More Guac, Pumpkin?

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Since I love guacamole, I couldn’t resist adding this masterpiece to the menu. All you need are a few simple ingredients and this puking pumpkin could be making an appearance at your next Halloween party as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 small pumpkin
  • 1 tub of guacamole (to keep things really simple you can just buy already made guacamole from the store)

Instructions

  • Take a sharp knife and cut a jack o’lantern face of your choice on the pumpkin
  • Ensure that you leave a large opening for the mouth
  • Put the pumpkin on plate and dish out the guacamole making sure a little is placed right at the bottom of the mouth opening
  • Serve and watch the smiles come rolling in

And if there are any doctor’s at the party you can play a comedian like my husband and keep telling them, “Help! Help! This pumpkin looks terribly sick!”

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Sun’s Out Buns Out

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Nope, not talking about a streaking party here. Instead, we’re just going to stick to cupcakes this time around. Now that BBQ season is heating up, these hotdog cupcakes are the perfect dessert for your next event.

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1 pound cake
  • 12 red Starbursts
  • 1 yellow icing tube
  • 1 tub of chocolate frosting
  • 1 small container of rainbow sprinkles

Directions

  • To create the buns, cut the pound cake into 1 inch slices
  • Next cut those slices in half from top to bottom and then in half again across the middle to have four equal pieces
  • Then cut a small triangle out of top part of the pound cake to make room for the hotdog (you can just cut a thin slice to put them in, but it works better if you remove some of the pound cake to make room)
  • To make the hotdog, put the Starbursts in the microwave for 7 seconds each and then roll them into a ball and then into a long hotdog
  • Place the Starburst hotdogs into all the hotdog buns
  • Use the yellow icing tube to draw a thin squiggly line for mustard on all the hotdogs
  • Ice the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting
  • Add the rainbow sprinkles on top of the chocolate frosting
  • Then put the buns with the hotdogs on top of the frosted cupcakes

We’ll be frank, your guests will love these!

When It Snows, Bake Cupcakes!

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For those of you living in the NYC area, you are probably more than ready to put away your shovels and pull out your flip flops. We know we are! The one good thing about snowy weather is that you’re locked inside with lots of time to bake. Looking for a perfect snowy weather treat to make for the next storm? Look no further than these adorable snowman cupcakes!

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 30 mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tub of vanilla frosting
  • 12 Starbursts
  • 1 graham cracker

Directions

  • Ice all 12 cupcakes with vanilla frosting
  • Place a Starburst in the microwave for 6 seconds
  • Pull off a tiny piece of the Starburst and roll it into a ball
  • Form the rest of the Starburst into a flat half of a circle
  • Take a knife to press in a line for the rim of the hat and then stick the pom pom ball on the top of the hat
  • Place the hat on the top of the cupcake
  • Put two mini chocolate chips on the cupcake for the eyes
  • Break off a tiny piece of a graham cracker for the nose and place on the cupcake
  • Finally, melt the remaining chocolate chips in the microwave and using a toothpick, draw on the dotted lines for the mouth

It might be cold outside, but these snowmen cupcakes are guaranteed to keep your belly warm!

Show Me the Bunny

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Spring is in the air and that means Easter is around the corner. The markets are filling with colorful holiday candy, Nestle’s is offering Limited Edition pink and yellow morsels, and my local garden center is selling live chicks!

We decided to start preparing for Easter by creating little bunny donuts. We quickly realized that the key to a perfect bunny is the ear to body ratio. Before you rush for your calculator ( or another website), we’ll explain. If the ears are too small your bunny will look like a white mouse.

BUNNY DONUT RECIPE
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:
8 small donuts ( Entenmann’s powdered sugar popettes work well)
8 marshmallows ( standard size)
1 cup of pink sprinkles
8 pink chips (or M&Ms)
16 brown M&Ms
8 inches of black string licorice
1 container of white frosting

PREPARATION
Bunny Ears:
– Make bunny ears by cutting each marshmallow on the diagonal. Slice off the pointed end of
each marshmallow and discard (or eat).
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– Pour pink sprinkles into a small dish.
– Dip one side of each marshmallow half in sprinkles to cover, allowing a small white
border to show.
– Leave “ears” on plate for later use.

Whiskers:
– Cut licorice into 8 one-inch pieces
– Using a knife or scissors, cut into the ends of the licorice to simulate whiskers.
– Cut each licorice piece in half. (Depending on the size of the donuts, you may want to
make the whiskers shorter. It’s a matter of personal taste).
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Donuts:
– Before frosting the donuts, set a wire rack on top of a piece of wax paper for easier
cleanup.
– Place 1/2 of the frosting into a microwave safe bowl. (Repeat this step to ice remainder
of donuts).
– Microwave the bowl for 20 seconds or until the frosting flows.
– Individually dip each donut into the frosting to cover the front and all sides.
– Remove donut and set on wire rack to dry.

ASSEMBLY:
– Place 2 ears on on each donut. (To keep the ears attached while drying, place extra
marshmallows under each “ear” for support)
– Add 2 brown M&Ms for eyes
– Add a pink chip or pink M&M for nose
– Add whiskers on either side of nose
– Repeat until all the donuts have morphed into bunnies.

These bunnies are ready to hop into your heart ( or mouth)!

Something Fishy in the Kitchen Sink

Fish Donut in SinkThis weekend we visited friends that have an amazing fish tank in their basement. I left wanting to either buy a pet fish or make a fish themed dessert. As you can guess from the picture above, option number two won!

Fish Donuts

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Ingredients

Serves 8

  • 8 regular size donuts
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting
  • yellow food coloring
  • 1 bag of M&M’s
  • 4 red or pink fruit chews
  • 8 fruit chews in varied colors (for the tail)
  • 4 mini marshmallows
  • 8 chocolate chips

Preparation

  • Place the frosting in a microwave safe bowl and mix in yellow food coloring until you get desired color

Yellow Frosting

 

 

 

  • Place bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds (times may vary depending on microwave)

Dipping Donuts

 

 

 

  • Individually dip each donut in the melted yellow frosting and place on a wire rack or plate to dry

Decorate Donut

 

 

 

  • Decorate the donut with M&Ms and the eyes before it has completely dried
  • To make the eyes, cut a mini marshmallow in half
  • Then stick a chocolate chip into the sticky side of the marshmallow with the pointy side facing the marshmallow
  • To create the lips, place a red or pink fruit chew in the microwave for 7 seconds
  • Remove and break into two pieces

Fishy Lips

 

 

 

  • Roll each piece into a thin log (pictured above) and fold into a “v” shape for the lips
  • Place the lips on top of the donut
  • For the tail, place another fruit chew in the microwave for 7 seconds

Fishy Tail

 

 

 

  • Roll into a ball and flatten into the shape above
  • Place the pointy side into the donut for the tail
  • If the fruit chew is too heavy or flimsy, you can place a mini marshmallow under the tail to keep it in place for your presentation

Fish Fry

 

 

 

 

 

 

These adorable fish are guaranteed to cook up some smiles with your company!