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Pressed Flower Cake Decor

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

It’s Spring. Yes it is. I thought this would be the perfect time to share this cute cake. I’ve officially used my pressed flowers printable 3 times: paper flower frame, decoupaged flower eggs, and now my pressed flower cake decor! I think this little cake turned out pretty adorable. How sweet would this be for Easter or Mother’s Day? It’s so easy, especially if you buy a cake instead of make it. Hee.

Supplies:

- pressed flowers printable

- toothpicks

- hot glue

- delicious cake

Directions:

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

1. Print out your pressed flowers printable. Use some scissors to cut out the flowers you’d like to use. Use your hot glue to attach the toothpicks to the back of the flowers.

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

2. Pick off any lose bits of hot glue string, and your cake decorating flowers are ready.

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

3. Organize then on the top of your cake. I arranged the flowers so the taller blooms were in the back.

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

Enjoy!

- Chelsey

P.S. I picked up this beautiful cake from a local Portland bakery, The Cakery. Highly recommended if you’re in the area and don’t want to bake a cake.

Little Egg Succulent Planter

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Well. These are adorable. I was trying to find something fun and different to do with my Easter eggs. The Little Egg Succulent Planter turned out pretty cute. Make one and keep it for yourself, or make a lot and give to your friends or use as place markers for your holiday dinner.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- 1 raw egg

- needle

- 1 small succulent

- cactus dirt

- black permanent pen

- optional: egg holder

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Directions:

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Time to prep the egg. Use your needle to poke holes in a line sound the pointy top of the egg.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Use your fingers to beak the egg along the line of needle holes.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Write a little love note on your egg with the permanent pen. I wrote “happy spring”, “for you”, and drew a heart. Tip: dye the egg shells first, then write a note on the egg. Fun!

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Plant your succulent in the egg. Tip: use a little chop stick to push down the loose dirt. 

Keep this little egg gift for yourself, or give to a friend. I gave these eggs to my neighbors. Or, you could use the Egg Succulent Planters for place markers this Easter at your dinner table.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

Cheesy Broccoli Crock Pot Recipe

Cheesy Broccoli Crock Pot Recipe // thepapermama.com

The first of hopefully many successful crock pot adventures: the Cheesy Broccoli Crock Pot Recipe. I say it ALL the time: I don’t like to cook. I don’t like to experiment with food and I prefer that meals come with the least amount of effort possible. A few months ago my mom, knowing my distaste for cooking, bought us a crock pot. I’ve heard MANY stories about how easy it is to create a meal with this one tool. Toss it all in and you’re done.

Well, it took me a while to actually give it a try because my husband does the majority of the cooking, and I don’t want to. Well, the crock pot has been great! My first attempt was to make a different version of this recipe. You throw ALL the ingredients in at once. The result: mushy rice + broccoli. It was still very delicious (cause cheese), but I wanted to avoid the mush. My husband suggested cooking the rice and broccoli completely separate (or just plain baking the recipe), but that sounded like way more effort than I wanted to put into this meal. Ha! So, I made a few adjustments of when you put some of the ingredients into the crock pot (like the rice and broccoli), and it worked!

 

Cheesy Broccoli Crock Pot Recipe

  • 2 lbs uncooked chicken breasts
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 16 oz. container of sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

- Place your chicken breasts, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper at the bottom of the crock pot. Cover the chicken with the broth (about 2/3 of the broth container).

- Cook the chicken on high for 2.5 or 3 hours. Watch the liquid level. If the liquid is too low before the chicken is cooked, add some more warm broth (not cold).

- When the chicken is cooked, pull the breasts out of the crock pot and shred with two forks. Put the chicken back into the crock pot.

- Add the rice and broccoli. Add more broth if needed (just so the rice and broccoli are covered). Cook for another hour, or until rice and broccoli are cooked.

- When the rice is cooked, add your sour cream and cheese. Cook till warmed.

Serve and enjoy!

- Chelsey

P.S. the kiddo loved this! She ate the whole thing, veggies and all (again, cause covered in cheese). 

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe & Free Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printable

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Here’s a real quick intro to the newest contributor for The Paper Mama Blog: Lulu the BakerThis post is sponsored by CourseCraft.
I am of the opinion that cupcakes are the perfect sweet ending to any celebration or event. They have pretty much everything you could ever ask for in a party food. Miniature size? Check! Self-serve-ability? Check! No utensil dirtying? Check! Delicious and cute and colorful and did I mention delicious? Check! I can’t think of a single person I know who doesn’t like cupcakes, or a single holiday that they wouldn’t be perfect for. In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I made sweet little rainbow cupcakes. They’re so party-perfect, and guess what? They’re so easy too! It only takes a few extra minutes of work to get this eye-popping effect. And for an even bigger dose of rainbow cuteness, I topped my rainbow cupcakes with…you guessed it: rainbows!

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Rainbow Cupcakes Recipe How-to

Supplies:

  • 1 white cake mix, plus all of the ingredients to make it (usually oil, water, and eggs), or your favorite recipe for homemade white cake
  • a large mixing bowl
  • a large spoon or electric mixer
  • 6 small bowls
  • food coloring (you can get by with just red, yellow, and blue if you have to)
  • a small spoon
  • cupcake pans
  • 24 paper cupcake liners (the rainbow striped ones I used were from Shop Lemon Drop)
  • a teaspoon
  • 1 batch cream cheese frosting
  • a frosting spreader or butter knife
  • a 2″ circle punch
  • scissors or a paper trimmer
  • Rainbow Cupcake Topper printable

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Directions:

1. In the large mixing bowl, make the white cake batter according to package directions.

2. Divide the cake batter evenly among the 6 small bowls. You should get about 1/2 cup of batter per bowl.

3. Add 15 drops of food coloring to each bowl. For the red (really pink), use all red. For the orange, use orange food coloring or a combination of red and yellow. For the yellow, use all yellow. For the green, use green food coloring or a combination of blue and yellow. For the blue, use all blue. For the purple, use purple food coloring or a combination of blue and red. In all instances, only use 15 drops of food coloring TOTAL per bowl. Mix well with a small spoon, and rinse the spoon in between colors.

4. Put the paper cupcake liners in the cupcake pans.

5. Put 1 teaspoon of purple batter in the bottom of each cupcake paper. If you still have leftover purple batter after you’ve put a teaspoon in each cup, distribute the leftover batter among the cupcakes papers. Repeat the process with the blue batter, then green, yellow, orange, and finally pink.

6. Bake the cupcakes according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.

7. Using the frosting spreader or butter knife, frost the cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

8. To make the rainbow cupcake toppers, begin by downloading the printable pdf. Once the file is saved to your computer, open it and print it. I scaled it to about 94% so nothing would be cut off, and chose the “Best” quality option.

9. Punch each rainbow circle out with the 2″ circle punch, then use the scissors or paper trimmer to cut each circle in half.

10. Gently push a paper rainbow into the frosting on each cupcake. Voila! A rainbow extravaganza!

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

- Melissa, Lulu the Baker

This Rainbow Cupcake Recipe post was sponsored by the very fun site, CourseCraft:

CourseCraft // thepapermama.com

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