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25+ Retro Halloween Cutouts: Do You Remember?

Posted on June 08, 2016 by Marge W | 0 comments

Cat on the Moon Retro Halloween Cutout

Retro Halloween paper cutouts bring me right back to the 50's when I was a kid.

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Bethany Lowe Halloween Heirloom Collection

Posted on May 02, 2016 by Jessica Weston | 0 comments

Bethany Lowe Halloween Drummer Boys

Bethany Lowe celebrates her 30th anniversary.

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Easter Blessings ~ Illuminated Cross Cake

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Marge W | 0 comments

I was inspired to make the cross on a cake for Easter after seeing a moving Billy Graham evangelical ministry message; The Cross on YouTube that took place showing his cabin home on a hill top in the Carolina's. There was an old rugged twisted wooden cross in the video, the most beautiful rugged wooden cross.

Easter Blessings Cakes with Cross of Jesus

To illuminate the Rugged Cross Cake place a piece of tissue paper under a glass serving tray with our quick and easy Mini Robin's Egg Cakes and Petite Easter Egg Cakes.  Place a battery operated light underneath the serving tray.

Jesus Rising From the Dead Easter Cakes

Jesus Christ's resurrection from death opens the way to new life.

Share your Easter Blessings and Easter Rugged Cross Dessert Cakes with family and friends. At your table they will be reminded of sweetness of grace, love, & forgiveness the cross bears. To hunger for God, live in grace, mercy and love.

 

 

Quick & Easy Petite Easter Egg Cakes

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Marge W | 0 comments

Make these quick, easy, Easter Egg Petite Cakes with ready made store bought ingredients.

My inspiration for these flower decorated pound cake eggs came from my Grandmothers hand crochet flower dollies. She would rock in the rocking chair and hand crochet pansy flower dollies when the dollies were finished she would starch the dollies flowers with an old fashioned sugar water recipe that was handed down from her mother to form the purple pansy flowers.

Easy Petite Easter Egg Cakes made with store bought pound cake

Roses are red, violets are blue, I remember picking violets in the meadow at Easter time. What about you? Easter is one of my favorite holidays. It's fun to watch the kids go on a Easter egg hunt. Scurrying searching for chocolate bunnies and eggs to fill their baskets. In the fifties when I was a little girl, my grandma shopped at the five and dime store, called Grants. Grandma Corrine bought all her crochet craft supplies there. She handmade the most beautiful purple, lavender and yellow pansy flower dollies. Every Easter Grandma would buy my siblings and I the biggest chocolate candy egg. It was the sweetest, sugary giant chocolate egg, filled with vanilla cream fondant Easter egg. Decorated with hard sugar icing flowers in yellow, pink roses and purple violet flowers.

Glazing Petite Easter Egg Cakes

Ingredients:

• 1 - 16 oz. Frozen Pound Cake
• 1 - 16 oz. Canned frosting. Plus more if using to piping flowers & leaves.
• Food coloring for flowers and leaves
• Yellow sprinkles
• Assorted candy pearls

Let pound cake stand out of the freezer for several minutes.  Cut the pound cake in half horizontally to make two pieces. Use your cookie cutter to cut egg shapes out of the pound cake.

Place a wire rack onto a baking sheet with your egg cut outs on top.

Place your frosting into a microwavable bowl with a spout for pouring (I used a measuring cup).

Heat frosting in microwave until melted.

Pour over the pound cake cut outs while they are still cold.

Let set for 15-20 minutes in the fridge.

Decorate the cakes with candy pearls.

Use a small leaf piping tip to pipe the leaves. I added a little cocoa powder to darken the green color frosting for a romantic vintage feel.

I colored the frosting purple for the flowers and used a tip #59

I added bright yellow sprinkles for the stamen flower centers.

Tip: If your not comfortable piping directly on the cakes make a batch of Royal Icing and pipe the flowers and leaves directly onto pieces of wax paper and let dry to harden. Then transfer the hardened flowers and leaves onto the cakes. The store bought canned frosting will not harden so you wont be able transfer them from the wax paper.

Easter Blessings Egg Cakes

Easy Little Egg Cakes. Made with pound cake and store bought icing.

Do you remember sugar flower eggs, picking violets or those old fashioned cream filled eggs?

 

Mini Robin's Egg Cakes

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Marge W | 0 comments

Easter party planning can be a snap. With store bought ready made pound cake and frosting from a can. With this easy to follow Mini Robin's Egg Cake recipe for an Easter celebration with family and friends.

Mini Robin's Egg Cakes

My inspiration for these beautiful blue egg mini cakes is just right outside my window. I have a bird's eye view, it's Spring, pussy willows have just popped open. Bird's are chirping. My pink cherry blossom tree in front of my sitting room window is about to bloom. Every year I enjoy Mother robin coming back to the same nest to rebuild what winter has torn down. Mother robin fast at work preparing a warm safe place. She lays her eggs, their a beautiful robins' egg blue. Baby robins hatch, Mother robin red breast fly's in and out of her nest bringing back food to feed her babies.

Ingredients:

• 1 - 16 oz. Frozen Pound Cake
• 1 - 16 oz. Canned frosting
• Blue food coloring
• 1 - T Cocoa powder
• 1 - T Vanilla extract
• Egg shaped cookie cutter (I used a 2" cookie cutter)
• Clean paint brush for speckling eggs.

Take pound cake out of the freezer and allow to thaw for several minutes.  Once pound cake has thawed slightly cut across the top of the pound cake just enough to make the top flat. Cut pound cake in half lengthwise.

Cutting Pound Cake in Half for Mini Robbins Egg Petit Fours

Use your cookie cutter to cut egg shaped pieces of pound cake. I pressed the little cakes out of the cookie cutter from the bottom up so I wouldn't leave indents on the top of the little cakes. 

