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Pokemon Pokeball Cupcakes

This is me and my friend Gino. 

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Gino is one of the best guys I know. He is an accomplished artist, he is unyieldingly patient, he is a dedicated friend, and he is jubilantly kind. Though he may tell you otherwise. 

So, for Gino’s birthday, I made him Pokeball cupcakes…because he likes Pokemon!

Here are 3 Pokeballs…

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And here are 4 of my Pokeball cupcakes…how did I do?

 

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Here’s how to make your own Pokeball cupcakes….gotta catch ’em all!

Here’s what you’ll need…
24 cupcakes
24 white Mentos
red sugar sprinkles

white icing 
black gel icing

Here’s what you will do…
1. Bake your cupcakes. Let them cool.

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2. Work on one cupcake at a time, because the icing will harden as you go, and you need it wet for the sprinkles to go on. 
3. Frost 1 cupcake and put a Mentos in the middle.
No need for fancy tips and special tools when frosting this cupcake…just smooth it on with a knife, the back of a spoon, or a spatula. Don’t even worry about getting it smooth. As you can tell, I wasn’t too picky about that, and I think they turned out just fine. 

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4. Put the red sugar sprinkles into a bowl.
5. Dip half of the cupcake into the sugar sprinkles.
Don’t worry if some red sprinkles get on the white side. It happened to plenty of mine, and they still turned out great. But I guess if you ARE worried about that, then you can just get a toothpick and pick them off. But Gino didn’t care, he was just excited to have his very own Pokeball cupcakes. I’m sure your friend will also not care if there are a few stray sprinkles. It will still look and taste great!

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6. Use the black gel icing to draw a circle around the Mentos (right against it), and a line between the red sprinkles and the white icing.

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7. Repeat with the rest of your cupcakes.

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8. Enjoy! Best when shared with friends like Gino. 

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Easter

Happy Easter! It is wonderful to know that Jesus Christ has risen!

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Here is a short video about Easter and Christ:

Here is a longer video about the story of Easter:

To learn more about Easter, check out this website.

I encourage you to find time today to thank our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for their sacrifice. It is such a great and wondrous gift.

I also hope you find sometime to bake today! Here’s some recipes that might make your Easter delicious:

Sheridan’s Speedy Rolls

Thick, Soft Sugar Cookies

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bird Next Cupcakes

Again, Happy Easter! He lives!

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My New Kitchen Aid!!

I’ve been doing The Five-Dollar Savings Plan (learn more about that at this link) for over a year now…I’ve been saving up for a Classic Kitchen Aid! I love to bake, so it’s always been a dream of mine to own my own Kitchen Aid…

It basically felt like I was getting it for free…because the amount in my bank account stayed the same…it was all from the shadow box on my wall! That’s the beauty of The Five-Dollar Savings Plan. I can spend money on myself once a year without feeling bad about it!

Here’s the story:

About a month ago I was at Costco with  my brother Ethan. We were on the appliances aisle because he was looking for a juicer, and I saw a Classic Kitchen Aid for only $199!!! I was super stoked, because I was up to $185 with my $5 savings plan, so I knew I could get it within the next couple months!

So I kept on saving and saving…well, mostly waiting…

And this weekend I got it! 

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Somehow I lost count, because it turns out there was only $205 in there…but that’s okay because what I was about to buy was only $200…and I can afford a bit of tax.

So I grabbed my 2 good friends Kelsey and Makenzie, and we went to Costco!

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Come to find out…they don’t have it anymore. They only had the Professional Kitchen Aid for like $350. I even asked an employee…he checked the system and everything…nada.

I left feeling very depressed and rejected.

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But then decided to call around….

047Williams-Sonoma had a Classic Kitchen Aid for about $350, with a $30 mail-in rebate. NO THANK YOU.
I called 2 more Costco locations…and they didn’t have it either…LAME.
Then I called Wal-Mart…and they had a Classic Kitchen Aid for $199! 

So naturally, we rushed there…

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And I think the pictures can tell the next part of the story…

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Chris was a very nice lady who was workin’ the lucky register today! (We avoided the self-checkout…I didn’t want to put 41 $5 bills into the cash receiver thing….headache!)

Chris could tell that I was in a VERY good mood, and I explained why…I explained the Five Dollar Savings Plan and that I’d been saving for about 14 months…and I finally got my dream! She thought it was one of the coolest things ever, and told the lady behind her about me. I felt pretty cool.

Me and Kelsey!

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Me and Makenzie!

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Then I dropped off those two wonderful ladies at school (UVU) and went home to play with my new toy!

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I was SO HAPPY!!! Here’s what I made…

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Want to know what kind of cupcakes those are? Well….you might want to sit down…it’s pretty weird. Ok, ready?

Brown Sugar Banana Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Icing

Curious? Go here to learn more…

Click below to see other things I have bought with my $5 savings plan:
Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection
A sitting apparatus…well, 2
A porch glider and table

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The Five-Dollar Savings Plan

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It’s very simple. Every time you get a $5 bill, you save it! At the end of the year, you buy yourself something! 

I saw this idea on Pinterest last year, and decided to try it…it was so fun!

Here’s some more details…

Every time you get a $5 bill, you save it. I kept mine in a clip for a long time, until I finally found a shadow box at a thrift store! Then I stored it in the shadow box, simply up on my wall. I used a dry-erase marker to change the amount every time I added a $5.

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At the end of 2012, I still didn’t have enough money for what I wanted…a Kitchen Aid. If you know me at all, you know that it’s one of my dreams – to own my own Kitchen Aid! So I continued to save, and this weekend I finally got enough!

Here’s a rule (at least for me): YOU CANNOT ACTIVELY SEEK $5 BILLS. What I mean by that is…you can’t ask for your change in $5’s…and you can’t just go withdraw money from the bank and get it in $5’s….that’s cheating!

