M&M’s Lovebirds

Hello!  How are you today?  Did you have a nice weekend?

Last year I asked for your help with these chicks and you were very helpful!  Today, I’m hoping that you will share your opinions again.  May I introduce you to the chicks’ distant cousins … M&M’s Valentine Lovebirds …

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I can’t decide which version is my favorite!  Do they need wings to fly … tail feathers to shake or maybe both?  What do you think?

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Are you ready to get started?  You will need …

  • Peanut M&M’s in Valentine colors
  • Jumbo heart sprinkles 
  • Candy coating/melts – yellow (I used yellow for everything … you may want coordinating Valentine colors)
  • Black edible marker
  • Wax or parchment paper

Now for the easy peasy instructions …

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  1. Work on wax/parchment paper.  Melt candy according to package directions – I place the melted candy in a squeeze bottle, a pastry bag or toothpick will also work.  Locate the “m” on the candy.
  2. Place a dot (about 1/4″) of melted yellow candy on wax paper and place a M&M on melted candy, so that the “m” is facing down … place heart “tail feather” if desired.  You may need to hold the M&M for a few seconds to maintain its position.
  3. Make a “beak” with a tiny dot with yellow candy.P1030557 ed
  4. Use the edible marker to make eyes.
  5. Draw a wing if desired.P1030558 ed
  6. Attach heart “wings” with a dot of melted candy.  I used yellow candy, which is visible at certain angles … you may decide to use coordinating colors … your choice!

I love these little lovebirds ;)

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You know that I ♥ your opinions!  What do you say … wings, tail feathers or both?

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Lover’s Turkeys

In the middle of apple and pumpkin season, let’s not forget about a large group of people … Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lovers!  I tend to get focused on fall flavors and then my family reminds me about the peanut butter and chocolate.   There is a possibility that my house may be the national headquarters for peanut butter and chocolate lovers!  After all … I’m married to The Peanut Butter Man!

I still have a few pumpkin treats up my sleeve and of course will make pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, but haven’t made a peanut butter/chocolate goodie in a while! Today, I give you these turkeys …

Nutter butter M&M's turkeys

Honestly, these turkeys were a surprise to me … wanted to make a turkey this year, but the idea just wouldn’t come together.  I tried to stop thinking about it … Colleen (a reader) sent me an email sharing some turkeys that have been done by others in blogland … still didn’t help!  Yesterday, I had a totally different project in mind that didn’t work … suddenly these turkeys were born.   Hope you like them Colleen and everyone else, too ;)

peanut butter and chocolate lover's turkeysThis is all the stuff you need to make Peanut Butter & Chocolate Lover’s Turkeys …

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  • Chocolate CandiQuik (chocolate candy coating) (4 ounces will do about 12-15 turkeys)
  • Peanut Butter Cups (I used Reese’s Snack Size)
  • Nutter Butter Cookies
  • M&M’s (I used autumn colors)
  • Peanut M&M’s
  • Rainbow Chip Crunch
  • Red Heart Sprinkles
  • Fall/Leaf Sprinkles
  • Candy Eyeballs (not in photo)

nutter butter peanut butter cup turkey instructions

  1. Cut Nutter Butter Cookies in half.  I used a serrated steak knife and sawing motion.
  2. Melt the chocolate and place in a squeeze bottle (or just use a toothpick).  I use the chocolate as “edible glue” (not like the paste you ate in Kindergarten!) to hold all the parts together.  Use a dot of chocolate to attach a Peanut M&M (head) to the cookie, then the red heart (waddle), Rainbow Chip (beak) and candy eyeballs.
  3. Use a larger dot of chocolate to attach 5 M&M’s as tail feathers and let harden up.  (helpful hint – I made the dot of chocolate on the cookie, put an M&M on it, pulled the M&M away for a second and then pushed it back.  That seemed to help it attach quicker.)
  4. Make a larger squiggle or dollop of chocolate on a peanut butter cup, attach turkey and add sprinkles … let chocolate harden up and tap off any extra sprinkles.

M&M's peanut butter chocolate turkey

I have a family story to share that has nothing to do with turkeys … First, let me say that I am 58 years old … Son #3 is 29 years old … a few days ago I went to the doctor … came home and told Son #3 that the doctor confirmed what I had thought … I have Shingles … Son #3 looked at me and said “I thought that only old people got Shingles!” … I broke the news to him … “I’m old!” … the hubby and I are surprised (and happy) that he doesn’t think of us as old, LOL ;)  I know that my kids keep getting older … somehow I don’t think that I’m getting older!

