Frosting always finishes a cupcake and they look fantastic. As much as I love to make cupcakes look beautiful with all that wonderful sugary goodness – I don’t always like to eat it.
How are your new years resolutions going? I, as always, set the goal to get healthy. I started training to run a 10K in September and then I hurt my back.
I was down.
I was hurt.
The training stopped.
The healthy eating went out the window. Its been its been 4 months. I’m finally feeling a little better. I’m back to running a little in the morning but I changed the 10K goal. I’m now hoping I’ll be able to make it through a 5K. Anyway…enough whining.
I’m setting a mid-year resolution and I’m trying again, so frustrating.
One of my favorite healthy meals is salad. Today I want to share the our Taco Salad Recipe.
1 – 12 oz. bag Mixed Lettuce
1/2 pound Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
1/2 – 1 teaspoon Taco Seasoning
1 – 15.25 oz. can Kidney Beans
1/2 cup Cheese, shredded
(optional) Avocado slices
(optional) Sour Cream
(optional) Salad Dressing
(optional) Corn Chips
Place lettuce in a large bowl. Brown beef, drain and season with taco seasoning. Drain and rinse kidney beans. Shred cheese.
Toss it together.
Now like any salad you can make it as healthy as you want. I really like my salad with salad dressing so I’m willing to add the extra calories.
I hope you enjoy!
I found myself wanting to ask you, “Do you remember Ninja Turtles?”
Then I laughed because Turtles are back… they’re here…they never left – I’m not sure. My kids just discovered them and think they are sooo cool. I remember watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons with my brothers. I loved those crazy pizza loving turtles. We sang the Turtle title song every episode and cringed at some of the gross things they ate on their pizza. Then after watching everything was “dude” and “cowabunga.”(ahh the 80’s) I don’t know why but Michelangelo was always my favorite turtle. Did you watch Turtles? Please tell me I’m not alone. Did you have a favorite?
My son doesn’t have a favorite turtle… yet. He just wants to be a Ninja Turtle so he can have pizza every night. Birthdays at our house are a big deal, but we do not go crazy. This year it would have been so much easier to just go visit a bakery, but I didn’t. I stayed with tradition. We try to keep birthdays pretty simple. Great, but simple. My not so little guy wanted a Lego Turtle Cake for his birthday. I try really hard to make a special cake the way my kiddos want it, even if I have to reach outside of my comfort zone and learn something new. But I didn’t know how to pull this one off. So I decide to cheat just a little bit and top the cake with Turtle Legos. I saw a couple of small Lego sets when I was at the store and thought perfect. But because said birthday boy was with me I didn’t buy the Legos. BIG MISTAKE, BIG – HUGE. I procrastinated too long and when I went back the small sets were all gone.(grrrr!) I already had is birthday present so buying the large set just didn’t make sense. So I’m wondering the store mentally kicking myself for waiting too long and trying to think of a plan B.
I ended up back in the toy section looking at Turtle figures. Turtle cake topper worked, but it need something else. So off the the frozen food section for what Turtles and my guy love most of all PIZZA. I think plan B turned out okay…so did the Birthday Boy! (phew)
Hope you enjoy our Ninja Turtle Birthday Cake.
Some other Cake creations you might like…
I had fun planning my husbands 40th Birthday Party. I didn’t want an “Over the Hill” birthday party with black balloons and “RIP” cupcakes. I wanted it to be fun – not mean. So when I found the phrase, “Prehistoric but not extinct” I new we were going to have Dinosaurs at our party.
The kids thought that was a great idea.
We had to tease him a little bit – he is the birthday boy.
If was hard finding decorations. I guess I waited too long to shop – I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted but we made it work. I wanted a Birthday Banner, but I’m sure you know custom banners are expensive. So I made one. I am not a great artist. I did not freehand this sign. I went to my trusty computer and printed out the lettering I wanted and started tracing. I love how it turned out.
I know it’s a strange assortment of snack foods but the Birthday boy got to pick. I don’t think he got to eat any of it. Everyone else thought they good snacks too.
We also had fun putting this Candy Gram together. My son loved “Do your bones Crunch?” He still loves to ask his dad this question. Sorry Hun!
The cake was a bit tricky to make. I used a large Pyrex bowl and a round cake pan to make the cake. I thought a heavy cake would hold up better for my Volcano so I used our Marble Pound Cake recipe. My inspiration came from this fun video tutorial, by My Cupcake Addiction.
The best part was the steaming volcano surprise. Sorry I didn’t grab my camera quick enough – I promise it looked really cool. There are great instructions for the dry ice in the video.
Make clean up fun and easy with Toy Bags. I don’t know about you, but I get so tired of toys everywhere! With 3 little ones we’ve acquired a few toys. I love watching my kids play and hear all their giggles, but I hate the tears and tantrums at clean up time. I shared in their frustration of not knowing where to put things. We tried toy baskets but everything would get tangled and lost. My sister reminded me of something my mom said about cleaning when we where little.
“Give everything a home.”
The idea for toy bags was born.
So I make a home for some of my kids toys. Now clean up time is a game. Everything gets put in its own toy bag. Toys don’t get lost nearly as often and my sanity is intact.
For my pattern I used Lined Draw String Bag Tutorial from In Color Order. These bags are so easy make and Jeni’s tutorial makes them even easier. I added the applique to help my kids remember what toys goes in each bag. I used coloring pages I found on Pinterest for my pattern.
I hope you enjoy!