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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Peeps Pops for 4/20

Hey All! Remember the time I made some Peeps dressed up in Halloween costumes?  Well, I made some more Peeps Pops for the fun peeps over at Bustle.  Some Stoner Peeps in anticipation for 4/20.  

Can you guess who they all are? See all the details here!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mini Chocolate All Edible Easter Baskets

It *finally* feels like spring made an appearance with temperatures reaching above 70 degrees on a few days AND Easter is right around the corner.  Yay! I absolutely love this time of year too - it's just so fun to get outside again, and see all the greenery and flowers coming back.

So I had to make something.  It's just what I do.  Since I just did some spring flower cupcakes, I decided on some mini and all edible Easter baskets.

I got a Wilton 3-D cupcake candy mold awhile back.  After procrastinating forevs, I did finally use it to make some molded chocolate cupcakes (there's a little somethin' somethin' inside them too!).  That said I kinda hate using kitchen stuff (think pans and molds) for 1 trick ponies and try to re-use them for other things.  I thought the bottom of the mold would make cute little baskets.  And they did!

Fill the mold with your favorite chocolate or candy melt.  Then apply the top part of the mold (it makes the cavity - I used some rubber bands to keep top secure).  Stick the entire thing in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes.  Once the candy/chocolate is hardened, they should pop right out.  You may need to neaten the edge up a bit if the chocolate overflows.  No biggie though if it does.

Make the basket handles with more melted candy/chocolate.  I measured the opening of the basket and just made sure the handle would be the right size (side note: I used the kiddo's wood ruler - you know the good ole' wooden foot long rulers from back in the day.  Some things never change although lots of other things change everyday!).

Attach handles with - guess what?? More candy melt or chocolate - it's the best edible glue ever!

Then comes the most fun part - fill each tiny basket with lots of tiny goodies! I found edible grass, Sweetarts chicks, ducks, and bunnies, jelly beans, and the cutest Iddy Biddy Bunnies from Russell Stover.   And by iddy biddy they mean super iddy biddy.  

Fill them up!

These were a bigger hit with my 6 year old girlie girl then my 9 and 6 year old boys.  Must be too much pink.  Plus I think I passed along my love of tiny things to my daughter.  There could be worse things to pass along!

Well off to make 2 cakes for this weekend.  My twins are turning 7 and their party is this weekend.  I've been making their cakes since they were born, and of course they want very different cakes.  A pink and purple castle and The Flash.  Wish me luck - and have a very Happy Passover or Easter to those who celebrate or just a happy rest of the week in general! 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Flower Cupcakes for Donate Life Month

Did you know April is Donate Life Month? The Donate Life organization is trying to increase awareness and the number of registered organ, eye, and tissue donors out there.  Not to go into a lot of detail but the demand far out weighs the supply here.  My 6 year (almost 7!) year old girlie girl had a heart transplant when she was 8 months old.  Had her donor family not decided to donate, well, I don't even want to think about where we would be.  Since then we try to do what we can to increase awareness for the organization and for organ donation in general.

Actually today (April 11th) is Donate Life's #blueandgreenday - and supporters are supposed to get creative with blue and green - the colors of Donate Life.  AND since you probably expect sweets on the blog, I figured I'd get creative with some cupcakes to celebrate spring coming and new beginnings in support Donate Life month.

I started with some Trader Joe's Fruity O's cereal.  It's kinda like the Trader Joe's version of Fruit Loops - but the colors/flavors all come from fruit and veggies.  Glue them into a flower shape with some melted yellow candy melt.

Once dry, I added a pretzel stick stem/leaves attached with more melted candy.  Add some "grass" icing and then add the flowers as toppers to some cupcakes.  Add that's it, so easy.

I also made some Donate Life pretzel snacks.  Blue and Green candy melt on top of square pretzels,   with black candy melt used to write the name on top. Then just plopped some onto the cupcakes too.

And you get some cute spring cupcakes that make my little punkin' pie smile like this:

Thanks for stopping by and if you are not already an organ donor, please consider learning more.  You can visit the Donate Life site to find more information.

We are actually doing a 5K Walk this June in support of the NJ Sharing Network - our local organization supporting organ and tissue donation.  If you'd like to donate to Team Greta, please go here.  Thanks so much!

