Vampire’s Kiss (Green Halloween Drink) Adult and Kid-Friendly!

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Are you in need of a super fun and funky Halloween drink? This next bright green drink has a “bloody rim” and will surely impress your guests. Even though this recipe is for an “adult drink” you can very easily make it a kid-friendly drink too. Just use some green kool-aid (lime is perfect), and pineapple, cream and you can still do the bloody rim. icon wink Vampires Kiss (Halloween Drink Recipe) Enjoy!

Vampire’s Kiss

Fake blood for rim:

  • ½ c. white corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ⅛ to ¼ c. water
  • 15 drops red food coloring
  • 5 drops blue food coloring (makes it red and not pink)

Combine all and and to the rim of your glass.

Drink:

  • 1½ oz. Midori
  • 1 oz. SKYY Infusions Blood Orange
  • 2 oz. pineapple
  • ½ oz. cream
  • Grenadine

Combine all ingredients except grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over a little ice. Drizzle grenadine in glass.

Source: Midori

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Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball Recipe

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Cheese ball recipe

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Who doesn’t love a creamy, cheesy, cheese ball?! I am always making these for birthday parties, get-togethers, parties and BBQs! What I love about cheese balls is that they are perfect all year long. This next recipe is great in October for Halloween but it’s also delicious in Summer (just don’t shape it like a pumpkin). ;-) Enjoy!

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Salsa
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin 5
  • 2 cup Nacho Cheese Chips, crushed 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine cream cheese, cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and salsa. Mix until smooth and blended. 3
  2. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 4
  3. Roll ball in the crushed nacho chips. 6
  4. Optionally, place bell pepper stem on top and score sides to look like pumpkin.

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Salsa
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 cup Nacho Cheese Chips, crushed

Instructions

  1. Combine cream cheese, cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and salsa. Mix until smooth and blended.
  2. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Roll ball in the crushed nacho chips.
  4. Optionally, place bell pepper stem on top and score sides to look like pumpkin.
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Oreo Eyeballs

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These Oreo cookie eyeballs are really fun and easy to make. This is the perfect little craft/snack to make in the month of October. My little ones love making these every Halloween. Plus, they make for a super cute dessert dish if you’re heading to or having a Halloween party. Enjoy…

Oreo Eyeballs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 Oreos
  • 12 Life Saver Gummies
  • 12 Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Red Candy Melting Chips 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Carefully remove tops of Oreos and save for use in another treat.
  2. Place on cookie sheet.
  3. Melt red chips by heating in a microwave for 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until smooth.
  4. Transfer red candy to zippered sandwich bag and clip tiny tip for piping.
  5. Pipe tiny red zig zag lines from center of cookie to edges to simulate bloodshot eyes.
  6. Place a gummie as the iris.
  7. Pipe some red chocolate in the middle of the gummie to act as glue and place a chocolate chip (flat side up) to be the pupil. 3
  8. Place in refrigerator to set for 10 minutes.

Oreo Eyeballs

Oreo Eyeballs

Ingredients

  • 12 Oreos
  • 12 Life Saver Gummies
  • 12 Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Red Candy Melting Chips

Instructions

  1. Carefully remove tops of Oreos and save for use in another treat.
  2. Place on cookie sheet.
  3. Melt red chips by heating in a microwave for 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until smooth.
  4. Transfer red candy to zippered sandwich bag and clip tiny tip for piping.
  5. Pipe tiny red zig zag lines from center of cookie to edges to simulate bloodshot eyes.
  6. Place a gummie as the iris.
  7. Pipe some red chocolate in the middle of the gummie to act as glue and place a chocolate chip (flat side up) to be the pupil.
  8. Place in refrigerator to set for 10 minutes.
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Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

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Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Cracker Barrel fried apples

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I love a lot of things at Cracker Barrel but one of my favorites is their Fried Apples…they are really sweet and full of flavor. I can’t go there all the time so I decided to make my own at home and let me just tell you, these are…dare I say it…better than the restaurant ones. ;-) Enjoy this scrumptious side dish or dessert.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 lb Golden Delicious Apples
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar 2

Directions:

