Hot Flash Cupcakes!

These cupcakes are on fire!!

Hot Flash Cupcakes!
Hot Flash Cupcakes!

Hot Flash Cupcakes prove that menopause doesn’t have to be all bad!  Rich dark chocolate cupcakes combined with spicy buttercream frosting makes for a cupcake anyone would love!  Add some fire and you have the perfect gift for your hot flashing friends!

To prepare these fabulous Hot Flash Cupcakes, you need a dark chocolate cupcake recipe and luckily for you, I have one!  This recipe makes one dozen rich wonderful cupcakes that stand up well to the spicy buttercream that tops this fun and flashy dessert!

As always, a printable recipe can be found at the bottom of the page!

Dark Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

1 Stick of Butter at Room Temperature
3/4 Cup of Sugar
1 Large Egg at Room Temperature
1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Buttermilk at Room Temperature
1/2 Cup Hot Water

Dark Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
Dark Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Gather all the ingredients!

Dark Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
Dark Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium size bowl.  Beat butter in a large bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the sugar and beat well, add the egg and vanilla and beat well.

Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and beat until just combined,  Add ½ of the buttermilk, beat until just combined.  Repeat with 1/3 of the dry ingredients and the rest of the buttermilk. Finish with the rest of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. At a slow speed, beat ½ cup hot water into the batter until just combined.

Prepare the cupcake tin with 12 paper cups and distribute the batter evenly.
Bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack.

Wonderful Dark Chocolate Cupcakes!
Wonderful Dark Chocolate Cupcakes!

Don’t they look incredible – they taste yummy too!

Now for the frosting!

Spicy Buttercream Frosting Recipe!

2 Sticks of Butter at Room Temperature
3 Cups of Powdered Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Cream
1 Teaspoons of Vanilla
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon of Chipotle Chili Powder
1/4 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Combine all spices into a small bowl.
For those of you who like it  extra hot, you can up the cayenne pepper to 1/2 teaspoon!
In a large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy.  At low speed, add the powdered sugar and cream, varying the amounts until the desired consistency is achieved.

Spicy Buttercream Frosting
Spicy Buttercream Frosting

Sift the spices into the frosting, add the vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.

Spicy Buttercream Frosting
Spicy Buttercream Frosting

Time to turn that spicy frosting into Fire!

We all know that the hottest part of the flame is yellow, therefore you need to try to make your frosting yellow as it will be the center or hottest part of the flame!  The added spice mixture makes this challenging because it lends a brownish hue to the frosting.  Just go ahead and throw in some yellow food coloring and mix well.  No need for perfection.  You will be adding orange and red to the tips of the flames and it will all turn out fabulously.   Now it’s time to frost!  Fill your pastry bag and frost using whatever tip you want. Try to form peaks like flames of a fire!

Spicy Buttercream Frosting
Spicy Buttercream Frosting

To finish your flames, add red and orange food coloring to a small amount of frosting. Gently mix the color in the frosting while trying to keep the colors mostly separate!

Making Fire with Frosting!
Hot Flash Cupcakes!

Using a fork, pick up a small amount of the colored frosting and streak it through the piped frosting of each cupcake.  Try to make it look like fire by lifting and separating the buttercream into flames!

Hot Flash Cupcakes!
Hot Flash Cupcakes!

Hot Flash Cupcakes will bring a smile to all your Hot Flashing friends!

Hot Flash Cupcakes will bring a smile to all your Hot Flashing friends!

For all you Hunger Games fans, these would work well at your next Hunger Games party!

Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder (I use dutch processed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup Hot Water

Directions

Step 1
Sift the dry ingredients together in a medium size bowl. Beat butter in a large bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat well, add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
Step 2
Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and beat until just combined, Add ½ of the buttermilk, beat until just combined. Repeat with 1/3 of the dry ingredients and the rest of the buttermilk. Finish with the rest of the dry ingredients mixing until just combined. At a slow speed beat in ½ cup hot water until just combined.
Step 3
Prepare the cupcake tin with 12 paper cups and distribute the batter evenly.
Bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack.

