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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Colorful Halloween Candy Monsters

Hi everyone, it's October! Woohoo! 

Which means it's Halloween.  Which also means it's Monster Season! 

I have some super easy ones for you too.  

And most are made with everyone's favorite candy - well at least my kids' favs - Kit Kats!

Make a bunch of candy Halloween monsters with the kiddos.  Super fun for everyone because the messier the better!

Check out all the details here over at sheknows

PS. You can also make them with sugar wafer cookies.  See these Sugar Wafer Monsters!

Happy October and THANKS for stopping by! 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Mini Fudge Retro Atari Joysticks

Did you know September 13 is National Video Game Day?? Actually it seems like everyday is video game day around our place - that's the activity of choice these days for my kiddos.  It's always a battle with screen time as my 11 year old could stay on all day if I let him.

I mean we had video games too, I grew up in the 80s, but nothing like what the gamers have today.  I even dug up our old Atari game system - wood paneling and all! Remember those old joysticks? They broke all the time and gave you hand cramps but they were all we had.  They also had 1 button.  I repeat ONE BUTTON.  There were not 10 different buttons that you could push in different combos to get the game to do different things - one button and the joystick was all we had.  Maybe life was simpler back then.  OK now I sound old!

Well I recreated those old joysticks in fudge form - to show my kiddos how good they have it now! They agreed eating them is way better than using them for games!

For the details on how to make 'em, head over to sheknows here!

Thanks for stopping by and have an AWESOME week!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Disney's Frozen movie themed slushies

I think I may have a problem.  This is the 5th Frozen themed treat I've done since the Disney movie came out.  Not 1 or 2 the 5th one!  I'm seriously enabling my kid as well as all the other Frozen fanatics out there.  

What can I say I so like to feed the monster, literally.  But in my defense, not only is the movie pretty darn great, but the colors are awesome too.  Light blue, white, purple-y maroon.  I love them together. 

And the colors look great layered in a frozen ice slushy too.  Perfect to cool off with on the last days of summer.  

Check out the How To over here at sheknows!

Here are all the other Frozen inspired treats in case you are also inclined to indulge! 

1. Frozen Cupcakes - rock trolls representin' too

2. Oatmeal Cream Pie Cookies  - swap some of the oatmeal with Frozen cereal - don't ask why just do it! 

3. Frozen Character Pretzel Snacks - you guys know my love of sweet and salty right? 

4. Frozen Gingerbread Character Cookies - all your fav Frozen characters in gingerbread form - eat Prince Hans first, it will make you feel much better!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Cereal Treat Mini Ice Cream Cones

NOOOO! Summer cannot be almost over.  I'm not letting it happen yet - and marketers - can we stop with all the pumpkin spiced things?  I actually love pumpkin flavored stuff - BUT NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE PUMPKIN SPICE'D UP!

Sorry for yelling so let's make these little ice cream cones instead! 

And bonus they don't melt in the hot August heat! Which means no drippy sticky kid hands.  I did them in neapolitan flavors but you can make them in any of your fav ice cream flavors. 

And you can even stack them with a little melted chocolate.  Much easier than regular ice cream cones right? Or better yet have both!  See them here at she knows.

If you like these "fauxscream" cones you may also like these others I've made over the years:

Mini Cones with Marshmallows (store bought marshmallows so it's really simple)

Mini Cones with Homemade Marshmallow (homemade takes a little longer but so worth it!)

And my most shared post to date! 

Happy last day of August! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mini birdhouse treats with jelly bean birds

I almost can't stand how cute these little sugar wafer bird houses came out! I love those sugar wafers that you can find in almost any convenience store these days.  Strawberry is my fav but they even come in some other fun flavors too like lemon and cookies and cream! 

Who knew they would make such a neat building material - and all edible.

And the jelly bean birdies really do tie the room together ;)

See all the cuteness here at sheknows!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Rainbow swirled bundt cake - with no dyes

Who loves bundt cakes? ME ME ME! Maybe I'm just getting older but I love them.  So tasty and also portable to bring to a party.  

And this one's not a plain old boring bundt cake - there are rainbow swirls inside! You guys know how I love rainbows right? I try to put them in everything.  

And guess what? This rainbow is all natural with no artificial dyes.  

See all the details on how to make it here at sheknows!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Pea Pods made from Fruit

Summer is in full swing around here! The kids are in a few day camps, the days are 90+ degrees and humid, the cicadas are singing their hot summer songs - and I'm loving it all.  It's hard to believe it's nearly the end of July - only one full month of summer left so I'm going to enjoy every second of it.

And I have a really easy healthy treat for you this time.  Well relatively healthy when you compare it to the rest of the sugary sweets that you usually find here.  Cute little pea pods - made from fruit.  

I spotted these Joray brand fruit rolls in the food store the other day.  Joray makes all kinds of flavors of fruit rolls, but I had never seen an all apple green fruit roll.  (ps if you look for them, I found them in the Kosher section of my local Shop Rite food store).

