I have two birthday parties coming up next month, and this is the first time we are having "friend parties." I have three diplomas somewhere in this house with my name on them, but they are not helping me figure out how to entertain 6 and 8 year olds for two-three hours. Bear is having a tea pot themed party, and Tink is all about Wizards of Waverley Place. I would LOVE for you to send me any ideas/suggestions/games/mileage from my house to yours! I could promise to proofread your kids essays when the time comes :-) SERIOUSLY! Here's what I have in the way of food ideas so far:
I have been scouring the web and cookbooks for ideas for birthday "stuff" since I have two little girls getting a year older next month! ACK! I came up with one I wanted to try, and it was a combination of two ideas, one from Real Simple and the other....well... I couldn't remember where I read about it until I was responding to Going Jane's tale of her husband's attempt to follow directions. Too funny by the way! ;-)
I saw the cupcakes on her side bar and said to myself, "Ah Ha!" So here are Miss Jane's cupcakes with a Real Simple ending:
Make any kind of cupcake you wish. I, of course, had to make the DARK CHOCOLATE version.
I took the package of already made up Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookies because I was in a hurry. Just cut off a bit from the dough, roll it between your palms, and plop it in the cupcake mix.
DANG! Tink loves her chocolate almost as much as I do. Bear? Not so much. I told Tink to take off her school shirt before she... uhm...
Now, when the muffins are about 3-4 minutes from being done, add the Real Simple ending. Are you ready?
Real Simple's best ever way to top a cupcake:
Just pop them right on the cupcake, as close to the middle as you can ,and let them finish baking!
Mine puffed up and out, but I didn't see them flattening out, so I had to help them along with a little tap on top!
There they are, all nice and ready to cool for eating. NO MESSY ICING! Woooooooooooooo!
Yummy in the inside too, just like Miss Jane's!
My entry for the 4-H judge! One out of 12 came out 4-H perfect, but they were all good!