Spring Cupcake Designs – 6 easy spring and Easter cupcake designs


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Easter and spring cupcake designs

To celebrate spring (or the hope of spring soon?), I’m re-publishing my Spring Cupcakes designs, originally shared in 2013 . .

I’m not very good about decorating for holidays or going over the top with cutesy seasonal foods. But yesterday I had a wild hair and decided the kids and I should decorate cupcakes. I think it was the sunshine – it makes me do crazy things. I had fun getting creative with the kids trying to come up with fun easter cupcake designs for you. They are each 3 steps or less and EASY. We hope you enjoy them!

Step 1 – Your first step is make a batch of cupcakes. You can make them from scratch or make them from a box (like I did, there is only so much you can expect from a girl in one day).

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1.) Frost it with yellow frosting (I used vanilla frosting with couple drops of food coloring)

2.) Dip in yellow coconut. To make colored coconut, put plain coconut in a Ziploc bag, add a couple drops of food coloring, close bag and mix it around until color coats coconut.

3.) Add two eyes. You can use dark colored candies, chocolate chips or I used frosting. Then add a beak. I used a Reeses Pieces.

I actually got this idea from my Parade magazine.

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Seahawks Party Food – Seahawks Salad with Blueberries


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Like Watergate salad? Well that’s basically what this is – but I added blueberries because you can’t have the green without the blue! And I think it’s the perfect complement to the pineapple and pistachio flavor. My KIDS love this and I hope you do too.

Recipe from the Jell- Pistachio pudding box.

INGREDIENTS

1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, in juice, undrained

1 package (3.4 oz) JELL-O Pistachio flavor instant pudding

1.5 Cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping

1 Cup Jet-Puffed miniature marshmallows

1-2 Cups fresh blueberries

Optional: 1/2 Cup chopped pecans (I left them out)

Optional: Garnish with lime?

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Construction Cake – Kid’s Birthday Cake Idea


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Construction Cake – Kid’s Birthday Cake Idea

My friend Erika posted this Construction-themed Kid’s Birthday Cake on her Facebook wall and I was so impressed I had to share it with all of you!  She gave me permission to share a picture and she shared her tips for how she made it. She started her planning with the yellow and black  CAT Construction Equipment.

Basic instructions:

1.) Make two 10″ round cakes and two 8″ round cakes. Use food coloring to dye the cake mix yellow and black and swirl together. Bake the cakes per the instructions on the box and freeze them overnight. Erika found that freezing the cakes helped with the frosting and decorating.

2.) The next day, make TWO batches of homemade fluffy chocolate frosting – 1 stick of unsalted Butter, 3 Cups powdered sugar, 2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/3 cup milk, 2 tsp vanilla, and WHIP, WHIP, WHIP!

3.) For the the base of the cake cover a round piece of cardboard with aluminum foil. Start with one round 10″ cake, add a layer of frosting on top and sprinkle top with crushed Oreos then cover with the second round 10″ cake. Basically your stacking the cake – but putting a layer of frosting and Oreos in between!!

4.) For the top part of the cake, start with one round 8″ cake, add a layer of frosting on top and sprinkle layer with crushed Oreos then cover with second round 8″ cake. Just like you did with the bottom.

5.) Dig out a small crevice from top cake to make it appear like the diggers are. . .well digging. Frost rest of cake with the homemade fluffy chocolate frosting.

6.) For the number 2 (or whatever age is needed), print out a number 2 on your computer – as big as the cake. Then cut it out and place it on cake. Sprinkle crushed Oreos over  top of cake. Remove paper 2 when done – it should be Oreo-free like the photo.

7.) Using popsicle or sucker sticks and paper you can make signs to spell out a name. Erika used her Cricut to make the letters.

8.) Finish it off with Toystate CAT Mini Machine, 3″, 5-Pack (Amazon) pushing around yellow and brown Reese’s Pieces. Instead of piping (which can be tricky) – bead frosting around the bottom edge and top with Whoppers for a decorative edge!

What do you think? Isn’t it cool? What other ideas do you have things you can put on the construction cake?

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This cake reminds me of these Choco-Rock cupcakes with worm and dirt that I posted back in April of 2012!

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18 Homemade Popsicle Recipes


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Homemade Popsicle Recipes

Although we can often find great sales on popsicles, nothing beats the taste of homemade popsicles! Here is a round-up of 18 homemade popsicle recipes.

Boston Cream Pie Popsicles from Something Swanky

Coke Float Popsicles from A Night Owl on Lil’ Luna

Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Ice Pops from The Slow Roasted Italian

Cereal and Milk Popsicles from The Little Foodie

Rainbow Pudding Pops from Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Fresh Strawberry Popsicles from The Frugal Girls

Strawberry Float Popsicles from Bombshell Bling

Peach Raspberry Pops from Food Done Light

Cherry Lemonade Jello Popsicles from Organizer By Day

Fourth of July Popsicles from Blissfully Domestic

Berry Yogurt Popsicles from Skinnytaste

Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles from Yummy Healthy Easy

Orange Creamsicles from Oven Love

Red White and Blue Ice Pops from Poofy Cheeks

Lemonade and Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles from Eat Good 4 Life

Watermelon Ice Pops from Eat Yourself Skinny

Jello Pudding Pops from No. 2 Pencil

Vanilla Mixed Berry Popsicles from Five Little Chefs

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Amazon has lots of popsicle-making products. This Norpro Ice Pop Maker has great reviews!

