7 Adorable Easy Easter Cupcakes That You Must Make This Year

Easter Eggs Cupcake Roundup

I love making fun and cute cupcakes with the kids, and these adorable Easter cupcake recipes prove that cute cupcakes can be made by all ages.

These Gluten Free Lemon Pound Cake Cupcakes  by One Creative Mommy are a quick and tasty alternative to the typical lemon cupcake recipe.

For a more decadent cupcake, try these  Easter Bunny Cupcakes by Dorky’s Deals.  Chocolate cupcakes are topped with chocolate frosting, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Whoppers and a few candy embellishments to create adorable brown bunnies.  These could easily be swapped out with white chocolate Reese’s and gumballs to create the traditional white Easter Bunny.

A simple boxed Funfetti mix is baked into cupcakes, frosted, and topped with this surprising topper to make these Easy Easter Cupcakes by Ann’s Entitled Life.

When I saw these adorable carrot cake cupcakes, I had no idea the toppers were made with circus peanuts!  Head on over to Cutefetti to learn How to Make Carrot Cake Cupcake Decorations with Circus Peanuts.  Not a fan of circus peanuts? Check out this  Gumdrop Carrot Cupcakes recipe.

These Easter Candy Cupcakes from The Frugal Navy Wife are made from scratch, and then topped with birds nests made from common ingredients.

Peeps and Wilton icing decorations make Peek-a-Boo Peeps Easter Cupcakes by Dorky’s Deals a must have dessert for every Easter gathering.

Saving Your Way to a Better Holiday Season | Making a List

Christmas Workshop

I’m sure that somewhere, either in the back of your mind or up front and center, you’re already thinking about the holidays.  Did you know that there are only 80 days until Black Friday? 

As with nearly anything, planning alone can save some money, but when you team planning with the knowledge learned in a Christmas Shopping Workshop, you can save a fortune!  Because not everyone is able to take a workshop, I’ll be running a series of posts that will help you get started.  Please stay tuned throughout the fall for more posts geared at your holiday shopping!

Making a List

One of the simplest and most beneficial methods of planning is list making.  Making the list is the easy part, but keeping it updated and with you at all times might prove to be a bit more difficult.  I like to keep a handwritten copy in my planner- which goes everywhere with me.  You could also keep a small notebook or a paper in your wallet.

I start my list by writing down every person that I need to buy for.  It’s sometimes hard to do that if you start shopping early.  In my husband’s family, we sometimes buy for his siblings, but other years we only buy for the kids.  We leave this up to his siblings to decide.  I go ahead and add them to my list- just in case I find a great deal on something.

My extended family used to draw names- but they never wanted to mess with it until Thanksgiving Dinner (which was held the Sunday after Thanksgiving).  That is not enough time for me, as I’m usually done by Thanksgiving.  If your family draws names late in the year, try pressuring them to draw earlier, or even at Christmas for the next year.  This will give you plenty of time to plan.

Write a full list, one that includes family, friends, teachers, bus drivers, mailman, etc. You don’t want to be caught with unexpected expenses later!

Stay tuned for the next post… Setting the ‘Ol Budget

Frugal Easter Baskets

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Easter is right around the corner and to be honest, I forgot all about the baskets!  I’ve got lots of plastic eggs, carrots, and other stuff from Target’s clearance 2 years ago, but the kids have seen it all.

Last year, they each got a Leapfrog Didj in their basket.  I picked them up for $10 each with coupons. I’m stuck this year!  They need nothing, especially nothing that would fit in a basket (such as a new swimming pool).  I don’t like to fill them with candy, because the little one eats her weight in it.

For the Mommas has a great post from a reader on how to make a basket out of a beach towel.  I love it! Stuff it with flip flops, sunscreen, a book, swimsuit, water bottle, and maybe a beach mat.

What are you going to put in yours?  Any fantastic ideas for an Easter basket that is either a.) purposeful, b.) cheap, or hopefully c.) All of the above?