Spruce up your room in a snap!

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My husband and I have been living in our home for almost 8 years! We bought it as newlyweds and between purchasing the house and furnishing it we didn't have a lot of money for decorating and making improvements, like painting. I always figured that once I figured out what my personal style was, we would make some changes to fit our personalities. Well someone should have told me that being poor newlyweds is nothing compared to being a poor stay at home mom, with two kids. All of that to say that we have only made improvements to one room in the whole house. Everything else is what I like to refer to as "builder boring."

Whiteish wall and white switch plates throughout the whole house. Leviton has come to the rescue! Their new line called Renu® can update any room in a snap.
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I mean that literally too, Renu faces snap off/on to change color or clean. Squeeze tabs to remove the switch face. Push down on hooks to remove the outlet face. The wallplates, slightly larger than standard ones to cover wall blemishes. Snap off Renu has switches, dimmers, and outlets available in tons of colors.
According to the website, the Renu devices fit into the standard wallbox and they are easy to wire. Once you get everything wired up, the sky is the limit with your switches, wall plates, and outlets. There are twenty colors to choose from and even a stainless steel look for the wall plates. I can imagine this fitting in so well into any room. Instead of your switches being strictly utilitarian, you can work them into your room design. I am totally a commitment phobe when it comes to home decor, so I love that I can switch these out easily!
Leviton is hosting three different twitter parties to help spread the word about Renu. Of course there will be prizes too, what's a party without some prizes? Here are the dates:
Wednesday, April 18th 9pm EST
Thursday, April 26th 9pm EST
Wednesday, May 2nd 9pm EST
All you need to do is follow @Leviton and #Renu for the twitter events and participate in the discussion and you can possibly win some Home Depot gift cards! Leviton is offering 2 sets of Broadway tickets as a grand prize for the twitter party on Wednesday night! Join in on the fun and see if you'll win!
I really recommend checking out the Renu website. There is even a demo where you can mix and match the colors and get a feel for how they will look.
You can also check out Leviton on Facebook to keep up with the latest Renu news.
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(CLOSED) Britax Tour and Giveaway

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Have you seen the movie trailer for "What to Expect When You're Expecting?" I saw it when I went and saw Hunger Games. This movie looks so hilarious. I am really excited to see it when it comes out.



 Well did you know that BRITAX products are featured all throughout the movie? To celebrate, BRITAX is having a giant Expect Greatness Tour. The tour travels from city to city in specially branded BRITAX and “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” mini-vans.  Their will be great giveaways, great discounts, great parent education and of course, the great quality of BRITAX at every tour stop.  You can find out more information about the tour HERE.

I have good news for all of my Phoenix area readers.The Expect Greatness Tour will be in the area May 5-6. The event on May 5th will take place at Destination Maternity, Chauncey Ranch, 18560 North Scottsdale Road, from 10AM – 3PM. Sunday May 6th, the tour rolls into Arizona Mills Mall, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, from 12PM – 4PM. I am planing to visit Destination Maternity on Saturday May 5 to check it out. I really hope to see some of you there!

I have more good news if you don't live in the area, or if you can't make it that day. If you go to britaxexpectgreatness.com on May 5, there are even more chances to win. They are giving away $25,000 worth of goodies online and in store.

There is one more important thing you need to know before we get to the giveaway. BRITAX has a program called Registry rewards. If you either receive as a gift or purchase one qualifying item in each of the following categories: Stroller, Car Seat, Baby Carrier, Large Accessory, and Small Accessory, you can receive a Boulevard 70 car seat for free. My giveaway as well as prizes on the tour, and website, all qualify for the registry rewards program. You can outfit your baby with high quality BRITAX gear and get a free car seat in the process.

Okay, okay, it's giveaway time. I am so excited that I get to give one of you lucky readers this Frontier 85 SICT car seat.
Isn't she a beauty? The suggested retail price is $379.99. It is a convertible car seat so the bottom detaches into just a booster seat. This car seat can take you from 25 lbs all the way up until 120 lbs. I know that car seat laws are different everywhere but the recommendation is that kids should be in booster seats until they are 4'9" tall. Enter the giveaway below in the Rafflecopter box. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Quinoa Enchiladas with home made enchilada sauce

This enchilada sauce is my Mother-in-law's recipe and before she exposed me to it, it never crossed my mind to make enchilada sauce at home. One more fun fact, my mother-in-law grew up in Colonial Juarez and she makes some delicious Mexican food! This sauce is great to make ahead which makes for quick dinner prep on the day you want to eat it.



