Bloody Eyeballs

Let’s say, you are having a Halloween party … wouldn’t you love to ask someone this …

hot cocoa with eyeball

Oh I would love to see the look on their face!

If I would have asked this question when my boys were boys … I’m sure they would have rolled their own eyes and made some comment about me being a dork ;)  But I would ask them anyway … it’s my job to bug them!

Anyway … bloodshot marshmallow eyeballs on a fork are great as pops or hot cocoa stirrers and sooooo easy peasy to make!Bloody Eyeballs served on forks

This is what you will need …

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  • Large marshmallows
  • Red candy melts (white chocolate colored red), melted
  • Plastic forks
  • Colored sanding sugar (I used green and blue, not coarse)
  • Small colored candy confetti (just the black ones)
  • Red edible marker
  • A flat round object about 1/2″ diameter (like the tip of a spoon handle)
  • Water (not in photo)

eyeball on fork instructions

  1. Dip tines of fork in melted candy, tap fork if you have too much candy.  Stick marshmallow on fork.  Let sit for a few minutes to let candy harden.
  2. Dip the tip of spoon handle in water, tap off excess (you want it to be wet, but not dripping) and place it on marshmallow.  Sprinkle sugar on wet spot, pour off excess.
  3. Immediately place and press a black confetti in the center of the sugar.
  4. Use the red marker to draw ‘bloodshot’ lines.  (I find it easiest to make short strokes)

eyeball marshmallows in hot chocolate

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marshmallow eyeballs

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Summer – Part 1… Sailboats

Has summer just begun … or is it just about over?

I feel like summer just began, but wait … Target has eliminated the patio furniture and brought in school supplies and Michael’s has started stocking Halloween stuff … the weather is telling me it’s still summer ;)

I’ll try to  make this short and sweet … summer ideas have been filling my head … today I’m sharing the first.  I’ll keep sharing until my brain is empty or until everyone tells me to stop!

Candy Sailboat

Do you like to go on cruises?  I have never been on a cruise for several reasons … one is that I’m truly afraid of falling overboard … that’s probably why I had to have a life-preserver on my marshmallow sailboat … another one is that “Jaws” has scarred me for life!  I have been on boats, but never so far away from land that I can’t see it.  I do want to go on an Alaskan cruise … maybe I can handle it without an anxiety attack!

This is what you will need to make 12 sailboats on a graham cracker ocean …

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First make the sailboats …

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  1. Cover your working surface with wax paper or parchment.  Cut the straws in half.
  2. Use the edible marker to draw lines on the smooth side of LifeSavers (omit this step if you want plain life preservers).
  3. Use a serrated knife dipped in water to cut the JumboMallows into 4 half circles (boat hull).
  4. Cut each StackerMallows into 2 triangles, using the same method.
  5. Melt the CandiQuik.  Reserve 4 ounces (1/4) melted candy white (to be used later) … color the remaining candy as desired (I did 4 ounces each, blue, yellow and orange).  Dip tip of paper straw into colored candy and insert into top of boat hull, let dry.
  6. Dip boat hull into colored melted candy, cover marshmallow completely and tap off excess candy.  (Insert lollipop stick if you are making pops)  Place LifeSaver on boat and chill for a few minutes.
  7. Attach StackerMallow sails by using a little water on the edge of the marshmallow (cut edge facing out) and attaching to paper straw (about 1/2″ from top) … allow to dry.
  8. Use a little water to attach licorice flag to the top of the straw … allow to dry.

Sweet Boat Pop

Let’s make the water …

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  1. Color about 1/4 to 1/2 cup piping gel blue.
  2. Spread a light layer of white melted candy on a graham cracker square.
  3. Lay sailboat on melted white candy and allow to dry or chill for a few minutes.
  4. Use a small spreader or spatula to smear blue icing over the white candy.  Note:  the piping gel will stay gooey and really looks wet … like water should look!

Marshmallow Sailboat

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Perfectly Imperfect Firecracker Pops

I am not perfect … my Firecracker Pops are not perfect and I’m OK with that!

This is how it started …

My friend, Kathleen, at Step by Step in the Kitchen found this candy at Walgreens …

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and challenged me to make something with it!  I accepted this challenge and drove off to Walgreens to buy the red, white and blue Twizzlers!

I had an idea … a plan … the fun of Twizzlers is pulling them apart … don’t you agree?

Twizzlers will work great as the top of firecrackers … right?

Jumbo marshmallows will make great firecrackers … right?

Then reality set in … marshmallows are not perfectly shaped and Twizzlers are uncontrollable … heck, even the star sprinkles aren’t perfect …

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Then I remembered what my friend, Dinaz, says “It’s only sugar”.

Does it need to be perfect?  I don’t think so.

Does it need to be fun?  Absolutely!!!

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I say these firecrackers are fun, sweet, a little wonky, kind of goofy and they make me smile!

This is what you will need to make 12 imperfect firecrackers …

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  • 12 Jumbo Mallows (extra-large marshmallows)
  • 1 package Red, white and blue Twizzlers (4.2 oz.)
  • Jumbo Star Sprinkles
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup each red sugar and blue sugar
  • Not pictured – 12 lollipop sticks, 1 cup water
  • Equipment – wax paper lined tray, a toothpick, paper towels, a small serrated knife

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  1. Dip the serrated knife in water and insert it into the center of the marshmallow almost to the other end.
  2. Cut Twizzlers in half and insert a half into the marshmallow.
  3. Water acts as glue for the sugar to stick to the marshmallow.  Dip the marshmallow in the water … getting it wet where you want to apply the sugar.  Use a paper towel to dry off excess water.
  4. Dip the marshmallow into the colored sugar.  Separate the strands of the Twizzler.
  5. Use the toothpick to add a drop of water on the marshmallow to attach stars.  Dip tip of lollipop stick in water and insert into bottom of marshmallow … take care to avoid the Twizzler!