Click Here to Donate

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Peeps Flavored Milk

Do you love all the new Peeps flavors that keep popping up everywhere?? If so I have a super simple treat for the Peeps lovers out there.  Peeps flavored milk! 

And by simple, I mean simple. 

Add some milk to a cup.

Dunk 1-2 Peeps in the milk for about 1/2 hour.  

You get some really cool rainbow colored milk AND it was a fun way to try some of the new flavors like Party Cake, Orange Creme, Sour Watermelon, and Strawberry Creme.  Find all the available Peeps here.

 They also make for a fun Peeps par-tay!

If you like cereal milk, you will love this Peeps milk!

Although I've done a gagillion Peeps treats over the years, this is the first one using the chicks.  Sorry Peeps chicks, I think I've been discriminating against you all this time - hopefully this makes up for it.

Also just a fun Peeps fact, if you do dip your Peeps into milk (or probably any liquid) their eyes will float off into the liquid.  A little odd to see that floatin' around in the milk!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Heart Shaped Baseballs & Pretzel Bats

Yay, it's that time again.  Baseball Season! Woooooo!

After the the non-stop snowy winter we just had, I'm so looking forward to some spring-time baseball.  MLB of course, but this year 2 of my kiddos are also starting little league and T-ball for their first seasons, which means we will probably be out at the ball fields a lot this spring.  

And this past February, one of the kidlets got this valentine:

So stinkin' cute, right? I tucked it away knowing I had to try to re-create it in edible form.  

Start with some heart shaped chocolate candies.  I used York Peppermint Patties, but you can use other heart shaped chocolates if you don't like peppermint.  I stocked up on some after Valentine's Day!

Dip them in white chocolate or vanilla candy melting wafers.  Once the candy hardens, add the detail on with more red candy wafers.  I add some to a zip lock bag and microwave briefly for a few seconds at a time until you can snip an end of the baggie and "pipe" on the detail.  

The bats are pretzel rods, broken in half and a little chocolate added on the end and more detail done with an edible food writer.  And yeah, I know they look more like little plungers versus bats, but just humor me for the rest of the post.  Tanks!

Oh and if you're a New York Yankees fan you know this is Derek Jeter's last season.  I know there are as many Yankee haters out there as fans, but come on The Captain is retiring this year after spending his entire professional career as a Yankee.  So. Impressive.  He's been a phenomenal player over the years and a great sports role model too.  Rare in the era of sports scandals year after year.  So I made some Yankee hearts in celebration! Here's hoping he was has an awesome last season.  Let's Go Yankees! Clap clap - clap clap clap.

Ok, I'll stop the gushing over Jeter now.  

Even if you're not a baseball fan, I think these little baseball hearts are still fun.  A perfect way to show the love for baseball season.  I'm also keeping them in mind for next year's Valentine's Day! 

PS You might like these other candies made out of peppermint patties

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ballerina Peeps Treats

It's Marshmallow Peeps season again! The traditional bunnies and chicks are my favs.  If you read the blog, you know I have a special place in my heart for Peeps.  You can see more Peeps treats from over the years here.

This year I made some little Ballerinas, all fancied up for their first performance.  

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Coconut Covered Cake Bite Bunnies

Well it's finally Spring! I love Winter and all but since it seemed like one long snowstorm on the East Coast, it's nice to finally say goodbye to it - I mean hopefully we're done with snow, but you can never say never, especially after the season we just had.  Actually we still have small mounds of snow in the yard!

And although I've yet to notice any spring flowers pushing up, I have seen one or 2 rabbits and some robins hopping around which I'm taking as a sign of warmer weather coming.

The rabbits really inspired this treat.  Cake bite bunnies (I'm still not comfortable calling them cake balls, that just sounds weird!).  They are made using the normal cake bite process:
  • Crumble some already baked cake or cupcakes (I used chocolate)
  • Add icing until you can get the mix to stick together.  

  • Shape the mixture (about 1-2 tablespoonfuls of the mix) into the bunny bodies
  • Freeze the pre-formed shapes (you don't have to do this step, but I find dipping goes much easier if the mix is cold/frozen)
  • Dip in some melted white chocolate or vanilla candy wafers to coat
  • While still wet, sprinkle on some sweetened coconut flakes
  • Using more melted candy, pipe some rabbit ears and sprinkle on coconut before it's hardened

  • Once the ears are set, attach to the bunny with more melted candy
  • Attach a small pink sprinkle as the nose

You could add eyes, but I kinda like them without, like the fur is covering their little faces.  You can also make some small ones too as baby bunnies, which would up the cute factor by like x1000.

