Easy Easter Chick Cupcakes Recipe

When it comes to baking, my go-to is definitely cupcakes. They’re easy, they’re quick, and you can decorate them about a million different ways. Even better- if you mess one up, you can just put it aside {of course by put it aside I mean eat it} and share the best of the bunch with your loved ones.

Below is a super cute yet super easy way to decorate cupcakes for Easter! {I also included a basic cupcake recipe that is delicious, but you can definitely use a box mix!}

Easy Easter Chick Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:

12 White Cupcakes
White frosting, any brand
Yellow food coloring
Wilton yellow sugar crystals
Wilton orange gel icing
Wilton yellow gel icing
Candy eyes

Directions:

1. Generously frost each cupcake and set aside.
2. Dip each frosted cupcake into the yellow sugar crystals
3. Give each chick cupcake 2 eyes
4. Use the Wilton orange gel to make a small triangle for the chick’s nose and then use the gel to make an upside down V for his feet – add a small line of icing in the middle and there you have it – feet!
5. Finally use the Wilton yellow icing to make a V shape for the chick’s wing – do the same with the wing and make a small line in the middle.
6. Sprinkle with the extra yellow sugar crystals.

Voila! Cute and easy!

Easy Easter Chick Cupcakes
 
Ingredients
  • 12 White Cupcakes
  • White frosting, any brand
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Wilton yellow sugar crystals
  • Wilton orange gel icing
  • Wilton yellow gel icing
  • Candy eyes
Instructions
  1. Generously frost each cupcake and set aside.
  2. Dip each frosted cupcake into the yellow sugar crystals
  3. Give each chick cupcake 2 eyes
  4. Use the Wilton orange gel to make a small triangle for the chick's nose and then use the gel to make an upside down V for his feet - add a small line of icing in the middle and there you have it - feet!
  5. Finally use the Wilton yellow icing to make a V shape for the chick's wing - do the same with the wing and make a small line in the middle.
  6. Sprinkle with the extra yellow sugar crystals.

 

Easy Easter Cupcakes

&In case you’re looking for a good cupcake recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 C. butter, softened to room temperature
1 C. sugar
2 large egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 C. milk

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine the softened butter, sugar, egg whites and vanilla mixing well. Slowly fold in the flour, salt and baking powder. Lastly, add the milk continuing to stir.
3. Pour into greased muffin tins (or liners) and bake 20-25 minutes.
4. Insert a toothpick around 20 minutes and if it comes out clean the cupcakes are done.

{The basic cupcake recipe included is adapted from allrecipes. Recipe makes about 12 cupcakes.}

Basic White Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C. butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 C. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 C. milk

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the softened butter, sugar, egg whites and vanilla mixing well. Slowly fold in the flour, salt and baking powder. Lastly, add the milk continuing to stir.
  3. Pour into greased muffin tins (or liners) and bake 20-25 minutes.
  4. Insert a toothpick around 20 minutes and if it comes out clean the cupcakes are done.
http://www.notquitesusie.com/2015/03/easy-easter-chick-cupcakes-recipe.html

What’s your favorite thing to bake?

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Crispy Chocolate Bark Recipe featuring M&M’s® Crispy

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CrispyComeback #CollectiveBias

When I was a kid in the 90’s, all of the 70’s trends came back. Bell bottoms, smiley faces, tie-dye- it was like someone just opened a time capsule after twenty years and everything that was old was new again. My mom would constantly tell me how she had the same stuff when she was growing up and that she couldn’t believe it was back again!

Crispy M&M's are back! #CrispyComeback #CollectiveBias #ad

I’ve already witnessed the same thing with my kids, although not with fashion. So many of the things that I grew up with have come back recently- Furby, My Little Pony, Rainbow Brite, and now the yummiest- M&M’s® Crispy! They were always my favorite and I was so sad when they were discontinued. There’s a reason they make every reincarnation of the “90’s memories” posts on sites like Buzzfeed- M&M’s®Crispy candies are delicious.

Where to find M&M's Crispy at CVS #CrispyComeback #CollectiveBias #ad

Since I first heard that they were back, I couldn’t wait to share them with my kids. They have just 180 calories per serving, so they make a great treat after a great spelling test score or a job well done with chores! As soon as I started seeing my friends post that they found them at CVS, I had to go and get them myself!

M&M’s® Crispy candies are milk chocolate with a crispy rice center, and I wanted to make a recipe to share my excitement over being reunited with a long lost favorite treat with my family. What I came up with is so easy that it’s barely even a recipe, but rather a fun treat that you can make in just minutes!

Crispy Chocolate Bark featuring M&M's Crispy! #CrispyComeback #CollectiveBias #ad

Ingredients:

Vanilla wafer cookies
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
M&M’s®Crispy

Directions:

1. Place wafers in a single layer in a glass baking dish
2. Melt chocolate chips in a separate bowl- start at 45 seconds. Stir, then repeat in 15 second intervals until chocolate is melted.
3. Gently spread melted chocolate over wafers
4. Lightly smash M&M’s®Crispy candies. You don’t want them so crushed they turn to powder, but you want them tiny! {To make this less messy, you can put the candies into a baggie and seal it before smashing.}
5. Sprinkle M&M’s®Crispy candies over melted chocolate.
6. Place dish into fridge and let cool for about 15-20 minutes or until set. Break apart or cut with a knife and enjoy!

