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mini cupcake cookies (and a cupcake decorating kit)

mini cupcake cookies

Cupcakes! Only cookies. And bite-size ones. This way you can appease both the cupcake and cookie lovers. I made these for my niece’s tenth birthday, part of a theme present. Back when she turned six–since she’s pretty much a mini-me, unlike my own two girls–I gave her all my favorite cookie and marshmallow decorating tools. Well, she expressed some curiosity about decorating cupcakes, so I put together a cupcake decorating gift for her.

mini cupcake cookies

 

cupcake decorating kit

The kit included, with notes attached to explain the importance of each (see below for links to Supplies):

–a Wilton cupcake decorating kit with my favorite cupcake decorating tip, the 1M
–16-inch disposable decorating bags, better for holding large amounts of frosting
–some colorful cupcake liners
–my favorite food colors (Americolor Soft Gel Pastes, of course) 
–my favorite frosting recipe
–a DIY cupcake topper kit (that is, some flower stickers and skewers) 
–Clare Crespo’s book, Hey There, Cupcake!, the first edible craft book I ever bought that inspired me ever so much

 

Oh yes, and I included some little cupcake cookies, of course, because… cupcake cookies.

mini cupcake cookies

 

how to make mini cupcake cookies

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
mini circle cookie cutter (1 1/2 inch or so)
food coloring (red, pink, blue and white)
disposable decorating bags
couplers
size 2 and 3 decorating tips
rubber bands
sprinkles

*Find the cookie cutter, disposable decorating bags, couplers, tips and sprinkles in the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Red Red, Electric Pink, Bright White and Sky Blue used here). For tips on finding supplies, click here or see below. For tips on basic cookie decorating, click here.

 

mini cupcake cookies

 

step one: bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to recipe, chill, roll out, cut out mini circles, bake and let cool.

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to recipe, divide, and tint your colors (red, pink, white and blue). Assemble decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with icing and tie closed with rubber bands.

 

mini cupcake cookies

step three: decorate your cookies. Outline the cherry with red using a 2 tip. Outline the frosting in pink and the wrapper in blue using size 3 tips. Pipe back and forth to fill the pink icing and immediately sprinkle on a few sprinkles. Pipe back and forth to fill in the cherry and wrapper with the red and blue icing. Use a size 2 tip to pipe the white dots on top of the blue wrapper. Let dry overnight.

 

 

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birthday Chex mix for Tablespoon

birthday Chex mix

Warning: This Chex mix is crazy addictive. I couldn’t stop eating it when I was photographing it. Also, the little birthday candies mean you can personalize it for the birthday boy or girl. So really, it’s practically perfect. (Perfect would be calorie-free.)

To make birthday Chex mix, visit Tablespoon. 

 

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traditional housewarming gift: bucket of awesome (with a free printable)

housewarming gift idea with FREE printable

 

Recently I went a-searchin’ for a housewarming gift for recently-married relatives of ours moving into a new home. Of course, I hit up google and Pinterest. I found a few that spoke of a traditional housewarming gift (a tradition I, for one, have never heard of) wherein you put together an assortment of symbolic goods. I find this genius since so many move into new homes NOT needing more “stuff.” These symbolic goods included:

bread so you never go hungry
wine so you never go thirsty
candles so you always have light
sugar so you always have sweetness (honey was a common one, too)
salt so you always have spice and flavor in life
broom so you always have cleanliness
coins so you always have good fortune
rice so you have fertility (I’m not going there)
olive oil so you always have health
wood so you always have stability
knives so you always have protection

 

Have you ever heard of this? I’ve moved into 3 different apartments and 2 different houses in the past twenty years, and no one ever got ME a gift of symbolic goods (harrumph). Well, I love this idea, so I thought I’d make my own. And I even made a printable so you can make your own, too.

housewarming gift idea with FREE printable

 

In my housewarming gift, I included:

  • bucket from The Containter Store 
  • bottle of wine 
  • candles
  • loaf of bread
  • sea salt from Whole Foods
  • Girl Scout cookies
  • practical things: magnetic kitchen helper guides, hammer tool and cord ties, all found at The Container Store 

And I made this printable for Bread, Wine, Salt, Cookies, Candles and Tools.

traditional housewarming gift with FREE printable

It comes with a tag to label your container, too.

traditional housewarming gift with FREE printable

How cute is that? (Just answer “very” please.)

 

housewarming gift idea with FREE printable

 

To add the tags, use a color printer to print THIS PRINTABLE on letter-size white photo paper or cardstock. Cut around the gray lines and attach the tags.

 

housewarming gift idea with FREE printable

housewarming gift idea with FREE printable

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Earth Day treats to make

Earth Day decorated cookies and marshmallows

 

Earth Day is Wednesday April 22nd… how will you celebrate? Here are some earthy treats from the archives.

 

 

 

vegetable garden cookies

garden cookies

 

 

rainbow earth marshmallow pops

rainbow Earth Day marshmallow pops
Earth Day treats to make

Earth Day marshmallows

 

 

 

Earth Day cookies

Earth Day cookies

 

 

 

 

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mix and match soup for Tablespoon

mix and match soup

Think you can’t make homemade soup? Of course you can. This may be one of my favorite posts created for Tablespoon, because it’s so easy to make and so very versatile: A soup base recipe with tons of mix and match options for add-ins so you can personalize your own soup. Sausage, white bean and kale? One of my favorites. Or ham, potato and pea soup. Try chicken, rice, carrot and spinach. I could go on and on.

Find the recipe for mix and match soup HERE at Tablespoon.

 

 

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