Decorating for Spring with Flowers

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Refreshing your home with Spring flowers can be one of the easiest ways to brighten your space.

I am lucky that we have many blooming trees, bushes and flowers in our area.  Many of the Spring flowers, daffodils and tulips are done or almost done. But our lilacs are just starting to open.

Lilacs are one of my favorite Spring flowers. I think they just smell heavenly.

Don’t you wish we had “smell-a-computer?” :-)

Last Sunday, I sent Doug, my husband, out to cut me some branches to decorate with. He came back with 2 big buckets full for me! I’m such a lucky girl!

Even though I loved our Buffet decorated with the Bridal Veil, it doesn’t last forever. So, I added some Lilacs, Flowering Crab (white) and Red Bud (purple) branches.

After decorating our Mantle for Spring, I got super busy baking and cooking the Make-Ahead Meals and had not gotten around to decorating the top of the Entertainment Center. Since I had some of the beautiful Flowering Crab branches left, I added them to the top in an antique watering can.

Our Entertainment Center is an Antique Tool Box, that we bought many years ago. It’s my favorite piece of furniture in our house. I added a small wooden rocker, for balance, and a bear that I sewed many years ago. In the middle I put a metal, decorative planter with 3 bright colored metal pails and a splash of color with some silk flowers and berries. I finished with a small rabbit, a bright colored photo frame and a bird house.

Since the forsythia had seen it’s better days, I replaced it with some Red Bud branches on our Mantle.

What is your favorite Spring Flower? 

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Cupcake Tuesday ~ Goin’ to the Movies

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Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday!   If you are new here, grab a cup of tea or a glass of milk and enjoy a cupcake!

My oldest son, Andrew, works at our local movie theatre. He started working a couple years ago at the theatre in our town, then they closed and moved him to the theatre at a nearby city. Then our local theatre was purchased and so, he is back working locally. In celebration of the opening, Andrew wanted me to create some movie cupcakes. With his help, I came up with some cute Goin’ to the Movies cupcakes.

Once again, I headed to my favorite cupcake decorators, Alan and Karen, from What’s New, Cupcake and Hello, Cupcake books. They created the Popcorn Cupcakes in the Hello, Cupcake book. I started with that for inspiration, and expanded on it a bit.

You will need white and yellow mini marshmallows to create the popcorn. Lay the marshmallow on it’s side and cut each one into thirds, flatten slightly with your fingers and place in a cloverleaf like shape onto a tray or board. Then take another whole marshmallow, dab a small amount of frosting onto one end, and attach to the cloverleaf marshmallows, making sure to connect them all together. I used 3 yellow and 4 white popcorn pieces.

 

Casey was my helper! Frost your cupcake with Buttercream Frosting, place each of the popcorn pieces randomly on top. I added Buttered Popcorn flavored Jelly Belly Jelly Beans also, placing them in between the marshmallows.

I created the Movie Film cupcake with black licorice that I bought already rolled up. I found them at Albanese Confectionery Store. I unrolled it a little, then placed it on the cupcake, winding it up and down to make it look like Movie Film. I secured it with toothpicks and placed it in the fridge to set up.

Now for the drink, this one was the most challenging. I could see in my head how I wanted it to look, but couldn’t quite make it look that way.

I started by stacking 2 cupcakes on top of each other, then placed them into a paper cup. I tinted Buttercream Frosting to make it look like Soda, using Wilton Brown Icing Color and piped it on with my Wilton #2A Round Tip. I was trying to make it look bubbly. Then I added a bendable straw.

 

Now for the cupcake wrappers…several years back while looking around at a “junk” store, you know the kind, you name it – they got it :-) Anyway, I came across this huge stack of popcorn boxes, and thought it would be fun to have them for Goin’ to the Movies, even if it was just at home. They were only $1, so I snatched them up and held onto them, knowing someday…they would come in handy. Today was the day ;-)

I started with a pattern that I found on the Paper Glitter Blog. I downloaded the pattern, cut it out and used it as a template to cut out the popcorn wrappers. If you haven’t seen Linnette’s work, please take a minute and browse around, she has lots of Free printables and works on lots of fun projects with SimplyNabiki. You will be seeing lots more of Paper Glitter at our Blog Frog Launch!

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-Show and Tell hosted by Blue Cricket Design

And don’t forget to leave your questions for the authors of the What’s New Cupcake? book! They’ll be answering them soon, during the upcoming cupcake video series!

Now it’s your turn! Please share your cupcake or muffin recipe! For the guidelines, you can visit Cupcake Tuesday.

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Weekly Menu Plan ~ Cheesy Pasta, Ham & Peas

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Our dinner time was a breeze last week, mostly due to my Make-Ahead Meal Cooking Day. If you missed out, let me catch up you a bit. I reviewed the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms cookbook, and created a week’s worth of meals, the grocery list and the recipes. Last Monday, I prepared and cooked our meals for the week. It was alot of work, but went really well. We have had all but one of the meals and loved every one of them.

One of the dinners I fixed was the Cheesy Pasta, Ham & Peas. The recipe even made enough for 2 meals, which was even better. I cooked a Spiral Ham that I had bought on sale at Aldi’s, they had them a couple weeks ago for $5 off, it cost $7.15 and we got 4 meals out of it. One night we had sliced ham, the 2 Cheesy Pasta, Ham & Peas that I prepared on Monday and I put the rest in the freezer with the bone to make Ham, Bean and Bacon Soup.

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An easy make-ahead dinner from HoosierHomemade.com: Cheesy Pasta, Ham & Peas
Ingredients
  • 4 cups large elbow pasta, uncooked
  • 5 cups milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup Cheeze Whiz Original Cheese Dip (I bought the Aldi’s brand)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups ham, cubed
  • 1½ cups frozen peas
Instructions
  1. Spray 13×9 pan with nonstick spray, set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta according to directions on the box, drain and set aside.
  3. Warm the milk in the microwave for about 2 minutes, set aside.
  4. In a large skillet, melt the butter, add the flour and whisk for one minute.
  5. Slowly add the milk, whisk constantly.
  6. Turn the heat up to medium and stir until thickened.
  7. Remove from heat, add the Cheeze Whiz and stir until melted.
  8. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  9. Stir in ham, peas and pasta, mix well.
  10. Transfer to baking dish and spread evenly.
  11. Allow to cool before covering with foil.
  12. Refrigerate until time to reheat.
Cooking Directions
  1. If you make this meal ahead, take the dish from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Bake, covered for 30 – 45 minutes or until bubbly.
Freezing Directions
  1. After dish is cool, wrap tightly with foil, label and freeze.
  2. Remove from freezer 24 hours before cooking.

I bought some foil 13×9 pans at the Dollar Store, they had plastic lids that worked out great.

