Santa Pancakes

My poor kids have been sick on and off pretty consistently for the few weeks. My son especially. I wanted to add a little brightness to their day so I made some fun pancakes this morning. It’s super easy to slice up some strawberries and bananas, throw in some blueberries for eyes and garnish with a little whipped cream and you’ve got yourself a pretty cute little St. Nick on your breakfast table!

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Candy Corn Waffles

Here’s a cute little treat you can make your kids for a fun breakfast. It was actually really easy to do, although I would recommend using a squeeze bottle. I just used a spoon and while that was fine, I could see where putting the batter in a squeeze bottle would be much easier.
 

Also, thankfully these cuties don’t taste like candy corn, because that stuff is disgusting. Even if I did like it, it’s hard to imagine what it would taste like in a waffle!

All you need to do is mix up a batch of your preferred waffle mix, whether it’s store bought or homemade. I would suggest not using a whole grain recipe since you need the tip of the waffle to be really pale and whole grain batters tend to be too brown.

Once the batter is mixed up, divide it into three bowls. Leave one plain, add yellow food coloring to one, and yellow and a little red to make orange to the third bowl. I made the batters a bit brighter than I thought I’d need because the color will dull slightly when baked.

 

Set your round waffle iron on a slightly lower setting. You just want to cook these through, not brown them. My first waffle was too dark, so I turned the heat down and it was perfect.

Starting on the outside, do out an outer layer of yellow, then a layer of orange followed by filling in the middle with the plain. Close the waffle iron and cook until just done. It’ll look like a target, but when you separate into triangles they will look like little candy corns!


Minion Mania!

This past Wednesday, my first born turned 6. Six years old. It’s still so weird to say: I have a 6 year old.  I know it’s totally cliche and every says it, but it is so true that time just flies by so fast. It’s gone even faster since we had our second one 2-1/2 years ago.

I’m not going to lie: I’m having a bit of trouble letting him get older. I know it is inevitable, but he’s my baby. He’ll always be my baby. I love so much the little kid he’s becoming, but at the same time, I miss the little boy he used to be. But ah, such is life with children. They eventually grow up and you can only hope you’ve done a good enough job that they feel confident to spread their wings, but still know they can always come back to their roots.

Something I’ve always loved doing for my kids’ birthdays is making their yummy treats. For JJ’s 6th birthday, he decided on a Minions theme. I would personally like to thank whoever created the Minions because their design makes it very easy to create minions out of lots of different foods!

We started with cupcakes:

Get some Twinkies (probably the only time I will ever buy Twinkies. I’m not snobby about junk food, I’m just more of a Ding Dong girl, myself.)

Cut them in half.

Using black decorating icing and a basic round tip (can be found at any grocery or craft store) and candy eyes (also can be found at any grocery or craft store) make the little minion faces.
  

Make basic cupcakes using your favorite recipe or box mix. Frost with blue frosting and place the twinkie minions on top. Let them set in the icing. DONE!

Next, is the cake.

Make two 13×9 sheet cakes, again using your favorite recipe or box mix. Let the cakes cool and flip one layer upside on the serving tray. Spread a thin layer of frosting, then top with the second cake. See that little crack? Don’t worry about it, it will get covered up and you’ll never know it was there. Now you can cut around it a little bit to shape it how you want.

Next, using an off-set spatula, which I highly recommend getting because it really does make a huge difference when frosting cakes, apply the frosting where you want it to go: blue on the bottom for his pants, yellow on top for his body, with a large yellow circle in the middle for his eye. Seriously, this was all very easy to separate out because of the off-set spatula.

Finally, add the details. I just used the same black decorating icing I used on the Twinkies. and… DONE!

The last treat I made was candy coated Milanos. Get Milano cookies (whatever flavor you want. I know they can be expensive, but I got a 40 pack at Costco for $8.99, so totally a good deal!)

Get these colored candy melts at the store (grocery or craft), and melt them in a bowl over simmering water.  You can do this in the microwave too, but I like the double boiler method because it keeps the candy warm and melted for the whole process.

Dip the cookies in the candy.  For the bottom, I just dipped, for the yellow top, I used a spoon to help keep the colors in their right spots.
  

Finally, decorate the faces the same way you did the Twinkies above. And, again… DONE!
  

This may seem like a lot, but each treat was actually very easy. I did all three in one day, stopping for a workout with the hubby, lunch with the hubby, and stopping to pick up the kids from school.

Hopefully the kids enjoy them as much as I did making them!

Happy birthday, to my sweet, crazy, silly, wonderful son. You stole my heart 6 years ago and you can keep it. xoxo