First let's start with the sauce. 

Red Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients:
7 Tbsp flour
6 Tbsp oil
4 Cups tomato juice - (I usually substitute with 2 cups tomato sauce and 2 cups water)
4 Cups Water
2 Tbsp Red Chili Powder
1 tsp Taco seasoning
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt - I usually only use a dash of salt

1. In a sauce pan, mix Oil and Flour together with a whisk.
2. Whisk in part of the water, which will make it thicken up.
3. Heat on stove top until it gets nice and hot.
4. Turn down to med-low and whisk in remainder of water and tomato juice.
5. Add in chili powder, taco seasoning, sugar, and salt.
6. After it gets bubbling good, not necessarily boiling, turn it down to a simmer.
7. Let simmer about 2 hours.

Now that we have the sauce, it's time to make the enchiladas. Here is my prep for making cheese enchiladas.  



Preparing enchiladas
1. Spread a layer of sauce on the bottom of your casserole dish.
2. Add a layer of white corn tortillas.
3. Add a another layer of sauce.
4. Add a layer of cheese.
5. Repeat the layers with tortillas, sauce, and then cheese until you reach the top of your dish.
6. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is hot and bubbly.


Quinoa Enchiladas:

I recently discovered quinoa and I thought it would be a great addition to the enchiladas. I've included the instructions for cooking the quinoa and adding it into the enchiladas.
1. Saute 1 cup quinoa in a sauce pan on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until it starts to pop and crackle.
2. Dump the quinoa in a fine sieve and rinse with water.
3. Return the quinoa to the sauce pan and add 2 cups of chicken stock.
4. Bring the quinoa to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
5. Now to incorporate into the enchiladas.  Spread a layer of sauce on the bottom of your casserole dish.
6. Add  a layer of white corn tortillas, sauce, 1/3 of the quinoa, and a layer of cheese.
7. Repeat the layers with tortillas, sauce, quinoa, and then cheese until you reach the top of your dish.
8. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is hot and bubbly.

If you look closely you can see the quinoa in the picture. My husband really liked it, and the kids were none the wiser. I think I will be adding quinoa to my enchiladas all the time. Enjoy! If you make the enchilada sauce I would love to hear how you like it.






Ashley

Zucchini Goulash

This recipe is lacking a proper name. Around my house we just call it zucchini. I'm going to call it a goulash, although that might not be 100% accurate name. I like this recipe because it's packed with veggies and in the summer time zucchini is very inexpensive. (Especially when you take it from your parents garden.**wink, wink**) I also love it because everything cooks together in one pot. Let's hear it for less dishwashing!

 

Zucchini Goulash

Ingredients: 

2-3 medium zucchini
1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
1/2 onion chopped (optional*)
3  - 15 ounce cans of tomato sauce

Directions:

  1. Chop the onion and slice the zucchini into thin slices
  2. Brown the ground beef in a 12" skillet on medium heat. 
  3. Add the onions into the ground beef mixture and let them cook together.
  4. When the beef is cooked, drain any grease.
  5. Add in the sliced zucchini and tomato sauce. You want enough tomato sauce to cover the zucchini. You may use more or less tomato sauce depending on how many and the size of the zucchini that you use.
  6. Cover and simmer the mixture until the zucchini are tender.
  7. Salt, Pepper, and garlic powder** to taste
  8. Serve over rice or eat plain. 
* I say the onions are optional because they are on my husbands "will not eat" list.  Therefore, I omit them from every recipe that calls for them.
** In my opinion, a meal isn't complete unless garlic is involved. I substitute garlic powder for salt nearly all the time(except for baking, ewww!)



Ashley

A new look and a little announcement...

If you have been to the site in the last week or two, you may have noticed that I got a brand new look! It was so overdue and I love it. Here's a screenshot for all you folks that read Cute as a Fox in a reader or your email.


