Banana Caramel Push-up Pops

I’m bananas for banana desserts!  I was inspired to make this dessert from Glorious Treats scrumptious looking Banana Caramel Cream Dessert.

I wanted to serve these at Monkey’s birthday party…yes I said Monkey.  You can see more of our fun play date and birthday celebration here.  But, I knew I wanted an easier version I could whip up quickly and decided on my versions…Banana Caramel Push-up Pops.

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this tasty treat:
- Graham cracker crumbs
- Banana Pudding
- Cool Whip
- Caramel Sauce
- Bananas
- Push-up Pop Containers (or individual serving dishes)

If you plan to decorate your containers you will want to do this first.  I wrapped mine with pink and white Washi tape.

Next, scoop 1/2 teaspoon of the Graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of the container.  Press it down.

Next, pipe in the banana pudding mix.  I used my Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator but you can also use a Ziploc bag or pastry bag.

Now, add a drizzle of the caramel sauce.

Place a few thin slices of banana and then repeat the layers.

Finally, add a dollop of Cool Whip to the top and a small banana slice.  Put them in the fridge until ready to serve.

To display our yummy treats I took a piece of styroform from a package I received and covered it with coordinating scrapbook paper.  I marked where I wanted the holes to be and poked a knife through to help make it easier to push the pops in.

This was such an easy treat to make and the kids went “bananas” for them.  Enjoy!

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Picnic Party

Everyone loves a picnic, it can turn even the simplest meal into an adventure.  Both the adults and kids can relax, chit-chat, fill their bellies and stay entertained with outdoor activities.

This picnic inspired party was styled for our family reunion, which was also doubling as my grandmother’s 80th birthday celebration.  Since we were having a potluck BBQ the day of her birthday I decided to go with a fun picnic theme and set up the display table to incorporate lots of summer picnic decor.  I started with red and white checked fabric as my inspiration and went from there adding pops of bright green, watermelon, ants and a few rustic touches,.  I made fabric banners for the backdrop and created the “Celebrate” banner and the table signs with my Cricut.  The custom cupcake toppers and favor tags were made using these printables found on Etsy.  I filled small cellophane bags with red and green fruit candies, and salt water taffy for favors.

I hope I’ve inspired you to celebrate summer with a picnic style party either for a birthday celebration or just-for-fun.  No matter what you are celebrating you can’t go wrong with this simple, yet stylish theme!

 

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Lots-o-Dots Thank You Cards

Thank you, Gracias, Danke, Merci Beaucoup.  We all know how important it is to say thank you, but do you take the time to send thank you notes?  In today’s world of instant communication it is more common to get a “thank you” via email or Facebook, but the simple act of writing a thank you note is like delivering a huge ray of sunshine.

I recently attended the SNAP Creativity at Your Fingertips conference and once I got home I had lots of “thank you’s” I needed to send to some of the amazing women I met.  I wanted to send a cheery note to my new friends, but cute cards can be expensive so I decided to create my own.  I purchased a package of 10 blank note cards and using the free Lots-o-Dots printables, and my scallop punch I added a little extra special touch to my plain cards.

These cards are easy to create and you will only need a few supplies and a few minutes.

Supplies:

  • Blank Note Cards (purchased at Target)
  • Lots-o-Dots Tags
  • Scallop Punch
  • Paper for rosettes
  • Twine
  • Glue/Pop Dots
  • Scissors
Use the scallop punch to cut out the thank you tags.
Next, embellish your card with paper rosettes or twine and adhere the thank you tags.
These cards are simple to make and this simple gesture of gratitude will brighten anyone’s day!

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Sugar Cookie Gifts

When I first saw the sugar cookie printables for this month’s challenge I knew I wanted to incorporate them into gifts we could give our neighbors and friends. My kids are at a super fun age where everything about Christmas is truly magical and even the simplest activities are a cause for joyful celebration.

In an effort to soak in their excitement and anticipation of Christmas I am making an effort to create holiday traditions that will be cherished memories. Making cookies is a classic tradition and this month’s challenge inspired me to come up with a fun way we could not only incorporate it into our holiday season, but we could share it with our friends!

