Raspberry Acai Pineapple Cockail for Girls’ Night In

Summer is almost here and that means more gatherings with my girl friends. And since we all have kids, that is often a girls’ night in. But no worries… with my Raspberry Acai Pineapple cocktails in hand and good conversation, we won’t even mind when the kids squirt us with water guns. {grin}

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These are amazing! And what’s best, if you have a few friends who are watching the calories or pregnant, they can still enjoy this recipe as a mocktail.

Cocktails and Mocktails with Trop50 | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Here’s the super simple recipe:

  • 2/3 Trop50’s Raspberry Acai
  • 1/3 Champaign (or Gingerale)
  • 1 scoop pineapple sorbet (fat free if you like!) per glass

In addition to amazing drink recipes, you can doll up your stemware (and make your besties feel special) with a little bling. I’ll be sharing more about these simple but fun drink stirrers and labels in my next post! Hosting your own party this summer, love acai and want more yummy recipes? Join us on Pinterest for our Girls’ Night In Board and  browse Inspiring Ideas for a Girls’ Night In” Trop50 Foodie Collection on Foodie! You’ll find a fun recipe for everyone in your group!

Trop 50 Recipes

Trop50 has the great taste and goodness you expect from Tropicana, but with 50% less sugar and calories and no artificial sweeteners. And guess what… my kiddos LOVE it. They didn’t even notice a difference. That tells you Tropicana has kept all the flavor!


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

Compensation was provided by Trop50 via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Trop50.

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Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls

My mom first made Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls when I was about eight years old and they’ve graced all of our holiday parties ever since. I warn you… they are addicting.

Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls | recipe by Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Make Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls for your family!

You’ll need: 

This is a no-bake recipe and here are the super simple steps:

  1. Mix sugar and Karo well in a saucepan and place over low heat until sugar melts into Karo and no longer grainy.
  2. Raise mixture to a rolling boil for one minute. (Be very careful not to burn the mixture. It will likely spindle when it’s ready.)
  3. Remove from heat and quickly add vanilla and peanut butter. Still into boiling mixture and quickly add Corn Flakes stirring constantly.
  4. Spoon into buttered pan for squares or allow to cool a few minutes, coat your hands in butter and roll.

NOTE: They will harden into a brittle like candy, but can easily be made soft again by heating for 5-7 seconds in the microwave.

Yields 20 medium balls.

I hope you’ll give them a try. For more cookie recipes, visit me at Snackpicks or follow me on Pinterest and browse my Foodie {Cookies} Board.

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

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Easy Father’s Day Cupcake Ideas

Father’s Day is just around the corner and Dad deserves something sweet don’ t you think? Cupcakes are my treat of choice. {wink}

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Make my Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakeseasy tutorial

Make my Father’s Day gone fishing cupcakeseasy tutorial

Want more cupcake, craft and creative ideas for Father’s Day? Join me on pinterest and follow my Father’s Day Board.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with Almond Butter

Do you love no bake cookies? They are a family tradition for us, but since my youngest was born with food allergies we’ve not really been able to enjoy them. Then he outgrew his allergy to almonds. Not peanuts yet, but the almonds are now okay. Yay!

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies with Almond Butter | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

These are ooey-gooey and amazing. My oldest who has always enjoyed the original no bake recipe loves these! And for those of you who read me often, you know my son has dairy allergies too. Well this recipe is dairy-free as well. You can easily use “cow” butter and milk if you like, just substitute my soy milk and Smart Balance butter.

Make a batch for your family! You’ll need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons Smart Balance (for dairy-free, make sure it’s the blue lid and says “vegan” on the side)
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla flavoring
  • 2 cups Quaker Quick Oats (not old fashioned!)

Yields: 14 cookies

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Mix sugar and cocoa until well blended and all lumps are removed.
  2. Fold in milk until dry ingredients are moist.
  3. Over low heat, allow butter to melt. Increase heat and bring to a rolling boil for one minute.
  4. Add almond butter and vanilla. Blend until smooth (move quickly so that mixture is still hot enough to cook oats).
  5. Fold in oatmeal and drop on wax paper or into greased square pan.

I hope your family enjoys these as much as mine do. My little one, with food allergies, was so excited to share this special treat with the family. It just makes my heart sing for him to feel included.

Want more cookie recipes? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Foodie {Cookies} Board!

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

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Cherry Pie Fries With Cherry Filling Dipping Sauce

Love pie? Want a fun way to serve pie?! Hand pies are darling of oh so easy. Now think smaller. What about pie fries?! Mmm! These will be perfect for Memorial Day celebrations. {grin}

Cherry Pie Fries

Don’t you just love how cute they are? The talented Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers is sharing the simple recipe with us today!

Ingredients:

  • Pie Crust Dough
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil and grease with Pam.
  2. Slice dough into strips about 1/2 an inch wide and 2 inches long.
  3. Arrange fries onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.

Serve with cherry pie filling and in small fruit baskets to complete the look. I’ve seen these baskets at farmer’s markets, the grocery store and World Market.

You can find more of Andrea on her social media channels:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/elegantaffairscaterers

Twitter - https://twitter.com/elegantaffairs1

Twitter - http://instagram.com/elegantaffairs1

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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

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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!

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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

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

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Join The Celebration Shoppe on facebook, sign-up for the daily ideas to come right to your inbox (never miss an idea, giveaway or free printable!), connect with Kim on twitter, pinterest and on instagram. And don’t forget to shop the party store for birthday, baby shower and holiday party supplies. Oh, and now you can follow the blog with Bloglovin too! Hope to see you around!

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