  1. Core, peel and cut apples into 1/4″ wedges. 3
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat.
  3. Place apples in a single layer in skillet.
  4. Top with top with lemon juice then brown sugar and spices.
  5. Cover and simmer over low heat until tender. 4
  6. Remove apples from skillet leaving juices.
  7. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2 cup apple cider and cornstarch until bended with no lumps.
  8. Whisk this mixture into juices in skillet stirring constantly over medium heat until thickened.
  9. Pour over apples and mix to coat.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 lb Golden Delicious Apples
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar

Instructions

  1. Core, peel and cut apples into 1/4" wedges.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat.
  3. Place apples in a single layer in skillet.
  4. Top with top with lemon juice then brown sugar and spices.
  5. Cover and simmer over low heat until tender.
  6. Remove apples from skillet leaving juices.
  7. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2 cup apple cider and cornstarch until bended with no lumps.
  8. Whisk this mixture into juices in skillet stirring constantly over medium heat until thickened.
  9. Pour over apples and mix to coat.
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Twinkie Frankenstein

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I love make Halloween recipes. Aren’t these seriously adorable?! These Twinkie Frankensteins are the perfect snack for kiddos, they are also perfect for taking to a Halloween party, bake sale, etc. I like to make a batch on my own and then let the kiddos help and make their own twinkies…they actually turn out pretty cute. ;-) Enjoy this delicious and festive treat…

Twinkie Frankenstein

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Green Melting Chips
  • 4 oz Black Melting Chips
  • 1 Red Melting Chip
  • 6 Twinkies
  • 12 Candy Eye Decorations 2

Directions:

  1. Place Twinkies in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet or cutting board by covering with parchment or wax paper.
  3. Melt green candy chips by microwaving 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted.
  4. Dip each Twinkie in chocolate and roll to completely coat.
  5. Transfer to prepared paper.
  6. using a toothpick, spear a mini marshmallow and dip in green chocolate to cover completely.
  7. Position marshmallow in middle of Twinkie to act as nose. Use another toothpick to loose marshmallow from first toothpick and to smooth out chocolate.
  8. Using chocolate as “glue”, set 2 eyes just above the nose.
  9. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.
  10. Lift each Twinkie to separate from paper.
  11. Using a knife carefully trim excess chocolate that ran off.
  12. Melt black candy chips by microwaving 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted.
  13. Dip top of each Twinkie in black chocolate to make hair.
  14. Return to prepared paper.
  15. Using toothpick method, dip 8 mini marshmallows in black chocolate to coat completely and place on prepared paper to use as neck bolts.
  16. Place in refrigerator for 5 minutes to set. 3
  17. Trim any excess chocolate that ran off.
  18. Using chocolate as glue attach neck bolts to sides of Twinkies.
  19. Take the one red chip and heat for 30-60 seconds until melted.
  20. Using a toothpick, draw a mouth on each and draw the forehead scar.
  21. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.

Twinkie Frankenstein

Twinkie Frankenstein

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Green Melting Chips
  • 4 oz Black Melting Chips
  • 1 Red Melting Chip
  • 6 Twinkies
  • 12 Candy Eye Decorations

Instructions

  1. Place Twinkies in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet or cutting board by covering with parchment or wax paper.
  3. Melt green candy chips by microwaving 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted.
  4. Dip each Twinkie in chocolate and roll to completely coat.
  5. Transfer to prepared paper.
  6. using a toothpick, spear a mini marshmallow and dip in green chocolate to cover completely.
  7. Position marshmallow in middle of Twinkie to act as nose. Use another toothpick to loose marshmallow from first toothpick and to smooth out chocolate.
  8. Using chocolate as "glue", set 2 eyes just above the nose.
  9. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.
  10. Lift each Twinkie to separate from paper.
  11. Using a knife carefully trim excess chocolate that ran off.
  12. Melt black candy chips by microwaving 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted.
  13. Dip top of each Twinkie in black chocolate to make hair.
  14. Return to prepared paper.
  15. Using toothpick method, dip 8 mini marshmallows in black chocolate to coat completely and place on prepared paper to use as neck bolts.
  16. Place in refrigerator for 5 minutes to set.
  17. Trim any excess chocolate that ran off.
  18. Using chocolate as glue attach neck bolts to sides of Twinkies.
  19. Take the one red chip and heat for 30-60 seconds until melted.
  20. Using a toothpick, draw a mouth on each and draw the forehead scar.
  21. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.
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10 Uses for Vinegar

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There are so many ways to use vinegar! I love using it to clean my floors, clean hard water stains, disinfect, cook with and more! Like I said, there are a plethora of uses for the famous vinegar! Did I also mention that I love the price of it? You can usually find a huge bottle of vinegar at stores like Costco, Sam’s Club or even Walmart for just a jew bucks.

