Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sheep Cupcakes

Something about spring brings on the sheep! This idea is from "Flock of Sheep" in the Martha Stewart's Cupcakes Book. They are quite easy to make and great to make with children.
What you need:
cupcakes
mini marshmallows (cut in half)
ready made whipped canned frosting
black and pink tube icing (or color a little of the white icing)
tips 1 and 66

Frost cupcakes with spatula. Use piping bag with just coupler to pipe on head. Refrigerate a few minutes for frosting to stiffen up. Use tip 1 to pipe on eyes in black and nose and mouth in pink. Use tip 66 to make ears. Place halved marshmallows all over cupcake.
Enjoy!




Friday, March 30, 2012

Easter Bunny Cookies

It's Easter Bunny time and here are my bunny cookies!
For these cookies I used 2 teaspoons of lemon extract in my regular sugar cookie recipe. This is my first time using lemon in them and I love the flavor. I would have liked it to be a little bit stronger and may bump it up to 3 teaspoons of lemon extract next time for the batch. They are decorated with royal icing.
The bunny cookie cutters came in a set with a carrot cookie cutter. I originally planned on icing the carrots too, but I have been making so many cookies lately that I ran out of icing. I didn't want to make a batch just for the 5 carrots I cut out, we enjoyed those "as is" and even undecorated they were yummy with that lemon flavor!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thank You Trilogy Edibles!

Let's see...today (yesterday by the time you are reading this) was a rough day from the start, but when the mailman was holding a small box, I rushed up the hill to him...okay, I am a huge dork, the secret is out, now you know! I knew it had to be my special cookies from Karen at Trilogy Edibles! I only took a second to take a couple pictures before I began devouring them like Cookie Monster!
I did share these guys with the family though! We all loved them. It was so fun eating cookies made by someone else...lol. I loved the light shortbread like texture of these cookies! So colorful too!
Thanks Karen for making my day!
Hugs!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party #17

Hi and Welcome to Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party!
I am so glad you are back again to join us for another party, or maybe this is your first visit? Come on in, make yourself at home, grab some new ideas, and maybe meet some new friends! Before I begin this weeks features, you may be wondering how I choose my features. Originally, I went by most visited, which began to seem unfair since usually that was close to one of the first people that linked up, therefore more exposure. The past few weeks or so I have just picked which features catch my eye most. These features may be something that I just know took tons of time to create, something that seems very unique or super cute, or just something that best fits the season. I hope you enjoy what I have picked this week!
Here are the Features from Week #16
(no particular order)
Congratulations to all of you!
Grab your "I Was Featured" button on the Grab a Button Page!
  
Moving on to this weeks party:
Link up your sweets, whatever dessert YOU have made this week!
Nothing new? Link that up too! Dig thought your archives and find a sweet treat that you want to share! I just ask that you keep it all family friendly! I reserve the right to delete any post that I find inappropriate or not with the sweet theme.
I would love it if you would follow Mrs. Fox's Sweets in some way so that you don't miss one sweet bite! You can follow via GFC, Linky Followers, Facebook, Email, and/or Twitter. All links are in the right column. I also have a button available for you to share Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party in the right column and on the Grab a Button Page! Don't forget to visit some of the other links! We all love visitors!
Each week I share a few sweets from the party the week before! By joining this party, you give Mrs. Fox's Sweet's permission to use your sweet photo in a featured post. Featured sweets may also be shared at Mrs. Fox's Sweets on Facebook, Stumbled, and/or Pinned!


Also stop by the Bunny Hop Easter Link Party where you can link up your spring and Easter recipes AND projects! You are welcome to link up your sweets in both places!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Bunny Pop

This year I decided that I just can't buy Easter candy when I can make it instead!
I found this cute little Nordicware bunny pop mold at Target! I think I am becoming the candy mold junkie, every time I see one I have to get it!
If the pink Candiquik looks familiar, it is what I used it in making the Pretzels in Bloom!
I made one bunny in pink and the rest I will do in chocolate just in time for the visit from the Easter Bunny!!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pretzels in Bloom

