I looked through Pinterest and found all of these amazing ways to color eggs. I show my 5 year old and she says, “Mommy, can’t we just do it the normal way please?” YES absolutely kid. (I love Pinterest, don’t get me wrong, but there are so many extravagant projects, kids don’t care about that stuff. It becomes more if a status symbol for moms)
So we busted out the food coloring, water, and vinegar the old fashioned way and had a blast!
My trick I want to share is to use a whisk to hold the eggs in the dye. It is much easier for the kids to hold than those silly wire things that come in a kit. Plus it can’t roll away. The whisk is like a tiny little Easter egg cage! Even my 2 year old could do it.
So have fun and have a blessed Easter!
My girls have been sick for the past week. So day 7 of pretty much not leaving the house, we were all going crazy. So I decided to put them in the tub, with a little shaving cream, so they could finally have some fun!
I stuck the girls in the tub. I filled a muffin tin with shaving cream then put food coloring in each one. Then I gave them each a paint brush. I let them go crazy in the bath tub.
Here is the muffin tin full of our colorful paint!
It kept my sick girls busy for almost an hour and was SO easy and cheap.
The only downside is that it turns the white grout in the tile colors. It doesn’t wipe off so easily, but I am sure with a little scrubbing it will come off. I figure if we do that a few times a month, I can get hours of entertainment for a little bit of scrubbing once a month.
The finished masterpiece, completed by my 2 year old and 5 year old. Who by the way BEGGED me to do it again soon.
If you don’t want to put them in the tub to play with shaving cream you can easily use a table. Another day I put plain white shaving cream all over a little play table I have for the girls. My 5 year old was able to practice her spelling words in the shaving cream, and the 2 year old attempted to practice shapes! It was a great educational experience, where they were learning while having fun. I put aprons on them so that they didn’t cover their clothes with stuff. BUT I did have to put them in the tub when we were finished…they got a little too excited and there was shaving cream EVERYWHERE! Upside…my house smelled amazing!
I made this lovely cake and thought I would share the recipe and decorating technique!
Last year I made Irish Car Bomb cupcakes and I didn’t even get to eat one because they were all SO good! They were modeled off of the drink that mixes Guiness Beer, Jameson Whiskey, and Bailey’s Irish Cream. So the cupcakes and cake pack quite a punch as well! I was making cupcakes and ran out of liners, so I decided to make a cake as well! I made a double batch and had enough for two batches of cupcakes and a very small round cake.
Irish Car BombCake and cupcake recipe:
I found this recipe from a website here. But it was all done from scratch. I tried to save time and used a cake mix and can icing with some adjustments. Here is my recipe.
Well you know from my previous posts, I don’t measure out exact…so this is more of a guideline.
Cake: follow directions according to box chocolate cake except use Guiness beer instead of water. Be careful, the cake rises more than normal during the baking process. I only filled the cupcakes half way.
For the cupcakes I used a tiny spoon an cut out a 1 inch cube from the center. This is where the filling will go. I melted chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl then stirred them until creamy. Add a couple teaspoons of Jameson Irish Whiskey in and stir. It will start to clump and get hard. I wanted it not to drip but still able to spread. Then I filled the holes of the cupcakes with it.
For the cake, I just made a layer on top. The original recipe calls for heavy cream, but I did not want to keep the cake refrigerated so I left it out.
I took a can of vanilla icing and mixed it with some Baileys Irish Cream and then some powdered sugar to thicken it up a bit. When it was the consistency I wanted I just iced the cake and cupcakes as usual. If the icing is too thin and watery, add more powdered sugar and use a hand mixer to make it smooth. If it is too thick add more Bailey’s. It is all how you want it to taste and how strong you want your icing!
When the cupcakes were iced I added a little green sprinkles to be festive.
The Shamrock decoration:
I looked for a shamrock stencil and didn’t have one, so I had to improvise. First I put a few sprinkles all over the cake, then blended them in with the frosting. This way the entire cake was decorated slightly and when there are a few stray sprinkles from the shamrock, it won’t be as noticeable.
Next I took heart cookie cutter and held it gently over the cake. I filled the heart with green sprinkles. Then repeated this two other times, turing the heart to make the shape of a shamrock. The stem was a little trickier. I poured sprinkles in my hand and carefully sprinkled them in a line to create the stem. Then I took my icing knife and “cleaned up” the edges by smoothing the stray sprinkles into the icing. (This is why I put sprinkles all over it to begin with)
I was pretty impressed with the shamrock and this could be done on any cake with any shape! It really was easy. Just use a cookie cutter or any stencil and sprinkles! Have fun and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!