Thrift Store Mickey Mouse Dessert Stand

Hope everyone had a Happy 4th! Having some extra time off means extra time to get crafty! I have been wanting to make this Mickey dessert stand since I saw a similar version on Pinterest years ago. It was super easy and cheap. Would be great for a kids party or if you just plain love Disney like me! πŸ™‚

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I found the red vase and black plate at Goodwill. You could use a shorter dish for the base, a smaller black plate, etc., to customize the size of your stand! The buttons and silicone adhesive I had on hand. Make sure to use a strong glue made for glass or ceramic.

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I applied a generous amount of the silicone adhesive to make sure it was nice and sturdy.

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Let dry completely.

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I could not find yellow buttons so I painted them!

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Once dry, glue on the buttons. Proceed to bake many desserts so you can use your new stand! πŸ™‚

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Total cost was less than $5! Woohoo! πŸ˜€

Have a great weekend!

2014 Cupcake Spooktacular

Happy (belated) Halloween! This summer and Fall were very slow in the crafting department, so I am sorry for the lack of posting over the last few months. I had to share this year’s Halloween Cupcake Spooktacular however, as this has become an annual tradition for my friend Melanie and I. We took the “gore” level up notch this year, as you will see. Though Halloween is over, maybe these can inspire some ideas for next year!!! πŸ™‚

Here are some of the supplies we used in case you’re looking for specific brands/supplies:

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One of the most complex cupcakes was the Dracula in the coffin (with coffin-shaped baking cups, frosted oreo face, and mini M&M eyes):

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Spider cupcake holder with crushed Oreo “fur”, mini Oreo & red candy eyes (a lot of different shaped candy pieces we use are found in cupcake decorating kits):

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Creepy clown with mini M&M hair and dot candy nose:

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Β Psycho clown made with Wilton candy eyes, red dot candy nose, sparkle gel mouth, Pop Rocks hair, and pre-made clever:

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Spooky vampire:

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Bloody cupcake with “bullets” (Red food coloring & silver sprinkle balls):

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Pumpkin patch with candy pumpkins, leaf sprinkles, and green shredded candy grass:

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Grey alien brain with green gel “ooze” filled syringe (got syringe from work):

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Chocolate tree (made by piping melting chocolate onto wax paper) over a pumpkin patch:

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The office favorite: Blue guy with candy hair and pre-made knife in the eye (oozing sparkle gel “blood”):

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Scarecrow with graham cracker hat, candy corn nose, and shredded wheat hair:

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Night scene with chocolate moon and fence (piped them on wax paper, using colored/chocolate candy melts):

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The famous skeleton withΒ white-chocolate covered pretzel ribs and marshmallow head (held together with a popsicle stick):

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The zombie grave with piped chocolate hands and feet (using green candy melts), crushed Oreo dirt, and bloody bone sprinkles:

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Frankenstein with frosting head, Reece’s Cup hair, pretzel bolts, and candy eyes:

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Witches brew with chocolate cookie wafer & Hershey kissΒ  hat, and pretzel & shredded wheat broom:

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Bloody accident scene with sparkle gel blood, graham cracker band-aid, and pre-made candy finger and clever:

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Owl with Oreo/Wilton candy eyes, Oreo eyebrows and candy nose:

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Night scene with cat (moon and cat piped on wax paper, using colored/chocolate candy melts):

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Piped chocolate tree with crushed Oreo dirt, pre-made grave stone and bone/skull sprinkles:

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“Pretzel monsters” which are made of pretzel sticks mixed into a pot of melted green chocolate,then plopped into wax paper and Wilton candy eyes:

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Gummy worms crawling out of crushed Oreo dirt with some bloody bone sprinkles:

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Creepy monster dude with gummy eye and Wilton candy eye:

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Oozing pile of frosting topped with green sparkle gel and eyeball candy:

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And here’s the whole gang out on display!