Here are 10 Uses for Vinegar:

#1 – Clean Your Bath with Baking Soda and Vinegar: The bath can get quite dirty after much use and a lot of neglect. That doesn’t matter though, because you can clean your bath quick and easy with both baking soda and vinegar. Just give dirty areas a good dusting of baking soda, follow with vinegar, and scrub vigorously with a sponge while the mixture fizzes away. Clean away any leftovers with water. Just a word of warning, you should probably have a window open so those fumes can go somewhere.

#2 – Clear up and Prevent Bruises: All of us have suffered a nasty spill of some kind (and I’m not talking about the kind where someone drops a drink) and those bruises can become extremely sore after a while. However, you can make all those nasty black-and-blues go away, just soak some cotton gauze in a little bit of vinegar, apply it to the bruised area, and let it sit for around an hour.

#3 – Brighten Your Laundry: You have a choice, spend a pretty penny on some fancy “all-color, stain-fighting, super-effective” bleach, or you can spend a couple of bucks on some plain, white vinegar. Just add 1/2 a cup of that stuff to your wash cycle to reinvigorate and brighten all the colors in all of your laundry loads; reds, blues, greens, yellows, blacks, and whites!

#4 – Hot Vinegar Drain Cleaner: Is the sink not draining as quick as usual? Chances are it’s probably a little clogged up by grime and such. This isn’t a problem though, all you need to do is pour roughly a quarter of a cup of vinegar and a quarter of a cup of baking soda down your drain, wait a little more than 15 minutes, and then follow it all down the drain with hot (preferably boiling) water.

#5 – Frost-Proof Your Windows: We’ve all had to wait that dreaded 5 minutes every winter morning; the windows are slowly-but-surely clearing up and you’re already 10 minutes late for work. You can keep Jack Frost off your windows by spraying a solution that’s 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water on your car windows every few weeks.

#6 – Deodorizer: Hate having to hold your breath when open  your trunk to put the groceries way, or maybe that musty old closet is getting to be a little too unbearable? You can freshen up the smell of these places quite easily! All you need to do is give a slice of white bread a soak in some white vinegar, place the soggy piece of bread on a plate, and keep it in that closet or trunk for a night. Things will start smelling good again in no time!

#7 – Clean Fresh Produce: Whether you are the gardening type or you just took a stroll through the produce section at your local supermarket, you never know what’s clinging to the surface of your fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’re not feeling safe about your food, you can always wash them with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar mixed with 1 1/2 quarts of plain water for a nice, bacteria-cleansing wash.

#8 – Clean Rust Off of Old Tools: So, you’ve finally gotten grandpa’s old tool box open, expecting gold and treasure, and just got some rusty old Depression-era hammers and screwdrivers. You can clean up granddad’s old tools real easy; just submerge them in some plain white vinegar for a couple of days until the rust is all gone.

#9 – Streak-less window cleaner: If you have some vinegar, water, and dish soap lying around, you can make a window cleaner that outperforms most others. Put 2 cups of water, 1/4 of a cup of plain white vinegar, and 1/2 a teaspoon of your favorite dish soap/detergent all into a spray bottle and have clean, clear windows in no time at all.

#10 – Keep Pests off your Pets: Is Fido biting and scratching away at himself because flea season has started in your state (Deeply sorry for those in the deep south who have to deal with the pests year-round)? You can keep those bugs away by filling a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water and applying it to your dog or cat’s coat before rubbing it in. Be careful with cats though, they’ve been known to get a little resistant and violent when vinegar and its “horrific” scent get involved.

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How to Easily Make Nail Polish on Nails Last Longer!

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Did you know….

You can make nail polish last longer on your nails with vinegar?! Just take a cotton ball and dip it in vinegar then swipe it over your un-polished nail. After it’s dry, polish your nail! That’s it, your nail polish will last longer!

