Cute Apple Cupcakes

Cute Apple Cupcakes

With teacher appreciation week coming soon these cute Apple Decorated Cupcakes would make a great treat.    They are quicker than you think.  You use a boxed cake mix, homemade frosting and decorate.

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Cute Apple Cupcakes

Cake:
1 box White Cake Mix + box ingredients
Red Cupcake Liners

Frosting:
1 cup softened Butter
3 cup Powdered Sugar
3 TBSP Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
Red Food Coloring
Red Sparkling Sugar
Tootsie Roll Midgies
Green m&ms or Green Fruit Rollups

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Preheat oven and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.    Prepare batter according to box directions and bake according to box directions for cupcakes.   Allow to cool completely.

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Whip butter and vanilla for until fluffy, gradually add powdered sugar.   Add milk until you reach desired consistency.

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Add food coloring until you get a pink/red color.

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Frost each cupcake and sprinkle with red sparkling sugar.

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Insert Tootsie Roll in middle of cupcake to resemble the stem.   If using Roll-Ups, cut 2 leaves for each cupcake and place near the stem.   If using M&Ms, place 2 M&Ms to represent leaves.

Dr Pepper 35% off Cartwheel & Dr Pepper Floats with Batman & Superman Capes

Dr Pepper Floats with Batman and Superman Capes

Make your Dr Pepper floats a little more fun with these Batman and Superman capes.   You can show your love for your favorite Superhero while enjoying a cool and refreshing Dr Pepper Float.

Limited Edition Dr Pepper Batman v Superman

Check your Target stores for the limited edition Batman v Superman packaging on Dr Pepper 12-packs and 8-pack.   You will want to collect all five Batman v Superman cans.   In addition to the fun Batman v Superman packaging you will also find an offer for $5 towards a movie ticket when you buy 3 specially marked packages of Dr Pepper.   To make things even more super, you will also find a Cartwheel offer for 35% off Dr Pepper Regular and Diet Soda.

Batman and Superman capes for glasses

We thought we’d have some fun putting together Batman and Superman capes for our Dr Pepper floats.

Use felt for capes

To make the capes, I simply cut some felt in the shape of a cape and used my Silhouette machine to cut out the Batman and Superman logos (you can also use Batman or Superman stickers).   For a super easy way to attach the capes to glasses, I used an elastic hair band and folded the top of the cape over the hair band and secured it with hot glue.

Fill with ice cream and Dr Pepper

To make your floats simply fill a canning jar with vanilla ice cream and Dr Pepper.

Attach cape

Attach the hair band and cape around the top of the canning jar.

Enjoy your Dr Pepper float

Insert a straw and enjoy!    Your kids will love the fun Superhero theme added to their Dr Pepper floats.

Dr Pepper Cartwheel

Don’t miss the high value Cartwheel offer for 35% off Dr Pepper Regular and Diet Soda.  This Cartwheel offer will help you save like a hero!   The Cartwheel offer is valid on the entire Dr Pepper line and includes Dr Pepper Regular, Diet, Cherry, Diet Cherry and TEN varieties.  Offer is valid through 3/19/16.

Dr Pepper 12-packs

At my Target location the Dr Pepper 12-packs are on sale 3/$11.  The sale includes Dr Pepper Regular, Diet, Cherry, Diet Cherry and TEN varieties.  Use the Cartwheel offer with the sale price and you can pick up 12-packs for only $2.38.  It’s a great time to stock-up!

Dr Pepper 12-Packs 3/$11 ~ Buy 3
Save 35% with Cartwheel by Target
Final Price = $2.38 each

This post is sponsored by Dr Pepper.   All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fun & Easy Ways to Serve Food & Drink at your Football Party

This is a sponsored post written and created by me and my team for Tyson. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Football party ideas, decor and recipes

So you’ve picked up Tyson® Any’tizers® snacks and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips, 7UP®, A&W® Root Beer, Canada Dry® and Sunkist® Soda at Target to make hosting your party a breeze, now you need to make sure you don’t spend a ton of time in the kitchen cleaning up after your hungry football fans.

paper products for party

Since the host of the party often spends more time in the kitchen than at the actual party we want to make sure you save yourself the time of cleaning dishes by giving you some creative ideas for using paper and plastic plates, cups and napkins.   You deserve to enjoy your party too!

