Simple and Cute 2-Ingredient Chocolate St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

Simple and Cute 2-Ingredient Chocolate St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

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You know how you spend time browsing Pinterest before a holiday looking for fun and cute art projects you can create with your toddler?

Yep, me, too!

I found the perfect GREEN chocolate cookies for St. Patrick’s Day — shamrock-shaped!

Thank you 3 Lil Ladies n Me for the super cute recipe!

There’s only one small drawback for us: they’re not vegan (Wilton Candy Melts contain cow’s milk), but they were so cute, I decided to make them anyway and gift the majority of them to our neighbors down the street!

Win-Win!

We get to be creative and have fun in the kitchen for the holiday and my neighbors receive cute cookies!

Let’s Make It!

Needed Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 1 Bag Wilton Candy Melts (green)
  • 1 Package Oreo Cookies (original size or mini)
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 Package Wilton Candy Eyes
Supplies
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Shamrock-shaped Silicone Baking Mold
  • Microwave-safe Bowl
  • Spoon
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Curious Clovers!

You place the vanilla-flavored candy melts into the microwave-safe bowl and heat at defrost setting for 1 minute.

You stir the candy at 30-second intervals until smooth and completely melted.

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This was my first ever using Wilton Candy Melts for any of my baking, and melting them did not come as easy, for me, as it should have! haha

As you can see below, I was not able to bring the Wilton Candy Melts to a consistency that was easy to pour into the mold. Pinterest-fail, you think? haha

I believe I overheated the candy and therefore began to become too thick. Perhaps heat at 15-second increments, instead of 30-second increments as the package suggests.

I filled half of the mold first, leaving room for the Oreo cookies, and the rest of the melted green candy.

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Oreo Mini!

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For the vegan-friendly ingredient of Oreos — I went shopping at Aldi grocery store, which was closer to me at the moment when I was curating the ingredients.

I was not able to find original-sized Oreos at Aldi, but I did find the Snak-Saks with the Oreo Mini. These packages are pretty cool since they can be resealed! I’m thinking perfect for picnics at Disneyland!

I had Ellie carefully place the Oreo Minis on top of the first half of the melted green candy, inside the shamrock-shaped silicone mold.

Once she finished, I poured the rest of the melted green candy.

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Because I was not successful in melting the green candy into the right consistency, I did not have enough of it to cover the Oreos completely.

In case this happens to you, I would suggest purchasing a second bag of Wilton Candy Melts to cover your… cookies!

I placed the shamrock-shaped silicone mold into the refrigerator for the St. Patrick’s Day cookies to start taking shape!

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The mold could have been left for only 2 hours to set, but since we weren’t in a hurry, we actually ended up leaving it in the refrigerator overnight while we left our home for the evening to watch a movie at the theater.

The next day, I asked Ellie to take out the mold from the refrigerator and place it on the cutting board.

Once on the cutting board, I slowly pulled the silicone mold away from the cookies.

Little by little, Ellie and I had cute little shamrocks!

When turned over, you could see the Oreo Minis shapes popping through, yet, still covered with the Wilton Candy Melt, as you can see in the photo below. haha Real life outcomes, ya’ll!

Your St. Patrick’s Day cookies are deliciously finished!

However, for extra cuteness, you do have the option to purchase the Wilton Candy Eyeballs (edible and certified kosher) to give your shamrocks some personality — Curious Clovers!

Googly-eyed for you!

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You can use the same Wilton Candy Melts to “glue” the candy eyes; however, since we didn’t have any left, we used green icing that we already had in our cupboard. I purchase all of my Wilton products at Michaels Craft Stores.

While wearing her purple Princess Rapunzel dress, Ellie helped me placed the cute and tiny eyeballs onto the shamrocks.

She also wore her St. Patrick’s Day-inspired “Lucky You” headpiece! Adorbs!

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Kiss Me! I’m Irish!

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Sometimes, if not most of the time, you will not have the beautiful Pinterest outcomes with your creations, but you can get quite close to them!

In the end, these simple and cute St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock cookies were delicious and were a hit with our neighbors!

Plus, it’s always fun to get a little messy in the kitchen with my daughter, Ellie.

Please let me know, if you try to make them, and don’t forget to repin to Pinterest to share with your friends & family! I hope you have the best of times!

Love,

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Toddler Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating

Toddler Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating

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Happy Valentine’s Day amiga!

Not a major holiday in our household, since we believe LOVE should be celebrated every day, but having a toddler brings new light and fun into these small holidays! Don’t you agree?

We can feel like kids, again!