You can also use a base coat before painting your nails. One more tip….don’t paint a thick coat, painting a thick coat will actually make it peel off faster. Try to just do a base coat, 2-4 very thin coats of the color you choose and a thin top coat.

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Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte with Pumpkin Syrup

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Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

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I heart Starbucks Copycat recipes! It’s almost Fall time and you know what that means, lots and lots of Pumpkin! I love anything to do with Pumpkins and I especially love it in my drinks. ;-) If you’re a Starbucks addict like me but hate paying the huge bill then I’d definitely recommend pinning this recipe and keeping it on hand. This pumpkin spice latte tastes just like the real thing at Starbucks..and maybe even a little better. Enjoy!

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte with Pumpkin Syrup

Ingredients:

SYRUP:

  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger

LATTE:

  • 8 oz Milk
  • 4 oz Strong Coffee or Espresso
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice 3

Directions:

  1. Simmer water and sugar in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add spices and the pumpkin and continue to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth or strainer. 2
  3. Allow the syrup to cool, then refrigerate in an air tight container.
  4. Heat milk in microwave for 1 minute.
  5. Froth with blender or whisk.
  6. Put syrup in bottom of cup and top with coffee and frothed milk.
  7. Top with whipped cream and a dusting of pumpkin pie spice.

Copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte

Copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

  • SYRUP
  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • LATTE
  • 8 oz Milk
  • 4 oz Strong Coffee or Espresso
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

Instructions

  1. Simmer water and sugar in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add spices and the pumpkin and continue to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth or strainer.
  3. Allow the syrup to cool, then refrigerate in an air tight container.
  4. Heat milk in microwave for 1 minute.
  5. Froth with blender or whisk.
  6. Put syrup in bottom of cup and top with coffee and frothed milk.
  7. Top with whipped cream and a dusting of pumpkin pie spice.
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Copycat Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Scones

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Copycat Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Scones

STARBUCKS Pumpkin scones

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I love anything to do with Starbucks! This recipe is for copycat pumpkin scones with a delicious icing. The frosting is really easy to make and makes it all come together. These are really good to have for a brunch or just a delicious treat. Enjoy!

Copycat Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Scones

Ingredients:

Scones:

  • 2 1/2 cup Flour
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 cup cold Butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Plain Glaze:

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • Spiced Glaze:
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • Pinch of Cloves
  • Pinch of Ginger 2

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. In food processor combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. 3
  4. Pulse to combine.
  5. Add cold butter and pulse until blended and it has texture like cornmeal.
  6. In a bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, cream, egg and vanilla.
  7. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until a soft dough forms.
  8. Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface, knead the dough 4-5 times until it comes together.
  9. Roll the dough into roughly and 8×10″ rectangle, about 1″ thick.
  10. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise, then crosswise, making four small rectangles.
  11. Then cut each each of these diagonally, making 8 triangles. 4
  12. Place scones onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 14-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  13. Allow to cool on wire rack.
  14. Slowly whisk milk into powdered sugar until desired thickness is reached for plain glaze.
  15. Slowly whisk milk into dry ingredients until desired thickness is reached for spiced glaze.
  16. When the scones are cool, spoon the plain glaze on each scone and allow to harden for 10 minutes before drizzling with spiced glaze.

Copycat Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Scones

Copycat Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Scones

Ingredients

  • Scones:
  • 2 1/2 cup Flour
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 cup cold Butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Plain Glaze:
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • Spiced Glaze:
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • Pinch of Cloves
  • Pinch of Ginger

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. In food processor combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
  4. Pulse to combine.
  5. Add cold butter and pulse until blended and it has texture like cornmeal.
  6. In a bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, cream, egg and vanilla.
  7. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until a soft dough forms.
  8. Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface, knead the dough 4-5 times until it comes together.
  9. Roll the dough into roughly and 8x10" rectangle, about 1" thick.
  10. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise, then crosswise, making four small rectangles.
  11. Then cut each each of these diagonally, making 8 triangles.
  12. Place scones onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 14-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  13. Allow to cool on wire rack.
  14. Slowly whisk milk into powdered sugar until desired thickness is reached for plain glaze.
  15. Slowly whisk milk into dry ingredients until desired thickness is reached for spiced glaze.
  16. When the scones are cool, spoon the plain glaze on each scone and allow to harden for 10 minutes before drizzling with spiced glaze.
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