Friday, April 18, 2014

Peep pudding cups

The last week has been crazy! I had that horrible thing called jury duty for about a day and a half, it paid a whole $15, and then my baby got sick. Like really sick, scared the life out of us sick! But she is all better I have my check for $15 and this weekend is Easter!!!! Do you guys go all out for it or is it just another day in your house? This is my little girls second Easter, last year she was only 3 months old so we didn't really do anything. This year she got to go to a little Easter party do an egg hunt and the Easter bunny has special gift for her!!

To her first Easter party I decided I wanted to change things up for myself. I always bring cupcakes because I love making them but I needed something a little less time consuming this time around. These cute little pudding cups are a great treat for kids of all ages! I know a few kids who only like the icing on cupcakes and so they can have this a cake less treat!

What you need
2 of the large sized vanilla pudding mixes
cool whip
clear plastic cups
food coloring

What you do
Prepare the pudding as directed on the boxes. Seperate the prepared pudding into 3 equal amounts and color each one a different color. In the clear plastic cups you are going to layer pudding, Coolwhip, pudding, Coolwhip, pudding, Coolwhip, alternating colors of the pudding. I found the easiest and cleanest way to do this was by using a piping bag. Once all cups are filled (you will get 10-12 depending on cup size and amount of pudding used per layer) use some sprinkles on your topped Coolwhip and add a peep.

Cute and easy, oh and tasty!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring and Easter link party

It's time for another link party and we thought it would be fun to have an Easter ~ Spring themed one so we not only get holiday ideas but ideas for the season too.
Crafts, Cakes, and Cakes                                   Michelle's Tasty Creations
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    Hot Eats and Cool Reads                                  MorningNooNight
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Here's what your hostesses have been up to lately
starting with the top left we have ~ 

Lemon & Asparagus Orzo Salad from: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Springtime Spritz Cookies from: Crafts, Cakes, and Cats
Easter Cupcakes from: Michelle's Tasty Creations
Lemon Brownies from: MorningNooNight
Easter Basket Cookie Bars from: Michelle's Tasty Creations
Simple Lemony Asparagus from: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
M & M Sugar Cookie Bars from: Michelle's Tasty Creations
Fresh Strawberry Bread with Strawberry Cream Cheese Glaze from: MorningNooNight
Strawberry Cream Puffs from: Crafts, Cakes, and Cats
Meyer Lemon Crumb Muffins from: MorningNooNight
Trying to Fly with the Butterflies Cupcakes from: Crafts, Cakes, and Cats
Bacon & Asparagus Breakfast Pizza from: Hot Eats and Cool Reads

~A few things to remember~

Please only link up Easter/Spring  recipes, crafts, DIY, tutorials, printables, etc. that YOU have created.
Please don't link up any Etsy shops, giveaways, or other link parties.
By linking to this party you give us permission to share your post on our blogs and other social media.
Please share this party by linking back to us in your post or by adding this party to your party page.

Be sure to stop by and visit a few of the other blogs that have posted; we all love to see sweet comments.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

spring time spritz cookies

It seems to me we all only remember to bring out the handy dandy cookie press at Christmas. Now they make cute Christmas cookies but what about some spring time Easter cookies? These simple cookies can be brought up a notch by simply adding some food coloring and making them pretty colors!! I followed Wilton's spritz cookie recipe with one small change, I didn't add almond extract. 

These are yummy little sugar cookies that are easy to pop in your mouth and be on your way. They also happen to be the perfect size and softness for my 15 month old!! She is loving having these special little treats around I had to hide them in the pantry so she couldn't see them during dinner!

What you need
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla ( wilton calls for 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract)

cookie press and disks

What you do
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a one bowl mix your flour and baking powder and set aside. In your stand mixer beat together the butter and sugar, add in the egg milk and vanilla mixing well. Slowly add in the flour until well incorporated. 
At this point if you wish to add color seperate the dough into equal parts for each color wanted. I picked five colors and used food coloring gel. Have fun you can mix colors to get a color you don't have. 

Load your cookie press per its instructions. This is where you have a couple options you can load multiple colors and you will get a couple mixed colored cookies or you can load one color at a time and clean out the press between each color. I let mine mix I feel it gave the cookies a lot of character.

Press your cookies onto your cookie sheets.I used a disk that reminded me of flowers for spring.

Bake for 10-12 minutes and enjoy these bite size cookies! 

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