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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Winter Birds & Birch Trees Graham Cracker Treats

Hi all - Happy New Year and Welcome to 2018! 

I know it's been the new year for at least 1/2 a month already so I guess that means I'm already behind!  

I did finally get around to making a new treat though - so that's a win!  

I've made decorated graham crackers a few times before (see below post) and I've had an idea for more jelly bean birds - but this time on pretzels decorated like little birch trees.

Start with some graham crackers as your "canvas" 

Dip pretzel sticks into white chocolate (as your "birch trees) and add to the graham crackers

Since these are winter scenes - add more white chocolate as "snow" and before hardened add jelly beans in various colors as they will be the winter birds

Use an edible marker to add birch tree rings - or you can just paint it on using black or brown food gel

Add more birds - eyes are made with the edible marker and beak/feet with some yellow candy melting wafers

Add a border with more melted chocolate and some sprinkled powdered sugar as more background snow

 Perfect little winter bird scenes to go along with the frigid temps in the Northeast coast!

Here are some other easy decorated graham crackers or jelly bean bird treats you might like:

Candy Valentines on Chocolate Graham Crackers

Autumn Tree Graham Crackers

Winter Scene Graham Crackers

Bird on a Wire Graham Crackers

Winter Birds on Mini Chairs and Trees

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Nightmare Before Christmas Gingerbread Men Cookies

Oh man I can't believe its only 3 days until Christmas! 

 Every year I make the kiddos decorated gingerbread men and women cut out cookies.  I almost didn't make it in time this year because its been so hectic and the time is flying by so fast.


I couldn't *not* do them this year so I made some time last weekend and got to decorating.  Priorities right?!!

Picking what characters was hard this year - but we had just watched 
The Nightmare Before Christmas recently with my little niece so I got into the Jack Skellington and friends mode!

In case you need a refresher from the top:  Oogie Boogie, Jack Skellington, Sally, Zero, Mayor of Halloween Town, Barrel, Shock, Lock, Scary Teddy, Dr. Finklestein, Santa Jack

I think cut out gingerbread cookies are my favorite Christmas cookie of all time.  This year my twins helped roll out the dough and cut out the cookies.  It's fun to see them getting into cooking and baking as they get older!

Do you like Jack and Sally?


Santa Jack and Sally??

Always love to see them all done and decorated.  Can't wait to bring them to Christmas! 

Oh and since I had some extras I also did my kids (and dog!) in gingerbread form!

Merriest of Christmases to those that celebrate and Happy New Year to you all!

Here are other gingerbread men and ladies from years passed!

Super Hero Gingerbread Cookies

Peanuts Gang gingerbread men cookies

Star Wars Trooper Gingerbread Men Cookies

Rainbow Gingerbread Men Cookies

Star Wars christmas gingerbread cookies

Disney Frozen gingerbread men cookies

Disney Princess gingerbread cookies

Father's Day gingerbread men cookies

mint chocolate chip men cookies

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pastel Candy Thanksgiving Turkeys in Donuts

Turkey day is coming up this week in the US so that means I attempted cute turkey treats - again!

I found the most fun candy corn this year - pastel fruit cremes!  I loved the colors and knew I needed to do some fun treats with them so scooped up a bag and promptly forgot about it.

But luckily my kiddo found them and asked to try them.  

If you don't like regular candy corn - then you might like these.  Very fruity - still sweet but not like traditional candy corn.  I also had some white Lindor chocolates that someone gave me which I thought I could use for the turkey bodies (and I love it when I don't have to go buy more stuff for an idea!)

The pastel colors are so pretty!

And since I needed them to sit on top of something - I went with donuts.  Baked sweet potato donuts with cranberry glaze, which I thought was perfect for Thanksgiving.  Recipe linked for the donuts and the cranberry glaze is just some cranberry jelly mixed with a little milk and powdered sugar until you get a nice glaze-y consistency.

The rest of the turkey is a skittle chocolate, dab of yellow melted candy melt for beak, red sprinkle for waddler, and black edible marker for eyes.  Candy corn feathers are attached with white melted chocolate.

The turkeys are perched in little donut nests.  Do turkeys sit in nests? Well maybe not but they do look pretty cute all nestled in!

Well are the turkeys cute? Can you make a cute turkey? 

Thanksgiving is my fav holiday because it has all my fav foods.  Turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie - all my comfort foods on one plate!  I will definitely be indulging this week! What's your favorite Turkey Day food? And let me know if you think this year's turkeys are cute!

Here are some of my past turkey attempts! Which is your fav??

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Star Wars - The Last Jedi Chewbacca & the Porgs No Bake Cookies

Can we talk about the next Star Wars movie coming out this December? 

The Last Jedi opens on December 15th!

And have you seen the newest creature that is debuting? They are called Porgs and seem to be a cross between a puffin and a penguin.  Are they not the cutest?? I mean listen to them squawk:

Well as far as I can tell from the trailers they live on the island that Luke has been hiding out on but in the clip they are hanging with Chewbacca.

Of course I had to make some little porg cookies!

These are no bake and start from Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies.   Use regular sized ones for Chewy and Milano minis for the porgs.

Chewbacca is decorated with melted chocolate, candy coated sunflower seeds for eyes, and vanilla tootsie roll (decorated with brown edible writing pen and tinted vanilla candy melts) for his cross body belt.

Porgs are decorated with vanilla and chocolate candy melts (tint some gray/mustard), black round sprinkles for eyes, and black candy melts for nose and mouth.

These came together pretty quickly especially since no baking is required.

Well are you also pro-porg??!

Only 39 days until we see them on the big screen AND only 49 days until the Christmas holiday - in case you are interested!

Thanks for swinging by and have a great week!