Hot Flash Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks Butter (Room Temperature)
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Directions

Step 1
Combine all spices into a small bowl.
In a large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. At low speed, add the powdered sugar and cream, varying the amounts until the desired consistency is achieved. Sift the spices into the frosting, add the vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.

Clothesline Photo Gallery

 

Clothesline Photo Gallery
Clothesline Photo Gallery

Create a photo gallery that can be hung anywhere!

My daughter received one of these as a gift when she graduated from high school and she used it in her dorm and every apartment since for displaying photos.

The great thing about this photo gallery, besides being adorable, is that it is wonderful for anyone with limited space for framed photos!   College students, apartment dwellers, and our dearest teenagers will love this clothesline gallery for hanging their favorite photos of their friends, pets and family, especially those special photos of mom!

Make a Photo Clothesline!
Make your own Photo Clothesline!

In this post, I demonstrate two ways to make the photo clothesline gallery. One uses mini-clothespins and the other uses decorative brads and magnets!

What do you need?
Picture Wire
D-ring Frame Hangers
Glow Stick Connectors
Mini-Clothespins
or
Decorative Brads and Mini-magnets

Clothesline Photo Gallery
Clothesline Photo Gallery

First things first – you need a good quality picture wire.  This is a 30 pound coated wire.  No – you will not have 30 pounds of pictures, but the wire is a nice thickness for hanging pictures on and it is very easy to bend and twist.  We consulted with a professional picture framer on this one and she was right, it works perfectly!

The wire came in a 9 foot length, which was longer than we wanted so we used half of it!

Wire for the Clothesline Photo Gallery
Wire for the Clothesline Photo Gallery

Creating the hooks at the ends for hanging the clothesline, was very simple.

To one end of the wire, slide on a glow-stick connector.  It’s the small plastic tube you see in the picture that would normally be used to connect two glow-sticks together. The connectors work perfectly for covering the twisted wire and finishing off the looped ends.

Bend the wire 1.5″ from it’s end and slide the hole of a D-ring frame hanger into the bend in the wire.  Wrap the short end of the wire around to keep the D-ring in place.  Slide the glow-stick connector over the twisted wire and that’s it!  Do the same thing to the other side so you can hang the wire like a clothesline!

Attach D-ring Frame Hangers
Attach D-ring Frame Hangers

When gifting a Clothesline Photo Gallery, I always include a package of command hooks so  the gift can be hung immediately!

Command Hooks for the Clothesline Photo Gallery
Command Hooks for the Clothesline Photo Gallery

If you choose to hang your photos with clothespins, it is easy to find them. At Michael’s we found them in all colors and designs.  We selected the small white clothespins in order to personalize them!

White Clothespins for Photo Gallery
White Clothespins for Photo Gallery

Here are the clothespins my son decorated for a friend of his!  The Sharpie worked fabulously for this project.  It is easy to use and permanent!

Photo Gallery Clothespins
Photo Gallery Clothespins

If you decide you want your photo clothesline to have magnetic clasps to hang the pictures, find decorative brads.  Again at Michael’s or any craft store you will find tons of brads to choose from.  I selected my favorite from the larger brads since the brad needs to be substantial enough for a magnet to stick to and to hold a picture!

Attaching the Brads to the Photo Clothesline
Attaching the Brads to the Photo Clothesline

Open up the prongs of the brad and with a needle nose pliers, twist the ends around the wire.  The prongs are easy to bend and the pliers allows you to pull the prongs tightly around the wire so the brad will stay in place.

Attaching Brads to the Photo Clothesline!
Attaching Brads to the Photo Clothesline!

Attach as many brads as you like.  Not all of them need to have magnets attached to them. Attaching additional brads allows a few more options for hanging pictures!

After you have finished attaching the brads, you will need to make your magnetic clasp.

I purchased Neodymium Magnets at Michael’s again!  The magnets are very strong and 0.25″ in diameter! They were perfect for this project!

