Minion Cake Pops

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So, my big guy and I LOVE to watch Nerdy Nummies on YouTube.  Seriously.  Check it out.  I’m pretty sure she and I are related 🙂  Anyway, as a VERY special treat I have attempted to conquer a couple of Rosanna’s creations and yesterday it was…minion cake pops!  To see the FULL directions and video, click HERE.  Beware- these videos are addicting!  So, my little and I set out to make these babies.  First, mama made a cake; it was one of the coach’s birthdays at Girls on the Run so I made a rectangular cake, and made ONE cut to make a square cake which I iced for the birthday and left the rest for the cake pops.  I put the left over cake in a bowl and mushed it until it was in fine pieces.

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Then I added a dollop of chocolate frosting (you can use any flavor), I know, my measurements are SUPER precise 🙂

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I mushed it up until it became a pasty play dough texture.  THEN I formed the minions.  I did half round balls (BOB) and half banana shaped ones.  Sorry.  Lacking pictures 🙂  I then put the balls/bananas (lol) in the fridge to harden.  While the little was napping, I inserted the cake pop sticks about halfway, adding a bit of frosting as “glue” and let them set int he fridge.  When the little guy woke up, we got to work decorating!  First, the minions got dipped in yellow totally (buy yellow chocolate melts and melt in microwave, stovetop or fondue pot)…

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Then, we dipped in blue (blue chocolate melts) to give them pants!  We then sort of improvised with smarties as eyes (chocolate frosting for the retinas) and I piped blue frosting to define the pants lines.  I used chocolate frosting piped for the goggle lines.

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So listen, they were more delicious than anything. Not as cute as Rosanna’s but a good start!  And, a had a bunch of little fans of these (and isn’t that what really matters?!)!

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When Noodle Coloring>Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad

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I know. Horrible title.  But that is what this post is about 😉  Zach’s school does the best projects.  I love it there.  So does he 🙂  Anyway, a cool thing they do are those noodle-bracelet-things…you know what I mean?  Well I wanted to make a supply to have at home for anytime use and also I thought it would be a fun little project for Zach and I.  While G is napping we try to do a little activity together alone. SO fun.  Anyway, this is how you make the pasta “beads”

  1.  Get WHITE pasta- LESSON LEARNED-I used yellow-y looking ones and it affected the colors (The “blue” looked like blue, ya know, yellow and blue make green).  We got 4 different types:  Ziti, elbow, Wagon wheels and cavatelli (I think?)
  2. Put some of each of the pastas in a ziplock. (Kids can do)
  3. Pour in a few drops of food coloring.(Kids can do)
  4. Optional but recommended:  pour in a tad of rubbing alcohol to make it dry faster- adult do!
  5. SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE!  (Until fully coated) The kids LOVE this part!
  6. Pour out onto a baking sheet lined with a couple layers of paper towels. – adult do!
  7. Let dry if needed.

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Sorry.  I didn’t take too many pictures.  BUT, I did decide that while I was “knee deep” in pasta, I would throw together a pasta salad with “everything but the kitchen sink.” LOL I literally scoured the cabinets and fridge for anything that I could dump in that would be complimentary, of course…

My sous chef was quite the help, and while I wish I had some sort of magical recipe, I will admit, I just kind of dumped every thing in and tasted it until it was good 🙂  I mean, isn’t that the key direction to ANY recipe!?

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Anyway, it turned out GOOOOOD and way to kill two birds with one stone: fun activity and delicious colorful meal!  Score!

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