Edible Fruit Christmas Tree Arrangements

Learn How to Make Your Own Fruit Christmas Tree


We all love fruit!  It is such a healthy snack, and we definitely need snacks around for the holidays.   Those of us who entertain a lot of guests during the holidays are constantly searching for new fun food to serve.   

One of my personal favorites are fruit bouquets.  Not only are they made out of delicious fruit, but they are beautiful arrangements that can used as centerpieces for our tables and buffets as well.  However, if you have looked at the cost of an edible fruit bouquet recently, than you know they are monstrously expensive.  Therefore, I went in search of instructions to make my own fruit bouquet this year.  I discovered this gorgeous fruit Christmas tree made by Prajakta Gudadhe and featured on her site, Ginger & Garlic.

How to Make an Edible Fruit Christmas Tree

With a Styrofoam cone, toothpicks, an assortment of fruits and a few cookie cutters, Prajakta made this stunning Fruit Christmas tree.

http://ginger-and-garlic.blogspot.ca/2009/12/espresso-chocolate-truffles-and-wish.html

Check out her step by step instructions to make your very own beautiful Christmas Tree Fruit Bouquet. 
(The actual instructions are at the bottom of her article that is linked below) 

The fruit you select for you tree will obviously change the look of your centerpiece.  We would all love to see pictures!  If you make a fruit Christmas tree, be sure to return here and share a link to a photo of your own Fruit Christmas Tree.  I would love to add a pictorial parade of Fruit Christmas trees below.


Wishing You All a Very Merry Christmas and a 
Happy New Year!




Recipe & Image Credit: 

Edible Fruit Tree  by Prajakta Gudadhe

Graveyard Cake Instructions

This Graveyard cake is an awesome choice for any Halloween party.  It is eerie without being grotesque.  Plus, it is chocolate!
I love Halloween and all of the fabulous Halloween cakes, cupcakes and special treats.  This Graveyard Cake would be an awesome cake choice for any Halloween party.  It is eerie without being grotesque.  Plus, it is chocolate!

Jade has given us easy to follow instructions on exactly how to decorate this creative Graveyard Cake.  You will be amazed at how simple it is to recreate and how little decorating experience is required.


Making Your Own Graveyard Cake


I want to start by saying that I love the grated chocolate idea.  It would be great for any Halloween cake to give a textured foundation or background for the Halloween scene.  If you are planning a children's party, you might want to use the grated chocolate background idea and add Friendly Ghost Rings which would also double as party favors.

Everything about decorating the Graveyard cake as shown is basic and easy.  Jade uses sugar cookie dough, lady fingers and jelly to create this phenomenal graveyard scene.  But the very best part, it would be delicious to eat!  Although, admittedly, I might be hesitant to bite down on a finger.  They just look so realistic!!!

How to make a easy, yet really awesome, graveyard cake for Halloween.


Sometimes we need to be able to take a few shortcuts when we are hosting a Halloween party.  Jade suggests that you could purchase a store bought chocolate cake to decorate, but she also provides a homemade cake recipe in case you have the time to bake and decorate.  

You will find Jade's step by step instructions for making this unique graveyard cake, as well as her additional tips on her site, Homemade by Jade.   You will also love her witty tutorial title, "Graveyard Cake - The Perfect Finger Food"! 







Recipe & Image Credit: 

  The Graveyard Cake image, recipe & tutorial published on Homemade by Jade Blog.

Strawberry Popsicles Recipe


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Make You Own Strawberry Popsicles!

During the hot summer months, there is nothing better than a popsicle to cool you down inside and out.

Popsicles are a childhood favorite, but most of us still enjoy them as adults.   As a child, we only consider the fantastic taste of a cool treat on a hot day.  The only real difference is that as adults, we think about the ingredients.


