Lemon-Raspberry Cupcakes

Lemon-Raspberry Cupcakes

With summer coming to an end, I decided to bake something to remind me of the hot days- what could be more summery than raspberry lemonade? These little minis were such a hit at my work bake-sale. People bought them two for a dollar!

I went the easy way and bought a lemon cake mix- whipped these up and baked them according to to the box.  I watched them a little closer making sure not to over bake since they are minis.
I found some cute cupcake liners with little lemons on the bottom of them.  They were on sale which made them even better!


The icing recipe was a buttercream that I added a few drops of red food coloring and a teaspoon of Raspberry Extract instead of vanilla.

 I didn’t have a pastry bag so I used a Ziploc and cut off a corner…this made a big mess.  This works in a pinch, but next time I will make sure I have a pastry bag handy. 

These little yummies were so fun to decorate.
Aren’t they so cute?

 Here they are all dressed up!
   The fresh raspberry on top really added a nice pop of flavor.


Recycle Bin Project

 Multi-step planning, Handwriting, Cutting, Coloring, Painting, Taping, Tearing, Creativity, Imagination…this one’s got it all 🙂

Big Sister and I had a couple of hours to ourselves when the other kids were napping one afternoon. We went on a hunt for crafting materials in an interesting place…the recycle bin!

I pulled the boxes out and Big Sister used her imagination to decide what to make with them. She came up with a plan…a castle for barbie!

She helped me to tear the tape and construct the castle, instructing me what we needed to do first, and second, and third…We decided to work on a list. Big Sister wrote each word on a page in her notebook and she would turn the page as we did that part. (This was such a great planning project!) 
She said we needed to make a flag for the castle, so I told her how to spell “flag”. 
This age is so much fun. She asks all the time how to spell words as she writes them out. 
After she wrote the word, she drew her flag and colored it in. She cut out the shape and taped it to her flag pole (paper towel tube).

The moat: strips of water colored paper taped together. Tearing paper is a fantastic fine motor activity. It works on the intrinsic muscles of the hands to hold the paper while using a Tripod Grasp to hold the paper.

Babies woke up…They played a fun game of  “put some markers into a box and then take them out”.
They loved it.
We took the whole thing outside and painted it, added stickers, and stuck on gems.
And played.
The bad guys even showed up…This is The Green Lantern sneaking into the castle.
Not bad for some old boxes. Lots of creativity in that trash!
Posted by Colleen