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!

 

 

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

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 …

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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!

 

 

Marshmallow Popcorn Cupcakes

Hi everybody!  It’s been too long since we have talked … so nice to be back ;)  How have you been?  Did you have a nice summer?  I did receive some emails from readers … thank you so much … I’m fine and back!  Kids are back in school, autumn officially begins next week and summer weather continues in my neck of the woods!  Today, I’m sharing a little project that I took to a friend’s “movie night” earlier this summer.  She and her hubby hosted an outdoor movie in the cul-de-sac for neighbors and friends … Marshmallow Popcorn Cupcakes seemed very appropriate …

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I made mini-cupcakes, frosted them and added marshmallows … used yellow sugar as the “butter”!  Now that I look back on the photos … more marshmallows could have been added for a fuller appearance, but it didn’t stop them from being snatched up!

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Oh, the movie we watched was an old Lucille Ball movie … The Long, Long Trailer.  If you are a trailer owner, you’d probably appreciate the humor in it!  The hubby and I own a very short trailer and you will never find me in a dress, heels and pearls cooking dinner in the trailer ;)  However the hubby and I finally painted our trailer this summer … honestly, he painted and I applied the pin-stripping …

1966 Santa Fe Trailer

 

Not too bad for a couple of amateurs and ordinary cans of spray paint … please don’t stand too close … you’ll see a few boo-boos ;)

Back to the cupcakes … one box of cake mix yields about 36-48 mini-cupcakes.  My paper liners were on the taller side and I got 36 cupcakes.  I used the entire bag of marshmallows, but you can see in the photos that I didn’t make each marshmallow into “popcorn” … my hands got tired, that’s a lot of marshmallows!  I probably did about 2/3 to 3/4 of the 10 ounce bag and just filled in with the remaining marshmallows.

Marshmallow Popcorn Cupcakes

  • Mini-cupcakes (36-48)
  • Vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 cup yellow sugar
  • 10 ounce bag mini-marshmallows
  • scissors

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  1. Using scissors, cut an “X” in marshmallows  about half-way down.  (The scissors do get sticky and will need to be cleaned off occasionally.)
  2. Holding the uncut side of the marshmallow, dip the cut portion into the yellow sugar.
  3. Continue with remaining marshmallows.

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5.  Frost cupcakes, apply marshmallow popcorn and sprinkle remaining yellow sugar on          cupcakes if desired.

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It truly is nice to be back … the hubby even asked me if I’m ever going to blog again!  I think that’s “hubby talk” for “When are going to make some cookies or brownies?”

So … what have you been up to?  I ♥ your comments!

 

Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake Cups

It’s summer … it’s hot outside … it’s hot inside too … we’re having cheesecake and I’m not turning my oven on today!  My family loves cheesecake … no bake cheesecake too!  So … today I made Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake Cups … cute little paper cups … perfect for a 4th of July celebration at home or on the go!  Red strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips add color, texture and decorate the top.

Red White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake Cups

I used paper baking cups … perfect small portions and no dishes to wash or bring home if you take them to a picnic.  No bake cheesecake cups are cool and creamy with a layer of graham cracker crust … the fruit and white chocolate are like the icing on the cake!

No bake cheesecake with berries

Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake Cups

Crust

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened/room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cup milk (divided)
  • 3.4 ounce pack cheesecake flavored instant pudding
  • 2 cups thawed Cool Whip

Toppings

  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  1. Make crust – Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar, stir in melted butter and set aside.
  2. Make filling – Place cream cheese in a medium size bowl and beat with an electric mixer or whisk.  Add 1/2 cup of milk and beat well.  Add remaining 1 cup of milk and pudding mix, beat well.  Fold Cool Whip into pudding mixture.
  3. Assemble Cheesecake cups – Divide cracker crust mixture between 12 cups.  Add filling and smooth to edges of cup.  Top with strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips.

Makes 12 servings   (filling recipe adapted from Kraft)

Red, white & blue cheesecake cup

I found the paper baking cups (for cupcakes) and all of the paper products at the 99¢ Only store.

No-bake Cheesecake for the 4th of July

 

Do you have plans for July 4th … a picnic at the beach, barbecue with friends … maybe fireworks?

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Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops?

Summer officially begins Saturday … the 4th of July will be here before we know it!  How about an easy peasy pop to celebrate the occasion?  I decided to make Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops … some look like hats to me!

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Red, white and blue pops made with chocolate, mint and marshmallows … yummy, easy to make and the York Pieces were the perfect colors!  My original plans were to only draw stripes on the marshmallows to create the Uncle Sam Hat look … got a little artsy and drew stars too!  Now, I want to make more … with polka-dots, fatter stripes, starbursts … ooh, the possibilities are endless ;)

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You can draw whatever you like on the marshmallows … maybe let the kiddos do it!  Speaking of kiddos … our 11-year-old great-niece is visiting from Tennessee … she came with my sister-in-law (her grandma).  My youngest son will turn 30 this year … I’m so out of kid mode and as the mother of three boys … never was in girl kid mode!  I forgot how difficult it is to come up with activities to fill two months of summer fun.  Anyway, my two sister-in-laws, great niece and I went to the beach … her first visit to the Pacific Ocean!  While we were driving, the subject of California’s water shortage came up … the 11 year-old questioned it … after all, California has the whole ocean to drink!  After playing in the water, getting a swimsuit full of sand and mouthful of ocean water, she understands why we don’t drink ocean water!

By the way … when applying sunscreen, don’t forget your feet and ankles … this is the voice of experience speaking ;)  Another tip … don’t ask an 11-year-old to guess your age … I’m not 60 … still in my late 50′s … let’s not push it!

Keep the kiddos busy and make some pops for your July 4th bash …

Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops

  • Chocolate Wafer Cookies (such as Famous from Nabisco)
  • York Pieces
  • Large Marshmallows
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Blue and Red Edible Markers
  • Blue and Red Paper Straws (or lollipop sticks)

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  1. Cut paper straws in half (almost 4″).  You can use full length straws or substitute lollipop sticks.
  2. Use the food safe markers to draw strips, stars or doodle whatever you like.  Hint – you may need to make short strokes with the markers when drawing on marshmallows, if you press too hard they tend to stick to the marshmallow!  Insert straws into flat end of marshmallow.
  3. Melt the candy according to package directions or here.  Smear a small amount of candy on the top of a chocolate cookie.
  4. Place a marshmallow in the center of the cookie and add some York Pieces around it (I used 7 on each pop).  Chill for a few minutes or let stand at room temperature until melted candy has firmed up.  Wasn’t that easy peasy?

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You may remember some marshmallow pop hats from the past …

snowman hat pops

like these Snowman Hat Pops or

0081 marshmallow pilgrim hats

Pilgrim Hat Pops !

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