marshmallow monsters

Playing around in the kitchen with my boys, I whipped up these marshmallow monsters. First I dipped all my marshmallows in green candy chocolate, available at most craft stores. I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

For the witch, her hat is the bottom half of a Keebler Sugar Cone and a Keebler Grasshopper cookie (painted with purple chocolate). Her hair is a Starburst (melted, rolled flat and cut into strands) and her nose is a purple candy corn.

For Frankenstein, his bolts are Smarties and his eyes are just small round yellow candies. Both are frighteningly simple. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired! And stop over at Snackpicks.com for more of my Kellogg’s ideas.

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acorn chocolate cookie treats

I’ve had fall and Halloween on the brain for a few months now.  We’ve been designing, crafting and styling two new collections for the shoppe, I’ve been baking for Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com and a few other projects. I just LOVE this season! It’s full of so much natural inspiration and that is where today’s idea came from: acorns the boys collected for a fun fall project.

These treats are so simple, yet adorable and I have to admit a bit yummy (minus the licorice, it’s a personal thing).

You’ll need: mini Keebler Stripe cookies, Hershey’s Kisses and a small piece of black licorice for your stem. I attached them with a small dot of icing and done. Gotta LOVE a simple treat!

By the way, the napkin ring in the background is the argyle pattern from my new harvest collection, that we’re lovingly calling pumpkin patch. Much more to come on that next week!

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pirate treasure map cookies

I recently hosted a pirate party for my youngest son’s fifth birthday. It was so much fun and I have tons of DIY, along with a new pirate party printables collection (available in the shoppe soon), that I can’t wait to share with you over the next few weeks. To start off I thought I would share a super simple cookie idea.

I baked round gingerbread cookies (if you’re in a hurry pick up a bag of Kellogg’s Shortbread Cookies or sugar cookies from the bakery), and flooded them with white icing. It’s actually much easier than it sounds. Here are some tips on flooding from my contributor at Sweet Sugar Belle.

I just let the icing dry overnight and then took a black food coloring pen (I picked mine up in a pack of five colors at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores) and drew on an X and dash marks. Just make sure you don’t press down too hard on the icing and remember to make each one a bit different. Oh, and if you want them to be dairy free, and I did of course, use Pillsbury white icing and Pillsbury gingerbread cookie dough.

I have to tell you, these were the first things to disappear off my dessert table! As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Rice Krispies paint brushes

For my very first Kellogg’s SnackPicks.com post I created these Rice Krispie Treat paint brushes. You might have seen them in my Art party collection dessert table feature over on Amy Atlas a month or so ago, but this morning I’m going to give you the simple “how tos.”

Collect your ingredients:

  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Marshmallows
  • Butter ~ for dairy free, use vegan butter
  • Chocolate Wafers ~ for dairy free, use tinted icing
  • Wooden Ice Cream Spoons (I picked mine up at JoAnn)
  • Wax Paper

Make your Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (cereal, butter and marshmallows) using the directions on the box.

Allow the mixture to cool from hot to warm, apply butter to your hands liberally, mold the treats into rectangles and place the shapes on a piece of wax paper to cool.

Before the treats harden completely, insert the wooden ice cream spoons about half way.

Heat the chocolate melts in a microwave safe bowl in increments of eight to nine seconds and stir between heating. Once the chocolate is completely melted, dip the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats into the chocolate and place back on wax paper to dry.

Original idea created by Kim Byers, seen here at The Celebration Shoppe first.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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the other s’ more

You know when you really want a s’ more… but you don’t have any chocolate… and then you realize you don’t have any graham crackers either? Well let me introduce you to the OTHER s ‘more!

When I was a kid these were actually the preferred snack when I went to my grandmother’s house, unless of course she was baking. And now my oldest LOVES them. 

So instead of graham crackers we used soup crackers. Mine are Keebler’s Zesta crackers, the same brand my grandmother always bought (and they’re dairy free so my youngest can have them too.) And instead of chocolate we used peanut butter.

See that iron skillet? She gave me that, among other things, when I got married. If you don’t have one, get one. They’re a must have for every kitchen, but especially every southern kitchen. Admittedly she used hers every day to bake homemade biscuits and I use mine to bake fish sticks and fries… but either way they’re very handy. 

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encourage reading with the very hungry rolo-pillar

As a mom of two boys (and statistics show that boys read less as they get older), I’ve made reading a bit of a fun requirement around our house. As a matter of fact, my boys see it as a punishment if we don’t get a bedtime story or two… or three. Honestly, it’s a bit of a disappointment for me too so I think it might have happened once in the past six years!

And now that my oldest is six, I encourage him to read to me. I love it. I love hearing him sound out the words and make mistakes. It’s adorable. My youngest, age four, loves a good book too and snuggles up with me every chance we get.

So as summer is approaching we’ve already started to plan what day we’ll move our regular library trips to (since we can go in the middle of the day then, yay!), and I’ve started thinking about fun ways to celebrate books for our summer reading program.

