Ice cream cone cupcake carrier

I ran into a conundrum tonight…I made some pretty awesome snacks for my 6-year-old’s class, but couldn’t think of a way to have them make the one-hour-plus bus ride to town safely. And I really wasn’t keen on making a 30-mile round-trip jaunt to town just to deliver cupcakes. (But I would have.)

These ice cream cone cupcakes were super simple, just cake mix in a cone!

These ice cream cone cupcakes were super simple, just cake mix in a cone!

I made a shout-out to my pals on Facebook, to see what ideas I could come up with…and with their help, and some fine tuning from my hubby, I ended up with an idea that was just short of brilliant!

First, I found tall shoe boxes that were big enough to fit a cereal box in. Athletic shoe boxes are frequently on the bigger side, and would probably work great.

I had 20 cupcakes, so I needed to use two shoe boxes. In the first box, I used the ice cream cone boxes, and in the second box, I simply used an empty cereal box. Here’s how it worked out:

I cut an "X" in the box with a knife, then pushed it down in the middle, so the ice cream cones didn't break. I wanted pressure on them, but not tight.

I cut an “X” in the box with a knife, then pushed it down in the middle, so the ice cream cones didn’t break. I wanted pressure on them, but not tight.

The ice cream cone fit perfectly!

The ice cream cone fit perfectly!

I placed the cones around the box, close enough that they gave each other support, but not rubbing frosting...well, at least I tried.

I placed the cones around the box, close enough that they gave each other support, but not rubbing frosting…well, at least I tried.

The best part about it? These heavy-duty shoe boxes have great lids, making it easier for my son to travel with his treats! YAY!

And thank you, to everyone who shot me an idea or two…it takes a village.


 

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Quick Snack – Cheesy, Garlic Pull Apart Bread

This is a recipe that I came across that I modified to fit our families taste. It’s quick, easy and something my boys ask for all the time!

Cheesy, Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

Ingredients

  • French loaf bread dough (refrigerated, bought kind)…although, if you’re really ambitious, you could make your own bread dough…I’m not
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of choice (I used a tad more, my family loves cheese…and hey, it’s dairy month, so go ahead, throw in 2 cups!)
  • garlic to taste (I used 1 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic)

Take two bread loaf pans and place 2 tablespoons butter in each. While preheating oven to 350*, let the butter melt in the pans. Take out when butter is melted.

Preparing the pans…

Mix together cheese and garlic. Cut bread dough in half (I’d suggest removing it from it’s package first, but to each their own), slice up each half into bite-sized pieces, dip in cheese/garlic mixture and throw in the pan. Repeat with other half in other pan.

All ready to go!

Bake at 350* for 17 minutes or so, watch for dough to turn nice and golden on top.

Definitely a home-run here!

Flip out of the pans and enjoy! So very, very yummy!!!

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #8 – Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies!

On Sunday, Mark and I were ushers/greeters for church…and so I thought it would make sense for us to bring treats for our Fellowship Time after church. I decided to bake some cookies, but didn’t know what my second choice should be, since I knew that there was at least one church member who followed a gluten-free diet. (Not that I had to supply something special, but I wanted too.)

And there, in my “Dinners on a Dime” cookbook was the recipe I’ve been looking for! It’s a super easy, super simple peanut butter cookie recipe, minus any flour. And according to my husband, they are delicious! (I’m not a peanut butter fan. I know, don’t throw your Jif at me!)

Anyway, enjoy this simple gluten-free cookie recipe. And it’s very economical (as long as peanut butter prices stay reasonable, but resources tell me that it might go up in the coming weeks/months. Just a heads up!).

Magic Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

Simple as this!

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 t. vanilla extract

Mix sugar well with peanut butter, add remaining ingredients. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, until cookies are puffed and golden. Cool; remove from baking sheet. Makes 2 dozen.

Make sure to mix your peanut butter and sugar well...doesn't take long!

My cost analysis for these cookies? Sorry, can’t give you one…I had all the ingredients on hand! 🙂 YAY!

Great cookies, so easy and gluten-free!

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Wordless Wednesday – Butter

It’s been a few days since I posted last…life has been on a roll again! When I say there’s never a dull moment here, I truly mean it! I’ll explain later, but for now, enjoy this photo:

The other day I opened the fridge, and was greeted with this:

Hmmm...wonder if this is a hint?

 

 

Call me crazy, but I believe someone may have been playing in the fridge! And for my dairy friends, half the sticks are real butter, half are the “other” kind. I don’t use real butter for George’s stuff, but Boss Man insists on it! 🙂 We’re a mixed house like that.

Today, I’m linking up with Katie over at Pinke Post for Wordless Wednesday. Go check her out and give her a follow, she’s amazing! (And a fellow Prairie Mama!)

And the Winner is…

Laine!

You were lucky post number 9, which was the random number selected by random.org.

Thanks, Laine, for entering and leaving a comment! Hope you enjoy the cookbook, and I certainly hope Logan enjoys the meals! 🙂 If you could just message me your address, I’ll be happy to put it in the mail for you! Enjoy!

By the way, this was so much fun, I’ll be giving away another cookbook in a few weeks! Not only that, but once I finish sharing 10 recipes from the Gooseberry Patch cookbook, I’ll be giving away a few of those as well! Sounds like a great reason to stick around and read more, eh? I thought so.

Stay tuned!

Time to Get Cooking

As some of you know, I am part of a group of women called The Real Farmwives of America. I’m not sure how I was blessed to be asked to join such an amazing group, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. And now it’s time for me to ask all of you to help with something…

The Real Farmwives of America are in the kitchen this summer with Gooseberry Patch, and it all adds up to a giveaway! So head on over to the RFOA site and vote for which cookbook I should cook from. I will share 10 recipes from that cookbook, and when I’m done with those 10 recipes, I’ll give away a cookbook!!! So cool, right?

So head on over, right now, and help pick which cookbook I should share with you. I promise, no matter which book you pick, there will be GREAT recipes in there!