Weekly Menu Plan for this week

Monday ~  Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini (carrying over this dish from the Make-Ahead Meal Cooking Day)

Tuesday ~ Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwiches, veggies and dip

Wednesday ~  Chef Salad, Homemade Rolls

Thursday ~  Chicken Stir-Fry and Rice

Friday ~  Taco Ring, Mexican Rice, Nacho Bar

Saturday  ~  Stuffed Crust Pizza

What’s on your menu this week?

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Unfinished Wood Craft Project ~ A Special Gift

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There are many great things about having all boys. Not being able to ever sew a frilly dress, have a tea party or buy a tutu are some fun things I missed out on. But, now since the boys have girlfriends, I’m getting a chance to make some cute girly things.

Last weekend, we celebrated Nick’s girlfriend, Brittney’s 16th birthday.(remember, she shared her Snickers Cupcakes with you)  Her parents had a surprise Luau Party for her. I had the privilege of baking cupcakes, which I will share soon, I sewed her an apron with cupcakes on it and these super easy, fun wooden initials.

She actually has 2 bedrooms, 1 at her Dad’s and 1 at her Mom’s, so I made her one for each room that match her decorations.

I bought the unfinished wooden initials and the embellishments at my favorite craft store, Hobby Lobby. You may notice that I didn’t use the small blue flowers. While looking for an exacto knife, I came across some old wallpaper border that had the bright colored daisies on it. When Brittney re-decorated her bedroom last summer, I had given her some silk daisies that I wasn’t using any longer that matched that wallpaper. So, I decided to cut out one of the daisies and use it instead.

I had the scrapbook paper, ribbon, paint and glue on hand.

Using the unfinished wooden initials as a pattern, I traced them onto the paper first. For the striped paper, I traced on the front because I wanted to be sure to position the stripes so they looked right. The other paper didn’t matter, so I traced it on the back.

I used regular black craft paint to paint the edges and back of the unfinished wooden initials.

After the paint dried, I added the ribbon, for a hanger, to the back with my glue gun. I tied a knot in the ribbon so it would hold the glue better, and after I glued down the knot, I put another small amount of glue on top of it to make it a little stronger.

Then I added the embellishments. For the butterfly, I simply cut the wire off and for the daisy, I just glued it on with tacky glue.

I think these initials would also be super cute in a babies room or even a college dorm. They cost less than $5 for both initials. And she really loves them. :-)

What fun DIY project have you done lately? Share your ideas!

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My Blog Frog Community

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Have you heard about the new Blog Frog? They recently made some changes and I’m really excited about it. This is a great way for my readers to get to know each other, for you to learn from each other and for me to learn from you.

If you are not familiar with Blog Frog, you can learn all about it from Holly, How to Participate in a BlogFrog Community. She shows you what a community looks like, how to find a discussion and how to reply.

While joining Blog Frog is exciting enough, I have a bit more excitement for you. The Blog Frog, along with Alice.com (you know Alice, everyone needs an Alice), 6 awesome bloggers ( Tatertots and JelloThe Thrifty Mama, Faithful Provisions, The Happy Housewife,  Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and Me Yours Truly) will be hosting a BlogFrog Extravaganza!

Mark your calendars! May 6th!

There will be prizes, lots of prizes, fun and of course, lots of great conversation!

How about a housecleaning service for 3 months!   Wouldn’t you love that?!? I know I would ;-)

Or how about a Spa Day or even some flowers? Yep, we are pampering all the hard working Moms!

You can get started now, by joining my Blog Frog Community. I’d be just thrilled to have you join in a conversation or even start your own.

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How to make Earth Day Bug Cupcakes

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On Tuesday, I shared my Earth Day Cupcakes. I ran out of time to take extra pictures, so I wanted to show you how easy it is to create the bugs and butterflies for the Earth Day Bug Cupcakes.

You all know how much I love cupcakes, and especially the Hello, Cupcake and What’s New, Cupcake? books. I used the templates in the Hello, Cupcake book.(yes, that’s chocolate on my well used book)  If you don’t have the book, you could draw your own or even print them off the computer.

I cut some squares of Wax Paper and placed it over the template. I found it was easier to use small squares instead of a large piece of Wax Paper, then you can easily move it off and start the next bug.

I gathered my decorations. This project moves very quickly, so you need to have everything ready.

I used store bought {gasp} cookies, 2 sizes of M&M candies, chocolate coated sunflower seeds that I got at Albanese Confectionery StoreWilton Chocolate Candy Melts and a Wilton Disposable Decorating Bag.

Place the chocolate wafers into the bag and microwave them for about 1-2 minutes, watch closely so they don’t burn. Using your fingers, work the chocolate until it’s all melted. Snip a VERY small tip off the end of the bag.

Following your template, pipe the chocolate onto the Wax Paper, and immediately, gently push candies into chocolate.

Repeat for other bugs

For the ladybugs, I used a red M&M and piped on small dots and a large dot for the face.

For the butterflies, I piped the antennae and the body, then used coated sunflower seeds and cookies, that I cut into quarters for the wings.

If you have questions about how to decorate cupcakes, jump on over and leave your questions for the What’s New, Cupcake book authors!

What do you do to help Mother Earth?

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~Mouthwatering Mondays hosted by A Southern Fairytale

~Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum

~Saturday Night Special hosted by Funky Junk Interiors

 

 

Make-Ahead Meals ~ Cooking Day

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Welcome! If you are visiting from Pinterest, thank you for stopping by! You can find these Make Ahead Recipes and many more on our new blog, Pocket Change Gourmet. 

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I have cooked many, many meals over the years, but I will have to admit, I have never cooked our meals ahead for a whole week.

It all started when Jane over at Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms and I were chatting by email and she asked if I would like to review her new cookbook. Absolutely! I love cookbooks! And recipes that make my life easier! Definately!

Then I had an idea to create a Menu Plan for a week, share a grocery list and the recipes. And have a special Cooking Day.

Here is what I cooked…all the recipes are over on the Budget Friendly Meals page.

  1. Cheesy Pasta, Ham and Peas
  2. Spaghetti Sauce
  3. Wrapped and ready for the freezer
  4. Meatballs for the Spaghetti Sauce
  5. Wrapped and ready for the freezer
  6. Sloppy Joes
  7. Wrapped and ready for the freezer
  8. Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini wrapped
  9. Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini
  10. Mini Meatloaves wrapped and ready for freezer
  11. Teriyaki Chicken wrapped for freezer
  12. Teriyaki Chicken

I also baked the Make-Ahead Coffee Cake from the cookbook and we loved it.

All in all in went really well. There were a few things I will do differently next time and some I will keep.