Strawberry Popsicle Recipe


I was thrilled to find the recipe for wonderful homemade popsicles.  I love the idea of being able to make my own delicious, healthy, and sugar-free popsicles.  Ester Perez shares her Strawberry Popsicle recipe on NurtureMyGut.com and they are actually easy to make.  Ester's recipe uses lime juice, strawberries and an orange sliced, mixed together and frozen.  She uses vanilla stevia to sweeten the treat.  


http://nurturemygut.com/strawberry-popsicles.html

I am sure you can substitute other fruit to make a variety of fruit-sicles that everyone in your family will also love, but do be sure to read about Ester's own personal experiences as she was developing her recipe.  It will save you time and expense.  No one likes to discover that they have wasted not only money, but the actual fruit when a creation is not something you can eat and enjoy.

You can find the complete recipe and directions on Ester's site, Nuture My Gut and start making your own homemade popsicles today!      


Making Your Own Popsicles 


There are a few supplies you need besides the ingredients to make our own popsicles at home.  Obviously, you need a freezer, but you will also need popsicles molds.  Any other supplies needed will be determined by the molds you select.  Some molds come with reusable plastic sticks.  However, molds that use disposable wooden popsicles sticks are also available.

I, personally, would recommend the Onyx Stainless Steel molds on the right below.  They are the most expensive, but this is an example of how you get what you pay for.   They are more durable and it is easier to remove the frozen popsicles without damaging them.
 






Recipe & Image Credit: 

  The Strawberry Popsicle image and recipe published on NurtureMyGut.com.

A Pineapple Boat Full of Fruit

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The Catamaran - A Lanai Pineapple Boat from Favored Cooking

Summer party fun always consists of great fruit and fabulous fruit centerpieces.  I recently came across this wonderful way to arrange fruit that replicates a catamaran boat.  The boat itself is cut from the pineapple shell.  Then it is filled with a variety of delicious cut fruit.



The Catamaran - A Lanai Pineapple Boat 


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The Catamaran - Lanai Pineapple Boat by Favored Cooking
On Favored Cooking, Fay shows us exactly how to create this beautiful fruit masterpiece.  It would be the perfect centerpiece for a summer party or cookout.  The fruit itself makes a delicious and healthy appetizer or finger food.  

Any fruit dish is my favorite food at a party.  Fruit is definitely the very best snack food!  This particular Lanai Pineapple Boat centerpiece would be a lovely addition to the table, as well as a delectable treat for guests.

Fay shows us exactly how to carve the pineapple so it will double as the serving dish.  She recommends filling the boat with diced pineapple and other cut fruit.  Then adding toppings if desired.  She offers a multitude of additional fruit suggestions for your boat that are not shown in the photos, as well as a sauce recipe for your fruit salad. 

This really is a fun food that you can play with in your own kitchen to achieve the look and taste you desire.   I have no doubt it would be a delightfully refreshing treat to serve during the hot summer festivities.  You could even take it as your contribution to a dinner party.  It would certainly be a welcome addition by any party hostess.






Recipe & Image Credit: 

  The original "Catamaran - A Lanai Pineapple Boat" image, recipe, and pineapple cutting instructions can be found on Favored Cooking

Firecracker Cupcakes for the 4th of July

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Sweet & Crunchy Blog at OhNuts.com
In the last Fun Food post, I featured the fireworks cupcakes.  Now, we are going to take a look and consider making actual individual firecracker cupcakes just in time for the 4th of July!

There are really easy instructions with lots of photos shared on the Sweet & Crunchy blog at OhNuts which makes creating your own fireworks cupcakes a breeze.  Well easy that is, we might not want a breeze when playing with firecrackers.

These would truly be de"light"ful cupcakes to serve on the 4th of July.



The Fireworks Cupcakes


 Wilton 415-2315 Patriotic Cupcake Decorating KitCheck PriceBy selecting the right 4th of July cupcake liners for your cupcakes, you are already halfway finished decorating these cupcakes, but the colored marshmallow firecrackers really do make these cupcakes quite unique.  

You will be surprised at how easy it is to color your marshmallows.  The supplies you need to color your firecracker marshmallow are available at OhNuts.com.  It is not just red food coloring either.   A much tastier treat is used to color the marshmallows, but I shall let you discover that secret when you visit OhNuts.  It is simply amazing how they really do look like little firecrackers too! 