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Mel and I with our masterpieces! πŸ™‚

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Until next year! πŸ™‚

Halloween Cupcakes 2013

I must apologize for my major lack of craftiness lately. It has been a very busy Fall and I have had a bit of “crafters block.” In the meantime I thought I’d share the results of this year’s Halloween Cupcake Spooktacular; a big annual event at my office. Two of my co-workers and I went nuts and made some fun new creations (the devil, evil clown, new owls) in addition to our old standards (the mummy, bat, pretzel skeleton). Here are some pictures! πŸ™‚

The new Reece’s cup owl…

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We work with eyeballs, so we HAD to incorporate these bad boys…

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Lindt truffle bat with chocolate wafer wings

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The bloody murder scene

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White chocolate pretzel skeleton with marshmallow head

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A personal favorite, the evil clown

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Fall scene with a spooky tree; hand-drawn with melting chocolate

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The classic “EEK”

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Another owl night scene

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White chocolate zombie rising from the dead

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Peeking candy corn haired monster

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The BRAIN

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Another cute Fall owl scene

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The cute candy corn ghost

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Another zombie

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The devil

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The classic mummy

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Another Lindt truffle bat

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Creepy crawly gummy worms and bugs

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And good ol’ Frank

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A new addition this year were also cake pops!

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The whole display

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And a few mini’s!

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Myself, Melanie, and Amanda…the cupcake crew!

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Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed our creepy creations! Hope everyone is having a super Fall! πŸ™‚

Strawberry Cool Whip Santas

Merry Christmas Eve! First off, I’d like to announce the winners of the stamp give-away! Congrats to Matt, Linda, and Carolyn! Thanks SO much to all who left such kind words about my blog! It’s so much fun to get feedback and I appreciate every single comment that was left! Thank you ALL for your support! I will definitely be doing more give-aways in the future, this was FUN! πŸ˜›

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So in honor of Christmas, I thought I’d share these little guys I whipped up for my office Christmas party. As you may know, I have a mild addiction to Pinterest…and I know most of you do too! πŸ™‚ You’ve probably seen these and have them pinned on your Christmas Treats board somewhere! They were just as easy as they look, and are SO incredibly yummy! I give this project 2 thumbs up!

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I’ll share my process, although it’s pretty self-explanatory. I would highly recommend Cool Whip Frosting instead of regular Cool Whip or whipped cream. This new Cool Whip Frosting (cream cheese flavored….SCORE!) is a little more dense and will hold up the hats a better, where as the others seem to be too soft and more likely to run. I used chocolate sprinkles as the eyes.

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Pre-slice the tips of the berries, or the “hats”…

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And fill a Ziplock bag full of your Cool Whip frosting. You can use a frosting bag tip like this if you want, or not! I prefer Ziplock’s to frosting bags because there is no cleaning involved…just toss ’em when you’re done.

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Pile on a little santa head…

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Add the hat, and dab a little bit of frosting on the tip of the hat!

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Add your eyes, and done! I put them in cupcake papers for easy grabbing and transport πŸ™‚

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Some are fat, some are small…but they are allllll delish!

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I just love these! They may become a regular on the annual Christmas treat list!

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I shall leave you with a one of my favorite holiday illustrations by the one and only macabre artist Mr. Edward Gorey! Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Rolo Pretzel Turtles

I have to apologize for the lack of posts over the last couple of weeks. I kinda had a craft-overload leading up to my show at the beginning of the month and needed a break! You know, let the tips of my fingers heal from all the hot glue burns….hehe!

So, in honor of Turkey Day, I made up some yummy little favors to bring to my Mom’s for dinner. I admit, I really just wanted an excuse to make these treats cause they are SO stinkin’ good! The salty crunch of pretzels with chocolate, caramel, and pecans…yum! πŸ™‚

You’ll need: treat bags, twine, some homespun fabric torn into thin strips, and some little “Happy Thanksgiving” tags of some sort. I found this vintage “Thanksgiving Greetings” graphic online and printed it out on some heavy stock paper. You could personalize some homemade tags or print out virtually anything to decorate your favors!

Here’s the free graphic, downloaded from littlebirdieblessings.blogspot.com, if you’d like to use it πŸ™‚

For the Rolo Pretzel Turtles, you’ll seen small pretzels (these square ones work best), some shelled pecans and a bag of Rolo’s! Chocolate wafers (melting chocolate for candy making) also work great if you want to nix the caramel.

Place the Rolo’s on top of the pretzels and put them in the oven for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees. The Rolo’s should be softened and warmed though, but not melted. Immediately place a pecan half on each one, pressing it down into the softened Rolo! Yuuuuum!

Tip: A foil lined baking tray makes for very easy clean up. πŸ™‚

Put some in a treat bag and tie with a little strip of homespun fabric. You could also add some raffia for a nice Fall look! πŸ™‚

Use a hole punch to punch small holes in the corners of the tags…

And tie on your tag with some twine. Cute, quick, easy, and super yummy favors that everyone will LOVE, guaranteed!

Before I go, I thought I’d share some photos of my newly re-arranged booth at The Carriage Place! I made the decision to condense back down to one booth, because I felt that one full booth was better than two sparse booths. It was getting hard to keep up with both spaces between working full time and all the other projects I have going on. I am back in my corner booth and it’s looking fresh and over-flowing with all kinds of vintage and primitive goodies!

I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving, and a great long weekend with family and friends! Thank you again for all the very sweet comments, tips, and feedback you all have left for me – I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. When it comes to being thankful, I am most certainly thankful for all the support and love from all my fellow crafters out there! πŸ™‚

Halloween Cupcakes 2012!

It’s that time of year again! The Halloween Cupcakes Spooktacular 2012! Mel and I decorated our brains out and came up with some fun new creations this year!

Some of the classics: The owl and the worms

And in our office, of course we gotta have EYEBALLS!!!

Monster’s Inc character

And a witch’s hat!

The classic tomb stones…

And one of my personal favorites, PRETZEL MONSTERS!

New this year is a gang of mini aliens…

A zombie awaking from the dead!

Frankenstein marshmallow pops turned cupcake toppers!

A Reece’s bat

And my favorite new character, the pretzel skeleton!

Stepped up the Fall trees this year using Twizzlers instead of just piping it on…

And another new character: the peeking monster!

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And some fun minis!

We did a batch of gluten-free cupcakes for one of the girls at work. It was quite an experience! They are pretty tough to work with because of the crumbly consistency. They taste pretty yummy though, and she is happy to be able to share in the spooky treats!

And lastly, our yearly photo in front of our masterpieces! Looking back on cupcakes from a few years ago, we have really stepped it up! It was so much fun and I can’t wait til next year’s Halloween Cupcake SpOoKtAcULaR!

I probably won’t be back until after my craft show, wish me luck! I hope everyone has a great weekend and very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

So I took a little break from crafting for some Halloween cupcake preparations! Tonight my friend Melanie and I are doing our annual Halloween cupcakes to bring into the office tomorrow. Last night, I made some Frankenstein marshmallow pops, some of which will become cupcake toppers. They came out pretty cute and were super easy to make!

Here are the ingredients, minus the pretzels. I was going to use them for the bolts in Frankenstein’s neck, but ended up going with slivered almonds instead. You’ll need large marshmallows, green melting chocolate, candy eyes, chocolate sprinkles, and pop sticks.

I microwaved the chocolate wafers for 30 second increments, stirring in between. It took about 2 minutes to get it to this consistency. Be very careful not to burn it!

Then you put the marshmallow on the stick, and dip it in. Tap the stick on the edge of the bowl to get off any excess chocolate.

Next make his “hair” by dipping the marshmallow into the chocolate sprinkles. Add the eyes while the chocolate is still melted.

I hate using styrofoam because it’s not biodegradable, but I couldn’t find anything else to use to prop them up to dry. 😦  I have seen others using one small block of foam, or even the green floral foam covered in foil.

I used slivered almonds for the neck “bolts” and black sparkle gel for the mouth. I let the chocolate harden a bit before applying the mouth.

And there you have it! Easy, fun, Halloween treats. These would be great wrapped in little baggies for Halloween party favors, or a fun project to do with the kids.

Stay tuned for Halloween cupcakes coming very, very soon! πŸ™‚

The 2011 Halloween Cupcake SPOOKtacular!

Well folks, it’s that time of year again.Β  Melanie and I’s 3rd annual Halloween cupcake extravaganza at the office! After meticulously working late into the night, we came up with THESE creations…

Β New additions include the creepy cat…

Β The zombie arm reaching out of the grave…

The bats…

The night-time pumpkin patch scene…

The miniatures…

…and the EEK!!!

And now…the CLASSICS!

Β Mel and I call these (below) “cop-out” designs…where we use the pre-made decorations! Still cute though… πŸ™‚

…and ya gotta have an eyeball when you work in the eyeball office!!!

The beloved pretzel monsters, this year with beady little red eyes…

and finally, Me and Mel in front of our masterpieces!

And yes, they tasted as good as they looked, if I do say so myself! It’s become a Halloween tradition that we look forward to ALL year…and it makes the day at the office a little more fun! πŸ™‚

Hope everyone has a SPOOOOOOKY weekend and a Happy Halloween!

P.S. For those of you who looking for the broken glass cupcakes…well, it was a flop. After TWO failed attempts at making the glass, I gave up. Oh well…something to work on for next year! πŸ˜‰

Fun Favors: Lady Bug and Bumble Bee Cake Pops

Yay! I am so happy with how my first ever cake pops came out! They are favors for a co-workers baby shower tomorrow night. I think the final result is super cute and I must say, they are VERY yummy! (How can cake mixed with a can of frosting, dunked in chocolate NOT be yummy!) I thought I would share how I made them, for anyone else who would like to attempt this fun treat!!

First of all, you need ingredients for the “cake” part of the pops, which I did not show here. Go here for instructions on the basic pops, and then below is just the fun decorating part! We have…

  • Yellow and Red Candy Melts (bee and lady bug bodies)
  • Almond chips (wings)
  • Mini chocolate kisses from the bulk candy section (spots on the lady bug body)
  • Junior Mints (heads)
  • Candy Eyeballs from the craft store
  • Ignore the chocolate sprinkles I was going to use these for bee antennae but I never ended up using them. You can if you want!

For the packaging and presentation I used:

  • Cellophane treat bags
  • Mini baking cups decorated with flowers (to go with the bee/bug theme)
  • Green ribbon for the finishing bow

While I was waiting for the cake to bake, I worked on the heads. Chocolate frosting (that is used in the basic cake pop mixture) was used as “glue” to put the eyes on the Junior Mint heads.

Do you get the feeling you’re being WATCHED?

Also while I was waiting, I piped the “antennae” using melted dark chocolate on wax paper.

I don’t use fancy frosting bags…I use ziplocks. Snip the corner and you’re good to go! Then throw away…and no clean up! πŸ™‚

Making the POPS…

Now, I had to work very quickly and did not have the time to take pictures of theΒ  individual decorating steps. That chocolate dries FAST!!! Here are the completed bees. Basically, I dipped and twirled in the melted yellow chocolate and tapped it gently to get the excess off. Immediately insert the almond chip wings. I used my ziplock baggie to pipe on the bee stripes and then pressed a head on top, with a bit of pressure to secure it in place. Surprisingly the heads stayed in place and did not slide down!

For the lady bugs – same idea. After I dipped it, I pressed in the mini kisses (with the pointy side IN) to create the little dots. I stuck one of my chocolate antennae in there (gently!! they break easy!!) and then pressed the head in place. I went back and piped on a little chocolate line down the back to make the “wings” of the lady bug.

All wrapped up and in their cellophane baggies…aren’t they freakin’ adorable?! πŸ™‚

I placed them in rows in my yellow enamel pan to carry them over to the shower…

They were fun but super time-consuming, and to be honest…kind of difficult! It’ll be worth it though because I know the gal I making them for will love them! Can’t wait for this weekend…I have the shower and then the Classic Car Cruise-In and Boy Scout Fundraiser at the co-op on Saturday! I am praying for sunny weather! Pix to come soon!! πŸ™‚

Have a super FABULOUS weekend everyone!

Oreo Ball Deliciousness

I had some of these delicious Oreo balls at our family Christmas gathering (thanks Carol!) and ever since, I have been craving more! So since one of my New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, the first thing I did on New Years Day was run out to Wegmans and buy Oreos and the rest of the supplies to make them! Not off to a great start…oops…

You’ll need:

1 pkg of regular Oreos

1 8 oz. pkg of cream cheese

Melting chocolate of your choice

Wax paper

Since I am such a classy baker, I smashed up the Oreos in a ziplock bag using this wine bottle. Hey…it worked, didn’t it??

Then add the cream cheese and mix in using a blender or by hand, until smooth. I used this handy-dandy NINJA blender thing that Greg’s mom got us for Christmas and it worked GREAT! I suppose a food processor or regular blender would yield the same results.

Roll into small balls and place on a cookie sheet.I LOVE recipes that are inexpensive yet make such a large quantity! Place in fridge to chill for 15-20 minutes so the balls are a little more solid and easier to dip.

Microwave the chocolate melting chips for 30 sec intervals, stirring in between, until melted..or use a double boiler if you wanna get all fancy. Dip Oreo balls in melted chocolate using a fork to drain the excess, and place on wax paper to harden.