An easy and delicious crispy recipe- Crispy Chocolate Bark! #CrispyComeback #CollectiveBias #ad

4.5 from 2 reviews
Crispy Chocolate Bark
 
Ingredients
  • Vanilla wafer cookies
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • M&M’s® Crispy
Instructions
  1. Place wafers in a single layer in a glass baking dish
  2. Melt chocolate chips in a separate bowl- start at 45 seconds. Stir, then repeat in 15 second intervals until chocolate is melted.
  3. Gently spread melted chocolate over wafers
  4. Lightly smash M&M’s®Crispy candies. You don’t want them so crushed they turn to powder, but you want them tiny! {To make this less messy, you can put the candies into a baggie and seal it before smashing.}
  5. Sprinkle M&M’s®Crispy candies over melted chocolate
  6. Place dish into fridge and let cool for about 15-20 minutes or until set. Break apart or cut with a knife and enjoy!

M&M’s® Crispy are back and better than ever. You can find them at CVS in both individual packs {perfect for on-the-go} or bigger packs {perfect for recipes, or because yum}. You can click here for a coupon! {If you’re a fan of the M&M’s® commercials like I am, don’t miss this one!}

Have you ever tried M&M’s® Crispy?

Avocado Dill Dressing Recipe

With St. Patrick’s Day just days away, it seems like everything’s turning green! This salad dressing recipe is good any time of year, though.

One of the the keys to healthier eating is to make sure what you prepare is full of flavor so you don’t feel deprived, and therefore “cheat” on whatever eating plan you are following. Another key to success is to get enough healthy fats! Avocado often gets a bad rap for being a high fat food {85% of the calories come from fat} but it is a super healthy fat and should be included in your diet in various ways. It makes a delicious ranch-like dressing when combined with Greek yogurt and other seasonings like parsley and dill. It’s great for topping salads or as a dip for other vegetables.

avocado dill dressing

Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado
1 cup Greek yogurt
¼ milk
1 tsp. parsley
1 ½ tsp. dill
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp. lemon juice
2  tsp. olive oil
½ tsp. black pepper

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and run until it is smooth and creamy.
Store in a glass container in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.
This recipe fits in a half pint mason jar with just a bit to spare {just enough for your first salad}.

 
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ milk
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 1 ½ tsp. dill
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and run until it is smooth and creamy.
  2. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.
  3. This recipe fits in a half pint mason jar with just a bit to spare {just enough for your first salad}.

What’s your favorite way to eat avocado?

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Easy St. Patrick’s Day Parfait Recipe

Shane is counting down the days until St. Patrick’s Day- even though he can never quite remember the name of the holiday. Whether he’s calling it “Four Leaf Clover Day”, “Leprechaun Day”, or “Green Day”, he’s excited!

One of the ways we’re celebrating the holiday is by making some special treats, like this St. Patrick’s Day Parfait. It’s incredibly easy to make and is a great way to get the kids in the kitchen!

St Patrick's Day Parfait- an easy and yummy green dessert! The kids will love it- and they can even help make it!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Easy St. Patrick's Day Parfait
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Package Pistachio Pudding Mix OR Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 8oz Package Cool Whip
  • 1 Cup Lucky Charms, plus extra for top
Instructions
  1. Combine Pistachio pudding mix and cold milk. If using Vanilla pudding, add a few drops of green food coloring to preference. Allow to set in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  2. In a parfait bowl, layer ½ of the pudding then ½ of the cool whip. Cover the cool whip with 1 cup of Lucky Charms.
  3. Repeat with the process of layering the remaining pudding and cool whip.
  4. Sprinkle the top with Lucky Charms.
  5. Best served immediately. Store leftovers in an airtight container.


Do you have any favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes?

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Create a Family Favorite with Knorr Sides at Meijer

This post was sponsored by Lunchbox. 

I love taking shortcuts in the kitchen, while still providing a filling and delicious meal for my family. Today I want to share with you one of my new favorite recipe discoveries, combining Knorr Creamy Chicken Rice with chicken, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella for a delicious Creamy Bruschetta Chicken main dish. It’s a big hit at my house!

Creamy Bruschetta Chicken- a super easy meal perfect for weeknights!

4.8 from 4 reviews
Creamy Bruschetta Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 package Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Creamy Chicken flavor
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves
Instructions
  1. HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken, stirring frequently, until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 4 minutes, adding garlic during the last 30 seconds of cook time. Remove and set aside.
  2. PREPARE Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Creamy Chicken flavor in same skillet according to package directions.
  3. STIR in chicken and tomatoes. Sprinkle with mozzarella and basil.

This recipe came courtesy of Knorr Sides, but they are much more than just a side dish! They’re actually great cooking partners to create flavorful dishes my family will love. Plus, you can find all of your favorite Knorr Sides at Meijer with special deals that save time and money.

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Now, instead of worrying about what to make for dinner, I can get excited about all the great Knorr meals just waiting to be discovered at Meijer. Visit on 3/1/15 through 3/7/15 where all Knorr Side dishes are buy 5 for $5! Visit here for more savings.

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What family favorite will you make with Knorr Sides?

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