I love dipped pretzels, the sweet and saltiness I crave, all in one place. Dipped pretzels are super easy to make too, but these...are easier! These pretzels are made using a Wilton Pretzel Mold. For some reason our Michael's (where I usually shop for Wilton products) has been sold out of all of their pretzel molds. If you can't find them at Michael's, try Party City, that is where I got this pretzel mold.
The purple candy is precolored Wilton Candy Melts. The pink candy is Vanilla Candiquik colored pink with pink Wilton Candy Coloring. Whichever you like to use, melt according to package directions. Put the candy in a piping bag and snip of the end just a very tiny bit to make the dots in the flowers. Let the dots set up a few minutes before piping in the second color. Be sure not to fill the cavities full of the candy as you will need room to press in the pretzel. The pretzel won't be all the way covered. To make them look a little more finished, I zig-zagged candy across the back. Now that the weather is warm, it is easiest to just pop these in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to set up. If they don't unmold easily, they aren't ready to be unmolded, stick them back in the fridge!
These pretzel molds come in many designs and as soon as I find them, I will be adding more to the collection! So just when you think it can't get easier than dipped pretzels, try these molded pretzels...not to be confused with moldy pretzels! Haha!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Butterfly & Flower Cookies

Spring is officially here! I am so glad about that! I am just not a cold weather person and I am so glad to be decorating spring themed cookies!
Naturally, the colors are similar to some of my Christmas Cookies...lol! I am finding that I have a particular cookie style. I seem to gravitate towards brighter, more vivid colors and patterns when designing my cookies. I don't like using a ton of different colors in the same batch and usually stick to 3 or 4 colors max.
I also love using fondant accents in my cookies. Fondant is a great way to add extra dimension to cookies.
These cookies are chocolate flavored with royal icing. The chocolate cut out cookie is one of my favorites and the flavor reminds me of chocolate Pop Tarts! If you haven't already, check out my FAQ page to view the recipes that I like to use for my cookies!

   

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party #16

Happy Spring and Welcome to Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party!
I am so happy that the warm weather is making it's appearance quite a bit more here! I am not much of a winter person at all. Warm weather is also bring out some fabulous looking spring sweets!

Here are the Features from Week #15:
(no particular order)
 
Congratulations to all of you!
Grab your "I Was Featured" button on the Grab a Button Page!
 
Moving on to this weeks party:
Link up your sweets, whatever dessert YOU have made this week!
Nothing new? Link that up too! Dig thought your archives and find a sweet treat that you want to share! I just ask that you keep it all family friendly! I reserve the right to delete any post that I find inappropriate or not with the sweet theme.
I would love it if you would follow Mrs. Fox's Sweets in some way so that you don't miss one sweet bite! You can follow via GFC, Linky Followers, Facebook, Email, and/or Twitter. All links are in the right column. I also have a button available for you to share Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party in the right column and on the Grab a Button Page! Don't forget to visit some of the other links! We all love visitors!
Each week I share a few sweets from the party the week before! By joining this party, you give Mrs. Fox's Sweet's permission to use your sweet photo in a featured post. Featured sweets may also be shared at Mrs. Fox's Sweets on Facebook, Stumbled, and/or Pinned!

Also stop by the Bunny Hop Easter Link Party where you can link up your spring and Easter recipes AND projects! You are welcome to link up your sweets in both places!



 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Butterfly Cupcakes

We all love fancy homemade cupcake, but sometimes it's nice to have something easy that you can make for school parties at the last minute or just an everyday cupcake with a little decoration on the top with very little work or time involved. These cupcakes were inspired from the "Butterflies in Flight" Cupcakes in the Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book.
I made the cupcakes even more fun and simple by using a funfetti box mix mixed with 12 ounces of Diet Mountain Dew (regular soda may also be used) and I also added some pink coloring to the batter. The soda is used in place of the eggs and oil called for on the box. Experiment with different flavored sodas to add some fun and interesting flavors to your cupcakes! I got this idea a few years back from one of the Hungry Girl books and use this method quite often for cupcakes. This recipe will make about 18 cupcakes filled 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 18 minutes.
To keep these easy, I used pink ready made canned frosting for less mess and less work! I colored about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the pink frosting lavender and put it into a piping bag with tip 18 to make the stars between the pretzels that I pressed in. The heads of the butterflies are White Chocolate Easter M&M'S. In the book, black shoestring licorice is used for antennas, but after trying one with licorice, I decided to keep the cupcakes a softer color and not add the black, besides, I really do not like licorice!
Whether you are in a rush for a last minute dessert or just looking for an easy project to make with the kids, these cupcakes will do the job!



