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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  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.

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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!

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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

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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 …

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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!

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Do you remember these acorns from the past …

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Nutter Butter Acorns

chocolate acorns

Chocolate Acorns

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

 

 

Halloween/Fall Peanut Butter Treats

Halloween will be here in just three days!  Are you prepared?

We usually get 100-200 Trick-or-Treaters each year.  I brought 22 bags of candy home from the store and hid them … I know that if a bag gets opened up, it will disappear ;)

Today, I am sharing a few quick and easy treats that have one thing in common … peanut butter!

Nutter butter bats

I made these Nutter Butter bats last year and they are my most popular treat this year!

Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs

Happy Zombie-ween!  Celebrate with Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs!

I love these Peanut Butter Cup Brooms (courtesy of Hershey’s)!  Thank you to Colleen B. (a reader) … she was thinking of my peanut butter lovin’ hubby and sent me the info … so sweet!

Nutter Butter Acorns

Nutter Butter Acorns are so easy to make … this is the “2012 Acorn” … possibly my favorite acorn!

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My first acorn … a version that I’ve seen done so many different ways … can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

Hope you enjoyed these peanut butter treats :)

Tombstone Pops

Halloween will be here in just eight days!!!  I can’t believe that I just said that!  Do you want to know how many day until Christmas?  I’m not going to count … I’ll live in denial … OK, as soon as I finish this post, I will count ;)  Honestly, I’m starting to feel a little panicky … it’s normal for me.

I feel like … let me get thru Halloween … oh, I haven’t even decorated … there’s a pumpkin on the porch and a garland hanging in the dining room … does that count as being decorated?

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If you feel a little pressed for time … like me … here is one last easy peasy, super simple Halloween treat that truly can be done in a very short amount of time ;)

P1030266 Tombstone Pops

This is what you will need to make 10 tombstone pops …

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  • 10 Paper Straws (or lollipop sticks)
  • 20 StackerMallows (flat rectangular marshmallows)
  • 4 ounces White CandiQuik (candy coating/candy melts/white chocolate) (this will be the “glue” to hold everything together and to attach decorations)
  • Various sprinkles, colored sugar, candy skulls, candy bones
  • Black edible marker (sorry, it missed the photo session ;) )

P1030252 tombstone instructions

  1. Melt the white candy according to package directions.  I put mine in a squeeze bottle (optional).  Flatten about 1″ of the straw.  Smear a little melted candy on the marshmallow and lay flattened straw on it.
  2. Smear more melted candy on top of the straw.
  3. Lay another marshmallow on top of the straw and press together the two marshmallows, add more melted candy between the marshmallows if necessary.  Let candy harden.
  4. Spread melted candy around edges of tombstone and cover with sprinkles.  Use more melted candy wherever you want to attach sprinkles, skulls, etc.
  5. Use edible marker to write messages or draw designs.

P1030264 marshmallow stackers tombstones

I told you that this project was easy peasy … like cut and paste … without the cutting and using real edible paste!

Here are a few easy Halloween ideas from the past …

marshmallow eyeballs

Eyeball Pops

Monster cupcakes

Monster Cupcakes

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Halloween Cupcakes … cute and not too scary!

Halloween … do you go for cute or scary?  I prefer cute with a little bit of creepy or scary, but not a lot, thrown in!

Bat spider bug pumpkin eye cupcakes

I was the mom that never did the “blood and guts” thing with my boys … maybe a little bit of blood for a vampire costume … that was about it.  It just wasn’t my thing … things haven’t changed.   I was much better at making cute treats for the school’s Halloween bake sale ;)

Personally, I find real spiders a little creepy, however if you make a spider out of candy and gumballs … put candy eyeballs on it … place it on a cupcake … it falls into my cute category.

Halloween Cupcakes Sixlets Gumballs

 

These cupcakes are made with Sixlets, Gumballs, or both, from Sweet Works P1030227 ed

Start with your favorite cupcakes (it’s chocolate for me) and frosting (cream cheese), colored yellow.  Fill a pastry bag that has been fitted with a #22 tip.  Frost your cupcakes in a swirl, starting from the outside edge working toward the center …

chocolate cupcakes

Now for the fun part … decorating …

I used black candy melts to attach parts (dark chocolate or royal icing could be used), candy eyeballs, heart sprinkles, licorice wheels (couldn’t find licorice laces), edible markers, green Laffy Taffy and black Disco Dust. Tweezers may come in handy for attaching tiny parts!  Just a reminder … give a minute or two to let the melted candy harden when attaching parts ;)

I truly enjoyed creating all of these Halloween critters and even named them …

Spider Cupcake Sixlet Gumballs

Silly Spider Cupcakes …

  • cut licorice for legs and place on cupcake
  • place a dot of melted black candy in center of legs and place a black Gumball (for spider body)
  • use melted candy to attach 2 candy eyeballs to a black Sixlet and place on cupcake for head
  • use melted candy to attach 2 red heart sprinkles on body (to form an hourglass)