The creative genius behind all of it, is Kim of 733. I can not recommend her enough. She was fast, professional, and I just love it. I had been admiring Kim's work for over a year, so I knew I would love pretty much anything she came up with. She even surprised me with a new fox that she drew up. I've been tinkering around with things ever since, and I'm sure it will continue. It has been so motivating to my blogging to have a fresh new design. Thanks Kim!

So speaking of blogging. I am the type of blogger that blogs what I am currently creating and interested in. The last few weeks have been a little 'craft light' around here. The reason is because I have made some major changes in my personal life regarding health and fitness. I have been spending lots of time in the kitchen, instead of eating out. In other words, you can expect lots of recipe posts coming up. It's taken me awhile to get used to this new way of doing things. I am finally getting it together again and I can't wait to make some more crafts and projects to share with you.

Thank you so much for reading and supporting me. I love being able to share with everyone!


Ashley

Princess Party Ideas and a Craft

We have princesses on the brain here big time! Last week my little princess got a princess makeover. Well this week she got to attend a princess tea party! In addition to the tea party, they played lots of fun princess games. I am going to share some about the tea party AND give you lots of ideas if you are planning to throw a princess party.
1. Pin the Tiara on the Princess. This one is pretty self explanatory. Print out a photo of a tiara, blindfold the girls, and see if they can get the tiara on the princess' head. For the princess, we used a personal outfit assistant by Girls Looking Cute.

Photo by: Shooting Stars Photography
Here is a better shot of the Girls Looking Cute personal outfit assistants. They are really pretty neat. You can customize your doll to look just like your daughter. Then every night you dress the doll up with tomorrow's clothes. Boom! No more fussing over what to wear to school the next day, because you already have it set out.

2. Hot Tiara. This was a fun variation on hot potato. The girls passed around a dress-up tiara to some fun princess music. When the music stops, whoever is holding the tiara is out. However, the way this game worked, when a girl was eliminated from the game, she got a lollipop prize. It was a fun everybody wins solution, so no one got their feelings hurt. 

3. Every Girl Can Be A Princess. Snow White taught all the girls a song called, "Every Girl Can Be A Princess." They even did some simple actions that went along with the words. The song has a great message and the girls really loved it.

This would be really fun to do at a party. If you don't want to teach a song, you could do some princess karaoke or a little dance party to get some energy out. You can find the music to "Every Girl Can Be a Princess" HERE . I also looked up some princess karaoke cd's for you too. That link is HERE.

Before I get to the craft, I will have to tell you a little more about the tea party. The girls learned about good manners, how to set the table, and how to curtsy.
Curtsy lessons
Setting the Table

Each girl also got a chance to get her picture will all of the princesses. They were in heaven. Here is my princess in the middle of all the 'big' princesses.


If you live in Arizona, I can not stress enough how much fun this was. There is one more event coming up on April 28. It is a Daddy/Daugher & Mother/Son ball. You can get more info and tickets here: http://girlslookingcute.com/store/act-tickets/

Okay now for a fun little princess craft/party favor. It is a very simple princess wand, with a giant pixie stick for the wand! My daughter came home from preschool with this, and she has been carrying it around non stop since then.
I will tell you how to make it, but I'm not sure you need directions. It is that simple.
Supplies: 
  • Giant Pixy Sticks (You can buy them HERE )
  • Curled Ribbon
  • Foam or scrapbook paper stars
  • Stapler
Instructions:
Simply staple the star and curled ribbon to the top of the giant pixy stick. You can keep it simple or fancy it up a bit and let your party guests decorate their wands.
You can check with your local candy shop to see if they carry the Giant Pixy Stixs , or you can buy them on Amazon for less than a dollar a piece.


Phew! I think we did it all. Three princess party activities and a craft/party favor. Thanks for reading!




Ashley

Eggplant Car and Pepper Flowers


This post is sponsored by Country Crock. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

I have got two really fun recipe ideas to share with you today but first let's talk about vegetables. They are extremely good for you and are notoriously difficult to get kids to eat. The trend of hiding vegetables in other food has gotten really big recently I have noticed. That's better than no vegetables for sure, but wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to hide vegetables from the kids? I bet you can see where I am going with this. Vegetables with Country Crock taste delicious and you don't need to hide them! I know that I think everything tastes better with Country Crock.

