25 Days of Christmas Fun: Delicious Christmas Mice Recipe

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Crunchy Christmas Mice by our friend Carrie W!

Ahhhh…Christmas! I love this time of year! I love the lights, I love the decorations and most of all I love all of the fantastic crafts that tend to pop up all around us. In my family, I’ll be the first to admit, we have a few strange traditions that aren’t for the faint of heart.

One of these traditions is our Crunchy Christmas Mice! [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole (Make-Ahead!)

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Kasey’s Moms Breakfast Casserole

“Christmas” Sausage Strata  - My mom made this every year on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.  Now, I do the same for my family.  Even though I don’t particularly like sausage, I love my mom’s Christmas Sausage Strata.  This week the kids and I are going to go ahead and prepare our Christmas Sausage Casserole for Christmas morning to put in the freezer.!  On Christmas Eve, I’ll take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge overnight to thaw out.  Then, on Christmas morning while we are opening gifts I’ll pop it in the oven.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders & Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths! Yummy & Delicious Recipes

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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This week has been filled with Christmas baking at the Trenum home. Earlier this week, we made  Party Mix, Snowman Crunch, and Christmas sugar cookies!! I was feeling really behind, until then. Still lots of baking to do but at least we got started.  In case you are looking for easy recipes to make with your kids, my kids helped with these! During the month of December we are still following our healthy eating at meal time as often as possible but we do add in special treats we make.

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Frozen Cupcakes

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These Frozen cupcakes are so cute and versatile. In fact, they are perfect for any Christmas, Winter Wonderland, or Frozen party. Complete with step by step instructions below, and a downloadable snowflake template (here), just about anyone can whip these up. I especially love the white sugar crystals against the blue frosting.

If you are planning a Frozen party, make sure to check out our homemade Frozen play dough post here.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Saltine Cracker Toffee or “Pine Bark”

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

 

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Here’s a recipe for a deliciously salty/sweet treat that is sure to please!  Kasey shared this recipe with me year before last  - and last year my father-in-law, who is a Church of God pastor (and therefore eats very well) loved it so much he nearly fought another pastor over the last few pieces :)  It’s called Saltine Toffee or sometimes “Pine Bark”.  It’s not fancy, it’s not pretentious – and the ingredients are cheap – that’s my favorite kind of recipe!

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Tree Cupcakes

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.
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Aren’t these the most adorable Christmas tree cupcakes? I thought they were so cute. I think they would be so fun to make with my kids. I’ve included step by step instructions below for your convenience.

 

Ingredients

CHRISTMAS TREE CUPCAKES

Yields: 24 Cupcakes / Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix (plus required ingredients listed on the box, i.e. eggs, oil & water)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons milk
White Sugar Sprinkles
Round Colored Sprinkles
Green Food Coloring
Sugar Cones

Directions:

1. Prepare cake batter according to box directions and bake in cupcake pan using liners.

2. While cupcakes cool, make frosting. Start by using an electric mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3 minutes.

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3. Place two cups of white frosting in a piping bag with a round frosting tip. Mix green food coloring in remaining frosting until you reach desired shade of green.

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4. Place one sugar cone upside down onto each cupcake. Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of green frosting to completely coat each cone.

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5. Fill a piping bag with remaining green frosting and use a small closed star frosting tip to make Christmas tree branches. Start at the top and turn the cupcake, continuing adding branches to fill the entire cone.

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6. Using the white frosting, pipe a thick layer around the bottom of the cone to look like snow.

7. Add white sprinkles to the “snow” and add round colored sprinkles to the “tree”.

Don’t miss out on any of our nightly posts in our 25 Days of Christmas Fun Series. Join us tomorrow night for more Christmas Fun!

 

Easy Minecraft Cake & Creeper Cupcakes

Easy Minecraft Cake & Creeper Cupcakes

(Seriously – the easiest ever)

Hi guys,  Jamie here!  It’s Birthday Eve for my nearly 10 year old, and I’m getting ready to bake my second Minecraft cake in as many years.   I’m scrolling through images online of Marzipan Steves and meticulously placed fondant pixels – and feeling a little worried this time around.  See, last year I was able to get away with the easiest, most cheater cake in the history of cheater cakes.  This year – I’ll have to do something different, new and not  completely dependent on Hershey bars….

But if you’re looking for an incredibly easy Minecraft Cake, I hope this helps you!

{Please excuse the terrible pictures – I would tell you the long sad tale of how I lost two years of photos except for what’s on my Instagram account – but that is a story no one wants to hear (not even me).}

To make a Minecraft cake that looks like a Creeper – just bake a rectangular cake according to the directions.  Then dye a can of icing green and spread it across the cake.  And lastly, use a few Hershey Bars to create the Creeper’s face.

There’s not really an exact science to this – but I will say it helped to plan my chocolate face out on paper before I started breaking it into sections.  Those Creeper jowels can be a little tricky ;)

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For the Creeper Cupcakes, we thought we were fancy for a quick minute and bought a box of black fondant.  FAIL.

It was difficult to work with, sticky, tasted terrible – and didn’t look half as good as a perfectly delicious Hershey bar would’ve.  So my advice – stick with Hershey – he won’t do you wrong.

The good news is, that both of these are easy enough for your child to help you decorate.  My son was thrilled to be able to decorate the cupcakes for his class all by himself – I’m sure he was proud to tell them all that he’d made the faces :)

 

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