I drizzled blue/milk chocolate on top for decoration. Just put the melted chocolate into a ziplock bag, cut the corner off (very tiny bit, to make a thin line) and drizzle away! They look like a hot mess right now…but once you put them on a plate and break off all the little excess pieces of chocolate drizzle, they look gourmet! πŸ™‚

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Hope everyone has a FABULOUS New Year’s weekend!!!

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies: The Best Christmas Cookie Ever!

I have to share one of my favorite Christmas cookies to make AND eat…the famous chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz cracker cookies. My friend Kim and I used to make these when we were little, with the help of her mom, and I have been addicted ever since! Of course my actual favorite cookies ever are my mom’s ginger creams which are way to complex for me to ever try to make myself…I’ll just stick with dipping things in chocolate! These are really easy and a HUGE hit where ever I take them!

You’ll need:

  • Ritz Crackers
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Wax Paper
  • Sprinkles or white melting chocolate (to drizzle) to decorate

First, make up a bunch of peanut butter and cracker sandwiches. This was Greg’s job this year. I find it’s easier to make them all at once, so you can just dip away once the chocolate is melted.

I melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted, stirring in between. Be careful not to over microwave, as the chocolate will burn easily. Drop in the cracker sandwiches and lift with a fork, shaking lightly to get off excess chocolate. Place on wax paper to harden.

Sprinkle before the chocolate hardens all the way, so the sprinkles will stick!

For these I melted white chocolate in the same fashion as the milk chocolate. Scoop it into a plastic baggie and cut off a very small tip of the bag. Drizzle and then throw the bag away! The little drizzles on the wax paper will snap off easily.

Of course we had to make some peanut butter blossoms…a classic!

Emmmmm…now I am hungry. Hope you give these a try…they are SOOO easy and really fun to make. Is everyone ready for Christmas? I am finally done with everything and am excited to visit my family and just eat and drink some wine this week!!!

Hope everyone has a fantastic day! Happy Holidays!

 

 

Halloween Cupcake Extravaganza!

In honor of the most FUN holiday of the year, my friend Melanie and I made our annual halloween cupcakes to bring to work. We thought there was no way we could top the awesome cupcakes we made last year, but we TOTALLY out-did ourselves!!! They were much more complex, little works of art this year. Here are some of our favorites!

This is where all the ACTION happened….an entire dining room table COVERED with supplies that had been accumulated over a span of months….we take our cupcake making very seriously.

The whole “cast of characters” as Melanie said…and it’s so true!!!

This is Frankenstein made with a large marshmellow head that was sprayed with a new spray food coloring. It was a little tough to use but we eventually got the hang of it. A little black licorice hair completed the look.

One of my personal favorites are the Oreo spiders with black licorice legs!

We did a couple “EEK’s” and “BOO’s” which came out super cute. Mel found those amazing little bone sprinkles at the Hobby Lobby. If you have never been there, I highly recommend going!! And plan on being in there for hours on end…it’s such a GREAT store, with every craft or baking item you could ever imagine!

This lil skeleton was made with a mini-marshmellow head and the face made with our sparkly gel frosting. It comes in little tubes with a fine point, and that is what we used for the majority of little faces and fine work. LOVE that stuff!

This owl was a little bit of a challenge but came out pretty darn good. Oreos for eyes, M&M’s for beak and pupils, and a little frosting for the “feathers”….do you get the feeling you’re being WATCHED?

In our line of work, it was a given that we make some creepy eyeballs! A gummi life saver became the iris and our handy-dandy gel frosting was used for the veins and pupil.

These mummy’s were an office favorite by far, and one of Mel’s best works! With the right frosting tip, this guy was really easy to make. Strips of frosting over M&M eyes!

A fun side project were these “pretzel monsters”. They were so easy and fun! Pretzel sticks broken in half, mixed with white chocolate that was tinted green. We added flattened mini-marshmellows for eyes. They were soooo yummy!!

This is Melanie next to one of her creations, “The Twilight Zone”, and below is a close-up. Those gummy skeleton heads were a great find!

THE “BRAIN”!

And now it’s time to set up our masterpieces at the office for the big reveal.

The final display!

Melanie and I next to our work. We had SO much fun!!!!

Hope everyone has a great day and a HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEEEN!