easy brownie bite kisses recipe

Brownie Recipe

For our Mother’s Day brunch yesterday I made this simple brownie recipe. I call them Brownie Bite Kisses! Ya know, Mother’s Day and kisses! {grin}

They were so yummy and couldn’t have been easier to make with my favorite brownie mix from Duncan Hines, the chewy fudge mix!

Those of you who know about my kiddos know that my youngest has food allergies and sometimes it’s really challenging to make anything “quick.” Thanks to Duncan Hines there are several dairy-free, nut-free and egg-free cake and brownie recipes that I can grab off the shelf and then just add my favorite ingredients to.

Brownie Recipe

For this simple brownie recipe, you’ll need:

And for the easy steps:

  • Prepare the batter
  • Bake them in mini cupcake cups (fill 3/4 way)
  • Spoon Marshmallow Crème into a resealable bag, trim off a corner, pipe a small dollup of crème. My best advise, no larger than a dime. The crème will expand and will drip if you pipe too much
  • Allow the creme to expand and then top with a Hershey’s Kiss
  • Tip for Food Allergy Sufferers ~ For my little guy I used his dairy-free chocolate drops (you can find them at Trader Joe’s or Divvies, both brands are fabulous!)

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

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easy meringue recipe

easy meringue recipe

It’s Deanna from Mirabelle Creations and I’m so excited to share this fun spring dessert – Strawberry Meringue Roses.  I’m a lifelong Kentucky gal, so one of my favorite days of the year is the first Saturday in May – Derby Day!  The Kentucky Derby is also known as the Run for the Roses.  

This easy, delicious, Strawberry Meringue Roses recipe is the perfect dessert for a Run for the Roses celebration. 

So, whether you are hosting full blown Derby bash (download free Derby Party Printable Supplies) or will be watching the race with family at home, you can whip up a batch of these little meringue roses to nosh on while rooting for your favorite horse. 

Don’t worry if you don’t have Derby plans.  These little meringues would be great for any sweet spring tea or brunch too.  They would look beautiful served for a Mother’s Day brunch, as well!   

Strawberry Meringue Roses recipe (adapted from Food Network)

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons seedless strawberry preserves 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 2 drops red or pink food coloring (optional)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 215 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  (Do not skip this or your meringues will stick to baking sheet).

Beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, preserves, extract and food coloring until frothy.  With mixer running, slowly add powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks have formed. 

Fit pastry bag with a large star tip.  Fill pastry bag with mixture.   Pipe round roses on lined baking sheet by piping 2 inch spirals starting from the center and rotating outwards. 

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Turn off oven and open door.  Let meringues dry in the oven for about 10-12 minutes.   Remove from oven and let cool.  

easy meringue recipe

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decorating your home: DIY wreath idea

Decorating Your Home

Good morning! Remember a few weeks ago I made a wreath for a blue and gray Mother’s Day brunch I was working on? Well, I’m always decorating and redecorating my home for the seasons so I updated the wreath to yellow and gray chevron for my kitchen!

LOVE that sunny pop of yellow in the morning! Perfect for spring and summer… especially after a cloudy winter here in Ohio. {wink}

This is a super simple wreath to make. You’ll just need varying sizes of Styrofoam balls, at least two of your favorite coordinating fabrics, stick pins, embroidery thread and a grapevine wreath.

Decorating Your Home

How to details are available in my latest contributing post over on Red Barn. And for more home ideas, follow my Home DIY to Try board, House and Home Inspiration board or Creative Kids Rooms board on Pinterest.

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mother’s day brunch placesetting

Mothers Day Brunch

I’m absolutely giddy for Spring. I’m an early riser so I tend to see the sun come up each morning and this time of year that means I also get to hear the birds chirp the day in. It’s my favorite time of day to just think and be creative.

And those little chirps led me to this Mother’s Day brunch, sweet baby shower, or even Spring party placesetting idea.

I picked up these lovely new Easter dishes from Target. I love how girly they are. I’m the only girl in a house of four so sometimes it needs to be a bit about me. {grin}

The malted milk ball candy eggs make this party placesetting perfect for a baby shower…

Mothers Day Brunch

but I chose to craft little baby birds for a Mothers Day brunch. I just thought how sweet to be able to put the number of babies in the nest that each guest has!

As you can see, I have two little birdies in my nest! {proud momma smile}

How to make a paper blue bird

So here’s how you make these sweet paper bluebirds. You’ll need:

  • Blue cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors, small and sharp is best
  • Hot glue
  • Stick glue
  • Optional: Sharpie if you’d like to add eyes

How to make a paper blue bird

And here are the easy steps:

  1. For the mother blue bird, trim strips of scrapbook paper in 2″ (body) and 1 3/4″ (head) strips
  2. Curl the paper slightly by running it through your fingers. If you don’t the paper will crease.
  3. Determine your body circle size (based on your nest and plate) and hot glue the ends together trimming off any excess. Repeat for the head, making it slightly smaller.
  4. Trim an oval out of the yellow scrapbook paper, then trim down the sides to a beak shape.
  5. Attach the beak with glue, not hot glue or it might show.
  6. Perch the bird on the nest with a small dot of hot glue and hold 5 seconds until it sets.

Note: Baby birds strips should be 1″ and 3/4″.

Mothers Day Brunch

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