Country Crock and Clare Crespo have come out with a whole digital cookbook on ways to dress up your veggies and present them in fun ways to your families, friends, and most especially your kids. The cookbook is called, "A Very Veggie World" and it has 25 recipes with step by step instructions to turn your veggies into food art. If you have been a reader here for very long, you will probably recognize that I love using food in unique and fun ways. I have never made food art with vegetables before but I might be hooked.

You can see why I jumped at the chance to show you one of the recipes from the cookbook. Well I was supposed to show you one recipe, but I had such a hard time choosing, I made two to show you!

The first one is this eggplant car with zucchini wheels. It is filled with a mixture of eggplant, zucchini, garlic, bell peppers, and of course some Country Crock.


My son thought a vegetable car was pretty cool. No, he didn't eat that whole thing, I just wanted a cute picture of him with the eggplant car. He thought the spoon was a nice touch. :)

The second recipe I made was called, "Pasta full of Posies." I loved these bell pepper flowers with basil leaves. I thought it looked so cute. The dish was good, although I've never had wheat pasta before and I don't think I will again. You could use these cute flower technique on any pasta salad.


One more "happy kid" shot. I love this little girl. She is such a good eater and she is almost always willing to try new foods. I think she was sent to me to make up for how difficult her older brother can be with food. LOL. She is also a lover of all things pretty, and she loved that there were flowers on her food.


This is only two of the 25 recipes in the cookbook. They all look delicious and I plan to try more of them.  There is one for Hashbrains, which is of course brains made out of hash browns. It is so cute! You can download the cookbook here: http://bit.ly/HqdQ1Q

Country Crock really does make vegetables taste better! We are strictly margarine users at my house and I love Country Crock. Here are a few of the reasons why:
  • 70% less saturated fat and 30% fewer calories than butter
  • 0g trans fat
  • RD(registered dietician) approved
  • Recommended in 2010 Dietary Guideline
Country Crock also has the Crock Country Chronicles which is full of recipes, tips and fun ideas for feeding your family. The recipes featured on the website also include the dietary information, which I love. I've recently made some big changes to my diet and eating a lot more vegetables is a big part of that. I'm excited to add to my vegetable repertoire. I even just created a Vegetable Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/cuteasafox/eat-your-vegetables/ I will be adding lots of veggie recipes, so you can follow that if you are interested.

Are you looking for quick and simple tips and recipes to make serving veggies more fun? Download the free Clare Crespo Cookbook here for fun and whimsical recipes your family is sure to love!


Ashley

Orange Pineapple Fluff

Dinner time is important at my house. I love to gather around the dinner table with my family and talk about our day and just enjoy each others company. Something that really makes our dinner time special is when I serve dessert. I am not talking about creme brulee, souffle, or some other complicated dessert. I mean a sweet and simple treat to end the meal with. It is something that the kids, okay, my whole family really looks forward to.
Like many other moms out there, I have been known to use dessert to "encourage" my kids to eat their dinner. My six year old is incredibly picky and his favorite dessert, Orange Pineapple Fluff, works wonders to get him to try new foods.

We have been using COOL WHIP Whipped Topping as long as I can remember to make our everyday treats more special. It has been a staple in my freezer since the day I got married. The husband's favorite way to enjoy COOL WHIP is to put a big dollop on a slice of pumpkin pie. I think it might be his perfect food combination.
Pies are a little bit more of a special occasion food though, so today I am excited to share with you one of my family's favorite everyday desserts. Of course, it includes COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.

Orange Pineapple Fluff

Shaped Snack Bags

It is my daughter's turn to take snacks to preschool again! I love trying to come up with something cute for the kids. I try to make sure it isn't overly complicated for the teachers to deal with too. I will have to ask the teachers if I am very successful with that one. ;)

Here is what I came up with: Goldfish in fish bowl shaped bags!




