Baby Rattle Cupcakes

Baby Rattle Cupcakes

Baby Rattle Cupcakes are an easy

and sweet ending for a baby shower!

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I found the idea on Pinterest when I needed a dessert to send   with my husband for a baby shower at work. Cake decorating/frosting is not in my skill set, but there are lots of cute ways you could decorate and customize these rattles!

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She is having a girl, can you tell? :)

The most time consuming part is

tying the bows on to the lollipop sticks,

 double-sided ribbon helps.

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 Use a toothpick to make your hole in your cupcake and wrapper to help ease the lollipop stick in, likewise for the gum drop on the bottom of the “rattle”.

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 I used a lemon cake mix I doctored for the cupcakes,

substituting buttermilk for the water,

4 eggs instead of 3, and the same amount of oil

called for in the mix.

 And tinted cream cheese frosting with food coloring.

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Celebrate It 360° Grosgrain Ribbon (Michaels) for double-sided bows along with lollipop sticks (Wilton) and gumdrops from Dollar Tree, aka candy central.

Safari Animal Baby Shower

 For some additional

baby shower inspiration, click on the links

for recipes and ideas.

Animal Cracker Popcorn Crunch

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Cheddar Due Date Wafers

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Baby Ruth Cupcakes

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Baby Rattle Cupcakes

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Paw, Splash, Drink, Repeat

Paw, Splash, Drink. . .

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Repeat.

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One of us can do

this all day. . .

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Guess which one. . . :)

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Chloe hopes you have a little

play time this weekend. . .

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And Gracie hopes

you get a nap :)

Wine A Bit: Grandfather Vineyard and Winery

Grandfather Vineyard and Winery

We spent a weekend in the NC mountains

recently to escape the heat, enjoying the scenery.

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While we were there,

we took some time out

to wine a bit.

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If you’re in the area, we recommend a visit to

Grandfather Vineyard and Winery

in Banner Elk!

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The terraced mountain vineyard and winery

is nestled right on the Watauga River.

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It’s true, you do feel better

if you wine a bit :)

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There’s plenty of seating to

enjoy a glass outside. . .

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Kick back and

listen to the water.

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Pull up a chair and enjoy the lower humidity

and cooler mountain temperatures.

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There are 4-legged ambassadors

at the winery to greet you. . .

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A chair with a view, a dog and

a glass of wine is my recipe for relaxation and

guaranteed to lower your blood pressure :)

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I hope you’re enjoying a getaway

this summer and staying cool!

Where are you planning to escape to this summer?

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Thank you for your visit!

Waffle Fry Burger Bites!

Waffle Fry Burger Bites

Waffle Fry Burger Bites are perfect for patriotic noshing since we pledge allegiance to small bites, allowing us the freedom of snacking over the long holiday July 4th weekend!

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They’re good anytime in the summer too for a small bite to satisfy a burger craving, if you want to save calories on bread, or for those that are Gluten-Free since the waffle fries are the bun!

I found this idea for the ‘fry’ bun on Pinterest so I can’t take credit for this fun fry-burger-bite idea :)

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I used Ore-Ida frozen waffle fries for the convenience. I did have to pick through the bag to find the right size ‘buns’ but that means there are more fries for snacking, not a problem for a French Fry-oholic :)

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Follow the direction on the package for baking your frozen fries in the oven. I baked my fries 15 minutes at 425 degrees F instead of 450 as directed on the bag.

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 Top your fries with your preferred burger toppings or allow your guests to build their own! We made these several times of the course of the weekend, making our hamburger paddies and baking our waffle fry-buns as needed. Caramelized onions are a delicious addition too along with bacon.

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Tying the Knot: Mikasa Cameo Platinum Dinnerware

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I’m at the table with a processional

of white porcelain dishes courtesy of

Cameo Platinum Dinnerware by Mikasa.

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Bordered with a simple and classic platinum band,

Cameo Platinum Dinnerware

sets the stage for elegant dining.

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Described as ‘unrehearsed glamour’,

I had a little bridal inspiration

with this processional of white porcelain

dinnerware at the table.

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An accent plate, bordered with a graceful flourish,

 is topped with duo of napkins. . .

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A metallic silvery overlay, as a sheer veil

and married with white linen napkin

and silver napkin ring.

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 I added a bit of the garden to the table for

alfresco dining with some hydrangeas and ivy.

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Ivy which symbolizes eternity,

fidelity and wedded love and hydrangeas

for a pop of color and something blue.

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With a nod to a bridal gown,

pearl-trimmed napkins are used as placemats,

as a delicate layer to dress a light blue tablecloth.

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Cameo Platinum is also available in a square shape

for a modern version of the traditional dinnerware.

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Mint Julep Cups are serving

as vases for hydrangeas. . .

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And a silver candelabra is softened

with some additional ivy sprigs

‘tying the knot’ on candles at the table.

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Orion Crystal Iced Beverage Glasses with their

etched bases lend an elegant and graceful shape. . .

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And Wallace Tatum Flatware is a handsome companion

to the dinnerware and contrast

to the delicate pearl trim of the placemats.

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You can see all the Cameo Platinum options by Mikasa here:

 http://www.mikasa.com/source?src=MARYMBLOGMKCP201

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Cameo Platinum Table Details:

*Dinnerware/ Cameo Platinum by Mikasa

*Flatware/ Tatum by Wallace

*Stemware/  Orion by Mikasa

*Mint Julep Cups/ Towle

Napkins / Pier 1 Imports, several years ago

Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn, several years ago

Tablecloth/ HomeGoods

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*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Mikasa Cameo Platinum Dinnerware

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Red, White and Blue Transferware

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Sending a little red, white & blue

your way with transferware, flowers,

and flags on Independence Day!

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And with Hydrangeas, Coleus

and Caladiums.

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Wishing you a Safe and

Happy Independence Day!

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Long May She Wave!

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Setting Sail for Independence Day

Setting Sail for Independence Day

We’re setting sail for Independence Day

onto a sea (or lake :) of Red, White & Blue

for the holiday weekend!

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Spending time with family. . .

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Flying our Flags. . .

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Boating. . .

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And enjoying 

the fireworks!

Independence Day Berry-Lemon Sparklers!

Grab a cup and help yourself

to a Berry-Lemon Sparkler!

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Paper sails were hoisted from

scrapbook paper with bamboo knot pick masts

for nautical rope napkin rings. . .

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And can be used to

mark place settings. . .

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Or decorate a regatta of

Red Velvet Cupcakes

for a sweet and patriotic bite!

Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats

 If you want to set sail with some other

 patriotic table inspiration,

click on the links below:

A Star-Spangled Celebration

A Star-Spangled Celebration

Long May She Wave Patriotic Table

Long May She Wave

Celebrating the Red, White & Blue Patriotic Table

Banner Yet Wave:

Celebrating the Red, White & Blue!

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Setting Sail Table Details:

Rope Cocktail Plates/ Pottery Barn

Salad & Dinner Plates/ Mikasa Jet Set Blue

Stemware/ Mikasa Swirl  

Flatware/ Towle Living Everyday Nautical

Sailboat, Chargers & Placemats/ HomeGoods

Rope Napkin Rings/ Bed, Bath & Beyond

Napkins/ World Market

Quilt/ Kohl’s

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Wishing you a Safe & Happy Independence Day. . .

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With Liberty & Potato Salad for All!

Setting Sail for Independence Day with a Regatta of Red Velvet Cupcakes!

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