Make Edible Flowers With Jelly Beans

Jelly beans are one of my favorite candies so I really love this time of year. I buy a bag of them almost every time I go grocery shopping.

Our cabinet was started to overflow with jelly beans so I wanted to do something with them.

These little flowers are the sugary version of Edible Arrangements.

Make edible flowers with jelly beans

To make flowers on a stick, you will need jelly beans, toothpicks and cookie/cake pop sticks.

Make edible flowers with jelly beans

Cut a few toothpicks into smaller bits by cutting at an angle so both ends are sharp.
Make edible flowers with jelly beans

Make edible flowers with jelly beans

Poke a cake pop stick into a jelly bean. That will be your center. Then just poke one end of your toothpick piece into a jelly bean and the other into your center jelly bean.

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Do that all the way around the jelly bean until it looks like a flower.

Make edible flowers with jelly beans

You can also just do a flower that is not on a stick by just adding the jelly bean petals the entire way around.

Make edible flowers with jelly beans

The flowers without a stick can be used as a cupcake topper or cake decoration. I made brownie cups since it kind of looked like dirt 🙂

Make edible flowers with jelly beans

Make edible flowers with jelly beans

Because there are small sharp pieces of toothpick involved, it’s best to use this just as decoration or make sure to take the flower apart and remove the stick pieces before giving to kids.

Then enjoy. These guys finished these flowers in about thirty seconds.

Make edible flowers with jelly beans

Make edible flowers with jelly beans

Make edible flowers with jelly beans

Happy Easter Week!

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Sprinkle Milkshake (Kid Version of a Birthday Cake Martini)

I’ve been seeing these beautiful birthday cake martinis around and thought they looked so festive.

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Photo courtesy of pizzazzerie

While I think a martini would do wonders for my kids (and me) at bedtime, I figured I would try to make something a little more kid-friendly.

This version is basically a vanilla milkshake with sprinkles.

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To make, you will need:

-1 cup milk
-1 cup vanilla ice cream
-A couple ice cubes
-Colorful nonpareils or whatever sprinkles you have on hand
-1 Frozen banana (not necessary but i put it in to thicken it up and add a few nutrients)
-Plastic wine, champagne or other fun glasses

Ingredients amount will vary depending on the consistency you prefer.

Place items in a blender and blend until it is how you like it.

Meanwhile, pour some sprinkles in a shallow bowl.  Coat the rim of your glass with a little bit of ice cream or honey and dip into the bowl of sprinkles until the rim is covered.

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Pour your milkshake into the glass and you are ready to serve.

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I recommend not filling the milkshake all the way to the top or only putting the sprinkles on the outside rim. Otherwise, you instantly get this dripping effect.

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Although, it won’t matter either way. It’s colorful and fun and your kids will love it!

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Cheers!

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Cupcake Cones

If you’re looking for a fun idea for a kid’s birthday (or for any day), these cupcake cones are great. They are a nice alternative to regular cupcakes.

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To begin, just prepare your cake mix as you normally would. Line up your cones (the cake cones with a flat bottom) on a cookie sheet or place them inside a cupcake pan. Scoop your batter directly into the cone. Fill a little more than halfway.

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Bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.

While those are baking, you can prepare your frosting. If you use store-bought icing, you’re all set.

My favorite homemade icing recipe is super easy, though. Using a hand-held blender, blend 1 stick of softened butter with 4.5 cups powdered sugar, and 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract. You can add 5-6 tablespoons of milk to get the desired consistency.

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Once your cake is cooled, ice it like you would a cupcake.

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If you have a pastry bag, great. Or you can scoop your icing into a ziplock bag and cut the tip off to make your own.

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Then just squeeze on your icing. You can add food coloring to your icing if you want specific colors. I used colored cones so I stayed with white icing.

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Top with sprinkles or whatever topping your want and you’re all set!

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Kids love them, of course.

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It’s always fun when they discover the cake on the inside.

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You can also just top the cones with ice cream instead of icing for a regular ice cream cone with a surprise at the end!

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One warning is that the cones don’t really keep well (the cone gets soft) so it’s best to serve them the same day you make them.

Have fun!

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Homemade Flavored Greek Yogurt

More and more people are switching to Greek yogurt, and rightfully so. It has double the protein and half the carbs as regular yogurt. And depending on which variety of regular yogurt you normally get, Greek yogurt will have less sugar and sodium.

It has a thicker consistency so it can be used as a replacement for sour cream or other high fat ingredients in cooking. Eaten alone, though, it can be a little bitter and tangy for some people’s tastes, which is why I wanted to share the following versions.

This post is inspired by a dessert recipe that I recently tried. The dessert was a flop. But as with anything in life, it’s not a failure if you learn something from it.

What I learned was a low calorie, natural way to sweeten plain Greek Yogurt.

I ended up experimenting and came up with three different varieties.