Happy Spring to you! We've had a couple of sunny 60 degree days as teasers, so I can't wait for the warm weather to come back and stay for good - or at least a long time.  Bring on the flip flops!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Green Beer Bread

So Saint Patrick's Day is this Monday! Woo! I pretty much love anything green, even green food which is really weird since green food can = green mold which = pretty gross.  But let's pretend green mold does not exist for the purposes of this post.  

I think my love of green stuff started when I was little and the local supermarket had green sandwich bread around St. Patrick's Day time.  Does anyone else remember that? Loaves of pre-sliced green bread like white wonder bread but green?? I can't find any pictures of it so I'm starting to think I imagined the entire thing.

Anyway, St. Patrick's Day is all about green stuff (obvi) so green food is a must as well as green drinks! So I figured I'd throw them both together in some green beer bread. 

Green beer in a Green Lantern glass seemed appropriate
Start with your favorite beer.   And just like when you cook with wine, use a decent-good beverage if you want a good final product.  Hubby always has some excellent beers on hand so I snagged one.   Nugget Nectar, an IPA from TRÖEGScraft brewery based out of PA (great beers and great artwork on their labels!)

For recipes, I went to my friend Google, and found this one for 5 ingredient beer bread by Half Baked Harvest.  So simple and it looked really tasty.  In place of the brown sugar, I substituted 1/2 cup of regular granulated sugar.  I also added a little green food color to the beer before adding it to the mixture (see pic above).

Add the green beer to your dry ingredients and mix.  But don't over mix. The dough will be a little sticky.  Add to a pan (I also added some green non-pareil sprinkles just because I could) and bake at 350 degrees for about 40-50 minutes.  

Ta-da, green beer bread

Add a little pat of butter and you're all set.  

If you've never had beer bread before, it's something you have to try.  The alcohol will cook off during the baking process and the baked bread comes out really nice - moist and slightly sweet (but not super sweet).  A nice little treat to bring to a party 1) because it's really tasty and can be eaten alone or as a side with food and 2) it's super fast to throw together.  

And I know not everyone will look at this and go "Yum, that green hunk of bread looks mighty appetizing, give me the entire loaf!", but if you are weird like me and love all green foods, you might.   Or maybe you just like seeing all the fun green stuff on St Paddy's day, either way I hope you like it! 

Thanks as always for stopping by and have an excellent St. Patrick's Day monday!  If you happen to remember green sliced bread from years ago, please leave me a note so I know I'm not imagining things from my childhood!

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Rainbow Inside Shamrock Cookies

So I made some chocolate covered "shamrock" cookies for St. Patty's Day.  And sorry, I know I just did rainbow cupcakes tinted with all natural colors last week, but I can't help it.  There is just something about having multi colored anything that makes me smile and forces me to make more and more rainbow treats.

And rainbows inside the cookies - heck yes!! 

Surprisingly, I don't actually have a shamrock shaped cookie cutter.  But I figured hearts would work work ok for this.

To speed this up I started these with a boxed sugar cookie mix.  
  1. Divide into separate cookie dough balls (as many colors as you want in your rainbow)
  2. Tint with your fav food gel colors
  3. Roll each color out to about 1/8 inch thickness and stack one on top of each other
  4. Cut slices off and then roll that into about the size of your cookie cutter (too big or too small and you won't see some of the colors of your dough)
  5. Bake - these are mini cookies (only about 1 inch in size) so they baked only about 5 minutes @ 350 degrees
  6. Once cookies are cooled, dip into good dark chocolate 
  7. Decorate or drizzle with your favorite sprinkles or go for multi color candy melt drizzles

The little mini rainbow cookies are super cute on their own, and would have worked just fine this way, but I wanted to try for the rainbow surprise inside look.

I did make a few larger cookies to, so you can see the rainbows even better! 

Arrange 4 of each heart together and you get your "shamrock" cookies! OK they are really 4-Leaf Clovers, but you get the point!

Do you love rainbows too? What's your favorite rainbow treat to make or eat? And it's finally warming up in the northeast (woohoo!!) so it's time for some spring treats soon!  Thanks so much for coming by, have an awesome awesome (awesome) week! 

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