I look forward to your comments!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuik for providing the CandiQuik :)

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Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Pumpkin Spice M&M’s

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  I have a treat for you today … no tricks.  Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Pumpkin Spice M&M’s!

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Let me tell you … these cookies are a treat!  I finally made pudding cookies … seen them everywhere … kept talking about them … so happy that I made them!

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These cookies are soft, moist and double chocolate … what’s not to love?  Oh, don’t forget the Pumpkin Spice M&M’s, they add crunch and a wonderful spice flavor!  These M&M’s are a Target exclusive item (I’ve also seen them on Amazon, eBay and Etsy).

In past years, I’ve had a difficult time finding autumn themed candy after Halloween … the shelves are filled with Christmas candy immediately!  A few days ago, I saw candy canes at Wal-Mart … yikes!  I am going to stock up on things that I may need for Thanksgiving … maybe it will be on clearance ;)

Let’s get down to cookie making.  Here are a few things that you will need in addition to the normal flour, butter, etc. …

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Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Pumpkin Spice M&M’s

                                                           adapted from Kraft Recipes

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 package Instant Chocolate Pudding (3.9 ounce)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cup flour (I used unbleached)
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 bag M&M’s Pumpkin Spice (9.9 ounces)
  1. Heat oven to 350° F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.   Add dry pudding mix and beat well.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla and baking soda, mix well.
  4. Gradually beat in flour until well blended.
  5. Add mini chocolate chips and mix well.
  6. Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop dough on prepared pans, 2″ apart.
  7. Place 3 – 4 M&M’s on each cookie and press down lightly. (I used 3 on each cookie, had some candy leftover as seen in the photos)
  8. Bake 10-13 minutes.  Cool for a few minutes on baking sheets, then remove to wire racks.  Cool completely.  Makes 42 cookies.

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I will be making pudding cookies again … the flavor combinations are endless!

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NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

A few weeks ago, the hubby and I went to a movie theatre to see Captain Phillips.  The hubby wanted to arrive at 6:30pm … I wasn’t ready … arrived at 7:00 … the 7:20 showing was sold-out … got tickets to the 9:20 showing … went shopping to kill time … found nothing for me … found something for you instead!  So … you can thank the popularity of Tom Hanks for this giveaway …

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This is my treat to one lucky reader … a few fall things … two dish towels, a silicone spatula and leaf doilies ;)

To enter the giveaway, share your favorite fall flavor combo, in the comments section below.  Do you like pumpkin and chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg, cranberry and turkey … or just say “Hi”!

The Rules:  One entry person.  Deadline to enter is Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 11:59pm.  Winner will be drawn using Random.org and announced on this page Monday, November 4.  I will also send the winner an email.   Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. This giveaway is now over.

This giveaway is sponsored by me!

Monday, November 4, 2013 … Random.org selected #18 … Amy Orvin!!!  Congratulations Amy!  I hope you enjoy your prize :)  (I will be sending you an email to get your mailing info, please respond ASAP)

BTW … I loved reading all of the comments … great flavor combos … I agree with each and every one! 

Birds on a Branch

Today, I made birds sitting on a branch … for you!

Bird on a branch

These little candy birds have been in my mind ever since I made the M&M Chicks and Sugar Swings made Birds on a Wire! When I made the chicks, I couldn’t decide if the chicks should have wings … I asked for opinions … and you gave opinions!  These chubby little birdies have wings!

Chubbby M&M Birdies

Some projects are more fun than others … this was definitely a fun one!  I smiled the whole time while I was making these birds!  They remind me of tiny little toys … I want to play with them, hold them, talk to them … the hubby ate them without a second thought!

Making M&M birds is more like an arts and crafts project … it’s like a paper and paste activity using candy instead of glue and paper.  It’s pretty easy if you ask me!  My biggest problem was my own fat fingers … small kids’ hands are probably better at this ;)

This is what you will need …

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  1. Work on a tray lined with wax paper or parchment.  Melt colored candy coating.  Lay pretzel flat side down and place a small amount of melted yellow/orange candy on top of pretzel … this will be the bird’s feet.
  2. Place an M&M on top of the “feet” and hold until set.  I tried to place the M&M so that the white “M” was not showing.
  3. Use a tiny amount of melted candy to attach sunflower seeds to the sides of the M&M (hold until set) … creating wings.
  4. Use the black marker to make dot eyes and yellow/orange melted candy to make a beak.   Maybe you even want to make a couple of birds on a branch!
  5. Pick up your birds and tell them how cute they are :)

This really is easy peasy once you get going and  I find them so stinkin’ cute …

M&M Birds on a Branch

Remember to stop by tomorrow for the spice cake recipe!

