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Butterfly Cupcakes

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Cute, sweet butterflies are on the docket today.

I saw this idea over on and they were too cute to pass up.

All you need are a few items from the store and you and the kids can easily make these.  Don’t worry if it gets messy, everything is washable.  This type of project is all about spending time with your kids in the kitchen and then eating your creations!




Butterfly Cupcakes


Froot Loops
Candy eyes
Gum drops
String licorice
Large marshmallows


1. Frost your cupcakes with the desired color of frosting.
2. Stand 5 - 6 Froot Loops in a row down center of cupcake for the body.
3. Put the candy eyes onto the gum drop with a dab of icing. I just used a toothpick to put it on and press the eyes into place.
4. Poke 2 small holes with a toothpick or cake tester into your cupcake where you want the antennaes to go. Cut your string licorice into 1 – 1 ½ inch pieces. Push the licorice into the holes.
5. Cut large marshmallows with a scissors into 4 circles. Place the sticky side down into some colored sanding sugar. Place wings onto the cupcake to complete your butterfly.

I saw this idea first at

Chicken and Bacon Penne Pasta and a Serious Issue

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I have a serious issue to talk about today.  It’s called gray hair. 

Now I’ve had gray hair for many, many years on top of my head and it doesn’t bother me too much because a good color job will hide it for 4 – 6 weeks and then you add more color.  Just keep repeating the process.  Not too hard of maintenance.

But now that I’m in my mid 40s – I’m starting to get gray eyebrows.  What’s up with that?  Does anyone else have this problem?

5 Minute Butterfinger Cheesecake


I know my postings have been very sporadic in the past few months (or more).  Our family schedule has just gotten busier than I ever expected it to be, but in a good way.  What it doesn’t leave me though is a lot of time to make things from scratch anymore like I used to. 

Luckily, there are many, many companies out there that make products to help out busy people (or non bakers/cooks).   So over the course of the summer, when I post a recipe, be prepared that it probably has at least one, if not two, convenience food products.  Companies spend lots of money creating recipes/idea for their products and put them on their packaging.  Do you ever try them? 

That’s what my intentions are for this summer.  To try a few convenience food products, their package recipes, and to tell you about them. 

Cream of Asparagus Soup on a Chilly Spring Day

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It’s been a cool Memorial Day weekend and chili for dinner at the end of May just seems wrong but I wanted something warm to take the chill off so I decided to make some Cream of Asparagus Soup to go with our grilled steaks for dinner. 

Lucky us, our neighbors grow asparagus at their Appley After Farm  (among lots of other things) and we can pretty much get as much as we want.  Fresh, organic, crisp asparagus – just writing that makes me feel healthy.  Just reading it should make you feel healthy too.

Monster Face Cookies for the Chaotic Life


Life in our house has been a little chaotic lately. I won’t bore you with the to-do list because I know everyone has days, weeks, and even months like we’ve had. Just sayin’, when life is chaotic, I sometimes take the easy route with food.

So when we were visiting the local bakery one Sunday after church to get some delicious whipped cream filled doughnuts (because I didn’t feel like making a nutritious breakfast for my family) my son saw their monster face cookies and said “That’s what you need to make the next time you’re on TV.”