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Easy recipes for dinners, lunches, soups, drinks, and more — plus easy DIY beginner birthday cakes for kids

Easy Unicorn Cake DIY for a Unicorn Birthday Party

Here’s a cute and easy unicorn birthday cake to make for a unicorn birthday party! My unicorn cake features a fondant horn cake topper that lays flat which means that my tutorial is easy for beginners to make. And there are plenty of cute fondant rainbows, teeny hearts, and sparkly stars for a festive birthday. …

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Creamy White Bean and Sausage Soup Recipe (Dairy-free)

It’s soup season and today I’m sharing a hearty Tuscan Italian White Bean and Sausage Soup recipe loaded with fresh vegetables. This is a magically creamy soup without any dairy which if you know me, well, let’s just say that’s a good thing. I love making dairy-free creamy soups in fall and winter like this …

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The Mandalorian cupcake toppers printable template

This is the way …to make Mandalorian birthday Star Wars cupcake toppers for a Mandalorian birthday party! My free printable Star Wars cupcake toppers feature Mando in his Mandalorian helmet and of course, fan-favorite Baby Yoda (aka The Child). My free printable Star Wars Mandalorian cupcake toppers are simple to make yourself at home — …

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Easy Baby Yoda Cake Idea with Printable Ears Cake Topper

This Is The Way …to make an easy Baby Yoda cake for a Mandalorian Star Wars birthday party! The key to this simple Mandalorian cake idea is my free printable Baby Yoda ears cake toppers. Make the sphere cake with a ball cake pan, buttercream icing, and fondant accents, and then add my printable Yoda …

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Quick and easy breadsticks recipe from scratch

Here’s an easy, same-day breadsticks recipe for bakers like me who prefer instant gratification. This quick and easy breadsticks recipe uses instant dried yeast and a bit of honey to speed the baking process. In less than 2 hours, you’ll have a pan filled with warm, pull-apart crusty breadsticks ready for dipping! Add oregano, garlic …

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Easy Minecraft birthday cake – Steve in Diamond Armor

This easy Minecraft birthday cake idea is super simple and fun to make. Liam wanted a Diamond Armor themed Minecraft birthday party, so we decided that Steve could wear his Diamond Armor on his birthday cake. This Minecraft cake idea is an easy and cute design for boys and girls that you can “craft” all …

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Ice Skating Cake with Ice Skate Topper Template

Here’s the ice skating cake with a fondant ice skate cake topper that I made for Elise’s 10th birthday party. I covered her ice skating birthday cake with turquoise frosting and clear sanding sugar to make it look cold. This number 10 cake for her double-digit birthday by making a template for the number one …

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Mini heart cakes pops valentines desserts

Make these mini heart cakes for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day! These little treats are filled with vanilla cake, covered in melted pink chocolate, and topped with edible fondant monogram letters and heart sprinkles. Mini heart cakes pops make an easy Valentine’s Day dessert idea for your kids, husband, and friends that’s fun and easy …

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Easy Mermaid Cake for a Mermaid Birthday Party

Make this DIY mermaid cake with scales and tails, no special cake pan needed! This easy mermaid cake is shaped into a number 9 cake with a cute little mermaid tail. Add white chocolate shells and seashells on edible ‘sand’ to complete the beach-y look. Get my free number 9 mermaid cake template below, or …

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Tombstone Printable Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Looking for easy Halloween cupcake ideas for kids? Make simple tombstone Halloween cupcakes with my free printable Halloween cupcake toppers. These Halloween cupcakes featuring funny tombstone sayings from Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride are easy and quick to make last-minute for Halloween parties. The Haunted Mansion is one of my all-time favorite Disney rides. And I …

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Easy LEGO Friends Cake Idea for Girls

This easy LEGO Friends cake idea is a cheery way to celebrate a LEGO Friends birthday. I didn’t want to make the expected stick-some-plastic-LEGO-Friends-characters-on-a-cake version of a LEGO Friends cake, so instead I made a LEGO Friends cake that celebrates the sunshine and rainbows in Heartlake City. The cake is shaped in a number 8 …

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How to make edible LEGO® fondant bricks for a LEGO cake (no special mold needed)

Wanna make a LEGO® birthday cake? Here’s an easy way to make fondant LEGO bricks — both thick and thin fondant LEGO blocks — with no special LEGO mold required. It’s fast and easy to crank out a whole bunch of fondant LEGO bricks in a couple hours (and even faster if you purchase colored …

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Snow Day Scones easy berry scone recipe

Ooh, it’s cold outside! It’s -9 degrees F in Chicago, too cold to head down the street for scones so Shane baked us a handmade batch of berry scones from scratch. Make this easy berry scone recipe for fresh, warm blueberry scones and raspberry scones at home. Cold weather is the best baking weather. There’s …

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Classic Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe with Jewel-Osco Home Grocery Delivery #JewelDelivers

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco to celebrate its new home delivery service in Chicagoland. All opinions and text are mine. #JewelDelivers #ad Hey Chicagoans, were you as taken by surprise as I was by last week’s snow? ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ The temperature dip down to wintertime levels makes …

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Easy DIY Drink Stirrers for Cocktails

Planning a party soon? Make these easy DIY drink stirrers for your cocktails and mocktails. All it takes is wood sucker sticks, striped washi tape, cardstock paper, a 1″ round craft punch. You can personalize them with any image you like, and it’s quick to make a ton of drink stirrers in just one evening. …

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Meyer Lemon Waffles Recipe with Maple-Blackberry Compote – from YumUniverse’s Pantry to Plate Cookbook

Today I’m sharing the game-changing cookbook Pantry to Plate: Improvise Meals You Love―from What You Have! by Heather Crosby from YumUniverse. Keep reading to see why Heather’s mix-and-match recipes blew me away, preview a gluten-free lemon waffles recipe from the book, and enter to win your own Pantry to Plate cookbook below. AND IF YOU’RE …

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The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe: Shane’s Famous Chicken Marinade from Upstate New York

Today I’m sharing the best grilled chicken recipe to make this summer. This grilled chicken recipe uses a super easy, foolproof marinade that takes just a few ingredients and is cheap enough to serve a crowd. Shane is the chef in our family and he’s a master griller. His grandmother and mom passed down this …

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St. Patrick’s Day Green Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

Make these easy green peanut butter cups recipe for St. Patrick’s Day that uses only 5 ingredients: dark green candy melts, dark chocolate, peanut butter, honey, and a little coconut oil. It’s a sweet green dessert idea for St. Patrick’s Day for kids with a hidden layer of peanut butter gold. And I added some …

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Baking Gluten-Free Bread with Heather Crosby from YumUniverse

Do you have a friend who is continually amazes you with the things that she creates? That’s my good friend Heather Crosby from YumUniverse. In addition to her two wildly popular plant-based cookbooks and plant-based recipe website, Heather just launched The Gluten-Free Baking Academy (affiliate) that teaches you how to bake gluten-free bread, tortillas, sandwich …

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