Poppin Patriotic Popcorn – another holiday trail mix!

I should probably stop referring to these as trail mixes, because according to the dictionary, trail mix is a mixture of dried fruit and nuts. Well, my Valentine’s Day Trail Mix did have dried fruit in it. And this Poppin Patriotic Popcorn does have nuts. So, close enough, right? Although the nuts are clothed in chocolate…

Anyways, the dictionary also states that trail mix was originally used by hikers and campers. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend these mixes to keep your energy up while going for a hike, but they sure are fun!


Poppin Patriotic Popcorn – 4th of July Trail Mix:
Red & blue Wilton Candy Melts
Red & blue Peanut M&M’s
Salted popcorn
Kraft StarMallows marshmallows
Red Poprocks

1. Drizzle melted candy melts over salted popcorn. (Using salted popcorn gives you a nice salty & sweet combo.) Mix until evenly coated.
2. Sprinkle Poprocks over the popcorn. Tip: Do this before the candy melts harden. That way, they’ll stick to the popcorn instead of getting lost at the bottom of the bowl.
3. Toss in red and blue Peanut M&M’s and the small red and blue star shaped marshmallows.
4. Enjoy while watching fireworks.

For more trail mix fun, check out my previous trail mix posts:
Pop! Goes My Heart: Valentine Trail Mix
Minty Magic: St. Patrick’s Day Trail Mix
Spring Trail Mix

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I made the above cupcakes for my best friend’s rehearsal dinner – red velvet cupcakes (using this red velvet cupcake recipe from Bakerella) with cream cheese frosting at the request of the couple. I also decided to give DIY cupcake wrappers a try!

Over on Intimate Weddings, they posted a fabulous tutorial as well as a free template for making these awesome cupcake wrappers out of a paper doily. (Click the links to check them out!)

The cool thing about them is that once you have the template, you can use it on any paper you want for endless cupcake wrapper possibilities.

My first attempt at DIY cupcake wrappers was for my “I’ve Got a Crush On You, Cupcake” post. I then used a paper punch to punch out little hearts. I didn’t exactly love how they turned out, but like I said, endless possibilities! It’d be fun to try a different paper in the future, or add ribbon or embellishments!

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More trail mix inspiration! After my Valentine Trail Mix and St. Patrick’s Day Trail Mix, I just can’t get enough of these! They’re easy, tasty and I love to stroll through the candy and snack aisle while pondering what concoctions I’ll mix. (Actually, with a toddler, it’s more like grab anything off the shelf as fast as possible and get the heck out of there, but I digress.)

Even though it’s no where near spring weather wise, I’m continuing with that theme and created some Spring Trail Mix to bring home for Easter. I’m hoping my family forgives me for not bringing cupcakes. ;) Trail mix is so quick to throw together!


Spring Trail Mix:
Trader Joe’s Coconut Chips
Coconut M&M Eggs
Market Pantry Chickadee Crackers
Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies Crackers
Pretzel Sticks
Springtime Pink & Yellow Chocolate Chips

Tip: Have you ever had coconut chips before? I dare say, that even if you don’t like coconut, you just might like these. They’re more like strips/pieces, but they’re crunchy like chips and have so much coconut flavor! They’re so good I can eat them plain, but I was introduced to them when a friend used them as a topping over whipped cream and fresh fruit. So addicting.

Happy Easter! I hope it’s filled with a little something yummy!

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Spring into crafts? More like blizzard-warning-unplowed-roads-freezing-cold-tons-of-snow craft. At least it was the day I hosted this “spring” craft about a week ago. But that didn’t stop my moms club from having a fun spring craft!

My spring craft was based off of two ideas I had seen on Little Family Fun. This blog is packed full of craft ideas that are cute, simple and easy to follow.

First we made “The 12 Days of Easter” craft.
I cut 1-inch strips of white paper and the kids colored them as they wished. Then each piece was folded into a loop and taped or stapled until we had a chain of 12 attached to one another. The end result is to hang it up in your house, and take off one loop each day until Easter!

After awhile, sitting at the table and coloring just wasn’t cutting it, so I gathered everyone that was interested and we played “Hop Like a Bunny”.
I placed 10 plastic eggs that were labeled 1-10 in an Easter basket. Each child took turns picking an egg and reading the number. Then they hopped like a bunny as many times as whatever number they picked and everyone counted along with them.

The Snacks

I had spotted these Pepperidge Farm butterfly shaped pretzel thins and crackers months ago and just knew they would be perfect for my spring craft. I used a flower shaped cookie cutter on some cheese slices to add to the cracker plate.

Lastly, I went a lot simpler with my sugar cookies and just rolled them in some pastel sprinkles before baking.

Luckily, it’s finally feeling like spring around here!

Interested in more kid crafts? Check out my previous crafting posts below:
Beach Without the Heat
Fall into Crafts
Mummies & Yummies
Thankful for Crafts
How The Grinch Stole Crafts

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I served these makeup treats at a Mary Kay party I had last month. And by makeup treats, I mean edible!


I had seen the idea in “Cupcakes, Cookies, & Pie, Oh My!” A book by the the same authors who originally inspired my love of cupcakes with their first book, “Hello, Cupcake.”

Once I had my Mary Kay party planned, I knew it was the perfect reason to give these treats a try!

As usual, I couldn’t find all the ingredients required, and so I substituted and played around with my own colors and such to make them my own. See below for a tutorial on each treat!

The eye shadow palette. The base is a Keebler chocolate covered graham cracker. Next, I dipped a pretzel stick into Wilton dark cocoa candy melts. (Melted chocolate chips would work in a pinch.) As I tend to do, I realized I had forgotten one ingredient – mini marshmallows. But I had a jar of marshmallow creme, so I mixed that with powdered sugar until it was a consistency that could be rolled out. I then cut tiny circles and shaped them into “pads” and attached them onto the ends of the pretzels sticks. Did you know Starburst now come unwrapped in mini size? That’s what the “eye shadow” colors are. Everything was attached with the candy melts.


The blush. These are made from Keebler Grasshopper cookies. Attach a brown Mini M&M to the top. Then roll out a pink Tootsie Roll and use a round cookie cutter to cut out your “blush”. The tricky part was keeping them open. Dab a bit of candy melts onto one edge of the Tootsie Roll. Add a cookie on top, and use a spoon to hold the cookies apart until the chocolate had set.


The mascara. The wand is another chocolate dipped pretzel, with the end covered in chocolate jimmies. Attach that to a Keebler fudge stick cookie and decorate with a rolled out orange tootsie roll. Again, everything is attached with candy melts.


Tip: Work with chilled cookies, so they don’t melt while you’re trying to assemble them.

I had a fantastic time at my party – awesome makeup tricks, soft skin tips, girlfriends, wine and makeup treats. So much so, that I decided to become a Mary Kay consultant! It’s something I had thought and prayed about for awhile, and then suddenly, it just felt right. I’m so excited to see where it leads, but in the meantime, check out my personal Mary Kay web site.

But never fear, Linnycakes.com isn’t going anywhere. :)

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