I found a new variety of Funfetti, and this kind doesn’t even involve sprinkles…instead, it has Oreo crumbles!
I’m a sucker for any type of Funfetti, and when I saw this adorable variety complete with eyeballs for Halloween, I knew we had to try it!
Today is Moose’s 13th birthday!!! Yes, we now have three teenagers in the house!
He starts school a little later this year than he has in previous years, so he had plenty of time to open his gifts this morning. The humor in him receiving a Lego City hospital from us (which I purchased months ago) was not lost on me, considering the events of the last week.
Things were even more fortuitous than that, though. He told me a few weeks ago that he wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. He didn’t require a cake with a special shape (that would require fancy frosting), or complicated fillings or anything. So it was an easy cake to make, even with a broken ankle, and it looked really fun thanks to the Funfetti frosting! As always for a 13th birthday, I bought candles that spell out “Happy Birthday” because there are exactly 13 letters in the saying:
It was a more low-key birthday than we usually have around here (well, except for the unexpected snow showers, which he was very excited about…I don’t think he’s ever had birthday snow before!), but he didn’t seem to mind, and I was just happy to be able to celebrate with him!
You know it’s a HOLIDAY at our house when Pillsbury Funfetti cupcakes arrive on the scene. Even though I do a lot of our baking from scratch, there’s something special about a Funfetti cake with brightly colored frosting and more Funfetti sprinkled on top! I think we’ve now tried all the seasonal varieties…Valentine’s, Spring, Halloween, Stars & Stripes, and the ubiquitous Holiday.
In addition to the seasonal varieties, I’ve made at least one of the other colorful varieties. What I’m really waiting for, though, is the day when they might make “Lucky” Funfetti with bright green frosting and shamrock sprinkles!
I have done fancy Valentine’s Day dinners in the past, but this year, I decided to do something fun. Make-your-own pizzas is always a big hit around here…this year, I found pizza bagels to use as the base for our dinner, and they were amazing! We also had a nice selection of toppings…two cheeses (mozzarella and Provel), mini pepperoni, green onions, mushrooms, and olives. Add some festively colored strawberry Crush, and Valentine’s Day Funfetti cupcakes for dessert, and I think we had a very nice family feast!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Fourth of July!
This year, I decided to take a break from our standard Independence Day dinner of braised beef brisket, and instead went with a Dr. Pepper inspired meal. We had pulled pork in a chipotle Dr. Pepper sauce and topped with a spicy slaw, corn on the cob, baked beans, kettle chips, watermelon, and our favorite cherry Jell-O made with Dr. Pepper instead of Coca-Cola. We also had two special treats…red, white, and blue Rice Krispie treats with lunch, and my favorite Stars and Stripes Funfetti for dessert, complete with sparkler candles!
It was a very festive meal, and a nice change of pace from our usual Fourth of July dinner!
I’ve been wanting to have a semi-ironic Independence Day tea party for a few years now (you know, Boston Tea Party and all). I had a few ideas last month, so I decided that this would be the year!
It worked out well, because our kitchen is decorated for this event all year:
Since I already had red, white, and blue table linens, I only had to spend about $5 for a fully decorated, very festive table! (No china this time, because if there was ever a holiday where china doesn’t work, it’s the Fourth of July! I should have just used paper plates…)
We had iced tea, to make sure our tea party had the proper American twist, plus lots of red, white, and blue, and stars. Blue and red jello stars, red, white and blue strawberries, marshmallow “firecrackers,” Stars and Stripes Funfetti cupcakes, blueberries, star-shaped sugar cookies in the colors of the flag, and white cheese on red and blue toothpicks were all on the menu:
I did make scones (star-shaped, of course), and served English muffins (with blueberry jelly), so it wasn’t completely American. Plus, have you ever noticed what color the Union flag is? Hard to tell what we’re celebrating! Again, semi-ironic, which was exactly what I was going for!
This was a particularly fun tea party to plan, and I’m glad I finally came up with ideas for a very American afternoon tea!
Over the last few years of homeschooling, we’ve made a few fun Valentine’s Day crafts. Of course, this doesn’t include the excessive number of actual Valentines we’ve also made…the children love giving cards to people, and they’ve made every variation of homemade Valentine that you can think of!
I’ve also made several fun Valentine’s Day treats…two of which feature my favorite seasonal dessert–Funfetti! (We’ve also made and decorated heart-shaped sugar cookies on more than one occasion, but I couldn’t find any pictures of those. Trust me when I say there were lots of sprinkles involved!)
I’ve heard it said that Easter is too big of a celebration to be contained in one day, and we’re trying to live that this year, with Monday’s church service, special Bible lessons and storybooks in school, and extra craft projects. There may be no church service for us today, (although the lectionary provides for one, to continue the Easter celebration), but we did indulge in another family holiday tradition–Funfetti!