Attaching Magnets to Decorative Brads
Attaching Magnets to Decorative Brads

Open up the prongs on the back of a brad, align the magnet in the center back and wrap the prongs around the magnet!

The magnetic clasp created is strong enough to hold photos between it’s self and the brads you have attached to your wire!

Magnet Clasp for Clothesline Photo Gallery
Magnet Clasp for Clothesline Photo Gallery

You are now ready to hang your photos!

Clothesline Photo Gallery
Clothesline Photo Gallery

This is a great gift to make for high school graduates heading off to college this fall!

Magnetic Photo Gallery
Magnetic Photo Gallery
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Chalkboard Photo Display for Graduation Parties!

Chalkboard Photo Frames
Chalkboard Photo Frames

Before my son’s graduation party, my daughter and I were sitting in our kitchen brainstorming ideas for displaying photos for his celebration.  Since most parties tend to have the same types of displays, we wanted to do something unique!  This is what we came up with!

The chalkboard photo frames were made using black paper. The paper was  a heavy weight, duo-finish, 4 feet by 200 feet roll from Pacon Corporation in Appleton, Wisconsin. Using the rough side of the paper, I was able to easily write with a piece of chalk and erase using a microfiber towel.  For the times that I really screwed up, I was able to lightly wet the towel to help remove all the chalk! Once the paper dried, I was ready to try again!

Chalkboard Photo Frame
Chalkboard Photo Frame

After measuring the pantry cupboards, my daughter cut strips of black paper to fit in the inner door panel.  For the rest of the photos, we cut out various “frames”! The frames were very simple to make.  We simply laid the picture on the paper, outlined the photo in chalk and with the help of a ruler and some creativity, we made some frames!

Chalkboard Photo Frame
Chalkboard Photo Frame
Chalkboard Photo Frames
Chalkboard Photo Frames

As you can see in the pictures, the chalk smudges exactly like it would on a real chalkboard!

I like that realistic look!

Chalkboard Photo Frame
Chalkboard Photo Frame

Using full sheets of paper, I made a sheet of “Family” photos and another one of “Good Friends”.  I thinks it’s fun for your guests to see pictures of themselves with the graduate so I provided them with lots of pictures!

These full sheets of photos were also great for covering the junky side of the garage!!

Paper Chalkboards
Paper Chalkboards Make Great Party Signs!

I found the easiest way to attach the photos was to use painter’s tape. The tape will not harm your cabinets and is easily removed from your photos!

This is a fun and easy way to display photos for any get-together!

Spicy Chicken Dip Recipe

This Chicken Dip Recipe is made spicy by adding jalapeños and it is wonderful. My favorite way to eat the dip is on crostini, but it also makes a great sandwich spread.

So many options –  dip at a party, sandwich spread for your family or something you whip up at the last minute to impress your friends!

If you want to turn down the temperature, this recipe can be prepared with the wonderful flavor of mild green chilis instead of the jalapeños!

Spicy Chicken Spread Recipe
Spicy Chicken Dip on Crostini!

The original recipe came from a friend of mine and it contained a lot more cream cheese than chicken so I changed it so it’s more about spicy chicken made creamy with less cream cheese!

Spicy Chicken Spread
1 lb of cooked chicken –  shredded
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup chicken broth
1 – 4 oz can mild green chili’s – drained
1 – 4 oz can diced jalapenos – drained (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Spicy Chicken Spread Recipe
Spicy Chicken Dip Recipe

I always use the entire can of green chilis and only a tablespoon or two of the jalapeños. The jalapenos have a wonderful flavor that I love, but adding the entire can makes it too spicy for me!  For those in my family that can’t seem to get enough spice, I keep the left over diced jalapeños as a condiment!

Combine all the ingredients together, stir well and heat in a covered  crock pot for at least an hour.  Stir occasionally while cooking.

 

Spicy Chicken Spread Recipe
Spicy Chicken Dip Ingredients

The result is a creamy delicious chicken spread that everyone will love!

