Dress up a boxed dessert for an extra special treat!
While raiding our pantry, I found a boxed brownie mix. I wasn’t in the mood for just an average brownie so I dug a little deeper and added some friends to the party!
Who doesn’t love extra chocolate, marshmallows and chopped walnuts?
After mixing the brownies as directed, I added in the extras. Once combined, I poured and baked.
The brownies are done once you do the toothpick test! My brownies took a little longer, about 5 minutes more that the box said.
I didn’t have any vanilla ice cream in the freezer, but these would be amazing a la mode! The marshmallows add a little gooey-ness that makes these treats irresistible!
330. I woke up at 5 am and made 330 pastel, silver-dollar pancakes. It sounds worse than it was. I cheated (as I often do) and bought the Bisquick that only requires you add water and comes in a handy-dandy easy to pour container. I added water and a little food coloring to no less than 5 containers.
I stacked 5 pancakes for each of the 1st graders at my son’s school and impaled them with a bamboo fork that was decorated with a foam cross. Check out another variation here.
A team of moms turned the lunch benches into a fabulous Easter party.
My favorite part was hearing the kids’ amazement that they were getting to have pancakes at snack today. When they are used to the standard cupcakes and cookies, sometimes you need to take it back to breakfast and dress her up a little.
I’m grateful for all those shiny happy faces.
My baby is 7. SEVEN! Where has the time gone? He is pretty special–and not just because he’s my first-born. Although in all fairness I too am the first-born and I think we’re all pretty special.
He is funny, loving, incredibly empathetic, and a great big brother. We’re lucky to be his parents. Ugh…tears.
Okay, well the most important part of any birthday is the cake! Since his birthday fell on a Saturday, I brought treats in to his class on Friday. Life is more chaotic now so I wanted to make things on easy on myself. I went to Vons and purchased two boxes of Madeleine/Brownie Bites. Whaaat?! Yes. They are half Madeleine and half Brownie, swirled together. Both light and rich and bite-sized, they are the little treat to hit the spot.
I added a personal touch by piping some white frosting on top, a dash of festive sprinkles, and a piece of Cake Batter Bark. The kids thought they were amazing (one asked that I e-mail his mom the recipe–seriously). Since I had extra, the teachers and office staff got to have some as well and they too thought they were just right and thanked me for bringing in kid-sized treats.
Riding the wave of Friday’s success, I planned Saturday’s birthday cake with the left over bark pieces in mind. I made a basic chocolate layered cake with white frosting and added sprinkles and Cake Batter Bark as a decorative edging.
It was fun and cute…and most importantly, tasty! Also, I love a good dual-purpose anything and the pieces of bark can kind of be used as spacers for slicing the cake.
This particular birthday carried over into Sunday as well when we celebrated with his schoolmates at a local Pump It Up. I cut myself some slack though and ordered a cake for that celebration.
Now that I have a 7-year-old, I have come to the following conclusions:
- My days of cool are numbered;
- His increasing age doesn’t seem to make me feel older. I don’t quite feel young. But, I don’t quite feel old [or mature] enough to have a 7-year-old; and
- Thank God for cake. No matter what is going on and how stressful life (or party planning) can be, sitting down and having a piece of birthday cake is such a relief.
I saw a recipe online for a cinnamon roll breakfast ring. I purchased the refrigerated biscuits, etc.. so I could try it out. I had the four pack of canned biscuits and decided to use them all. I made this Monkey Bread instead. It was so easy and turned out better than I had expected. I think next time I will use a little more sugar and cinnamon to “coat” the biscuit pieces and would also use more brown sugar/butter mixture to make them a little more gooey.
The kids loved it… what’ not to love? Pairs well with coffee and a sweet tooth!
…And for kids’ birthday parties!
I had the pleasure of assisting our dear Summer with setting up for her daughters’ birthday party. With a vintage circus/carnival theme, naturally there were many polk a dots incorporated. For some crazy reason, party supplies in her area were limited so we got creative.
We used the classic rice krispie recipe but swapped out Rice Krispies cereal for Trix. They are colorful and fun and a little extra sweet. My favorite part? When you cut into them, they creat a really pretty pol a dot pattern from the side.
To package each to be placed in favor bags, I wrapped each with a small piece of plastic wrap (so it won’t stick to anything). For decoration and to further our theme, I took a couple of extra favor bags and cut them into strips just long enough to fit around the Trix Treat. Then I wrapped a piece of Japanese washi tape in a coordinating color around the center of that. They were placed in a basket near the favor bags and each of the small guests got to pick one to add to their favor bag before leaving. There were a few extra for us big kids too…