Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Sometimes you just need to walk away from something only to come back rediscovered and ready to go. I defiantly needed to walk away for a bit but I didn’t think I would be gone for this long. So Now that I am back I wanted to share with you some deliciousness because well I can’t have them. I had my tonsils removed on Sept 17 and quiet frankly food it torturing me. No matter where I turn something that looks absolutely amazing pops up on the screen, whether it is on my laptop or TV yummy food is everywhere. It is pure TORTURE!! SO far I have had a small serving of very watery mashed potatoes and tomato soup (not the brightest as it is acidic and burns a little but tastes of so yummy). So while I am still healing I want to share with you these Chocolate Cupcakes with Maraschino Cherry Buttercream (heavenly!!).

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New Style with Hello Kitty

The new school year has started and with two girls in elementary school now, they want to be in the latest fall fashions! Right now, Walmart has an exclusive Hello Kitty line of clothing, accessories, bags, jewelry, and school supplies. Recently, Chloe and Caelyn participated in a fashion show that was all about Hello Kitty! They walked the runway and showed off the latest Hello Kitty looks from Walmart. IMG_0047 IMG_0133 IMG_0138 IMG_0143   IMG_0227   The colors totally popped and will be great for any elementary-school aged girls. Add in some Hello Kitty lunchboxes and backpacks and they are all set for the new school year! Whether you are decorating a room, stocking up on back to school clothes, filling a back pack up with school supplies, or throwing a Hello Kitty themed party Walmart has everything you need to send your kids back to school in style with Hello Kitty. IMG_0262

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Enter the widget below to win a $50 Walmart gift card – there will be 5 winners! Back To School With Hello Kitty! Do your kids love Hello Kitty?   Disclosure: I received the outfits above but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Margarita Cupcakes {#recipe}

Margarita Cupcakes via CrazyCoolCrafty

Summer’s end is right around the corner but we have one more last woorah left with Labor Day weekend. I have a great summer cupcake that will help celebrate the last official summer weekend. I don’t know about you but in the summer our official drink is margaritas. We take it even to the point where our girls drink virgin margaritas from time to time.  Since we love margaritas in a liquid form, I thought why not try them in a solid for by making cupcakes. Try these and thank me later. They are awesome!!

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Helping Cope with a Public Tragedy

Helping Kids Cope with TragedyEven if you don’t live in St. Louis, you probably know what has gone on since Saturday morning. A tragic even occurred between a young man and a police officer. While the details are still unknown as the investigation has just been taken over by the FBI, the why some of the community is “honoring” and “protesting” this event is gone too far. The rioting and looting that occurred over the night has devastated this community and unfortunately many children are either being encouraged to take part, dragged along, or just innocent bystanders that are witnessing this horrific act. This is not how the mourning family, actually anyone involved in this event,  wanted the demonstrations to turn into.  I would like to share some things that we as parents can do to help our children get over such a traumatic event. [Read more…]

To Pea or not to Pea….that is the question

I am super excited to introduce you to our new contributor and someone I am honored to call my online friend (one day now that we live close to each other we will meet) Jennifer. She is a mom of four, three beautiful little girls and one angel boy. I am very excited to welcome her to the CrazyCoolCrafty Family!!

 Homemade Baby Food via CrazyCoolCrafty

Okay, that is a corny title, but perhaps it got your attention.  You see, I have an 8 month old baby girl at home and I have decided to make all (or as much as I can) of her baby food.  These days with the various social media sites, you can find almost any recipe you want.  I took that route.  I did some digging.  Got a few ideas, but it all came down to what I was willing to feed my little one.  You see, in our house we have very varied palates.  I have to give all the credit to my husband, he has opened my eyes to many a weird food in our 13 year union (uh…raw octopus, yuck!).  I also spoke with a pediatric dietician about the kinds of foods our daughter needs.  Since she was a preemie, her requirements tend to be a little different.  Let’s face it, she is an awful pooper…just awful.  So, using banana to flavor things like spinach is a no-no.

My method is simple, I come up with things that offer the maximum amount of nutrition, but taste good too. Homemade baby food has roughly 25% more calories per serving than store bought and you control the ingredients.  Plus by steaming, you maintain the most vitamins and minerals possible.  My grocery list consisted of:  spinach, kale, apples, pears, bananas, mangoes, carrots, peas, green beans, avocado, and sweet potatoes.  The method is simple, steam everything in a large pot with roughly an inch to inch and a half of water in the bottom.  I happen to have a small colander that fits inside my pot.  Cover it with a lid and simmer until tender.  I peeled the carrots and sweet potato, but left the skin on all of the fruits (minus the mango, I bought a bag of organic mango cubes from my favorite store). Once it is tender, I dumped it all in my high power blender and gave it a nice whirl.  Use the cooking liquid to thin the puree.  Spoon it into ice cube trays and pop them in the freezer.  When they are frozen, pop the cubes out and put them in a labeled freezer storage bag.  Glass containers are always best, but I haven’t found ones I like yet.  These should keep about 3 months if stored in the back of the freezer.  Note: I try to buy all organic produce, but it isn’t always possible nor is it always necessary.  You can find a comprehensive list of the dirty dozen via Google.

Homemade Baby Food 2 via CrazyCoolCrafty

The concoctions I came up with were as follows:  Carrots, Mangoes, Pears with cinnamon, Apples with cinnamon, Spinach/Kale/Apples, Avocado/Banana, Peas, Green Beans, Sweet Potato with cinnamon, and plain bananas.

Every batch I made was tested by my 3 year old daughters and approved.  In fact, I have to fight them in order for the baby to get her fill…SCORE!  They are little herbivore’s though…give them a veggie plate and some olives and they are good to go.

I still buy the ready-made organic pouches for when we are on the go.  There are several good quality choices available at your local store, but I would give making your own a whirl.  It’s a lot of fun and seeing the happy baby with peas all over her face that you made is very rewarding.