  1. I need to have the whole day to prepare and cook, with no interruptions (running children to practice, baking cupcakes, etc)
  2. I will schedule a prep day for cutting veggies etc
  3. Make my cooking plan a little clearer, making sure that I have all the meat and veggies being cut at the same time
  4. Print recipes instead of working from the cookbook, it might be easier to not be flipping the page all the time
  5. Use Jane’s Cookbook again! We are lovin’ her recipes!

Disclosure: I received the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms cookbook to review. My opinion of the recipes are my own.

I didn’t prepare the Macaroni and Cheese. After talking with Jane, I decided it wasn’t a dish that should be frozen. I also did not get the Mashed Potato Casserole done, but will put it together the night before we have it.

The Cheesy Ham, Pasta and Peas made a ton, I had enough for 2 meals, so we had one for dinner tonight and I froze the other one. I also made the Chicken Chimichangas on Monday, but we had them for dinner, and they were so good, there were none leftover for a picture.

You may also see in the picture below, the muffin tins, they have chicken broth in them. I boiled a chicken for Chicken N’ Noodles a few days ago and kept the broth to use in the Chicken Tortellini, then froze the rest in muffin tins. When they are completely frozen, I will pop them out and put them in a freezer bag.

 

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Cupcake Tuesday ~ Earth Day Cupcakes

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Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday!   If you are new here, grab a cup of tea or a glass of milk and enjoy a cupcake!

Today we are recognizing Earth Day. 2010 marks the 40th year that Earth Day has been recognized.  I started blogging shortly before Earth Day last year, there were lots of fun activities like Amy’s Earth Hour.

The Earth Day Cupcakes that I made to share with you are easy and fun. They would also make a great treat for a Bug Birthday Party.

On most of the cupcakes, I started with grass. I used my new Wilton tip #233. I think the look is fun, I still need to use it a few times to figure out a good method. I used 2 shades of green Buttercream Frosting to make the grass look better. I’m not sure you can tell by the picture.

There are endless possibilities of decorations you can use. I used some mini gummi worms, from my favorite candy store, Albanese Confectionery. For the ladybugs I started with a red M&M candy and put small dots of melted chocolate using my Wilton round tip #1.

For the other bugs, I used the patterns from the Hello Cupcake book. Using wax paper, I covered the pattern and piped on melted chocolate, then used M&M’s and chocolate coated sunflower seeds, once again from Albanese Confectionery. If you don’t have the patterns, you can either draw some or pipe legs and bodies onto wax paper.

I’m sorry I don’t have a step-by-step for you today, I will try to add them in the next couple days. I was also trying to cook my Make-Ahead Meals for the week, at the same time. I need to learn not to try to do so much in one day.

For the butterflies, I piped melted chocolate onto wax paper, then quickly added the chocolate coated sunflower seeds. For the wings I cut a cookie in quarters, but you could use a pretzel too.

Do you celebrate Earth Day? Share with us what you do?

And don’t forget to leave your questions for the authors of the What’s New Cupcake? book! They’ll be answering them soon, during the upcoming cupcake video series!

Now it’s your turn! Please share your cupcake or muffin recipe! For the guidelines, you can visit Cupcake Tuesday.

Please be sure to link back to this post, so that your readers can see all the yummy creations and visit some (or all) of the other participants.


Decorating your Home for Spring

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I’ve had such a great time decorating our home for Spring. I shared our Mantle and some of our Dining Room with you.

I also wanted to share a little tutorial on how I decorated our Buffet. Our Dining Room table and Buffet were passed down from my parents. And in a crazy twist, we are now living across the street from the family that originally owned the set.

I used Ivy and Bridal Veil, once again, to bring the outside in. I love the look of the fresh green and even better, it doesn’t cost a penny to decorate with it.

  1. Here is the buffet before I started
  2. I added a lace tablecloth that belonged to my Mother-In-Law
  3. The candlesticks worked perfectly when I turned them upside down. On the taller one I placed a small vase that I filled with glass rocks, water and added fresh ivy. On the smaller candlestick, I added a tulip shaped candle in mint green.
  4. Then in front I put a pint size (short) aqua blue mason jar, and added some daffodils.

  1. At the opposite end of the buffet (because I like balance when I’m decorating) I added some Bridal Veil in a quart size (large) aqua mason jar.
  2. Then in front I placed a small darker blue vase with a small piece of Bridal Veil.
  3. I added another candle holder with a round green candle to coordinate with the other side. And a small clay pot, laying on it’s side.
  4. In the middle of the buffet, I added a glass bowl with lemons and limes.

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Do you decorate your home for the seasons? Share with us your ideas!

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~Show and Tell hosted by My Romantic Home

~Saturday Night Special hosted by Funky Junk Interiors

~Inspiration Friday hosted by The Inspired Room

~Strut Your Stuff Thursday hosted by Somewhat Simple

~Transformation Thursday hosted by The Shabby Chic Cottage

~Get Your Craft On Thursday hosted by Life as Lori

~Made By You Monday hosted by Skip To My Lou

~Idea Sharin’ Wednesday hosted by Women Who Do It All

~DIY Show Off Day hosted by DIY Show Off

~DIY Day hosted by A Soft Place to Land

~Tackle It Tuesday hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom

~Tip Me Tuesday hosted by Tip Junkie

Make-Ahead Meals ~ Cooking Day Plan

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Our Make-Ahead Meal Cooking Day is Monday. If you would like to join in the fun, grab our plan and the recipes, and follow me on Twitter! Let’s get cooking :-)

You will need several pans and storage containers that will either go into the fridge or freezer, I bought some extra foil pans at the Dollar Store. It’s a great place to buy your extras. They also have a great pan that I buy for cupcakes, it holds a dozen perfectly and is great for transporting.

Here are the baking pans you will need…

  • Cookie Sheet for Chimichangas (at time of cooking)
  • 13 x 9 – 4 (will go in fridge or freezer)
  • 4 mini foil loaf pans – (freezer)
  • Storage Containers – Sloppy Joes, Spaghetti Sauce
  • Freezer bag for Teriyaki Chicken
  • Storage bag for Chimichanga Mixture

Prep Plan…

  1. Cook Whole Chicken (Teriyaki) and Ham (Cheesy Pasta & Ham) in oven
  2. Cut chicken breast for Chimichangas
  3. Cook Chicken and filling according to directions
  4. Set aside to cool and then place in container or storage bag
  5. Mix Meatloaves, place in pans, wrap and freeze
  6. Mix Meatballs, get ready to cook after chicken & ham are done
  7. Cook Spaghetti Sauce and put in crockpot to cook or keep on stove according to directions, cool, place in container and freeze
  8. Cook hamburger for Sloppy Joes, mix sauce and place in crockpot to cook
  9. Mix Teriyaki Sauce, add chicken, in freezer bag and freeze
  10. Mix Mashed Potato Casserole, put in dish, wrap, label & freeze
  11. Cook Pasta for Cheesy Pasta, Ham & Peas
  12. Cut Ham
  13. Cook cheese sauce
  14. Mix pasta, cheese sauce and ham, place in dish, cool, label & freeze
  15. Prepare chicken for Tortellini Tetrazzini (pick & de-bone)
  16. Cook Tortellini
  17. Mix Tetrazzini sauce, and combine with chicken & pasta, following recipe
  18. Put in dish, place in fridge or wrap, label and freeze
  19. The Mac & Cheese is not a dish that should be frozen, I have it planned for Friday night, so Thursday evening or Friday morning I will put it together.
  20. Grab a cup of tea and sit and relax! Your meals are done or almost done for a whole week :-) WooHoo!

