Ornaments made out of Peppermints

peppermint candy christmas ornaments

This peppermint candy ornament has been endorsed by the Princess Cupcake. They are shamelessly easy – Here’s what you need: A bag of peppermints – unwrapped Cooking spray Parchment paper Cookie sheet Paper towel Ribbon Here’s what you do: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Tear some parchment paper off and cover your cookie sheet. Spray [Read More]

Thanksgiving treat: pilgrim hat cookies

pilgrim hat cookies

We had snack at school this week. It’s supposed to be healthy. Are marshmallows healthy? Mmmm, maybe if they’re not dunked in chocolate first. Whoops. It’s the last two days of school before Thanksgiving break – so I took the liberty of asking the Princess Cupcake if she’d like to make pilgrim hat cookies for [Read More]

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin pie pockets

In our house, we like our crust with a little bit of pie. Basically, we’re a pro-crust family. So when I saw these on cookies & cups:   I knew they were the perfect project for The Princess Cupcake and me to make. And so easy too. See? All you need is refrigerated pie crusts, [Read More]

Pumpkin Pie Pockets Recipe

As seen on Cookies & Cups! Recipe: Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie filling Ingredients 4 oz cream cheese, room temp. 1 cup canned pumpkin 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 tsp salt 1 egg yolk 1/2 cup half and half 4 tbsp melted butter 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice Instructions Preheat oven to 350 Spray [Read More]

How to make a great smoothie

Don’t ask me where it came from. This morning the Princess Cupcake asked for popcorn and a smoothie for breakfast. We were fresh out of smoothies, but I obliged her on the popcorn. It was a new request, and I was amused. Brought her home tonight after a rousing round of shopping for my MARTHA [Read More]

Whooo’s got the best treat? Owl S’More Treats!

owl smores

I saw this online at one of my favorite and local mom blogs, Living Locurto and couldn’t wait to try it with the Princess.    “Hey Cupcake, do you want to make Owl S’more Treats?” “YEA! S’Mores! YEA! S’Mores! YEA! I want to help. I want to HEEEELLLLLPPPPP” Bouncing child is whole-body shoving large step [Read More]

Valentine Gift Ideas : Kool-Aid Lip Gloss

lip gloss presents

A lazy Sunday morning and Princess Cupcake crawls in bed with me. She snuggles under the covers and plops her shaggy head down on Daddy’s pillow and gazes deep into my eyes. I could stay like this all morning and am dreading her asking me for milk — which means I have to get up. [Read More]

How to make Buckeye Balls


Little known fact – I am an Ohio native. And when I grew up, we had a huge sloping yard that we would sled down in the winter and have log roll races down amidst raucous laughter in the summer. And sometimes as you were tumbling through the long grass you might hit a round [Read More]

The Breakfast of Champions

cinnamon toast

Authors Note: To all of my new dietitian friends, please stop reading immediately. I am about to reveal the dirty ugly truth about breakfast in our home. Please come back in a day or two when I share strategies for idyllic two year-old behavior for long stretches of time away from home. Or something scintillating [Read More]

Freaky Friday – Part One

angela lemond

Dietitians frighten me. They do. I lump them in the category with my Pastor. I’m afraid if they spend too much time around me, they’ll find out the truth. That I may thrown down a cuss word when I step on a Lego or that I may be known to, on occasion, take my child [Read More]