Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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There are not very many caramel cake recipes out there.  Most caramel cake recipes are actually a yellow cake with caramel icing.  I was determined to make a caramel cake and, well, I succeeded!  It tastes pretty darn good too :D  If you are able to find caramel pudding mix in your area, that would be a great substitution for the vanilla pudding mix that I used in this recipe.  I am very excited that the cupcakes and icing turned out great for this recipe since I kinda made it up as I went along.  My grandmother makes an amazing caramel cake, but as with all of the others I have had, hers uses a yellow cake and caramel icing.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

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Gather your ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt

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Get to mixing

  • Mix cake mix, eggs, oil, water, caramel topping and pudding mix together on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Fill 24 cupcake cups 1/2 full with batter.
  • Bake in oven preheated to 350° for 25-30 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool. I always cool them in the refrigerator because that locks in the moisture better than allowing them to cool on the counter top.
  • Mix butter and 1/2 cup caramel topping together on low for 1 minute or until well combined.
  • Mix powdered sugar into butter mixture 1/2 cup at a time until well blended.
  • Add vanilla extract to frosting mixture and mix on medium for one minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix on medium for one additional minute.
  • Add icing to piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes or just spread it with a spoon.
  • Drizzle top of cupcakes with additional caramel topping and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • ENJOY!
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Money Saving Tips for Your Next Trip to Las Vegas

Money Saving Tips for Your Next Trip to Las Vegas

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I went to Las Vegas at the beginning of this year and was very pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was and how safe I felt.  I have watched Vegas in movies for years and wasn’t sure how safe I would feel on the strip or walking from place to place.  I could not have felt more safe or had more fun!  Are you looking for a way to save money while on vacation? This is usually not the first thought that comes to mind while planning a trip. Money can be spent easily on food, hotels, shopping, and much more! A lot of money can be saved by following these simple tricks.

Buy Rooms at less Popular Hotels
There are many popular hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, but the truth is that some of them are more popular than others. The hotels that are not as popular will always have lower rates than the ones that are popular. It is simply a case of supply and demand. The most northern part of the strip has a couple of hotels that have lower than average room rates, because of their distance from the rest of the Strip. There are also a couple of hotels that have been around for many years that have not undergone a significant remodeling, and this has created less demand for the rooms. Rates will be lower at these hotels.

Stay at a Smaller Motel without a Casino
There are small motels that do not have a casino. They may have a few slot machines in the lobby, but nothing that can be described as a casino. Although this type of business makes its money from renting rooms for the night, they are usually off the strip, and are therefore not in as much demand. The room rates are much closer to what you would see back in your own town.

Eating Cheaply in Las Vegas
All major casinos have food courts that have a variety of national fast food chains. These fast food restaurants are the cheapest way to eat on the Strip. The second cheapest place to eat is the hotel buffets. For a single price, you can eat all you want. At any hotel, the buffet prices will represent a better deal than most of the restaurants in the hotel and casino, so unless you want fine dining while in Las Vegas, the buffet may be a good bet. Keep in mind that the lunch buffet is always cheaper than the dinner buffet, so it is best to go to the buffet for lunch. It is usually less crowded. If you are a big eater, you can eat enough food to hold you over until breakfast time.

Buy an Entire Trip as One Package
There are many package deals that are offered by hotels in Las Vegas. Not only will they include a room, but they may also include your airfare as well as food. This type of deal is very attractive because you don’t have to worry about anything but having fun while on your Las Vegas vacation. Hotels put these packages together to get you to come to the city and perhaps gamble some money at their casino. Often they will include show tickets in your vacation package as well.

Money can be spent very quickly in Las Vegas, so it is important to stretch your money as far as you can. Exactly how you will want to stretch your money will depend upon your preferences for enjoying a trip to Las Vegas. If you are a connoisseur of food, you will probably spend more money on restaurants than you normally would at home, but perhaps you will spend a lot less on entertainment such as shows. Other people may want to buy show tickets, but eat fast food. There are trade-offs when budgeting a trip to Las Vegas, so know what you want to do in Las Vegas before you go.

This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a travel website that offers customers a fast and easy way to find the best travel deals.

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Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge

Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge

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Disney’s Tomorrowland has sparked an amazing giveaway and challenge!  George Clooney is starring in Disney’s new movie coming out in May and now you have a chance to get in on the creativity behind this amazing movie!

Share your vision for the future:

Nationwide challenge asks 8 to 17-year-olds to imagine world-changing technology of the future.
Los Angeles (March 26, 2015) Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators.
Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.

In June, six winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.

“‘Tomorrowland’ has always been a place of possibility in our parks and for the creative team behind our new film,” said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “The future will be steered by the imaginations of our young people, and Disney is thrilled to work with XPRIZE to encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and dreamers to build the future they imagine is possible.”

“We are excited to launch the Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge, which gives young people a platform to voice and depict their creative, bold and imaginative problem-solving inventions of the future,” said Trish Halamandaris, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications at XPRIZE. “At XPRIZE we believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere and one of these young innovators just might come up with an idea that can truly turn Tomorrowland into reality.”