Referee Cups

Not only are plastic and paper products convenient but you can find them in a variety of colors to fit any theme.  Plus, you can also customize them just like we did here with these “referee” style serving cups.

Penalty Flag napkins

Buy bright yellow napkins (just like those penalty flags the refs throw) and add them to a bucket.   Add a “Penalty Flags” sign to add a fun football theme.

Football themed party ideas

You can continue adding a referee theme to your party by adhering white tape onto disposable black cups so they resemble referee uniforms.

Easy dip ideas

To make serving super easy, add a serving portion of the Tyson® Any’tizers® Chicken Fries to the cups.    Your friends and family can grab a cup to eat while watching the game.   I chose to dress them up a little bit more by adding clothespins with football sayings and icons at the top.   I’m all about fun and easy ways to dress up a party!

Dip cups

For even more disposable dishes I used plastic cups for all the dips that compliment the Tyson® Any’tizers® Chicken Fries.

Dip ideas

Looking for dip ideas to compliment your Tyson® Any’tizers®?   Try the following:

  • French Onion
  • Cheddar
  • Ranch
  • Sour Cream
  • Honey Mustard
  • Barbecue Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Here’s a recipe for Homemade BBQ Sauce that your guests will surely love:

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper

Mix all of ingredients together in one bowl and add to a large bowl or individual serving cups to easy dipping.  Dip and enjoy!

Football party

I love how the easy addition of the white tape and clothespins with stickers give the party an extra punch without a ton of work.

Throw a football party with Tyson

Follow these steps and you can throw a football party worthy of the biggest football fans!    My table includes the  Tyson® Any’tizers® Chicken Fries and dips, Tyson® Any’tizers® Wingz, BBQ Chicken Sliders featuring Tyson® Any’tizers® Boneless Chicken Wyngz,  7UP®, A&W® Root Beer, and Canada Dry®, pretzels and chips.

Tyson and 7-UP

Still in need of food for the big game?   Make a quick stop at Target where they are offering a FREE 2-Liter of 7UP®, A&W® Root Beer, Canada Dry® OR Sunkist® Soda when you buy any TWO (2) Tyson® Any’tizers® snacks or Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips.   Go team!

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Make sure you check out our other posts to help you prep for your game day festivities:

BBQ Chicken Sliders with Tyson Any’Tizers Boneless Chicken Wingz

This is a sponsored post written and created by me and my team for Tyson Foods.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

BBQ Chicken Sliders

You know that the Tyson® Any’tizers® and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips make for great snacks on their own, but I’m going to show you an easy way to include them in a recipe.  These super easy BBQ Chicken Sliders make great snacks that to the Tyson® Any’tizers® Honey BBQ Boneless Chicken Wyngz.

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You know your football loving fans will go crazy for these easy to make and easy to serve snacks.   They have be made even more  football game worthy by adding a pick to keep them together and topping it off with a fun football themed sticker.

Ingredients for BBQ Chicken Sliders

Here is what you need to make your own BBQ Chicken Sliders for your football watching party.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Tyson® Any’tizers® Boneless Chicken Wyngz (Honey BBQ)
  • 1 package of slider buns (12 buns)
  • 3 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup french fried onions

Cook Tyson® Any’tizers® Boneless Chicken Wyngz as directed on package.   While the chicken is cooking prep the buns for your slider sandwiches.

Butter buns

Butter both the top and the bottom of the buns and broil in the oven for 2-5 minutes.   You want them to be a nice golden brown, so keep any eye on them while they are cooking.

Add Tyson Boneless Chicken Wyngz

Add one Tyson® Any’tizers® Boneless Chicken Wyngz to a each slider bun.    To the top of the bun add a layer of  barbecue sauce and fried onions.   Place the two together and add a pick so they stay together easily.

Football food

Add several slider buns to a plate and place them on your food table.   Don’t they look yummy!   These BBQ Chicken Sliders scream “football food” to me.

