monsters university {mike cupcakes}

Monsters University

Have you seen the trailer for the new Disney Pixar movie, Monsters University?! Well my sons have. And my youngest even changed his birthday party theme to a Monsters University movie viewing… After I had already bought favors for his super hero birthday party… Well, like any good mommy I took them back and we started over. Thank goodness we hadn’t gone too far down the party planning path yet. {grin}

So as we pull the party together I’ve started to craft and bake of course.

These fun little Monsters University Mike Wazowski cupcakes will likely make an appearance on the big day.

Monsters University

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Monsters University Mike Wazowski cupcakes. (I also recommend the chocolate be Wilton Candy Melts available at your local craft store, plus you’ll need wax paper, glass bowl and resealable plastic bags.)

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Chocolate transfer legs and arms. Draw a quick outline, stick version is fine, of bent arms and legs. (Check Mike out here for inspiration.) I suggest bent so that the arms can be connected at the top and bottom. Melt green chocolates in a resealable bag in 8 second intervals, snip the end, and pipe onto wax paper. Never done chocolate transfer before? Check out my how to video for another project.
  2. Coat Mike’s body (aka plain donut hole) in chocolate. Melt green chocolates in glass bowl, spoon over donut holes, insert lollipop stick and allow to dry (standing is best if you have a cookie cooling tray you can use).
  3. Chocolate transfer eye. Melt white chocolate in a resealable bag in 8 second intervals. Make a round dot for the white of his eye. While still wet add a large blue confetti candy.
  4. Make Mike. Insert the lollipop with Mike’s body into an iced cupcake. Attach arms at mid and top of Mike with a dot of green chocolate. Attach legs at bottom of Mike with green chocolate. Bottom of legs will set in wet cupcake icing. Add Mike’s eye with another dot of green chocolate.
  5. Add horns and mouth. With white chocolate, pipe on squiggly mouth and horns.

Monsters University

If you weren’t excited about Mike and Sully heading off to Monsters University before, I hope you are now! {grin}

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

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father’s day {lawn mower cupcakes}

Fathers Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and I’ve whipped up a fun cupcake idea. Lawn mowers!

When I asked my boys about their dad and what they thought of when they thought of him, I got a ton of loving sweet words! Unfortunately there were only a few I could imagine as a cupcake. {grin}

One of my favorite was his lawn mower. You have to understand. My hubby LOVES his grass. Where I find crafting, baking, gardening…etc. therapeutic, for their father, it’s his lawn. He’s constantly working around the yard. We only have an acre, but it is amazing that he can always find something to do. Trimming trees, edging the sidewalk, mowing the grass, pulling weeds out of the flower beds, working in our little vegetable garden (tucked next to the deck in the backyard). Something. Always.

Fathers Day

So here’s what you’ll need to make these Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakes:

  • Mini Hershey’s candy bars for mower
  • M&Ms for engines (variety if you want them to be colorful)
  • Chocolate sixlets for wheels (again, variety if you want them to be colorful)
  • Wilton Candy Melts (for chocolate transfer handles), available at craft or baking store
  • Cupcake
  • Icing (tinted green for grass)
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Wax paper
  • Optional: #233 Wilton “grass” icing tip and connector (available at craft store)
  • Optional: Green or green pattern cupcake liners

Easy how to steps for making your own Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakes:

  1. Icing – tint green and ice top of cupcake (will be base and look like mown grass).
  2. Make handles – place six candy melt wafers in a resealable bag and microwave in 8 second intervals until melted (likely three times). Snip corner of bag and pipe handle on wax paper (be careful to make sure your handles will fit on the mini candy bar). Allow to set for 10 minutes.
  3. Add wheels – place four sixlets on grass/icing
  4. Attach mower – pipe a dollop of candy melt (same bag that you used to pipe handles) on the top of the four sixlets, add mini candy bar and hold for five seconds.
  5. Add engine – pipe a dollop of candy melt on the center of the candy bar and top with an M&M
  6. Attach handles – pipe a dot of candy melt on the edge of the candy bar and attach the chocolate transfer handles (holding for five seconds until they set)
  7. Optional tall grass – I made my cupcakes look only partially mown {grin} by piping taller grass with a #233 Wilton icing tip. Just snip a corner of a resealable plastic bag, add an icing connector and icing tip. Fill with green icing and pipe tall grass on half of the cupcake as shown

Styling tip:

  • Cupcake liners - bake in white cupcake liners and then top with your pretty/colorful liners so that they look fresh and crisp.

Lawn Mower Cupcake

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Father’s Day everyone!

