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Tea time cherry muffins with cream cheese frosting

Tea time cherry muffins with cream cheese icing

Some days a playdate calls for something special – like sending the kids to eat separately and preparing tea and cherry muffins with pink cream cheese frosting for moms! Ok, you can share the muffins with the kids too, especially that they are really delicious – just keep the tea for moms.

Why tea time though? Because its easy to set up, makes moms feel special and is perfect with a homemade treat. And this cute little treats are actually simple muffins dressed up to look more fancy – with the easiest cream cheese frosting ever.

Here’s how to set the cutest and easiest tea time for your mom friends – or for your mom and aunties! Mother’s day is approaching remember!

  1. Prepare pretty teacups – thrift shops and yard sales are where I got mine from!
  2. Make two or three sorts of tea: I suggest one black for the tired mom, one green for the crunchy mom and one sweet tisane for the I-already-had-three-coffees-today mom.
  3. Serve home bake treats.
  4. Add flowers – place a couple of blooms in the teacups and spread them around the table- a minimum effort for the maximum effect!

Tea time cherry muffins with cream cheese icing

And here’s what you” need to bake your own Cherry Muffins With Pink Cheese Frosting:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen cherries ( plus a teaspoon of sugar)

In a small bowl mix the frozen cherries with one teaspoon of sugar. Set aside. Now mix all the dry ingredients together, and then combine butter, eggs and milk. Now mix it all together, and once its all smooth add cherries, pour into muffin molds and bake for around 25-35 minutes on 350F.

How to make the cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 cup soft ( at room temperature) cream cheese
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • pink food colouring

Mix them together until smooth. Depending from how saturated you want your colour to be, add one to 3 drops of food colouring.

Tea time cherry muffins with cream cheese icing

Now next time it’s your time to host a playdate, make it special and turn it in to a fancy afternoon tea! Who knows, maybe you’ll actually feel more relaxed after?

Chocolate peanut butter gingerbread shake

Chocolate, peanut butter and gingerbread Christmas shake: my new favourite festive treat!

I believe in balance in life, and that’s why some days, all I need is a little over-the-top festive treat: like this Chocolate Peanut Butter Gingerbread Shake! I’m a sucker for anything gingerbread and even bigger one for peanut butter, so obviously I needed to try these two together! And guess what: they are made for each other!

You could absolutely serve it hot if you’d like, or cold like I did, and I’m sure your kids would love it too. Mine sure did!

And, if you’d like to make it extra special (though for adults only) you could add a bit of Bailey’s!

What you’ll need :

2 cups milk
1 cup natural smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon chocolate souse
1/4 cup well crushed gingerbread cookies
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Foamed milk (or whipped cream)

Easy peanut butter shake

Mix everything well together. Pour in to glasses, and top with foamed milk or whipped cream.

Thus chocolate peanut butter and gingerbread shake is so easy to make!

You can top it up with even more chocolate souse and some gingerbread cookies!

This chocolate peanut butter and gingerbread Christmas shake is a perfect treat!

And if you’d like your Chocolate peanut butter gingerbread shake look extra special and festive, just add some red ribbons and maybe some Christmas straws? I know for myself that everything tastes better with a ribbon and a pretty straw!

What are your favourite festive treats?

Vanilla ice cream cakes

Vanilla cake cones

Back in the days I would be preparing margaritas for a party, but these days the word party has a slightly different meaning ;). So these cute little cakes are perfect for a party where kids are invited, and they are really simple to make too.
You could even use a ready made cake mix if you wish. Here is what you need :

Ice cream cones

Angel cake:
5 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing
1/4 cup soft butter
Icing sugar

Chocolate chips and colourful sprinkles

Start by placing tightly ice cream cones in the baking dish:

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Prepare the cake micture by first mixing together eggs with sugar until thick. Then slowly add flour , baking powder and salt. Gently pour the mixture in to ice cream cones. Bake on 350F for around 20 minutes or until golden. Now prepare the icing. Just mix together butter with icing sugar.

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And they are ready to decorate ! Just make sure they cool down or your icing will melt down.

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And if you don’t mind the mess let your kids decorate there cakes, they’ll be thrilled ! 🙂

Last minute Valentines treat

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Today at 7.15 I realized that my daughter was supposed not only to dress in red and white to day care today, but also bring a small hand made treat/gift to exchange with other children. Luckily we had left the toilet paper heart-stamped cards that we made last week together !

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I added some xoxo’s and love here and there, and stapled one mini package of cookies:

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It took me probably 3 minutes, including the frenetic search for a stapler.
And of course I had to explain to my little girl the principle of a gift exchange. She didn’t seemed to be convinced .

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