Nutter Butter and Chocolate Turkeys

Thanksgiving is around the corner … need a sweet simple, easy peasy and pretty darn cute turkey to help decorate the table?  Well, you are going to love my Nutter Butter and Chocolate Turkeys!  They can be used as place card holders, too … dessert and a place card (that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face) all in one … bonus!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Turkeys

Now that you have seen my peanut butter and chocolate turkeys … what do ya think?  I think they are a little silly … just like my family …

Thanksgiving Turkey Nutter Butter Place Cards

These are not your typical place cards … fun, not formal … we are not a formal family!  We may not be formal, but do set the table … even break out Grandma’s silverware and the “good” dishes.

You can find the supplies to make these turkeys at most grocery stores.  They can be made now and kept in an air tight container until Thanksgiving … they’re not just easy … convent too! I would recommend adding the name cards after placing them on the table, because they are just set in place (not attached).

For each turkey you will need …

Turkey cookie

1.  Make the turkey head (just like we did for the Turkey Pops) – attach the eyes, beak and wattle with a dot of melted chocolate.

Cookie place cards

2.  Attach the mini fudge stripe cookies as tail feathers – use melted chocolate on the stripe side of the cookie to attach it to the back side of the chocolate wafer, let chocolate harden.  Use more chocolate on the backside to “reinforce” the tail feathers, let chocolate harden.

3.  Use melted chocolate to attach the Nutter Butter to the chocolate wafer (keep bottom edge of cookies even).  Attach orange candies (feet) with a dot of chocolate, let harden.  To make turkey stand up – use a dollop (about the size of a nickel) of melted chocolate on top of a chocolate wafer – place turkey on melted chocolate and hold until set.  Hint:  to help the turkey stand up quickly – place the turkey on melted chocolate, lift the turkey slightly and then place back down on wafer cookie.

Nutter Butter Chocolate Turkey

 

News flash … you know how my family like to tease me about my creations … not one family member rolled their eyes, told me that I’m a dork or laughed at me … just wanted to know when it was okay to eat the turkeys!!!  The hubby actually told me “they are pretty cool” … I almost fainted ;)

Nutter Butter Cookie Turkeys

 

Do you set a formal table for Thanksgiving … informal … buffet?  I love to hear your comments!

 

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Nutter Butter Turkey Pops

Nutter Butter Turkey Pops are not a new idea, but this is the first time that I’ve made them!  These pops are the perfect Thanksgiving treat for everybody.  Use the turkeys as a take home favor … sweet treat!

Nutter Butter Turkey Pops

I had fun making these little guys … change the faces or tail feathers … there are no rules!   Have you seen the different flavors of candy corn available … caramel apple, gingerbread, pumpkin spice … too many to name!  This project is pretty fast and easy … as usual.

Cookie & Candy Turkey Pops

Let’s get started … to make each turkey you will need:

  • A cute paper straw (or lollipop stick)
  • 1 Nutter Butter cookie
  • 1 chocolate wafer cookie (such as Nabisco Famous)
  • 7 pieces of candy corn (whatever flavor you like)
  • 1 or 2 candy eyeballs
  • chocolate covered sunflowers seeds – 1 red & 1 yellow
  • melted chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik) … royal icing could also be used

Turkey cookie

1.  Use a toothpick and dot of melted chocolate to attach candy eyeballs and sunflower seeds to the Nutter Butter … have fun with the eyeballs, they are goofy little turkeys!

Turkey candy corn

2.  Dip the small end of the candy corn in melted chocolate and arrange them close together on the bottom side of the chocolate cookie.

3.  Add a little extra chocolate to reinforce the “tail feathers” and let harden.

thanksgiving turkey pop

4.  Flatten the end of each paper straw (about 1 1/2″ – 2″).

5.  I placed an extra under the chocolate wafers to help balance them.  Dip the flat end of the straw in melted chocolate and lay it on the chocolate wafer.

6.  Add a Nutter Butter immediately and let the chocolate harden up before moving the pop.

Turkey Nutter Butter Cookie

Make these pops … impress your family and friends … then shake your tail feathers!

I gotta go now … working on one more turkey to share with you in a day or two ;)

I ♥ your comments!

 

 

Thanksgiving review and reminder

Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter for a chance to win the “Southern Fried Giveaway” … a Thanksgiving review too!