Football Party

The BBQ Chicken Sliders will make a nice addition to your food table for the big game.    Here are a few other recommendations I have for easy game day food & drink:

  • Tyson® Any’tizers® Wingz (a MUST for any game – they are the classic football food at our house)
  • Tyson® Any’tizers® Chicken Fries with dipping sauce
  • Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips
  • 7UP® (with food coloring in your favorite team colors) **will link this with previous post**
  • A&W® Root Beer in Football themed Mason Jars  **will link this with previous post**
  • Pretzels & Chips
  • Veggie Tray

Tyson Any'tizers

Tyson® Any’tizers® really do make hosting a football party a breeze!   They come in many of different varieties and flavors so there is something to please every football fan.

Target Tyson

Don’t forget a stop at Target for all your game day food and drinks.   You will save money because Target is offering a FREE 2-Liter of 7UP®, A&W® Root Beer, Canada Dry® OR Sunkist® Soda when you buy any TWO (2) Tyson® Any’tizers® snacks or Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips.    It’s the perfect way to get ready for the big day.

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Fun Ways to Dress Up Your Drinks for the Big Game

This is a sponsored post written and created by me and my team for Tyson Foods.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Football party ideas with Tyson Any'tizers, 7up and A&W Root Beer

The big game is just around the corner!    Do you have plans to host a game watching party at your house?  If so, there are probably tons of things you need to do to prep for the big day.

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The great news is Target has you covered when it comes to food and drinks. Right now they are offering a FREE 2-Liter of 7-UP®, A&W® Root Beer, Canada Dry® OR Sunkist® Soda when you buy any TWO (2) Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks or Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips. You can stock up on all the food and drinks you need with one stop at Target.

7up and root bear

All this week we’ll be sharing some fun tips to help you make the most of your game day festivities with quick and easy recipe ideas, decorations, food tips and more. Today we are showing you a couple of fun ways you can dress up your drinks. You can show your love for football and support your favorite team all while quenching your thirst.

Add food coloring to 7up to make your teams colors

A super easy way to show your team spirit is by adding a little food coloring to your drinks. Add colors that match your favorite team.

Blue & Green food coloring added to 7up for my home team

I used blue and green food coloring in the 7-UP® drinks to represent my home team. You can also dress up your drinks even further by adding straws and some fun football themed stickers to them.

Tyson Any'tizers and fun drinks

With Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks, Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips and these fun drinks your party menu will surely be a hit with all your football loving friends and family.

Colored 7up

Which team are you rooting for? What colors will you be adding to your 7-UP® drinks?

Football mason jars

Another fun thing you can do is use white tape and adhere it to canning jars so it resembles the stitching you would find on a football. Fill up the canning jars with A&W® Root Beer to finish off the football themed glass. It’s a fun and easy way to add a little flair to your football party! Adding these simple touches can make a huge impact on your game day festivities. Both of these suggestions are super easy to do and there isn’t a ton of prep work involved.

Tyson deal at Target

Make sure you stop by Target to stock up on Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips. Don’t forget Target is offering a FREE 2-Liter of 7-UP®, A&W® Root Beer, Canada Dry® OR Sunkist® Soda when you buy any TWO (2) Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks or Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips.

Santa Claus Cupcakes

Santa Claus Cupcakes

Make these cute Santa Claus cupcakes for your next holiday party or just for fun. The kids will have a ball helping to makes these. They are super easy because you can just use a cake mix and pre-made frosting.

santa ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix and required ingredients listed on the box (i.e. eggs, oil & water)
  • 1 container white frosting
  • 10 oz. Mini Marshmallows
  • 48 Chocolate Chips
  • 24 Red M&M’s
  • Red sugar sprinkles

decorate cupcakes

Bake cupcakes as directed on box.   Allow cupcakes to cool.

Spread a flat layer of white frosting onto each cupcake.  Place mini marshmallows along the bottom edge of the cupcake to form the Santa beard (you will stop 1/2 way up the cupcake). Place mini marshmallows in a slightly rounded line across the top half of the cupcake to create the Santa hat.

