Snow Cone Cupcakes and Other Delights

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

If we’re being honest, the last six days have been like having a newborn baby, without the physical pain.

And then we quickly graduated to it being like having a toddler in the house, although my toddlers never ate wood chips or chewed on coffee tables. That said, it takes constant vigilance. I’m only writing this while he naps now at my feet, like so:

snow cone cupcakes

My mental state is good..ish. I don’t do well with the end of the school year. All of those permission slips and field days and end of year breakfasts and goodbyes. It gives me a stomachache, and I mean that sincerely and literally. (ow) I did ok with it as a kid because I had the promise of an eons-long summer vacation to answer to, but as a mama? My growing mama heart has to wrap my head around new teachers and routines, and my kids both have the audacity to have June/July birthdays while the years pass. More years taking me beyond those early moments and days. When all I had to do was hold them.

To my heart. Hold them and hold on. Hold on.

So this puppy – this baby. Our baby. I’m quite attached. Athena and Juniper seem to like him too. Junie and I will always have our computer cuddle time. (seriously – she wants to cuddle only when I’m working) And the puppy isn’t big enough for the dog park yet until he has all his shots. That belongs to Athena and me. Eventually she’ll show him the ropes and he’ll be ready. She will soon see that it means more time at her favorite place. Nothing but more lately. More love and more life.

I figure that out eventually. Every time.

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

You are so lucky, because you’re about to find out how to make snow cone cupcakes. Pretty cool, right? I’ve seen them in red, white and blue, which is really pretty, but I wanted to make mine more summer-colorful. You can make them any way!

Snow Cone Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

6 prepared cupcakes, unfrosted
1 container white frosting
Sanding Sugars—red, yellow, blue
6 white styrofoam cups, 12 oz
6 plastic spoons
Scissors

Instructions:

1 – First, cut off a little more than half of the top of each cup. The bottoms will be used to hold the cupcakes so make sure the cupcakes fit inside with the cake tops being about even with the cup tops. Don’t put the cupcakes into the cups yet.

2 – Frost each cupcake with a thick layer of frosting and smooth it into a dome shape.

3 – Start with the blue sugar and sprinkle a thick coat on the left third of the frosting so it looks like a blue stripe. Use the yellow sugar next and sprinkle a thick coat on the middle of the cupcake to look like a yellow stripe. Use the red sugar last to sprinkle on a thick coat for a red stripe on the right third of the cupcake. It should resemble a snow cone.

4 – Set each cupcake down into a cup and dip a spoon down into the edge of the cake so it looks like a spoon inside a snow cone.

5 – Enjoy!

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

Do you like snow cones best, or would you like snow cone cupcakes even more?

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Have Late Summer Fun

Summer isn't over until it's over. And that is not now! Here are our favorite budget-friendly ways to make the best of late summer. #DanimalsDoesSummer #AD

Make no mistake – summer isn’t over until it’s over.

If we’re being really honest, summer isn’t over until late September! Since we tend to go by the school year, and the ways of the New England cold winds, summer pretty much ends after Labor Day. Right now, though? The heat is rising and the air-conditioning is on! There’s a cold Danimals in Des’ hand and we’re plotting out, not our next road trip, but our next TWO road trips. That’s right – we’re enterprising summer-goers. It’s not over until the kids are in school, the sad end of summer songs are on the radio, and my favorite ice cream shop is closing its doors until April. Let’s not talk about that yet, though!

So put away your pencils and your books for now! (unless you’re Scarlet – she reads and writes all summer long!)

1 – Get wet! You don’t have to go to the beach or even the pool. Our town is rife with swimming holes, and we also have fun with our hose! I remember running through neighbors’ sprinklers as a kid! Especially ones close to the sidewalk.

2 – Get in the garden! As I write this, my daughter is watching a butterfly hatch and my son is collecting green beans from the garden. This is an immersive, economical way to pass the time, learn a few things, and get food to eat too!

3 – Have a lemonade stand. Not only do we throw pretty epic ones, but Scarlet and Des helped out at a friend’s stand last week and even earned some money! This is another fun, immersive learning experience. And you might turn a profit!

4 – Have a family game night. Don’t groan! This is actually super fun and leads to fits of laughter.

5 – Have a picnic. Bring cold foods to cool down! We get the Dannon ® Danimals® Yogurt Smoothies Strawberry Explosion® 12 pack from Walmart. Special note: it needs to be refrigerated! My kids are in love with these!

We love these long and hot days of summer, and we find we’re always on the go. Sports practices have already started, and Des has kindergarten play dates. Scarlet and Des both have camp, and our weekends are filled with fun road trips. We have all kinds of adventures planned. Danimals are great. The kids love the taste (and I do too) and we love the convenience of packing them for camp or in coolers for picnics and road trips. And they have great nutrition too!

Danimals dairy products are also a good source of calcium and vitamin D to help kids build their strong bones and regulate their muscle function. I mean it when I say that we go through our 12-packs quite happily and conveniently!

What do you do for fun in the late summer?