Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gobble Gobble Fruit Turkey

I love adding a healthy dish to a child's party. What better way than to bring fruit and cheese. The trick to entice young appetites is to make it look appealing. Here is my tom turkey. He is a butternut squash body with a card stock head, neck, and wings. His feathers are skewers of cheese cubes and grapes. I surrounded him with apple slices to add more options, more color, and add stability to the heavy body. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spooky Mummy Cookies

Finding a cool treat that you can mass produce for a child's party (while not losing your mind at the difficulty or detail) is no easy task. I stumbled upon these mummy cookies from the Betty Crocker:

and decided to put my own twist on them. So here they are the hot pink Halloween mummy cookies...

These cookies were simple enough to make. They are just sugar cookies died electric pink and cut with a medium sized gingerbread cookie cutter. When they are hot right out of the oven press two candy eyes onto them (purchased a bottle of candy eyes at hobby lobby). Let them cool completely and then drizzle "bandages" from melted white almond bark on them. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ho Ho Ho Wreath

To create this wreath you will need:

Medium wire wreath form
4 yards of red burlap
Black ribbon
Cardboard square painted silver
Wood letters painted white

Cut the burlap into strips 2 inches wide and 8 inches long. They do not need to be cut perfectly. After they are tied and bunched together the imperfections will not show. 

The wire form is divided into three sections. You will tie pieces to the outer ring, inside ring, and middle ring in that order. The pieces are tied and then pushed closely together until the wreath is covered. 

Once the wreath is covered in tied burlap strips you will cut two slits in the cardboard square and pass a thick black ribbon through it creating a belt buckle. Tie the ribbon tightly on the back of the wreath. Finally attach the ho ho ho using hot glue. 

Something Witchy Wreath

This wreath is easy to make!
You will need:

Medium straw wreath
Black duct tape
One roll each of blak, purple, and green tulle
Witch centerpiece

First, cut all three rolls of tulle into 18 inch pieces. Next wrap the straw wreath tightly with duct tape. This helps to strengthen the straw wreath and create a smooth service. You can use any color of tape to coordinate with your theme. 

Take a piece of tulle and fold it in half. 

Grip the loose ends of the tulle creating a loop on the end. Slide this piece beneath the wreath with the loop on the inside of the ring. Pull the loop over the loose ends and pull tightly on the loose ends pointing  away from the wreath. 

Repeat this process alternating between colors and pushing them tightly together until the wreath is covered. Tie a longer piece to use for hanging and decorate with a centerpiece of your choice. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

First Taste of Fall

You know fall is approaching when the world starts to go crazy for pumpkin. This is my quick and easy pumpkin pie recipe. I stole it from a friend years ago and have modified it over the years. It is amazing especially when served with a bit of whipped cream or ice cream. 


2 Pie crusts (frozen/thawed or homemade)

For Filling:
15oz can pumpkin or 2 1/2 cups fresh
4 eggs
1 can condensed milk
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple extract

For Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375.  Mix pumpkin, condensed milk, eggs, extracts, and spices and pour into pie crust. Bake 15 minutes. 

Using a pastry cutter or fingers cut cold butter into flour, brown sugar, sugar, an spices until a well incorporated meal forms. 

Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly onto both pies and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the middle of the pies are set. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Three Little Bears Party


My sister chose a Three Little Bears theme for my nephew's first birthday.  I was skeptical at first but after seeing the bright colors and how easily the theme fit with brunch I was sold.
In keeping with the brunch theme we served fresh apple cake, hash brown casserole, milk and white chocolate bear pops with orange gummy party hats, acorn cookies, apple cinnamon porridge topped with vanilla yogurt, cheese little bear crackers, and breakfast cupcakes (sausage and cheese quiche with a crescent roll crust). My sister purchased a printable kit from Etsy and we modge podged scrapbook paper onto blocks for the front piece.  Guest gifts were a bag of homemade smores trail mix (teddy grahams, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and peanut butter m&m's).

These acorn cookies are cute and super easy to create.  To create them simply use a bit of melted chocolate to attach a Hershey kiss to a mini Nutter Butter cookie.  Let that set and then attach a chocolate chip to the top.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Butterfinger Cookies

You can get lost in a sea of pictures of enticing food on Pinterest. Some of the time the pictures really are too good to be true and the actual recipe is a dud. This recipe was not! Which was great because my husband's heart would have been broken if the cookies he had been dreaming of off shore did not taste great in real life. 

I got the recipe from Pinterest via-


1 stick salted butter, softened
3/4 granulated sugar
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
8 fun sized butter fingers chopped (I cheated and used 10)

Preheat oven to 375. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy and add egg. Gradually add dry ingredients until combined then add butterfingers. 

Form into tablespoon size balls. I used a small cookie scoop and baked mine on parchment lined baking sheets for 10 minutes or until slightly golden brown.