And don’t forget to enter to win the cookbook with all these yummy recipes and lots more!

Here is a list of what we are cooking, for those of you visiting for Menu Plan Monday :-) All of the recipes are on the Budget Friendly Meals Page.

Monday ~ Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Tuesday ~  Cheesy Pasta, Ham & Peas

Wednesday ~  Mini Meatloaves and Mashed Potato Casserole

Thursday ~  Teriyaki Chicken and White Rice

Friday ~  Sloppy Joes and Mac & Cheese

Saturday ~  Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread and Salad

Sunday ~ Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini

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~Dinnertime Dilemmas hosted by Tatertots and Jello

Simply…Go-Gurt Giveaway

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Giveaway closed: The winner is A.W., she wrote ” My kids fave healthy snack is Frozen Go-Gurts! Mine is apples dipped in a PB & yogurt dip! My kids love this one too.” Congrats! Please email me your address and I will send it to MyBlog Spark.

Winner chosen by Random Integer: Timestamp: 2010-04-24 21:46:19 UTC

I have another yummy yogurt giveaway for you from MyBlog Spark!

New Simply… Go-Gurt is made from simple ingredients, they contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavors. Each convenient portable yogurt tube contains a good source of calcium and vitamin D. 

New Simply… Go-Gurt is available in two kid-friendly flavors, Strawberry and Mixed Berry.

My youngest son Casey, just loves these, he thinks it’s so much fun to eat yogurt from a tube. Sshhh..don’t tell him it’s good for him too! :-)

The Gift Pack in this giveaway, provided by Yoplait through MyBlog Spark, includes a coupon for a FREE box of Yoplait Simply Go-Gurt Yogurt, a pocket Etch a Sketch, weekly planner and a seat back organizer.

I was just thrilled with this Gift Pack, not only did I receive the coupon and other goodies, but the weekly planner is just beautiful. And you all know how I like to be organized.

In addition to the giveaway opportunity, Yoplait and MyBlog Spark have created a customized micro site for the first 30 readers to click over. It has great tips and coupons!

Full Disclosure: The package I received was provided to me by Yoplait YoPlus through My Blog Spark. They will provide the winner of this giveaway the same package. The views of this product were my own.

 Enter to win a gift pack, just like the one pictured at the top!

Giveaway Guidelines:

Please leave a seperate comment for each entry.

  1. Leave a comment telling me what your favorite healthy snack.
  2. Become a subscriber, leave me a comment. (5 entries) 
  3. Follow me on Twitter, and leave me a comment with your Twitter ID, if you already follow me, just leave me a comment.
  4. Tweet about the giveaway including @HoosierHomemade in the tweet and a link to the giveaway post. Leave me a comment.
  5. The Giveaway will be open until Friday, April 23rd, 10 p.m. CST, the winner will be notified and have 48 hrs to claim their prize.

And don’t miss my other giveaway, Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms Cookbook. A wonderful cookbook filled with great recipes like this, Make-Ahead Coffee Cake.

Make Ahead Coffee Cake

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This Make Ahead Coffee Cake is perfect for those busy mornings when you are trying to get the family ready and out the door or even when you are hosting Brunch for friends or family. This recipe and tons more are from the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms Cookbook, enter my giveaway to win your copy.

I enjoy cooking a large breakfast on the weekends, especially on Sunday. We usually eat a late morning brunch, and then skip lunch and have an early dinner. It makes my day a little easier.

Last weekend, after returning home from a minor league baseball game, I put this Coffee Cake together. It was really good, in fact, we snacked on it all day.

If you have been following along this week, you know that I shared a week of Make-Ahead Meals, the plan, the grocery list and the recipes. On Saturday evening I will post our Prep Day plan and then on Monday we will be cooking together, preparing a week’s worth of meals for the frig and freezer.

I’m really looking forward to this. It’s taken a little more time to prepare this week, but I know it will be so nice next week when I have all my meals prepared ahead of time. I hope you will join me!  I will keep you updated on Twitter too, so if you aren’t following me, please jump over and click the follow button. I will use hashtag (#) Make-Ahead Meals.

So, I suppose you would like the recipe for this yummy Make Ahead Coffee Cake? Well, you are in luck

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Make Ahead Coffee Cake Recipe
 
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Delicious make ahead coffee cake Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Streusel
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅔ cups walnuts, chopped (I didn't have any on hand, so I omitted these)
Instructions
  1. Spray 13 x 9 pan with nonstick spray, set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter.
  2. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  4. Add to wet mixture, mixing on low until well blended, increase speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour evenly into the prepared pan.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  7. Combine streusel ingredients, cover tightly and store at room temperature.
  8. In the morning, remove pan from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic wrap, evenly sprinkle with streusel. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool.

Note: Because it was 10 p.m. when I put this together, I didn’t make the streusel until the morning, after the cake was removed from refrigerator. I also didn’t add the nuts, it was delicious without, but I think it would taste really good with also. I served it with breakfast tacos and smoothies.

I also think it would be good to either swirl the streusel into the cake before baking or layer it. You would need to hold back part of the batter in a container in the frig, then when you are ready to bake it, pull it out, sprinkle with part of the streusel, pour remaining batter, then sprinkle remaining streusel.

Update! I baked this again for Mother’s Day and layered the streusel

Do you cook a big breakfast on the weekend? What do you cook?

Linking to…Ingredient Spotlight


 

Lemon Drop Cookies

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A little while back, I shared with you a recipe from Susan Branch and her Summer Book, White Layer Cake with Lemon Filling. When I made the filling, I had Doug, my husband, try it, he thought it tasted like Lemon Drops.

So, then the ideas starting spinning in my head. How could I make them into a cookie?

I started with a very simple, melt in your mouth, butter cookie, the same recipe that I used for the Lime Cream Cookies.

Lemon Drop Cookies
 
Melt-in-your-mouth Lemon Drop Cookies from HoosierHomemade.com.
Ingredients
Cookies
  • ½ cup Butter, softened (real butter, not margarine)
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1¼ cup Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
Lemon Filling
  • Juice & grated rind of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla in large bowl, beat until well mixed.
  3. Add flour and salt, beat well.
  4. Shape dough into 1 inch balls.
  5. Place on greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  6. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb or back of spoon.
  7. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. Remove from cookie sheets and let cool.
Lemon Filling
  1. When grating lemon, be careful not to get any white part, it’s bitter.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan or double boiler on stove.
  3. Simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes, chill.
  4. Spoon a small amount of filling onto the cookie and sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Do you have a favorite Spring flavor? Share it with us!

