Make the cupcakes as the package directs and let cool.
Insert a small knife into the top of a cupcake at an angle, approximately about 1/4" away from the edge of the cupcake. The knife should be near the bottom of the cupcake but not all the way down.
Cut a circle in the top while keeping the point of your knife centered and near the bottom. Once you complete the circle, a little triangular cone shape should come out and your cupcake should be hallowed out.
After mixing frosting with the food coloring to get your orange and yellow, fill plastic bags with the 3 different colors. Begin piping a layer of white in the bottom of the cupcake. Make the next layer orange, and the last layer yellow.
Take the cut out cone and slice the tip of the cone off.
Place the top slice on top of the frosting to seal the cupcake back up.
Be sure to chill the cupcakes...heat makes the colors run.
The Buttonwood Park Zoo is a smaller scale, kid friendly zoo. They have several events throughout the year but my all time favorite is their "Boo at the Zoo" event for Halloween. Kids can get dressed in their favorite costumes and be entertained by some not-so-very-scary entities! Be sure to climb aboard for a spoooooky train ride through the zoo or take a bewitching carousel ride! It’s slightly scary fun for kids of all ages! Rides are included in the Boo admission. Boo at the Zoo is proudly sponsored by Bristol County Savings Bank.
Thursday, October 30, from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: Zoo Members: $9/adult; $6/child. Non-Members: $14/adult; $11/child.
By Atty. Brandon C. Walecka, Esq., LL.M.
Q&A Series is a collection of frequently asked questions that we often hear from clients. It provides brief answers to many common questions about estate planning, Medicaid planning, special needs planning and other elder law issues. Interested in learning more? Search "Q&A".
When Should I review my Estate Planning Documents?
Clients often ask this question. Although there is no hard-and-fast rule about when you should review your estate plan, typically, you should consider reviewing your documents upon the happening of a major life event. Major life events include marriage, divorce or death of a spouse; birth or death of a child or loved one; there has been a substantial change in the value of your estate; you expect to receive a sizable inheritance or gift; you purchase new real estate; you are approaching retirement; or you hear of tax law changes that you feel may affect you, to name a few.
A few other points to consider regarding your existing documents are:
Does your trust too narrowly (or broadly) limit the surviving spouse from changing the plan or beneficiaries?
Does your estate plan protect the liquid asset for the survivor, which may not be in a trust for that purpose?
Have you left your IRAs in a way so they are protected from your children’s creditors and to maximize the “stretchout”?
Have you properly funded your trust and inserted provisions to minimize estate taxes?
Do you have the correct Trustees on your Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)? If your spouse is the Trustee, after you pass it may bring that money back into your estate, defeating the purpose of the ILIT.
4 cups fresh corn kernels or two 8-ounce bags frozen corn kernels, thawed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with canola spray.
Whisk together the eggs in a large bowl. Next, add and mix together the Cheddar, cream cheese, heavy cream, breadcrumbs, honey and shallots. Add the corn and stir into the mixture. Add the butter and mix together.
Pour the corn pudding into the baking dish, top with salt and pepper and bake until the pudding just sets, about 45 minutes. Serve immediately.
I remember when I was growing up, we had a milk man who delivered fresh milk to us every Thursday morning. We would leave the empty milk bottles for him and money in an envelope on our front porch. But times have changed... or have they? Recently I found out from a friend that A.B. Munroe Dairy in Rhode Island, actually still delivers to homes (within a certain radius ). I was amazed! And they don't deliver just milk! Munroe Dairy delivers Blount Soups, seafood, produce, frozen foods, meats, deli items, bread and a whole lot more. And since Munroe Dairy has been around for 125 years, they know what they are doing. Be sure to visit them on the web at www.cowtruck.com!
I have deep respect for anyone who can go up on stage and perform in front of a live audience. But when a child can do that, I am in complete awe! Locally, SouthCoast Children's Theatre (SCCT) helps promote the opportunity to experience becoming performers on stage! And it is done in a professional and nurturing environment. Designed for kids in grades 1st-8th, SCCT also teaches children respect and helps builds their self esteem! It teaches them team work as well. So, if your child is a drama king or queen, channel those theatrics in a positive way! Click here for more information on SouthCoast Children's Theater!
A couple of months ago my friend was telling me about her daughter's sweet sixteen party. She was so excited about being able to rent a photo booth at half the cost through "Groupon". I admit that most of the time I try to stay up on things but I was drawing a complete blank at this "Groupon" thing. My friend explained to me that Groupon is a deal of the day website which offers discounted services, memberships and gift certificates. Joining is free and everyday you get new offers on deals in your area. I was very excited to see discounted tickets for the Sky Zone and King Richard's Faire! But you have to read the fine line. Some dates are black out dates or have an expiration date. (Word to the wise: don't impulse shop unless you know you are going to use it). There are discounts for restaurants, getaways, spas, beauty products,goods, specials for fall etc! Check them out at www.groupon.com