I thought they'd make great pea pods with some green grapes as the "peas".

They are really super easy to make too.  Cut out a leaf shape from the fruit roll.  Add your grapes (2 or 3 "pea" clusters) and wrap the fruit roll around the grapes.  

Twist the ends a bit and that's pretty much it.

Very cute as is or you can up your cute factor by adding some smiley faces.   Faces added with an edible food writer.

Smiling pea pods - try not to smile yourself!

Make them for your veggie averse peeps.  I was thinking they'd also make a super cute addition to a twin or triplet baby shower or maybe a fun April Fool's Day prank.  So many options!

Thanks as always for stopping by.  Have a GREAT week!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summertime Flowers made from Goldfish Crackers and Mini Oreos

Yay, it's Summer! I love summertime and all that goes with it.  The hot summer weather - yes! Even the humid weather? Yes too.  I know that's weird but it doesn't bother me.   Eating yummy summer cool treats? Of course! 

One of my other favorite things about this time of year is all the blooming flowers around.  There are so many colors and types of flowers (well when I can keep the deer we get away from these delicious delicacies).

I decided to make my own summer flowers.  These are really simple and made from Pepperidge Farms Goldfish crackers (they come in all sorts of flavors and colors now), mini Oreo cookies, and pretzel sticks.  

See more details here at she knows

Like flowers too? Then you may also like these Spring Flower Cupcakes

Or these easy Spring Flower Candy Pops

Happy Summer and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Red Velvet Fauxstess Cupcakes with Swirled Glaze for the 4th of July

Hey Peeps!  4th of July is coming up very very soon, so I mashed up again a couple of my favs:  
  1.  Red, white, and blue food (I don't know why I love tinted food so but I do) AND
  2. Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes
Hostess cupcakes are my secret little indulgence - preservatives, artificial flavors, and all - sorry healthy people but I think you have to have a little bad food once in awhile or you may burst.  I'm pretty sure there is a study out there that has drawn that conclusion.

They are also red velvet because its for the Fourth of July (duh) and it keeps the red, white, and blue theme going!  Don't forget the typical hostess squiggles on top...

...and the creme filling.  Never ever forget the creme filling!

See all the red, white, and blue details here at she knows

Happy Almost Weekend!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mickey Mouse & Friends Pretzel Snacks

I can't stop making sweet and salty pretzel snacks.  I think I may have a problem - but in my defense they are so easy (and portable) and fun to do.  Plus in general most people love the salty and sweet combo and they tend to get gobbled up at parties.  This time I used Mickey Mouse and his friends as the theme because who doesn't love Mickey Mouse?  Well my 10 year old doesn't but he's in that "I'm a big kid now and don't like baby stuff" phase - for some reason he thinks Disney is for babies, obviously he's got a lot to learn about life!

I like to use the square pretzels as the base, then just add candy melt/wafers in assorted colors.  Add the candy melts to a plastic freezer bag, microwave in 10 second intervals until just melted, snip a corner and "pipe" the colors on.   

Add some sprinkles here and there before the candy is hardened to give some detail and you are pretty much done.  

They really are super simple.  I call them minimalistic or abstract Mickey and Friends so I hope you can guess who is who but just in case here they are:

Here are some other fun sweet and salty pretzel snacks you might like too!
  1. Snowflake Pretzel Snacks to go along with some Disney Frozen movie cupcakes
  2. Pretzel Snacks in football team colors for a Super Bowl party
  3. Gold and chocolate pretzel snacks for an all gold dessert display 
  4. Christmas Ornament mini cookies, cereal, sprinkles to look like little xmas ornaments
  5. Minion Pretzel Snacks for the Despicable Me movies
  6. Flag Pretzel Snacks for Memorial Day

7. Frozen Character Pretzel Snacks - because we must #frozenallthethings!
8. Little Birdie Pretzel Snacks - cute little birds made from jelly beans in a rainbow of colors
9. Super Hero Pretzel Snacks - you can't go wrong with Superman and Wonder Woman!

The patriotic flags are my most shared pretzel snack yet - again super easy for your upcoming 4th of July parties. Last year I was at a party and someone randomly brought these - can't tell you how much that made my day!

Happy almost Father's Day to all the dads out there! Hard to believe we are heading into the end of June already.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of your week!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Big Hero 6 Baymax Vanilla Fudge

I made Baymax fudge.  I don't mean I made fudge out of Baymax 'cause that would be kinda gross. But I made Baymax shaped vanilla fudge!  And you guys know who Baymax is right?? Well I hope so - but just in case he's from Disney's Big Hero 6 movie - the lovable inflatable robot.  I also made Baymax vanilla macarons awhile back too.  

I kinda have a thing for him.  He is a personal healthcare assistant and all.  Good qualities - reliable, loyal, and he can fix you.  What's not to love? I think I need a personal robot.  

And what's not to love about him in fudge form?? He's super easy too. Only a couple ingredients.  

See all the details here at sheknows!