Place two chocolate chips below the hat line to create the eyes.  Place a red M&M slightly below the eyes in the center to create a nose.   Sprinkle red sugar sprinkles only on the top of the cupcake above the marshmallow line for the hat.  Roll a mini marshmallow into a ball. Dip the edge of the ball in frosting and place on one side of the sprinkled hat to complete the hat.

You will repeat this process on all 24 cupcakes.

Hot Cocoa Gift Basket with Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Gift Basket with Homemade Cocoa Mix

Today we are sharing a fun and festive hot cocoa gift basket filled with homemade hot cocoa mix, cocoa toppings and a mug. The majority of these items were purchased at Target.  The basket and jar were found in the Target Dollar Spot.   This would make a great Christmas gift for any cocoa loving friend.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

To assemble the hot cocoa gift basket you will first want to make some homemade hot cocoa mix . It’s easier than you think!  Just follow the recipe below.

Mix homemade hot cocoa mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix recipe:

  • 10 cups of powdered milk
  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 3/4 non-dairy creamer powder
  • 5 cups of powdered sugar

Add all ingredients into large bowl, stir until combined.   Store in airtight container.   When making the hot cocoa you will add 1/3 cup of the mix to 3/4 cup hot water.

Add toppings to ornaments

Here is a fun way to add some hot cocoa toppings to the basket. Add marshmallow bits, sprinkles and mini chocolate chips  inside small plastic ornaments (found at the craft store).  These will give the finished basket a fun holiday feel to it.

Hot Cocoa Gift Basket

Here is what I used for the Hot Cocoa Gift Basket

  • Reindeer Fabric bucket (Target Dollar Spot)
  • Glass Jar (Target Dollar Spot)
  • Mini Wood Scooper 4″ (from Amazon)
  • Super Cute Mug (from Target)
  • Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Plastic Ornaments filled with Hot Cocoa toppings (sprinkles, Marshmallow bits, mini chocolate chips)
  • Candy Canes

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix - great for gifting

You could also give the hot cocoa mix on it’s own too!

Pre-Order Inside Out at Target & Make Joy & Sadness Slushies

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Inside Out Joy & Sadness Slushies

Our family is looking forward to the release of Disney’s Inside Out on DVD and Blu-ray.  We’ve already pre-ordered the movie  and we’ve been coming up with some fun drinks to make for our upcoming Inside Out movie night.

Inside Out DVD and Blu-ray

If you pre-order Inside Out at Target.com, you will receive a $5 Target Gift Card.   If you don’t want to wait for the movie to ship you can also order the movie online and pick-up at your local Target store on November 3rd! When you buy the movie at Target you will be treated to special bonus content!  All Inside Out DVD and Blu-Ray’s purchased at Target include 20 minutes of exclusive bonus content and deleted scenes.

Target is a great place to pick up Inside Out, but is also the perfect place to pick up all your movie night needs. We bought the following items at Target to make some Inside Out Joy & Sadness themed Slushies. You can make some for your Inside Out movie night too!

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Pineapple Coconut Joy Slushie 

  • 1 cup Simply Balanced coconut water
  • 1 can pineapple with juice (20 oz) or 4 Market Pantry Fruit in a Cup Pineapple Tidbits
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring
  • 2-3 cups of ice

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Add all ingredients to blender, blend and enjoy! (Makes 4)

Inside Out Joy Slushie

Add a fun striped blue straw and you have yourself a Joy themed slushie.

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Super Berry Sadness Slushie

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups ice
  • 3-packs of Simply Balanced Mixed Berry drink mix
  • 2-3 drops blue food coloring

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Add all ingredients to blender, blend and enjoy!

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If you too want to make some fun Joy and Sadness slushies for a fun Inside Out movie night you can pick up the following supplies at Target. I’m showing you right where you can find all the supplies at your Target store.

Target in store photosSimply Balance Coconut Water – Found on the aisle with the bottled water
Simply Balanced  Drink Mix – Found on the aisle with sports drinks
Market Pantry Fruit Cups – Found on the aisle with the dried fruit & applesauce
Market Pantry Food Coloring – Found on the baking aisle
Market Pantry Caro Syrup – Found next to the chocolate chips

Do you have favorite characters from the movie? Mine were Joy & Sadness, I loved the interaction between the two!