My first time using my $5 savings plan: Kitchen Aid

So I went to the store and bought it! (You can get the full story here)

It basically felt like I was getting it for free…because the amount in my bank account stayed the same…it was all from the shadow box on my wall! That’s the beauty of The Five-Dollar Savings Plan. I can spend money on myself once a year without feeling bad about it!

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I WAS SO HAPPY!!! I celebrated by making cupcakes 🙂

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Here’s the cupcakes I made with my NEW KITCHEN AID!!!

074Want to know what kind of cupcakes those are? Well….you might want to sit down…it’s pretty weird. Ok, ready?

Brown Sugar Banana Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Icing

Curious? Go here to learn more…

And if that totally grosses you out, click here to check out my other cupcakes! None of my other cupcakes have avocado, I promise!

My second time using my $5 savings plan: Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection

Click here to read the full story about this one!

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My third time using my $5 savings plan: A sitting apparatus…well, 2

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Click here to learn more about those!

My fourth time using my $5 savings plan: A porch glider and a table!

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Click here to learn more about that!

Now, go forth and save up those $5 bills!

If you’re looking for some money-saving apps, click here for the best ones!

 


On a different note, if you’re still trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight, here’s some ideas!

Chicken and Cheese Lasagna Roll-ups

Sheridan’s Speedy Rolls

Creamy Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

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Reindeer Cupcakes

Merry Christmas!

These are some of the easiest cupcakes ever!

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For each cupcake, you will need:

  • chocolate cake mix
  • chocolate icing
  • two mini pretzels
  • one Nilla Wafer
  • one brown or one red M&M
  • two white M&M’s
  • black gel icing

Here’s what you do:
1. Make the cupcakes according to directions on the box.
2. After they are cool, frost one cupcake.
3. Add a Nilla Wafer for the face.
4. Add two pretzels for antlers.
5. Dip one side of the brown or red M&M in the frosting.
6. Place it on the Nilla Wafer for a nose.
7. Put the two white M&M’s on for eyes.
8. Using the black gel icing, put a small dot on each white M&M to finish the eyes.
9. Repeat with the rest of the cupcakes.

Friendly tip: Don’t frost all the cupcakes first, and then expect to go back and add the toppings. The icing will harden as you go, so do each cupcake right after you frost it. 

Where do I find white M&M’s? Well, I got mine at a party supply store, Zurchers. They have M&M’s there that you can buy by color. So I’d suggest checking with your local party supply store. If you can’t find them, you can also just use upside-down white chocolate chips!
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Aren’t they so cute?

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Let me know how yours turn out!

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Cupcakes Sunny-Side-Up!

Back in June I made these cupcakes…

A huge thanks goes out to my wonderful former roommate Jessica for taking all these pictures!

These are so easy to make! 

All you need is:

  • cupcakes (I just make it from a box…never fails!)
  • White icing (Click here for my recipe)
  • 1 butterscotch candy (unwrapped) for each cupcake
  • poppy seeds to sprinkle on top (for the “pepper”)

And if you want to make a great presentation, serve them in a frying pan! We had a lot of cupcakes , so we used a lot of frying pans…but it was so worth it!!!

Do you see the double yolk in the above picture? We had a misshapen butterscotch candy…hey, it happens!

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Hamburger and Hotdog Cupcakes

Ya like?

Ya wanna know how to make ’em? Here’s what you’ll need:

For each HAMBURGER cupcake, you will need:
-1 cupcake
-1 Grasshopper cookie
-2 Nilla Wafers
-Sesame Seeds
-Orange juice concentrate
-Shredded coconut
-Icing
-green food coloring
-red food coloring
-yellow food coloring
-1 green gumdrop

For each HOTDOG cupcake, you will need:
-1 cupcake
-1 circus peanut
-1 caramel square candy
-yellow food coloring
-Icing
-Shredded coconut
-Green food coloring
-Sprinkles

Here’s how to make the HAMBURGER cupcakes…
1. Dye about 1/2 cup of icing yellow…yellow enough to look like mustard
2. Dye about 1/2 cup shredded coconut green…green enough to look like lettuce
3. Slice the green gumdrop into slivers to be the pickles
4. Dye about 1/2 cup icing red…red enough to look like mustard
5. Frost your cupcakes with this delicious icing…https://byuflamingo.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/buttercream-icing/ (at this point you would sprinkle some sprinkles on top of you would like…I simply forgot!)
6. Put a Nilla wafer on upside-down. This will be your bottom bun.
7. Pipe yellow icing onto the outline to look like mustard.

8. Place the Grasshopper cookie on for the meat patty.
9. Pipe yellow icing on to stick on the pickles (gumdrop slices) and lettuce (green shredded coconut).
10. Get a Nilla wafer…use your finger to spread orange juice concentrate on top of it. That makes it sticky so the sesame seeds will stick to it. 
11. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the Nilla wafer. This is your top bun.
12. Place your bun on top 
13. Share with your friends and family!


Here’s how to make the HOTDOG cupcakes…
1. Make a slit in the circus peanut. Not all the way through. Just so it can open like a hotdog bun.
2.Heat up the caramels for a few seconds until they are soft enough to mold into a hotdog.
3. Put the hotdog inside the hotdog bun
4. Pipe some yellow icing on top for mustard
5. Chop up some of the green shredded coconut so it looks like relish
6. Sprinkle some of the relish on top of the hotdog.
7. Ice the cupcake
8. Sprinkle with some colorful sprinkles if you wish
9. Put the hotdog on top!
10. Share with your friends and family!

I had so much fun making these cupcakes with my dear roommate Jessica!

Here are a few more pictures of the process and the result! Happy cupcaking!

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