Feature at: Happy Go Lucky

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bunny Hop Cookies

Can you guess what it was that I used as inspiration for these cookies?
We will get to that in a moment, but first let me show you how I made them!
I started by outlining and flooding the chocolate cookies using a size 2 tip and blue cookie icing. I let these dry over night and then the next morning used an edible marker to draw on the bunnies. They aren't perfect, I don't have one of those cool projecting devices, so I gave it a shot free handed. I then outlined the bunnies with black royal icing and let that dry for about 8 hours. After that was dry I flooded with white royal icing, letting that dry over night before piping on the faces. Despite all of the drying time, the black icing still bled a little. I have really never had a problem with icings bleeding before and not sure why I did this time. I also had to fill in a few holes which tend to happen when piping in small spaces, but overall they turned out pretty good!
Have you figured out my inspiration yet?
Here it is! The button for the Bunny Hop Easter link party that I am hosting with Happy Hour Projects!
6 little bunnies hopping in a row waiting for you to join the Bunny Hop too!

 
Featured at: Cups by Kim

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bunny Hop! Easter Link Party

Flowers are blooming and Easter is on it's way! Before you know it the Peter Cottontail will be hopping down that bunny trail and blogland will be filled with lots of colorful Easter recipes and projects!  Adrianne, from Happy Hour Projects, and I have had such a fun time seeing all of your recipes and projects from the past holiday parties we have hosted and we have decided to keep it going with the Bunny Hop!


We aren't just stopping with the Bunny Hop, we have decided to keep our holiday parties going throughout the year! To make it easier, we have each added a section on our blogs for all of our holiday parties. You can find my tab to "Holiday Parties" right under my top banner. This is where you will find the links to all of the Holiday themed parties that Adrianne and I will be hosting though out the year and a quick reference for you to find a collection of ideas when these holidays roll around again! Come on back each holiday to link up your projects!
For the Bunny Hop, we just ask that your posts are family friendly and Easter or Spring themed! List up as many recipes and projects as you would like, nothing new? Link up something from your archives! Above you will find the Bunny Hop button for our party that you are welcome to add to your post or hall of fame as our thanks for coming to share! It's not required, but is super adorable, don't you just want one?!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Luck o' the Irish Link Party & Features!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
You still have time to bake and make some of these wonderful St. Patrick's Day ideas or add a few of your own! In case you have been sleeping under a Blarney Stone or something, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects and myself have teamed up again this holiday to bring you this fun and festive link party that began on March 1st and runs through tonight at midnight! Our holiday party links will be available year round for you to find holiday ideas anytime of the year!
To celebrate St. Patrick's Day we have each chosen 6 different features from the Luck o' the Irish Link Party! I have listed my 6 features below in no particular order.

Visit Happy Hour Projects to see more features!

Have a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day!
If you are going out tonight, plan ahead and be sure to have a designated driver!
You still have time to link up to the Luck o' the Irish party until midnight tonight! Just make sure your recipes and projects are St. Patrick's Day themed!
The Bunny Hop Link Party begins tomorrow!



Friday, March 16, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

It has been awhile again since I have made cupcakes. I used to make them every other day it seems, but this year cookies have become my passion. When I mentioned to my son that I wanted to make one last sweet for St. Patrick's Day, he said "cupcakes!" Cupcakes it is!
I don't like having a lot of something around, I do like staying in shape, so I decided to make these a little more figure friendly and simple but mixing one box of devil's food cake mix with 1 can of Diet Cherry Pepsi. That's all, no eggs, no oil, no butter, just the soda! Usually I end up with about 18 cupcakes using that method. Bake at 350 for about 18 minutes. They aren't the prettiest things, but they are fluffy and yummy!
I didn't want to make a trip to the store for decorations and I was lucky enough to already have St. Patrick's Day Cupcake liners in my arsenal of supplies. I had pretty much used all of my green candy coloring, so decided to use these "Spooky Green" Wilton Candy Melts, that I stocked up on over Halloween. They matched the shamrock cupcake liner quite well. I decided to put shamrocks on top using a Shamrock Printable that I found at Sherbet Blossom. I printed it out at at 150%. I put the melted candy melts into a piping bag and snipped the end off and traced and filled each shamrock and then put in the refrigerator to set up. Once all was ready, I used Wilton 1M tip to pipe on the icing and topped each cupcake with a shamrock.
I love making the cupcakes with soda! The soda gives the chocolate cupcake a hint of Cherry Pepsi flavor and I feel a little bit less guilty having one since it cuts the fat and calories down quite a bit!