The Fireworks cupcakes would be perfect for a fourth of July party or to make as special treats for your family.  
 




Recipe & Image Credit: 

  The original image, recipe, marshmallow coloring secret and decorating instructions can be found at OnNuts.com

Fireworks Cupcakes

Firework Cupcakes
from CulinaryGinger.com
Memorial Day celebrations are just around the corner and the 4th of July will be here before we know it.  These Fireworks Cupcakes would be fabulous treats for either holiday!

I am always looking for a colorful treat to serve on our patriotic days and these red, white and blue cupcakes would be absolutely perfect.  Plus, they are fast and easy to decorate.

Janette from CulinaryGinger.com shares her red velvet cupcake recipe as will as her frosting and decorating instructions.  She even tells us which Wilton piping tip to use in order to recreate the design you see on her firework cupcakes pictured here in this article.


Have a Cupcake Decorating Party


Children love taking part in preparing for a party or picnic.  These firework cupcakes would make the perfect way to let them participate.  

Memorial Day Firework Cupcakes by CulinaryGinger
Memorial Day Firework Cupcakes
by CulinaryGinger
Since fireworks themselves are not exactly uniform in shape and size, these fireworks cupcakes would be ideal to make with kids.  No one would have to stress or strive for perfection.  You could even have a pre-party decorating party for them with a few of their friends and let them try their hand at decorating the cupcakes with the stripes of red, white and blue.   They might surprise you with their own unique design and you certainly will have created a memorable occasion just for them.  

Not only would you all have fun decorating the firework cupcakes, but the whole group of family and friends will have a delicious dessert for the actual patriotic picnic or party.

One last thought, be sure to have your camera ready when the kids start decorating.  You never know what "fireworks" might happen in your own kitchen that you will want to have forever documented in a scrapbook. 






Recipe & Image Credit: 

  The original image, recipe and decorating instructions can be found at CulinaryGinger.com

Baseball Cupcakes

Baseball season is in full swing!

Whether you are a major league baseball fan or a little leaguer's mom searching for the perfect baseball celebration cupcakes, you will love these baseball cupcake selections!

Normally, I only feature one "fun food" per article, but I honestly could not choose a favorite myself.  Therefore, today I am sharing 3 choices and you decide which baseball cupcakes are the biggest hit and knock it out of the ballpark for you.

Baseball Cupcakes #1


Baseball Cupcakes on Worth Pinning (Image & Cupcakes by Carrie)
Baseball Cupcakes Image & Instructions by Carrie on Worth Pinning
On Worth Pinning, Carrie gives us some great tips, tricks and instructions on decorating these really fantastic baseball cupcakes.

She gives the instructions for creating 3 different designs:  the baseball, the baseball and mitt, and the ball and bat design.  There is definitely something here for everyone!

I was most impressed with her easy instructions for creating the baseball mitt.  It is a lot easier than it looks, but it will require a wee bit of patience.  Because Carrie includes pictures, decorating these cupcakes would be pretty easy for anyone who is comfortable with the basics in cake or cupcake decorating.

These baseball cupcakes would actually be a great beginner decorator cupcake project!   A dozen or more cupcakes certainly allow for a lot of practice time.


Baseball Cupcakes #2 and #3


These baseball cupcakes require no instructions because the designs are actually created by the placement, or arrangement, of the iced cupcakes.  Even though there are no instructions, the images are linked to their site of origin.

Baseball Cupcake arrangement
It may not be easy to choose a favorite.  I know I couldn't!

You will probably want to choose one for this weeks celebration and bookmark this article so you can come back for the next celebration selection.

I am sure you will want to serve them all before the baseball season is over.
Baseball & Glove Cupcakes


Children love specialty cakes and cupcakes.  Moms enjoy creating party treats their children will be proud to say, "my mom made that!".

I think any of these baseball cupcakes will be a home run with the entire team.



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How to Make Easy Bunny Cakes

http://www.happinessishomemade.net/2016/02/28/peeps-inspired-easter-bunny-cakes/Imagine what you could do with a frozen pound cake, some sugar sprinkles, melting chocolate and the right cookie cutter!

