Easter & Spring


Hi! My name is Emily and I blog all the things (but mostly food…and mostly desserts) over at Is This Really My Life. I absolutely love when Crafting Chicks put together an awesome series like this summer’s Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide. And then I love it even more when they ask if I’d like to participate.

Heck to the yes!

Don’t tell, but I pretend the Crafting Chicks have adopted me. All the time.

I was super excited to come up with a recipe to go with a garden theme. I was pretty sure it would be cupcakes because my daughter’s birthday is in August and she’s all about the cupcakes. But what kind of garden-y cupcakes would an 8-year-old love? Butterfly cupcakes, of course!

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!
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You know what I love most about these butterfly cupcakes? They’re crazy easy even if you make the cupcakes and frosting from scratch. For this batch I used a boxed mix because my homemade cupcakes tend to sink (I have yet to get them right) and no one was the wiser. I paired them with my favorite homemade vanilla frosting, which I colored a light blue for the sky.

The pretzel wings (white fudge Flipz + colored sugar) took only a couple minutes to make and are seriously tasty— I highly recommend making a few extra so you can snack on them while assembling the cupcakes. Or you can take the extras and dip them in the leftover frosting. I won’t judge.

To make the wings, simply lay out your sets of pretzels and lightly mist with water. Gently sprinkle colored sugar over the pretzels covering them as best you can. Let dry before placing on cupcakes.

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Butterfly Cupcakes - how to easily make glittery wings.
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For the butterfly body, I found these super cute colored pearls at my local grocery store. They are Celebration by SweetWorks and were packaged individually. But you can use any pearls or mini candy or fancy frosting tip if you’d like.

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!
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I was hoping I could prop up the wings a bit but the pretzels were too heavy and the frosting too fluffy, but I think they still turned out adorable. Livi was super happy with them, and that’s all that really matters.

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!
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Butterfly Cupcakes
Makes approx. 2 dozen.

Ingredients

  • 1 box rainbow chip (aka funfetti) cake mix plus ingredients to make cupcakes OR your favorite homemade recipe
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 to 4 drops blue food coloring
  • 48 white chocolate-dipped pretzels (I used white fudge Flipz)
  • Colored sugar
  • Colored pearls
  • Black or brown frosting for the antennae

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Directions

  1. For cupcakes, mix and bake cake mix according to package directions. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.
  2. While cupcakes are baking and cooling, prepare your sparkly wings. Lay the pretzels flat side down on paper towels (see photo above) and lightly mist with water. Sprinkle colored sugar on the pretzels covering them as best you can. Let dry before placing on cupcakes.
  3. For frosting, beat the butter on medium speed for about 2 minutes until creamy. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, salt and food coloring and beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Add more sugar if frosting is too thin, more milk if too thick. Frost cooled cupcakes.
  4. To assemble butterflies, place colored pearls in a line down center of cupcakes. Attach a set of wings as shown and finish them off by piping antennae on the top.

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If you love cupcakes as much as I do, I’ve shared quite a few cupcake recipes on my site including these seasonal peach cobbler cupcakes. Mmm…

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Peach cobbler cupcakes - a hint of peach flavor in the cupcakes and peach preserves in the center.
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In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

To kick off our In the Garden with Kids Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

In the Garden with Kids

 

5 cool plants for kids from The Typical Mom

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Bean Teepee from Joyful Toddlers

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Seeds Mini-Book from Spell Out Loud

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Garden Hobbit House from Imagine Childhood

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Quick and colorful kids’ garden from K.I.S.S.

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Fairy garden from See Jamie Blog

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Soda bottle watering can from Mess for Less

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Easy plants to grow with children from Nurture Store

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Imaginative play garden from Frugal Fun for Boys

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Checklists and Printables from Lemon Lime Adventures

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Growing sunflowers from The Golden Gleam

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

DIY Watering Can from One Creative Mommy

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.  Sign up for our newsletter HERE.  Each Friday we will be sending links to the weekly theme and posts so that you can get started!

Mondays: We will be sharing the best learning ideas, crafts and more from our favorite sites that tie into our weekly theme.

Tuesday:  We will be sharing the best Children’s Books!  And a literature activity that coincides with both the Chicks’ Pick book and weekly theme.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:  We will be sharing posts from our favorite bloggers!  They have the best ideas and are excited to be a part of this series!  All of these posts will tie into the theme:)

Fridays: Make sure you join each Friday to see what activities, supplies & other things you will need to plan your themed week at home.  We also will be having really cool giveaways each and every Friday of this series.


Hi crafting friends! I’m delighted to share a fun WEATHER snack today about rainbows and clouds! It’s a fun treat that kids can assemble themselves in under 2 minutes!

Rainbow Kids Snack

But first, let me introduce myself…I’m Kristen Duke, and I share the ideas in my head over at Capturing Joy. If you need photo tips, want to see my favorite family recipes, travel adventures, or check out our home tour, I’d love to have you! I live in Austin Texas and have 4 fabulous children and a handy husband that helps me with the projects in my head.
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Now, back to the rainbow snack. I altered an idea I saw from a kindergarten site, and got my girls involved in the process.

Here is what you need:

  1. graham crackers
  2. blue frosting
  3. marshmallows
  4. rainbow airhead

graham crackers and marshmallows for rainbow snack

I made them first, to make sure it all went as I thought it would in my head. I used 2 sizes of marshmallows for fun, you can just use one if you’d like.

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In order for the rainbow airhead to stand up, it helps to have a thicker layer of frosting, and putting the marshmallow clouds down first to “book end” the rainbow and hold it in place. I also trimmed down the rainbow just a touch so it wasn’t too long.

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My 6 year old daughter was able to whip hers together, easy, and she thought it was so fun!

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She loved the 2 sizes of marshmallows

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She also really loved eating her creation!

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If you’re talking about weather, or just want to make a fun snack with your kids, try out the Graham Cracker Rainbow Snack!

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Thanks for having me, Crafting Chicks!

I’d love you all to come on over and visit Capturing Joy, or find me on your favorite social media, I love Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!

Here are a few posts that I’ve shared that you may also like:

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Kids Lunch Jokes and Brain Teasers // Blueberry Yogurt Protein Bites // Say NO to Auto Beginner Photography // What to Wear in family pictures by COLOR

 

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Hello Crafting Chicks readers! I’m Kelly and I blog at Here Comes the Sun. I’m so excited to be here today for the Summer Series. Summer is in full swing and about this time every summer is when “I’m bored” wails start to be heard much more frequently. Sometimes when the kids get antsy, I wish I could just sit outside during a summer rain and listen to it fall. That sound is very soothing to me. Dreaming of soothing sounds, my son and I made DIY Rain Stick together. This craft was so much fun and super easy to make.

A DIY Rain Stick is an easy craft for summer fun!

Supplies (affiliate links included so you can purchase what you need):

Paper towel or wrapping paper roll

Nails

Aluminum Foil

Tissue paper

Mod Podge

Sponge brush

Rice

Directions

1. This is the adult step! Poke the nails into the cardboard tube in a circular pattern. Make sure the length of your nail is shorter than the diameter of the tube.

DIY Rain Stick

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2. Roll the tube up in aluminum foil using Mod Podge on the edge to glue the foil down. Close up one end of the tube.

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3. Pour the rice into the tube

4. Close up the other end of the foil

5. Decorate the tube using tissue paper and Mod Podge

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6. Let the tube dry upright for a few hours.

Now you have your very own Rain Stick! My son loves his and uses it as his new musical instrument.

A DIY Rain Stick is an easy craft for summer fun!

Experiment with different types of fillers for different sounds. Also, experiment with different length of tubes. We used a paper towel roll but I would love to try this with a larger roll such as a wrapping paper tube.

A DIY Rain Stick is an easy craft for summer fun!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

A DIY Rain Stick is an easy craft for summer fun!

Kelly is a mom of 2 and lives in coastal NC. She loves the beach, a tall glass of lemonade and any and all things chocolate. She shares creative crafts, recipes and DIY projects on her blog, Here Comes the Sun. She also owns a graphic design shop on Etsy where she sells party printables.

 

 

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Hi there! I am Laura from Inspiration for Moms and I’m thrilled to be visiting you today! I have the perfect snack for our Bug themed week. My Back Yard Bug Snacks have a little something for every bug lover. Your kids will totally enjoy creating these easy eatable butterflies, caterpillars and ladybugs.

Back Yard Bug Snacks

 

Let’s start with those nutty Butterflies. Slice a few celery sticks, fill with peanut butter and top with some pretzels. Finish it off with a few candy eyes to make these flying bugs complete.