Cutting Pound Cake with Egg Shaped Cookie Cutters for Mini Easter Egg Cakes

Set a wire rack onto a baking sheet. Place the mini pound cake egg shapes on top of cooling rack.

Mini Egg Pound Cake Cutouts waiting to be glazed

Heat frosting in microwave until melted, add blue food coloring. I used a few drops of neon blue and one drop of royal blue food coloring.

Glaze for Mini Robin's Egg Easter Cakes

Pour blue icing over top of cakes until completely coated. If your icing begins to thicken simply reheat in the microwave for a few seconds.

Pouring Icing Over Mini Easter Egg Cakes

Let the cakes set for 15-20 minutes. While your waiting for the icing to set, mix the vanilla extract and cocoa powder together. Dip the paint brush into your chocolate paint, flick the bristles with your finger to create egg specks. I recommend practicing first on a piece of wax paper.

Chocolate Paint to Speckle Mini Egg Cakes

I just couldn't resist making one golden egg.  I sprayed one frosted egg cake with Wilton Gold Color Mist, shimmering food color spray.

Speckled Mini Egg Cakes with the Mini Golden Egg CakeI'm ready for Spring! What about you?

Peeps Skillet S'mores

Posted on March 04, 2016 by Marge W | 2 comments

 Peeps Skillet S'mores for Easter

The first time I ever had S'mores was on a girl scout camping trip with my daughters' troop. We had a nice camp fire going at the state park and we were all looking forward to toasting marshmallows. The troop leader said we were going to have S'mores. I said what's a S'more? She couldn't believe I never had S'mores."We'll girls, were going to have to make Mrs. West a S'more." The girl scouts proceeded to roast their marshmallows. While the marshmallows were still warm, they sandwiched a layer of chocolate and toasted marshmallows between two graham crackers. Oh boy, were they delicious! The warm melted chocolate and toasted marshmallow with the crunch of graham cracker.

Easter chick Peeps Skillet S'mores have brought this nostalgic delicious dessert to a whole new level for Easter. Enjoy these Skillet S'mores anytime, there's no need for a fire and they can be made in a matter of minutes. Whether you're feeding a crowd or entertaining friends this simple, fast recipe is a fun, colorful sweet treat that will conjure up nostalgic memories.

Peep Skillet S'mores Ingredients

You'll need:
- Peeps. Different colors make this Easter desert fun and festive.
- Chocolate bars or chocolate chips (I used Hershey's chocolate eggs and chocolate bars).
- Your favorite graham crackers for dipping
- Butter.
- Cast iron skillet. (I recommend cast iron because it will keep your chocolate warm longer).
- A spoon (for mixing chocolate until melted)

Rainbow Peeps for Skillet Smores

Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet on your cook top. Remove skillet form the heat, layer your choice of chocolate chips or your favorite chocolate chopped up into small pieces into the bottom of the skillet.  

Chocolate For Peeps Skillet S'mores

Then place a single layer of Peeps on top of the slightly melted chocolate.

Finish off by baking at 450 until peep marshmallows are soft and gooey. If you like caramelized marshmallows like I do, briefly roast under broiler until desired.

Peeps Skillet S'mores for Easter


Use graham crackers for dipping, using a spoon to scoop this Easter Peep treat is also helpful especially if you caramelized your marshmallows like I did. Serve Peeps Skillet S'mores right away while warm.

I think it's time to invite the girl scouts back, now that their all grown up!

Mmmmm yummy! Happy Easter!

Do you like your Peeps fresh and soft right out of the box or do you like your Peeps stale and firm? 

Candy Corn Hi-Hat Cupcakes

Posted on October 17, 2015 by Marge W | 0 comments

50's Halloween Trick or Treating, Bags Candy Corn!

These Candy Corn cupcakes remind me of the 50's when I was a little girl. Candy Corn was a treat given out in small filled trick or treat paper Halloween printed bags. As a child, kids in the neighborhood would frown on getting more candy corn, it seemed everyone gave it out. All the trick-or-treaters would say,"Oh no, not more candy corn!" Now that I'm an adult, I crave candy corn, it's the official go to Halloween candy. It brings back nostalgic childhood memories of having fun on mischief and Halloween night.

Candy Corn Hi-Hat Cupcakes

Candy Corn Hi-Hat Cupcakes Dipped in Chocolate

You will need;
- Cupcakes made using your favorite cake mix or your favorite cupcake recipe, I used vanilla cake mix.
- Make your cupcakes even more festive using Halloween cupcake papers.
- Ready made white frosting plus orange and yellow food coloring.
- A large round pastry tube for piping frosting
- White chocolate melting wafers, melted in microwave or double boiler on low heat.

Divide frosting into three bowls. Color one bowl of frosting orange and one yellow leaving the remaining bowl white.
Fill pastry bags (I used disposable pastry bags to make cleanup a snap) for piping with yellow frosting, orange frosting and white frosting. Pipe first swirl of yellow frosting on each cooled cupcake, just like the colors of candy corn. Place in the freezer for up to 30 minutes or until firm.
Dip the cupcakes upside in white chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip off before turning right side up, it's that easy. You can also add food coloring to the white dipping chocolate in yellow and orange to make a trio of white, orange and yellow chocolate covered hi-hat cupcakes.
When I took my first bite of these candy corn cupcakes it had the taste and texture of mellowcreme candy corn. My daughter exclaimed "it tastes like a vanilla white chocolate truffle, mmm yummy!" I really like the texture that the white chocolate brought to the Hi-Hat Candy Corn Cupcakes. It's time to invite family and friends to share these special Halloween sweet treats!