Participants will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13–17 years old). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Official Rules and details about the Challenge are available at http://XPRIZEchallenge.org/CreateTomorrowland. Official registration and submission period starts April 22, 2015, and runs through May 17, 2015.

Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. XPRIZE will provide a panel of judges who will evaluate and score all submissions, and six (6) winners will be chosen.
Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), 3D Systems and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

About XPRIZE:

Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, visit www.xprize.org.

About Disney’s “Tomorrowland”

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

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TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!

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FREE Inside Out Activity Sheets

FREE Inside Out Activity Sheets

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Inside Out is going to be the funniest animated movie EVER.  That is my prediction, so be sure to remember that when you see it LOL  Remember, “hey, Rachel told me it was going to be the funniest animated movie EVER!” :D  I cannot wait to see Inside Out!  I’m pretty sure I’m more excited about this one than my kids are.  It is possible they won’t even want to go see it because I’m ruining it with my excitement :D  We just received some new family activity sheets inspired by Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT including coloring sheets, Easter Egg Decorations and Door Hangers.  My  kiddos will be excited to wake up to these :D

Print your coloring pages!
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Print your door hangers!
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Print your Egg-stravagant decorating tips!
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From Disney•Pixar:

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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INSIDE OUT opens in theatres everywhere on June 19th!

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Creamy Lemon Cupcakes With Blueberry Frosting

Creamy Lemon Cupcakes With Blueberry Frosting

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Since I started experimenting with combinations for cupcakes, cakes, and cookies; this has quickly become a favorite around our house!  My kids all love cupcakes and, with my secret weapon for making the most moist cupcakes ever, they love them for more than just the frosting.  They love the cupcake too!

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Gather your ingredients

    • 1 box lemon cake mix
    • 1 box lemon instant pudding
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 2 sticks butter
    • 8 oz cream cheese
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1.2 oz freeze dried blueberries (You can get these at Whole Foods or Amazon)

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Get to mixing

  • Mix cake mix, eggs, oil, water and pudding mix together on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Fill 24 cupcake cups 1/2 full with batter.
  • Bake in oven preheated to 350° for 25-30 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool.  I always cool them in the refrigerator because that locks in the moisture better than allowing them to cool on the counter top.
  • While cupcakes are cooling, pulverize your blueberries in a food processor.
  • Mix butter and cream cheese together on low for 1 minute or until well combined.
  • Mix powdered sugar into cream cheese mixture 1/2 cup at a time until well blended.
  • Add blueberries, lemon juice and vanilla extract to frosting mixture and mix on medium for one minute.  Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix on medium for one additional minute.
  • Add icing to piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes or just spread it with a spoon and enjoy!

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Disney Hop To The Music Review And Giveaway

Disney Hop To The Music Review And Giveaway

I received the Hop To The Music pack as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links.

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If you love Disney music, you are going to love this review and giveaway!  I was sent four different Disney soundtracks to review and Disney is going to send one lucky reader these same soundtracks to keep for their own!  Everyone in our house, all 5 of us, loved all of these CD’s!  Do you know how hard that is? LOL  Yes, we all even enjoyed the Disney Junior CD :D

The Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is AMAZING!  We all love listening to it when we’re in the car.

From the editor:

Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is the collection of songs featured in the film. Music plays a major role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, ‘One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape (Awesome Mix #1) that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that.’

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The Into The Woods Deluxe Edition is so much fun!  Since this entire movie was set to music; you will get the entire movie to listen to wherever you play CD’s.  My 8 year old daughter asks to listen to it every time we get in the car!

From the editor: 

Into The Woods Deluxe Edition features 20 songs from the film and the score, which includes songs from the original stage musical, ‘Finale/Children Will Listen,’ ‘Giants in the Sky,’ ‘On the Steps of the Palace,’ ‘No One Is Alone’ and ‘Agony,’ among others.

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Then, oh my goodness, it’s the Frozen The Songs!  Just when I thought I had enough; I certainly did not!  These songs are always a favorite with us all :D

From the editor:

Frozen: The Songs features all 10 songs from the Oscar-winning film and includes a fold-out poster and stickers insert.

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Disney Jr. DJ Shuffle 2 is packed with fun, catchy tunes from Disney Junior.  My 8 year old absolutely loves this CD.  I was quite surprised that she was so interested in it.  It just goes to show you that you’re never too old for Disney :D

From the editor: 

DJ Shuffle 2 features NEW MUSIC from hit Disney Junior TV series like Sofia The First, Doc McStuffins, Henry HuggleMonster, Sheriff Callie, and Jake and the Never land Pirates. Plus experience a new DJ Shuffle Song and a NEW SONG from Miles from Tomorrowland, a new series coming to Disney Junior! Album also features 4 karaoke instrumental songs so kids can sing along to their favorite DJ tunes!

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You can find all of this music along with much more Disney music over at the new Disney Music Emporium

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* * Now for the giveaway! * *

Oh yes, we are giving one lucky reader their very own collection of these four CD’s to enjoy with their family or by yourself :D  There are two super simple easy peasy steps to enter for your chance to win:

1.  Sign up HERE for me to be your personal shopper.  It takes less than a minute and you are under no obligation to buy anything, just sign up for FREE!

