Paddington Movie Night

*This post was sponsored by BSM Media and Starz but all opinions and recipes are my own.

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We missed out on Paddington the movie coming out in theaters so we could not wait until it came out on DVD. Thankfully it is NOW available for digital download! Check out the Paddington Parties website for places to order the movie as well as free downloadable games and coloring sheets!

I downloaded our movie from Amazon.com and since we have a Smart TV, we could play it right on our TV! I love movies that are family-friendly and not only is it suitable for the little nuggets but a movie my husband and I actually enjoy watching and we all enjoyed Paddington!

We invited 10 of our friends over for some yummy snacks and some movie-watching fun. Check out the recipes below that you can make for your Paddington Party!

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First we have Bear Paw Cupcakes. I was sent a box of Duff’s Wild Thing cake mix and icing which was perfect for these easy cupcakes. You can find these cake mixes at your local supermarket.

Just bake the cupcakes in cupcake liners according to the box. Let them cool, then ice them. I am kind of in love with Duff’s cream cheese icing. It’s thick and creamy and tastes like homemade.

Top with Oreos and brown M&M’s for the feet. They were so easy to make that my kids helped!

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For these Paddington Hat Drink toppers, I printed these Paddington printable hats. These are by Living Locurto and is for personal use only.

I had my kids cut them out. Then we put 2 slits in them and stuck the straws through the hats. If you want them to really hold up, you can print them on cardstock. 

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Next up is Marmalade Peanut Butter Sandwiches. It’s basically a PB&J so you can use jelly.  But we made them with marmalade to get into the Paddington festivities. 

We used raisins for the eyes and nose, bananas for the ears and nose, and sprinkled a little sugar and cinnamon on top to make it look a little furry.

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Last but not least was Marmalade Cinnamon rolls. 

I posted my cinnamon roll recipe here. This is for pull apart bread, but for the rolls just roll the dough up instead of cutting it into squares.

For the icing, I added 4 Tbsp of Marmalade and boy were they devoured!

 All 10 kids watched the movie and were glued to it which was nice since the adults got a little chatting in.

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Even the youngest enjoyed the movie.

 

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The party was a success and we all enjoyed the movie. And if you want me to be really honest, we have already watched it two more times!

Paddington will be available in stores April 28th but you can scoop it up on digital download right now! So head over here and check it out!

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Graduation party ideas with Tiny Prints

This post is part of a campaign with Tiny Prints and LooksiSquare.  All opinions are entirely my own.

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It is almost that time of year when school comes to an end and many people will be graduating! My husband actually graduated from his second stint in college last May, and man has our life changed since! We threw a graduation party with some of our friends and I will never forget how much fun it was!

No matter if you have someone graduating from high school or college, you need to check out Tiny Prints Graduation stationary! You can use Tiny Prints to invite all your friends and family to the big Graduation Day or even use them for Graduation party invites!

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Homemade Bunny Cake

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My sweet college bestie Chelsea Goodman sent me this cake photo her daughter and mom made together this past week and I just had to share.

It looked like so much fun so I decided my daughter and I would whip one up today. It only takes 1 box cake mix and 2 tubs of icing. I made homemade buttercream icing and it took 1 recipe plus everything you need to decorate the face. You can use coconut to make the bunny look hairy but since I don’t like coconut, we just went with the icing.

First I sprayed 2-nine inch pans with baking spray.

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Then I put a little flour in the middle of each pan so it wouldn’t stick.Some people say do one or the other but I think spray and flour do the best job.

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Mix the cake according to the box and pour half into each pan.

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 Bake according to the box. I put a toothpick in the middle and if it comes out clean, then it’s ready. But also make sure the sides are pulling away from the pan a little as that also helps you tell when it’s done.

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Once they are done, let them cool about 10 minutes then turn them onto some wax paper. Let them cool all the way before you ice or cut them.

Now the fun part! All you need is a sharp knife to cut these.

I scored them first to make sure the cuts looked even. You will put icing over this so it doesn’t matter. As as you can see, I had to score it a few times.

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Cut 1 round cake into the ears and bow tie like in the picture below. 

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Then set the cake up like a bunny and get to icing and decorating it.

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I might be a food blogger so when it comes to taking pictures of my recipes, I like them to look good. However I am the worst cake decorator so I let my little girl take creative control of our cake.

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My friend Chelsea’s cake looks way better than ours because she put some fancy touches on hers. I just used the things I had in the kitchen for ours and let my little girl do the rest.

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For my cake I just used pink sprinkles for the ears and nose, cinnamon sticks for the whiskers, pink icing for the outline of the bow tie and more sprinkles for inside of it.

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How cute are they??! For Chelsea’s cake, she used powdered sugar from a sifter for the “fur”, bubble gum for the nose, cinnamon sticks for the whiskers, pearl turquoise sixlets for the ears and bow tie, and smarties for the mouth. She also said you can dye some coconut flakes green with food coloring and use them around the bunny. What a fun tradition to start with the family!

Happy Easter everyone!

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Peep Fruit Kabobs

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All you need to make these super cute Peep Fruit Kabobs are Peeps found just about anywhere since Easter is right around the corner.  I used a fruit mix found at Walmart, and skewers found in the baking section at Walmart.

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My kids had so much fun putting their own Peep Kabobs together. I let them choose whatever they wanted as long as they ate it! It’s kind of a sneaky way to get them to eat more fruit!

Happy Easter!

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 This would be a really fun thing for the kids to do while you and your friends and family are getting together to celebrate Easter.

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Rainbow with a Pot of Gold Treats

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The other day I realized that although I am “busy” at home and never get a second to sit down because I’m cooking dinner or washing clothes or eating ore’s   working out, I don’t make enough time for fun things with the kids. The clothes can wait and my husband can go another day without clean underwear socks. I love to do fun things with the kids but just keeping them alive and the house clean is a full time job but I need to make more time for fun.

And I am fully aware St. Patrick’s day is over but I think you can make these treats any day of the week! I saw them on Molly Mesnick’s instagram from Jenny Cookies blog and had to make them!

I wish I would have videotaped my son’s expression when he saw this sitting in the seat when he got out of school. You would have thought it was publishers clearing house showing up at the car! And plus they were so easy to make!

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These are the ingredients you need. I found these twizzlers at walmart. When you are assembling the bags, put the twirlers in first then the rolo’s. 

I found the treat bags in the cake decorating section in walmart, then printed these super cute printable bag toppers from Harper Gray from Jenny Cookies blog! When you print them  out, fold them over and staple them to the bag. 

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