March 8, 2013

Mini Cupcake Rice Krispy Treats

I found this recipe in some magazine awhile back...not sure which one because I only ripped out the one page, so I hung onto this until I had the chance to make these cute treats.
Not much is needed to whip these up...
2 T butter
1/2 of a 10 bag of marshmallows, about 20
3 1/2 cups of Rice Krispies or any other brand of toasted rice
2 T dry cherry flavored gelatin mix
vanilla frosting
drop of red food coloring
12 maraschino cherries

Generously coat a pan of 12 mini-muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray. In a large pot over medium low heat, melt together the butter and marshmallows. Stir occasionally until the mixture is smooth. Add the gelatin mix and the toasted rice. Evenly divide the mixture and press it into the 12 muffin cups leaving a little extra to overlap the edges. let cool.

Tip: Before handling the rice marshmallow mixture, coat your hands with a little cooking spray, this will prevent the mixture from sticking to your fingers.

Whip together a drop or two of the food coloring with the frosting and then place in a pastry bag. Pipe the frosting onto the tops of the cooled mini cupcakes and top each one with a maraschino cherry.

The kiddies and adults alike with love this little twist on these classic rice cereal treats!


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March 6, 2013

Leprechaun's Hat Centerpiece

Here we are now at the beginning of March and of course since Mr. Rosemary Lane is 100% Irish, St Paddy's Day is a big deal around here. This year March 17th falls on a Sunday so we are planning a big Irish blowout! In celebration I decided to be a wee bit more prepared this year by creating a centerpiece for the party. This was believe it or not, very easy to make.

All you need is...

 a clay pot and base
 a little crafting paint in green and black
 floral foam
 small silver picture frame
 hot glue gun
 and some silk flowers
and a wee bit of green spanish moss

 I was lucky because Michael's craft store has all their floral on sale this week at 40% off!

Paint the base with green paint and the body of the pot to the raised rim, that will be painted black.

Next take the floral foam, which I bought in a shape and size to fit the bottom of the clay pot, and hot glue it onto the pot.

The silk flowers were then cut and poked into the floral foam. I kept the arrangement simple but full.

Finally, in order to hide any of the foam, I went ahead and hot glued some green Spanish moss to the foam...and that was it! It was actually much easier than I originally thought and I love the way it looks!

Happy St. Paddy's Day!!!

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