2.  Leave a comment below telling me your favorite Disney song of all times :D

If it comes to this blogger’s attention that the winner of this giveaway has won on an additional blog for this same prize, this blog reserves the right to choose another winner

**Giveaway ends 04/03/15 at 3:00 AM CST. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US, 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of prize. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.**

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FREE Cinderella Coloring Sheets

FREE Cinderella Coloring Sheets

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Well, Cinderella is out in theaters everywhere and we have some super fun coloring sheets!  Have you seen Cinderella yet?  If you haven’t; this is a great way to get your little ones excited to go.  If you’ve already taken your family to see Cinderella; they’ll be even more excited to color these coloring sheets with their favorite characters from the movie on them.  I just printed them out for my bunch and they are going to be some crazy coloring kiddos after soccer today :D  Coloring is such a relaxing activity for all three of them, especially after a long weekend of playing sports.  Print your sheets HERE!

From Disney:  

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.  CINDERELLA is now open in theaters everywhere!

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FREE Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Family Activity Packet

FREE Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Family Activity Packet

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The squee’s have officially started in our house!  It is getting close to Earth Day, which means that Disneynature has a new super adorable documentary coming out.  We have watched them all and followed them all through the free lessons provided on their site.  You can find all of the lessons here.  Of course, my children now want a pet monkey LOL.  I showed them a picture of a 2 hour old hippo yesterday and they wanted a pet hippo.  When I told them is was not only dangerous, but illegal to own an animal like that; my youngest daughter said “but we’ll give it back before it gets too big”.  This child was serious about having a hippo!   I hope you, too, take the opportunity to share this experience with your children and help develop a love for all living things in them <3  Be sure to watch the trailer below with your children; you’ll be so glad you did!

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From Disney:

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015.

Set in the storied jungles of South Asia, “Monkey Kingdom” showcases the adventures of new mom Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey who’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world.

For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.

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MONKEY KINGDOM opens in theatres everywhere on April 17th!

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Easy Homemade Strawberry Pie

Easy Homemade Strawberry Pie

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We celebrated “pi day” yesterday with one of my favorite, most delicious, and right now, cheapest pie recipes.  My daughters and I made this easy homemade strawberry pie!  Piggly Wiggly had strawberries on sale for $0.99/pound this week, so I made 2 pies.  Good thing I did make 2 because only 1/2 of 1 of left in the refrigerator LOL  I’ll probably head back over to Piggly Wiggly today to pick up more strawberries and make a couple more pies.  Everyone in our house LOVES this pie.  Every time I make it; my son says I need to open a “Strawberry Pie Restaurant”   :D  I’m pretty sure they would eat all of my inventory!  This is so super easy and I just know you’re going to LOVE it!

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Gather your ingredients:

  • 1# fresh strawberries
  • 1 3 oz box of strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 pie crust (I have used both regular pie crust and graham cracker pie crust and they’re both delicious with this recipe)

Get to cooking:

  1. Remove cap from each strawberry and slice them in halves or fourths.
  2. Place strawberries in prepared pie crust.
  3. Combine water, sugar, and corn starch in pan on stove and bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to medium-high and continue cooking for about 3 minutes until the mixture begins to thicken.  It is a good idea to use a wire wisk for this portion to keep the corn starch from clumping.
  4. Remove the pot from heat and pour strawberry gelatin into sugar/water mixture and stir until dissolved.
  5. Pour gelatin mixture over your fresh strawberries.  Place in refrigerator for about 3 hours or until chilled.
  6. ENJOY!  See, I told you it was easy :D

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Fun And Easy DIY Easter Egg Wreath

Fun And Easy DIY Easter Egg Wreath

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I am always looking for great, fun and easy ways to celebrate holidays.  You can find tons of Easter Wreaths with a simple Google search, so I decided to create one with materials I already had on-hand in my craft closet!  This fun and easy DIY Easter egg wreath was so easy peasy, fun, and cost less than $5 to make!  I used a wreath that I picked up on clearance at Walmart after Christmas that was made out of straw.  Although the straw wreath worked great for  this project, I probably wouldn’t use this again because it was a bit messy.  You can use anything you want.  You could even use a piece of strong cardboard cut into a circle.  You just need something sturdy that the plastic eggs will stick to.  I just so happened to have this glitter “M” in my craft closet too, so I used it.  You could make the wreath without the letter.  You could even use ribbon or, really, anything you want to decorate your wreath.

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 Gather your supplies:

  • Any craft wreath (I used straw, but you could use anything you want that is sturdy in the shape of a wreath)
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Decorations (I used a glitter “M” for Mouton, but you could use anything you like, bows, ribbon, candy, the possibilities are endless)
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue gun

Get to crafting:  

  1. Glue the eggs in, at least, three rows to give a good width to the wreath.
  2. Glue the eggs around the entire wreath or you can leave an open spot to decorate with bows, Easter grass, ribbon, candy, or anything that makes it personal for you :D
  3. Hang it up and enjoy!  I used our Christmas wreath hanger and it worked perfectly!

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