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Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

This rich, thick, delicious Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect consistency for creating beautiful swirls on cupcakes!

I will be honest with you… I have never been a fan of cream cheese frosting.  I know, I said it.  I’m a crazy person because everyone loves cream cheese frosting, right?

The main reason I never liked it is because every recipe I tried was too soft, messy, and I couldn’t pipe beautiful swirls with the finished frosting.

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Doing a bit of research, I found that cream cheese frosting becomes too soft with a few things are done to it.

Tips for Perfectly Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

First, when too much sugar is added, the cream cheese frosting becomes very soft.

Second, when the frosting is over-mixed the cream cheese gets soft and loses its shape and firmness.

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Third, use butter that is soft enough to cream, but that is still a bit cool and not all the way room temperature.  (Does this make sense? It needs to be soft, but still a bit cold so that the cream cheese doesn’t get too warm while mixing.)

Finally, do not add milk unless your frosting is too stiff.  And even then mix a bit more before adding milk.

With all four of those things in mind, I set off to make the perfect pipeable cream cheese frosting.

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And you know what… I think I did!

This pipeable cream cheese frosting is firm, yet still creamy and smooth and is packed full of delicious cream cheese flavor!  My daughter has never been a fan of this kind of frosting, but after having this she requested it for her next birthday!

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Let me know how this recipe works for you!

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FAQ’s for this Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

Will this recipe work to pipe flowers?
Maybe.  Depends on how hot it is where you live.  If you live in a very warm climate, you’re likely to have softer frosting that won’t hold up to piping flowers.  With that said too… if you overwork the frosting that can also make it too soft and unusable for flowers.  My suggestion:  TRY IT and see if it works.

Can I pipe on the frosting the night before?
Absolutely.  Just keep the cupcakes chilled overnight to prevent any chance of melting or getting soft.

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What is the best way to store overnight? 
Chilled!  Make sure you’re keeping this in a container with a lid in a cold place.   I find that frosting and cupcakes sweat when in a box with a sealed lid, so I suggest putting them in a bakery box or covering lightly with plastic wrap.

I don’t have a stand mixer, can I use a hand mixer?
Yes, you always can.  It may just take a bit more patience to get it all mixed together.

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Cream Cheese Frosting Trivia

Cream cheese frosting recipes became popular in the 1960s, with the increasing availability of packaged cream cheese in supermarkets.

Some eastern European cultures, have cream cheese cakes and it could well have developed from this, and a lot earlier.

Cream cheese frosting is typically described as being lighter and tangier than buttercream. Individuals who prefer cream cheese frosting over buttercream often find buttercream to be too rich and sugary, and enjoy the tangy nature of the cream cheese as a balancing contrast to the sugar.

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Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This rich, thick, delicious Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect consistency for creating beautiful swirls on cupcakes!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature (NOT spreadable - brick only)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 TBSP heavy cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Mix in the salt and vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl again.
  3. One cup at a time, with the mixer on low-medium speed, add the sifted powdered sugar. Scrape the bowl after each cup making sure the sugar is completely combined before adding more.
  4. Once all the sugar has been added, turn the mixer to high for 15 seconds. Scrape the bowl and mix for 5-10 more seconds.
  5. At this point, check the consistency of the frosting. If it is too stiff to pipe, add up to 1 TBSP of heavy cream and mix on medium. Add the cream in small amounts, mix and check the consistency.
  6. Do not over beat or mix the frosting - the heat of the friction and beater will soften the frosting. There's a fine balance of mixing and cream that create the perfect pipeable cream cheese frosting.

Easter Cupcakes

Celebrate the Easter season with your family by making these adorable Easter Cupcakes.

Easter Cupcakes

Using any recipe, these ideas for Easter Cupcakes will are easy enough for your children to help you with and cute enough to be perfect to serve at your family gathering.

Easter Cupcakes – Chicks

My favorite Easter Cupcakes are the adorable little chicks. I mean, can these cupcakes get any cuter?

Check out the tutorials below to learn to make Chicks, Nests, and Sheep.

Have fun!

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Easter Cupcakes - Chicks

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • Frosting
  • Yellow, Orange and Green gel food coloring
  • Orange Candy Melts
  • Daisy Sprinkles
  • Eyes - black sprinkles
  • Disposable Decorator Bag
  • Large Round Tip
  • Medium Round Tip
  • Small Round Tip

Instructions

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  1. Color frosting
  2. Fit a #4 small round tip in a disposable decorator bag
  3. Add a small amount of orange candy melts to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds, stir and continue heating 20 seconds at a time until chocolate is almost melted.
  4. Stir until completely melted.
  5. Carefully add to a disposable piping bag
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  7. Pipe out the legs with feet for the chicks
  8. Let sit at least 10 minutes to harden
  9. Frost cupcake with green frosting, or any color you like
  10. Fit a #1A large round tip in a disposable piping bag and fill with yellow frosting
  11. Fit a #12 medium round tip in a disposable piping bag and fill with yellow frosting
  12. Pipe on a large mound of frosting with the large tip, then a smaller mound on top of the large mound
  13. Add beak and eyes
  14. Fit a #3 small round tip in a disposable piping bag and fill with dark yellow or orange frosting
  15. Fit a #2 small round tip in a disposable piping bag and fill with another shade of yellow frosting
  16. Pipe on feathers
  17. Remove legs from parchment paper and add under chick body

Notes

Cupcakes & Buttercream: Use your favorite vanilla or white cupcake box mix or homemade recipe. I suggest using my Vanilla Cupcake Recipe.

Easter Cupcakes – Sheep

Using mini marshmallows, these Easter Cupcakes in the shape of Sheep are extra tasty to eat and perfect for little fingers to help place the marshmallows on top.

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Easter Cupcakes - Sheep

Ingredients

  • White and Pink Frosting
  • Pink Nonpareil Sprinkles
  • Small Heart Sprinkles
  • Eyes - Black Sprinkles 
  • Mini Marshmallows 
  • Disposable Decorator Bag
  • #10 Round Tip
  • #2 Round Tip

Instructions

  1. Thinly frost the cupcake with white frosting 
  2. Color a small amount of frosting pink
  3. Fit a #2 small round tip in a disposable decorator bag and fill with pink frosting 
  4. Fit a #10 medium round tip in a disposable decorator bag and fill with white frosting 
  5. Add an oval mound of frosting for the face
  6. Add small round circles of frosting to cover the whole cupcake
  7. If you have spikes on the frosting, dip your finger in water, shake off excess and gently push down the spike
  8. Cut marshmallow in half and immediately dip the cut side into pink nonpareil sprinkles
  9. Add ears to head
  10. Pipe on the mouth with pink frosting
  11. Add heart sprinkle for nose and eyes
  12. Add 3 more circles of white frosting on top of the head 

Notes

Cupcakes & Buttercream: Use your favorite vanilla or white cupcake box mix or homemade recipe. I suggest using my Vanilla Cupcake Recipe.

Easter Cupcakes – Nest

Finally, these nest Easter Cupcakes are the most basic to make. They only require frosting, sprinkles and candy eggs!

I really hope you and your family make some – if you do, please share them with me!

Easter Cupcakes - Nests

Easter Cupcakes - Nests

Ingredients

  • Green Frosting
  • Candy Eggs
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Frost cupcake with green frosting or color of your choice
  2. Fit a #10 medium round tip in a disposable decorator bag and fill with green frosting 
  3. Pipe around the edge of cupcake and smooth with an offset spatula 
  4. Immediately dip into sprinkles
  5. Add eggs to top

Notes

Cupcakes & Buttercream: Use your favorite vanilla or white cupcake box mix or homemade recipe. I suggest using my Vanilla Cupcake Recipe.

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How to Make a Watercolor Cake with Recipe

Watercolor art is a very powerful way to express your feelings.

In this post, you will learn how to make a Watercolor Cake that will encourage you to tap into your inner artist in order to create an edible masterpiece!

When I started out making this cake, I began with a color palette of teal, pink, white and red. I was inspired by vintage Christmas and new I wanted to make something in this theme.

I shared my inspiration with my friend Lynn at Fresh April Sprinkles.

Lynn makes custom sprinkle mixes and I asked if she could take this color palette and run with it!

After a few back and forths, deciding on color shade and sprinkle size and mix options… I finally decided on this:

This custom mix turned out so good! As soon as it arrived, I couldn’t wait to bake something and use these sprinkles.

Originally, I had wanted to make a striped cake with a drip. However, when I actually made the cake, the stripes weren’t working so I decided to pivot.

This beautiful watercolor cake was the final product!

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How to Make a Watercolor Cake

1.  Make the Cake Layers – Use your favorite cake recipe to make the cake layers. I use a basic white recipe, but any will do as long as you can color the cake. If you don’t want to make it from scratch, store-bought works too! Follow the recipe below for details.

