Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Christmas Crafts For Kids

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When planning a Christmas party for kids, I always come up with a plan that has them alternating between activities that are sitting vs activities that have them up and moving. The Christmas crafts for kids I’m sharing today are perfect for a school Christmas party! My kids (ages 3 and 6) loved making them. Last week I shared my Christmas party games for kids and they will make up a good portion of the party. Today want to show you the cute Christmas crafts (one even doubles as the treat!). 

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Foam Gingerbread House Kit

Christmas Crafts for kids - great for a class party, church party or family party!

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How to Make Cotton Candy

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It’s no secret that I am 100% in love with my cotton candy machine! I was completely surprised when my siblings gave it to me for my birthday 3 years ago! Before that I wanted to use it in parties but it is hard to know where to buy cotton candy! Lucky for me, the cotton candy maker they bought me is the real deal and I have used it A LOT! We pull it out for birthday parties, field day at school, baby and bridal showers, holidays (remember my cotton candy neighbor Christmas gifts?) and even let my daughter and her cousins sell it in our front yard along with some lemonade.

How to make Cotton Candy - Events To CelebrateI’m going to walk you through how to use a cotton candy machine just in case you are like I was and have it on your secret wish list to take your parties to the next level!

If you read cotton candy machine reviews you’ll see quickly that those small ones sold at department stores aren’t awesome. They make a pouf that is about the size of an ice cream cone and just don’t get the job done. Mine is the Great Northern Vortex cotton candy machine and it has been amazing! I also have the hood that goes over it to contain the fluffy fly-aways. 

Cotton Candy Equipment:
Cotton Candy Machine
Cotton Candy Machine Bubble Hood
Floss Sugar – I have only ever used the Gold Medal brand
Cotton Candy Floss Cones
Twist Tie Food Storage Bags – Gallon size
Bowl

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(This is the kind of bag I use. The cotton candy bags are much too large!)

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Trunk Or Treat Monster

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Each year we attend a Trunk or Treat in my in-laws neighborhood. It is amazing to see the trunk or treat decorating ideas people come up with! My favorite part about a Trunk or Treat is that it brings everyone outside and it feels like a PARTY! I wanted to create an easy trunk or treat idea to share and came up with my Trunk or Treat Monster! Isn’t it cute?! It took about an hour to assemble the decorations and about 30 minutes to put it all up. Not bad for a totally awesome trunk! My neighbors thought I was a little odd staging this in my yard in September, but that’s what bloggers do. And, now it is all ready to put up on Halloween!

**Now, a word on adhesive. Use painters tape or masking tape if you are adhering something to the paint of your car. 

***My Trunk Or Treat round up has over a dozen Halloween trunk decorating ideas and I’ll add this over there to. Be sure to check it out! 

Easy Trunk or Treat Idea

Trunk or Treat Monster - easy to assemble in just a few steps! You'll have the best Halloween car decorations on the block!

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Homemade Peach Ice Cream

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Homemade Peach Ice Cream - made simple by using a Cuisinart ice cream maker! You'll want to add this to your list of favorite homemade ice cream recipes!

It is peach season here in Utah and I personally feel like we have the best peaches around! I love to peel them and eat them fresh, but look forward to making homemade peach ice cream and peach crisp each year with them! I promise, it is not hard to learn how to make homemade ice cream, especially if you have a Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream maker. When got my cuisinart ice cream machine a few years ago I didn’t realize how much I would use it! Because it is so easy to use, we have so much fun customizing the flavors to what we love! This homemade peach ice cream is a cross between peaches and cream and my favorite peach crisp recipe because of the addition of one special spice. You’ll want to add this to your favorite homemade ice cream recipes for sure! 

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Vintage Airplane Shower Printables & Games

The fun continues with post #2 about this cute Vintage Airplane baby shower I did for my niece. Today I’ll be sharing the FREE printables, favors and fun activities we did at the shower. 

I followed my Rules for Hosting a Shower on a Budget and prepared 3 activities for the guests.

Vintage Airplane Shower Activities:

The first was Advice Cards. To help it fit with the Vintage Airplane theme, I ordered these Vintage Postcards on Amazon and asked guests to fill in advice to the new mom on them and slip them into the cute little suitcase. This was something that the guests could do while they mingled and it was helpful to the mom!

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Circus Carnival Party

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I’m not sure if these were a carnival party or a circus party, so we’re calling it both! My sister hosted a party for her two daughters and then a week later I was in charge of our Preschool Graduation and so we both did a carnival/circus theme. Both events were planned for outside and were rained out so both got moved inside the church at the last minute. But, regardless of the weather drama, the parties were both a HUGE hit with all the kids! The games and activities were just as much a favorite as the treats. It really is the perfect party theme. A lot of these ideas can also be used for a school carnival, if you happen to be the lucky one who gets put in charge of that! 

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M&M’s® Crispy Dessert Pizza

With my husbands birthday coming up I was delighted to develop a recipe for Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser to celebrate him and the return of M&M’s® Crispy! This post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small commission if you purchase through these links. M&M's® Crispy Dessert Pizza #CrispyIsBack #ad

My husband is a tough one when it comes to his birthday. If you’ve spent any time around this blog you know how much I love to throw a themed party, but that just isn’t his thing. Instead, all he wants is really good food. He’s not much of a cake person (don’t get me wrong, he’ll eat it, but he prefers other treats) so this year I was so excited to make him this decadent M&M’s® Crispy dessert pizza. It’s out of this world delicious. There may be a couple of steps, but they are WORTH IT! Trust me!M&M's® Crispy Dessert Pizza #CrispyIsBack #ad

The M&M’s® Crispy add something to this dessert that you’ll really appreciate. You see, you’ve got the soft, chewy brownie, the silky frosting and smooth luxurious caramel. It needed a crunchy bite to add dimension – and load on even more chocolate. The crispy rice center really makes it a match made in heaven!

