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8 sweet treats for Earth Day

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In honor of Earth Day, this post is dedicated to things that grow. And it’s sort of ridiculous that I post about things that grow when in real life I can’t make ANYTHING grow. It’s terribly sad, actually, how horrible I am at getting things to grow. I want to be good at it. You’d think it’d be easy. Plant a seed. Add water and sun. Stuff grows. But for me, I just don’t know. How do you plant the seed? On top, under the dirt? How much water? How much sun? It’s like the plant knows what I’m capable of and hides in the seed. Or, should it emerge, it will wither as I walk by.

So I stick with decorating sweets that look like things that grow. I do understand, mind you, that this doesn’t help the earth at all. But perhaps it will comfort you to know that we (encouraged by my husband, admittedly) do our part to help the earth. HE grows food in our backyard. We have solar panels. We waste as little as possible (he’s also better at this than I am). We recycle everything that can be recycled. I don’t use hairspray.

Here is a roundup of “stuff that grows”and other goodies for Earth Day from my archives.

 

 

vegetable garden cookies

vegetable garden cookies

 

 

earth day marshmallow pops

rainbow earth day marshmallow pops

 

 

flower puzzle cookies

flower puzzle cookies

 

 

earth day cookies

earth cookie pops

 

 

daisy cookie pops

gerbera daisy cookie pops

 

 

earth day marshmallows

earth day marshmallows

 

sunflower marshmallows

sunflower marshmallow pops

 

 

strawberry patch cupcakes

strawberry patch cupcakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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how to make sparkly princess pedestal cookies AND a virtual baby shower

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While I have my own princesses, I made these sparkly pink cookies for two other special princesses. I joined 14  other bloggers to throw a virtual baby shower for two wonderfully talented bakers and cookie artists, or cookie “queens,” as it were, both with brand new little princesses: Callye of The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle and Georganne of LilaLoa.   Two such lovely ladies I’ve admired for so long, and I’m wishing them peaceful nights soon.

Check out all the sweet princesses!

1. Sweet Ambs

2. Jill FCS

3. The Decorated Cookie

4. Klickitat Street

5. Semi Sweet

6. Simply Sweets by Honey Bee

7. Make Me Cake Me

8. Haniela’s

9. Montreal Confections

10. The Partiologist

11. Munchkin Munchies

12. The Cookie Puzzle

13. De-Koekenbakkers

14. Chapix Cookies

15.Ali Bee’s Bakeshop

And special thanks to Michelle, Hani and Mike for organizing!

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Now, what to make, what to make? I enlisted the help of my own princess, 6 year old Maeve, for ideas. Our discussion of her princess figure collection led to these pretty, sparkly pink pedestals. Now, my 1 year old, I can already tell, won’t touch pink or princesses with a ten foot pole, except to use said pole to knock them off their pedestals and destroy them. She’s only 1, but I just know. I know like I knew Maeve would be all over the princess scene. The dress-up, the purses, the glitter, the nails, the pink. Oh my, the pink. So very much pink.

And so, to honor the arrival of two darling little princesses, these pedestals are where they should go. (Note, Disney princess figurines are standing in for the real princesses.)

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how to make sparkly princess pedestals

you will need*:

cookie dough
royal icing
circle cookie cutters
pink food coloring
disposable decorating bag
coupler
size “5″ decorating tip
rubber band
pink sprinkles (see below)

*Find the decorating bag, coupler, tip and sprinkles in the craft store. For information on food coloring, click HERE. (Electric Pink Americolor Soft Gel Paste used here.) For information on finding supplies, click HERE. For basic cookie decorating instructions, click HERE.

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bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe, chill, and roll out. Cut out circles in any sizes you prefer. Shown here are a mix of 2-inches, 1 3/4-inches and 1 1/4-inches.  Bake and let cool completely.

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prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe and tint pink. Prepare a decorating bag with coupler and tip, fill with the icing and close tightly with a rubber band.

decorate your cookies. Pipe a circle on a cookie and then pipe back and forth to completely fill the cookie with icing. Immediately coat the cookie with sprinkles and overturn to remove excess. (Because the sprinkles cover the lines and imperfections, I’m only using one consistency of icing here, there is no need to thin the icing and flood.)

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set up your cookies. Let the cookies dry completely, overnight is best. Stack the cookies or just stand princesses on their pedestals. These would make fabulous cookies to serve at a princess party, and the guests can keep the princesses.

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make your own sprinkles. By the way, I some how some way ran out of pink sprinkles, so I dumped some white sanding sugar in a Ziplock bag, added a drop or two of pink food coloring, shook like mad, and made my own.

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easy chick candy pops for Easter

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These chick pops are Easter heroes. They are easy to make (mere minutes). They are kid-friendly. They are pretty basic, so picky eaters shouldn’t have a problem. And they count as an after-dinner dessert, but they are small enough to not overload the kids with a full plate of sugar that competes with their Easter basket haul. So. You’re welcome. Although… should I mention that my daughter didn’t know these were chicks? Also, they kind of look like Big Bird, which is a total accident.

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If you want to make some bunnies to go with your candy chick pops, click for bunny candy pop instructions.

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how to make easy chick pops for Easter

you will need:*

yellow candy melts
candy eyes
lollipop sticks
disposable decorating bag
orange candy, like Mike and Ike candy
baking tray
wax or parchment paper
scissors

*Find the candy melts, candy eyes, lollipop sticks and 12-inch, disposable decorating bags at the craft store, or, see below for links.