Spicy Chicken Spread Recipe
Spicy Chicken Dip

When I am in a hurry, I microwave all the ingredients for a few minutes in a bowl  and then pour them into the crock pot. This speeds things up, but don’t skip the crock pot all together. Allowing the chicken mixture to simmer in the crock pot adds something special to the recipe!

 

Spicy Chicken Spread Recipe
Spicy Chicken Dip with Jalapeños!

The truly brave can top the chicken dip with fresh jalapeños!

Enjoy!

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Multicolor Frosting for Cupcakes!

Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!

Multicolor Frosting for Cupcakes!

Show your graduate’s school colors with two-tone frosting!

This delightful multi-colored frosting would be wonderful for any occasion: weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, holidays…

What do you need?
One 16″ Decorating Bag
Two 12″ Decorating Bags
Coupler and Tips for the 16″ Bag
Frosting and Gel Food Colors

Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!
Supplies for Multicolor Cupcakes!

Stir up a bowl of frosting.  Here I have made cream cheese frosting, but any kind will work! Divide the frosting into two bowls and color them using the gel food colors.  If you want, you could divide the frosting three times – wouldn’t that be cool!

Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!
Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!

Color your frosting, cut the tip off the end of your 12″ bags and fill them with frosting!

Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!
Multicolor Frosting for Cupcakes!

After placing the coupler base into the 16″ decorating bag, tuck the two 12″ filled decorating bags into the 16″ decorating bag.  Make sure both bag tips are positioned into the very bottom of the bag.  Place a decorating tip on the coupler and secure with the coupler ring.

Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!
Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!

Time to start frosting!

Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!
Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!

Pipe the frosting onto your cupcakes.  Here I have used the 2D decorating tip!

Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!
Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!

These are so fun and delicious!  Perfect for any occasion!

Two-Tone Frosting for Cupcakes!
Multicolor Frosting for Cupcakes!

Balloon Table Runners are Adorable!

Start your party off the right way with fun tabletop decorations!

In this post, I show a few unique ways to make balloon centerpieces and table runners that will work for any get together:  birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, holidays…

Balloon Table Runners
Balloon Table Runners

Find additional Table Decorating ideas available on my post: Festive and Fun Table Decorations!

Let’s start with the Table Runner!

What do you need?
Balloons (I used 7″ & 9″ balloons)
Fishing Line
Weights to hold the balloons in place
Tablecloth Clamps for securing the runner

Balloon Table Runner Supplies
Balloon Table Runner Supplies

Time to start inflating those balloons!

Balloon Table Runner!
Balloon Table Runner!

For the above runner, I inflated 7″ balloons until they were 3-6″ in diameter.  I liked the look the varied sizes provided!  After inflating the balloons, I tied them around a length of fishing line.  Fishing line is great because it is difficult to see and the balloons will easily slide along the line!

Balloon Table Runner
Balloon Table Runner

Here I used a 9″ balloon and tried to maintain the same size of 5″ or so.  Under inflating the balloons resulted in a teardrop shape that I loved!

So many options to choose from! Colors, sizes, shapes…

One thing I would remember is to keep the balloons small enough so they won’t take up the entire table and so that your guests can see each other across the table!

Balloon table runners need clips to hold them in place!
Balloon table runners need clips to hold them in place!

How to keep your adorable table runner in place on a windy day?

Secure the ends of the table runner by tying the fishing line around a Tablecloth Clamp. These can be found in the camping aisle!

Balloon Table Runners need Weights!
Balloon Table Runners need Weights!

To secure the middle of your beautiful runner in place, weight it with heavy clips.  I found these at the office supply store.  They are metal magnet clips that are wonderfully heavy. These were perfect for holding the runner in place.  They are small enough to be easily hidden and heavy enough to do the job.

Another balloon suggestion is the Balloon Centerpiece!

Balloon Centerpiece
Balloon Centerpiece

To make this centerpiece, I attached balloons to a wreath frame with rubber bands!

Loop the rubber band around the metal frame and tie a small loop at the opposite end of the rubber band.  Slip the knot of your inflated balloon into the loop and continue this process until you are satisfied that you have enough balloons!  To create extra height in the center, use longer rubber bands or double loop two together.

