12 Creepy Cocktails for Halloween

What is your favorite holiday to celebrate?  If I’m being honest, I actually think every holiday is my favorite.  I will say though, that even as an adult, I get giddy and excited about upcoming holidays, especially Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  I love the family togetherness that comes with Thanksgiving and Christmas and I love the fun and party like atmosphere that Halloween brings with it.

I am not really a big drinker typically, but like I said, I do enjoy the party environment that Halloween brings with it and I often imbibe on Halloween. Plus, the drinks at Halloween parties are seriously the best!  I mean, look at these cocktails, how fun are they?!

Vampire Kiss Cocktail by Sugar, Spice and Glitter
Green Goblin Cocktail by Plum Crazy
Shimmering Purple Bat Cocktail by Sugar, Spice and Glitter
Love Potion #9 by Big Bears Wife
The Raven Coffee Cocktail by Amanda’s Cookin’
Hard Caramel Pumpkin Cider  by Fearless Dining
Eyeball Punch by Olivia’s Cuisine
Specimen Jar Cocktail by Shrimp Salad Circus
Spooky Sangria by Kleinworth & Co
Spooky Skull Cocktails by Pizzazerie
Black Widow Cocktail by Happy Hour Projects
Spooky Sour Fuzzy Navel by Organized Island

 

If you end up making any of these, let me know, so I can decide which drinks I will be having this year!

Refreshing Strawberry Iced Tea

Strawberry Iced Tea

 

I love strawberries, they are hands down my favorite berry and have been since I was a small child. They are what I like to think of as nature’s candy.  I also love iced tea (in case you hadn’t seen my Blackberry Tea recipe, I basically live on iced tea during the summertime) so I am always looking for ways to use them! Here is what I did to make this delicious and refreshing beverage:

  • First, combine the 2 cups of fresh strawberries and 3/4 cup Sugar.  Stir together and either mash or puree in a food processor.  My family prefers to taste the fruit pieces in our drink so I typically just mash ours with our fruit masher.
  • Mix with 1 gallon of unsweetened Ice Tea (I used Lipton Tea this time, but I also really like it with the Lipton Green Tea)
  • Serve over ice, garnish if desired and enjoy!

strawberry iced tea

 

I don’t live in the south, of course, but I love me some good southern style iced tea.  Although I am not big on super sweet beverages though, so you may want to add more sugar to your tea than I have here in my recipe.  I also think that all good teas deserve to be served in a mason jar because, well, they just taste better that way!  I bought this case of Kerr Mason Jars a while back specifically for our iced tea drinks.

With summertime fast approaching, I am very excited for our family summertime BBQs.  During our BBQs we always serve either this tea or the Blackberry Iced Tea (depending on how late into the Summer it is) and they are both always a hit.  Oh, and if you could use some tips on throwing the most awesome BBQ, check out this post.

 

 

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Refreshing Strawberry Iced Tea
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Valentine’s Heart Cupcakes

Do you have a favorite Valentine’s treat that you make for your family and friends?  These Valentine’s Hearts Cupcakes are one of our favorites to make and they are always a hit.

I like to present them to family and friends, but they would also be a great classroom treat if your child’s school allows homemade treats.

 

Valentine's Heart Cupcakes
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Suprise your loved ones with these fun and pretty Valentine's Hearts Cupcakes.
Servings Prep Time
24 Cupcakes 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15-20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Cupcakes 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15-20 Minutes
Valentine's Heart Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Suprise your loved ones with these fun and pretty Valentine's Hearts Cupcakes.
Servings Prep Time
24 Cupcakes 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15-20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Cupcakes 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15-20 Minutes
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix your cake mix with your eggs, oil and water as directed on the box.
  2. Once your batter is mixed fill your cupcake liners a little over halfway full and bake according to package directions.
  3. Let your cupcakes cool, fill a decorating bag with your cherry frosting and cut a small tip off the end of the bag.
  4. Frost your cupcakes with your decorating bag.
  5. Press your candy hearts onto the frosted cupcakes starting at the outside and working your way in.
Recipe Notes

I love making these cupcake treats with my kids!  They are easy to decorate and the kids have a blast.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Are you tired of all things pumpkin yet?  I’m not!  It is still October after all.  The thing is though, I also really like chocolate so I can never decide which dessert to go with.  So, why not both?  I decided to whip together these Pumpkin Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins and boy was it easy!

It takes just 3 ingredients!

 

I used just a box of chocolate cake mix, canned pumpkin and chocolate chips.  Yep, not kidding.  That is it!

Mix the three ingredients together, the mixture will be creamy, but thick.  Spoon into muffin or cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  The mixture, again will be very thick, so if you are looking for a pretty muffin, you will need to smooth out the tops of the muffins before baking.  Me personally, I don’t care what my cupcakes look like, I just want them yummy!

Here’s what you need:

  • A box of chocolate cake mix
  • One can of pumpkin
  • Chocolate Chips (I used half a bag, but feel free to use the whole thing…go hog wild!)

As you can see, I enjoyed my muffin right away and it was delicious!  Full of ooey, gooey, chocolatey goodness!

