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Oreo Sunflower Cupcakes

Today I have a fun food craft that you can do with the kiddos!  I am back to tending two of my grandkids a couple of days a week and I decided that we needed a project to do.  I still have some limited use in my right arm and hand, but I can cook again, so we decided it would be fun to make cupcakes!

Oreo Sunflower CupcakesThese are perfect for a summer get together, a party or just for a fun project to try!

DSC_0041Bake your cupcakes and let them cool.  Make the buttercream frosting and tint about 1/4 of the recipe green.  Apply a thin layer of the green frosting to the top of the cupcake and add one regular Oreo cookie to the top or 3 mini Oreo’s if you want small sunflowers.

DSC_0046Color the rest of the frosting a nice yellow color and then take about 1/4 of that frosting and put in a small bowl and add orange coloring.  Put a line of the orange frosting down one side of your frosting bag that has a leaf tip in it.  Fill the bag the rest of the way with the yellow frosting.  This gives that variegated color in your petals.  Pipe petals all the way around the base of the cookie.  Then pipe another layer all the way around on top of the first layer.  (I was having a little trouble with my piping, because of my weak right hand, so I thinned the frosting a bit.  I would not recommend doing that because you want your petals to stand out nicely.  One thing I have learned from my accident is that things do not have to be perfect and even though these cupcakes are not my best work, I think that they are still pretty cute!)  I used a #67 Wilton leaf tip, but when I make them again I will use a larger leaf tip so the petals will be larger.making gumdrop leavesThis is where the kiddos are great help!  Let them roll out gumdrops, or fruit slices in sugar and then cut out leaves with a cookie cutter.  They loved doing this and they worked on the leaves while I piped the frosting!  It was a fun time together!  Just stick the leaves into the sides of the flowers.  We used two on the single flower and three leaves on the mini flowers.Oreo Sunflower CupcakesAnd there you have your sunflower cupcakes!  Aren’t they cute!  I put them in these flower cupcake wrappers and it just topped them off perfectly!

boxed cupcakeThese look so pretty boxed up and make a fun little gift for someone!  (In this case the kids wanted to give this to their mom!)

Here is the recipe for the cupcakes and a basic butter cream frosting.  This recipe makes a really moist dense cake and it begins with a cake mix!

 

Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Yields 24
A delicious moist cake that starts with a cake mix! Top it off with a basic butter cream frosting for a wonderful treat!
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194 calories
36 g
33 g
5 g
3 g
1 g
71 g
202 g
27 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
71g
Yields
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194
Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 33mg
11%
Sodium 202mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 27g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
6%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Cake
  1. 1 chocolate cake mix
  2. 1 cup milk or Half & half
  3. 1 cup butter-melted
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 1/2 cup flour
For the Buttercream Frosting
  1. 1 cup butter-softened
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond extract)
  3. 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  4. Milk, if needed
Directions for the cake
  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Place cupcake liners into pan and scoop cake mix into the liners with a food scoop. Or fill 2/3 of the way full. This will make about 22-24 cupcakes. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not over bake! Remove pans from the oven and cool cupcakes on cooling rack.
Directions for the Buttercream Frosting
  1. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract. Slowly add powdered sugar until the buttercream is the desired consistency. If it becomes too thick, use a little milk to thin it. Pipe buttercream onto cooled cupcakes.
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5g
protein
3g
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 So does anyone want to make Oreo Sunflower cupcakes now?  These will brighten your day, or they will really brighten someone else’s day!

Hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for visiting!

pioneer wagon with flowers

Happy July 24th!

Today is Utah’s State holiday!  

pioneer wagon with flowers

We celebrate the arrival of the Mormon Pioneer into the Salt Lake Valley.  After trekking across the frontier for many months, they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley and Brigham Young announced, “This is the Place”.  

This is the Place monument

(This is the Place Monument)

The pioneer had finally found their home and began immediately to build this beautiful state!

pioneer familyThis picture depicts typical pioneer dress (except for my granddaughter in the picture!)  

These pictures were all taken last summer when I visited “This is the Place Park” with my daughter and her kids.  There are all kinds of pioneer activities to do, places to visit and food to eat, at this fun park!

So Happy 24th of July to all of you that live in Utah!

And to those of you that do not live in Utah, I hope that you can celebrate your own heritage today and that you will find reason to be happy!

Thanks for visiting today! 

Coral Reef Swim

Today I have a fun guest post from Coral Reef Swim.  If you are in need of swimwear you need to check this site out!  Where else can you find swimsuits at this price?..and they are offering a special discount just for Pink Polka Dot Creations readers!  It doesn’t get much better than that!  ________________________________________________________________________________

Have you heard about Coral Reef Swim yet? If not, it is a must! They are a local Utah company that has designer quality swimming suits at an extremely affordable price.

If that’s not good enough, let’s talk about how absolutely adorable they are! They sell both swimming suits and cover ups that are bound to compliment every body!