When I started this project, I did not plan on making pops.  In my mind, everything is perfect … in reality, it’s not perfect.   I started taking photos, things were falling … not going as planned … I didn’t want that to happen to you … I improvised … put it on a stick and was much happier!  It’s not perfect … but it worked for me ;)

4th of July Firecracker pops

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Sugared Easter Egg Marshmallow Pops

I’m feeling a little panicky … Easter will be here in two weeks!  How do these things sneak up on me … do you feel the same way?  I have sooooo many plans … never enough time!

Sugared Easter Egg Marshmallows

Today I made these quick and easy pops for you … I hope you like them!

I found the marshmallows at Walmart … called EggSwirlers made by Campfire.  They are fruit flavored, shaped like eggs and colored!

The straws came from Target (in the Easter section).  They are 7-3/4″(19.6 cm) x 3/8″ (9.5mm) … longer than the ones I used at Valentine’s Day and hold more candy!!!

I used clear/white sanding sugar and crystal sugar … because I like both and couldn’t decide ;)  Either one works great.

Sugared Easter Egg Marshmallow Pops

Once again … this project is easy peasy … as simple as 1 – 2 – 3 …

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(click on the above photos if you want a closer look)

  1. Flatten one end (about 1/2″) of a straw.  Dip a steak knife in water and stick it into the bottom of the marshmallow to create an opening for the straw … insert straw.
  2. Dip the marshmallow in water and use a paper towel to wipe off excess water.  Cover the marshmallow with sugar and allow to dry.
  3. Fill the straws with small candies and fold in ends.  Easy peasy :)

Easter Egg Marshmallows candy filled straws

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Pretty Pink Sparkly Bark

Are you thinking about Valentine’s Day?

I know it’s hard to believe … February 14 will be here before we know it!

I still have to finish packing up Christmas stuff … I’d better get a move on it.

Today, I whipped up this pretty pink peppermint bark …

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Wouldn’t this pretty pink peppermint bark be perfect for Valentine’s Day?  The marshmallows are puffy too!  Sorry for all the “p” words … I couldn’t help myself ;)

This is what you will need … pink & white chocolate (candy melts), peppermint marshmallows, peppermint oil and coarse white crystal sugar.  Do you like my penguin bottle of sugar?  It came filled with maple syrup … it was sooooo cute … had to keep it :)

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Mix marshmallows with melted white chocolate … use regular mini marshmallows if you can’t find peppermint ones …

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Spread the mixture on a tray lined with wax paper …

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Add peppermint oil to melted pink chocolate and drop dollops of the pink onto the marshmallow/chocolate mixture …

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Use a knife to swirl the two colors together …

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Sprinkle crystal sugar on top … now it’s sparkly …

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Chill for a few minutes … then break it up …

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PRETTY PINK SPARKLY BARK

  • 1 pound white chocolate, melted (or candy melts)
  • 4 ounces pink chocolate, melted (or candy melts)
  • 2-1/2 cups mini peppermint marshmallows
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 2 tablespoons coarse white/clear crystal sugar
  1. Line a large cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  2. Mix marshmallows with white chocolate and spread out on prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Add peppermint oil to pink chocolate … start with a small amount and add as needed to suit your taste.
  4. Drop pink chocolate by a teaspoon onto white mixture.  Use a dinner knife to swirl colors.  Tap cookie sheet on counter to make candy smooth out.
  5. Sprinkle with crystal sugar.
  6. Chill in fridge or freezer.  Break into pieces.

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Peppermint Wreaths

Do you own a donut pan?

I have had a debate going on with myself for at least five years now … I want a donut pan, I don’t need a donut pan … where will I put it, I don’t have room for one more pan … but I could “bake” donuts, I don’t need to eat donuts … I have seen so many delicious recipes, I don’t need to eat donuts … I’m sure I need this pan … last week, I finally bought a donut pan!

I didn’t bake donuts, but I used the pan!  Look what I made …

Peppermint wreaths

Peppermint Candy Wreaths !

Peppermint bark wreath

Can you see the layer of dark chocolate, white chocolate mixed with peppermint marshmallows and topped off with crushed candy canes!  Who wouldn’t love to eat one of these?

As usual … this is a quick and easy creation.  You will need … a donut pan, white chocolate (or candy melts), dark chocolate (or candy melts), mini peppermint marshmallows, candy canes and candy for bows … I recommend red licorice laces (not the candy in the photo, it didn’t work for me) …

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Now for the easy peasy directions …

  • Make licorice bows and set aside
  • Crush candy canes

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  • Put a layer of melted dark chocolate in each donut cavity
  • Mix melted white chocolate with marshmallows and spoon on top of dark chocolate layer
  • Sprinkle with crushed candy canes and chill a few minutes

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  • Remove wreaths from pan … if they don’t come out easily, they probably need a little more chill time
  • Attach a candy bow with a dot of melted white chocolate

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Supplies needed to make 6 wreaths …

  • 4 ounces (weight) dark chocolate
  • 4 ounces (weight) white chocolate
  • 1 cup peppermint mini marshmallows
  • 3 candy canes
  • 9 feet red (licorice type) lace candy

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HAPPY CANDY MAKING !

P. S.  I found the mini peppermint marshmallows at Target … I love that store!
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