♦  These little birds may be shared at these fun parties 

M&M’S Butterflies

Spring is in the air!  I’ve been watching butterflies flutter around my yard … lizards sunning themselves … flowers blooming and of course the weeds are growing like crazy!

Since I really don’t want to pull weeds today … how about making some candy butterflies?  I guess you can tell the order of my priorities ;)

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These butterflies are made with dark chocolate, peanut M&M’S and spaghetti.  Yes, I said spaghetti … uncooked spaghetti!   Don’t forget to make your favorite cupcakes and frost them :)

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To make 24 butterflies … You will need about one pound of chocolate or candy melts, 12 to 14 ounce bag of Peanut M&M’s and 12 strands of spaghetti.

Last year I made these 3-d pastel butterfly cookies

3d butterfly cookies

This year I wanted to go bright …

M&m's butterfly

Let’s get started … melt the chocolate in a bowl.  Work on wax paper or parchment.  Make the antenna by breaking the spaghetti into pieces about 2″ long (4 pieces from each strand).  Dip each piece of spaghetti into the melted chocolate, tap off excess chocolate, drag the spaghetti across the edge of the bowl.  You want to remove as much chocolate as possible to create a thin antenna.  Lay it on the paper and allow to dry.

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Put some melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle, pastry bag or ziptop bag (with a corner cut) Make the wings in two sections … squeeze some chocolate on the wax paper, add an m&m, make an other dot of chocolate above the first, add another m&m … repeat for the opposite wing.  Chill for a few minutes …

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The nice thing about creating two separate wings is that it allows you to place the wings at an angle, then add the body of the butterfly.  Remember to add the antenna …

M&m butterfly

Now … I might go pull those weeds!

A note about the uncooked spaghetti … I used it because it is an edible product.  I did not want to use something that was not edible and accidentally eaten.  When I first used it, Son #1 was horrified, thought that he would break his teeth on it, LOL!  It may not taste great … You won’t break your teeth!

I look forward to your comments!

♦ This may be linked to some of the fun parties listed at the top of this page 

Nutter Butter Pea Pods

I confess … I’m a dork.  I know that I’m dorky because my sons have told me so … more than once!  Son #2 recently confirmed this fact … after I told him about this idea …

Peas be my Valentine

I thought that I was being cute and clever … it was just my dorkiness showing, once again … so I’ve been told.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for dorky little sayings … isn’t it?  I can’t be the only person that believes this … just read some Valentine’s Day cards!

This is what you will need …

Nutter Butter Peas

I wanted a lighter color of green candy, so I started with white and added green until I got the color I wanted.  Ratio – 2 parts white candy to 1 part green candy …

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Note – 1 pound of candy will cover about 15 cookies.

Start by working on parchment paper or waxed paper …

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  1. Dip the Nutter Butter Cookie in melted green candy, tapping off all excess candy.  Lay on parchment.
  2. Add M&M’s and heart.  Chill for a few minutes.
  3. Use melted green candy (in squeeze bottle or pastry bag) to create “pea pod” opening … let candy harden up.
  4. Use edible marker to draw eyes and mouth on “peas”.
  5. Draw “pea” vines (green candy) on plate if desired ;)

We are like 2 peas in a pod

The good news … Son#2 is trying to come up with some different ideas using Nutter Butter cookies.  I think he is trying to save me from my own dorkiness ;)

I ♥ your comments!

P.S.  Regarding my previous project “Valentine Pretzels/Heartzels”  … I found an alternative for the Heartzels and posted the info on the Heartzels page.
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Thanksgiving Ideas …

Do you know what you are making for Thanksgiving dessert?   Here are a few ideas from last year …

These Pecan Pie Cupcakes have been a popular item lately.  I didn’t originally think about them for Thanksgiving … I may be making them this year …

Cupcakes are always a hit … how about Turkey Cupcakes

Or maybe Cornucopia Cupcakes

Everyone could have their own turkey leg with these Cake Pops

These Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats on sticks are easy to serve …

Do you remember these Sweet Acorns from last year …

Or do you like the Nutter Butter Acorns that I made this year …

For more ideas … just click on the Thanksgiving or Fall Category to the right.

I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMMENTS!