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My sweet daughter, Caroline, turned 4 on April 4th and she wanted a princess party. We narrowed it down a bit and focused on Rapunzel. Her birthday celebration usually spans a couple of days because we do a small family dinner out and we come home for cake on her actual birthday. Then, we have her party. This year was different since she is in school and she wanted to celebrate there too. So, I was quite busy preparing goodies for three days of celebrations! With the help of my husband we managed to get it all done and give her a birthday she wont forget!

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I am usually a “do it all myself” kind of person and love to get creative when hosting parties but this year I wanted to turn it down a notch since George was only 4 months old. Caroline has inherited my gusto for party planning and wanted to do lots of crafts. My husband, surprisingly, still wanted to tackle a fun party cake for her as well. So, we compromised and I’m really happy with the results. I bought more than I typically do from the party store, but we also did some fun homemade items. The birthday girl wore a Rapunzel shirt that was homemade. I assembled the castle flags with some felt, paint, and yarn. The Flynn Rider signs were printed and posted throughout the house and Rapunzel’s hair, made out of yellow plastic tablecloths, were draped outside and throughout the house! I also taped a very large drawing surface on the wall for the kids to color. Rapunzel paints in the movie, but I wasn’t letting four-year-olds loose with paints! The kids really loved this and it was great for the few down times of the party. The kids also played “Pin the Pascal on Rapunzel,” “Tangled” where they were given crepe paper and told to wrap their partner up in it and whomever used all of their up and tangled their partner first, won.

My husband and I have teamed up to make Caroline’s cakes since her Puppy Cake from her second birthday. We do it in stages to make life a little easier. Soon, I’ll create a post showing how I made the Rapunzel Tower Cake and give you an idea how we go about the process.

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The Menu

Apples for Maximus

Pascal’s Colorful Veggies with Ranch Dressing

Flynn Rider’s Fruits

Chips, Braided Pretzels, and Goldfish

Mother Gothel’s Onion Dip

Tortilla Chips and Queso

Rapunzel’s Braided Pizzas ~ Pepperoni, Cheese & Sauce, and plain Cheese

Apple Jalapeno Meatballs

The Snuggly Ducklings Fruit Punch

Rapunzel Tower Cake ~ Chocolate Cake, Yellow Cake, Buttercream, Marshmallow Fondant

Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Ben’s Chocolate Ice Cream

Cake Pops

 

 Resources

Food Tag Images by Krown Kreations

Rapunzel Cupcake Inspiration – Delicious Meliscious

Tower Cake Inspiration – “words, pictures & cake…”

Rapunzel T-shirt inspired by “Made by me, Shared with You”

and many ideas and inspirations from Pinterest

 

Red, White & Blueberry Fruit Salad

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I can’t believe the 4th of July is already around the corner, but it is and summer is in full force now. Whether you’re headed to a big barbecue or having something smaller at home, this fruit salad is the perfect festive dessert. Nothing beats a fresh fruit salad after a hearty barbecue. The fruit is in season and ripe and the colors are just so beautiful. The fruit salad is tossed with citrus and honey that yields a hint of sweet without overwhelming the berries and apples. If you can find them, adding some star fruit makes this dish even more festive for the 4th. You can also exchange the apples for some sliced bananas without sacrificing your “white” portion of the salad.

Red, White & Blueberry Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 3 cups fresh blueberry
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey, and mint. Add all of the fruit and toss to combine. Let the fruit salad set for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

Serves 8

Source: Family Fun Magazine

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

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The temperature is rising and that calls for fresh, cold, tasty beverages. Strawberries and rhubarb are in season and that freshness that lemons bring always are, so why not make some lemonade to finish off any remnants of winter blues?

You can have this delicious lemonade in no time, it’s so easy to make, and really hits the spot. Treat yourself and the ones you love to a little batch of homemade goodness on a hot day. Want to up the ante a little? Add a splash of vodka and you’ve got yourself one nice summery cocktail!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 4 cups water
    • 2 cups sliced rhubarb
    • 1 cup quartered strawberries
    • 6 Tbsp sugar
    • Ice

Start with fresh lemon juice in a pitcher. Place water, rhubarb, strawberries, and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. Press mixture through a fine sieve into pitcher with lemon juice; discard solids. Stir to combine and serve over ice.

Makes 4 cups

Nutritional Information

Per 1 cup serving, 78 Calories, 0.1g Fat, 0g Protein, 0g Carbohydrates, 0g Fiber, 0mg Cholesterol, 1mg Sodium.

Source: Cooking Light August 2013

Raw Comb Honey

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How many of you enjoy honey? Have you ever tried raw honey? Lets go one step further. How many of you have tried raw comb honey? Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I’ve never tried comb honey. I know the process of honey production, but I never really given honey any more thought than buying the squeeze bottle in the store. That was until Mohawk Valley Trading Co. sent me samples of their raw honey. After that, I became a purest and wont ever buy that squeeze bottle again! So, it was to much surprise when Mohawk Valley Trading Co. also offered their Comb Honey to me.

When I received the comb honey, we all looked at it and admired it. I used it as a teaching lesson for my daughter, explaining the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells and how the bees make honey and beekeepers harvest the honey. It was a teachable moment for me as well as I learned that it is the rawest honey available and contains all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics that the honey had in the hive. If you are planning to use honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and aromatics.

So, besides the huge health benefits of using comb honey the big question for a food enthusiast like me was does the honey comb deliver a different taste? The answer is yes, and no. The honey tastes just as good as raw honey that is extracted from the comb, but I felt like there was a more delicate taste. You can get more raw and natural than this. There is also something about having the comb in front of you as you squeeze some of the honey out and eat it however you like it. It’s a whole sensory experience. My daughter, who refuses all condiments besides lemon and honey, loved the experience as well. She was caught on more than one occasion munching on the comb.

My other big questions upon receiving the comb honey? What do I do with it so I really can reap the culinary benefits? You can use the comb honey however you’d like. Enjoy the comb honey with toast, serve it was some wonderful crackers or bread and cheese. I even found some recipes out there for chocolate dipped comb honey, I can’t wait to try this out!

If you’re like me and have never tried comb honey before, I strongly suggest you give it a try the next time you purchase honey. If not for the health benefits, than for giving yourself a special treat come breakfast or snack time!

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Mohawk Valley Trading Co. sent me a sample of their raw comb honey, but as always the opinions expressed here are solely my own.