Olaf Cupcakes
Apr03

Olaf Cupcakes

My four-year-old is obsessed with the movie Frozen, so I thought it would be a fun project to make Olaf the Snowman cupcakes with her. And I was right!   I was surprised at how easily she bit his cute little head right off. (cold!)   Making fun cupcakes has been on my to-do list forever, because ever since my husband, Sam, put the Hello, Cupcake! app on my iPad, Aja has been completely enamored with it.   Highly Recommend this iPad app!   I then bought the book for her (when she was about three), and she would stare at the pages for hours on end. Hello, Cupcake: $9.20 on Amazon >>   I learned some great tips from her (my little one!) as she watched, learned, and quoted from this fantastic book and app! She had been nagging me to make something from the book, so I thought I’d combine her love for the movie and the book in this project. There wasn’t an Olaf Cupcake in the book, but I got some great tips, ideas, and inspiration from it. Don’t feel like you have to go to ten different stores and spend a fortune on special gels and gadgets—you can easily pull these together with some cupcakes, frosting, and a few candies. I just gave you details for the way we made them.   Aja insisted that we NOT use licorice (I’m guessing most four-year-olds find it as offensive as she does…?), so I fortunately—or unfortunately—discovered my new favorite candy whilst looking for a substitute. Licorice (my fav) and chocolate?! You’ve got to be kidding me! (I won’t tell you how many I ate while making these cupcakes.)   I’d love to see your versions of Olaf—PLEEZ send me pics! Especially the ones of your little ones making them. 🙂   Tips From Hello, Cupcake For fantastic cake mix cupcakes: Use buttermilk in place of the water, and add an extra egg (I used Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix) Use a freezer Ziploc bag for piping the batter into the muffin cups   What You Will Need for SIX Olaf the Snowman Cupcakes 6 colored cupcake liners or mini doilies to set him on (Michael’s/Party City) 12 vanilla cupcakes (completely cooled) 12 mini vanilla cupcakes, papers removed (completely cooled) 1 – 2 x 16 oz cans vanilla frosting (recommended: Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Classic White) 12 mini marshmallows for the feet Chocolate Twizzlers for the hair and arms (or licorice or pretzels) mini eyeballs for the eyes (or mini brown M&Ms) (Michael’s/Party City) mini chocolate chips for the buttons (or brown M&Ms) Sunkist Orange Slices or Fruit...

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TARGET List Launch!
Mar30

TARGET List Launch!

It’s been a great week at OrnaBakes! I’m not sure who’s been sharing my Guilt-Free Ricotta Cheesecake, but it’s reached 100 Facebook shares and rising rapidly—so if you’re one of my sharing angels, I thank you.   OrnaBakes is almost at 1000 Facebook likes too! If you aren’t one of them, please click here to like OrnaBakes on FB. It’s a great way to get realtime news and posts. Thanks. 🙂       I’ve been working like crazy on my TARGET List—adding pics and points, and mostly healthy choices. (You didn’t expect me not to share that I found Arby’s Curly Fries at TARGET, did you?!) I thought you’d get a kick out of behind-the-scenes at the photo shoot…  Please don’t judge me by what you see on Aja’s table! Some of my top picks are: PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter) Philippine Brand Dried Mango & Coconut (I know, so exciting!) StarKist Sweet & Spicy Tuna Laura’s Lean Beef Near East Pearled Couscous (NEW) Fiber One Chocolate Squares What do you buy at TARGET? PLEEZ add your favs in the comments, and share the list with your Weight Watchers buddies! If you really wanted to, you could even mention it at your next WW meeting! 😉   Click here for the complete TARGET Shopping List >> (I’ll be adding items regularly, so make sure to check back often.)   xoxo  ...

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AjaBakes (and Outtakes)
Feb04

AjaBakes (and Outtakes)

My four-year-old, Aja, was “helping me” make bulkas (traditional South African Cinnamon Buns) the other day, and said, “mommy record me.” So I whipped out my iPhone, and she proceeded to describe how to make bulkas—totally impromptu and with no coaching whatsoever by me. (If it was planned I would’ve cleaned up the messy kitchen!) Introducing AjaBakes (50 second clip)     I wish it would flow out of me so easily!   Please don’t report me for bad parenting when you see the outtakes! I was trying to distract her and make light of it—never dreaming it would happen again. For the third and final take (above), she was on her sturdy, pink, princess step. (The collapsible Bed Bath & Beyond step stool has been banished from the kitchen forever!)   The Outtakes   Take One (12 seconds) The step stool collapsed, and she went flying!     Take Two (36 seconds) Almost made it to the end and then bam… poor kid went down, again!      If you’d like to make these delicious buttery buns with your little ones, click here for my How-To YouTube Clip. (Not nearly as smooth or polished as Aja’s!) Of course hubby has already registered AjaBakes.com 🙂   Click here for the recipe, with pics and step-by-step instructions >>   Hope you had a good chuckle.   xoxo...

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