Rainbow Easter Cupcakes :^c]

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a a HOP-y Easter! (thumbs up for cheesy jokes!) Ever since I’ve seen this video, which teaches you how to bake a rainbow inside a cupcake, (WHAAAAT!?!) I’ve been waiting for the perfect excuse to make them. So when Easter came around…

This happened

The only thing I did differently was use homemade cake filling for the outside. I’m not the biggest fan of store bought cake mix :^P.

Tada!

Tada!

I didn't make the lines as perfect as they did in the video, but I did OK.

I didn’t make the lines as perfect as they did in the video, but I did OK.

I had some leftover, so I'm making a cake also!

I had some leftover, so I’m making a cake also!

Baking, baking, baakkiinngg...

Baking, baking, baakkiinngg…

This is what it actually looked like. No bad photos here.

This is what it actually looked like.

So I cut off the top...

So I cut off the top…

Shizam!

Shizam!

Unfortunately, the rainbows floated up to the top with this batch. :^[

Unfortunately, the rainbows floated up to the top with this batch. :^[  The rainbow cake was thawed by the time I baked it in the cupcakes.  I wonder if that had anything to do with them floating?

My parents suggested doing it flat ways and stacking two up top.

My parents suggested doing it flat ways and stacking two up top.

It turned out a LOT better. :^)

It turned out a LOT better. :^)

It was way past bedtime when I finished making these, so I set these out on a rack to cool and put the decorating off for the morning.

In the morning, I made the frosting. Here’s what you’ll need.

I originally wanted to hand mix it, but I decided to use an electric mixer instead.

I originally wanted to hand mix it, but I decided to use an electric mixer instead.

               Need:

  1. 4 to 6 teaspoons of milk.
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  3. A stick of butter (at room temperature)
  4. 16 ounces (a box) of confectioner’s sugar.
  5. An electric mixer.
  6. Some coconut (I forgot to add the coconut and bird’s eggs in the photo).
  7. A couple of bird’s eggs (not real ones!).

1. Mix your butter before adding your other ingredients. Add in your confectioner’s sugar a spoonful at a time (You don’t want to have it snowing indoors).

2. Add your green food dye.

3. Toast some of your coconut until it’s a nice brownish color (be sure to mix it very often, or it’ll BURN!). Let it cool completely before use.

Before...

Before…

After.

After.

4. Frost your cupcakes.

5. Now start “patting” the frosting with your butter knife.

It looks like grass.

It’ll make it look like grass.

6. Make a little nest out of your coconut, but not too much. You’ll can add more later.

You'll add more latter.

7. Dab a little of your leftover frosting onto the bottom of your egg, then plant it into the middle of your cupcake.

4. Repeat with the other two eggs, then add more coconut to cover up any spaces you want.

Tada!

Tada!

This s how my cake turned out.

This is how my cake turned out.

After I finished, we cleaned up the house, and had a little Easter party with some friends. This was all that was left of my cake/cupcakes.

Just a smudge of cake, and one little cupcake... >Burp<

Just a smudge of cake, and one little cupcake. I wonder where they went… Burp!

They were really yummy, and I hope you’ll get the chance to make some! My favorite part is the little surprise on the inside :^) Have fun!

Green Tip

Springtime! The perfect time to start a garden. Compost is essential, and making your own is better then buying store bought. We already have a compost bin in our backyard, but here’s a video for how to make your own! (Click here)

Nutella, Messy Messes, and Eclairs (YUM!)

How’s it going folks? Having a lovely winter? (We’re having a white one)! :^)

This is the lovely view from my balcony.

:^)

 Now two days ago I was wondering about what to for today’s post, so I was flipping through one of my Girl Scout journey books (for inspiration), then I found a recipe that I REALLY wanted to try. Guess what it is. If you’ve guest eclairs, (or cheated by looking at the tittle) then your correct!

Need:

  1. 4 eggs at room temperature.
  2. 1/2 a cup of butter (It should say on the wrapper) plus a little extra to grease your cookie sheet.
  3. 1/2 a teaspoon of salt.
  4. 1 cup of all-purpose white flour.
  5. 1 cup of water.

1. Dollop some butter onto a paper towel and start greasing your cookie sheet.

Use butter. No elbow grease required.

No elbow grease required.

2. Next, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.

3. Pour your salt, butter, and water into a medium sized pot, stir often, and wait for it to boil. HEADS UP: When it gets boiling the next steps are going to be CRAZY.

