Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites

I was asked to bring the dessert to our annual Christmas party that my friend holds at her house every year. I tried to come up with something that the kiddos and adults as well would like! I found this recipe online that used these Chocolate Desert Cups…they looked scrumptious but knew I would not find them anywhere locally and had no time to order them online. Put this recipe in the back of my mind and set out to do some grocery shopping to see what I could come up with. Well, low and behold right there in the baking aisle at Wal-Mart there the chocolate dessert cups sat…awesome! Now I can make these super cute Santa Hats!

 Here are the Chocolate Dessert Cups I used…found in the baking aisle at Wal-Mart.

So easy my 6 year old piped in the cheesecake filling in all the cups!!

Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites

See Detailed Nutrition Info on

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 1 package of Cheesecake Pudding
  • 1 package of chocolate dessert cups
  • 12 strawberries
  • white sparkling Sugar Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate cups and strawberries. Beat well on high until the Cheesecake Cream is light and fluffy. Put the mixture into a piping bag and fill each chocolate cup up and over slightly around the rim. Place a strawberry with the top cut off on top of the Cheesecake Cream layer and press down slightly. Put a little Cheesecake Cream at the top for the top of the hat. Sprinkle with some white sugar sprinkles if desired. Enjoy!

Enjoy!!

>>Back to Recipes

Print Friendly

Tee Pee Treats

Tee Pee Treats

Fun Thanksgiving craft for the kiddos and even better…the minute they are done creating they can dig in and munch away!

What you need:

  • Sugar Cones
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate frosting or Nutela
  • Candy Sprinkles

Cut a little snip off the top of cone so the pretzels can fit down inside.  Put some chocolate frosting or Nutella on the tip top and on the bottom rim and dip in sprinkles!!!  I didn’t have any on hand but leaf sprinkles would be super cute and festive as well!

My kiddos making their Tee Pee’s

SONY DSC

Proud boy!!

SONY DSC

Now…time to dig in!!

SONY DSC

You could even take this a step further and bake cupcakes inside the cones!!! There are plenty of recipes online you could find if you were interested in doing that! 🙂

Enjoy!

>> Back to Food Fun

 

Print Friendly

Turkey Flowerpot Craft

Here is a fun and super easy craft for the kiddos!  Turkey’s made out of upside down flowerpots!

What you will need:

  • Small Flowerpot
  • Googly Eyes
  • Brown, Orange or Yellow craft foam or construction paper
  • Feathers
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Turkey Flowerpots

Turn the flowerpot upside down and glue on googly eyes and the feathers.  I took craft foam and cut out a beak and free handed the feet and glued them all on.  I took a round paper punch and punched out a circle of brown construction paper to glue on the top of the flowerpots so you didn’t see the hole.  We wrote “Happy Thanksgiving” on them with a silver pen.  That’s it…super cute to use as a decoration for Thanksgiving or even use as place settings for Thanksgiving dinner…instead of “Happy Thanksgiving” on the top you could write each individuals name!

>>Back to Inspirations

Print Friendly

Vegetable Pizza

Vegetable Pizza

When I get invited to a party I almost always get the request to bring my Vegetable Pizza!  It’s one of my favorites and always a hit of the party!!!

I also love Halloween and every year have a party to celebrate not only Halloween but my daughters birthday!  It’s my favorite time of year and was ecstatic when my daughter was born so close to may favorite holiday!

As I was preparing for my party and making my vegetable pizza (of course) I was trying to think of how I could make it more Halloween themed and then it dawned on me…little grave stones!  Of course if you aren’t making this for Halloween you just omit the crackers!!  I just bought crackers at the grocery store that resembled grave stones and used sour cream in a pipping bag to write RIP on them!  Super cute and so fun!

Vegetable Pizza

10 minutes

See Detailed Nutrition Info on

Ingredients

  • 2 tubes crescent rolls
  • 2 (8 oz packages) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg (1 oz) dry ranch-style dressing mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper (any color)

Instructions

  1. Unroll crescent rolls onto a greased cookie sheet. Press all seams together. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise and dry ranch mix together and spread of cooled crust. Top with vegetables and cheese. When chilled, cut with pizza cutter and enjoy!

Notes

Tip: I sometimes cut mine after I top it with the cream cheese mixture and then top with all my toppings...that way they don't fall all over and get messy

 >>Back to Recipes

Print Friendly

Frankenstein Finger Cookies

Frankenstein Finger Cookies

Rainy day here in Iowa on this Beggar’s Night afternoon!  The kiddos and I are bored so decided to see what ingredients we had in the cupboards to see what we could come up with!!!  I have a Frankenstein head decoration that I love (pictured above) so we decided why not make some Frankenstein Finger cookies to go along with it!!  Oh they are so fun!!!

Frankenstein Finger Cookies

See Detailed Nutrition Info on

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup almond slices
  • 1 tube red decorating gel
  • 1 tube green food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add drops of green food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep green color.
  3. Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.. Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of dough.
  4. Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes-let cool. Then, squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond sliver on top so the gel oozes out from underneath.
  5. Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks. Then serve and enjoy

Roll your dough into little worms!

SONY DSC

 

Use your knife to make little knuckle marks!

SONY DSC Bake, cool and top with red gel & almond slices!  Enjoy!!

>>Back to Recipes

Print Friendly

Floating Heads

I have the perfect spot to hang some spooky ghosts from my front porch.  I set out to the craft store to pick up some round styrofoam balls to make my own fun spooky ghosts!  I picked up 3 of the styrofoam balls and put them in my cart!  I decided I probobly should check the price first…they can’t be much right!  Wrong!  They were like $18 each!  There was no way I was going to spend that much on my 3 ghosts…and that doesn’t include the additinal items I needed to purchase.  I could buy ghosts already made cheaper than I could make them!  I wondered back and forth down the aisle trying to decide what to do..I could come back 3 times and use my 40% off coupon…but I really wanted to make them and get them done!!  I walked past some styrofoam heads that people use for wig mannequins.  I decided what the heck…they were only $4.99 each so I grabbed them up!  I love how they turned out…I have gotten so many compliments on how cool they are and how spooky they look!  Here is how I made mine!

FLOATING HEADS

  • Foam Heads, male or female (I got mine at Michaels)
  • FloraCraft® StyroCutter Plus® or a bread knife (I don’t have a Styro Cutter and the knife worked just fine…just cut them outside)
  • 3 yards cheese cloth per head, cut into 2 sections
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • 1 eyelet screws per ghost
  • E6000 glue
  • Fishing line or clear string for making bracelets/necklaces

Heads

I think the female heads are a little spookier then the males!

Cut the Necks off

Next grab your bread knife or your FloraCraft® StyroCutter Plus® so that you can trim the neck off of my foam heads.

Heads 3

Now that there is a little nip tuck!

Heads 4

Cut your cheese cloth so that you have two equal portions per ghost.

Take a sponge and spread Modge Podge all over the top of the head.  I wanted the face to show through a little more and be a little more defined so I used a little Mod Podge to adhere the cheese cloth to the face portion of the head.  Drap your cheese cloth over the head, smooth down and press into the Modge Podge with your hand.  Lay on cardboard to dry.

After the ghosts were dry, I used E600 glue to adhere an eyelet screw into the top of the ghost head and then I attached a piece of clear string I had on hand from my kiddos making bracelets…you can also use fishing string.

And now they are ready to hang and spook your neighbors, friends and those little beggars on beggar’s night!

Heads 8

I really do love how creepy they look and blow in the wind.  And I love that none of my neighbors have floating heads like mine!!  (Until they read my blog anyway)! 🙂

Heads 7

 

>>Back to Inspirations

Print Friendly

Back to School Breakfast

Hard to believe school is starting next week already!  Where did the summer go!? After I get my son’s 9th birthday party prep out of the way for this weekend I best be planning my kiddos back to school party!  Last year I did a back to school breakfast (literally planned the night before school started)!!  Here are a few pictures from our breakfast…the kids loved waking up to this (not the idea of going back to school) but loved the surprise!!! 🙂

Back to School Breakast

I made a quick menu on my computer and printed it on cardstock for each of the kiddos!  We had Cinnamon Toast Crunch muffins (from a box), pancakes & bacon, homemade granola & fruit kabobs!

