Thursday, November 18, 2010

Easy Turkey Treats

A mom at our school made these for all the teachers- super cute, easy, and yummy! Made this teacher very happy:)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Left Over Halloween Candy?!

Make..Milky Way Cupcakes!

Chocolate Cake recipe is from


  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/3 cups boiling water


In a mixing bowl, cream brown sugar and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Blend in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add alternately with sour cream to creamed mixture. Mix on low just until combined. Stir in water until blended. Pour into cupcakes-Bake @ 350 for 20 minutes.

** Mine made 37.

12 ounces milk chocolate chips
3 tbsp water
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff

Place the chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until the chips are melted, stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent overheating. Once the chips are melted, add the marshmallow cream and the water and stir until the mixture is smooth.
Cut a cone shaped piece out of the cupcake. Slice off the bottom of the cone and eat it throw it away, saving the top...fill the hole with the filling, place the top of the cone on top of the filling..

1 cup butter 1 tsp vanilla 1 pound powdered sugar 1/2 cup caramel topping Pinch of salt ...Top the cupcakes with some Carmel and a slice of Milky Way...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eyeball cupcakes

Have you noticed that I like eyeballs? These were super easy to make...pretty self explanatory,I think. The eyeballs are from Target- just a round chocolate candy.

severed body parts...mmm!

So...I've been gone for a while...oops! Work makes me tired...that's a good excuse, right?!
These are some cupcakes Ray and I made for his work Halloween Spread....
Body Parts- $5 at Target
Strawberry Jelly filled- for added gore :)

Topped with some butter-cream icing and body parts. My husband added some red food coloring to the body parts to make them extra gross...

Friday, October 8, 2010

peanut butter eyeball truffles

Peanut butter eyeballs!

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 drops blue food coloring
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • red food coloring (optional)

  • Beat the peanut butter and butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the sugar and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll chilled dough into small, eyeball-sized balls and place on 2 baking sheets lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Melt the white chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Dip each eyeball into the white chocolate and transfer to the waxed paper until the chocolate has set. You can chill them in the refrigerator.
Melt some blue candy melts (bought at a craft store, in the baking section). Fill a icing bag with the blue and pipe on a blob...which will form the:"iris" of the eye. Press a mini chocolate chip in the center for a "pupil."
For an extra spooky bloodshot eyeballs take a toothpick dipped in red food coloring and make squiggly lines on the eye. I also did this with colored white chocolate- it worked better with the food coloring.

Creepy in a cute way!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Creepy Cupcakes

Spiderweb cupcakes....
This was a bit time consuming....but aren't all cute things? I made the webs the night before I made the cupcakes. I used this template and directions to make the webs. The directions say to do it on a cookie sheet- but cookie sheet was a little to wide. Soooo, I used a plate instead. Much better:)

I stored the webs in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator.

For the cupcakes.... I used this recipe and added 2 tsp of cinnamon. Delicious!

I used this recipe ... It was my first time making was pretty easy.
Dip the cupcakes in upside down...
It's pretty messy- this is after the first dip. I dipped them twice.
Put the web on top when they're almost dry...SO CUTE!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Another good recipe from Linda's Lasagna

It's a bit time consuming, because you make your own sauce...but totally worth it:)


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 12 ounces cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until brown. Drain. In another skillet over medium heat, cook onion until translucent. Combine beef and onion in a large saucepan with tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, water, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper and sugar. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour.
  2. While sauce is simmering, blend cottage cheese, Parmesan and egg until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Spread 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover sauce with 3 noodles. Cover noodles with one-third of remaining sauce. Top with half the mozzarella. Place another layer of noodles and one of sauce over the mozzarella; top that with the cottage cheese mixture. Top with remaining 3 noodles and remaining sauce.
  6. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella on top and bake 15 minutes more, until golden and bubbly.

DIY- cracker jacks

I made this recipie tonight. It tastes EXACTLY like cracker Jacks...only better, b/c it's fresh!


  • 7 quarts plain popped popcorn
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts (optional)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place the popped popcorn into two shallow greased baking pans. You may use roasting pans, jelly roll pans, or disposable roasting pans. Add the peanuts to the popped corn if using. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, margarine and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring enough to blend. Once the mixture begins to boil, boil for 5 minutes while stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from the heat, and stir in the baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will be light and foamy. Immediately pour over the popcorn in the pans, and stir to coat. Don't worry too much at this point about getting all of the corn coated.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, removing the pans, and giving them each a good stir every 15 minutes. Line the counter top with waxed paper. Dump the corn out onto the waxed paper and separate the pieces. Allow to cool completely, then store in airtight containers or resealable bags.

I used Organics Popcorn- 2 bags
Mixing the ingredients together- I used Smart Balance "margarine"
Let it boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly
The color/texture will change when you add the vanilla and baking soda.
Don't worry if all the popcorn isn't covered. Put the popcorn in the oven @ 250...stir every 10 minutes.
After an hour of will look like this. Let it cool completely before putting it in a bowl:)


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Blog award

I won 2 blog awards this week! SO EXCITING!!

The first one is from Maryanne @ Scrappy Gifts...kinda love her blog!!!

Rule for the award:
1.Post who it was that gave you the award.
2.List 10 things that you like.
3.Give this award to 10 other blogs and let them know with a comment!

10 Things I Like:
  1. My wonderful husband
  2. My wonderful family
  3. Friends
  4. My dog, Gracie Bear
  5. Fall weather
  6. Fires in the fireplace
  7. Cupcakes
  8. baking
  9. Playing Basketball or Volleyball
  10. Blogging
10 Happy Blogs:

1. Sweet November
2. Oopsey Daisy
3. Young and Crafty
4. These Creative Juices
5. Craft-O-Maniac
6. Joy is at home
7. The Speckled Dog
8. Making Memories...One fun thing after another
9. Pittypat Paperie
10. Crafting in the Closet

$1 baby bag

I'm not sure how you feel about it, but I think spending $5 on a bag is silly. I'd much rather spend an extra $5 on a gift, than on a bag- but maybe that's just me?

Hobby Lobby sells their bags for a whopping $1 (go ahead, celebrate)!! They come in many colors... I usually start there, and then add something to the bag.

This is a bag that I made for my friend's baby, Annabelle:
I cut the shoes out using my Silhouette (baby_shoe_C00408_18816) , BUT you could easily cut these out with scissors and hole punch, too.

Here is the template:

Baby Shoes

I would use scalloped scissors, instead of making all those little cuts.

Booing @ The Workplace

I'm starting the "booing" tradition this year at work. I made a few signs, and thought I would share.. So excited!!!

I made a directions page, the poem/sign to attach to the gift, and a sign for those who chose to opt out of the activity. I have these in Word files, if you want them- just email me (


Boo Letter

no booing

Here is what I'm giving:

Happy Booing!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Celebrating 3 years!!

It's hard to believe it has been 3 years.... Such a happy day to look back on..
Me and my Hubby:) Love him so much!!

My mom, me, my brother- love them!
He was so sweet not to get me back...
One of my favorite pics...
After saying our vows, instead of walking down the isle together. The choir sang "I will follow her..wherever she will go...." Ray had no idea this was happening.

Related Posts with Thumbnails