

After much debate we settled on saving up for a visit to the Bippity Boppity Boutique for our summer trip to Disney World.IMG_3933

The savings jar is really a great idea and teaches the kids the importance of saving up for something and the fact that money doesn’t grow on trees. images-5

 

 

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#MuppetsMostWanted: Zany adventures, singing & fun!

photo 2Last week I had quite a dilemma. Here I was with two passes to Muppets Most Wanted and no child to take. My two youngest daughters had dancing class and my oldest was away on a college trip- (Which is another topic for another day since I am in complete denial that she may be going to college one day)

I think it has actually happened, my kids might be busier than I am. I had contemplated photo 1taking one of Grace’s friends but was promptly informed, “That would just be creepy.” Fortunately my niece was able to fit the movie into her busy schedule and off we went.

Secretly I was ecstatic because I love the Muppets. I have fond memories of my sister and I as children sitting in front of the tv set so anxiously waiting to see the Muppet Show each week.

Of course Muppets Most Wanted completely delivers in the zany silly style you would expect from the Muppets. In addition to the wild and crazy muppets the cast is star-studded with Ricky Gervais as Mr. Badguy and Tina Fey as Nadya the Warden of a Gulag prison, and Modern Family’s Ty Burrell as the bumbling interpol agent Jean Pierre. And the fun doesn’t stop everyone has a cameo in this film including Lady Gaga, Ross Lynch, Sean P. Diddy Combs, & Selma Hayek just to name a few. For a complete list of cameos click here.Unknown-6Unknown-2

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the gang on a zany adventure throughout Europe on their World Tour. In the worst case of mistaken identity Kermit is a dead ringer for Constantine, Public Enemy Number 1. muppets-most-wanted-constantineConstantine manages to switch places with Kermit with poor Kermit stuck in the Gulag. The Muppets become suspects when several high-end robberies begin to occur and they are pursued by Jean Pierre and Sam the Eagle.

Lots of crazy antics, silly jokes and plenty of musical numbers ensue as Kermit and Constantine try to live out each other’s lives. Kermit makes some pretty interesting friends in prison most notable Ray Liotta, I am a huge fan and was thrilled to see him have a small part. In the end Kermit does what he does best and directs the prison variety show. Fans of a Chorus Line will appreciate one of the sillier scenes where the prisoners perform a ridiculous version of  “I Hope I Get It”Unknown

According to Bunsen Muppets Most Wanted is the Muppets 7th sequel. Fans of the original 6 will definitely enjoy the show!

 

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Magical Celebration #DisneySide @Home Celebration


It all began with the arrival of a mysterious box.

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With growing anticipation the family and I gathered around our delivery. We were excited to see what was inside. It was like Christmas morning as we emptied the package and marveled at each of its items. So many fabulous things courtesy of Disney.

Now the hard part, how was I going to put all of these items together and pull of  a #DisneySide @Home Celebration?

I realized the way to make it work was focus on my favorite things about Walt Disney World. Those things that make it the magical place it is. Disney’s magic is a special combination of family, fun, and treats. Those themes were going to be the center of my Magical Celebration.

First up was to set the Disney atmosphere.photo 2

The Mickey decorations created a festive mood at the house just like at WDW where every space is decorated and atmosphere is everything.

 

Then I set up a pin trading station and asked experienced Disney guests to bring their pins for trading. My kids love to trade pins in the park and I wanted to bring that excitement to my party.photo 3 photo 4 photo 5

We also had a face painting station thanks to my talented niece. At the party we played Disney Bingo and Disney Trivia which was a lot of fun.

 

Next up was treats.

photo 1There is an aroma like no other when you walk down Main Street at

Mickey Knox Blox

Mickey Knox Blox

Magic Kingdom, photothe best way to describe it is a mixture of  sugar and frosting. Using the Mickey Mouse cookie cutters that were provided in my kit I made rice krispie treats which is the closest match to that sweet confectionary smell.

DSCN4223I also made Jello Knox Blox Mickey Mouse Style. Being the baker that I am I just had to include a Mickey Cake too! Just like WDW everything can be a Mickey!

At my house we have a great dress up trunk which includes a huge collection of sparkly mouse ears, princess crowns, and pirate bandanas. I set up a photo booth area where guests could take their picture with the accessories of their choice- Mouse Ears was the clear winner. Each guest left with a HP photo card of their pic!

Together with our friends and family we were able to create our own little piece of Walt Disney World right here on Long Island. Everyone left excited to start planning their next Walt Disney World vacation.

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What? It’s Lent Again?

All of the Catholics I know need to get a calendar. It seems that every year Ash Wednesday sneaks up on all of us. Everywhere I went yesterday I heard people saying, ” I can’t believe it is already Ash Wednesday!”

Shocking as it maybe, it was Ash Wednesday and off we went in droves get our ashes. Like every other busy mom in the world I tried to find the closest prayer service as opposed to the mass so we could be in and out and on with our busy lives. What I 401-drive-thru-open-right-arrowdiscovered was that some churches were doing literal “drive thru” ashes. People weren’t even getting out of the cars! I couldn’t believe it. Being some what old school I made my kids get out of the car and actually go inside the church. For some reason that seems okay to me even though it’s only a smidge better than the drive thru. What can I say I hate change.

Once we figure out how to get ashes we have to contemplate what sinful thing we would like to give up for the next 40 days.  Twitter compiled a list of the top 100 things people tweeted about giving up for Lent this year.

2014 Twitter Lent Tracker: Top 100 

Things to give up lentSome of the ideas are pretty typical like food items like chocolate, sweets, fries & soda. Food is always the most popular thing to give up. Other top choices were swearing, instagram, selfies & facebook.

Clearly some people were not really paying attention in religious education class because they tweeted they are giving up religion and catholicism. However, since everyone on Twitter things they are hilarious I am sure those were in jest.

images-3I think my favorite tweet was the person who is giving up snow. I think we can all relate to that one.

My middle daughter has decided to give up candy. Too broad of thing in my opinion. I tried to get her to be more specific like detail_cocoa-krispies-cerealskittles or starburst but she is adamant. This morning she wouldn’t eat breakfast because all we had were Cocoa Pebbles, I know, I know not so healthy but not candy! However she refused because they are chocolate flavored and therefore: candy. Love having a heated debate while we are getting ready for school and work over whether or not cereal is candy. If it is chocolate flavored than clearly it must be candy. In the end she won and I think it is going to be a long 40 days.

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