11 February 2010

Valentine Treats - Some FUN stuff!

It is so important to stay engaged with your kids.
It may seem hard at times,
especially in this economy.
We are so busy. Or stressed. Or tired from being busy.

Well pull the kids away from the t.v. or the video games
and get making!
Here are some cute treats you can do together.
& I bet they taste pretty yummy too!

Cupid Cupcakes
Aren't they cute?!

So here is what you need:
A cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe)
Pink- or peach-tinted frosting
Large marshmallow
Thin pretzel stick
Crisped rice cereal (a handful)
Decorators' gel
Candy heart
  supplies are per cupcake. Increase as needed.

And this is what you do:
Frost a cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe) with pink- or peach-tinted frosting.

For wings, use kitchen shears to cut a large marshmallow in half vertically, then snip each half widthwise a few times for a feathery look. Press a thin pretzel stick against the sticky side of each marshmallow half, then stick the pretzels into the cupcake.

Press a handful of crisped rice cereal along the top of the cupcake for Cupid's curly locks, then add a decorators' gel mouth and eyes. Finally, set a candy heart in place and pipe on frosting fingers, if you like.

Choo Choo Cupcakes

Here is what you need:
Prebaked cupcakes
Frosting (enough to ice the cupcakes with a little left over for building the engines)
Tootsie Rolls (the short kind, not the long kind)
Red licorice
Serrated knife
  Small peanut butter cups
 Cinnamon Red Hots
  Red gel icing
 White paper, markers, and tape

And this is what you do:
Frost the cupcakes, reserving a little icing to build the train engines. For each one, unwrap a Tootsie Roll and slice off one third of its length (the Tootsie Roll is actually scored into three sections). Firmly press this slice atop the back end of the remaining piece so that it sticks in place to create the train engine's body.

Use a toothpick to anchor a 1/2-inch piece of licorice to the top of the engine for a smokestack. With a serrated knife, gently saw a peanut butter cup in half (a parent's job). Then attach one half, turned upside down, to the front of the engine to form a cowcatcher. Use frosting to stick three cinnamon Red Hots for wheels along the bottom of each side.

Set the engine on top of the cupcake and press it slightly into the frosting. Then use red gel icing to draw a train track in front and in back of the engine. Finally, cut out a paper steam puff. Print on the message "I choo-choose you!" and tape it to the toothpick.

And wa la! Seems easy and definitely looks F-U-N!