Archive of Alexis Murphy

Alexis has written 28 article(s) for InMenlo.

It all started during Easter years ago. My kids received so many adorable chocolate bunnies that I thought there has to be something more to do with them besides nibble off the ears.

Bunny Milk became a fun tradition that we still look forward to.

It seems as though chocolate rabbits are multiplying more than ever. The Easter aisles at every store are stocked with all shapes and sizes.

I dare you not to smile at these bunnies with their fresh flower and succulent hats. Simply use a skewer to make a stem-sized hole and adorn with a tiny succulent or any other snippets from the garden. They are the perfect touch of whimsy for centerpiece or place setting.

Editor’s note: Alexis features four more ways to use chocolate rabbits on her website. You can also follow her creative thoughts on Instagram.

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Bring on the green and make cream o’ spinach soup for St. Patrick’s Day

When you have the last name Murphy, March is a time of luck and leprechauns, celebrations and of course, clovers. Everything seems more glorious and green, not only in our surroundings but in what we eat. I am kicking off the season with a special pot at the end of the rainbow — Cream O’Spinach Soup. It’s […]

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Lady Bird Ding Dongs, our tribute to Sacramento

The Golden Globe nominated film, Lady Bird, is lovely, quirky and sentimental. It is about a young girl’s love/hate relationship with her hometown of Sacramento. As it turns out, the city is not just a backdrop, but one of the stars of the movie. If you are from California, you know our state capitol often gets a […]

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Merry Christmas cheese tree to wow your guests

Cheese platters are a crowd pleaser. Cheese platters are easy. Cheese platters are delicious. Cheese platters should never be boring! I keep lots of cheese on hand during the holidays. It seems like someone is always stopping by or we need to bring something over to a friend’s house. Turning Christmas Cheese into Christmas Trees is my favorite way […]

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Five fun things to do with gumdrops – even on a busy December weekend

Gumdrops just make me happy. They are bright, colorful and festive any time of year.They are also one of the most versatile of all the goodies in candyland. Here are some of my favorite ways to use them. Yellow gumdrops with a sprig of rosemary make instantly festive pineapples. Much more convenient than a trip to Hawaii! Gnome […]

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Snacks to eat while watching the Academy Awards on TV this Sunday

Editor’s note: We’ve come to count on Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy for showing us how to make celebrations and holidays special. Here she takes on the Academy Awards, which will take place this Sunday night (2/26). Oscar Night has always been one of my favorites. The stars, the fashion, the movies and most importantly, festive […]

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Super Bowl hot dogs make perfect game day snack when filled with super food

An event as epic as the Super Bowl needs Super Food. This year we are keeping it simple and vibrant by kicking things off with “super food” topped hot dogs. A quick rush to the Menlo Park Farmers Market to intercept fresh greens was all it took. Loaded with vitamin C, calcium and carotenoids, my bunch of […]

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You’ll go nuts for these Christmas crackers

It’s not Christmas until my great aunt Nita sends us a batch of her infamous “Dilly Crackers.” Totally delicious, totally addictive. This year I whipped up a few batches to give out as gifts and enlisted a crew of NUTS to watch over the CRACKERS. Aunt Nita’s Dilly Crackers 2-12 ounce packages oyster crackers l-1/4 cups vegetable […]

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Shaking up Cinco de Mayo with two fun desserts

We are shaking up Cinco de Mayo with festive fiesta Maraca-ron and and baking up pretty Piñata Cupcakes that I know will be a big hit! Store bought macarons are instantly transformed into maracas. Get the easy directions here. Then take a swing at Piñata Cupcakes. So simple to make with fruit leather and boxed cake mix. All the information […]

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March Madness Easter Baskets are fun mash up

March Madness is in full swing and Easter is this Sunday, what better way to combine the two than with Easter Basket-ball! This simple, silly Easter Basket is sure to be a slam dunk. A small toy hoop tied onto the handle is filled with bunny-eared, basketball eggs. [They were purchased at Michael’s; if out of stock there, […]

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Get ready for the Academy Awards with these creative ideas from Alexis Murphy

Editor’s note: We’ve come to count on Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy for showing us how to make celebrations and holidays special. Here she takes on the Academy Awards, which will take place this Sunday night (2/28). Whether you’ve seen the movies or not, the Academy Awards are always exciting. The glamor, the controversy, the parties. It is time […]

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