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And we have these Tovolo Star Pop Molds, Pink – Set of 6 and they are awesome!

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Looking for a book with popsicle recipes? People’s Pops: 55 Recipes for Ice Pops, Shave Ice, and Boozy Pops from Brooklyn’s Coolest Pop Shop has great reviews!

Do you have a favorite popsicle recipe? I’d love to hear about it!

Follow Queen Bee Coupons’s board Recipes ❋ Dessert on Pinterest.

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Strawberry Salad and Dessert Recipes


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Strawberry Salad and Dessert Recipes

It’s strawberry season and what better way to celebrate this delicious berry but with a round-up of Strawberry Salad and Strawberry dessert recipes! This list includes 20 strawberry salad and dessert recipes, plus 5 BONUS recipes from Queen Bee Coupons!

Strawberry Salads

Warm Strawberry Spinach Salad  from I Heart NapTime on Your HomeBased Mom

Strawberry Bacon Salad from Lil’ Luna

Mixed Baby Greens with Strawberries, Gorgonzola and Poppy Seed Dressing from Skinny Taste

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Honey Poppyseed Dressing from Lets Dish

Strawberry, Pistachio, Feta Cheese & Basil Salad from Cookin’ Canuck

Chicken Strawberry Salad with Avocado Poppy Seed Dressing from Garnish with Lemon

Strawberry Feta Salad from I Thee Cook

Quick and Easy Strawberry Chicken Salad from HoneyBear Lane

Summer Berry Spinach Salad from Foodiecrush

Strawberry Ricotta Salad from Little Leopard Book

Strawberry Desserts

Strawberry Pound Cake with Strawberry Glaze from Happy Food, Healthy Life

Strawberries & Cream Bars from Mandy’s Recipes Box

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies from Baked Perfection

Strawberry Salsa from Six Sister’s Stuff

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pudding Cups from Julie’s Eats and Treats

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies & Ice Cream Sandwiches from Buns In My Oven

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart from I Heart Eating

No-Churn Strawberry Fudge-Swirl Ice Cream from Just Putzing Around The Kitchen

White Chocolate Strawberry Mini Cheesecake from Eazy Peazy Mealz

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt from Simply Recipes

Plus FIVE bonus strawberry recipes from Queen Bee Coupons! 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe (one of my favorites!)

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Quinoa, Arugula, Strawberry, Goat Cheese, Pine Nut salad 

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How to dehydrate strawberries

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Grilled strawberries with balsamic vinegar and sugar recipe 

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Banana, strawberry, blueberry smoothie recipe

What are your favorite strawberry salads? What about your favorite strawberry desserts? Leave a comment let me know! 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe


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I’m re-sharing this recipe, originally posted last in 2013

Our sweet neighbor popped her head over the fence this week and said she had a bunch of rhubarb she just harvested. . .and would we like any? Well of course! We gave her a dozen fresh eggs from our flock and she gave us a bag full of fresh rhubarb. I love neighbors, bartering and spring. Ahhhh.

So last night my daughter and I made a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. It was perfect timing since the strawberries were very ripe and they needed some love. Some rhubarb love.

This recipe is thanks to the Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa – I can’t take any credit.

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Ingredients

4 Cups of fresh rhubarb, dice into 1 inch pieces

4 Cups fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, halfed

3/4 Cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 Cup orange juice – I used fresh squeezed since oranges have been such a good deal lately!

For the crisp on top

1 Cup flour

1/2 Cup light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Cup Quick Cooking Oats

12 Tablespoons (1.5 sticks) of cold butter, diced (recommend unsalted butter)

How to prepare

1.) Preheat oven to 300 degrees F

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2.) For the fruit filling, throw rhubarb, strawberries, 3/4 Cup granulated sugar and orange zest into a large bowl.

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Seahawks Party Food – Seahawks Rice Krispies Treats


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Seahawks Rice Krispies Treats

This recipe for Seahawks Rice Krispies Treats can be modified for any team you might be rooting for – but I think the blue and green is best. :)

INGREDIENTS

1/2 Cup plus 1 teaspoon butter

100 Jet-Puffed Marshamallows (big) or
10 Cups of Jet-Puffed Miniature Marshmallows (divided into 2 Cup increments)

Blue and green food coloring

15 Cups of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal (divided into 3 Cup increments)

INSTRUCTIONS

The original recipe calls for 5 layers, which I’m sure would look much cooler, but I simplified and did three layers. Because the food coloring covers the whole pan, I washed the pan before layers. I hate dishes, so that’s why you see three layers and not five. :) You do it how you like.

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