Monthly Archives: March 2012

Thin Mint Brownie Bites

For the fun of St. Patrick’s Day, I made these simple brownie treats with a touch of green, thanks to the recipe idea from The Traveling Spoon. These incorporate Thin Mints, my favorite Girl Scout Cookies! Brownie bites are easier to serve than the traditional brownies, with no utensils or clean-up needed. Just pop them into your mouth!


  • 1 Box of brownie mix of your choice (I used Duncan Hines Fudge Brownies)
  • 1 sleeve of Thin Mints (crushed)
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1.5 – 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • 4 drops of green food coloring


For the brownie batter: Follow the directions on the box, and stir in crushed Thin Mints. Place mini paper liners into 2 mini muffin pans. No greasing needed. (I used 1 mini and 1 regular pan because that is all I had on-hand). Pour 1 tablespoon of brownie batter into each liner.

For the green marble-like icing: Stir together all these ingredients. Icing should be a little bit thick and not runny. Place a little dollop of icing on top of each brownie batter, and then swirl it with a knife to create a marble-like effect.

Bake in a preheated oven at 325F for about 14-17 minutes. Watch the brownies towards the end to make sure they don’t overflow. Cool brownies in pan for about 20 minutes. Put the extra icing in an icing bag or Ziploc bag with the corner tip cut-off, and decorate a green touch on top of the brownie. Enjoy the luck of the Irish!

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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Desserts, Holiday Food Fun


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Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday

Yo Gabba Gabba was the party theme for our daughter’s 3rd birthday. She loves watching, singing, and dancing with the Gabba Gang, especially Muno, Brobee, and Foofa and their music bands The Aquabats and Jimmy Eat World. In order to keep costs minimal without breaking the bank, I relied on my “go-to” party supply stores – Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart. It was her first “all-out” birthday party with theme and games for little ones. Our daughter was super-excited seeing her party come alive with her favorite YGG characters and bright, bold colors.

For the food, we kept it simple and toddler-friendly (sandwich triangles, pigs in a blanket, fruit/veggie trays, critter crunch, and Muno Pretzel Sticks. For the pretzel sticks, I bought 2 packages of red candy melts from Michael’s, which was enough to melt and dip about 70 pretzel sticks. After dipping each pretzel stick, I sprinkled red candy sprinkles and placed a fondant “Muno eye” on it. The fondant eyes were made by my sister who acquired her fondant skills from a recent cake decorating class.

My husband and I created several activity games for the little ones. The 1st activity was a table for the kids to color YGG sheets. The 2nd activity was “Party In Brobee’s Tummy” Food Toss. My husband took a big box that we had laying around in our garage, sketched out the outlines of Brobee, spray painted it lime green, and used red, black, and true green acrylic paint for the smaller sections. For the food toss, I used plastic foods from our kids’ play kitchen.  The 3rd activity was “Pin The Eye On Muno”. I found a printable for this game on, so it was simple to print on an 11×14 paper, and glue it to a foam core board.

In our garage, we set-up a photo area for our party guests. The photo background was simply a blue bedsheet that we already had, with colorful streamers taped on it, and white Christmas lights strung across it. We had a basket of Yo Gabba Gabba props for guests to wear that our kids already owned (Muno guitar, DJ Lance Rock wig, etc).

The last activity was a balloon-popping game. Each child was given a balloon pre-filled with paper confetti. I played the “Happy Birthday” track by the Ting-Tings from the Yo Gabba Gabba’s “Music is Awesome!, Vol. 2” CD. The object of the game was for each child to keep their balloon in the air throughout the song. When their balloon landed on the floor, I popped it with a nail, confetti flying around them. At the end of the song, the last kids with the their balloons still kept up in the air WINS!

Saving the best for last, the party’s “icing on the cake” was literally our daughter’s birthday cake. My sister created a marshmallow-fodant Yo Gabba Gabba 3-tired cake. Not only did the cake look awesome, it tasted sooo good!

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Birthdays, Cakes, Crafts


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Paula Deen’s Red Velvet Cupcakes

This recipe is Paula Deen’s Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. I frosted them using Wilton’s 1M Decorating Tip. I also made the cupcake toppers for these, making it themed for an “Olivia The Pig” Birthday.

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Birthdays, Cakes


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