Back to School Breakfast 1 I got the little tin buckets with the chalkboard front at Target in the $1 section…score!  I filled the one with school supplies I had sitting around!  I also used one of my folders (hence my name on the front) and cut out some lined paper and wrote back to school on it, folded over some scrapbook paper to make a silverware holder and printed off the subway art and framed it in a frame I had laying around!  Check out tons of fun Subway art here!

Back to School Breakfast 2

I wrapped mini candy bars in these adorable bus candy bar wrappers!  Click here to print yours!  I cut out a small hole in an apple to stick a gummy worm out of…I think these are too cute and the kids loved them!  For the drink (chocolate milk) I wrapped scrapbook paper around a mason jar and for the lid I took out the metal insert and replaced it with a muffin liner then screwed the ring back on and poked in a straw..too cute!

Back to School Breakfast 3

My babies going to school!!!!  My daughter was starting 3 year old preschool but not for a couple weeks…hence the pj’s and wild hair!!

Back to School Breakfast 4

Of course we had to end the day the way we started right!!!  Homemade chocolate chip cookies, rice krispey treats shaped like an apple (stem is a tootsie roll and leaf is a green gum drop, red food coloring) & granola energy balls!  We wrapped a couple apples up in plastic goodie bags with a note attached “hope you had a great 1st day of school” and handed them out to all our neighborhood friends!

Back to School Breakfast 5 That was so much fun…I best put on my thinking cap for this year (a little over a week away)!  Luckily, I did keep a few of my decorations so I am semi prepared for this year!  😎

<<Back to Inspirations

Print Friendly

Apple Rice Krispie Treats

Apple Rice Krispies 3

Kids are gearing up to go back to school (or mom is anyway)! 🙂  How adorable are these Apple Rice Krispie Treats to have as an after school snack for the kiddos first day of school!  We even bagged some up and they handed them out to all their neighborhood friends…they were a huge hit and everyone loved them!

Apple Rice Krispies

Apple Rice Krispies

I also made my famous Chocolate Chip Cookies & Granola Energy Balls for their after school snack! Get the links to those recipes below!

Super easy to make too…here ‘s the low down:

Apple Rice Krispie Treats

See Detailed Nutrition Info on

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbs. Butter
  • 10 oz. Marshmallows
  • 1 pkg. Strawberry Jell-O
  • 6 c. Rice Krispie Cereal
  • Tootsie Rolls & Green Frosting for the stem and leaf (Can use green jelly bean cut in half)

Instructions

  1. In large pot, over medium heat melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir continuously until melted. Remove from add Jell-O, stir until completely mixed in. Add cereal and mix until thoroughly coated.
  2. With buttered hands shape about a ¼ c. of cereal into a ball. Once all cereal is shaped use your thumb to make a slight impression in top of ball. Add Tootsie Roll stem and leaf.

Get the recipe for my famous Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies here and my awesome Granola Energy Balls here!

Another wonderful idea is to use these as a birthday party snack…if you have a little princess that is having a Snow White themed birthday…how cute would these be as “Poisonous Apples”!!!  You might want to clarify with a “not so” after it! 🙂

Enjoy!

>>Back to Food Fun

 

 

Print Friendly

Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls

I absolutely Love popcorn balls…have since I was a kid and still do!  The gooey-er  the better in my opinion, a little extra marshmallows never hurt anyone…right!?  My kiddos love them and we even handed some out to the neighbors! They will go perfect with our pre-4th of July party tonight…along with some s’mores by the bonfire of course! 🙂

Popcorn Balls Avery

Popcorn Balls

See Detailed Nutrition Info on

Popcorn Balls

Ingredients

  • 14 heaping cups plain popped popcorn
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 10.5 oz pkg of mini marshmallows
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped salted peanuts, optional

Instructions

  1. Remove any unpopped kernels from the popped popcorn. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and add popcorn; set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows, brown sugar, vanilla and salt and cook, stirring, until marshmallows have melted and mixture is smooth, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn, along with peanuts (if desired). Mix with 2 lightly greased rubber spatulas until popcorn is evenly coated. Using greased hands, form mixture into 2 1/2 inch balls. Eat immediately or wrap balls individually in plastic and keep for up to 3 days! Makes 12

>>Back to Recipes

Print Friendly