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4. This is going to sound weird, but pour your flour into the boiling pot and it’s going to steam a lot while you mix it.

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Don’t freak out and keep stirring.

Tada!

Tada!

5. At this point I turned off the heat and removed the pot from the still hot stove and added the eggs. Be sure to add them in one at a time.

This photo was taken at the 2nd-3rd added egg.

This photo was taken at the 2nd-3rd added egg.

6. When I was done, the dough was all clumpy when it should still be one big lump of dough. So I put it back onto the hot part of the stove, (Do not turn it on, it should still be hot) and mixed it up for a few seconds, then removed it from the heat.

7. Now your supposed to dollop the dough into small log shapes (Give them S P A C E. They’ll expand like crazy), and I thought you were supposed to do it with your hands. But obviously, I was wrong.

GLEAGH!

GLEAGH!

So after I washed my hands, (That dough is STICKY) I used my spoon to dollop the dough into logs tried to even them out.

Ahhh. Much better.

Ahhh. Much better.

8. Now put your eclairs into the oven and cook them for 15 minutes.

Creepy owl timer stair of DOOM!

Creepy owl timer stare of DOOM!

Now would be a good time to do those dishes.

Messy!

Messy!

9. After your eclairs cook for 15 minutes, turn the heat down to 350 degrees F, and let them cook for 30 more minutes.

10. Take them out of the oven and let them cool completely before you add the filling.

Tada!

Tada!

It was at this point when I found out that we didn’t have any heavy cream (NOOO!) so my mom went to the store that evening but it was bedtime when she came back. And in the morning, I woke up with a really bad fever (it’s almost gone now) but I knew I had to finish making the eclairs.

Need:

  1. A cup of really cold heavy cream.
  2. 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla.
  3. 1 teaspoon (or more) of sugar.

Oh, and you’ll also need one of these.

Girl's best friend

Girl’s best friend

1. Pour all of your ingredients into a large bowl and start mixing it until it looks like this.

 Now it is time to do the final touches to your eclairs (YAY!)!

1. Take a knife and carefully slice open the top.

2. Now take a spoon and fill up your eclairs.

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3. Place the top back onto the treat. Take another spoon and spread some Nutella on the top of your eclair.

Mmmm. Nutella.

Mmmm. Nutella.

Now dig in!

Yum!

Yum!

This recipe gives you 6 eclairs (depending on how big you make them). They would be great for parties and they’re supper delicious. Like this post and subscribe to this blog.

Green Tip

Did you know that some plastics that are often used in the kitchen can be poisonous? Here’s a video that will tell you what plastics are safe to use, and ones you should avoid like the flu! Plastics

Flavored Ice-cubes

Hi guys how’s it going? I’ve been really busy and I have wanted to do this project since the beginning of spring but I didn’t really get to it until now. Ok, we have these wild strawberries growing everywhere in our backyard.

 

They’re  like weeds the way they’re growing, but they’re really small and there isn’t enough to make preserves or ice-cream.

And this is one of the bigger ones!

And this is one of the bigger ones!

So as I was thinking about something to do with them I had an idea. You know popsicles? Well the idea I had is similar only smaller and they can fit inside your mouth. Presenting, the recipe for the flavored ice-cubes!

Orange Juice Strawberry Surprise!

Need: An ice-cube tray, a freezer, a orang juice, and some strawberries (be sure to wash them!).

1. Pour your orange juice into the ice-cube tray. Be careful not to fill it up all the way.

If you accidentally fill it up to high, don't worry! Take a straw and drink the excess.

If you accidentally fill it up to high, don’t worry! Take a straw and slurp the excess.

2. Add your berries.

3. Freeze overnight.

4. Pop them out of the tray and add to a glass of orange juice or sparkly water (mineral water) or place them right in your mouth.

Mmm. Yummy!

Mmm. Yummy!

I felt like this one recipe wasn’t enough. So as I was looking around the pantry I asked my mom if she liked iced tea. She told me yes and told me that it tastes good with some lemon and mint. So that is how I got the idea for this next one. (this is if your a tea fan. I am not a tea fan.)

Iced Tea Melts

Need: Cutting board, some mint, a lemon, a bag of tea, a measuring cup, a knife and a juicer (the weird thingy down there was the juicer I had on hand).

1. Add a cup of hot water to your measuring cup.

Careful: You don't want to get burnt.

Careful: You don’t want to get burned.