The first is my favorite. It’s a honey-lemon version.

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I just blended about 1 Tablespoon of honey into a cup of yogurt. Then I grated lemon rind into it (about 1/2 teaspoon).

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Refrigerate for an hour before eating (nothing scientific here, but I found it seems to let the rind soften and the flavor settle a bit) and you have the most refreshing, lemony yogurt! It goes great with fresh fruit.

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The second one is a cinnamon-maple syrup version.

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Simply blend about 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup into a cup of yogurt and sprinkle your cinnamon in (about 1/2 teaspoon). Delicious! This one goes well with a cinnamon bagel.

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The third is a Vanilla-Nutmeg Yogurt.

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I blended about 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract into a cup of yogurt and then sprinkled in the Nutmeg (just  a few dashes). This was has a warmer flavor and can be scooped up with graham crackers. No spoon needed!

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This is just the start of the different flavors you can create. I love that you can change it up without a bunch of sugar or additives.

Enjoy!

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No-Bake Energy Sticks

I’ve noticed that we have become a little reliant on granola and other fruit bars for our kids when we are out and about. They are easy and convenient but I know they are full of sugar and really have no nutrients.

I decided to try these no-bake energy bites and see how they went over at our house.

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You can swap out any ingredients you like, but here is what I used.

1 cup oats
3/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup shredded coconut

When you look at the list this way, you realize how great these things are:

1 cup soluable fiber, dietary fiber, and protein (oats)
3/4 cup vitamin E, fiber, and protein (almond butter)
1/2 cup natural sweetener (honey)
1/2 cup antioxidants (raisins)
1/4 cup fiber, omega-3 essential fatty acids, protein, and calcium (chia seeds)
1/4 cup omega-3 essential fatty acids and lignans (flax seeds)
1/3 cup fiber (coconut)

A less expensive way to make these is to buy exactly what you need from the bulk section at Whole Foods. It is much cheaper than buying a whole bag of each ingredient.

I love how easy these are! Just take all of your ingredients and put them into a bowl and mix together well.

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Place mixture in the refrigerator for an hour or so to harden a bit. Then you can take it out and break into small sections on a cookie sheet and put back in the refrigerator for another hour or two. These will last about a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

Many recipes suggest making balls, which is fine.

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I decided to make sticks because I felt it would be an easier, less-messy way for small mouths to eat them.

DSC04944The only downside to this is that they end up looking like cat turds. So if you have kids ages five and older, get ready for a morning full of poop jokes!

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Fluffy Pizza Bites

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I’ve been seeing recipes for these pizza bites around and every time I saw a picture, my mouth would start to water. To me, this is the ultimate comfort food. Add a side of macaroni and cheese and a hot chocolate and you can get through just about any horrible day.

Normally, I like to create a healthier version of a recipe, but for these, you just need to go all out. Enjoy every carb!

To begin, you will need:
-2 cans of pizza crust
– 3 cups mozzarella or pizza cheese
-Pepperoni
-Olive oil
-Garlic powder
-Marinara sauce

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Some recipes called for biscuit dough but I found it to be too, well, biscuity. I like the pizza dough better.

First, unroll your dough and cut it into bite sized pieces.

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Cut your pepperoni into quarters.

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In a large bowl, mix together your olive oil, garlic powder, dough bites, pepperoni pieces and cheese. Mix with your hand until all the pieces are covered in the oil.

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Pour into a bundt pan and/or other baking pan. This recipe makes enough to make two pans.

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Bake on 350 for 30-40 minutes or until the pieces are golden brown.

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Serve with warm pizza sauce.

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Enjoy!! And have nothing to do afterwards except lie on the couch 🙂

 

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Healthy Ice Cream (non-dairy)

If you are avoiding dairy or just looking for a healthier version of ice cream, you will love this recipe.

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It is so easy and tastes amazing. Plus, it has no dairy, added sugar, or weird ingredients.

All you need are:
2 (frozen) bananas
1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
3-4 tablespoons almond milk.

For a low-fat version, just omit the almond butter.

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First you will want to slice up some bananas and put them into a freezer bag.

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Be sure to separate the pieces so they freeze flat. Otherwise you can get a big clump of banana slices when they all freeze together.

This is a nice way to save a bunch of bananas that aren’t going to make it much longer.

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Slice them up and freeze them so you have them ready when you get a sweet craving. You can freeze them in single serving bags to make it easier. I usually do two bananas per bag.

When you are ready, pour a bag of your frozen bananas, carob powder, almond butter and almond milk into a food processor.

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Blend for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and you are done. If you want more of a milkshake consistency, just add more almond milk.

I love this treat because kids think they are getting a sweet dessert but it’s actually all good stuff!

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You can also do this with frozen strawberries for a version of strawberry ice cream. I’d love to hear your variations on this. I’m sure there are a ton!

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