I’ve read the comments that have been left … you are some busy bakers!  I need to keep up with you  :)

There are some half-finished turkeys is my kitchen … they are not the roasting kind of turkeys … sweet ones!  I promise to have photos and instructions in the next couple of days ;)

In the meantime … blast from the past!

Nutter butter M&M's turkeys

Nutter Butter Turkeys on Reese’s Cups

0081 marshmallow pilgrim hats

Easy Pilgrim Hat Pops

Simple Cranberry Sauce

Simple Cranberry Sauce

I’m off to the kitchen and finishing turkeys!  Remember … I’ll be selecting a winner tomorrow :)

My Southern Fried Vacation & A Little Souvenir Giveaway

October has come and gone … been home from vacation for two weeks … laundry is done … suitcases are waiting to be taken to the attic.  I intended to post this giveaway along with a few vacation photos the day after my return … obviously didn’t happen ;)  Why does it take me so long to back into the swing of things?  It took me two days to do the laundry and two or three days to do all of the grocery shopping.  There were just a few things left in the fridge, including sour milk … two of my sons actually smelled it and put it back in the fridge … never understand that one!

We had a great time visiting family (didn’t take a single photo, oops!) and site seeing … been to the south many times and still find new things to see and do!  This is my Southern Fried Vacation in a nutshell … ate a lot of fried chicken at Loveless Cafe, Cracker Barrel, KFC, Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons and the best chicken fried chicken at Puckett’s Grocery.  Had fried apples at Cracker Barrel … fried apple pies at The Apple Barn (they have a permanent Christmas store!) and Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill, where we watched the whole sorghum making process … think the hubby wants to grow sorghum now!

southern fall vacation

We spent a few days with Bessie and her friends … saw some adorable scarecrows in Gatlinburg … stealing that idea for my yard next year!  I love lighthouses … stumbled across one on Tybee Island.

My hubby, the Peanut Butter Man, had his agenda too …

Hubby's favorite things

Visiting the Louisville Slugger factory may have been the highlight of his year … you have no idea how many photos we have of that huge bat!  The real biggie was … he held Johnny Bench’s bat … been a fan forever and of course we have photos!  I remember driving from California to Tennessee in 1973 … saw a billion Stuckey’s Pecan Shoppes along the highway … they disappeared … found one … hubby stocked up with one of his all-time favorites … Stuckey’s pecan logs!  Visited the Corvette Museum and saw many fancy cars, including the ones that were recovered from the sinkhole!

Fall Vacation

 

We visited Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston … currently a working farm.  The leaves were changing colors … beautiful countryside!   We did a lot of driving, especially at night … put about 3,000 miles on the rental car … thank goodness for unlimited miles.  I’m still try to convince the hubby that I worked on this vacation … remember the Acorns!

I’m home now and ready to really get back to work … Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner!

Finally … the little giveaway …

I picked up a few souvenirs for one lucky person!

My Vacation Giveaway

 

These items were chosen because they made me smile, fit in my suitcase and I thought … who doesn’t need a few more kitchen items?  ;)  The first dish towel came from The Loveless Cafe … where they serve great biscuits!  The second dish towel is from Paula Deen’s store … the saying made me smile :)  I found the wooden spoon at The Apple Barn … made by local craftsmen … never can have too many spoons!

How to enter for a chance to win these fun kitchen supplies!

 

  • Just answer the following question on this blog post:
  • What was the last thing you baked … maybe biscuits, cookies or a frozen pizza?
  • One entry per person.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, November 10, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. The deadline has passed and the giveaway is over.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday.

This giveaway is sponsored by me.

The winner is comment #17 Cyndi, selected by Random.org.  Congratulations Cyndi!  I’ll be sending you an email ;)

What was the last thing you baked?  I just can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

 

Eyeballs for Breakfast!