This is my first idea for an old classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The treat is just Rolos topped with M&Ms, served on a tissue paper leaf with jimmies for antenna (and don’t forget to trim out some teeth marks!). It took me all of 2 minutes and the boys were ecstatic. And this idea goes perfectly with the library playdate idea from Family Fun magazine that I blogged about a few weeks ago!

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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“done-ut” graduation cupcakes

If you have a graduate who’s finally “done it” {I know… the title is totally corny} then these are the donut cupcakes for you!!

Recently we launched a new graduation collection (invitations, printables, damask table decor) and I got busy in the kitchen to create a fun new twist on the mortarboard graduation cupcake. I came up with two ideas. The first, a mini cupcake with Hershey’s Bliss mortarboard and twistie tassle, was a bit more traditional and I posted it a few week’s ago. 

This is the second, and in my opinion a bit more fun, using a chocolate covered donut as the graduate’s head {hee hee}. It’s super simple, here’s what you’ll need:

  • small chocolate covered donut
  • Keebler Deluxe Graham cookie
  • fruit chews (match to school colors)
  • white icing

And here’s how you assemble:

  1. Cut two pieces of fruit chew. One for the scroll (roll and set aside) and one for the tassle (cut a 1.5 x 1.5 inch square; using a straight edge knife cut individual threads leaving the top .5 inch attached; roll)
  2. Ice your cupcake
  3. Set one donut in the center of the cupcake and insert the scroll (do this while your icing is fresh so that it will hold)
  4. Using a small dolup of icing, attach the Keebler Deluxe Graham cookie to the top of the donut and allow it to set for a few minutes
  5. Place a very small dot of icing on the cookie (aka mortarboard) and attach your tassle

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Easter cross krispies

 

 

I was in charge of the Easter celebration “sweet” snack for my son’s preschool class yesterday (there were also healthy snacks… but for some reason I’m never asked to bring those… hmm… ) and I chose to make these fun cross krispie treats

I was going to pipe a purple ribbon of icing, but then decided that I would be nice to his teacher and not add another shot of pure sugar to each child just before circle time. I should get a gold star or something for being so considerate! {grin}

You can whip these, or any other shape, up with a bit of butter (since my guy has food allergies we used Kellogg’s Rice Krispie cereal and Smart Balance Light Butter to make these dairy free) on your cookie cutter and maybe a touch on your hands.

As always, I hope you’re inspired and HAPPY EASTER!

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Easter chick cookie pops for Parents magazine

I’ve shared on numerous occasions that my youngest has severe food allergies. Well as you can imagine it breaks my heart when he can’t have something pretty and yummy like the other kids. With that in mind, I made these fun dairy and nut free Easter chick cookie pops for my article with Parents magazine.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sandwich cookies (I used Oreos because they have no milk, egg or nut products), two per chick
  • Icing (I used Pillsbury white icing because it has no milk, egg or nut products)
  • Yellow and orange gel food coloring (liquid thins the icing)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Orange non-perils
  • Resealable bag, icing connector and #2 and #46 tips

Easy steps:

  1. Open your sandwich cookies and lay a lollipop stick inside, pressing it into the filling
  2. Tint ¾ of your yellow icing in a microwaveable bowl
  3. Spoon out ¼ of the yellow icing, set rest aside, and microwave it for 8 seconds
  4. Spoon melted icing over lollipop stick, replace cookie top and allow them to cool for 5 minutes
  5. Melt remaining icing and spoon over each cookie pop; allow them to cool for a minute and then add eyes and beak
  6. After cookie pop is completely dry, pipe on wings (icing tip #46) and feet (icing tip #2)

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daisy cupcake cake

I was wandering through the craft store about a week-and-a-half ago and saw these Wilton pleated cupcake liners. They made me immediately think of flower petals. I grabbed them up and this past weekend I whipped up this fun daisy cupcake cake. It would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a garden party!

You’ll need:

  • 16 pleated cupcakes
  • 4 regular cupcakes
  • yellow and orange gel food coloring
  • 3 cups white icing
  • resealable plastic bag
  • yellow, orange and green M&Ms
  • optional: 8 yellow flower petals cut from cardstock
  • Dairy free option: Use yellow Duncan Hines cake mix, white Pillsbury icing and Skittles

And here are a few tips:

  • Fill the pleated cupcake liners about 2 tsps more than you would a normal liner otherwise your cupcake will be short and you’ll have to compensate with a sugar rush of icing
  • For the swirl effect, tint two bowls of icing, one yellow and one orange, and then spoon them side-by-side into a resealable plastic bag (I used a gallon size) making sure both colors come down to one corner, snip the corner and swirl

And when the day was done… only crumbs were left. It’s funny because this little project made me think about when I was a little girl and I would pluck a daisy to see if “he” loved me. You remember… he loves me {pluck}, he loves me not {pluck}. Well I can assure you that my boys loved once I finally released them to snack these up! By the way, I didn’t let them eat them all… I pawn my sweets off on my mom’s office friends on most occasions. What?! Everything I bake can’t stay here! {wink}

Happy Wednesday everyone and so sorry for the mini hiatus! I was actually working like crazy on two new collections, a baby shower and a birthday, plus another mini collection and some fabulous Easter crafts. I’ll share everything very soon!

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