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cotton candy {treats}

Cotton Candy

My boys always beg for cotton candy and honestly it’s one of those treats that I try to avoid because the bags are too big and the sugar rush is even bigger!

So in the baking isle I spied the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations icing. All the cotton candy taste… in small portions… so I decided to give them a whirl!

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

To make them a bit more fun than regular cupcakes AND to give the boys the illusion of a cotton candy paper cone {grin}, I baked them in sugar cones with chocolate chips in the batter. Admittedly I’m not much on tons of icing, but the cake in the sugar cones, with a little icing, was super yummy! My oldest loved them just as they are. My youngest, like me, wanted more of just the cake in the cone.

Here’s what you’ll need to make chocolate chip batter cupcakes with cotton candy frosting:

  • Duncan Hines Golden Butter Cake Mix (+ ingredients)
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Duncan Hines Frosting Creations with Cotton Candy flavor packet
  • Sugar cones
  • Aluminum foil
  • Deep baking dish
  • Dairy-Free Option: replace butter in batter with 5 tsp Smart Balance Light and Enjoy Life chocolate chips

And the simple instructions:

  1. Prep batter as box directs (substituting the options above if you want dairy free)
  2. Cover baking dish in aluminum foil, cut “X” every 2.5 inches
  3. Insert cones upright
  4. Spoon one tsp of batter in cone, add five to six mini chocolate chips, repeat until 3/4″ from top of cone
  5. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes
  6. Allow to cool
  7. Mix icing as directed, spoon into resealable bag, cut an “X” in one corner of the bag and pipe icing on in circular motion.

Cotton Candy

A little fun treat to kick off the summer. Also perfect for a circus themed birthday party. By the way, the stands are actually icie cone stands from Target. I use them all the time in the summer!

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

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Oz The Great And Powerful {DIY wand}

Oz The Great And Powerful

Oz The Great And Powerful Blu-Ray Combo Pack releases in a few short days, on June 11. If you didn’t catch it at the theaters, you simply must see it now. It’s all about how Oz made it to Oz! {grin} Oh, and there is a bit about the witches too. All three of them! {shudder}

I have to say, Disney really did a beautiful job. The colors and characters were amazing… and THE witch had my youngest peeking out from under his blanket. He made his dad come sit next to him. I was there, but I wasn’t enough. {smirk}

The girly in me though was struck by Glinda The Good Witch. Her dress, her crown, oh… and her wand! It was so simple, yet so beautiful!

Oz The Great And Powerful

I mean what girl doesn’t want a wand?! So I thought, why not make a few. Here’s what you’ll need to make an easy DIY candy wand:

  • Marshmallows
  • Pepperidge Farms Pirouette Rolled Wafers (these are French Vanilla!)
  • Pure Cane Sugar
  • White Icing
  • Kitchen Scissors

And the simple how to for making your wands:

  • Trim your marshmallows. Using kitchen scissors, cut each of the corners off your marshmallow so that it looks like a diamond. (TIP: Wash your scissors between each marshmallow or they’ll start to stick.)
  • Add shine. Dip each edge (sticky sides) in pure cane sugar.
  • Attach handle. Dip the end of the wafer in white icing and attach the wand tip. Allow to set for at least 10 minutes before you display.

Rather watch how I made these? Well you’re in luck because I made a little video. And while you’re there, I’d love for you to subscribe to my youtube channel. By the way, my eight year old was my camera man on this one because I couldn’t find the stand. That’s cute though… right?! {grin}

By the way, if you’re having a party, I would display in a 4″ or so tall clear (square if you have it) vase filled half way with more pure cane sugar. Once the wands are dry, just place them in, handle first, so all the good little witches at your party can grab them easily!

Want to know more about Oz The Great And Powerful? You can follow Disney and this movie specifically on facebook, twitter and pinterest. And you can see what some of my blogging friends are creating to celebrate the new movie too!



But I’m not done! I have another very fun tutorial for Oz The Great And Powerful.

When I was prepping for our “at home” movie viewing we made some adorable and easy Oz The Great And Powerful popcorn bags. Come see how to make these easy bags for this movie, or any Disney movie premier! {grin}

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

This post is brought to you by Disney and Blue Print Social, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way! Original idea created by Kim Byers and seen here on TheCelebrationShoppe.com first.

