Thursday, March 26, 2015

Easter Cake Inspiration

I started drooling over the gorgeous Easter Cakes I saw on Pinterest and thought you might enjoy seeing some too:@) Some are pretty involved, some super easy. It feels like it's been 100 years since I've made a cake, gotta work on that... Happy Easter planning everyone, believe it or not, it's next Sunday!

Daffodil Cake HERE.

I'd love to try something like this Chocolate Covered Berry Cake! HERE.

I really thought this Carrot Cake was a fun idea HERE.

This Jelly Bean Cake is a super simple idea anyone can make and there's a complete picture tutorial too HERE.

This would be fantastic for kids HERE.

And finally, this one is near and dear to my heart... See those bunnies inside the garden fence??? HERE.
Yep, welcome to my world peeps:@)

Have a happy day:@)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bunny Kisses-a bloggy blooper

On today's episode of Bloggy Bloopers... "Those rabbits aren't hopping, they're  flopping down the bunny trail Johnny"...

In my mind's eye these little Bunny Kisses were going to be sooooo cute and stand up on the serving platter. In reality they fell over in the oven, my homemade dough was a little too soft to shape correctly and they required a little more... patience than this Philly Girl has. But I wanted to share the idea because I'm sure someone will make them amazing:@) I did put them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before baking, thought it couldn't hurt.

We're talking pie crust and Hershey's Kisses, that's it folks!
I cut strips of dough about 1" wide, wrapped and formed it around the Kiss,
gave the top a twist and tried to shape ears.

Wishing you all Bunny Kisses... 
Happy Easter Baking:@)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Easter Basket Pie Crust Decoration

I'm putting all my eggs in one basket:@) These eggs were cut with a plunger cookie cutter from Walmart (set of 4 for $2.88, there's a chick, bunny and butterfly too) and they're a fun and colorful addition to this Easter Basket Pie. It seems the Easter theme here at Pig In Mud this year is big-bright-bold colors! Note to self: A little colored sugar goes a long way...
I made a good Pineapple Pie-recipe HERE, it lays nice and smooth, it's easier to decorate the top crust that way.
Bonus-a 20 oz can of pineapple is usually on sale for under a dollar.
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Standard basket weave for the bottom, I just kept the widths random and twisted the rim of the basket and handle.
Sprinkle the eggs with colored sugar before placing them on the pie.
It's best to make at least one extra crust whenever playing with these decorated pies.
Why not fill a basket with something other than candy this Easter...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday Snippets-Spring!

Happy Spring everyone! I'm ignoring the snow on the ground and choose to focus on the bright sun in the sky instead:@) My white 32" tree has been decorated for Easter and I've kept it very simple this year, most of the ornaments are inexpensive bright colored plastic eggs. They look great with the fiber optics. I tucked this little guy into a real egg shell years ago, he just makes me smile.

QVC has these super cute spring flower place card holders on clearance HERE
Great for either tablescapes or to display pictures.

Tis the season for all things bunny and it seems bunny butts are everywhere! Walmart had these cute little cupcake kits, they even come with the cake mix. This looks like a perfect project to do with the kids:@) My first Bunny Butt post with seven more ideas can be found HERE.

Candy toppers at Walmart, cute and very easy.

Talk about a jalapeno worth stuffing! Look at the size of this big boy...

And I'll leave you with a pic from Pinterest of what has become the garden of my dreams.
Pretty to look at, compact, easy to weed and water, and if the fence holes were a little closer together, rabbit proof!

Looking forward to warmer days... 
Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fresh Herb Keeper from Ball-A New Kitchen Toy

The one herb G-Mom-B always had in the garden and kitchen was parsley. She liked the curly kind and it went into most of the things she made. I don't know why I got away from using it but I'm declaring 2015 the year of parsley:@) Ok, not really, but I have this fun new Fresh Herb Keeper from Ball and I'm gonna use it! The pics are from the Ball website, the ones I took were, um... well these are from Ball... It's skinny enough to fit into the door of the fridge but I like it on the bottom shelf where it's always within eye sight.
I gave the stems of my bunch of store bought parsley a fresh trim, tucked them into the holder making sure the stems touched the bottom so they could get water, filled it with water, clipped it closed and ~wa-la~ I had fresh parsley for well over four weeks. I was very pleased with how nicely this worked and it comes apart for easy cleaning.
If you're looking for a solution to help keep fresh herbs nicer longer folks, this just may be it.
I was lucky enough to win a great give away of Ball items from Bloggy Buddy Tina and this was included, I'm glad it was! 

Have a happy day:@)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day and five last minute quick ideas

I hope everyone has a little bit of green picked out to wear on the 17th, and in case you're looking for just a little something extra I've rounded up five last minute St. Patrick's Day ideas. As for me, I'll be planting peas after work and may raise a glass of something green and bubbly:@)


Cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and coconut rolled in cinnamon.

Easter Kisses are out and have a nice light green color you could use.

Only requires pipe cleaners and beads.

And if you don't want to make a big dinner or happen to have some leftover corned beef...

and forever the ham... Earl O'Piggly says:
Kiss me I'm Irish!
Here's wishing everyone a fun and festive St. Patrick's Day-enjoy:@)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cutest Little Easter Bunny Idea!

I spent some time scrolling through Pinterest and this is hands down my favorite Easter idea...
The link went HERE.

Easter is early this year folks, April 5th, it's time to get hopping...
Have a happy day:@)