Don’t miss my giveaway for the great cookbook, Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms! It’s full of awesome recipes, like the Coffee Cake I made last weekend!

This post linked to:

~Mouthwatering Mondays hosted by A Southern Fairytale

~Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum

~I’m Lovin’ it hosted by Tidy Mom

~Potluck Sunday hosted by Mommy’s Kitchen

~Made By You Mondays hosted by Skip To My Lou

~Tempt My Tummy Tuesday hosted by Blessed with Grace

 

Cupcake Tuesday~Snickers Cupcakes

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Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday!   If you are new here, grab a cup of tea or a glass of milk and enjoy a cupcake!

I’m very excited today, because I have a guest! And not just any guest, a very special one!  Brittney has been part of our family for a little more than a year and a half! She is dating my son Nick, and we are just thrilled to have her as part of our family. I love her like a daughter.

I will let her tell you how they baked these amazing cupcakes!

My name is Brittney and I am dating Hoosier Momma’s middle son. One Sunday, my father requested Snickers cupcakes. He has had Hoosier Momma’s Butterfinger cupcakes and was wondering if it was possible to make a Snickers cupcake. Therefore Nick (Hoosier Momma’s son) and I, experimented and found a way to make these cupcakes. I hope you enjoy my recipe for Snickers cupcakes.

We started with a box of white cake mix. We followed the directions that can be found on the back of any box of store bought cake mix. Next, we separated the cake mix into the cupcake pan. After the batter is poured into the pan, take the mini snickers (unwrapped of course) and push them down to the middle of the batter. Bake, following the directions on the box. After the cupcakes are cooked and cooled, we frosted them, using canned frosting.  After all the cupcakes had been frosted, we drizzled the cupcakes with caramel and sprinkled them with cut up snickers. After all this has been done, the cupcakes are ready to be served.

Ingredients:
·         One box of white cake mix
·         Mini Snickers bars
·         Frosting
·         Caramel

Yum! Didn’t they do a great job? I think I’ll have them bake more often :-)

Don’t miss out on my fun giveaways! If you are participating in the Ultimate Blog Party, I’m giving away a copy of the What’s New Cupcake? book and I also have a wonderful Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms Cookbook.

And don’t forget to leave your questions for the authors of the What’s New Cupcake? book! They’ll be answering them soon, during the upcoming cupcake video series!

Now it’s your turn! Please share your cupcake or muffin recipe! For the guidelines, you can visit Cupcake Tuesday.

Please be sure to link back to this post, so that your readers can see all the yummy creations and visit some (or all) of the other participants.

I Heart Faces – Dessert Photo Challenge

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I was so excited when Amy told me that the I Heart Faces Photo Challenge was going to be dessert! I might just have a dessert or two floating around here that I could enter :-)

And if seeing all the yummy desserts wasn’t enough…the “icing on the cake”, Bakerella is the guest judge!

I so wish I had some Cake Pops to share with her! I guess, some Black Forest Cupcakes will have to do!

Make Ahead Meals for a Week

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Welcome to another great week of meal planning. I’m changing the plan a little this week. When I posted my April Menu Plan, I had planned on sharing Make Ahead Meals for this week, but after thinking it through, I thought it would be fun to let my readers cook along with me. I love the concept of getting lots of meals ready ahead, but quite honestly, my family doesn’t like meals from the freezer all that well, and I usually don’t have money in the budget to buy groceries for a whole month. Although I do menu plan for the whole month, just because it’s much easier to get the entire month done at one time. It also makes it easy for times like this, when I need to switch the meal plan around.

So, here’s the plan…today I’m posting the meal plan and grocery list. Sometime during the week, you can buy your groceries, then on Saturday evening, I will post the Meal Prep Day plan for Monday. Then on Monday, you can follow along with me right here and on Twitter, as we prepare and cook a whole weeks worth of meals.

Why am I preparing and cooking these make ahead meals? First of all, my schedule has really gotten crazy with running to baseball and track practice, and games, Doug is working lots more right now, which also limits his time to help with running, and my yard is screaming for attention too.

And second, Jane from the wildly popular blog, Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, sent me her cookbook, Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, I was just dieing to try some of the meals. And even better! She has one of her cookbooks for one of my lucky readers!

Here is what we will be preparing…

  • Baked Chicken Chimichangas
  • Cheesy Pasta, Ham and Peas
  • Mini Meatloaves and Mashed Potato Casserole
  • Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini
  • Sloppy Joes and Macaroni & Cheese
  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs

To shorten up this post, I decided to put the recipes on the Budget Friendly Meal page, head on over there to grab the recipes. I will be posting them throughout the week.

*Update* All the recipes are on the Budget Friendly Meal page now.

Grocery List for Make Ahead Meals: (I included regular ingredients, below are pantry items, spices, milk, eggs, etc.)

  • Chicken Breast, skinless, boneless – 3 lbs. or 8-10 skinless, boneless Chicken Thighs and 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast
  • 1 Whole Chicken for roasting
  • Hamburger or Ground Beef – 5 1/2 lbs.
  • 6-8 Italian Sausages
  • Ham, cooked – enough for 4 cups cubed
  • Elbow Macaroni – 6 cups
  • Tortellini – 20 oz.
  • Mexican Cheese – 2 cups
  • American Cheese – 1 1/4 cups
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese – 1 1/4 cups
  • Parmesan Cheese – 1 2/3 cups
  • Cream Cheese – 8 oz.
  • Light Cream – 1 cup
  • Cheeze Whiz Original Cheese Dip – 1/2 cup
  • French Onion Dip – 1 cup
  • Salsa, thick & chunky – 1/2 cup
  • Flour Tortillas – 8 (8 inch)
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Green Pepper – 2 medium or 1 large
  • Barbecue Sauce – 1/2 cup
  • Tomato Sauce – 16 oz.
  • Tomato Paste – 2 x 12 oz cans
  • Tomatoes, ground peeled, 2 x 28 oz cans
  • Chicken Broth – 1 cup
  • Instant Mashed Potato Flakes – 3 cups
  • Italian Bread Crumbs – 1 cup
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Orange Juice – 1/4 cup
  • Frozen peas – 3 cups

Other pantry items that you will need…

  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Ground Cumin
  • Cayenne Red Pepper
  • Dried Oregano
  • Flour
  • Garlic cloves
  • Dried Minced Onion
  • Ketchup
  • Eggs
  • Brown Sugar
  • Dry Mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • Cornstarch
  • Soy Sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Ginger
  • Chicken Bouillon Powder
  • Butter
  • Milk

You will need to choose side dishes, if you wish. I will probably serve Mexican Rice, White Rice, and Salad.