Easy 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

I  am so ready to start baking again!  Now that Fall has arrived and it is acceptable to turn on my oven again, I am ready to start baking!  Plus, the holidays are coming soon, so I like doing test runs on my recipes.

I have made a couple of tweaks to once of my favorite easy Fall baking recipes!

DELICIOUS 2 INGREDIENT PUMPKIN MUFFINS!

Here’s what you need:

  • A box of white cake mix
  • One can of pumpkin

Mix the two ingredients together, mixture will be creamy, but thick.  Spoon into muffin or cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Because of the thickness of the mixture, you may have to smooth out the tops of the muffins before baking, but this is based on preference.

The muffins came out super moist and tasting very similar to pumpkin pie!  Yummy!

BONES & BLOOD (A Freaky Halloween Treat)

bones-and-blood

Are you looking for a great treat for your Halloween party?  How about serving up some bones and blood?  Sounds gross right?  Oh, but it is not!  It’s so yummy!

Check out this step by step on how to create this Freaky Halloween Treat:

What you need:

How I did it:

I stuck a mini marshmallow at each end of the pretzel sticks and rolled them in marshmallow creme (to make them more sticky) and then dipped them into the melted white chocolate to create the “bones”.  Place all of your bones on wax paper covered cookie sheet and place in the freezer for the chocolate to harden.

Serve with “blood” for dipping (strawberry jam in this case).

 

Chocolate Energy Bites

Hungry?  If you want to keep your kids eating healthy snacks this Summer, make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand.  These chocolate energy bites are a favorite around our house!

Chocolate Energy Bites

ingredients:

  1. 1 Jar Peanut Butter (16 oz)
  2. 3 Cups Oatmeal
  3. 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
  4. 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder (we use Orgain Chocolate Protein)
  5. 1 cup of raw unfiltered honey (I bought local honey at a nearby Farmer’s Market)
  6. 1/4 cup of chia seeds (We use Food to Live)

Mix ingredients well, forming into balls once mixed.

What’s For Dinner? Lettuce Wrapped Turkey Burgers

Healthy-Turkey-Burgers

We are a family that is trying to get healthy!  Several years ago, I lost almost 40 pounds and while I kept it off for a while, I did have another baby and life happened.  Now I am back to working on getting the weight back off.  When I lost weight before, one major change I made was reducing the amount of complex carbs (breads, sugars, etc) that I eat.

Here is one of my favorite recipes that was a staple for the first time around and will be again!

Lettuce Wrapped Turkey Burgers

I mix the following ingredients to create my turkey burgers:

  • Ground Turkey – 16 ounce package
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Tapatio sauce (yep..I like my burgers spicy)

Mix ingredients together and cook over medium heat.  Wrap in a leaf of Romaine Lettuce and serve with your favorite toppings.

*My burgers are topped with a thin slice of cheddar, tomatoes, peppercinis, mustard and occasionally ketchup.

 

 

20 Sweet Easter Desserts

easter dessert photo

Don’t you just love all of the sweet treats that come along with the holidays?  If you are looking for some new dessert recipes to try out this Easter, look no further than this awesome list of 20 Sweet Easter Desserts!

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Easter Eggs
  2. Easter Cookie Pops
  3. Spring Butterfly Cupcakes Recipe
  4. Carrot Cake Pops
  5. Jellybean Fudge
  6. Easter Candy Macadamia Bark Recipe
  7. Easter Rice Krispies Treat Cookies
  8. No-Bake Easter Nests
  9. Easter Gooey Butter
  10. Easter Candy Cupcakes
  11. Bird Nest Dirt Cake Cups
  12. DIY Candy Buttons
  13. Easy Coconut Macaroon Birds Nest Cookies
  14. Carrot Patch Brownie Bowls
  15. Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
  16. Springtime Filled Cake Cookies Recipe
  17. Cookie Butter Eggs
  18. Milano Cookie Easter Eggs
  19. Homemade Cadbury Eggs
  20. Easter Krispie Bars

20 Delicious Easter Recipes!

20 delicious Easter recipes, easter meals

This year (2017) Easter will fall on April 16th.  My daughter and I each have April birthdays and we have each had Easter birthdays, so Easter is always extra special for us when it comes to preparing and celebrating. That’s why I like to plan ahead and this year I am all about the food!

Check out these delicious Easter recipes I found…I might just have to start trying them out early.  You know, to make sure that they are good and all. 😉

 

  1. Easter Chicks Deviled Eggs
  2. Torta Pasqualina
  3. DIY Easter Bunny Bread
  4. Carrot Cake Waffles
  5. Broccoli and Sweet Potato Frittata
  6. Easter Nests Cupcakes
  7. 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cheesecake Balls
  8. Easter Ice Cream Cake
  9. Easter Candy Macadamia Bark Recipe
  10. Spring Butterfly Cupcakes Recipe
  11. PEEPS S’mores Easter Treats
  12. White Chocolate Popcorn
  13. Easter Egg Brittle
  14. Glazed Lemon Cookies
  15. No Bake Chocolate Birds Nest
  16. Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin with Bacon
  17. Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Cupcakes
  18. Carrot Cake Cheesecake
  19. Edible Easter Nest
  20. Cadbury Egg Brownies

 

Do you have any favorite Easter recipes?  I would love it if you would share!