Well, truthfully, you don't have to imagine.  Heidi from Happiness is Homemade gives us easy to follow step by step instructions on how to make these adorable Peep Inspired Bunny Cakes 

Aren't they just the cutest little cakes for Easter!

Heidi's directions, along with her fabulous photos, show us exactly how to create our own Easy Easter Bunny Cakes that are truly adorable and almost too cute to eat.   As you can see in the photo, the colors for the bunnies will only be limited to your supply of sanding sugar colors, but the pastels shown sure do make a lovely presentation. 


Easy Enough for Children to Help Make


Decorating these bunny cakes could also be a fun event for you and your children.  They are so simple to make, it would be the perfect opportunity to work together and encourage your child's creativity.  Any child would be quite proud to say they had helped make the Easter treats.

Oh, and you will want to have your camera on hand to snap a few shots of them "crafting a bunny cake" for their scrapbooks.  The pictures alone will become a treasured keepsake in years to come.



Miniature Easter Bunny Cakes for Parties


Children and adults alike will love these bunny cakes.   Plus, they are just the right size for an individual serving, which would make them perfect for a party or Easter celebration at school or home.  

So, instead of making cupcakes this year for Easter, why not try these precious little bunny cakes?   They are sure to be delicious, a pretty table decoration, and an appreciated dessert or treat.





Recipe & Image Credit: 

 Peeps Inspired Easter Bunny Cakes by Heidi at Happiness is Homemade

Marshmallow Jello Pinwheels Recipe

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If you want a really fun and fast treat to make, then I have the perfect suggestion for you here today on Fun Food! 

These Marshmallow Jello Pinwheels are great "pop in your mouth" appetizers, party treats, after school treats, or even lunchbox treats. 

Since jello does have to be refrigerated, you would need a Lunch Ice Pack in the lunchbox, but it would certainly be worth that little extra effort.  Your kids would love it and no doubt, their lunch pals would be requesting that you send extras tomorrow.  My children always loved being able to share treats with their friends during lunch at school.  I kept those freezer cubes in the freezer at all times just for these types of special lunch treat.   All I had to do was reach in the freezer and grab one to stick it in their lunchboxes. 


Marshmallow Jello Pinwheels Recipe


The Marshmallow Jello Recipe is super easy and takes on a few minutes to whip together.  They are made with the combination of jello and marshmallow as the recipe name indicates.  What really grabbed my attention was the way they are cut into little roll-up treats.  Heidi from Simplee Thrifty, tells us exactly how to easily cut the solidified jello treat into a delicious roll-up finger food.  Her method is "simply thrifty" and nifty! 

Check out her recipe and cutting tips to make your own Marshmallow Jello Pinwheels.  The kids will love you for it!




http://simpleethrifty.com/marshmallow-jello-pinwheels/



Recommended Lunchbox Cooler Packs


When my children were in elementary school, I used these blue ice packs often, almost daily, to keep the food in their lunchboxes cool.  They really do work!  Just remind your children to leave them in their lunchboxes and not throw them away with their trash.   Once our daughter switched over to lunch sacks instead of a lunchbox, I inserted the little ice pack in a homemade fabric sleeve so she could throw away the sack, but keep the blue ice in her backpack to bring home.  However, a baggie for the blue ice pack would work just fine too.






Recipe & Image Credit: 

 Marshmallow Jello Pinwheels by Heidi at Simplee Thrifty

Strawberry Upside Down Cake

For the Love of Strawberries! 

We are all familiar with Pineapple Upside Down Cake, but I want to show you a fabulous variation of that wonderful desert that uses strawberries instead of pineapple.

This is an extremely easy recipe that you could easily throw together in a few minutes, bake it for 50 minutes and have the perfect Valentine's Day cake for your sweetheart.


http://www.kitchme.com/recipes/fresh-strawberry-upside-down-cake


Strawberry Upside Down Cake Recipe

This Strawberry Upside Down Cake Recipe calls for for only 3 simple ingredients in addition to the fresh strawberries.  When you see the recipe, you will be very surprised to discover that this Strawberry Upside Down Cake is made with a store purchased box cake mix, marshmallows, gelatin and the strawberries.