  

Featured at: Hoosier Homemade

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party #15

Hi and welcome to Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party!
I am so glad you have came by to party! This weekend is St. Patrick's Day! Are you making up anything special for the occasion? I have seen so many wonderful treats out in Bloggerville and so many great things were linked up last week!

Here are the features from Week #14:
(in no particular order)


Congratulations to all of you!
You can find the "I Was Featured" button on the Grab a Button Page!
Now moving on to this weeks party:
Link up your sweets, whatever dessert YOU have made this week!
Nothing new? Link that up too! Dig thought your archives and find a sweet treat that you want to share! I just ask that you keep it all kid friendly! I reserve the right to delete any post that I find inappropriate!
Ready to join in? Here are a few quick things to do:
1. I would love for you to Follow Mrs. Fox's Sweets someway or another , GFC or Linky Followers, so that you don't miss a one sweet bite!
2. Share my button or a link to this party on your blog somewhere to spread the word! You can find the Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party Button on the "Grab a Button" page and also in the right sidebar!
3. Link to your sweet posts only, not directly to your blog. Giveaways are fine too, as long as they are somehow related to sweets! (ex. cookies, supplies, cookbooks, cupcake necklace, you get the idea!)
4. Mix and mingle, Visit some of the other sweets! We all love visitors!
Each week I share a few sweets from the party the week before! By joining this party, you give Mrs. Fox's Sweet's permission to use your sweet photo in a featured post. Featured sweets may also be shared at Mrs. Fox's Sweets on Facebook, Stumbled, and/or Pinned!

You are also invited to stop by and link up any St. Patrick's Day Project at:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shamrock Pretzels

This is easy idea that you don't even have to get your fingers dirty to create! I first saw this idea over at Miss Candiquik. It was just too cute to not try to create myself, and being me, I wanted to change it up a slightly!
Here is what you need:
mini pretzels
Candiquik
green candy coloring (I used Wilton candy coloring)
creme de menthe candy flavoring (also by Wilton)
On a waxed paper lined cookie sheet, double stack the pretzels and lay out into shamrock shape as shown. Break a pretzel to make the stem, doubling that also. Right now it is a bit of a balancing act, but the hard part is over!
Melt the Vanilla Candiquik according to package direction. It takes about 1 block per shamrock. I counted out my blocks and microwaved it is a microwave safe dish for about 1-1/2 minutes, stirring halfway to check. Add in candy coloring, it does take quite a bit of this, skip the toothpicks and just pour! Add the flavoring, around 5 or 6 drops, again I just poured and guesstimated! Mix and put in disposible piping bag and rubberband shut. Cut the end off of the piping bag and squeeze over pretzels.
The pretzels don't have to be covered all the way down to the waxed paper, just squeeze the Candiquik from the bag onto the stacked pretzels and most will fall into place. The Candiquik in the middle of the shamrock will hold all the leaves together in case the pretzels aren't fully covered down to the waxed paper. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to speed up the "set up" process for around 15 to 20 minutes to be sure.
I really thought these shamrock pretzels would be too sweet, but with the saltiness of the doubled pretzels and the creme de menthe flavoring in the Candiquik, they were just perfect!


  

Featured at: Crumbs and Chaos

Monday, March 12, 2012

Shamrock & Heart Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cut Out Cookies with a glaze style icing...yum! Best of all, I didn't even have to decorate them! These were my daughters project, she was making for her someone special. This is his favorite recipe that we use for cut-out cookies and for icing, and this flavor combination is absolutely perfect!
For the last Shamrock Cookies that we made, Katie cut and baked and then I decorated. Today the roles were reversed. It is always so nice working with my daughter on baking projects! I am so thankful everyday to have my daughter as my best friend!
This was her first time using this type of icing, it is a little different to work with since it is thinner than the royal icing, but it is slightly softer with better flavor too. I love the colors that she chose!
Of course Katie had to make hearts along with the shamrocks since they are for her sweetheart. Everyday, even St. Patrick's Day, is Valentine's Day for the two of them!
 
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