I suppose you are wondering about the Coffee Cake photo at the top? The recipe is also in Jane’s book, I will share it will you later in the week.

This plan is for next week, here is what we are having this week…

Monday ~  BBQ Meatballs, Salad

Tuesday ~ Fried Egg Sandwiches or Homemade McGriddles, Fruit Smoothies

Wednesday ~  Chicken N’ Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Thursday ~  Mostacolli, Parmesan Knots, Salad

Friday ~ Chicken Mexican Soup

Saturday ~  Stuffed Baked Potatoes and Chicken Wings

Sunday ~  Grill Out

So, how do you get your hands on one of these wonderful cookbooks? You can head over to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and buy one right away. Or you can enter my giveaway and hopefully, win it!

***Giveaway Closed***

Giveaway Guidelines:

Please leave a seperate comment for each entry.

  1. Leave a comment telling me what your favorite Make-Ahead Meal is. 
  2. Become a subscriber of Hoosier Homemade, leave a comment.(5 entries) 
  3.  Become a subscriber of Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, leave a comment. 
  4. Follow me on Twitter, and leave me a comment with your Twitter ID, if you already follow me, just leave me a comment.
  5. Follow Jane on Twitter, leave a comment with your Twitter ID.
  6. Tweet about the giveaway including @HoosierHomemade and @janedoironin in the tweet and a link to the giveaway post. Leave a comment.
  7. Follow Jane on Facebook
  8. Grab the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms and display it on your blog.
  9. The Giveaway will be open until Wednesday, April 21st, 10 p.m. CST, the winner will be notified and have 48 hrs to claim their prize.
  10. And one last entry, just to make it an even 10! Leave a link with your favorite meal post :-)

Psss…Don’t forget to leave your questions for the What’s New Cupcake authors, cupcake video series starting soon!

This post linked to:

-Dinnertime Dilemmas hosted by Tatertots & Jello

~Menu Plan Monday hosted by I’m An Organizing Junkie

~Mindful Meals hosted by Chive Talkin’

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms cookbook. I will write a review on Wednesday, April 21st. The photo of the book cover belongs to Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms blog, I edited the photo for my post.

Spring Decorating

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I just love Spring! Doesn’t everyone? It’s like a fresh start, the green grass starting to grow, the spring flowers and trees and the weather starting to get warmer.

I change the decorations in my home often. If you have been around here much, I’m sure you have seen all the changes.

Our main focal point in the house is our mantle in our Living Room. I absolutely love it. Last week I shared the tutorial for decorating a Spring Mantle using Nature.

This past weekend, I finally had a little time to finish up the Dining Room. I have shared my little tree with you often, I added some Spring silk flowers and ivy to it. Underneath, I sat a birdhouse and a little doll I made years ago, her apron says, “Everybirdy welcome” :-)

A short while ago, I shared my Monochromatic Hoosier Cabinet. I decided to leave it the way it is for awhile longer, but added my angels, a picture frame with a watering can and my favorite, Bunny Tic-Tac-Toe.

For the Dining Room table, I started with a pretty yellow tablecloth, added a splash of color, a blue pitcher full of daffodils that I cut outside and some cute little wooden birds for added color.

With Spring, also comes baseball, we love it, but our life turns to chaos most of the time :-) This is my middle son, Nick, he plays for LaPorte High School.

What is your favorite season? Do you decorate for Spring?

This post linked to:

~Show and Tell hosted by My Romantic Home

~Inspiration Friday hosted by The Inspired Room

~Frugal Friday hosted by Life As Mom

~Frugalicious Friday hosted by Finding Fabulous

~Creative Cats hosted by Poppies at Play

~Made By You Mondays hosted by Skip To My Lou

~DIY Day hosted by A Soft Place to Land

~Transformation Thursday hosted by The Shabby Chic Cottage

~Get Your Craft On Thursday hosted by Life as Lori

~Plant a Punkin’ Seed Party hosted by Punkin Seed Productions

~Saturday Night Special hosted by Funky Junk Interiors

~Weekend Wrap-up Party hosted by Tatertots and Jello

Ultimate Blog Party ~ 2010

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Welcome to Hoosier Homemade! I’m Liz, a born and raised Indiana Hoosier that loves to bake, cook and decorate. And I share my passion with my readers to help them Make Their House A Home.

I have been blogging since February 2009 and absolutely love it. I searched for many years to find a way that I could share my passion and help others. I feel very blessed to be able to do what I love everyday!

I am a SAHM with 3 teenage boys and a wonderful hubby for 20+ years. We live in Northwest Indiana, about 15 minutes from Lake Michigan. Read all about our family on the Meet the Hoosier Momma page.

Because I love to bake, most of the time, when you visit you will find yummy desserts. I host a weekly blog carnival, Cupcake Tuesday, and have shared over 50 cupcake creations on my Cupcake Heaven page, along with several tutorials on cupcake baking.

~Black Forest Cupcakes

~Easter Chicks

~Raspberry Cordial Cupcakes

~Nuggets with a side of Fries

If I’m not baking cupcakes, you can find me whipping up some yummy desserts.

~Strawberry Sensation

~Easter Bonnet Cookies

~Mini Key Lime Cakes

~Shamrock S’Mores

And since my family can’t live on dessert alone (although I would love to :-) ) I cook all the time too. I work hard at creating our Monthly Menu Plan and trying to keep our grocery budget as low as possible.

~Homemade McGriddles

~Chicken Mexican Soup

~Homemade Mac & Cheese

~Breakfast Tacos

If you can’t find me in the kitchen, up to my elbows in flour and frosting :-), you will find me decorating my home.

~My Hoosier Cabinet dressed in white

~The Spring Mantle

~The Winter Mantle

~Decorating with Antique Lanterns

 Now, it wouldn’t be a party without gifts! And I have an exciting one for you!

I’m giving away a copy of this awesome cupcake book. There are fun designs, that are easy enough for the everyday baker! You will find my entry on the Ultimate Blog Party Prize Page, #53!

Psss…Don’t forget to leave your questions for the What’s New Cupcake authors, cupcake video series starting soon!

There are tons of great prizes to choose from, I had a hard time! Here are my Top 3 picks ~

US #39-Be My Guest certificate at any Hilton Garden Inn provided by Bloggin 2 Noggin

USC #35- $50 Cash, Paypal Transfer provided by American Muslim Mom

USC #39 – $50 Paypal Cash provided by MomDot

And my next choices are ~ US #36, USC #3, USC #15, US #112, US #70, US #52, US #32

Have fun!

