Christmas Cupcakes

Do you have a christmas party coming up soon? We are having a kid-friendly party this year with all of our friends and colleagues. So I wanted to do something for dessert that would excite the kids as well as the adults. I came up with the idea of letting the kids decorate their own christmas cupcakes. I will bake cupcakes ahead of time and buy all sorts of frostings, icings, candies, and sugars to put on top of the cupcakes. 

I searched the web this morning to find some fun cupcake ideas to place at the table so that the kids could have some ideas before decorating. I found multiple ideas that will wow everyone.  I cannot wait to see what everyone come sup with. I almost want to have a little contest and let the kids show off their cupcake and let the adults judge the best one. 

Cupcakes are such a fun and simple way to express your creativity and showcase your favorite part of the holidays. The possibilities are endless. You can make christmas trees, christmas ornaments, winter themed snowflakes or snowmen, holly, or even Santa Claus. 

What are you planning for all of your holiday gatherings? Are you planning an elaborate dessert? Or something more fun and festive like cookies or cupcakes? 

Check out One Little Project for all the tutorials on these amazing cupcakes! 

Holiday Crafts: Christmas Light Fingerprints!!

It is my favorite time of year. The holiday time can be really busy and hectic, and I find that with little kids under the age of four to entertain while I get everything done it is best to have some sort of art or busy activity to keep them happy. I love to give them activities that will turn in ot keepsakes for me later on. Bonus if they are something that I can use as a decoration. 

This fun craft is perfect for holiday time, it is festive, uses fingerprints so it reminds you how tiny your little ones were every time you see it, and it can be put out every year as a Christmas decoration. It can be messy, so if you do not have children that can handle that alone they will need help. I have a designated art space in our kitchen area that is easy to clean so I allowed my toddler to do this craft alone. 

I found this fabulous craft at Camp Slop, a fabulous blog that has incredible activity ideas perfect for camp, pre-school, home-school, or at home play. You can get the full details on how to create the craft at their blog. They even have other fun handprint/fingerprint holiday crafts. 

As I said earlier I allowed my little man to do this craft on his own, it was the perfect distraction while I wrapped presents. I simply made the line for the christmas lights ahead of time. I even made this as a christmas gift for the Great Grandmothers in the family. So I simply made the canvases with the “string” line pre-made and let my toddler go nuts with the finger paint. I always leave a picture of the sample so my son can see what it will look like, but gives him the chance to make it his own as toddlers will do.

Now I just have to wait for them to dry and I can package them up as gifts for the holiday season, but do not worry, I always keep one for myself! 

Simple Dinners: Lasagna Soup

It is FINALLY cold here on the west coast, and that means that we are ready for winter meals. I love a hearty soup or stew on a cold winter night. Sometimes soup can feel like it isn’t a hearty enough meal. So I try to choose soups that will have a higher protein count in them. We love Italian soups like Minestrone, Zuppa Toscana, and Sausage Potato and Kale Soup. This year I wanted to add a new soup. A friend of mine told me about a blog she had recently read with a Lasagna Soup. My family loves Lasagna. However, I really don’t like any of the premade ones for sale — and making it from scratch is not feasible on a weeknight. Lasagna Soup might just give me that lasagna taste without the work. So of course I ahd to check it out. Cooking Classy has a simple and fun recipe that is absolutely heavenly. I was able to make it on a tuesday, and I had enough left over to freeze and use another night. I simply left the noodles out that way when I thaw it the noodles are not soggy. Since noodles cook fairly quickly, they can be placed in the soup as it comes to temperature and boils. Now I can have my lasagna fix any day of the week, thank you so much Cooking Classy for helping this lazy Italian lover. Be sure to check out the other incredible recipes at Cooking Classy when you are their getting all the details for this wonderful winter soup.