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fudgy peppermint brownie cupcakes (and printable tag)

December 17, 2014

When it is Christmastime, I just can’t get enough of the chocolate and peppermint combination.  Let’s face it, I love chocolate and pretty much anything, but peppermint and chocolate may possibly be one of the greatest combos ever, especially for this time of the year!

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This recipe came as a result of the need to make a bake sale treat a couple of weeks ago for my kids’ music school.  I love the way it turned out because the recipe couldn’t get any easier, the packaging makes it bake-sale ready, it’s festive for the holidays, and it’s pretty to look at.

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For these minty brownies you will need a box of brownie mix, crushed peppermint candies, and peppermint extract.

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Make the brownies according to the package.  Stir in 1 tsp of peppermint extract and 1/3 cup crushed candies.  Then divide your batter into sprayed muffin tins.  Your time in the oven will be shorter too.  Start checking the doneness around 15 minutes in.

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My husband was actually shocked to hear how basic this recipe was.  When I told him how it was done, his response was, “That’s it?”  Yes.  That’s it people.

Put each brownie cupcake into a clear plastic cup.  Pipe on some store-bought frosting, and top with more crushed candies.

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If these are on their way to a bake sale, or even a classroom party, go ahead and wrap each cup in cellophane and tie a fork on.  Lastly, get these cute and simple printable tags to top your treats.  (I entered my own text in, yours come blank for customizing!)

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There you have it!  A festive, cute, YUMMY, and transportable Christmas treat!

And if you can’t get enough of chocolate and peppermint, like me, check out these:

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15 Awesome Chocolate Peppermint Treats via Circus Berry

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Fudgy Peppermint Parfaits via Circus Berry for Somewhat Simple

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parties, printable

Healthy New Year Party Inspiration @ Organize & Decorate Everything

December 12, 2014

It is never too early to start thinking about healthy habits.  We are only a couple weeks away from the New Year and I am sure with that comes some health-related resolutions.  Why not enroll the support and company of some of your closest friends and family on your journey?

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Today you can find me over at Organize & Decorate Everything, sharing some party inspiration and free party printables for a Healthy New Year party.  There you will find some healthy menu ideas, goody bag suggestions, and downloads for your invitations and gift tags!  Go check it out, plan your very own New Year, New You celebration, and get a great start off to your New Year resolutions!

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crafts, printable

#MakeIt Blogger Challenge: Dollar Tree Gift Jar (and Santa Tag Printable!)

December 1, 2014

I just love handmade gifts that come together so easily and look great when they are done.  These Dollar Tree Jar Crafts, complete with this Santa Tag Printable, are just that.  They are easy, cute, and can be filled with any number of sweet treats for the great people in your life.

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It’s time for the #MakeIt Blogger Challenge with this month’s theme being Dollar Tree Gifts.  I was strolling the aisles a couple of weeks ago and found these plain glass jars that I thought would be the perfect vessel for some goodies for all of our teachers.  It is a nice twist on the ever-so-popular mason jar too. Continue Reading…

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bunny cupcake toppers for kids

April 4, 2014

Why not add a child’s touch to your Easter treats this year.  It is easier than you may think and fun to get the little ones involved.  Let’s not forget how fabulous it is too to have something to keep the kids busy while you manage something else.

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Print out the bunny shapes and tell your kids you need them they are going to make fun decorations for their cupcakes.  Then walk away and do what you need to do.  See what they come up with.  Ronan is more of a ‘solid color’ person and Moira is more of a “stripes, dots and patterns” person.

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Once they all of the bunnies were colored, I cut out as many as I needed, glued a tiny little pom pom on for the tail, glued on a toothpick, and ended up with a super-cool, colorful, and kid-friendly cupcake topper.  Imagine how excited they were to see their own creations on top of the cupcakes (that they helped to bake as well).

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Here is what you need:

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Have fun creating!

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print & color spring art @ Or So She Says

April 1, 2014

Do you need something bright and flowery in your life right now?  Maybe a little bit of art therapy?  Head over to Or So She Says and see a fun print I made for you to color.  Print it on  the paper of your choice, use the medium of your choice, and color away!

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Go ahead…go see how I colored all of mine!  Happy Spring!

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