Spring Mantle ~ Decorating with Nature

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Decorating with Nature, bringing the outdoors in, is one of my favorite ways to decorate. It’s also the most frugal.

Spring is beginning to show some color here in Northwest Indiana. I don’t know if I was just really looking forward to Spring or if the weather is warmer than years past, but the colors are exceptional this year.

When I think of decorating for Spring, I try to use items that remind me of the new season, birdhouses, rain, nature coming to life, watering cans.

When decorating my Mantle, I like to have balance. I always started with larger items first.

  1. I added 2 aqua mason jars with forsythia in them
  2. And on the other end I added fresh ivy and another jar with forsythia to balance out and to add color to each end
  3. For medium height, a green wooden watering can
  4. And a birdhouse

Then I fill in with small items, a little color and a little whimsy too.

  1. Blue rubber rain boots and a lavendar metal watering can
  2. And a picture frame with the boys when they were toddlers, always bring a smile to my face
  3. Then I tucked in a little plaque with a rabbit that says Happy Spring
  4. A small birdhouse front, a bird and some small clay pots


Sir Ham A Lot ~ Leftover Ham Recipes

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I just love cooking holiday dinners, and most often, I cook way too much food and have tons of leftovers. We enjoy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, but this year I wanted to make some different meals. Crystal over at Money Saving Mom gave me a super good reason to do just that when she asked me to write a guest post with Leftover Ham recipes.

I shared Bean with Bacon Soup, Tortellini Bean and Ham Salad, and Ham and Broccoli Quiche.

Another great reason to cook a holiday dinner or to simply buy meat around the holidays, it’s most always on sale. I bought our ham at Aldi’s for $8.37 and got 5 meals out of it. It also Works For Me to help stretch our grocery budget.

So, do you have a favorite ham dish? Or maybe a yummy egg salad recipe?

Please add it to the linky, and be sure to link back to this post so everyone can share the recipes :-)

Cupcake Tuesday ~ Nuggets with a Side of Fries

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Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday!   If you are new here, grab a cup of tea or a glass of milk and enjoy a cupcake!

Today is a very special day at our house! Our oldest son, Andrew, turns 19!

In honor of Andrew’s birthday, I made him his favorite dinner!

Chicken Nuggets and Fries

With a little dessert too! After seeing the fries in the new What’s New Cupcake? book, I knew right away what I wanted to bake for Andrew’s birthday.

They were really very easy too!

Chicken Nugget and French Fry Cupcakes
 
Love fast food? You'll love these Chicken Nugget and French Fry cupcakes from HoosierHomemade.com!
Ingredients
  • Cupcakes (baked and frosted with a thin to medium layer of frosting, I baked Chocolate, Andrew’s favorite)
  • 1 can of white frosting (yes, I said canned frosting, it’s the best for these projects)
  • 1 pound cake (I couldn’t find pound cake, so I bought an angel food cake in a loaf size, I bought it instead of baking it because I wanted the consistency of store bought)
  • A Crinkle Cutter (I used my Pampered Chef cutter)
  • A baggie full of cereal, crushed (I used Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but Corn Flakes would work just fine)
Instructions
To make the Fries
  1. Cut pound cake into strips, trim around all the edges, and place on cookie sheet.
  2. Preheat broiler, place cookie sheet in oven.
  3. Be sure to watch the fries VERY closely. I literally stood at the oven and counted to 10 and kept checking.
  4. When one side turns brown, flip them until all sides are brown.
For the nuggets
  1. Cut cake into squares, then trim the edges into a circle (of sorts) if they aren’t perfect, that’s better.
  2. Crush cereal as fine as possible, place in bowl.
  3. Heat a couple scoops of frosting in the microwave for about 20 seconds, spoon frosting over nugget and place on plate, sprinkle with cereal crumbs, gently pat them into the frosting, picking out any larger pieces.
  4. Spoon crumbs on the edges.
  5. Place in freezer for about 5 minutes to make them easier to handle, then frost the bottom and dip into crumbs.
To Assemble
  1. Place a couple fries and nugget on top of frosted cupcake.
  2. Tint frosting bright red, frost another cupcake to make it look like ketchup.

Happy Birthday, Andrew! We love you!

I stopped at McDonald’s in our hometown, and the nice gals there gave me the empty containers to display in.

Disclaimer: McDonald’s did not pay me to display their wrappers, but I did receive them for free.

Did you enjoy our Spring Blog Hop? I hope so!  I have chosen the winners for the giveaways…the Dual Chamber Decorator Bag goes to Brittany, Congrats! Email me your address and I will mail it out to you!…and the winner of the Recipe Box is Pamela from Live, Laugh, Love with the Pondering Princess, Congrats! Email me your address and I will pass it on to Shelley! :)

Do you have questions about cupcake decorating that you have been wanting to ask? Head on over and leave us a comment, the authors of What’s New Cupcake? and Hello, Cupcake are answering your questions.

This post linked to:

~Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum

~I’m Lovin’ It hosted by Tidy Mom

Now it’s your turn! Please share your cupcake or muffin recipe! For the guidelines, you can visit Cupcake Tuesday.

Please be sure to link back to this post, so that your readers can see all the yummy creations and visit some (or all) of the other participants.

Leftover Ham Recipes ~ Guest Post

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Do you have leftover ham that needs to be used? Would you like some new recipes?

Head on over and grab the recipes for Crockpot Bean with Bacon Soup, Tortellini Bean and Ham Salad, and Ham and Broccoli Quiche, that I’m sharing today on Money Saving Mom, and while you are there, check out her awesome list of grocery store deals!

Do you have a favorite dish that you make with leftover ham or eggs? Share it with us on Wednesday!

April Meal Plan

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I’m so sorry to be posting this a few days late. The Spring Hop Party kept me baking like a crazy woman the last couple weeks, then Easter kind of sprung up on me too. Since, Nick, our 16 year old, has started his High School baseball season, you will find lots of crockpot and make-ahead meals, it’s makes life so much easier to have a plan.

We have lots of great things happening here! If you missed my giveaways, head on over to enter to win a cute Recipe Box and a Dual Chamber Decorating Bag, perfect for your 2 color icing work. The giveaways end, Monday, so hurry! I also have a fun video series coming up with the What’s New Cupcake and Hello, Cupcake authors, read all the details and let me know what questions you would like answered by the authors of those fun cupcake books. 

Next week, I’m putting together my Weekly Menu Plan, along with a grocery list and a Meal Prep Plan, and a very special cookbook giveaway! I’ll be preparing the whole week’s menu in one day. 

Get your leftover ham or Easter dishes posts ready! I’ll be hosting a party on Wednesday for everyone to share their favorites! (Old posts are okay too) Details below :-)

Here’s what we have planned for the rest of April…

5 ~ Leftovers (Easter dinner)

6 ~ Homemade Chicken Nuggets & Fries (Andrew turns 19!)