Plus, this is a great way to start getting used to helping our little toddler girl with future school projects!

Something, I can wait for though! ; )

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We were at the market on our bi-weekly grocery shopping trip and I spotted this Valentine Message Cookie Decorating Kit — it was in our shopping cart without a second thought!

We make an effort to shop the perimeter of markets, as opposed to the inner isles so we choose healthier options, but this kit caught my eye, girl! haha

It was right next to the bulk section where we get our oats, beans, and nuts (and sometimes dark-chocolate covered pretzels for our Netflix trail mix! Keeping it real.)

First Cookie Decorating Experience

Our daughter is 2.5 years old and I thought this kit was perfect for her first Valentine’s Day cookie decorating experience!

Which holiday was your first cookie decorating experience with your child?

I have not decorated Valentine’s Day cookies since I baked a batch for my husband when we were newlyweds. They were delicious!

I opted not to bake with her for the first time because I’m not ready to handle the experience, yet, but perhaps by mid-summer when Ellie is a full 3 years old!

This cookie decorating kit is super easy and not messy at all (thank goodness the sprinkles didn’t spill! haha)

FYI, a good-to-know detail is that this kit is sealed with a badge of having been created in a peanut-free factory, so it’s safe, if you or your toddler are allergic to pea(nuts).

Also, the sugar cookies are delicious on their own, too!

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Red, Pink, White, Oh, My!

Ellie was super excited when she saw the red, pink, and white heart-shaped sprinkles through the bottom of the heart-shaped box!

As soon as I opened the box for her that’s the first thing she picked up!

Which is so funny because once I opened the icing tubes for her and showed her how to squeeze the icing out and on to the cookie, she forgot all about the sprinkles… toddlers!

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At one point Ellie didn’t want a new cookie! She just kept adding the icing to that ONE sugar cookie! All three colored-icings, if I may add, all on top of each other!

Looked SUPER SWEET! Literally.

She finally added sprinkles and tried to imitate my decorating. She’s very observant.

I admit, her hand-eye coordination skills are really great! I’m a proud mama.

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I want to share a little small fact that made this day extra special.

My tiny dancer is wearing a 18-month-sized onesie in these photos and it fits perfectly! She’s now usually wearing between a 2T and 3T, so it was quite a surprise when she asked me to put it on her and it actually still fit her.

It’s like she knew that having her decorate cookies was bittersweet for me! She’s growing up so fast! I was so happy to see that she’s actually still physically my baby and not a big kid, yet! haha Do you relate?

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I was so excited to have completed this Valentine’s Day cookie decorating kit a week prior to actual Valentine’s Day, but of course, here I am a little over a week after Valentine’s Day posting about it for you! #MomLife am I right?

Nevertheless, Ellie and I had a great time during our mid-afternoon ‘Arts & Crafts Time’ creating an art project in our kitchen that was edible and not to hang on our refrigerator or on her bedroom walls!

Daddy was also very happy to find some tasty snacks, made with tender loving care, when he got home!

Love,

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P.S. Any day is a good day to buy yourself a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers for your home! Our favorite flowers are from our local street vendors.

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L.A Mamacitas “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” Pumpkin Decorating Party

L.A Mamacitas “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” Pumpkin Decorating Party

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My Ellie and I took a mini road trip on Monday, October 8th to the Montebello Town Square. We were invited to attend the L.A Mamacitas “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” Pumpkin Decorating Party hosted at the Robles Pumpkin Patch Festival!

The family-owned Robles Pumpkin Patch Festival not only has pumpkins (obvi), but they also have a jumper play zone for multiple age groups (#momapproved); a super cute petting zoo with bunnies, goats, pigs, chickens, and even a pony; many snacks, including popcorn and candy apples; and all of the instagramable photo ops for the whole family!

Having fun with my Ellie and my fellow mami bloggers, and their super cool kids, at the Robles Pumpkin Patch Festival totally has me looking forward to attending the early showing for “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” this Thursday! All U.S. showings start on Friday, October 12, 2018!

Both, my husband and I, read the Scholastic Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, as kids in the 90s, and love that now the Goosebumps Monsters are in comedy-adventure movies!

Low-key, wouldn’t you like a R-rated Goosebumps movie for us 30-something-year-olds who grew up reading the original series? Just an idea my husband had. I mean, Ken Jeong is already casted, and Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy still scares me! Yep!

Don’t you feel the same?

I was so excited to attend the pumpkin decorating party, as this would be my little girl’s first time decorating a pumpkin!

She happily chose our pumpkins and then we joined the rest of the mamacitas and kids to decorate — some of us may have been distracted by the yummy donuts and pizza generously provided by L.A Mamacitas.