Right now they are having a huge sale and all suits are only $15.99.  Not only is that the best price of the year, we also have an exclusive discount for an additional 10% off of your order with coupon code PINKPOKADOT.  Enter at check out, but you better hurry because the discount only lasts through 7/31/14. 

 

Check them out at www.coralreefswim.com, you can also follow them at facebook.com/coralreefswim and instagram.com/coralreefswim for any other deals of giveaways they have going on. Enjoy! 

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Thanks Coral Reef Swim!
And thanks to you for visiting today,

Hope you are having a Happy Summer Day!

 
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Rustic Picture Frame

Medical update: I am getting a little bit stronger every day.  I think the thing that fooled me the most was how weak I am and how little energy I have!  I guess that is from the blood loss. I feel like my arm is getting a little bit stronger every day and my incision is healing well.  The good news is that the numbness is slowly leaving…the bad news…I can now feel it!  I still have my super glue on the top of the incision, but the bruising is almost gone.  (My arm just looks a little bit dirty where the bruising is!)  I can now start lifting 10 pounds, but I cannot yet rotate my arm outwards all the way.  But all in all, I would say that I am doing super!

So, I still cannot do very many projects, but I would like to share one with you that I picked up at a little boutique during our town celebration:

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BBQ Beef Salad Pizza

BBQ Beef Salad Pizza

My husband and I went to a small restaurant awhile back, in Heber City, Utah called the Spin Cafe.  I ordered a version of this salad pizza and it was so good that I wanted to try to duplicate it at home!  I changed it up a bit, by adding cheese to the crust because I think that makes it more like a pizza!

This recipe is perfect for all of these hot summer days!  You only need to heat your oven for a short time and you can use any veggies that you already have or use up some of those fresh veggies from your garden!

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Chalkboard Door

Hi everyone, here is my first project post since my accident!  I want to thank everyone again for all of your kind, sweet comments and for your support, they both mean the world to me!

Obviously, this project was finished before my injury, but it is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed while I have been recuperating!

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Blogging Hiatus Update

Well, it has been over a week now since my accident and I am so happy to say that I am on the mend!  I am even typing this post myself! (My DIL typed for me last week!)

My cut is healing well and the bruises are turning beautiful colors, so that is improvement.  I cannot lift anything over 10 lbs for another week or two, so I am still very limited.  I do not have any external stitches, rather, they super glued the top layer together, so that is great that I do not have any outside stitches that will need to be taken out.  My energy and strength are slow in coming back, but I will just take it one day at a time.

My family has been amazing!  My daughter has stepped right in and taken over with so many different things, that I don’t know how we would have done it this past week without her.  And all while she worked full time too!  She is a keeper.  My son in law text-ed me and ask if he could come and water my pots, and he knows how many pots I have and he still did it.  It has been in the 90′s all week, so they would not have lasted very long if he had not done that!   My husband has literally been by my side the whole week and has done everything from laundry, to cooking, to getting me dressed.  He has been a great little slave!  :)  I think that I must be the luckiest girl in the whole world.

I have also had so many friends, family, and neighbors that have called or come to see me and cheer me up and offer their help.  I am truly blessed when it comes to friends, and neighbors…they are the best!

I also want to thank so many of you who left comments, emails and Facebook comments.  I am sorry that I could not respond to any of them, but I want you to know how very much I appreciated your kind comments and prayers and your support.  I was brought to tears many times.  THANK YOU!!

I am learning to slow down…it is hard for me to learn that, but I guess this was a good wake-up call.  I have a couple of projects that I had done before this all happened that I will try to post this week.  I will only be posting a couple of times a week for a while because it is hard to do projects with one hand and especially when that hand is my left hand and I am very right handed!

Sometimes when something happens to you, you start to wonder why…not why did this have to happen…but why am I so very blessed!  

Thanks again for all of your support!  Have a great week everyone!

 

 

Unexpected Blogging Hiatus

I had an accident on the 4th of July and had my first ambulance ride! I was washing out a glass lemonade jug and it broke open in the sink, cutting my arm. It hit one of the two major arteries, unfortunately, and I am pretty much out of commission right now! I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the next little while. I’m doing better but it will take some time to heal before I’m back to blogging. 

I am so fortunate that my kids and husband were here to help until the paramedics arrived and have been so much help these last few days. My husband even did his first batch of laundry in 38 years. So it’s not all bad, I guess!

Have a great week!

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Happy 4th of July

Hey everyone!  

I hope that you all have a very happy and safe 4th of July!

4th-of-JulyI am so grateful for this great country that I live in and the freedoms that I enjoy every day!  As we celebrate our nation’s birthday may we all take a minute to remember what a wonderful country we live in and all those that have sacrificed so much for us to enjoy these freedoms every day!

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and that you will get to spend it with those you love!

Thanks for Visiting!

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July 2014 Visiting Teaching Handout

Here is my visiting teaching handout for July, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  This month the topic is: Jesus Christ…Advocate.July 2014 VT (more…)