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What to do: Line a baking tray with parchment or wax paper and set aside. Snip orange Mike and Ike candies in half. Place  1/2 to 3/4 cup of yellow candy melts in a disposable decorating bag. Microwave at 70 percent power for 90 seconds. Massage the bag. Continue to microwave at 15 second intervals until the candy is fully melted. Snip 1/4-inch from the tip. Pipe a dot on the tray. Place a lollipop stick on top. Pipe a messy splat of candy on top of the stick. Immediately place two candy eyes and the Mike and Ike end on the splat. Fill the tray, working with one chick at a time. Let set well, about an hour.

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milestone birthday cookie bites, or “this is your life” cookies

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So, my sister turned 40. I don’t feel the least bit bad for her seeing as she looks about 25 and my brother and I are already in our 40s ahead of her. (Grumble, grumble.)

But she does deserve 40 bites of cookies. And so I made my “all about you,” or, “this is your life” cookie bites, first seen HERE when I made them for my mom.

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It’s hard to come up with 40 unique and draw-able things about a person, I realized. And so she got a few repeats. The Aquanet hairspray (we grew up in Jersey in the ’80s, so it makes sense to us) and the lighthouse are my favorites.

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To make these, prepare and chill the cookie dough, cut out 1 1/2-inch circles with a small cookie cutter, bake and let cool.  Then, prepare  royal icing and tint white with Americolor Soft Gel Pastes. To decorate, prepare a disposable decorating bag with coupler and size “3″ tip, fill with white icing and outline a circle on the cookies. Let set, and thin the remaining white icing with drops of water until the icing folds back into itself slowly when stirred. Fill an empty decorating bag with the thinned icing, snip the tip and flood the centers of the cookies. (For tips on cookie decorating, click HERE.)  Then, let the cookies dry very well, overnight at least, and draw pictures with handy dandy food pens.

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9 easter egg decorating ideas (from oh so long ago)

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I created these Easter egg decorating ideas FIVE years ago for Reader’s Digest. Five years. In blog years, that’s like twenty. And yet, I still feel like the old fogy blogger who has no clue how this whole interwebs thing works. But I’ve seen these egg ideas floating around, and they have moved locations on the Reader’s Digest site, so I’m going to repost them below so they are all in one place for you. They are all pretty easy and kid-friendly.

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Bluebird: To make a bluebird, dye the bird blue and dry completely. Then, cut out a wing from patterned paper and glue to one side. Cut out a triangle from yellow paper, fold the flat end and glue to the top. Draw an eye with a black Sharpie. Rest in a nest or bed of grass.

 

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Daisy sticker eggs: EASIEST eggs ever! Dye your eggs any color you like and let dry completely. Stick daisy stickers (found at the craft store) on the eggs.

 

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Preppie eggs: Dye eggs any color you like and let dry completely. Glue a piece of grosgrain ribbon around the center of the egg.

 

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Animal eggs: Dye the eggs the animal’s color (yellow for duck, pink for pig, brown for monkey, green for frog). Make the attachments with foam paper from the craft store. For the duck, cut out the beak shape from orange foam and draw the lines with marker. Adhere with glue to the egg. Draw the eyes with marker. For the pig, cut out the ears and a circle from pink foam paper. Draw swirls on the circle and adhere to the egg with glue. Adhere the ears. And draw eyes with the marker. For the monkey, cut out a brown circle and two small brown semicircles. Draw the nose and mouth on the circle and adhere to the egg with glue. Adhere the ears with glue. Draw the eyes with a marker. For the frog, cut out a green semi-circle and draw the frown with marker. Cut out two small white semi circles and draw dots. Adhere to the egg with glue.

 

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Bling dot eggs:  Dye the eggs your preferred colors and let dry completely. Work with one egg at a time. Squeeze different size dots of glue on the egg (the different sizes lets you not worry about being uniform). Hold the egg over a plate and pour glitter over the egg. Shake off the excess. Let the glue dry completely and use a dry brush to wipe off any stray glitter.

 

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Speckled eggs: Dye eggs any color (or, don’t dye at all!) and let dry. Dip an old toothbrush into craft paint. Hold the toothbrush over the egg and run your thumb over the toothbrush bristles to spray paint on the egg. Be sure to work over wax paper to protect the surface beneath! This will get a bit messy.

 

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Bunny and carrot eggs: For the bunny, glue a pink pom-pom on a clean egg. Cut out ear shapes from white foam or card stock, dab flat ends of ears with glue, and adhere to the top of the egg. When dry, draw eyes and whiskers on the egg with a black marker. For carrot, dye egg orange and let dry completely. Cut 5 pieces of ribbon, each about 10 inches long. Stack the ribbon pieces, fold in half, and staple at the fold. With scissors, curl ribbons. Fold a small tab in the ribbon at the point where you stapled. Dab glue on the tab and adhere to the top of the wider end of the egg. Use invisible tape to hold the ribbon in place until the glue dries.

 

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Egg faces: Dye eggs yellow and let dry completely. Use a black Sharpie to draw faces. That’s it!

 

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Placecard eggs: Rest an egg sideways on an egg holder and dip in dye bath of desired color, but hold the egg so the top third of the egg stays above the dye bath and remains white. Let dry completely. Dip the end of a small paintbrush into craft paint and dab on the egg to create dots around the white oval. Use letter stickers to spell a name or to add an initial.

 

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