Friday, October 31, 2014

Spooky Halloween Strawberries

Halloween is today, but it's not too late to make these simple, last-minute spooky strawberry treats!
They come together in no time flat, and it's a great way to work in some healthy fruit alongside all the candy.

Here in California, it is supposed to rain (pour, actually) tonight! Yippee!  Wouldn't you know it, the day we are finally getting some much needed rain, it is predicted to start at about the same time the trick-or-treaters will heading out. In this drought-ridden area, rain trumps candy:)

Driscoll's contacted me to make some ghosts with their strawberries.  The best part about these spooky treats?  They're delicious! Did I mention how easy they are?

Spooky Strawberries 
White candy melts or white chocolate
Mini chocolate chips, or black royal icing or candy eyes
Decorations (optional)
Wash strawberries and dry completely.
Melt candy
Hold each strawberry by the leaves and dip into the chocolate, to cover.
Set on wax paper and add chocolate chips or candy eyes.
Let dry (it only takes about 10-15 minutes).
Once dry, add the black royal icing for the ghosts and use more melted candy to drizzle all over the surface of the mummy.
Add toothpick decorations.

Check out Driscoll's ghosts for another decorating idea, plus tons of other fabulous recipes for all occasions! 

Happy Halloween! 
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Mummy Cookies

I cannot tell you how simple these mummy cookies were to make!
 (A skull cutter was used for these cookies, but you could use a similar shaped cutter, or a rectangle, a square, or even a circle.)

I didn't have to outline or fill any cookies with royal icing in the traditional way, beyond the small black patch for the base of the eyes (The candy eyes were attached when the icing was wet). 
After I let the black dry for about 20 minutes I used some untinted (easy) royal icing, and with a #46 tip, traversed the mummy's head/face, in random directions, until there was good coverage. 

The cookies dried overnight (6-8 hours), and I then used a food marker for the facial details.
That's all there was to it! 

Let's hear it for Simple and Cute!!!
I couldn't resist. :)

I hope my grandchildren like them as much as I do!

(Thanks to Lizy B for the inspiration)

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Birthday Cookies and a "Decorating Cookies Party" {by Bridget Edwards} Book Giveaway!

{My Birthday Party Cookies}


If you enjoy decorating cookies, or just looking at decorated cookies, then I am sure you must be familiar with Bridget of Bake at 350!  I was fortunate enough to land on her site years ago when I first started my blog and was surfing the web (does anyone still say that?!?) looking for some cute cookies! With Bake at 350, I hit a cookie gold mine!  
To make things even sweeter, Bridget is like a cookie lovin', next door neighbor, the genuine article.  Though we have never met, her authenticity jumps off the pages of her blog. 
When Bridget announced her new (second) book, Decorating Cookies Party, I was instantly smitten with the cookies on the cover, particularly the cake/cake stand cookies!  I couldn't wait to get my hands on the book and make those cookies! 
I had so much fun making them!  Bridget's step-by-step photos, coupled with written instructions, made her beautiful cookie designs easy to duplicate.  I almost felt like she really was my cookie lovin', next door neighbor, guiding me along in my kitchen. :) 
I purchased this  cute, cake slice cutter from Cristin's Cookie Cutters quite awhile ago, and was so happy to finally use it. They worked out perfectly for this Birthday Party set!
For the four different (domed) cake stand cookies, I finally christened this beautiful set from Janet of From Captain's Daughter to Army Mom. Thank you so much, Janet! 
Instructions for candles and presents are also included in the book for this birthday set.
Decorating Cookies Party has cookies for 10 themes and includes 50 cookie designs! 
Here's another one of my favorite cookie designs included in the book! Just look at these double-decker beauties;  I'm giddy over them!  I have referred to Bridget as the "Double-decker Queen" in the past, and now you can see why. :) 

If you'd like a chance to win a copy of this wonderfully fun, easy-to-follow cookie decorating book, just leave a comment on this post by answering the question: 

What is your favorite party theme?

This giveaway runs until Friday, October 24, 2014, 5 p.m. PDT.
ONE winner will be chosen by
(Open to all, worldwide!)
(If your comment does not link to your contact information, then please include your email address within your comment.)

Thank you and Good Luck!

Comment #35 is the winner of the book!  Congrats to "anonymous", Jessica!

Thanks for your support, to all that entered the giveaway!

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