Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Cupcakes

I wanted to make some special Easter treats and I decided to bake cupcakes! I used Duncan Hines Butter Recipe cake mix for the cupcake and my buttercream recipe for the icing. The instructions can be found here.

I bought these cute cupcake liners at Michaels.

These are felt Easter stickers that I also found at Michaels. I thought they would be fun as cupcake decorations.

So I lifted the backing and placed a toothpick on the sticky part...

...then I covered the toothpick with the backing.

Voila...instant cupcake decorations. I actually ended up cutting a tad off the ends because they were extra long toothpicks.

I used clear and colored sugar on the cupcakes.

A virtual Easter menagerie.

I am taking them to work tomorrow as a surprise. Shhhh...don't tell!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bacon Tomato and Turkey Pizza

Here is a quick and easy after work supper! It is like an open faced sandwich in pizza form.

Bacon Tomato and Turkey Pizza

pizza crust
deli smoked turkey, chopped
chopped tomatoes
grated cheese
cooked, crumbled bacon (or Hormel real bacon bits)

Lightly spread mayo on the pizza crust. Top with turkey, tomato, bacon, and cheese. Black olives are also good on this. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.

I like the Boboli 100% Whole Wheat pizza crust. It is Original and has GREAT ITALIAN TASTE.

Soooo yummy...

I made a pasta salad to go with it.

It is a great combo and is satisfying without making you feel too full. As long as you don't eat it all yourself.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Easter Egg Candles

This is an Easter craft that is fairly involved, but lots of fun. I got the idea from here. Zac and Alex did this with me. You can find all you need for this craft at Michaels. Well, except the vinegar and eggs. Dollar Tree has some of these supplies as well.

Items needed:
Easter egg dye (we used Paas)
egg cups or tiny clay pots
acrylic paint & paintbrushes
candle wax

Tap the top of each egg and gently break it open. Empty the contents, as Alex so aptly demonstrates. If you are neat and don't drops eggshells into it, you can use the eggs in a recipe. (On a side note, our eggs were full of eggshells. So much for my lofty quiche plans.)

You can see from this picture how large an opening we left on the tops of the eggs.

The Paas kit had tablets to dissolve in vinegar as well as some packets of a more concentrated dye. We used both.

We used these cups to dye them in. Just use whatever technique you want to, being very careful not to crack the eggs.

Crafters hard at work. Gil got involved as well.

We couldn't find egg cups, so Zac had the idea of using these small clay pots from Michaels. They were the perfect size. We painted them with acrylic paint.

I like to save soup containers from our Chinese takeout. I used it to melt the candle wax in the microwave. Soy wax takes a lot less time to melt, but is more expensive. For both kinds of wax, I microwave on high at 2 minute intervals until it's melted.

I used a measuring cup to dip into the wax and pour into my eggshells. Now I'm craving Hot and Sour Soup.

Zac and Alex used a funnel.

Once you have poured in the wax, roll the top of the wick around a pencil and gently lay the pencil on top of the egg. Make sure the metal piece at the bottom of the wick touches the bottom on the inside of your eggshell.

Let them sit like this until the wax hardens.

Here are Zac and Alex's candles. Alex painted her clay pots with pretty pastels. Zac's are kooky. Shocker.

I decided to paint my clay pots white. I plan to use them on my Easter table on the porch. I will post that when I do it.

I highly recommend this project! Just allow yourself plenty of time. And buy lots of eggs.