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MommyKnows.Com:
Oh yes she does! Kidz in the Kitchen

When I saw this I started drooling and I (pretty much) have not stopped.

I just had to share it with you, with permission, of course!

MommyKnows.Com brings you this fantastic and totally genius treat!

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My rainbow cupcakes in a jar were inspired by this babble post, however, I just thought one pint jars were just way to BIG. My kids don’t need that much cake. So … using 4oz (125ml) jars … I present cupcakes in a jar!

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Make sure you have a helper.

{preheat oven to 350f}

You’ll need:

1 boxed white cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1 can of white frosting (I used Betty Crocker)
variety of Wilton icing colours
12 125ml (4oz) canning jars
Sprinkles

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Hot Fudge Cupcakes:
Mom’s in the Kitchen

Robyn, brings this delightful treat.  I can’t wait to try them out!

Peanut Butter Stuffed Hot Fudge Cupcakes

It’s been a pretty strict few weeks, as I’ve been participating in the Mommy’s Wellness Challenge, so when the opportunity to bring dessert to a family dinner came around, I jumped on it!  A perfect opportunity to makes something really yummy and not have to worry about eating it all myself!

I had to do a bit of modifying, as I couldn’t find any dark cocoa powder, so regular cocoa powder it was and somehow I ran out of cupcake papers, so only half the batch had them.

I found the cake not to be as moist as I like (definitely better the second day), so I might add more of the hot fudge or tweak it a bit if I do it again.

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/4 cup homemade fudge sauce (recipe below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, whisk egg and sugar until smooth and no lumps remain. Add milk, cream, butter and vanilla, and mix until combined. Stir in sour cream. Sift dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture. Mix until batter is smooth, then swirl in fudge sauce. Line a muffin tin with liners and using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to each cup. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool before frosting.

Peanut Butter Buttercream
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
3-4 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons of milk
pinch of salt
Cream butter and peanut butter together in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar with mixer on low speed and gradually add milk and vanilla extract. Mix until frosting is smooth. If too thick, add more milk; if too thin, add more sugar. Frost cupcakes as desired.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark cocoa powder
2 tablespoons flour
pinch of salt
1 cup boiling water or scalding milk
1 tablespoon of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Combine sugar, cocoa, salt, and flour in a bowl or pot over a double boiler. Bring water or milk to a boil. Gradually add hot liquid to sugar mixture. Stir constantly until mixture thickens.
Once it has reached the desired thickness, remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Drizzle over cupcakes and store the rest of the sauce in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

To “stuff” them you simply insert your piping bag into the middle of the cupcake and squeeze in some of the icing before you actually ice the cupcake.  It can actually take more than I thought…. but it will eventually explode like a volcano!

This is the site that the recipe came from
http://www.howsweeteats.com/

Yours Robyn

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Crafty Fun: Crafting With Kids

1. St Patty’s day Leprocauns, made of egg cartons

2. Lucy hammering nails into cardboard (not very crafty, but this kept her busy “helping” for 1/2 an hour.)

3 – 6. Julia and Lucy decorating a cake with my leftover fondant.

 

Do you have some crafty moments you would like to share?  Just send pictures and a short story to elizabeth@kamloopsparents.com

 

 

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Fit Family Inspiration Ideas: Fitting in Fitness

I am a fit parent!  And my husband and I are definitely going an extra mile to raise our daughter (and any other children we may have one day) to love being active and enjoy the benefits of being fit.
Here are a few things that I – we – do regularly:
– cross country ski (lots this winter, with Abby in her Chariot sleigh)
– downhill ski (babysitter required, as Abby isn’t even 1 yet and a couple years from stepping into her own skis)
– mountain bike (looking forward to riding with Abby in her Chariot this summer! Hope to get out there tomorrow for the first time with her).  My husband is an avid rider; I’ve just joined a ladies riding group and I’m looking forward to getting better acquainted with the incredible single-track trails in Kamloops.
– walk DAILY, sometimes more than once.  We toted Abby around in a front carrier for months; now she enjoys most walks from her stroller.
– StrollerFit class at the TCC with other moms and babies
– yoga class (this is mommy time!)
– running
– swimming/splashing at the TCC
– paddling.  Before Abby was born, we would try to go on a canoe trip each summer, usually up to Wells Gray Park but we’ve had some longer excursions in Ontario as well.  We hope to get into a canoe with her this summer.
– hiking! Definitely my favourite summer activity. Everything from weeknight hikes in Kenna Cartwright Park, to long day-trips in Wells Continue reading Fit Family Inspiration Ideas: Fitting in Fitness

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Goo-tiful Craft Kits: Crafting With Kids

Lukin Krecsy-Hale (6) got his creative juices flowing as he does science experiments at home with his mom.  Here he plays with the “worms” he created from a kit he saved his money to buy from Fintastics Cuts for Kids.

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