rainbow ice cream sandwiches

Summer is almost here and honestly I’m giddy for the last day of school. Having my boys home with me all summer is such a blessing. We have tons of day camps, classes and other activities planned and I’m not sure who’s more excited, them or me!

So in honor of the upcoming summer vacation, I made mini ice cream sandwiches the no-bake way. Pick up some Keebler Chips Deluxe Rainbow Chocolate Chip minis, pack them full of French Vanilla ice cream and refreeze on wax paper until you’re ready to serve. They’re just the right size and delish!

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

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bumble bee wafer cookies

This is a super simple idea, which I love! But not only is it easy, it’s also yummy and pretty. This simple cookie hits all three musts when entertaining!

I made these for a buzzing bee baby shower idea (see my full collection here) I whipped up for Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com. Hop over and visit them for my Dark Chocolate & Coconut Banana Pudding Bites. Now they are something to buzz about!

You’ll just need some Keebler Vanilla Wafers and yellow melting chocolates (found at your local craft or baking supply store in all colors). I also topped a few with candy bumble bees. If you can’t find these, you’ll find other edible sugar creations in the same area as the melting chocolates.

Just melt the chocolate in eight second intervals in a microwave safe bowl, dip and allow to dry on wax paper. If you have candied decorations attach them before the chocolate sets. These cookies are that simple!

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dark chocolate coconut banana bites

I whipped these dark chocolate coconut banana pudding bites up for my latest post with Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com. And let me tell you, it all sounded yummy in my head and then I made it. Oh my!

This might be the best “sophisticated” dessert I’ve ever created. You did know that putting any dessert in a small tasting glass makes it sophisticated, right? Just wanted to make sure. {wink}

This super simple recipe highlights the new Keebler Chips Deluxe Dark Chocolate Chunk cookie. {YUM!}

And it would be perfect for a bumble bee baby shower or bridal shower (see my full printable party collection), or any kind of tasting party for that matter.

I promise… you won’t be disappointed! It is so delish! You can hop over to Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for the recipe and how tos. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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love you to the moon cake

Today is my 16th wedding anniversary. I know! 16 years! Eeeekkk! Let’s just pretend I got married at age 10 so I can be 26… {smirk}

So for the occasion, and in the spirit of all my super easy DIY cakes lately (nautical baby shower cake, robot birthday cake, Easter bunny cake, patriotic red, white and blue cake), I made a “love you to the moon” cake. I meant for there to be a moon… but I ran out of time. You moms know the drill! {grin}

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • Flat iced two layer cake (preferably from your favorite bakery so you don’t have to bake)
  • Pink heart marshmallows
  • Needle
  • Cross-stitch thread
  • Pink sixlets (to hide your cake edges); I picked mine up at Party City

Just thread your needle, lightly dampen the sting, and thread the marshmallows. Be gentle or they’ll break/split. Once threaded, just place small dots of icing on the cake sides, make sure your marshmallow string is evenly spaced apart, and attach. It’s that easy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Friday and Hoppy Easter!

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s’more brownie & marshmallow whip

I’ve had a sweet tooth all week. I’m not sure what’s up with me, but of course my kiddos love it. So yesterday we were debating over whether or not to have s’mores or brownies for dessert… so we compromised and the outcome was incredible!

AND I was able to make it dairy-free so that my little guy could enjoy them too!

Here’s what you’ll need:  Duncan Hines Chewy Brownie Mix, Chocolate Graham Crackers, Butter (I used Smart Balance Lite, vegan, for my little guy) and Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme.

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Make your crust ~ crush one bag (1/3 box) of graham crackers and mix with 1/4 cup softened butter 
  2. Prepare the mix ~ with eggs, oil and water as directed
  3. Layer ~ place thick layer of your graham cracker crust in a 8×8″ pan and top with brownie mix
  4. Bake ~ according to box instructions
  5. Serve ~ with a dollup of marshmallow creme

And with summer, BBQs and tons of outdoor fun just around the corner, why not make them brownie bites! They’re easy to serve, easy for guests to manage while mingling and the perfect portion size.

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peanut butter pretzel m&m bars

I’m ending the week with my Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pretzel M&M Bars! They are A-MAZ-ING!

The Pretzel M&Ms are fabulous on their own, but I wanted to make treats for the family so this is what I came up with. And they are YUMMO! Trust me.

You’ll need all your normal Rice Krispies Treats ingredients (marshmallows, butter, Rice Krispies) plus peanut butter and Pretzel M&Ms.

  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • 6 cups KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • cup Pretzel M&Ms

Instructions:

  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
  2. Add peanut butter, allow to melt and remove from heat.
  3. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.
  4. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press 1/2 of the mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Pretzel M&Ms. Layer other half of mixture and top with more Pretzel M&Ms.
  5. Allow to cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Enjoy! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY nautical party cake

I’m so excited this morning to share the first of many easy birthday party cakes decorated with printables designs! I created my first one for my youngest son’s pirate party this past summer (coming in a post soon) and have been thinking up ideas ever since. And just this past week I finally stopped long enough to grab my camera and photograph a few.