2. Add your tea bag to the measuring cup.

My mom likes black tea for iced tea so that's what I'm using.

My mom likes black tea for iced tea so that’s what I’m using.

3. While you wait for the tea to steep, chop MOST of your mint leaves (you’ll see why in a little bit).

4. Cut your lemon in half.

5. Add your chopped up mint to the mix and stir it occasionally.

6. After about five to ten minutes, juice the lemon and add it to the potion (queue the evil witch laugh). And let it sit for about five more minutes and continue mixing.

7. Now it’s starting to look like this.

Doesn't look very tasty does it?

Doesn’t look very tasty does it?

Now a strainer would have helped out a LOT but the one we had was in the dish washer so I had to carefully pour it in and pick out anything that fell in.

I didn't fish the stuff out yet when I took the photo.

I didn’t fish the stuff out yet when I took the photo.

8. Then place a mint leaf on top of each one.

9. Now you freeze it over night.

10. In the morning, they should be ready for use.

11. Get some tea ready, add your ice-cubes, grab your tablet, snuggle up on the couch, and enjoy on a rainy day (this one can work all-season and you can use the ice-cubes to cool down your tea if it’s too hot.).

 Now these two projects are only a few of the many you can make. You could try grape juice and blueberries or soda and ice-cream (I wanted to do that but we didn’t have any soda or ice-cream). Let your creativity run wild! Please let me know the flavored ice-cubes you tried in the comments. Mark my words, there will be a sequel!

Green Tip

When using the printer, use BOTH sides of the paper (turn it over and send it through the printer or use the double-sided feature if your printer has one) before you toss it or print again.

Summer Fun!

Hi guys I know it’s been a while since my last post and a summer special was way overdo, but I haven’t been on the computer for a while  and I was really busy.

When I was surfing the net (Har har. Summer. Beaches. Surfing? Never mind.) looking for fun, summer projects I came across this. I’m definitely going to try some of these projects sometime. It has everything from jewelry to mustaches to duct tape to cool, recycling DIYs, almost everything I love to make (though I’m still a beginner)! I also came across this awesome blog, DIY | Trash To Couture, I’m totally going to try some of these DIYs. I love how this person takes old stuff (in the clothes, pillow cases department) and turning them into something awesome (that’s kind-off what I’ve been trying to teach people on my blog right?)!

I feel like I’m forgetting something… Oh, right! Ice-Cream! I never said this, but I have an obsession with ice-cream. So ever since I discovered Chocolate Covered Katie, and that it’s now summer time, I’ve been trying to convince my parents to make every ice-cream recipe she’s made! Here is a link to a recipe I want to try Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. We made the peanut butter smoothies once, we shoved two bananas, a lot of peanut butter into a blender and added some milk to help it blend. It was really good though. I promise I’ll post more summer DIYs in the future and maybe I’ll throw in a few surprises…

 

Green Tip

Did you know that the average family of three people can save up to $150 and 3,200 gallons of water per year if they turn the water off when they shampoo and condition their hair? (I learned this fact on a shampoo bottle)

Banana Pancake Breakfast or Snack Sandwiches

Yummy! :^D

Yummy! :^D

So, everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I’m going to show you a quick and easy recipe that everyone (except those who have allergies) will enjoy.  One time while I was baby-sitting my brother and sister I made these and they were devoured in seconds.

Need: At least two leftover pancakes (you can use more if you want to make more), some chocolate spread (and/or peanut butter), a butter knife, a cutting board and a plate.

1. Place your pancakes on your plate and reheat until warm.

2. While the pancakes are reheating, slice your banana into thin slices.

3. Spread your chocolate spread (and/or peanut butter) onto one side of a pancake.

4. Place your banana slices over the chocolate covered pancake.

5. Spread another layer onto your other pancake.

6. Place your pancakes together.

It's REALLY good!

It’s REALLY good!

This is SOOOOO good, this is a really yummy treat and I make it whenever I get the chance. You can use peanut butter so it’s a healthier snack but I LOVE chocolate spread. Tell me if you like the chocolate spread version, or peanut butter, or the combined.

I’ll let you know which answer people like the best next week so be sure to vote.

Green Tip

Instead of throwing your old stuff away, donate it to a charity shop or a rental shop. It saves waste from the landfill (spit >:^[ ) and saves resources. And by donating it to a charity shop (like Goodwill) whenever someone buys that item, the money goes to helping the community!