Watermelon Lemonade for Cinco De Mayo

With Cinco De Mayo only a few short weeks away I’m already testing drink recipes and planning snacks. This watermelon lemonade drink recipe is perfect for the kiddos (or you could spike it and make it a margarita!).

Watermelon Lemonade for Cinco De Mayo | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Ingredients

  • 8 cups seedless watermelon (will take most of a five pound watermelon), cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • garnish – watermelon cubes or small cookie cutter flowers (like me) plus lemon wheels

Yields 8 Servings

Directions

  1. Blend watermelon and lemon juice in food processor or blender until smooth. Strain the mixture through a wire sieve to remove any seeds, pulp or foam.
  2. Transfer to a glass pitcher.
  3. Bring 3 1/2 cups water and sugar to boil in medium saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  4. Add mixture to pitcher with watermelon and lemon juice.
  5. Refrigerate until cold.

Adapted from AllRecipes.com

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

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Easy Carrot Cake for Easter & Garden Parties

Easter is only a few days away and how better to welcome the bunny than with carrot cake!

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If you’re a great baker, make your mom’s carrot cake recipe and flat ice it with a rich buttercream frosting . . . if you’re not a great baker, no worries. This cake idea is still for you! Just order your flat iced carrot cake from your local grocer or bakery.

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You can keep it simple like the top two carrot cake images, or you can create a cake topper!

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You can even embellish carrot cake cupcakes. The Easter bunny will appreciate all of your carrot cake . . . no matter the size! {grin}

To embellish this easy carrot cake and these carrot cake cupcakes, you’ll need:

  • Orange and green (this one is glitter) cardstock
  • Sharp scissors (dull ones will tear your paper and make your cut choppy)
  • Lollipop sticks (available in the baking section of your local craft store)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Orange and white sixlet candies (available at your local candy store)
  • Tip: Use a cake stand with a small lip so that the candies don’t roll

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To make the carrot decorations for your cake and cupcakes:

  1. Cut out the carrots. For the small cupcake carrots and side of cake carrots, think snowman, three bumps. Once you have one you like, use it as a template so your carrots are all the same size. For the larger carrots for the top of the cake, cut five bumps.
  2. For the carrot leaves, cut out a lopsided heart.
  3. Attach the leaves to the carrots.
  4. Attach the carrots to lollipop sticks. For the side of the cake, cut the lollipop stick in half and hot glue the flat end to the back of the carrot. For the top of the cake and cupcakes, glue the lollipop stick to the back of the carrot.
  5. Insert the lollipop sticks into your cake and cupcakes.

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

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Easy Easter Bunny Bottoms – A Cinnamon Roll Treat

My favorite fun food ideas are those that are spontaneous when I’m just trying to make my kiddos happy. {grin} My Easter Bunny Bottom Cinnamon Roll Treat couldn’t get any easier!

Easy Easter Bunny Bottom - A Cinnamon Roll Treat | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Yep. You got it from the pictorial. The only difference in these and normal cinnamon rolls is cutting a mini marshmallow in half and adding it the center. Oh yeah… and the giggles you get when you ask your kids if they’d like another “Bunny Bottom.”

By the way, if you have a kiddo with dairy food allergies like I do, the Kroger brand is yummy and has no dairy!

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

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Blackberry Lemonade Recipe & Feature in Bird’s Party Magazine

Spring is here and I’m trading in my cup of hot cocoa for lemonade. For the most recent issue of Bird’s Party Magazine, I whipped up a Blackberry Lemonade and I’m sharing the recipe!

Blackberry Lemonade Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can browse the issue online or order a printed copy. It’s full of inspiring party ideas and talented party planners. You’ll love every page and I’ll appreciate you supporting my talented friends. {smile}

Kim Byers | Blackberry Lemonade Recipe in Birds Party Magazine

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Easy Butterfly Cupcakes

With spring here and Easter just around the corner, this weekend I whipped up some pretty and super easy butterfly cupcakes for the family.

Easy Butterfly Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Every year I plant lantanas in my front flower beds. When I was a child in Alabama my grandmother had a variety of lantanas all around her yard and lining her drive. They were beautiful AND they attracted butterflies! Little yellow and white butterflies… so dainty and fragile. I can’t wait for them to arrive this summer.

Easy Butterfly Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So in honor of spring I decided to make some simple butterfly cupcakes in five easy decorating steps: 

  1. Ice – coat cupcakes with white icing.
  2. Dip – dip and roll cupcake tops in yellow sugar, coating the cupcake all over.
  3. Wing it – add two yogurt or chocolate covered pretzels for the wings. These are lemon yogurt. YUM!
  4. Body – using pearl yellow sixlets, create a segmented body with four candies.
  5. Antennae- add two small chocolate sprinkles for the antennae. I prefer using tweezers so I don’t destroy the icing.

Tip: For perfect color on your cupcake wrappers, bake in white wrappers and once cooled set inside pattern or colored wrappers.

Easy Butterfly Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Plus, these pretty little cupcakes are perfect for my bugs, bees and butterflies party supplies that I shared on Friday.

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

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Easy Easter Bunny Cake + Free Printable Templates

We celebrate Easter for all the right reasons in my house, by giving thanks to the Lord for the gift of His son, but we still like to have a little “bunny” fun too. So today I’m sharing a fun and creative Easter Bunny cake idea that you can make in less than 10 minutes!

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Yep. This craft is quick. Run by the bakery and pick up a simple white flat iced cake, print my free bunny designs, cut and/or punch them out, put them on lollipop sticks and you’re a rockstar!

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Download your FREE EASTER BUNNY PRINTABLES now and hop {grin} over to my original post for all the step-by-step instructions and more pictures!

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

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How To Make Hand Apple Pies {Skinny Recipe}

Hand apple pies. The smell of cinnamon and sugar sautéing on the stove and pie crust browning in the oven. It makes me think of my grandmother’s kitchen in Alabama.

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

When I was a little girl she fried hand apple pies most every Sunday. They were crispy and amazing. And although I loved the yummy goodness of those pies, I prefer a little lighter recipe for my boys. Don’t worry, my southern roots won’t let me stray too far. I promise, with this recipe you’re not sacrificing the flavor. {grin}

Plus, with a little semi-homemade ingenuity, you can whip these up on a school night!

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Ingredients for filling:

  • 5 cups apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (I use a vegan butter so my little one can eat them too, plus it has less fat)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (reserve for sprinkling on tops)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (+ a smidge to sprinkle on tops)
  • 1 pkg chilled pie crust (my grandmother’s buttermilk recipe is amazing… I’ll share it next time… but for the sake of only 4 grams of fat per mini pie)
  • 2 tbsp. Mazola corn oil (cholesterol free and 0 trans fats)

Make:

Filling: Heat a skillet over medium-heat. Add the diced apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to the pan and stir. Cook until the butter is melted and the apples are soft, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to make them mushy or to burn them and lose all the juice. Remove from the heat, and transfer the apple filling to a mixing bowl to cool. Set aside and let come to room temperature.

Pies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Remove dough disks from the refrigerator (work with one at a time to keep your dough chilled and in shape). Using a 3-inch-diameter cookie cutter or saucer, cut out six circles. Re-roll the dough as necessary to achieve all 12. Dough should be 1/8 thick.
  3. Lay the pastry circles on one of the sheet pans and top with half of the apple mixture, being sure to reserve as much of the apple liquid as possible. Adding too much liquid to the pies will get messy, quickly.
  4. Brush another round with Mazola oil. Using the back of a fork, gently press down to create a fluted seal along the edge. (Note: If not sticking well, put a little more Mazola along the inside of the seam to help it seal. You don’t want those yummy apples to escape.
  5. Sprinkle tops of mini hand pies with granulated sugar and a pinch of cinnamon rubbed between your hands to give it a light dusting. shaped slit in the top of each pie.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes (depending on your oven), until the pies are golden brown and cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.

I like to serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla yogurt. {wink}

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You can find more amazing and heart healthy recipes on Mazola.com. A new study shows Mazola Corn Oil lowers cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil! Wow! Try it today for sautéing, stir frying and baking. I’m actually making parmesan encrusted zucchini fries for the kids this weekend. Can’t wait!!

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

Compensation was provided by Mazola via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mazola.

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Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe {Easy Semi-Homemade Sweet}

This simple semi-homemade sweet is super easy to make and tastes just like the family favorite cookie: Snickerdoodle! Sometimes the simple flavors from our childhood are the best.

Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make snickerdoodle cupcakes*, you’ll need: 
  • 1 package white cake mix (I use Duncan Hines for dairy-free)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk (I use vanilla soy for dairy-free)
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of butter, melted (I use Smart Balance Light for dairy-free)
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, plus 1/2 teaspoon for dusting
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for dusting

*Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Baking instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together cake mix and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
  3. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, and beating until combined after each.
  4. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 way full and bake for 14 to 18 minutes depending on your oven.
  5. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

For the frosting, I used Martha’s 7-minute frosting recipe and dusted them with sugar and and ground cinnamon.

Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

As always, I hope you craft, bake, create and celebrate! Enjoy!

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How To Pipe Petal Cupcakes

I love the trend of petal cakes. They’re beautiful and so simple to replicate. So for one of my five projects with JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores for their Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook, I share how to pipe petal icing cupcakes.

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Visit my post with JoAnn for all the easy how to details and a list of supplies.

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Have you  flipped through the pages of the Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook? Well, wait no more! {grin}

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

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Basic French Macarons Recipe with Martha

Have you seen these amazing trendy treats? The French macaron has taken the party world by storm and some have even called it the “next” cupcake because it’s become so popular. {grin}

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Have you ever wondered how to make them yourself? Picking them up at your favorite bakery can run a little pricy, but with the amazing recipe in the March 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine (available on newsstands and for iPad now), you can whip them up for just $.20 each!

French Macarons Basic Recipe via Martha Stewart

Hop over to Martha Stewart, grab the recipe and make a batch of French macarons for your next party! 

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

Photo credit: Linda Pugliese and Martha Stewart Living.

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