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April 11, 2021
Cakesicle Tutorial

A Cakesicle Tutorial (?) About halfway through this project, I struggled with whether I could call this a cakesicle tutorial.  But since I successfully made some cakesicles, despite the struggle, I decided I would, because ultimately, I have some helpful tips to share.  In fact, I made so many mistakes, I have A LOT of […]

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November 22, 2020
Think Outside the Cookie Cutter

Learn to Think OUtside of the Box, Er, Cookie Cutter You don't need to buy a cookie cutter for every cookie you want to make.  Learn to think outside of the cookie cutter and you may just find that you can make all sorts of designs your cutters were never intended for!  When life gives […]

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November 2, 2020
Owl Sugar Cookie Tutorial

Owl Sugar Cookie Decorating In today's post, I'm going to talk through the process of turning an inspiration piece into an decorated sugar cookie owl! I'm calling him Professor Owl because he's wise (owl, duh) and the bowtie and vest look professorial to me! Inspirating Strikes in Odd Places Sometimes I would never refer to […]

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August 7, 2020
Making A Chewbacca Cupcake Cake

An Ode to Chewbacca Today's Mandatory Activity is a Chewbacca cupcake cake, but before I start this post, I want to just talk about Chewbacca for a minute.  He's the friend we all hope we have in life...fearless, protective, fiercely-loyal, and speaks a language that only the two of you can understand. 🙂    Why […]

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July 17, 2020
Make Custom Cupcake Picks Using the Cricut Design Space Slice Feature

Learn to Slice, and Then Slice Confidently! This tutorial is going to be a 2-for-1.  First, I will show you how to use the slice feature (or slice tool) in Cricut Design Space.  Then, we will apply your newfound knowledge to make our own custom cupcake picks! Cute, right?  They took literally about 30 minutes, […]

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April 7, 2020
3 Cookie Designs Using Edible Moss

What's Edible Moss? What Do You Do With It? Let's talk edible moss! There are not an enor-moss (!!) number of uses for edible moss, but when you can use it, boy does it pack a punch, visually.  The photo above is my Easter cookie assortment for this year.  The 3 cookie designs using edible […]

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March 11, 2020
St. Patrick's Day Decorated Sugar Cookies

Shamrocks, Leprechauns, and Pots o' Gold cookies! Are you feeling lucky?  Then try your hand at some fun St. Patrick's day decorated sugar cookies!  After a few years of trial and error, I have finally settled on a sugar cookie recipe that I think is perfect.  You can see from the photo and tutorials (below) […]

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February 28, 2020
How Fancy Are Fancy Sprinkles?

How Fancy Are Fancy Sprinkles? Fan-Freaking Fancy! So, I was lying in bed one night, scrolling through my IG feed and BOOM, Fancy Sprinkles ad.  I think it's safe to say that I spent about an hour combing through the website before I decided it was too late and I was making poor decisions, and […]

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February 14, 2020
Valentine's Day Llama Cookies!

Do you llove llamas?? Enjoy this quick video tutorial for decorated llama Valentine's Day cookies! Hi Friends! Today's post is going to be a quick one.  Mostly I'm going to post the video below, which is only about 3 minutes since I sped it up a little, but I did want to mention a few […]

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January 31, 2020
Yoda Cupcakes!

Yoda Cupcakes! Love Them You Will. Do you share my experience where Star Wars unites people through generations?  A Star Wars themed birthday party is almost always a safe bet, and Star Wars themed cupcake wrappers were one of the first projects I attempted when I got my Cricut about 5 years ago.  I'll insert […]

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I’m Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun). I run a blog, A Mandatory Activity, focused on baking and crafting for gatherings and gifts.

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