Butterfly Bug Snack

Who doesn’t love a sweet caterpillar? This crawling bug is simply made with a wood skewer, some grapes, two candy eyes and a little icing gel. Love that smile! 😉

Caterpillar Bug Snack

And of course, every back yard has a ladybug or two. A cracker topped with provolone cheese holds a cherry tomato with a black olive and a few candy eyes. I speckled the tomatoes with icing gel. Tip: If you don’t think the sweetness would compliment this snack you could always use an edible black marker instead.

Ladybug Snack

I have to confess that out of all the Back Yard Bug snacks, the ladybugs are my favorite. They’re so cute!

All are great for “sneaking” more fruits and vegetables into your little ones diet. (Your kids will never know.) They’ll just be thinking about how their mom is so cool because she lets them eat bugs! 😉

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Happy Bug Snacking everyone!

I would love for you to stop by Inspiration for Moms and say Hi! And be sure to check out my most popular posts:

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Back Yard Bug Snacks

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:

For Butterflies

  • celery stalks
  • peanut butter
  • mini pretzels
  • candy eyes

For Caterpillar

  • grape
  • wooden skews
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker

For Ladybug

  • crackers
  • cheese
  • grape tomatoes
  • black olives
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker

Directions:

For Butterfly

Rinse and cut your celery into 3-4 inch slices. Apply peanut butter into the middle and insert two mini pretzels. Then add two candy eyes.

For Caterpillar

Rinse and dry about 20 grapes. Carefully skew the grapes. Using the icing gel, draw a smile. Then add two candy eyes.

For Ladybug

Use your cracker as a guide to size your cheese. Place the cheese on top of the cracker. Cut grape tomato almost in half, leaving a tiny connection at one end. Open and lay flat on the cheese. Cut a black olive in half and place upside down at top of the tomato. Place the eyes in side the black olive and add the spots with icing gel.

 

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Hi- I’m Valerie from Occasionally Crafty, and I’m thrilled to be here today for Rainforest Week!
Your kids will love the art activity I’m sharing today: Rainforest Animals with Chalk Pastel Drawings.
Rainforest Animals with Chalk Pastel Drawings
I’m all about finding fun and inexpensive ideas to keep my kids entertained in the summer.  When they learn something along the way, it’s even better.

You will need the following:

  • Chalk Pastels (buy on Amazon or at an arts/craft store)
  • Black oil pastel (optional)
  • Construction paper- school/heavy grade
  • Pictures for inspiration
  • Newspaper to cover your surface
  • Soap and water for cleanup :)

Older children may be able to create their own by looking at pictures of animals or using their imagination.  For younger children, you will probably want to draw the animal for them to color.

 

1.  Set out newspaper to cover your work surface.  Begin by very lightly using a black chalk pastel to sketch your animal.  You can fix lines and shapes as you go until you’re sure of the design you want.

2.  Trace over your design with a black oil pastel if you have one, or using the black chalk pastel more darkly if you don’t.

3.  Color your design as desired.  With chalk pastels you don’t need to color in the lines completely- just get a good amount of color in each area, in preparation for the next step.

4. Once you have your design colored, smear it with your fingers.  Rub firmly to smear and spread the chalk to fill in all the space between your black lines.  Use a different finger  for each color.

5.  When you’re happy with your picture, finish by retracing your design with your black oil/chalk pastel to make it pop!

My boys all wanted to do snakes, but you could do a jaguar, toucan, monkey, tapir, fish, etc.  There are many animals to choose from!

Chalk pastels clean easily with soap and water.  Your kids will love seeing their animals come to life in art!   And of course, you can use this same technique with anything, not just rainforest animals!


Thanks so much for having me here!  I hope you’ll stop by my blog or visit me on social media.  You can find me in the following places:

Facebook |  Twitter |  Pinterest |  Instagram

If you like Kids’ Crafts, check out our Tie-Dye Towels


and my huge list of Summer Activities for Kids!

 

Have a great day!

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Combining activities and food with our kids favorite stories, is a great way to experience them together.   At Super Healthy Kids, our focus is on making fruits and vegetables simple, fun and delicious, so we decided to create an activity and snack based on the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk! What a great way to make green beans come to life for kids.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Step 1) Read the story

The story of Jack and the Beanstalk starts off with a hungry family whose cow stopped giving them milk. When Jack went to sell the cow, he was offered some magic beans instead of money. He accepted the trade, and brought the beans home. The mother was mad, and threw the beans onto the ground and Jack went to bed.   That night, the beanstalk grew up into the sky.