7 ~ Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

8 ~ Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes

9 ~ Bacon Cheeseburgers and Loaded Waffle Fries

10 ~ Enchiladas, chips and salsa

11 ~ Homemade Corn Dogs

12 ~ Spaghetti & Meatballs

13 ~  Cheesy Pasta, Ham & Peas

14 ~  Mini Meatloaves and Mashed Potatoe Casserole

15 ~  Teriyaki Chicken

16 ~  Baked Chicken Chimichangas

17 ~  Sloppy Joes and Mac & Cheese

18 ~ Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini

19 ~  BBQ Meatballs, Salad

20 ~ Fried Egg Sandwiches or Homemade McGriddles, Fruit Smoothies

21 ~  Chicken N’ Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

22 ~  Mostacolli, Parmesan Knots, Salad

23 ~ Chicken Mexican Soup

24 ~  Stuffed Baked Potatoes and Chicken Wings

25 ~  Grill Out

26 ~  Tuna Casserole

27 ~ Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwiches, veggies and dip

28 ~  Chef Salad, Homemade Rolls

29 ~  Chicken Stir-Fry and Rice

30 ~   Taco Ring, Mexican Rice, Nacho Bar

1  ~  Stuffed Crust Pizza

Be sure to mark your calendars! Do you have a go-to recipe for the leftover ham or eggs from your Easter dinner? Share it with us!

Yup! It’s a Sir Ham A Lot Party! :) Don’t miss it!

This post linked to:

~Menu Plan Monday hosted by I’m An Organizing Junkie

~Monthly Menu Plan hosted by Mommy’s Kitchen

~Mindful Menus hosted by Chive Talkin’

Happy Easter ~ The Spring Hop Way

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When I had the idea of putting together a Spring and Easter baking Hop, I knew the gals I wanted to ask to join me. With the help of Diane, from Created by Diane, we put together the most amazing team!

I hope you all enjoyed our Spring Hop Party! I wanted to show you the talents of these bloggers one last time and give them a HUGE THANK YOU for all their hard work! And Thank You to Diane for creating our fun button!

~Day 1 ~ Diane shared her beautiful Rose Cupcakes and her adorable chick macaroons

~Day 2 ~ I added my Easter Egg Cupcakes, 2-for-1, cupcakes with cookies (Recipe Box Giveaway)

~Day 3 ~ Shelley made the cutest bunny and chick Oreo suckers (Apron Giveaway)

~Day 4 ~ Janet shared her sugar cookies, they are an absolute work of art (Copper Cookie Cutter giveaway)

~Day 5 ~ Cindy added her cute Flower Basket Cupcakes

~Day 6 ~ Amanda showed us her beautiful Easter Egg Cake with a sweet surprise inside ($60 cash, ends April 6th)

~ Day 7 ~ I shared more Easter Cupcakes, chicks, bunnies and Peeps (Dual Decorator Bag, for icing)

~ Day 8 ~ Shelly made yummy Homemade Peeps to finish up our fun Party

Each of the ladies added some really fun giveaways, some of them are still open (I’ve indicated which ones next to their day). If you haven’t entered, be sure to head on over and do so. The giveaways will end on Monday, April 5th.

I had a blast with the Spring Hop Party, I sure hope the others bloggers did too, as well as all of you! Please stay tuned…there just might be some more sugar bliss sometime in the future :)

March Favorites

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My Favorites ~ Your Favorites ~ Top Referrers

Last month I shared my favorites, your favorites and my top referrers. I really enjoyed looking back at the month, and hope you did too.

So, I decided to make it a monthly post. Wow, time really flies by, doesn’t it?

A very special Thank You to all my readers, friends and family who have made Hoosier Homemade a success!

First, my top three favorite posts…

My Favorite Cupcake

These cute little chick cupcakes were definately my favorite! They were super easy, and perfect for Easter.

My Favorite Food Post

Hands down winner! The Easter Bonnet Cookies! They are sweet treat for Easter or even a little girl’s tea party.

My Favorite Decorating Post

With all the baking I did for Spring Blog Hop, I didn’t get much decorating done. My Easter Mantle was my favorite. I love the colorful, whimsical look.

Your Favorites…

  1.  Easter Mantle
  2. Easter Bonnet Cookies
  3. Easter Egg Cupcakes
  4. Office Organization
  5. Easter Cupcakes
  6. St. Patrick’s Day Decorations
  7. Flower Cookies
  8. Ice Box Dessert
  9. St. Patrick’s Day Dessert
  10. Shamrock Almond Cookies

Top Referrers…

  1. Skip To My Lou
  2. My Romantic Home
  3. Shabby Chic Cottage
  4. A Soft Place to Land
  5. How Does She?
  6. The Inspired Room
  7. I’m An Organizing Junkie
  8. Life As Mom
  9. Funky Junk Interiors
  10. The Finer Things in Life

Please take a minute and visit some or all of these great supporters. They are all fabulous, and I really appreciate them giving me their support! 

Have you heard my little secret? Read all about it!

 

What’s New Cupcake?

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Today is a very exciting day! Today is the launch of Karen and Alan’s new book, What’s New Cupcake?

I was absolutely thrilled to receive one in the mail a couple weeks ago from Alan! And it was signed too! Once again, they totally outdid themselves! The new book is full of creative ideas, animals, April Fool’s Day food, and of course, lots of holiday cupcakes.

If you are not familiar with their first cupcake book, Hello, Cupcake, let me show you a bit…

In February, I shared their Box of Chocolates with you and offered a give-away of their very popular book, Hello Cupcake.

And last week, I shared my Easter Egg Cupcakes that were also inspired by the Hello Cupcake book.

Karen and Alan’s work is just amazing. But, even more so, it’s easy. Here at Hoosier Homemade, I strive to share with you how homemade doesn’t have to be difficult. I love looking at all the beautifully decorated cupcakes and cakes with fondant and gum paste, but honestly, the average Mom and housewife, just isn’t able to do that. I know I’m not.

So, I suppose you are wondering? Why is she telling us all this? Well, do I have a SURPRISE for you!

Not only did Alan send me a copy of their new book, they have also agreed to work with me on a video series, bringing you some very creative cupcake decorating!!! They sent an extra book for me to giveaway, stay tuned to win that!

And, today, we are starting a Question and Answer series! So, ask away!

What cupcake question have you been wondering?  Leave it in the comments, I’ll pass the questions on to Alan and Karen, then we will have a post with the answers as well as the video series.

One more exciting bit of info…Wilton and Albanese Confectionery Company, are joining me on this little huge adventure!

Fun! Huh?

If you haven’t seen their awesome website and blog, take a peek! Today, April 1st. they are taking their cupcakes on the road and will be on the Today Show during the 4th Hour with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Don’t miss their fun April Fool’s Day Cupcakes!

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