St. Patty's Cupcakes

Happy St. Patricks Day!

rint your Leprechauns to enter my Leapin' Leprechauns Cookoff (deadline is March 18th)

Here are a few of the fun cupcakes we made today and also some great advice from cookware.com for kids in the kitchen. Take 2 green mini-marshmallows (they come in the multi-colored mini marshmallow bags), snip in half and place on cupcake to form shamrock. Snip a small piece of another marshmallow for the stem.

Throughout the day kids are always getting into some new activity whether it is exploring the backyard, playing on the swing set, or drawing colored chalk pictures on the driveway. As parents, we try to look for ways to incorporate our children into everyday activities and spend as much quality time with them as we can. A great way to combine the two is through cooking fun recipes in the kitchen! While we’re cooking meals for our families and organizing dinnerware on the table, there are countless times where our children ask to help out with the process. Even the smallest tasks like cracking an egg or pouring breadcrumbs into a dish makes them feel proud and accomplished! With the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday coming up around the corner, there couldn’t be a better time to get your kids in the kitchen and whip up some tasty green treats!
I haven't decided if I'm a total loser or a kitchen Rock Star for having leftover Valentines Day candy. Ha! However, it makes GREAT "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" cupcakes! Next year, I'm going to grab a bag of chocolate lips when they go on clearance just for St. Patricks Day!
One of the best recipes to start your culinary adventure is with St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes as there are plenty of simple steps that are great for kids to tackle in the kitchen. Teach your kids how to crack and add the eggs to the cake batter, measure the amount of water and vegetable oil that’s necessary for these delicious goodies, and how to put their muscles to the test and stir it all together. Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, your children can put their imagination to work and design their very own festive desserts. Use green food coloring to garnish your cupcakes with green frosting or add a dash of holiday sprinkles to the mix to finish off with a glittery topping. Introducing your children to the kitchen not only will give them a chance to learn about delicious recipes but they will also understand the importance of cleaning up after themselves and washing their hands. A lesson in cooking and cleanliness can go a long way!

Put melted green Candy Melts in a quart ziploc freezer bag. Snip a small corner off the bag and draw shamrocks on wax paper. When they're dry, you can peel them off and use them for easy decorations!
Of course we had to have a Leprechaun stuck in the grass! You can print yours here.