Enchanted in April

This last Saturday I had the opportunity to attend "Enchanted in April" presented by Ahwatukee Children's Theater and Girls Looking Cute.
Essentially it is a set of 3 Princess workshops for girls 2 -12 years old. My daughter had such a blast! The first workshop was on How to LOOK like a princess and each girl got a princess makeover.  I had the most difficult time deciding what pictures to show. I took over a 150 and I loved them all! There were 3 different makeover stations:
Make-up:

Fighting Hunger Together

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Walmart Foundation for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

After a fun post about Springtime treats, now seems like a good time to call awareness to those that need some extra help this spring. I learned some really surprising facts that I want to share. Did you know that there is a big drop in charitable donations to food banks in the Spring time? I had no idea.  I also learned that one of the main causes of hunger is unemployment. Here comes the big shocking number, 50 million Americans do not know where their next meal is going to be coming from. That is heartbreaking and such a big big number.

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Walmart is teaming up with Feeding America as well as ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg's to help combat the Spring hunger gap. Here is how they are helping. From April 9 - 30, on the Walmart Facebook page you can vote for 1 of 200 communities in need of hunger relief. The communities chosen were based on those with the highest unemployment rates.

Walmart will donate a total of $2 million to the 21 communities receiving the most support. That breaks down to $1 million to the winner and $50,000 each to the 20 runners-up. This initiative is expected to provide meals for 43 million families in need. That's a huge number too!

I looked through the list of communities and I immediately knew who I would vote for. Many of you know that I live in Arizona. Well Yuma, Arizona has the second highest unemployment on the list with a rate of 25.3%. Sadly there are several different areas of Arizona on the list. I wish I could vote for them all!

I really want to encourage you to Vote to fight spring hunger with Walmart  from April 9-30. You might find a community in your area that needs help, or you can just vote for the community that you feel needs it the most.

There is another way you can help too. If you go to Walmart between April 9-30 and purchase select products from General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg's, you can donate meals to Feeding America or Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit fighting childhood hunger. There will be signs in the store as well as special packaging, so keep a look out. You can help make a difference and feed another family while feeding your own too!

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Avocados on your breakfast table

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Avocados from Mexico for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I've shared an Avocado recipe with you before, Cowboy Caviar. Then of course, everyone knows about how delicious guacamole is. What about breakfast, though? Have you ever thought of adding avocados from Mexico to your breakfast table? Today I am sharing a recipe for Avocado Toast. It's very simple to make, so even if you are in a morning rush, you can whip this up no problem!

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AVOCADO TOAST RECIPE -

Ingredients:

• 1 fully ripened avocado from Mexico, halved, pitted and peeled
• Salt
• Ground black pepper
• 2 large slices bread, toasted
• Optional: 2 slices bacon, cooked and halved or 2 tablespoons chopped tomato

Preparation:
In a bowl, coarsely mash avocado with a fork; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide avocado onto toast and spread to cover; cut each slice in half.

If desired, tuck a piece of bacon into avocado on each toast half or slice tomato over top and serve

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You can also go and check and this delicious California Egg Casserole with avocados over at Skip to my Lou. My mouth is watering just looking at it.

  

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Baked Potato and Ham Soup

I know that you won't have ham leftovers until next week but I just had to share this recipe so you can be prepared when the leftovers are piling up. Another great option is if you are baking potatoes, cook a few extra and make this soup the next night.



Baked Potato and Ham Soup

¼ c. butter
¼ c. flour
14 oz can chicken broth
1 can evaporated milk
3 large or 4 med. Baked potatoes cut into cubes
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder or to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 cups ham chunks
Grated cheese (optional)
  1. Melt the butter in medium saucepan. Whisk in flour and you should get a thick paste.
  2. Add chicken broth,  milk, and garlic powder.  (We are big garlic lovers so I like to add a LOT)
  3. Mash the pulp from one of the potatoes and whisk into the soup.
  4. Bring to a boil and gently add the cubed potatoes and cubed ham.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on the top of the soup when serving. 
We love this soup. Whenever we have a ham, we make sure to freezer the leftovers for this soup. Sometimes I will even buy a ham steak if we don't have any leftovers in the freezer. Try it, I don't think you will be sorry.

 Bon Appetit!

Scotts® Snap® Spreader System (Sponsored)

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Here is my current backyard. Cue the sad, depressing, Dun, Dun, Dunnnnnnnnn music. Although currently it is weed free so we are getting somewhere.

 

This is what I would love for my backyard to look like.