It does have to bake for 50 minutes and cool for at least 1 hr., but the prep will be fast and easy.

Let me note however, the photo of the Strawberry Upside Down Cake shows a round cake.  The recipe calls for a 9 x 13 baking pan.   In order to get the round cake as shown, I would recommend using a non-stick springform pan like the one shown below.


Using a Springform Pan with This Recipe

If you use the springform pan, do not release the side until the cake is completely cool.   This will take at least 2 hrs.  

Also, this cake mixture is very runny.   It is not like a cheesecake.  You will need to put some type of protector like a thin cookie tray under the springform pan to protect the bottom of your oven.

For step by step instructions, visit Kitchme and start baking this delicious cake today!



Recipe & Image Credit: 

Strawberry Upside Down Cake  on Kitchme

Pepperoni Bread Recipe

The holidays are fast approaching and everyone is getting ready for those big family dinners.

I found myself looking through cookbooks, or the online virtual version of a cookbook, last week searching for a new fun food recipe to delight my own family.  I came across this awesome Pepperoni Bread idea and recipe!

I am pretty excited about this recipe.   It seems like every year I need something to serve between meals.

Someone is always hungry when our family gets together and entire dinners take hours to cook.  Since my entire family loves bread and pizza, this pepperoni bread recipe looks like the perfect in-between meals snack or appetizer.


Sam's Pepperoni Bread Recipe


One of the things I like best about Sam's recipe is that he gives us really easy instructions to follow, which mean just about anyone could make this bread.  He starts with a basic and simple yeast bread dough recipe.  As with any yeast dough, you will need to let this bread dough rise for an hour, so be sure to plan ahead.  

When the bread dough is ready, you simply place the pepperoni and other ingredients on the spread out dough.  Sam does an excellent job of explaining exactly how to layer, roll and finish the bread roll to bake a delicious Pepperoni Bread.

Sam's Pepperoni Bread Recipe

Ingredient and Directions for How to Make Your Own Pepperoni Bread can be found by simply clicking this link




Recipe & Image Credit: 

Pepperoni Bread Recipe  by Sam

How to Make a Halloween Ghost Castle Cake

An Easy and Fun Cake for Halloween

 
Halloween Ghost Cake by Sylvestermouse
If you are searching for an easy Halloween cake that the kids can help make, you need look no further!

This Halloween Ghost Castle Cake is no bake and lots of fun to build and eat.  By supplying the children with a few "ingredients", you can let them build until their heart is content.


They will, no doubt, be very proud of the Halloween cake they made themselves.


How to Make a Halloween Ghost Castle Cake


Several years ago, I sat down at the table with my son and we constructed the Halloween Ghost castle in the photo.  We had a lot of fun adding our own special little finishing touches, like topping the towers with candy pumpkins! 

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Of course, we ate while we constructed the Ghost Castle cake, we also talked and laughed a lot together.  Once, our "Oreo" wall was knocked over, and we rolled with laughter because the Oreo cookies broke, which meant we got to eat them.  To this day, I wonder if that wall fell on purpose.  shhhhhh, don't tell anyone!  I do love Oreo cookies!

Anyone can construct this Halloween Ghost Castle Cake.  It is truly a great way to spend some time with your child and also create a fabulous Halloween cake and centerpiece.

Ingredient suggestions and Directions for How to Build Your Own Halloween Ghost Castle Cake can be found by simply clicking this link




Recipe & Image Credit: 

How to Make a Chocolate Halloween Ghost Castle Cake Recipe  by Sylvestermouse Cynthia

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Popsicle Recipe

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School has started and everyday our children come home hot and tired.  Day after day we watch our kids make a bee line for the refrigerator and freezer searching for something to cool them down quickly.  I have found the perfect cold afternoon treat!

These Chunky Monkey popsicles can be made in advance and left in the freezer for those precious hands to easily grab.  The kids will love them and so will you because they are so fast & easy to make.