2.  Make & Color the Buttercream – I always use my basic buttercream recipe when making layer cakes. I would not recommend using store-bought frosting for this cake as it tends to be too soft.

Again, follow the recipe below for details.

3.  Frost or “Paint” the Cake – Using an offset spatula, take large dollops of frosting to the side of the cake and smear it along the side. I recommend placing the color 7-8 times around the cake and then switch to another color.

Repeat until all three colors have been used.

There is no right or wrong way to do this. I do suggest not stacking the colors – meaning place them apart or next to because when you smooth it out, the frosting will smooth in the gaps and blend together.

Better to start with less frosting dollops and fill in as you smooth.

4.  Smooth the Dollops – Hold a straight edge (a bench scrape, cake smoother, or even a ruler) at a 90-degree angle to the cake and pull the frosting smooth.   After each stroke, wipe the edge off and add more frosting dollops as needed.

Less is more with this step, the cake will never have a perfect look as that is not the intention of this technique. Continue smoothing the side then the top of the cake until you reach your desired amount of blending.

5.  Swirls on Top – There is no right or wrong way to add swirls of frosting to the top of the watercolor cake.

My favorite is using a Wilton 1M piping tip to swirl towers of frosting around the edge of the cake. However, any piping tip and or style of swirl would be cute!

6.  All the Sprinkles! – Sprinkles add a little extra something special to the cake. For this particular cake, I had a custom sprinkle blend made by my friend Lynn at Fresh April Sprinkles.

I scattered the sprinkles on top of each swirl on top and pressed them into the bottom inch or so of the cake.

NOTES

  • When choosing colors for the watercolor cake, think about how they will blend together. Two colors that blend to make a brown would not be a good choice.

    Use tools such as this color wheel to help you decide.
  • Other types of frosting such as store-bought or swiss meringue, etc can also be used. However, I recommend if you’re a new baker to use the recipe listed below.
  • Reserve a bit of plain, white buttercream to add as needed after smoothing or if you over-blend.

More Cake Ideas

Watercolor Cake Recipe

Watercolor Cake Recipe

Yield: 4 8in round cakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil, 160ml
  • 2 cup granulated sugar, 400g
  • 1 Tbsp clear vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cup + 2 Tablespoon all-purpose flour, 345g
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature
  • gel food coloring (optional)

Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp clear vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • gel food coloring

Decorating Tools

  • Large & small offset spatulas
  • Wilton 1M piping tip
  • Piping bag (I use 12in disposable from Wilton)
  • Bench Scraper

Instructions

Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease, flour, and line with parchment paper four (4) 8-inch round cake pans.
  3. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  4. Add sugar and oil and beat until all ingredients are well-combined and creamy.
  5. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and then stir in your vanilla extract.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. Measure sour cream.
  8. With the mixer on medium speed, gradually alternate between adding the flour mixture and the sour cream, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Stir until each one is almost completely combined before adding the next.
  9. Pause occasionally to scrape down sides and bottom of the bowl.
  10. In a separate bowl with a hand mixer or another stand mixer, combine the egg whites and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  11. Using a spatula, gently fold your egg whites into your batter. Take care to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl so that ingredients are well-combined, and take care not to over-mix.
  12. (Optional) Using a scale, weigh out two equal portions of batter. Gently fold gel food coloring into the batter until the color is incorporated.
  13. Using a scale, evenly divide each color of the cake batter into prepared pans.
  14. Bake on 350F for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake layer comes out clean or with few crumbs (should not be wet). For best results, rotate your cake pans halfway through baking to ensure even baking.
  15. Cakes will be a light golden brown when done baking.
  16. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  17. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream:

  1. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar, vanilla, salt and 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Gently mix together on low-medium speed.
  3. Once the ingredients begin to come together, scrape the sides of the bowl and add the remaining sugar and 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Mix on medium-high speed until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Beat on high for 30 seconds. Check the consistency of the frosting. If it is too stiff, add 1-2 Tbsp of cream and beat for 30 seconds. Recheck the consistency. Repeat if necessary.
  5. Once desired consistency is reached, beat on high for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  6. Separate the frosting into three even amounts and place them in their own bowl.
  7. Leave one bowl white and color the remaining two in different colors.

