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Frogger video game cookies

Frogger cookies

As some of you may know, every year I make my brother cookies for his birthday. In short, he’s a fan of superheros and old school video games. And so, I’ve already made superhero cookies and Pac-Man cookies. This year, I’m all about Frogger.

Frogger cookies

We were an Intellivision family, not an Atari family. But Frogger was one of those crossover games that we Intellivision folks got to play. (Sorry, but “Brickout” isn’t “Breakout.” Ooooh, next year I’m going to try and make Breakout cookies.)

frogger cookies

Fortunately, for the ease of cookie decorating, early 1980s video games used pretty simple graphics, so these cookies aren’t difficult to make. Though I upped my game on the frog because he’s the star.

Frogger cookies

I even made this game board out of construction paper because I’m a total nerd.

Frogger cookies

how to make Frogger cookies

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
circle cookie cutter
rectangle cookie cutters (or sharp knife)
food coloring (black, white, green, brown, and any other colors)
disposable decorating bags
couplers
sizes “2,” “3,” and “4” decorating tips
rubber bands

*Find the cookie cutters (a 1 1/2-inch circle used here), decorating bags, couplers, and tips at the craft store. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Super Black, Bright White, Leaf Green, Electric Green, Chocolate Brown, Regal Purple, Sky Blue and Red REd used here). For basic cookie decorating how-tos, click HERE.

Frogger cookies

 

step one: bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe, chill it, and roll it out. For the frogs I used a 1 1/2 inch circle. For the logs and turtles, I used rectangles cut to 3-inches by 1 inch. For the cars and trucks, I cut out rectangles 1 1/2-inch by 1-inch. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking tray and bake. Let cool.

frogger cookies

 

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint your colors: Two shades of green for the frogs and turtles, two shades of green for the logs, white and black for the frogs and trucks and any colors for the cars. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with icing and close tightly with rubber bands.

 

step three: decorate your cookies.

To decorate the logs, outline the log with the darker brown using a size 3 tip. Switch to a 4 tip and pipe back and forth to fill the log. Fill the little oval with the lighter brown using a size 3 or 4 tip. Switch to a 2 tip and pipe stripes on the log.

frogger cookies

 

To decorate the turtles, pipe and fill three circles with the darker green using a size 3 or 4 tip. Using a size 3 tip, pipe dots for the heads and legs with the lighter green.

frogger cookies

 

To decorate the cars and trucks, pipe the car or truck shape (so, basically squares and rectangles) and fill using a size 3 or 4 tip. With a size 2 tip black, pipe tires or marks on the cars.

frogger cookies

 

To decorate the frog, outline the frog with a size 3 tip in darker green. Pipe to fill the frog with the same green and pipe the mouth area with lighter green. Pipe two dots for eyes with a white 3 tip. Pipe two dots on the white eyes with the black 2 tip.

frogger cookies

 

Let the cookies dry overnight before packaging and handling.

 

Frogger cookies

 

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Heart-Shaped Vanilla Chex Treats for Tablespoon

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So it turns out that 1. Vanilla Chex is freaking good. 2. Chex makes awesome cereal treats because it stays crispy. Who knew? And they take minutes to make, so these are perfect for a last minute Valentine’s Day treat.

Find the recipe for heart-shaped Vanilla Chex treats HERE.

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Wednesday Links: 21 awesome places to get party supplies

best sites for party supplies

A friend of mine recently started a party biz.  She’s one of those creative types who throws the cleverest parties with the cleverest details. On her site she offers to throw your party, but she also offers “party boxes” that have everything you need to host your own.

So it got me thinking… where do you find the best party supplies?

For your Wednesday Links, here are some ideas for shopping. As always, follow all the Wednesday Links at Pinterest

My first stop is pretty much always Oriental Trading.

And then to Party City for inexpensive tidbits.

I’ve always loved the straws and sprinkles and such at Layer Cake Shop.

Bake it Pretty is another good one for those things.

And one more, Shop Sweet Lulu.

I’m a longtime fan of Bird’s Party Shop.

Acme has tons of unique items for parties (and gifts too!).

I’ve been shopping for bags and tissue paper and boxes at Nashville Wraps for over a decade.

Wooden utensils? Gumball tubes? Confetti? Get it at Kara’s Party Ideas.

I heart Sprinkleberri’s printables!!

You might need some balloons, right?

Or, get balloons here. (And other cool partyware.)

And if you need pinatas.

For all your Cute Tape needs.

I’ve gotten my share from Paper Source.

Save-on-Crafts has all kinds of stuff for DIY parties and great display pieces.

Oh my goodness, crazy adorable party containers here.

The inspiration and how-tos at Fiskars are amazing.

And don’t forget Paper Mart.

I always hit up Amazon.

 

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the Valentine’s Day issue of Bird’s Party Magazine

Bird's Party Magazine - Issue 11 Cover

It’s here! The next issue of Bird’s Party Magazine, the Valentine’s Day edition, is ready to read. It’s completely adorable and filled with great ideas (as Candy Crush is my newest, overdue discovery, I’m especially smitten with the Candy Crush party). You check yours truly out on page 33.

Find the free magazine HERE.

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how to make simple candy heart marshmallow pops

candy heart marshmallow pops for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day doesn’t get any simpler than this. (Unless you don’t celebrate it, that’s pretty simple. And before kids made us celebrate, we never did.) Marshmallow pops with a little extra chocolate sweetness. Last minute. Make-ahead. For school. For your sweetie. For yourself. Whatever. Done and done.

candy heart marshmallow pops for Valentine's Day

 

Are you a “ooooh” Valentine’s Day or a “meh” Valentine’s Day person? I’m admittedly a “meh” Valentine’s Day person. But the holiday does lend itself to cute sweets. And my daughter loves it, so I’ll there ya’ go. Maybe I’m becoming less of a Valentine’s Day Grinch. Oh, hey, the red ones would make great Grinch marshmallow pops, too.

candy heart marshmallow pops for Valentine's Day

 

 

how to make candy heart marshmallow pops

you will need:*

red and/or pink candy melts
disposable decorating bags
lollipop sticks or straws
scissors
baking tray
wax paper

*Find the candy melts, decorating bags, and lollipop sticks at the craft store. Links to supplies are also below.

 

what to do: 

Line a baking tray with wax paper. Skewer marshmallows with lollipop sticks or straws and place them on the tray closely together so they don’t roll away.

candy heart marshmallow pops for Valentine's Day

Pour about 1/2 cup of candy melts in a decorating bag and microwave at 70 percent power for 90 seconds. Massage the bag and continuing at 30 second and 15 second intervals just until the candy fully melts.

candy heart marshmallow pops for Valentine's Day

Snip only 1/4 inch from the tip of the bag so you have good control over the melted candy. Pipe hearts on the marshmallows and fill with the candy. Let the marshmallows sit about 30 minutes until fully set.

candy heart marshmallow pops for Valentine's Day

Make all the pops you like, then use hand the leftovers to a kid to create candy art.

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