How to Make Chunky Monkey Popsicles 


I call them Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Popsicles because they are made with peanut butter,  chocolate and bananas, but the creator of these popsicles dubbed them Chunky Monkey Popsicles.  Perhaps, Chunky Monkey is an easier title.  Regardless of the title, they are simply delicious.

Corrinna has featured the recipe for her Chunky Monkey Popsicles on her Glitter 'N' Spice website, which happens to be one of my own favorite sites to visit.  She has given us very easy instructions to follow and also featured the needed Pop Maker to make the popsicles.  Since it only takes about 10 minutes for the popsicles to freeze, you could even make them right before the children get home so they will be ready and waiting.

Corrinna has also included a Magic Shell Chocolate Coating recipe in case you wish to dip your pops in chocolate and maybe even nuts.



Come to think of it, you just might want to make them long before the kids get home from school.  But please, do be kind enough to leave one for each child.






Recipe & Image Credit: 

Chunky Monkey Popsicle Recipe  by Corrinna, author of Glitter 'N" Spice

Luau Cupcakes Recipe

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Summer break is drawing to a close even though we still have a few months of hot weather ahead.  Many of the children are already back in school, but that doesn't mean we can't have a final summer party before they really have to get back down to work, or perhaps a back to school party.  What better way to end the summer break than with a Luau filled will fun, friends and special treats.   

Sometimes the simplest treats to create, make the biggest impact at a party.   That would be the case with these fabulous Luau Cupcakes Created by Diane.   These cupcakes are so easy to make, yet they are perfect for a Luau.  This toasted coconut covered cupcake topped with pineapples and cherries capture the essence of Hawaii in a wonderfully tasty treat. 


The Luau Cupcakes Recipe

You may think you can replicate this cupcake by simply looking at the picture, but I assure you, Diane does share a few tricks to make these cupcakes more than a simple cupcake.  Be sure to take note of the cake mix substitutions and her advice about the toasted coconut.  You can find the complete recipe and instructions for Diane's Luau cupcakes on her site Created by Diane. 


How to Toast Coconut

Toasting coconut is easy, but does require a bit of patience to achieve that lovely brown toasted shade without burning the coconut.  It takes about 10 minutes to toast coconut in a skillet and you will need to constantly stir it.  Keep it moving to keep it from burning.  There is no need to add any oil or liquid to the skillet.  Only the coconut!

Here is a video that I found on Youtube that shows you the "real time" process for toasting coconut.
 






Recipe & Image Credit: 

Luau Cupcakes Recipe  by Diane, author of Created by Diane

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Ice Cream SandwichWith the heat of the summer, many of us are craving ice cream and something we can easily hold instead of scoops in a bowl.  This homemade ice cream sandwich recipe looks like the perfect summer ice cream treat.

I remember my childhood days and playing outside.  Every child in the neighborhood would run for their piggy bank money when we heard the melodious sounds of the ice cream truck.  Fortunately, the ice cream man was wise enough to drive slowly to give us time to collect our coins and get back outside.

My favorite selection was an ice cream sandwich.  Nothing ever tasted better than an ice cream sandwich on a really hot day.  Playing outside was hard work and we needed a cold treat.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe


I haven't seen an ice cream truck in years, perhaps decades.  I never realized how much I took that ice cream truck for granted.  I sure do miss them!  Even as an adult, I imagine I would run for my piggy bank given the chance.  Since there is no ice cream truck, I need a really delicious alternative.  These homemade ice cream sandwiches might be a little more work, but they are definitely worth it!  Plus, I love the extra chocolate coating that actually reminds me of a Klondike bar, but I also want that cake brownie in my cool treat.

This Chocolate Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich recipe is a wonderful homemade ice cream recipe made with brownies, ice cream and chocolate chips.   Personally, I look forward to trying different flavors of ice cream with this recipe.  My husband's favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip and I think that would be a fabulous ice cream flavor to use when making these homemade ice cream sandwiches.





Recipe & Image Credit: 

Chocolate Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe  by Katie Goodman, author of GoodLife Eats Etc.