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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...]

Homemade Marionberry Jam

Switch out any berry you like for this delicious jam recipe.

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Meet Chelsia, our newest blog contributor! Chels is a native Oregonian who dreams of living with all four seasons in Central Oregon. She's a wife and stay at home mom to her three vivacious kiddos whom she home schools. When she's not schooling or chasing after her munchkins, she enjoys reading, bubble baths, and finding clothing/kitchen treasure at thrift stores. But more than all of that, she finds refuge in her kitchen where she and her husband can be found cooking and baking up a storm for … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Easter Favor: Peep Skewers

A simple Easter gift idea using Peeps!

Peep Skewers Tutorial

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...]

Easter Gift: Carrot Snack Bags

A simple tutorial for an Easter gift your kids will love.

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As Easter approaches, I find myself once again trying to come up with healthy alternatives to candy to fill the kids’ baskets. I try to limit the amount of sugar I give them, and holidays are no exception. I have seen many alternatives to this idea while browsing Pinterest, so I thought I would give it a try. What makes this treat bag unique is the type of bag that I used. You can purchase treat bags already shaped and colored to look like carrots and fill them with anything you'd … [Read more...]

Easter Gift Baskets

With DIY naturally dyed Easter eggs.

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Every Easter, images of gorgeous Easter eggs colored with vibrant natural dyes pop up all over the internet, and the results always look so fantastic that I decided to try it myself for my family’s Easter gathering. So, with the help of a few ingredients from the kitchen, I came up with three natural dye colors for my eggs, and I'm really happy with how they turned out. To make the natural dyes: RED This dark red coppery color is made using the outer skins of several red and yellow … [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...]

April Fools! “Doughnut Seeds”

A simple DIY gift idea for April Fools.

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My husband asked me to help him pick the perfect prank to play on his coworkers for April Fools this year - something appropriate for the office and not too mean - so I went searching and found the best idea at Spoonful.com: Doughnut Seeds! And while I love the idea of using a real seed packet, I wanted to find a way to show off the "seeds" so people would get the joke without having to open the package. That's why I chose cellophane bags (medium sized) for packaging, because you can see … [Read more...]

How-To: Creamed Honey

A simple trick for dealing with crystallized honey.

How-To: Creamed Honey

I love honey. It’s one of my go-to treats for a sweet tooth, and the first thing I’ll pour in my tea when I have a sore throat (or just because). I like it whether it’s raw and rich with enzymes, or pasteurized and packaged in a bear container. I even like the way it tastes and spreads over toast after it has crystallized as honey inevitably does after a few months on the shelf. Although I don’t mind the texture of crystallized honey, it can be a bit tricky to work with, so I often … [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...]