We had a cupcake decorating playdate last week in which the kids could decorate their own cupcakes. Boy did they have fun.
I let the kids use these small Pampered Chef icing decorators and they were perfect for their little hands plus the icing only comes out of the decorating tip. With an icing bag, one end is open (you twist it or fold it as you ice) and icing would be everywhere with these little munchkins.
We put all kinds of sprinkles and candies out for the kids. I love this divided glass platter. Each section is a separate dish that lifts out. My husband actually found this at a thrift store and it is one of my favorite things.
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This is a few days late in posting, but I wanted to share anyway. My son needed a Valentine card box for a birthday party with his picture on it. I gave my husband an empty tissue box and asked him if he could come up with something. He created this great rocket ship Valentine Card Box. Great job Honey! We didn't spend a cent - we recycled materials we already had and our son had a cute Valentine card box. In fact, I think it's so cute, I couldn't throw it away. I stored it away for later. If I ever decide to pitch the box, I will keep the picture rocket ship for scrap-booking.
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Watermelon Cookies - I entered this recipe in the My Wooden Spoon Food Challenge - see the link below
¾ cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp. almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
red and green gel food coloring
1/3 cup raisins
1 tsp. sesame seeds
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. (I used my electric mixer to make dough.) Set aside 1 cup of dough.
2. Tint remaining dough red; shape into a 3 ½ in. log. Wrap in plastic wrap. Tint 1/3 cup of the reserved dough green; wrap in plastic wrap. Wrap remaining plain dough. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll plain dough into an 8 ½ in. X 3 ½ in. Rectangle. Place red dough log on the end of a short side of the rectangle; roll up. Roll green dough into a 10 in. X 3 ½ in. rectangle. (Don’t worry about exact measurements, just roll until it looks like it will cover the dough log.) Place red and white log on the end of a short side on green dough; roll up. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
4. Unwrap and cut into 3/16-in. slices (just less than ¼ in.). Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Cut raisins into small pieces. Lightly press raisin bits and sesame seeds into red dough to resemble watermelon seeds. (I omitted the sesame seeds.)
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 -11 minutes or until firm. Immediately cut cookies in half. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield 3 doz. (I double the recipe)
This recipe came from a Taste of Home Summer Grilling cookbook - one of my favorites! They have a wonderful delicate almond flavor. I left the sesame seeds out when I made these so they are an optional ingredient.
I am entering this recipe in the My Wooden Spoon Food Challenge for February. http://mywoodenspoon.com/february-food-challenge/
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This is one of our favorite Go-to meals when we have nothing planned and need to get dinner on the table fast.
Simply make canned tomato soup with milk instead of water and add drained canned butter beans. You can add freshly ground pepper. We like to serve with grilled cheese sandwiches. Another one of our favorite Go-to meals is bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. In fact the other night, we just had big salads topped with crumbled bacon and tomatoes. So quick and easy and so delicious!