Balloon Centerpieces
Balloon Centerpieces

The rubber bands are great because you can easily stretch and twist the balloons around each other to get the look you want!

Final Balloon Decorating Idea!

Hang Columns of Balloons from the trees.

Make a column of balloons using the same directions as you did for the table runner.  In this picture I tied the balloons around a narrow ribbon instead of the fishing line. Ribbon is simple to tie to a tree branch and the balloons will not slide as easily.   Choose what works best for you!

So much fun for so little money!

Columns of Balloons!
Columns of Balloons!

Now go out and have some fun decorating tables for your next celebration!

Balloon Table Runners
Balloon Table Runners

 

 

Festive & Fun Table Decorating Ideas!

It is the time for parties   –  Graduations, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Weddings…  If you need an inexpensive and simple decoration for your tables, I have you covered!

Now go get your decorative paper because I have not one, not two, but three ideas for you!

First up – Paper Stars

The sky is the limit with this one!

Just toss the stars in the center of your table for a festive center piece or run them all along the table for a table runner.  So easy and so fun!

Paper Stars
Paper Stars

What do you need?
Craft Paper & Scissors

The stars shown here were crafted from card stock because I wanted a star that was a little heftier and hopefully wouldn’t blow away.  Card stock is more difficult to fold than paper, but it suited my needs perfectly!

For a tutorial on how to cut a star using a single cut, refer to this youtube video:  Simple 3D Paper Stars

As you will see in the video, cutting stars is very easy to do.  I did have to watch the video a couple of times, but after that  – I had it!

To create the look I wanted, I used various colors and sizes.

This would be a great decoration for Memorial Day or the 4th of July with stars made from red, white & blue paper!

Paper Stars
Paper Stars

Next up – Extra-large Confetti

This is one of my favorite table decorations!  Last year,  I suggested using this for a cross-country banquet with great success.  I gathered a group of volunteers at my home, served them wine and snacks and we punched and punched and punched….

All that punching resulted in easily decorated tables that looked adorable and lots of fun for me chatting, punching and drinking wine with the ladies!

What do you need?
Cardstock
Circle punches
(I used 1″, 2″ & 3″ punches!)

Extra-large Confetti
Extra-large Confetti

After gathering your confetti, arrange them on your table.

You can choose to separate the circles like below.

Extra-large Confetti
Extra-large Confetti

Or toss the confetti on the tables and let them fall where they may!
Either way creates an adorable table decoration!

Extra Large Confetti
Extra Large Confetti

 

Last paper table decoration for today!

Paper Table Runners!

Wrapping Paper Table Runner
Wrapping Paper Table Runner

To make these fabulous table runners, I used wrapping paper!

Traditionally, table runners are 12-16 inches in width and most wrapping paper comes in widths of  24″- 30″.  If you want a wide table runner, go ahead and use it as is.  If not, be sure to buy the paper with a grid pattern on the back so you can easily and neatly cut it the correct width.

Wrapping Paper
Wrapping Paper

Another option that makes life easy is to purchase short rolls of wrapping paper. Michael’s sells 7 yds of 17″ wide wrapping paper for $1.50.  The selection of the wrapping paper is limited, but give it a try.  For very little money you can create great looking tables!

Wrapping Paper Table Runner
Wrapping Paper Table Runner

Another product at Michael’s that I am really excited about is their line of craft paper.  It comes in rolls of 20′ that are 14″ wide – Perfect!

The paper is a wonderful weight and comes in so many fabulous colors!

Here are just a few!

Wrapping paper
Wrapping Paper at Michaels!

Now there is no reason why you shouldn’t have beautifully decorated tables for your next celebration.  Whether it is for a graduation, birthday, anniversary or just a simple family gathering, every party will be festive and fun with a simple paper table decoration!

Wrapping paper table runner
Wrapping paper table runner
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Make your own almond butter!

Make your own Almond Butter!

I am so excited by my latest discovery – How to make Almond Butter!

