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Easter Goodies: Bunny Cupcakes

Easter may still be a few weeks away, but it is always nice to plan ahead. I love to bake, especially at the holidays. Recently we have been so busy that if I do not plan ahead I will never have time to accomplish anything, thank you baseball season! So I am looking ahead and planning out my Easter to-do’s now. I have already found egg dying tutorials that both my kids and I are excited to try, I have ideas for Easter Baskets, and I have found the perfect (and simple!) Bunny Cupcakes for Easter Day.

Thank you Pillsbury for making my life simple! I try to bake form scratch on most occasions, but with both kids in baseball and school it makes it that much harder to accomplish everything. Especially since the family is attending a wedding out of town in March. This recipe is easy to follow, allows me to not worry about too many instructions, and it is simple enough the kids can help me out.

Bunny cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (15.25 oz.) package Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Premium Cake Mix
  • Additional ingredients to prepare cake mix per package instructions
  • 2 containers Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® White Frosting
  • 24 marshmallows
  • Pink decorator sugar
  • 24 miniature jelly beans (select your favorite colors)
  • 48 black sugar pearl sprinkles

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS

  • Step 1 – Prepare cake mix according to package instructions using water, oil and eggs to make 24 cupcakes. Cool completely.
  • Step 2 – Place frosting in large decorating bag fitted with round tip with wide round opening. Pipe a 1 3/4-inch diameter mound of frosting on top of each cupcake.
  • Step 3 – Cut each marshmallow in half diagonally into 2 pieces. Dip cut side of each piece into pink sugar to coat. Place on cupcakes, sugar side up, to resemble ears.
  • Step 4 – Insert one jelly bean into each frosting mound to create noses. Use clean tweezers to place black sprinkles to create eyes.

Once you are done you can enjoy your delicious and adorable looking bunny cupcakes. I know we will!

Little Chefs: Chores in the Kitchen

We have little chefs in our house. Our oldest thinks that overtime someone is cooking she must be in there helping. Everyone loves to cook. I must be a family trait. We learned early on that including our kids in the food prep and cleanup that they seemed more interested in eating the food. So we tried not to discourage them from helping in the kitchen. But when they were little it could be difficult to decide how much they were allowed to help. That was when we decided to let them to small things, like help stir, set the table, take their plate to the kitchen, wash the produce, etc.

How much your kid can help with is really dependent upon their maturity level and skill level. If your kid understands things like sharp objects, cleanliness, and can handle carrying things without dropping them you might decide that they are ready to take on more in the kitchen. It is all relative.

If you aren’t quite sure what your child can handle try letting them try something with supervision. Start small, and build up. Buy some small plastic tools to let them use. We sometimes let our four year old cut things with a small plastic butter knife. But only with supervision and only soft things like berries and bread or dough.

Here is a simple little chart that can help you decide what chores are appropriate for your child. But always take in to account the ability level of your child. And please, always use supervision in the kitchen.

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Breakfast on the Run: Peanut Butter Banana White Chocolate Muffins

IMG_0815.PNGMornings have gotten pretty crazy around here. Now that school is back in sessions, everyone has homework that needs to be checked, shoes that need to be found, a special shirt that was supposed to be worn, practice after school so they need extra snacks and all their gear. It can drive a parent mad. We rush around so much in the mornings it sometimes surprises me that we eat at all. In fact, we are so crazed and busy that I sometimes don’t even care if everyone eats, as long as I get my coffee. No coffee no function, and everyone needs a momma that can function! I know I sound like a bad momma for not caring if they eat, I mean it’s not like they starve, they do nothing but eat. But seriously, I do feed my kids. In fact I just found a great new recipe from a fellow busy momma that will certainly save our mornings, and sanity.

Christi from LoveFromTheOven is here to save the day. This busy blogging mom does it all, cook, clean, craft, photograph, you name it she does it! She is even a fantastic baker. Which is great because I need a great new recipe. Her Peanut Butter Banana White Chocolate Muffin recipe sounds so good I actually wonder how it can be a breakfast food. But it is, and it is actually very healthy and will help your little ones start their day right.

This recipe is perfect for breakfast with the protein from the peanut butter, the good fats, the oats, and Greek yogurt it isn’t full of all those bad fats, sugars, and empty nutrients. I love it when something that looks and tastes so decadent is actually good for me, and my kids. So I am very happy and excited to get a large batch of these ready for us to grab and eat on the run. Not only are they good for us, they travel well. So don’t mine me when you pull up next to us at a stop light and you see me shoveling food into my mouth. It may look like I am eating calorie filled empty nutrient muffins, but actually I am scoring one for the team with a great new healthy muffin!

What You Will Need:

1 1/2 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour (all purpose would work as well)
1 cup Oats
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 large ripe bananas
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter (or No-Nut Butter if you have nut allergies)
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2-1 cup white chocolate chips

Now head on over to LoveFromTheOven for the best muffin recipe you will ever see! Don’t forget to check out all of Christi’s other great recipes for breakfast on the run and even food for when you can actually sit at a table and eat! Enjoy!

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