Nightmare Before Christmas inspired wreath pictorial

It’s time for some spooky decor! I created this easy Haunted Mansion inspired wreath a few years ago. It was so easy I made 2!! Yes, one for each pillar outside my home. I love crafting! Especially on a budget I picked up supplies for this for under $10!!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Bare wreath ($5 at Micheals crafts)
  • Yellow foam sheet $1
  • White foam sheet $1
  • Red Christmas bow $1
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Black Sharpie marker

And don’t forget to use coupons if you’re shopping for your supplies at Micheals, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby!

1. First turn on your glue gun. I like it ready to go once everything is cut. Place a paper plate or cardboard under to avoid any glue mess!

2. Using the yellow foam paper cut out 2 oval eyes. Luckily there’s plenty of room for any mistakes. Use a pencil to trace out your eyes before cutting. With your black sharpie draw in the beady eye on each oval.

3. Grab your white to cut out the teeth and skull for the bow. Sharp and pointy teeth for the full effect. The top teeth and bottom don’t need to be identical just sharp and scary. Next, cut a small skull shape for the center of your bow. Draw two eyes, nostril dots and lines for the teeth on your skull.

4. Assembly time! Glue your two yellow eyes and a angle for a mad effect!! Give it a minute to dry so it stays in place.

5. Flip it over so the back of the wreath is now facing you. Put a line of the hot glue on the teeth. Place the glue against the wreath. Make sure the teeth are showing good once it’s flipped back over. Repeat for the bottom teeth. Allow it to dry and set for a minute or two.

6. Turn it back over to twist on the red bow. Add audit of glue to secure it. And last glue the skull to the center of the bow. For extra fun use a garland for arms when putting up.

Haunted Mansion Disneyland wreath

If your a big Disney fan or nightmare before Christmas lover this fun & easy DIY will be a great addition to your holiday decor!! What’s your favorite character in the nightmare before Christmas? Do you prefer Halloween or Christmas? Tell me below in the comments!!

Thank you for reading!

M&M Brownie Recipe

I’m a huge brownie and cookie fan! I’ll pass up a slice of cake any day for a fudge brownie!! Now these brownies are amazing with M&Ms but will work just fine without them too. Adding a touch of holiday colors with M&M’s limited edition are perfect for a potluck dessert! I cut my batch into stars and Mickey’s using my cookie cutters. A tip for cutting out brownies is to wrap in foil and put it in the freezer for about 30 mins. This makes an easy clean cut without breaking when using cookie cutters or even a knife.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  unsalted butter cut into Tbsp-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup natural cocoa powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee ground (optional)
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup M&M’s

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9×9 (for fudgier brownies) or 13×9 baking pan with parchment paper
  • Combine butter and 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips in a large, microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir well, microwave for another 15 seconds and then stir well again.  Repeat for 15 seconds until chocolate and butter are completely melted and well-combined.
  • Add cocoa powder and instant coffee (if using), stir well.
  • Add sugars, stir until completely combined.
  • Add eggs, one at a time.  After each addition, stir well, and then stir another 30 seconds
  • Stir in vanilla extract
  • Add flour, stir until completely combined.  You cannot overmix this batter, make sure it is mixed very well.
  • Spread into prepared 9×9 or 13×9 pan.
  • Sprinkle M&M’s over pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 mins use toothpick in the center to check if it’s cooked through.
  • Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

What’s your favorite snack? What recipes would you like to see?

 

 

 

How to decorate a cupcake-Toy Story inspired Tutorial

Still thinking about Toy Story 4 over here! So I decided to make the ” How to decorate a cupcake” Toy Story inspired treat. If you have no future toy story party plans this tutorial will still take your cupcakes from..

With 2 easy cake decorating tools you can up your cupcake game! For under $5

Cupcake decorating supplies:

  • 2 piping bags (25 cents each)
  • Wilton tip #1M ($1.50)
  • Wilton tip #1D($1.50)

Toy Story cupcake extras:

  • Yellow, red, sky blue, pink food coloring -preferably Wilton gel colors
  • Small pack of fondant
  • Bow mold
  • Small Star cookie cookie cutter
  • Piping bag
  • Wilton tip #3
  • Rolling pin

Click the link to watch “How to decorate a cupcake: Toy Story inspired”: https://youtu.be/xDjr-7URB2s

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Find Cupcake and Frosting Recipe Below

Here are a close up of the supplies used to create the Woody & Bo cupcakes!