Our house is a peanut free zone therefore, NO Peanut Butter!  I love peanut butter so to compensate for its loss I have tried every type of nut butter I can find. My favorite is almond butter, but even that can be disappointing!

I don’t know how many times I have opened a new jar of almond butter only to find it was beginning to go rancid.  The use by date says it should be good, but the flavor says something else.

So good bye commercially prepared almond butter!  These days I am making my own!

Make your own almond butter!
Make your own almond butter!

To prepare the almond butter, I use my newest love – the NUTRiBULLET! I love how easy it is to use and clean.
Oh yeah – it makes great smoothies too, but that is for another post!

The almonds I purchase are from Blue Diamond!  They are peanut-free and so far these are the only peanut free nuts I have found!  Thank you Blue Diamond!

Almond Butter Recipe
1/2 cup almonds (I use Blue Diamonds Whole Natural Almonds – they are raw!)
3/4 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp honey
Dash of salt

Make your own almond butter!
Make your own almond butter!

Let’s get started!

Grease a frying pan with a small amount of coconut oil and warm over medium heat.  Toss in the almonds and stir gently until the almonds become fragrant and begin to toast!

Make your own almond butter!
Make your own almond butter!

Remove the almonds from the pan and cool until just warm.

If your almonds cool completely, warm them in the pan again.  Warm almonds is the key to making almond butter quickly.  You do not want to burn out your blending device so make sure the almonds are warm.  Also, be sure that the blending appliance you use is powerful enough to grind almonds!

Make your own almond butter!
Make your own almond butter!

I toss my warm almonds into my NUTRiBULLET!  After blending for 10-20 seconds, I shake the bullet so all the almond pieces drop down to the blade area and blend again for 15-20 seconds.  After 5-6 blending cycles, I end up with almond butter.

As you can see in the above photo, the paste appears a bit dry.  The butter can be used as is, but to improve the flavor and add smoothness, add the coconut oil, honey and a little salt!

Make your own almond butter!
Make your own almond butter!

Blend again and it will result in a smooth and delicious almond butter!  Store the almond butter in the refrigerator!

Notice that I only prepare 1/2 cup of almond butter at a time.  Why?  Because I am a pig and there is always the fear that I will eat all of it in one sitting! – Don’t laugh – it has happened! For me,  it is best to keep it at 1/2 cup!

The other reason to prepare small amounts – Nuts will go rancid  faster after heating and grinding.  Small amounts alleviate the fear of this delicious butter going rancid before you have time to gobble it up!

Make your own almond butter!
Make your own almond butter!

Enjoy!

 

Rice Krispie Treat Baskets

Rice Krispie Treat Baskets
Rice Krispie Treat Baskets

Everyone loves the crispy goodness of Rice Krispie treats.  Mold the treats into a basket, add Easter candy and you have created a fun addition to your Easter celebrations!

What do you need?
Fresh batch of Rice Krispie treats
Muffin Tin – you will be using it upside down!
Candy – lots of candy!

After mixing up a batch of Rice Krispie treats, cool slightly then mold the Rice Krispies around the underside of a greased muffin tin.   I used a standard size muffin tin and a mini-muffin tin.  The mini-muffin tin worked best.  The baskets made with the standard muffin tin held up pretty well, but if not eaten quickly enough they will start to sag!

You will need to alternate holes on the muffin tin to have room for the bowls!

Rice Krispie Treat Baskets
Rice Krispie Treat Baskets

After the bowls set up, I removed them from the muffin tin and decorated them with melted chocolate and pastel sprinkles!

If using sprinkles, you will need to gently press the sprinkles into the Rice Krispies in order for them to stick!

Rice Krispie Treat Baskets
Rice Krispie Treat Baskets

I filled my eggs with an assortment of candy and to some of the bowls I added “grass”.  The grass I made by slicing the green and blue Dot Candies that I had on hand.  Any type of green jelly candy would work wonderfully.  Just slice them into thin pieces, clump a few grass blades together and add them to your baskets!

Rice Krispie Treat Baskets
Rice Krispie Treat Baskets

This is an easy treat to send to college students, friends and family for a tasty Easter surprise!