How to Make a Watercolor Cake

  1. Chill cake layers for 30 minutes.
  2. Fill, stack, and crumb coat cake. (I used this video as a guide.)
  3. Using an offset spatula, take a 1-2Tbsp dollop of frosting and paint/spear it on the side of the cake. Repeat this 8-9 times across the entire cake with the same color. With the two different colors, repeat the process. (I used this video as a guide.)
  4. NOTE: Don't worry about filling in the entire cake with these dollops - when you blend it out, the holes will fill in.
  5. Using a bench scraper, blend the sides of the cake until smooth. Add additional dollops of frosting to fill in the holes and smooth again.
  6. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip fitted on a frosting bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto the top of the cake.
  7. Use your favorite sprinkles to finish off the cake.

Easy Holiday Recipes

Easy Holiday Recipes

This collection of Easy Holiday Recipes by The JavaCupcake Blog is perfect to plan for all your holiday parties, get-togethers and family dinners!

Spiced Gingerbread Coffee served with gingerbread cookies and cinnamon sticks.

Spiced Gingerbread Coffee

This post is sponsored by the © J.M. Smucker Company, all opinions are my own.

The rich aroma of coffee paired with delicate scent of spices will fill your kitchen with warmth and your heart with joy when enjoy this Dunkin’ Donuts® Spiced Gingerbread Coffee.

Spiced Gingerbread Coffee served with gingerbread cookies and cinnamon sticks.

Summer has come to an end in my house.

Fall is here and it is officially cozy sweater and rain boots season! 

One of my favorite things to do when the kids go back to school is invite a girlfriend over for coffee. 

As soon as I kiss Matty and wave goodbye as he goes to school on the bus, I hurry home to prepare for my coffee date! 

Spiced Gingerbread Coffee served with gingerbread cookies and cinnamon sticks.

Sometimes a cup of black coffee with a splash of creamer is enough. 

However with Fall approaching and the weather turning colder, I wanted make a special spiced coffee for this morning.  

Spiced Gingerbread Coffee served with gingerbread cookies and cinnamon sticks.

Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is a staple in our household. 

In fact, I used to send Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend coffee to my husband when he was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Dunkin’ coffee got him through some long nights!

Spiced Gingerbread Coffee served with gingerbread cookies and cinnamon sticks.

For my coffee date with my girlfriend, I used Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend coffee to make a perfectly seasoned Spiced Gingerbread Coffee.  

Putting this Spiced Gingerbread Coffee together is very simple.  I combined whole milk, coffee, maple syrup, molasses, and fall spices together in a pot a whisked until smooth. And, you can find the coffee and ingredients all at Walmart!

Spiced Gingerbread Coffee served with gingerbread cookies and cinnamon sticks.

I let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes or until it reduced by a quarter.  What is left is a rich, creamy, smooth, perfectly seasoned Spiced Gingerbread Coffee that is out of this world delicious! 

In fact, it’s so rich and creamy that I have to sip it slow otherwise I’ll drink too fast and get a sugar rush! 

Spiced Gingerbread Coffee served with gingerbread cookies and cinnamon sticks.

I got some pre-made gingerbread men cookies, whipped cream, ground nutmeg and extra cinnamon sticks to garnish.  However, all those things are optional!  

The Spiced Gingerbread Coffee is delicious even without all the toppings! 

Spiced Gingerbread Coffee

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

The rich aroma of coffee paired with delicate scent of spices will fill your kitchen with warmth and your heart with joy when enjoy this Spiced Gingerbread Coffee.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups brewed Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend coffee
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish, optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, whisk together all ingredients over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook until it begins to bubble but not quite to boiling, whisking occasionally. (6-8 minutes)
  3. Once it bubbles, reduce to a hot simmer and let reduce by one quarter, whisking occasionally. (4-5 minutes)
  4. Strain coffee using a mesh strainer to get out the cinnamon stick and any other unwanted bits.
  5. Serve hot topped with whipped cream, ground ginger, a cinnamon stick and ginger cookie.

Instant Pot Soup with Pork, Smoked Sausage and Beans

Don’t wait hours for soup to be ready!  This recipe Instant Pot Soup with Pork, Smoked Sausage and Beans is ready in 45 minutes and is the perfect dinner on a cozy fall night! 

I don’t know about you, but on a week night I loathe cooking dinner.  By the time 5:30 pm rolls around, I’m tired, the kids are tired and my husband isn’t even home from work yet but dinner has to be started! 

With just a few ingredients and 45 minutes, this recipe for 
Instant Pot Soup is the best solution for those nights you just don’t want to cook!

One of my favorite parts about this Instant Pot Soup is that the pork is precooked and the tomatoes and beans come ready in a can.