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1- Bake the brownies. I used a 10″ spring form pan but a pizza pan would work great too.

2- Whip up that chocolate buttercream – you want it light and fluffy! Don’t be stingy when putting it on the brownie. Make sure you get lots of peaks and valleys too, that’s where the caramel can pool and it turns into a little caramel Jacuzzi for the bits of candy.

3- Drizzle on the caramel. Remember all those valleys you created in the frosting? Fill ’em up! You may not use it all, and you may find yourself eating it with a spoon at midnight when you are up editing photos of the dessert pizza you put it on. 🙂 Thank me later.

4- Top it with the candy. You can leave them whole, I decided to cut them in half with a serrated knife just to make sure everyone knew the crispy goodness they were about to partake of. 

M&M's® Crispy Dessert Pizza
Serves 8
A decadent brownie crusted dessert pizza topped with M&M's® Crispy!
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Brownies
  1. ½ c. butter (1 stick) melted
  2. ¼ c. Cocoa powder
  3. 1 c. Granulated Sugar
  4. 2 Eggs – beaten slightly
  5. ½ tsp. Vanilla
  6. ¼ tsp. Salt
  7. ¾ c. Flour – all purpose
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  1. 1/2 c. Butter - room temperature
  2. 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  3. 1 c. Powdered Sugar
  4. 2 - 4 Tbsp. Milk
  5. 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
Caramel
  1. 4 Tbsp. Butter (I use salted, if not just add a pinch of salt)
  2. 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
  3. 2 Tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
  4. 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
  5. 1/4 c. Heavy Cream
Topping
  1. 3/4 - 1 cup M&M's® Crispy
Brownies
  1. Melt butter in a microwave safe dish. Add sugar, vanilla, eggs and cocoa powder and mix well with a rubber spatula. Add flour and salt and mix to combine. Don't over mix. Pour into a greased spring form pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350. Allow to cool completely before adding frosting.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  1. In a mixer with the wisk attachment whip butter for a few seconds. Add vanilla, powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp. of milk and mix together well. Add cocoa powder and additional milk and whip for 1-2 minutes until fluffy and smooth.
Caramel
  1. In a microwave safe bowl add the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Microwave 30 seconds and stir. Microwave an additional 90 seconds and stir. Microwave a final 90 seconds and remove. Add vanilla and cream and stir well to combine.
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Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

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Chocolates are an iconic Valentine’s Day gift. These HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES only have 3 ingredients, but look and taste special enough to be displayed in any heart shaped box. They’re simple enough to make that you could easily get your kids involved and let them take some to their teachers or friends. 

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries:

Ingredients:

1 cup Powdered Sugar (or Confectioners Sugar)
4 Teaspoons Maraschino Cherry Juice (from the jar)
24 Maraschino Cherries
4 oz Chocolate Almond Bark (or other melting chocolate)

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Step 1: Drain the juice from the jar of Maraschino Cherries and reserve. Place cherries on a paper towel. IMPORTANT: you don’t want to dry the cherries out, in fact if you want you can store them back in the juice once you’ve measured out what you need to make the sugar paste. If the cherries are too dry, they won’t melt the sugar paste once the cherries are all dipped and finished.

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Step 2: Mix 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with 2 teaspoons of cherry juice by adding 1/2 teaspoon at a time and mixing well with the back of a spoon and until well incorporated. It’s going to take a little bit of work, but just keep at it until it looks like a very thick paste. If it is a little crumbly, don’t fret (my pet), it will smooth out once you roll it out (kind of like pie crust). As a note: I make the paste 1/2 batch at a time and wrap 12 cherries with it and then mix up the second 1/2. This way the mixture and cherries don’t dry out. 

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Step 3: Take a small spoonful (about a teaspoon) and place it on some plastic wrap. Place a second piece of plastic wrap on top of it and use a rolling pin to roll it very thin. 

Remove the top layer of plastic wrap and place a cherry in the center. Use the plastic wrap on the bottom to help wrap up the sides and then twist at the top to form the paste around the cherry. Carefully unwrap and place on a plate. Continue with the remaining cherries. 

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Step 4: Once all of the cherries are wrapped in the sugar paste, place them in the freezer for at least 10 minutes – but up to 30 minutes. 

Chop 4 oz of Chocolate Almond Bark into chunks and melt in the microwave. Start by microwaving for 30 seconds, stir and go another 30 seconds. If after stirring again, it needs more time, go in 10 second increments, stirring very well after each one. You don’t want to burn the chocolate. Once fully melted remove the cherries from the freezer.

Begin by dipping the bottom of all of the cherries in the chocolate and setting on a plate. Once you have finished dipping all of the bottoms, go back to the first cherry and dip the rest of the cherry by holding on to the bottom. Make sure you get the entire cherry covered in chocolate. The juice will seep out of any tiny holes. Set on a plate to dry. 

Store at room temperature in an airtight container overnight. This allows the juice from the cherries to melt the sugar and turn it into that amazing “sauce” that surrounds cordial cherries. 

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