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Category: Treats & Drinks

Easy & Delicious Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles

Easy & Delicious Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles

Learn how to quickly make my budget-friendly homemade dark chocolate truffles using baking chocolate, chocolate chips and heavy cream.

Easy DIY Pomegranate Gummy Snacks

Easy DIY Pomegranate Gummy Snacks

Did you know you can easily make your own homemade gummy bears? Learn how to make DIY gummy snacks by following our simple tutorial.

Delicious Key Lime Tarts | Easy Recipe

Delicious Key Lime Tarts | Easy Recipe

These key lime tarts are very pretty and just the perfect amount of tartness! I especially enjoy making treats for a party. My daughter and I made these tarts for a casual afternoon tea party. To make key lime tarts, I mixed up a batch of rich tart pastry. I filled the pastry shells with simple key lime pie filling. This baking project was both easy and delicious!

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Holiday Baking with Supernatural Sprinkles

Holiday Baking with Supernatural Sprinkles

What’s your favorite thing about the holidays? Mine is hands down the chance to make lots of delicious goodies. I’m delighted to tell you about an awesome brand of soy-free sprinkles that are colored with natural food dyes.

How to Make Perfect Homemade Macarons

How to Make Perfect Homemade Macarons

What’s not to love about macarons? They’re sweet, colorful and artistic. With a little practice, you can make them in practically any flavor! I’m happy to share my tips I’ve learned for making these trendy treats.

Easy Homemade Cranberry Bliss Bars

Easy Homemade Cranberry Bliss Bars

Sweetness, creamy goodness and tart flavors are my favorite elements of a holiday dessert. You don’t have to get very fancy to make something absolutely delicious. I made these homemade Cranberry Bliss Bars for a few holiday parties this winter. Anyone who can follow directions can make these fancy and tasty treats!
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Healthy Berry & Banana Unicorn Smoothies

Healthy Berry & Banana Unicorn Smoothies

A fruit smoothie is easy to pack with healthy fruit and hidden vegetables. My kids often ask for sweet treats and I try to find healthy snack alternatives. Learn how to make DIY Berry & Banana Unicorn Smoothies! (whipped cream optional)

How to Make Freeze Dried Raspberry Macarons

How to Make Freeze Dried Raspberry Macarons

Have you ever dreamed of making your own flavored macarons? Once you learn how to make the basic macaron recipe, you can add all sorts of creative ingredients to make impressively creative treats!

The Best Sugar Cookie Icing & Decorating Tips

The Best Sugar Cookie Icing & Decorating Tips

Cute sugar cookies are a great family project to make for practically any holiday. Most everyone loves cookies and you can customize your cookies to match the season! Make heart cookies for Valentine’s Day, star cookies for Fourth of July and snowflake cookies to celebrate winter. Colorful sugar cookie icing is easy to make with 4 ingredients. I discovered a super efficient method for creating cookie icing designs, without using pastry bags that can be hard to clean.

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Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels Kids Can Help Make

Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels Kids Can Help Make

Homemade soft pretzels are easy to make and yummy to eat! Kids will enjoy helping with this creative baking project and making their own snacks. You can embellish pretzels with butter or drizzled chocolate to make savory and sweet treats.

Endive Blue Cheese Pomegranate Bites

Endive Blue Cheese Pomegranate Bites

These Endive Blue Cheese Pomegranate Bites are a flavorful combination of savory, sweet and salty in one delightful package. They’re the perfect holiday appetizer because they look super fancy and the pomegranate provides a pop of color.

How to Make a Princess Doll Birthday Cake

How to Make a Princess Doll Birthday Cake

Birthdays can easily be exciting and memorable for kids, especially when you plan a celebration using a little creativity. I love finding ways to make birthdays special without spending a ton of money. One year I made my daughter a doll princess cake complete with her favorite ballerina Barbie displayed inside the cake. I’ve seen some amazing princess cake designs from bakers with true artistic skill. I tried to take a different approach; we created a simple princess doll birthday cake that pretty much anyone could make using a few basic kitchen tools. See our how-to video below!
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Easy Homemade Italian Sodas for Any Party

Easy Homemade Italian Sodas for Any Party

Good food, tasty drinks and great company are three must-haves for any party. A DIY Italian Soda station is always a hit for adults and kids alike! Easily make these tasty drinks and customize your beverage with your favorite flavored syrup.

Easy DIY Dried Fruit Slices

Easy DIY Dried Fruit Slices

Fruit is a go-to snack for our family. I’ve dried slices of fruit in the oven, with pretty good results. I made dried strawberry slices and homemade banana chips. Follow these steps to learn how to make your own dried fruit.

How to Make a Shaped Fruit Platter for Any Party

How to Make a Shaped Fruit Platter for Any Party

Planning the food for a party can be a fun activity, especially if you are organized and use a little creativity! I love serving fresh fruit at parties because it’s a welcome break from all the sugar, and most fresh fruit is colorful and delicious! Berries, pineapple, grapes and mango can add beautiful color to any party table. These creative fruit platter shapes are easy to create and fun to eat.
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