I bought some essential supplies for making and decorating sugar cookies and dressed them up with wrapping paper, ribbon and the printables from Piggy Bank Parties.

First, I wrapped the sugar cookie dough in red and white polka dot paper and tied each end with a ribbon. Then I cut a slightly smaller piece of brown package paper and added the “cookies” label I cut out on brown vinyl using my Cricut.

Now that the sugar cookie dough was all fancy I couldn’t leave everything else plain Jane so I wrapped them up and added labels and ribbon. I thought the sparkly tubes of icing could use something so I cut out the sugar cookie images and tied them to the top.

I took a plain brown craft bag I had stashed away and added a wide strip of red and white polka dot wrapping paper to the middle. I cut out the snowman and shrunk down the images so I could have the trees and stars on each side of Frosty. I “decorated” my sugar cookies with a little glue and shimmery glitter and attached them with glue dots to the bag.

Now, we can share a fun and tasty Christmas tradition with our friends! I can’t wait to bake some sugar cookies with my little ones and fill the kitchen with lots of sweet giggles and cherished Christmas memories!

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Pumpkin Roll

I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of traditional Thanksgiving desserts.  I don’t care for pumpkin pie, pecan pie is ok, but I do LOVE this tasty family favorite – pumpkin roll.

This recipe is my grandma’s recipe which my dad inherited and has become the resident “pumpkin roll maker” in our family.  You know it’s a keeper when you ask for the recipe and it is scribbled on the back of a check book!

We request this yummy dessert around this time every year and lucky for us he is happy to deliver! So, I did what any gal would do, I batted my eyes and asked Dad to help me make one so I could share it with the Piggy Bank Party fans!

To make this yummy dessert you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gradually add 1 cup sugar to 3 eggs and beat continuously until light and fluffy.  Now add the remaining ingredients and mix.
Line a 13×18 jelly roll pan with parchment or wax paper. Spread pumpkin mixture in pan.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from oven and flip pan onto a clean cloth sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Remove the paper and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Slowly roll up and cool (put in freezer for 10 mins.)
While pumpkin roll is cooling in the freezer make your icing.  Cream together 8 oz package of cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1 cup walnuts or pecans,
Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture on the pumpkin roll.
Lay out tin foil and top with cling wrap sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Re-roll and wrap tightly.  Place in freezer until ready to serve.  
Place on a platter, add a cute cake stake from Piggy Bank Parties and wow your Thanksgiving guest with this yummy dessert!
Pumpkin Roll Recipe:
Pumpkin Roll Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Icing Ingredients:
  • 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans
Directions:
Gradually add 1 cup sugar to 3 eggs and beat until light and fluffy.  Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.  Line a 13×18 jelly roll pan with wax paper.  Spread pumpkin mixture in pan.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from pan and flip onto clean cloth sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Roll up and cool.  When cool spread with icing, then re-roll.  Freeze and cut into slices when ready to serve.
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Drawstring Party Bags

This project was inspired by a vintage bag of jacks that my grandma sent me to use at my twin’s birthday party.  I had been looking for the perfect favor bag to match our vintage “Dick and Jane” party and these little bags were it.  Not only did these little drawstring bags serve as party favors, they played a major part in my party design!

Here are the details for how I created the custom drawstring party bags I made for my twin’s birthday party.

Cut your fabric 6 1/2″ wide by 18 1/2″ long.

Turn fabric right sides together and stitch along the sides with a 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam.  You will stop about 1 1/2 to 2 ” from the top.

Fold down the top of the fabric to the where the side seam ends, turning under a 1/4″ for a smooth edge.  Pin in place

Snip the fabric right above side seam just enough so that you can turn in the raw edges on the side.

Now, it’s time to sew the top.  First, sew along the very bottom and then measure from that stitch to see how wide you need to make the opening for your string.  Now, sew above that stitch and continue around the sides and top until you have a nice finished look.  You will have three rows of stitches, like this.

Cut two pieces of string two and a half times the width of your bag.

Attach a safety pin to one end of the string and thread it through both sides of the bag, repeat with the other string so you have a loop and two lose end on each side.  Tie a knot in each side.

Pull gently to make sure it slides closed easily.

Fill with candy or other goodies for the perfect party favor at your next event.

 

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Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.
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