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 Tips For Hosting a Big Game Party

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You know by now that we’re party people!

Right? Right. We love attention to detail. Like at our wedding when people started getting hungry again, long after the cake was cut, and we served mashed potatoes in martini glasses with a rolling cart filled with toppings. That was magical. And I’ll never forget the kids’ birthday party a few years back, when we had had games, bounce house time, cake, and presents, and then Cassidy came out with a cotton candy machine. Right then and there! Details matter. And we love parties a lot.

To put it mildly.

On Sunday, my father-in-law is coming over. We haven’t seen him since we were in Florida and I know that Cassidy is excited. While planning the menu, we have been thinking about all the little touches that will make it special for all four of us, plus Grandpa Larry. Now I’m not going to say what team we’re rooting for, but I can tell you what food we’re rooting for! And that’s my number 1 tip for planning a big game party. Think of the excellent touches! I’ve got you covered!

1 – Create your food spread with taste, variety, a little fanciness, and versatility in mind.

First, we have RAGÚ® Old World Style Sauce and RAGÚ® Double Cheddar Sauce. YUM. We have always enjoyed the taste of RAGÚ® brand’s heritage with RAGÚ® Old World Style Traditional spaghetti sauce, because it’s a classic pasta sauce crafted with vine-ripened tomatoes and well-storied passion. It’s smooth and flavorful and contains TWO servings of vegetables in every 1/2 cup of sauce. Here’s a recipe we love to to pair it with. And we use RAGÚ® Double Cheddar Sauce for the best mac & cheese. Seriously. We even serve it as an appetizer. The best appetizers are made with RAGÚ® Double Cheddar Sauce! My favorite way to use it is for a roasted broccoli recipe for parties. That’s about perfection for me.

Next, we have Garden of Eatin’® Chips. Holy cow do I love these! Organic corn chips make a tasty and better-for-you snack. All their quality snacks are made with quality, NON-GMO ingredients with a delicious twist on a conventional favorite: Garden of Eatin’® Organic Corn Chips. They are available nationwide in three must-try flavors: Corn Chips with Sea Salt, Corn Chips BBQ Black Bean, and Blue Corn Chips with Sea Salt. I have to be honest – they are ALL good – but my favorite is Corn Chips BBQ Black Bean. Um.. hello. It’s awesome. I love BBQ EVERYTHING. It’s all this flavor with better-for-you ingredients. What’s not to love? And you can love it too! This downloadable coupon is for $.075 off any ONE variety!

After that we have the BIG AZ® Sriracha Chicken Sandwich! So delicious. They are sold at convenience stores all around the United States from the refrigerator OR from a sandwich warmer. They are filling and inexpensive and the BIG AZ® Sriracha Chicken Sandwich with cheese delivers a kick with its tangy-sweet hot sauce. Sriracha-covered grilled chicken is topped with a slice of cheese and served on Advance Pierre’s signature corn-dusted bun for extreme yumminess. The line of sandwiches has a wide variety of products and they make delicious meals no matter the time of day. They offer over 9 lunch sandwiches and 4 breakfast sandwiches to satisfy BIG AZ hunger! Also, they’re totally delicious and satisfying.

We also have a Midea Air Fryer! Total awesomeness as I have always wanted one, and the new MFTN3501 Air Fryer is going to be the MVP of your party. It allows you and your guests to enjoy the classic and crisp taste of fried foods with less than 80 percent of the fat than if they were deep fried. The air fryer is powered by 1500 watts of super-heated air that circulates in the chamber. Adding just a small amount of oil, the MFTN3501 cooks your favorite game day foods like wings, fries, and more, while allowing the excess fats from food ingredients to fall away. You can also use the Midea to grill, bake, and roast! The retail price is $89.99. I even use mine for toast! I think everything has a both lighter and crisper taste from it.

Now, if there’s something you know about me, it’s that I LOVE cheese. Especially Formaggio Italian Cheeses. Oh boy – do I. What do WE serve on the big game day, knowing we’re experts in anything cheese? We make a charcuterie board with a Fresh Marinated Mozzarella Salad Cup, as well as Artisan Wraps Italian style. The Fresh Marinated Mozzarella Salad Cup has their Award-Winning fresh mozzarella, hand tossed in a famous marinade of delectable herbs and spices.

Then the Artisan Wraps are meat and cheese wraps hand-rolled with love. Think savory meats wrapped around a soft creamy center of fresh mozzarella. Both products are best served at room temperature, and you can find them in Sam’s Club and Costco. I love to add multi-grain crackers and berries. This is really the BEST. Find some olives and it will be delightful.

Other favorite party pleasers are Smoked Applewood Molasses BBQ Sauce and Smoky Ketchup from Red Duck Foods. The smoky ketchup is lower in sugar and sodium than counterparts. It’s delicious to cook with, and we use it for our turkey chili! You can also use it for soup or anything that calls for tomato paste. This ketchup actually tastes like tomatoes! The Smoked Applewood Molasses BBQ Sauce isn’t TOO sweet, and is delicious beyond traditional BBQ. We use it for breakfast hash and even pizza. It’s made with whole, honest ingredients and doesn’t contain things like natural or artificial colorings, preservatives, or stabilizers. And since I love you so much, if you use the code: BABBLEBOXX, it’s good for 25% off any purchase through February 28th, 2018! Link HERE. Definitely don’t miss that discount code!

I hope you liked my list of top party pleasers! Here are the rest of my big game party tips:

2 – Step it up with your decorations! I mean, your other bowl is already amazing, so why not use proper decorations? One thing we did once was put all of our chairs together on two sides to look like bleacher. And they were facing each other! Maybe some jeering was involved. We also gave our kids whistles and flags. Aren’t we insane? Well it was fun!

3 – Get your sight and sound ready. Sometimes upgrades are in order because you can’t watch the big game on a tiny screen! My husband will often have the game playing on two different screens in the house. That can be rather fun.

4 – Football lanterns! They’re easy to find (we had ours shipped) and are a big party pleaser!

5 – Keep your home clean and comfy. In fact, I made you an awesome video!

Which product are you most excited to try?