All I need to do to prep this meal is saute the veggies and dump the rest in the Instant Pot! 

A few minutes of prep and only 30 minutes of cook time, this Instant Post Soup with Pork, Smoked Sausage and Beans is my go-to dinner on a cold Fall night! 

The pork, smoked sausage and beans are hearty and the broth is full of flavor.  I love taking a big piece of crusty bread and soaking up the broth. 

So yum! 

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To be honest though, this is the first Instant Pot Soup recipe I’ve ever tried.  In fact, this is the first Instant Pot recipe I’ve ever made period!  

I know, crazy, right?!  How I have survived this long without an Instant Pot? 

Must Try Instant Pot Recipes

What are some of your favorite Instant Pot recipes?  Here are a few I’m dying to try…

Shredded beef filling for tacos 
From Taste of Home: “Create a taco or burrito bar! For a variation, I make beef and bean burritos by mixing a can of refried beans into 3 or 4 cups of cooked beef filling.—Hope Wasylenki, Gahanna, Ohio”

Pressure Cooker Shredded Beef Burrito Filling

Faux Rotisserie Chicken
From Cooking with Curls: ”
Do you ever find yourself at the grocery store buying a week’s worth of food, then reach for a rotisserie chicken because you no long have the energy to go home and cook what you just purchased? I admit it, I am guilty. But have you ever looked at the ingredients label on that chicken? Yikes! My Instant Pot Faux-tisserie Chicken is pure goodness…..”

Your family is going to love this Instant Pot Faux-tisserie Chicken just as much as the ones you buy in the store, but you get to control the ingredients | cookingwithcurls.com

Sweet Potatoes
From Add a Pinch: “Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Recipe – Cooking sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker makes cooking sweet potatoes so quick and easy! Perfect for enjoying as baked sweet potatoes as a side dish or for cooking to use in sweet potato casserole and so many other dishes!”

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Recipe - Cooking sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker makes cooking sweet potatoes so quick and easy! Perfect for enjoying as baked sweet potatoes as a side dish or for cooking to use in sweet potato casserole and so many other dishes! // addapinch.com


TJCB recipes to try as Instant Pot Soup!

Now that I have this Instant Pot, I think I need to reinvent my favorite JavaCupcake soup recipes to make in the Instant Pot! 

Instant Pot Soup

Below you’ll find my recipe for Instant Pot Soup with Pork, Smoked Sausage and Beans.  Let me know if you try it… I’d love to hear what you think! 

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Cars 3 Play Date

This post is sponsored by Mattel. All opinions are my own.

Reward your kids who do their chores by letting them pick out their favorite Disney-Pixar Cars toys at Walmart and a Cars 3 Play Date!

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What kid likes to do chores? My kids certainly do not. I definitively do not like chores either.

However, if someone were to offer me a lunch at my favorite restaurant or a massage to clean my room I would absolutely get my chores done! 

That concept of rewarding good behavior is exactly what I have done with my 6-year-old son Matthew this summer.

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Matty loves his toys and Matty loves to make a mess of his toys.  I suppose that’s true of all kids his age.  

However, I’m trying to also teach Matty the value of cleaning up, living in a home that isn’t messy and cluttered all the time, and being rewarded for good choices.  

There are a lot of ways to keep track of your kids chores.   

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I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel by creating a new chart, however the internet is already full of some really great charts and trackers.

This website has some great ideas.

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For Matty’s reward, he wanted to invite our new neighbor boys over for a Cars 3 Play Date! 

I called my neighbor Chelsea and we set a date for her two boys Grayson and Cohen to come over one morning.  

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Mattel supplied us with so many great Cars toys from Walmart that Matty wanted to share them with his friends. 

Each boy got to pick their favorite Cars toys to play with and keep.  

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The boy had so much fun shooting the cars out of the launcher! 

Cohen, the little guy, carried around Lightening Mcqueen like the car was his best friend.  So cute! 

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The incentive for new Cars toys from Walmart has really encouraged and excited Matty to get his chores done.  

Of course, there are days where I have to ask him over and over to pick up his toys… but on a whole, the reward system really worked! 

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I also made jumbo blueberry muffins for the kids to snack on.  Grayson and Cohen weren’t fans, but Matty and Chelsea loved them!  Get my bluebery muffin recipe here

So if you’re looking for a way to reward your kids for good behavior, make a chore chart and then head to Walmart to let your kids pick out some super fun Cars toys! 

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