Creepy Crawly Cupcake Sixlets

Creepy (not really!) Crawley Bug Cupcakes …

  • use an edible marker to draw a mouth on a Sixlet
  • use black candy to attach 2 eyeballs
  • place 5 or more Sixlets (including the head) on cupcake
  • use black candy to draw legs

Eyeball Eye of Newt Cupcakes Sixlets Gumballs

Eye of Newt aka Googley Eye Cupcakes …

  • use black candy to attach candy eyes to Sixlets and or Gumballs
  • use red edible marker to draw blood-shot lines
  • place eyeballs on cupcake

Frankenstein Cupcake Gumball

Frankenstein aka Frankie Baby Cupcakes

  • use black candy to attach candy eyeballs on a green Gumball
  • use black edible marker to draw mouth and scar
  • place gumball on cupcake and push it in a little
  • use black candy to create hair and 2 “neck bolts”

Pumpkin cupcake Sixlets Gumball

Pumpkin Patch or Jack o’ Lantern Cupcakes

  • Use little pieces of Laffy Taffy to create stems … they should be sticky enough to attach to orange Sixlets and Gumballs (if not use a dot of candy melts)
  • Use black candy melts (or edible marker) to draw a face on pumpkins

Bat Cupcake Sixlets Gumballs

Blingy Bat Cupcakes

  • Use black melts to draw “bat wings” on a sheet of wax paper or parchment and let harden.  I just drew the wings, freestyle … I winged it, hahaha ;)
  • Dip a brush in Black Disco Dust and tap it over the wings … bats need glitter!
  • Use black candy melts to attach a Sixlet (head) to a Gumball (body) … then attach eyeballs and draw ears
  • Place bat body on cupcake and push the body into the frosting a little.
  • Insert wings into the icing next to the bat body.

cute halloween cupcakes

Thank you to Sweet Works for providing the Sixlets and Gumballs … it was so much fun using them :)

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Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs

Let me start out by saying … I have no experience with Zombies, but they seem to be everywhere … on TV shows, TV commercials and other advertisements especially with Halloween around the corner.  Don’t forget that The Walking Dead starts its fourth season on Sunday!  The world seems to be overrun with Zombies ;)

I can see you

I do have experience with Nutter Butters … I buy them, hide them from the family, so that I can create fun stuff with them!  After I take photos, the family will attack eat them.  I just told Son #2 that I made Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs … his response – “Oh gaaawwwd” (in his usual sarcastic tone) … I know he will eventually show up and want to eat them ;)

Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs

Since I don’t really know any Zombies … I can only imagine that they have bulging blood-shot eyeballs!  I found Wilton Vibrant Green Candy Melts which seemed to be an appropriate slimy Zombie color.

This is what you will need to create your own Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs …

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  • Nutter Butter Cookies
  • Wilton Vibrant Green Candy Melts (or candy coating colored with candy colors)
  • Large Candy Eyeballs (I found them at my grocery store)
  • Red Americolor Gourmet Writer
  • Large Marshmallows

zombie eyeball  instructions

  1. Cover a tray with wax paper or parchment.  Cut marshmallows in half … dip the knife in water to help it from getting sticky.
  2. Use the red marker to create blood-shot lines on the marshmallows (not on the cut side) … short strokes seem to work best.
  3. Melt the candy according to package directions.  Dip a cookie in the candy, covering it completely and tap off all excess.
  4. Lay on prepared tray and place 2 marshmallow eyes on top.  Chill a few minutes.
  5. Use a dot of melted candy to attach candy eyeballs.

Nutter Butter Eyeballs

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Candy Corn Makes Me Happy!

Camping makes me happy … just returned home from a short camping trip in Ojai!  Over the weekend, southern California experienced the hot dry Santa Ana winds, therefore wood burning campfires were not allowed … camping without campfires does not make me happy.  However, if you have a friend that brings a portable propane fire pit … you can have a campfire … I was happy :)

Pizza makes me happy … tried a new flavor combo … chicken and green chilies!  I love chicken and mild green chilies in quesadillas and other foods, but never thought of pizza … try it, you’ll like it :)

Candy Corn makes me happy … I love the colors, I love the shape, I love to eat it, it reminds me of fall, it makes me think of Halloween … it makes me happy!  I decided to return the favor … I made candy corn happy …

happy candy corn

They all look so happy … that make me happier!

These happy little candies would be perfect on top of a cupcake, cookies, brownies or anywhere that needs a little happiness ;)

Instructions and supplies …

candy corn faces

Words are probably not necessary … draw faces on candy corn with an edible marker, give them some personality … easy peasy!

One more thing that makes me happy … The Peanut Butter Man and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary … I can’t believe how quickly 40 wonderful years have passed :)  I made him this edible anniversary card … that’s the kind of wife I am …

happy anniversary cookies

I’m sure that guessed, the cookies were his favorite peanut butter cookies … he was very happy :)

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