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Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

The perfect Easter sweet!

Easter Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Easter is right around the corner and I am getting excited! Things I love most about this holiday are the spring colors, candy, cute animals, and secret gifts. This year, in addition to leaving behind the traditional dyed eggs, our Easter Bunny is planning to leave individually packaged carrot cupcakes for my family and neighbors! Carrot cake is a flavor I often overlook, but love. This was my first time baking carrot cake from scratch and I chose this recipe from Averie Cooks as my … [Read more...]

Easter Bunny Tails

A cute DIY Easter gift or favor idea.

Easter Bunny Tails

Looking for a cute Easter treat that's a bit different than chocolate eggs? These favour bags make for a fun gift to give after the hunt, or perhaps they can be used for the hunt! Send marshmallow-loving families home from Easter brunch with a bag of bunny tails "collected from your garden." Use a white tin-tie bag with a window to show off the collection. Add an Easter themed tag with a poem or message to your guests: The Easter Bunny has been working hard, Delivering Eggs in … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Easter Favor: Peep Skewers

A simple Easter gift idea using Peeps!

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Spring is here and Easter is right around the corner! I love coming up with simple, fun ways to celebrate the season and this year I decided to make these colorful Peep Skewers to give to my friends and family. I absolutely LOVE bright colors and making these candy favors was just what I needed to get me excited for spring. Peep Skewers Supplies: • Peeps® marshmallow candies (1 package of each color) • Bamboo skewers • Cellophane Bags • Ribbon • Custom favor tags from … [Read more...]

Sesame Seed Candies

A delicious homemade dessert recipe.

Sesame Seed Candy

In celebration of the freshness of spring, I’ve been on the lookout for a new kind of sweet treat recipe to share with everyone. The recipe I found on RadMegan.com provides the tools to make the sesame seed candies that you see everywhere in stores. This recipe is not only great for sesame seeds, but you can add all kinds of nuts and dried berries as well. A truly fresh breakaway from my (tried and true) base cookie recipe; this recipe is so easy, you can start 15 minutes before a dinner … [Read more...]

Lemon Pudding Cakes in a Jar

The perfect dessert for your next spring party!

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I made these lemon pudding cakes a few months ago and was surprised at how utterly scrumptious they were. These lemony delights are similar to a molten lava cake, but they're made with lemon instead of chocolate. It's such a perfect combination of creamy pudding mixed with cake and a crunchy sugar topping. The only challenge now was how to bring this hot dish to a dinner party without needing to bake it there. I swapped out ramekins for wide-mouth canning jars and the solution was simple! … [Read more...]

Homemade Jello Cookies

A colorful dessert recipe!

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I don’t know why it never occurred to me before: a dessert mix that is already super flavorful and colorful? Of course it would make for a wonderful cookie base. While perusing recipes on various blogs, I came across this recipe on The Farm Girl Recipes, and I was awakened to a whole new perspective on this spring and summer dessert favorite. Jello Cookies Adapted from TheFarmGirlRecipes.blogspot.com 3 cups all-purpose flower 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 ½ cups salted butter, … [Read more...]

Rainbows and Gold Gift bags

A cute and simple DIY St. Patrick's Day gift idea for kids.

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St. Patricks Day is highly celebrated in my family because we have a heritage rich with Irish blood. Every year I teach my kids about Irish pride, and they always enjoy the special treats I make just for them. Treats like these Rainbows and Gold gift bags. How to Make: This project is as easy as it gets. I picked up a bag of rainbow Twizzlers, and a bag of Rolo chocolates at the store, and packaged them in Evermines's cello bags (medium size). First you throw a few Rolos in the … [Read more...]

Lucky Charm Treat Bags with a Shamrock Bow

The perfect gift idea for St. Patrick's Day!

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As a kid I used to have Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, and Lucky Charms cereal for Saturday morning breakfast. I would wake up early in the morning, pad down to the kitchen in my footed pajamas, and grab the bowl full of kiddie catnip that was set in the fridge beside the milk. I was then all set to watch weekend morning cartoons while my parents had a well-deserved sleep in. Things have changed a little. I no longer have time to watch cartoons and I certainly don't want to get up early. … [Read more...]

Guinness Beer Floats

Indulge in this delicious treat for St. Patrick's Day!

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St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays, so to celebrate the day properly, my husband and I will be hosting a dinner party at our house with all the traditional St. Patrick's Day foods we can muster: corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and, of course, a simple St. Patrick's day-themed dessert: Guinness Beer Floats. The combination of beer and ice cream may seem strange at first, but I assure you it's delicious enough that even your non-beer-loving friends may find … [Read more...]

Cardamom & Pistachio Biscotti

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When moving to Florida in the Fall of 2009, I donated all of my coats, and cast away nearly all of my long-sleeved cozies. I never imagined I would experience a chill again. For the first time, Winter of 2014 (because as it happens, Winter doesn’t truly occur until after the first of the year), I’ve pined for my years of wonderfully warm layers— I’ve acclimated, as they say. I’ve been playing with different steamy drinks and baked morsels to liven each cup! I wanted to share a favorite … [Read more...]