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Step 2) Plant your own green beans

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What a marvelous lesson this is about planting seeds or beans. Seeds truly are magical. Although when planted, they don’t grow overnight, they do get so much bigger and taller than their original size.

You can start this in a pot in the window sill, or if it is spring or summer, use and outdoor spot for your beans.

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Observe the seeds with your kids. Notice the hard shell. Set some aside so the kids can compare the seeds to the plant after it’s sprouted.

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Push the seeds just below the surface of the soil, and keep it watered.

Step 3) Eat the harvest

Another reason beans are magical is because they also grow children! We call veggies in our house, our “growing food”. Green beans in particular are a good source of calcium, vitamin B1 , potassium, and even protein.

One way we like to eat green beans is like French Fries. Add a little breading to the green beans and bake them. This way we can eat them with our fingers.

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Green Bean Sticks

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 lb of green beans

Mix the buttermilk with the egg, and soaked the green beans in the mixture for about 10 minutes in the fridge (hoping for a little extra sticking power).   Arrange the green beans on a pan, lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray (foil not necessary). Sprinkle the beans with salt and panko crumbs. Place in oven at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, or until panko starts to get golden brown.

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What a fun way to make this story come to life!

For more ideas on making fruits and vegetables fun, simple, and delicious for kids, visit Super Healthy Kids!

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Princess Hat DIY

Princess Hat DIY

If you have a little girl, these are perfect for a Fairytale theme birthday or just dress ups! Try making these fun dollar store princess hats in three easy steps.

Girls Princess Hat Supplies:

  • Dollar Store party hats
  • gold spray paint
  • variety of ribbons
  • tape

I grabbed these party hats from the dollar store and sprayed them gold. I then headed inside to gather up the ribbons.

Dollar Store party hat I then bundled my ribbon into four different strands and tied a knot on top.

variety of ribbons Once the hats were dry, I opened them up using the tabs. I used some packing tape I had on hand but any tape works great, just make sure it’s sturdy. I taped the ribbons to the inside, closed the hat and then taped it again to make sure I didn’t have any previous design showing.

Make a Princess Hat

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30 Heavenly Strawberry Recipes

Strawberries!!  Oh the heavenly recipes you can make with strawberries!  We thought you’d enjoy a few of our favorites all in one place.

30 Heavenly Strawberry Recipes

Lemon Pound Cake with Macerated Strawberries from The Casual Craftlete

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No Yeast Strawberries and Cream Cinnamon Rolls from Café Delites

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Triple Berry Trifle from Life, Love & Sugar

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Cilantro Lime Chicken with Strawberry Salsa from Jo Cooks

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Strawberry Scones from Sandy Toes & Popsicles

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No Bake Strawberry Chocolate Tart from Home Cooking Adventure

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Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips from Spend with Pennies

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Slow Cooker Strawberry Applesauce from The Magical Slow Cooker

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Strawberry Mango Salsa from Damn Delicious

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Skinny Crunchy Stuffed French Toast from Savory Nothing

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Strawberry Hand Pies from Inspired by Charm

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Whipped Strawberry Butter from Spend with Pennies

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Fresh Strawberry Water from Savvy Naturalista

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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle from Tastefully Frugal

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5-minute Healthy Frozen Yogurt from Just a Taste

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Red, White and Blue Berry Quinoa Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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Strawberry Poppyseed Salad from Pizzazzerie

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Lemon Basil Berry Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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Strawberry Dole Whip from Chocolate-Covered Katie

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Spinach Salad from Cooking with Ruthie

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Tropical Kiwi Strawberry Spring Rolls from How Sweet It Is

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Strawberry Limeade from Little Dairy on the Prairie

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Strawberry Lemon Poppy Seed Bagel from The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Fried Strawberry Shortcakes from Oh, Sweet Basil

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Triple Strawberry Cupcakes from Shaken Together

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Strawberry Pretzel Popsicles from Or So She Says

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Strawberry Cheesecake Dip from Spoonful of Flavor

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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake from Classy Clutter

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Strawberry Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Sauce from Shaken Together

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Strawberry Colada Macaroons from Taste and Tell

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