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Monster Brownies

Monster Brownies

Monster Brownies

I had a nice post all written up for you today to go along with these brownies.  I am not sure what happened though, because when I hit save it disappeared.  I am usually pretty good with the technical side of things, but this has me stumped.  My husband might disagree, but he designs computers for a living, so he doesn’t really count.  I was almost tempted to just give you the recipe and call it a day.  But, you all know me better than that, right :)

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Witch Hat Bread Sticks

Witch Hats 2

Happy Halloween!  Today is a busy day.  We have Halloween parades, parties, pumpkins to carve, and trick or treating to get to.  I am sure if you have kids, you are in the same boat.  So here is a super quick side dish to make before you send them out tonight.

The more I look at these the more I think they look like sail boats, not witches hats, but go with me.   Just don’t look too hard.  I used store bought crescent rolls for these, and just didn’t roll them up all the way.  Fold the tip over, and you have a hat!  Great with a bowl of chili, or just about anything before they run around the neighborhood collecting candy.

My son thought they were super cute.  He was very excited to have them with dinner.  After awhile he did turn on me, and jumped on the sail boat side.  Of course, I had to open my mouth and cast doubt, didn’t I?  Either way, they are cute and fun for the kids.

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Ghost Pretzels

Bake Sal

Today is the last day of the Bake Sale over at Country Cleaver.  Please go check out all the goodies for sale.  My Peanut Butter Bars are there!  I know you want me to send them to you :)

The week of Halloween is here!  These are a fun quick treat for the kids, or the adults (my husband may have eaten his fair share).  If you are helping out with a Halloween party at school, these would be something really easy the kids could do.  I used an edible marker to make the eyes, but you could use one of those tubes of decorative icing, or even just melted chocolate.

I was running low on the chocolate, so I did a few “mummies” as well.  I had a few googly candy eyes by Wilton left, so this was a fun way to use them up.  When browsing for idea on Pinterest, I had seen ghost and mummie pretzels done using pretzel rods.  I thought these looked more “realistic”, but use what you have or what you like!

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Monster Snack Mix

I am going to forgo my usual Week in Review today to feature a couple more Halloween treats.  I went a little over board with ideas this year!  I made this snack mix for my son’s class.  He saw it all packaged up and was very upset he had to wait until snack time at school to eat it.  Luckily for him there were a couple kids out that day, so he brought 2 back home, to snack on later.  The kids thought these were really fun.  They would be great to hand out to trick-or-treaters, to have at a party, or really just for a snack after school.  Plus you can put whatever you want in there.  Really, there is only one “requirement”.  You have to have the Frankensteins!!  
Monster Snack Mix
Frankensteins
6 cups Corn Chex Cereal
1 package Lemon-Lime Kol-Aid
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Light corn syrup
1/3 cup Butter
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/3 cup chocolate chips, melted
Mix-Ins
Candy Corn
Marshmallows
Cheerios
Corn Chex
Raisins
Peanuts
Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
In a saucepan heat sugar, corn syrup and butter over medium heat until boiling, stirring occasionally. Boil for 3 minutes (do not stir). Turn off heat and stir in baking soda and Kol-Aid.
Pour over 6 cups Chex cereal and mix together gently. Spread onto a lined or greased baking sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Take out of the oven and set 40 pieces (or however many Frankensteins you want to make), onto another lined or greased cookie sheet.  Cool completely, stirring the rest of them occasionally.  (I did not do this and mine ended up in a big block of Green Chex.) 
To make Frankensteins
Dip one end of a Chex square into the melted chocolate for the hair.  Pour the rest of the chocolate into a small zip-loc bag.  Cut off a tiny bit of the end.  Pipe eyes and mouth onto the squares. 
After the chocolate has hardened Assemble your mix using whatever mix-ins you would like.  

Creepy Cookie Pizza's

Hubby comes home tomorrow!!!  I am not excited or anything, can you tell!  Funny thing is, all through college our relationship was long distance.  We would regularly go a couple weeks without seeing each other.  But after being married for more than 10 years, and neither of us really traveling for work, I am really NOT used to being the single parent and living alone.  Let’s just say I am not a fan.   So to cope, I bake fun treats with my 6 year old.
Check out these cookies!  I had a lot of fun with these.  I struggled with a name, but I think they are so much fun.  You could do whatever you wanted with them.  We decorated ours to have snakes, eyeballs, spiders, poop, and of course blood! The jar of sprinkles I found at Walmart was Orange and Green with Spiders.  I found that Wilton made a small candy eyeball, so that is what I used.  But you could use White Chocolate Chips and just put a Black dot (melted chocolate), on the tip. 
Creepy Cookie Pizza’s
Round Sugar Cookies (recipe found here)
Red Frosting (recipe found here)
Candy for Decorations
                Gummi Worms
                Eyeball candy
                Chocolate covered Raisins
                Sprinkles
Spread red frosting over the cookies.  Decorate with your creepy toppings!  Enjoy!

Bloody Bones


Things are progressing with our house.  All the inspections are over and “passed”.  We are set to close on December 5th.  My husband even found a lot that is worth considering out in Fort Collins.  It would be so nice to find something before we moved out there.  Then we could send our 6 year old to the school where our house would be, and we wouldn’t have to move him around next summer.  Way too much to think about when moving with kids.  It was much easier when we moved to Iowa and he was only 18 months old!  

This post may sound gross, but it isn’t I promise!  I hope you are enjoying my week of Halloween themed treats.  They are so much fun to come up with, especially when you have a 6 year old little boy to share them with!  This was one of his favorites.  He pretended he was a vampire all through dinner.  These are so easy too! I only used Parmesan Cheese and Garlic, but you could flavor these however you wanted.  You could add Italian Seasoning or Basil too. 


Bloody Bones
Adapted from Pillsbury
Printable Recipe

1 can Pillsbury Breadsticks
2 Tbls Butter, melted.
1 Tbls Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Garlic Powder (plus any other seasons you would like)
Pizza Sauce

Preheat oven to 375.  Open the can of breadstick dough, and separate into 12 sticks.  In your hands roll it to about 12 inches long.  Loosely tie each end in a knot, so they look like bones.  Place on a lined baking sheet.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until lightly browned. 

Meanwhile, mix together butter, cheese and garlic.  Brush breadsticks with butter mixture once you take them out of the oven. Serve with sauce. 

Ghost Pops

Halloween is just around the corner, and I have another treat for you!  I made Cake Pops for the first time, and attempted to make them look like Ghosts.  I think there is a lot left to desired with these, but they would still go over very well with kids.  Afterwards I thought maybe I should have used fondant for a more realistic look.  But, hindsight is always 20/20. The other idea I had after the fact, was changing the shape.  If I had made the cake pops bigger on the bottom and not just plain circles the dipping might have worked better.  If you try them, let me know what works for you!

Sorry for the short post today!  I have been running all over the place, and I am just exhausted.  Only 4 days until my husband gets to come home!

I followed Bakerella’s Step by Step Guide to make my Cake Pops

Ghost Pops

Cake Pops (recipe here)
Almond Bark, melted
Black Icing

Dip Cake Pops in the Almond Bark.  Place on a lined baking sheet.  Let it harden slightly.  Spoon more almond bark over the top.  You want to build up the base, so you get the Ghost look. Once fully hardened, pipe the black icing on to make the face.  If you have edible markers, they would work too.

Witches Brew


Big news at our house today….my husband found us a house to rent in Colorado!  It has been hard for him to find something.  He has gone to see a few places, but there have been 6 or 7 people interested in each place.  So it was a huge relief for him to secure a place today, and it is a nice place!  As of right now it looks like we will be moving over Thanksgiving.  Next up we have to find a lot, so we can start building a house.  I am starting to get excited!  Plus only 5 days until hubby comes home!

Today as the Halloween fun continues I made for you Witches Brew!  This really isn’t a recipe, just a method.  It is so easy, and you could change this up in so many ways.  I made a kid friendly drink, but you could easily make this into a cocktail for an adult Halloween Party.  This is a fun drink for kids!  When else do you get to have “worms” in your drink?  You could even put this in a big punch bowl for a party.

Witches Brew
Printable Recipe

Gummi Worms
Water
Ice Cube Trays
Green Kol-Aid (any green drink)

Place the Gummi Worms in the ice cube trays.  Fill with water, and freeze.  Place ice cubes in a glass, and fill with Green Kol-Aid.

Spooky Spider Web Cookie


I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We went to a local pumpkin farm while my parents were visiting.  There were so many fun activities; hay rack rides, giant corn maze, pedal cars, jumping pillow, train ride, animals, haunted house, a playground and so much more.  My 6 year old was in heaven!  I think his quote was “Mom, thank you 1 million, trillion, billion, bazillion times for taking me here.”  We now have our giant pumpkins and are ready for carving next weekend when my husband gets to come visit!

 

Halloween is 7 days away!  Are you excited?  Hopefully I can get you in the mood this week with all of my fun treats!  Today I have a Spider Web Cookie for you.  I made this with a chocolate chip cookie base, but you could really use almost anything.  You could use a brownie, or a sugar cookie, or even a cupcake.  Anything you want to put frosting on would work well!

 

Spooky Spider Web Cookie
 
Serves: 12
Prep time:
Total time:

 
Chocolate Chip Cookie decorated like a spooky spider web for Halloween
Ingredients
  • 1 8 inch round chocolate chip cookie (any chocolate chip cookie recipe baked in an 8 in cake pan)
  • 1 batch of butter cream frosting (recipe found here)
  • Black Icing
  • Toothpick

Instructions
  1. Frost your 1 inch round chocolate chip cookie. Try to make it as smooth as possible. Pipe the black icing in circles, starting at the center and getting larger as you go out. Drag a toothpick from the center straight out to the edge. Clean it off after each swipe. This will give it the “spider web” affect. Decorate with spider rings or other toy spiders you can find.