Gold dust found at cakewalk cake supplies and online retailers

Puncher and mold found on Amazon or local cake supply : link in my YouTube video

Share your cupcake creations on Instagram @spoonfulofsugarbaker

 

INGREDIENTS

Vanilla cupcakes:

  • 1 and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream

Vanilla Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS

To make the vanilla cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners. Line a second muffin pan with 2 liners (this recipe will make 14 cupcakes). Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Add in the sour cream and mix until fully combined.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, making sure not to over mix the batter.
  • Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them a little over half way full. You should end up with exactly 14 cupcakes.
  • Bake in separate batches at 350F for 18-22 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Remove all of the cupcakes from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer) beat the butter on medium speed until smooth.
  • Add in the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla and mix on low until well combined. Slowly add in the heavy cream, increase the speed to medium-high, and mix for a few more minutes until the frosting is smooth and well combined.
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes.

NOTES

Store prepared cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Top 7 Tips when taking Young Children to the Movie Theater!

Hello! Welcome to my blog! With a fan fave Toy Story 4 movie coming out June 21st I wanted to share my Top 7 Tips on bringing your little ones to the movies. As a mama of two I know the movies can bring a little worry on will they sit still, cry, talk, or be able to hang through a full movie! My husband is a movie lover so once we felt our Daughter London was ready to go to the movies he was excited to take her to all the animated films and create some fun memories. Her first movie was “Finding Dory” at 18 months and our last movie “Aladdin” London at 4 years old & Antonio at 8 months. One thing to remember when watching and animated feature is that there are kids there! There will be some sorta cry’s and talking so don’t worry too much and make the most outta your movie time. And personally I think it’s cute to hear their reaction to a part in the movie! (Even when it’s not my child)

So here are my Top 7 tips to bringing young children to the movies:

  1. Don’t sit too close!
  • The big screen can be overwhelming for your little one and we all feel as adults too sitting up close is pain in the neck-literally!
  • 2. Choose a seat closest to the wall

In case you do need a potty break, change diaper, or just step out. I prefer having an end seat to avoid all the “excuse me & ducking” walk out! And if your children are potty trained we always do potty time before entering the movie.

3. Be prepared

Being prepared is the one I sometimes forget. Here are somethings to bring with you:

  • Blanket- the theater can get cold inside.
  • Binky or teether to soothe your younger children.
  • Having nursing cover ready or bottle prepared before movie starts. I love using my Milk snob cover! Perfect for nursing and a blanket!!
  • Snacks!

4.Skip the previews

The previews can be long and they might hang for the previews and be over it by the time the movie starts. It’s awesome being able to pick out seats before hand when purchasing tickets. But this one can be hard unless you’re with another adult who can save seats or the movie isn’t going to pack out. So only do so if you feel you’ll be ok with seats during the movie. I wouldn’t do this on opening day. Or even the week that Toy Story is released.

5. No 3D movies

Kids eyes can be sensitive to the movement and most of the time I can’t get my daughter to wear sunglasses on a sunny day let alone a movie. So save 3D movies till they are older.

6. Soundproof headphones for younger or sound sensitive children

Bring sound proof headphones. On Amazon only $15 dollars we used them at sporting events and brought them along on the 1st movie in case we felt it was too loud.

7. SNACKS, SNACKS, SNACKS

This one does fall under being prepared but deserved a tip of its own. Bring their favorite snacks or purchase at the theater but this is why I gave snacks it’s own number. I’m guilty of finishing snacks before the movie starts. My advice is wait till the movie actually starts to distribute any snacks. Bring ziplocks if you don’t want your child to eat a complete bag of gummy worms and/or give each child get a baggie so they aren’t asking or arguing to pass the snacks during the movie.

Most importantly have fun! Give an incentive for a child who had a tough time at the movies before. Enjoy your movie time and don’t be so hard on yourself and the kiddos if it’s a flop!!!

Any tips that help you during the movies? Comment below!!

Out of this World Cookie Tutorial

Hey everyone!!! With Father’s Day coming this weekend and Toy Story 4 coming out in 10 days (who else is counting!!??!!??) I wanted to create a tutorial to celebrate both!

Drum roll…. here comes the alien cookie! Perfect for an Out of this World Dad!!!!

Easy cookie to begin with if you have never worked with Royal icing. Fun for kids and you can watch Toy Story while creating these cute lil aliens!!! Can you tell I love watching movies while baking?! Lol

I’m going to share with you 2 very easy recipes to create these fun cookies! First a easy sugar cookie recipe and an egg free royal icing recipe.

Sugar cookie Recipe:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
    3 cups cake flour
    1/2 tsp. Salt
  • Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients a bowl, then add it into the butter mixture. Roll dough to 1/4″ and cut out coolie shapes. Best of chilled in refrigerator before baking. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350F.
  • Royal Icing:

    • 4-6 tbsp. Meringue powder
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
      6 tbsp. Hot water
      Food coloring or gel

    Mix meringue powder and powdered sugar. Add 1 tbsp. of the hot water at a time . Mix on high for 5 minutes. Add food coloring and hand mix with a spoon.

    Yay now that your cookies are baked and cooled & whip up a batter of the royal icing mix. Pampered chef has the perfect Toy Story cookie cutters but Etsy has a variety of talented vendors who sell a alien cookie cutter as well!!

    For the alien cookies you will also need:

    Piping bag & sugar eyes! (Found at Michaels crafts)

    That’s it!!!

    Now that your Royal Icing is ready add it to your piping bag! Cut a very small hole at the tip of your bag once the bag is filled.

    Outline the alien with your royal icing by applying light pressure to the bag.

    The outline creates a dam for the royal icing.

    Once the cookie is outlined fill the cookie with the royal icing. There is no wrong way to do this! Younger children may prefer a spoon to spread the icing! Most importantly just have fun!!

    Now place the eyes on the cookie to create your very personal alien! If you’d like a firm royal icing wait a few hours before eating!

    A Perfect little gift for your Dad! Serve on Father’s Day breakfast! Dads love cookies and coffee!

    Aren’t these the cutest ever!?!?? If you recreate these “out of this world” cookie share them on IG and tag @spoonfulofsugarbaker

    I promised a cupcake Tutorial and that is coming soon!!!

    Spoonful of Sugar Cupcake Topper DIY

    I couldn’t do another tutorial until I did quick one that represented “Spoonful of Sugar Baker” and well Mother’s Day is almost here. And I came across my Mother’s Day card from last year… tears! I love cards!img_7892

    Moms are the most magical people ever! They guide you, teach, show unconditional love, encourage, and discipline. Moms are doctors, hair stylists, chefs, teachers, and most importantly someone who is always there to support you! Moms are incredible and even when you feel like you’re not enough as mom just know you are more than enough to your children!  There are hard days and days that you feel like super woman! But seriously when you see your children smiling it makes it worth it all! They say it takes a village to raise a child but how about a village of women encouraging each other! Check in on each other, encourage one another, give a compliment, smile, and let each other know you are not alone! I believe every mom is doing what’s best for her children and family so stop with the judgments and negative thoughts! Moms, let’s have each other’s backs! Our children look at us and see the most beautiful person in the world inside and out and I want to be what they see! With that I made a very quick tutorial on creating these Mary Poppins inspired toppers! Oh and don’t doubt your self moms! The card that says “You are the Best” you are exactly that!!!

     

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    This has to be the easiest little cupcake topper to do! And if you love the Mary Poppins this would be fun to do with your children while watching the classic or new Mary Poppins movie! A baking & movie night is so fun!!!

    Supplies:

    Mini spoons (found at Michaels crafts)

    White chocolate melts

    White sprinkles

    Red ribbon

    2 bowls

    Parchment paper

    Step 1

    In a microwave safe bowl Melt the white chocolate. Microwave in 30 minute increments mixing in between. Make sure not to over heat the chocolate. If it looks dry or stiff add one teaspoon of vegetable oil and mix well.

    Step 2

    No mess!

    Dip your mini spoons into the white chocolate. Over your other bowl sprinkle your white sprinkles on to the spoon. The bowl will catch any sprinkles that didn’t make it onto your spoon. Next, place them on your parchment paper.

    Step 3

    Once the chocolate has dried. Cut the red ribbon and tie a bow onto the spoon.

    Practically Perfect

    These can be used as chocolate pops or as toppers for a dessert.

    Again, Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful Mom’s out there!!! You are practically perfect in every way! I hope you enjoy this quick topper tutorial!

    Up Next: From this to that!!! How to frost a cupcake like a pro for under $5

    Easy Teacher Appreciation DIY

    Teachers appreciation week begins today! It’s so important to teach our children to show appreciation and gratitude to those around them! These apples are the “fairest of them all” and so easy and fun to make! Let’s put a smile on someones face!! This is a great project for your child to join in!! Today my daughter London will be helping me prepare these treats! We created a short video tutorial to show you how easy these are to make!

    Supplies:

    Pretzels

    Red chocolate melts

    Green chocolate melts

    Parchment paper

    Bag or small zip lock bag

    scissors

    Personalized note

    Begin by placing your red chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. You want to microwave in 30 second increments till chocolate is completely melted. Mixing in between. If it seems stiff or not melting down add a teaspoon of oil to your melted chocolate. This will help thin it out and keep it from drying out. I prefer coconut oil but vegetable oil works too.

    The chocolate will me in a silky smooth consistency.

    PRO TIP: add a dollar store table cloth to your table or island for easy clean up. This can get messy. This tip makes it so easy to clean up after. Just roll up the table cloth when you are finished, throw it out, and DONE! 

    Now that the red chocolate is melted dip each pretzel one at a time. Your child will love this job. Use your fork to help remove the pretzel from the bowl. Give the pretzel a tap at the edge of your bowl to remove access chocolate. Then place the pretzel on to the parchment paper. Continue until all pretzels are covered in chocolate. Any leftover chocolate can be used to dip strawberries in or drizzle over almonds basically endless possibilities of your choice!

    Next step microwave the Green chocolate. You will need less chocolate than the red. We did 1/4 cup of the green melts. Microwave in 30 second increments just like the red chocolate. Watch the video to see how I added my chocolate to the ziplock bag. Once all the green chocolate is added to the ziplock. Cut a tiny opening at the bottom corner of the bag. Squeeze the green chocolate to the top of the pretzel like an apple leaf.

    These will dry within 20 mins once they are finished add them to a bag, container or decorative box. Add a personalized note from your child! Thank your teacher for something special they are helping you with. Or just for being awesome! London loved making these! I hope your child will to! Please tag me @spoonfulofsugarbaker on Instagram if you create any fun Teacher appreciation gifts!  A SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the teachers shaping young minds! We appreciate you!!!

    Here is a final picture of London’s Fairest of them all pretzels!

     

    We made a few other treats for her teachers to give during the week.

    Up next: Mary Poppins inspired Cupcake toppers

    Dundundun… the name change!

    • Cupcake Fetish was thought of in my grandma Rosa’s kitchen. In my mind I thought I’ll make the best cupcakes filled with different flavors, drizzled in chocolate, presented in a extra fancy box at a farmers market. And well since then everything has gone in a different direction. Pictured is one of my first paid orders. I did start with cupcakes but then it turned into cakes, cake-pops, rice crispy pops, chocolate covered everything, you get it! I came up with all these flavor combos but then when it came to my orders they wanted chocolate or vanilla. So I went with it and made a basic flavors list. Since then a lot has changed in my business & personal life. I got married, have 2 kids now, and moved. We decided as a family I’d be a stay at home mom. Taking on this new adventure was difficult because I have always working & I loved what I did but I was very grateful to be at home with my little ones. And that out weighed any other opportunity. Staying at home gave me the chance to also bake more orders. This side hobby began to grow. I have wanted to change my name for a while now. I felt like I’ve out grown the name Cupcake Fetish. After brainstorming I found the perfect name to fit me! And there comes my new name Spoonful of Sugar Baker. Not only because it’s a line from one of my faves, Mary Poppins. But it’s cute and practically perfect in everyway.. too cheesy!? I hope not! So Bye bye Cupcake_Fetishofficial and hello Spoonful of Sugar! I hope you love it!! New adventures await!

    Welcome to my kitchen!

    Hello & Welcome to my very first blog post! My name is Natalie. I am very excited to share with you some of my best baking tips and tricks focusing on fun and easy Disney desserts you can recreate at home! One question I get asked a lot by friends, family, and aspiring cake artists is how I started. This question is easy to answer. I love baking, my family said it tastes so good, and i could use my creativity in the kitchen! I LOVE cooking! Now this all started out as a hobby but my family motivated me to start my own business. I made a few desserts for a friends party and boom the next month I had orders! I wanted to bake cupcakes only but then I got asked to make a cake. You see how smooth my buttercream looks now?? It did not look like that 8 years ago!!!! Back then it took me 3 hours. YES! THREE! My roommate Grace can vouch for that and it was still imperfect! But people loved the way it tasted and I had amazing supportive friends, family and husband! My cousin Dez and aunt Sally are such good bakers too so I guess you can say it runs in the family. They gave me such helpful tips and shared the basics of cake decorating to get me going in the right direction! I didn’t go to culinary school or any fancy classes. I took one cake decorating class that I wasn’t even that good at but was determined to make it work. Best advice I can give is practice, practice, practice! Whether you want to be a cake artist or want to bake an awesome cake for you child’s party you can totally do it! And even if its not like the Pinterest pic its ok! You did it with love and that’s the best part! Now that I have been baking for over 8 years I wanted to venture out and try something new. I love teaching ( I was a teacher at a private christian school for 6 years. I taught Art & 1st grade!) and I LOVE Disney so I’m starting this blog hoping to teach some cake decorating lessons of my own! Disney inspired cupcakes you can do with your kids, friends, or for a party! I prayed and this vision was given to me and I want to see what this will lead to! I hope you stay tuned for what I planned! Subrscibe to my blog Spoonful of Sugar baker! Thank you for reading!!