Last year Ellie was a one-year-old and was too tiny to join in the festivities. This year, she was able to participate in the Halloween tradition and was introduced to Goosebumps!

I look forward to handing over my R.L. Stine book collection to her! Yes, I have not donated my collection after two decades — they’re ready for her!

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Ellie and her friends decorated their pumpkins with silly faces, stickers, and colorful rhinestones.

However, she took to the awesomely designed “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” movie poster and explored with patterns and compositions to add her own bold and  abstract designs to it! ; )

Don’t you find joy in letting your kid’s imagination run wild?

I love when Ellie creates wooden-block buildings and street-chalk masterpieces. I can already imagine the spooky adventures she will author as she brings Halloween to life à la R.L. Stine!

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Thankful to @la_mamacitas for sponsoring this post and being awesome at organizing fun-filled family events in our community for moms and kiddos! And thankful to you, for riding along the nostalgic train with me on this post. Seriously.

Let me know when you go see “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” and your thoughts in the comments section below!

Find me on Instagram @LifeOfTorres and hashtag #GoosebumpsMovie and #LAmamacitas — we can both go down memory lane together!

Love,

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P.S. Here’s a sneak peek inside the complimentary promotional swag bags!

We will definitely use the tote bag for trick or treating in a couple weeks. I felt like a kid, again, with the pencil pouch goodies and bookmarks (I collected those, too!). Wouldn’t you?!

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Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween Official Movie Poster
Only in theaters October 12, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Goosebumps, Sony Pictures

 

Sustainable Christmas Gift Wrapping With Lil’ Libros Printable Gift Tags

Sustainable Christmas Gift Wrapping With Lil’ Libros Printable Gift Tags

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Amiga, Christmas is here and the spirit of extra gift giving is upon us!

I would love to share one of my favorite sustainable ways of wrapping small gifts with a used grocery paper bag while also sharing with you how I used the Lil’ Libros complimentary printable gift tags. If you’re not, yet subscribed to their newsletter, sign up at Lil’ Libros.

If I see an opportunity to recycle and reuse – I will take it! Are you the same? Amen to sustainable living.

I use reusable shopping bags, but there are always those days when I pop-open my car trunk to realize I didn’t place my reusable bags back in my car after my last shopping trip. How many times has that happened to you? #MomLife Right? haha On those days, I purchase paper bags.

If I don’t use the paper bags for birthday gift wrapping throughout the year, I save them and I end up with a nice stack at the end of the year to wrap small Christmas gifts!

 Only one grocery paper bag was needed to gift wrap the Lil’ Loteria: A Bilingual Picture Word Bingo Game (English and Spanish Edition). Excess paper was cut and ends were folded as you would any gift wrapping paper and taped with Scotch Gift Wrap Tape . Any tape will do, but this one is my favorite because it disappears with a nice satin-finish. It’s all in the little details!

When creating crafts where I want to write and even doodle on, I turn to Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens. I love that they provide great color, yet don’t bleed through the page, and the medium point allows me to create thin or thick lettering.

I took the excess scraps of the paper bag and gave the adorable gift tags a mat to sit on and be framed by to give them an extra pop of attention.

Here you can see the detail of the bows tieing these super adorable Lil’ Libros printable gift tags and the bold, yet delicate lettering I was able to create on them!

I purchased the beautiful white and metallic gold twine at HomeGoods. I love how the gold compliments the naturally rustic beauty of the paper bag by adding delicate elegance to the gift!

There’s a very similar twine on Amazon, if you’re interested.

I wanted to create little extra detail for the gift tag portraying Our Lady of Guadalupe, so I took a 6″x6″ square of tissue paper and folded it like an accordion and taped it underneath the bow. Simple and pretty.

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I’m so happy with the finished product! I love how these keepsake Lil’ Libros printable gift tags added a personalized touch grounded in our Mexican culture. (¡Gracias Ariana and Patty!)

We spend so much time thinking of a person’s likes and interests to decide on the perfect gift for them to only end up placing the gift into a gift bag — you gotta do what you gotta do, I completely understand. #MomLife is real, but if you can spend the extra time and energy to create extra special gift wrapping, please do! That in itself is a gift. Don’t you agree?

I would love to know if you enjoyed learning how I add a special touch to gifts when reusing a used grocery paper bag, instead of overly expensive gift wrapping paper. Please leave a note with your thoughts.

¡Feliz Navidad! May Los Tres Reyes Magos bring you a gift especially wrapped just for you on January 6 for Three Kings Day!

Love,

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