Need an easy peasy and fun breakfast idea for Halloween morning?  How about eyeballs?  Yes, I said eyeballs … a little creepy, but not too scary!  I’m not really sure if eyeballs alone are a well-balanced breakfast … maybe add a scrambled egg on the side ;)  This is my idea of a fun and easy breakfast or afternoon snack idea …

Breakfast Eyeballs - SweetSimpleStuff.com

OK, all kidding aside … eyeballs are bagels and cream cheese … perfect in the morning or anytime of day!  Son #3 took them to the office for morning coffee break … eyeballs are not just for kids!  I did make two versions … for those of you that don’t want to serve candy for breakfast …

Breakfast Eyes, bagels - SweetSimpleStuff.com

 

The fake spiders are my version of “special effects” and the only kind of spiders allowed in my kitchen ;)

This is how I made them …

Bagel eyeballs - SweetSimpleStuff.com

  1. Slice a bagel in half.  Hint:  If you want toast the bagels, let them cool before adding the cream cheese … it may melt.
  2. Spread with softened cream cheese.
  3. Put strawberry (or any red) jelly or jam (with pieces of fruit removed) into a disposable decorating bag, cut the tip off (creating a tiny opening) and pipe some squiggly “blood-shot” lines on the cream cheese.  Hints:  A Ziploc bag could be used.  A tube of red gel or frosting could be used in place of jelly.

Eyeballs 2 ways - SweetSimpleStuff.com

Option A – I found these great gummy eyeball candies (6 eyeballs in one box).  Hint:  I’ve also seen large bags of them in the Halloween candy section of stores.

Option B – I used sliced kiwi and blueberries.  Hint:  Use a dot of jelly or cream cheese under the blueberries … they tend to roll away!

Easy Eyeballs - SweetSimpleStuff.com

Both versions are easy to make and fun to eat!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do … eyeballs always make me smile!  Here’s some from the past …

marshmallow eyeballs

Eyeball Marshmallow Pops

Bloody Eyeballs served on forks

Bloody Eyeballs

Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs

Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  I ♥ your comments!

Sweet Simple Acorns … the best ever!

Hello everybody!  I am home from vacation … happy to be home, but miss vacationing and visiting with family.  The supplies for these Acorns were sitting on my kitchen counter when I left home … was dying to make them, but ran out of time.  While visiting my hubby’s sister in Tennessee, I bought more supplies and made them for her grandkids.  The kiddos were so cute … I was taking photos for you and they were taking photos too!  It was like these Sweet Simple Acorns were surrounded by paparazzi!  Let me tell you why I call them the best ever … they’re sooooo simple and fast to make …

Sweet Simple Acorns - SweetSimpleStuff.com

caramel, salt, chocolate and a cookie … need I say more?

Acorns 2014 cookies and caramel

So … this was a working vacation … don’t you agree with me?   The hubby didn’t buy my story and laughed at me … again ;)

This is what you will need …

cookie caramel acorn supplies

  • Keebler Mini Fudge Stripes Cookies (100 calorie packs)(each pack contains about 12 mini cookies)
  • Individual Caramel Squares (such as Kraft)
  • Pretzel Sticks
  1. Break pretzel sticks in half (one half will be used for each acorn)
  2. Unwrap a caramel and use your fingers/hands to form the bottom portion of an acorn.  The kiddos can help … it’s like playing with Play-Doh.
  3. Place a cookie (chocolate side down) on top of the caramel acorn.  Insert a pretzel piece thru the hole of the cookie and into the caramel.  Reshape the caramel if necessary.  Easy peasy!!!

Chocolate caramel acorn

The kiddos also helped me arrange the acorns for photos.  I made 12 acorns … grandma ate one before we could stop her!

Simple Acorns for Kids - SweetSimpleStuff.com

 

Do you remember these acorns from the past …

nutter butter acorns - SweetSimpleStuff.com

Nutter Butter Acorns

chocolate acorns

Chocolate Acorns

I’m happy to be home and looking forward to your comments!

 

 

Greetings from Bessie!

Hello y’all ;).  I’m on vacation and feeling guilty that I haven’t posted in some time.  We had vacations plans … things had to be changed … left five days earlier than planned.  My kitchen counter was left covered with half-finished projects and supplies for more projects.  Please accept my apology for my absence … things will be changing!

I’ve been in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana visiting family and sightseeing.  A few days ago we stayed with extended family in Rutledge, Tennessee and met Bessie …

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she says “Hello y’all” :)   Bessie and the rest of the herd are the neighbors of Jim and Christine … nice neighbors!

I just wanted to check in with everybody and say that I’ll be posting soon!

I ♥ your comments!