A nice patch of grass, surrounded by edging, and then some space for my soon to be garden. My yard is on the small side so I really don't think I am asking too much. The husband and I are not too experienced in the landscaping front however so we have been too intimidated to try. Imagine going to all the expense and effort to install a nice lawn only to kill it off.

Scotts® Snap® Spreader System has my back. Scotts® Snap® Spreader System will feed your lawn without the mess and guesswork of traditional spreaders. The Snap Pac directly connects to the Snap Spreader so you don't have to open the bag, and pour it yourself. You could convince me to use fertilizer this way for sure. The system also auto-sets the proper flow rate. You can just snap in and go. Here's another bonus, the Scotts® Snap® Spreader System has an EdgeGuard feature that keeps the product on your lawn and not the sidewalk or your other landscaping features.  When you remove the bag, the Snap Pac self-seals for easy storage.

I was checking out the Scotts website and besides feeding your lawn, they have products to help eliminate bugs and weeds too. All of these products come in the Snap Pac packages.

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Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Easter Cupcakes

This Saturday I was able to host a Duncan Hines Frosting Creations House Party. It was so much fun. We met up at the park, ate lots of cupcakes, played, and even did a little Easter egg hunt. There were 12 different frosting flavors to try out so for the most part I just served mini cupcakes and let everyone choose the flavors they wanted to try out.




However I couldn't resist the urge to decorate a few cupcakes all nice and pretty. The first ones might be my favorite. I baked chocolate cake into mini ice cream cones. Ahhh, they were so tiny and cute I can barely stand it. I used an open star tip to pip on the mint chocolate frosting. I mixed in some mini chocolate chips so it tastes just like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Yum!



I made a little acrylic stand for my mini ice cream cones with the laser. Now that I have a nice little stand, I want to make these mini cones for every occasion.


I am throwing this next picture in there so you can see just how small the cones are. It's hard to get perspective on the close up shots.


The next cupcakes are chocolate cupcakes with Chocolate Almond frosting. I made carrots out of vanilla wafers and edible Easter grass. I originally saw the idea here on Edible Crafts


Then I made these yellow mini cupcakes with Cotton candy frosting and cut marshmallow flowers. I love these flowers and they are so simple to make. I cut the marshmallows on the diagonal and pressed the cut edge into some sanding sugar. The sanding sugar sticks perfectly to the sticky marshmallow.

The center's of the flowers were holiday sixlets.  I liked cutting the marshmallows on the diagonal because it gave a nice slope to each "petal."

Next up are yellow mini cupcakes with strawberry shortcake frosting. I used candy corn for the ears, sixlets for the nose, and mini chocolate chip eyes.

My sister and niece made these cute little butterfly snack bags for all the kids. I have seen these done before, but never with such cute little pom poms.



We had such a great time at the park and I really enjoyed trying Duncan Hines new frosting creations flavors. I'll explain it briefly if you haven't heard of it before. You buy a starter container of plain frosting and then you pick one of the 12 different flavor mix-ins. You add the flavor powder, or "Sugar seeds" as my daughter called it, to the plain frosting and stir. Then you are ready to go. This post is getting long, but I wanted to tell you what we thought of the flavors. These were my opinions, and everyone has different tastes, so keep that in mind.
  • Chocolate Almond - Tastes a lot like marzipan if you are into that sort of thing. I am NOT!
  • Chocolate Marshmallow - Yum! I don't know how much marshmallow I tasted but it was delicious.
  • Cotton Candy - I was surprised how much I liked this one. Very true to cotton candy flavor.
  • Bubble Gum - I think there is an age limit on bubble gum flavored items and I am way over it.
  • White Chocolate Raspberry - Not my favorite but my Father in law liked it a lot.
  • Caramel - Good but I could have done with a little more caramel flavor. 
  • Cinnamon Roll - VERY yummy and cinnamon-y. 
  • Mocha - Undecided. I tried it twice. The first time I liked it and the second time not so much..
  • Orange Creme - So good. I think this one was a universal hit.
  • Mint Chocolate - Another big hit. It was very minty.
  • Strawberry Shortcake - It was good, but it didn't taste any different than strawberry frosting already on the market.
  • Cherry Vanilla - I blocked this one from my mind. It was very much like cough medicine to me. I think one person said they liked it, but it was definitely not for me.
Whew! We made it all the way through. Have a great week!