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Archive for March 7, 2011

PRODUCT: Designer Cupcake Kit

If you need a lift today, click on over to

You’ll find a parade of cupcakes dressed up with clever wrappers and toppings, sold in kits that enable you to quickly transform a plain cupcake into a dazzler.

The St. Patrick’s Day kit in the photo is one of 30+ different designs on offer, some of which are quite elaborate. Cupcake Cuties enable you to easily create just about anything your celebration calls for:

  • A baseball, basketball or football
  • Themes for baby showers, wedding showers and weddings
  • A cupcake for every holiday, from New Year’s Eve through Christmas
  • Cheeseburger, martini, popcorn box and sushi cupcakes

    Make St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes—or 30+
    other designs—in minutes. Photo by
    River Soma | THE NIBBLE.


    Each Cupcake Cuties kit contains 24 easy-to-use, self-adhesive wrappers and the toppings that complete the cupcake design. Bake or buy frosted cupcakes. It takes just minutes to create your designer cupcake.

    The kits are $23.99, which might sound expensive — until you realize that your designer cupcakes are at least half the price and twice the fun as buying them off the shelf.

    The cheeseburger and sushi cupcakes were a huge hit chez nous. Next, we’ll be making the St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. Sure, we could hunt down a jar of shamrock sprinkles and cut cupcake wrappers from green paper…but with the Cupcake Cuties kit, we know we’ll finish the task on time.

    Cupcake Cuties are a fun project for family members. They may even motivate those who have no great interest in cooking and baking to do more of it. The kits themselves are very giftable. Add a couple of boxes of Sprinkles cupcake mix and the recipient is guaranteed to have a memorable day.


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    TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Pasta Sauce

    Make a simple tomato sauce, or add
    meat or mushrooms. Photo by Trutenka |


    A tip from Alissa Dicker-Schrieber, cooking teacher at

    Pasta with homemade tomato sauce is one of the tastiest, most convenient and affordable meals you can make. The prep work is quick and simple.

    Just boil some water for the pasta, chop up some onion and garlic, open a can of crushed tomatoes and you’re ready to get cooking. Your dinner can be on the table in as little as half an hour.

    Appealing any time of the year, pasta is a comfort food staple over the winter, when we’re too cold to do much grocery shopping. It’s also less expensive than take-out food. You can use whole wheat pasta, which provides valuable fiber and nutrients as well as a distinctive nutty flavor.

    If you want to add meat, keep a package of sausages in the freezer; thaw and cook in the microwave and garnish your plate of pasta.

    All you need to complete your meal is a green salad.

  • Get the recipe.
  • Find more of our favorite pasta recipes.


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