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Easter bunny ear rice krispies bars

Easy Rice Krispies Bars

You’ve got to try my easy Easter Bunny Ear Rice Krispies Bars! The best part… I made them from the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats snack packs so I didn’t even dirty a dish. {grin}

Easy Easter Bunny Treats

You’ll need:

  • Bunny cookie cutter
  • Coconut
  • Candy hearts
  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Snack Bars
  • Icing (I use Pillsbury Cream Cheese Icing)
  • Wilton icing bottles (or resealable bag with an icing tip)
  • Lollipop sticks

Rice Krispies Bars

The easy steps for making your own Easter Bunny Ear Rice Krispies Bars:

  1. Starting with a cooking cutter, cut your rice krispies bar. Depending on the depth of your cutter, trim off the excess with a knife
  2. Insert lollipop sticks (don’t wait to do this or you could break your icing design once it dries).
  3. Spoon icing into two icing bottles. Set one aside and heat one for eight seconds (reheat as needed, but 8 seconds will take it to a smooth liquid)
  4. Outline the ears with one bottle and fill the ear shape with the other, pulling icing to the edges with a toothpick if needed. Toothpicks are also great to pop any bubbles if necessary.
  5. Add a heart for the nose and a few sprigs of coconut for the whiskers. Allow to dry.

I displayed my Easter Bunny Ear Rice Krispies Bars in mini dessert jars filled with pink sixlets. Hope you like them! I know my kiddos did! {wink}

rice krispies bar

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easy Easter carrot cake & cupcakes

Easter carrot cake

If you’re hosting an Easter celebration this year, I’ve got an easy carrot cake and carrot cake cupcake idea for you!

I’m over at Red Barn this morning sharing all the details: cake + decorating and styling tips. Hop {grin} on over for all the details and tons more pictures! And if you want some fabulous carrot cake recipes, here are six of my favorites!

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Cupid’s Valentine rice krispies treats

Valentine Rice Krispies Treats 

I’m hosting a Valentine playdate this week for my Kindergartener and some of his friends. So this weekend I tested my idea for an easy Valentine snack, Cupid’s Arrow Rice Krispies Treats.

Valentine Treats

I think they turned out really well! And so did my boys. I caught them sneaking them just after I photographed them. I live with two comedians… {grin}

To make my heart Rice Krispies Treats with cupid arrow, you’ll need:

  • Rice Krispies treats prepared (still warm)
  • Heart cookie cutter
  • Butter (for your hands and the cookie cutter)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Paper straws
  • Pink paper (triangle for tip and rectangle with triangle cut out of one end and fringed for feather)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper

And here are the super easy steps for making shaped Rice Krispies:

  1. Apply butter to your hands, your cookie cutter and a bit to your wax paper.
  2. Mold your Rice Krispies into the cookie cutter and set aside each heart.
  3. Once you’ve made all your hearts, pierce them with a lollipop stick.
  4. Cut a paper straw and slip it on each end of the lollipop stick.
  5. Cut paper as noted above, glue to straw ends

It’s that simple to make Cupid’s Arrow Rice Krispies Treats. Happy Monday and Valentine week everyone!

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easy football brownie finger food recipe

Easy Football Party Brownies

Hosting a party this Game Day?! Make these football brownies. They’re super easy, fun and you’ll look like a superstar. It’s a win – win… no matter who wins. {grin}

For this little finger food recipe, you’ll need:

  • Brownie box recipe (I use Duncan Hines Chewy Brownies so my little one with with dairy allergies can enjoy them too)
  • Cream cheese icing (I use Pillsbury Cream Cheese icing, again, no dairy)
  • Resealable bag, with a corner snipped off
  • Butter knife

And here are the easy steps:

  • Bake your brownies as directed.
  • Allow them to cool completely.
  • Cut out football shapes with a butter knife, keeping them fairly close together so that you can limit waste (like there would be waste!).
  • Place on your serving platter (TIP: Line platter with wax paper or food safe liner as shown so that your party finger foods come up easily)
  • Spoon icing into resealable bag, snip corner and pipe on four lines

For more party finger foods, visit my 8 Super Bowl party ideas for the Big Game! And download my free Game Day printables in 2013 Super Bowl colors. Enjoy!

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decorating a Valentine heart cake

Valentine Heart Cake

Does your Valentine love cake?! Silly question I know… everyone loves cake! Well, can you decorate a cake? Can you decorate a cake with hearts? With these cake decorations you can!

Make a super simple marshmallow heart Valentine cakeI made this one for my 16th wedding anniversary and it was a hit with both the hubby and the kids.

It looks like I put tons of work into it… but I didn’t. Come read how I decorated this heart Valentine cake in only minutes! {grin}

Want to see a few of my other easy cake decorating ideas:

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