If you want other ideas for a college student or anyone else on your Easter list, check my other posts:

Easter Egg Hunt for the College Student!

Easter Bouquet of Peeps!

Felt Easter Eggs to Fill with Treats!

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Felt Easter Eggs to Fill with Treats!

basket-of-eggs

Refillable Felt Easter Eggs!  Who wouldn’t like a basket filled with these?

Refillable Felt Easter Eggs
Refillable Felt Easter Eggs

I wanted to try something new this year so I came up with a way to make an egg that could be filled with goodies! The eggs are designed to take the place of Easter baskets for those occasions when Easter baskets for everyone is not practical! Times when grandma invites friends, family and neighbors to Easter or when you wish to send a little something to five college roommates!

These adorable eggs are made out of felt and have a velcro closure so the egg can be filled with Easter grass, candy, money (for the poor college student), gift cards, movie tickets… The sky is the limit!

Creating the eggs involves simply cutting 4 pieces of a single pattern piece (included in the post – of course!); sewing 3 seams; turning it right side out and attaching an adhesive velcro closure!  It is that easy, until you get to the hard part – What to fill the eggs with?

What do you need?
Felt
Adhesive Velcro Closures
Filler – Definitely Easter grass and candy! The rest is up to you!

Felt for making Fabric Easter Eggs
Felt for making Fabric Easter Eggs

Head over to your local fabric store and select a few pieces of your favorite felt colors. Because the pattern piece is 8″ long, a quarter of a yard is a good amount to buy.  I purchased a quarter of a yard of the above 4 colors and it cost me $4!  Felt is perfect for a project like this!  It’s inexpensive, easy to work with and comes in so many wonderful colors!

With my total felt yardage of one yard, I was able to create 18 of these 5″ eggs!

pattern

A printable pattern piece can be found here :  Egg Pattern

Each egg requires 4 pieces and I cut out two at a time because of the thickness of the felt. Any more than that and I can’t squeeze my scissors!

If you check the pictures you will see that I made some of the eggs a single color and mixed the colors on others!  Put them together however you like!

Refillable Felt Easter Eggs
Refillable Felt Easter Eggs

Put two pieces together and pin one of the sides.  This is the side you will be sewing first!

Felt Pieces for Fabric Easter Eggs
Felt Pieces for Fabric Easter Eggs

Sew  the two pieces together on the one side.  Sew where the dotted line on the pattern piece indicates. I used a 1/4″ seam.

To prevent your seams from unraveling, “knot” the ends of the seam by using the backstitch to overlap a few stitches! Backstitching at the beginning and end of your seam will create a strong seam that will not unravel!

Sew the other two pieces together in the same manner.

Felt Pieces for Fabric Easter Eggs
Felt Pieces for Fabric Easter Eggs

Open up the pieces you have just sewn and pin them, right sides together.  Sew around the outer edge of the egg where the dotted lines on the pattern indicate.

The rounded flaps are not sewn.  The flaps will create the closure at the bottom of the egg.

Refillable Felt Easter Eggs
Refillable Felt Easter Eggs

As you can see in the above picture, after you turn your egg right side out there will be 4 rounded flaps.  After filling your egg, fold two of the opposite flaps down creating a seal at the bottom of your egg!

fill-eggs

Attach the adhesive velcro closures on the last two flaps and seal up your egg!

You are almost done!

felt-egg-basket

To finish your eggs. I created fun Easter tags for you to print for free!

Using embroidery floss and a large needle, I ran a double piece of floss thru the top of my egg and used that to tie on the gift tag!

You can find free printable copies of the Easter Gift Tags here!
Click here for small tags (shown in picture) that print 9 to a page –   Easter Tags
Click here for large tags that print 3 to a page –   Large Easter Tags

If you want other ideas for a college student or anyone else on your Easter list, check my other posts:

Easter Egg Hunt for the College Student!

Easter Bouquet of Peeps!

Happy-Easter

Happy Easter Everyone!

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