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I am not a baker. I can admit that with no shame, no guilt, and a big smile on my face because it’s simply the truth. Sure, I love TO bake, but I have a serious lack of decorating skills. That just leads to anything I attempt to bake looking like it belongs on a cake fail style website. And I do try, I just don’t have the talent to make perfect little stars and swirls and ribbons with frosting. I love to watch cake decorating shows, I just can’t replicate anything that I see them do. I look for the “easy way” out most of the time and luckily, to the kids, looks don’t matter.
I also prefer that whatever baking I do attempt is on the easier side of the decorating scale. Some frosting, some sprinkles, and we’re good to go. What I do love is when the kids want to help and try their hand at making fun treats. Obviously I can’t teach them much, but it’s a great family activity that you can do anytime of the year.
Haley loves to be by my side in the kitchen, always watching and seeing what she can help with. The brand new Pillsbury™ Filled Pastry Bag is the perfect way for young children to start with decorating and frosting. The mess is cut down drastically, there’s no trying to figure out how the pastry bag even goes together, and it comes loaded with either vanilla, chocolate fudge, or cream cheese frosting. It’s kind of a life saver if you have multiple kids wanting to decorate – just give everyone their own filled pastry bag, a plate of cookies/cupcakes/etc, and an assortment of toppings (sprinkles, candies, etc) and you can actually sit back and just supervise!
Can you imagine how many more times you’ll want to gather everyone around the table and decorate dessert? Gone are the days of taking an empty pastry bag, fitting it into a tall glass, spooning in frosting, squeezing it all down, and freaking out because you forgot the decorating tip… that’s all gone! The decorating tip is already in the bag, so you just pull off the part of the bag that’s covering the tip, squeeze the frosting down towards the tip and you are good to go. You kind of feel like a pro when you start, especially when you start using the bag with just one hand. Magically, I’m a decorating machine!
Do you see our donut pan sprinkle holder? That’s another great solution for easy and less-mess decorating with kids. I’m pretty sure I found that at Meijer in their baking section (where you would find the pans and whatnot), and the Pillsbury™ Filled Pastry Bags are in the baking aisle on the grocery side (where you would find cake mixes and whatnot). An easy one-stop shop for everything you need!
Spending time with your family in the kitchen does not have to be messy or inconvenient. Simple things like keeping a couple Pastry Bags on hand can help you whip up a batch of cookies on a rainy day and decorate together without a huge clean-up to worry about!
Be sure to load this Meijer mPerks digital coupon to your account before you head to the store! You can save $1 on any Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag (vanilla, chocolate fudge, and cream cheese flavors are available).
I’m excited to let the kids get creative with their own decorating and see what they create! Maybe one of them will have better skills than me?