This cake is perfect for a nautical inspired baby shower or birthday party and a cake printable party set (as you see here and with the option to have personalized) is available in the shoppe along with the rest of my Little Sailor printable party collection, including invitations, thank you notes, beverage wrappers, cupcake wrappers, dessert tags, banners and more, later today! 

Not a great baker?! No matter. Just visit your local bake shop or grocery store and order up a two layer flat iced buttercream or whipped frosting cake. I picked this one up at Kroger for $14. 

Here’s how you get started. The set comes with both anchor and whale rounds (I suggest using a 2 1/2″ circle punch, available at any craft store) and a sheet of red and white stripe paper.

You’ll also want white lollipop sticks (cut in half), a thin dowel (available in packs of 20 at your craft store for $2), a glue stick and your hot glue gun.

Plus, you’ll want some type of candy filler or edger to hide the base of the cake. I used bright red sixlets. And this cake plate, is the medium square cake plate from the Martha Stewart line at Macy’s.

And here’s how you assemble your printable cake designs.

Port holes for cake sides:

  1. Punch out the whale and anchor rounds
  2. Place a small dot of hot glue on the end of one lollipop stick and attach the whale round to the end, like a flat umbrella, repeat six times

Sailboat mast:

  1. Cut out a mast from the pattern sheet (cut out a rectangle with a straight edge paper trimmer and then using scissors, cut a  slight curve in at the sides)
  2. Cut out a flag (long rectangle, 3/4″ x 5″)
  3. Place glue (glue stick works best) on the back side of your flag and fold it around the top of the dowel starting with the stick at the center of the paper. Sure up your edges the best you can and then trim off any small pieces of white and trim out a triangle on the tip.
  4. Place one dot of hot glue on the dowel where you want the bottom of your mast. Insert the center portion of the paper, holding it straight up, not flat. Allow it to dry for 8-10 seconds. Repeat at the top allowing the paper to bow out as if the wind is blowing.
  5. Add a dot of hot glue to the center of the mast and apply a anchor round.

It’s one of the easiest cakes I ever decorated, especially since I didn’t have to bake or ice! Hop over the shoppe to see my entire Little Sailor printable party collection, including the cake printable set later today! Want to see a few more of my easy to decorate birthday cakes? Visit my post for an art birthday party and dessert table and bugs & butterfly birthday cake with many more to come!

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easy no-bake bumble bee cookies

For my most recent article with Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com, I created these bumble bee cookies along with an easy to decorate bugs and butterflies cake and favor idea that will have all your guests buzzing!

Hop over to Snackpicks for all the how to details on how to make these simple no-bake cookies, perfect for Spring.

And hop over to my shoppe to see more of my bugs & butterflies printable birthday party collection

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Easter bunny treats

I had the best weekend. I just relaxed, spent time with family and friends and played with a few new recipes. It was perfect. And this little treat was one of the fun things I worked on.

By the way, are you on Instagram?! I just got on and I’m admittedly a bit addicted. It’s a great way for me to share with you what I’ve got working, while I’m working on it! If you’re on, I’d love to connect with you! You can find me at @thecelebrationshoppe   

Okay, back to these goodies. Easter is only a few short weeks away and I’m so so so ready for Spring, so this weekend I started planning.

I ran to Kroger and grabbed some Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, toothpicks, Pillsbury icing and green crepe paper. I even picked up the sweet little platter and bowl I used to style the shot! You’ll also need a bit of tape and orange food coloring.

So here’s what you do. Cut a Treat cross-ways creating two triangles/carrots. If one side of your triangle has a sharp edge, just mold it down with your finger.

Next, tint your icing orange. I use gel food coloring; it’s less watery. Once you have your icing the color you want, melt it in eight second intervals. You want it soft, but not hot. It needs to run, but not drip. I melted a cup of icing for my treats in three, eight second, intervals and it was perfect. (NOTE: Depending on how many you make and how quickly you move, you might have to rewarm your icing as you go.)

To cover your carrots, dip if your icing is deep enough. Mine wasn’t so I used a spoon to quickly cover the entire Treat. Then I added ridges with a toothpick before the icing dried.

While your treats are drying, make your carrot tops. Take a 10″ strip of green crepe paper and fold it in half twice (four layers).

Cut a fringe to the half way point and roll the crepe around a toothpick making a cylinder. Once wrapped, insert a small piece of folded tape inside the last fold to close. Remove the crepe from the toothpick and trim off a 1/3″.

 Here’s what you’ll have, perfect little carrot tops.

These would be perfect placesettings for Easter dinner. I filled the little bowls with dirt… aka the new Keebler Dark Chocolate Stripe Cookies! YUM!  

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

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bugs & butterfly birthday cake

For my most recent post with Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com, I created an easy to decorate bugs & butterfly birthday cake, bumble bee cookies and a colorful favor idea that will have all your guests buzzing!

Hop over to Snackpicks for all the how to details, tips on applying your decorations and lots of photos!

And hop over to my shoppe to see more of my bugs & butterflies printable birthday party collection!

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

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