oreo eyeballs

Oreo Eyeballs

oreo eyeballs

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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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Cracker Barrel fried apples

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Cracker Barrel fried apples

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

twinkie frank

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twinkie frank

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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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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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Ghost Peep Brownies

ghost peep brownies

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I love Halloween recipes! Talk about a super cute recipe for Halloween! You can make these cute ghost peep brownies for the kiddos or a bake sale. I love making these during the month of October. Not only do they look super cute but they are delicious too! Enjoy this fun treat…

Ghost Peep Brownies

Ingredients:

Brownies:

  • 1 3/4 cup Flour
  • 2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Icing:

  • 7 oz Marshmallow Creme
  • 1-2 boxes Ghost Peeps 2

Directions:

  1. Grease 13×9 pan.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Combine brownie ingredients and mix until well blended. 3
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. Cut into individual brownies and place on heat proof plate(s).
  7. Heat marshmallow creme (about half at a time) in microwave for 20-30 seconds and spread over brownies.
  8. Top each brownie with a ghost peep.
  9. Take a butane torch and brown the marshmallow creme around peep.

Ghost Peep Brownies

Ghost Peep Brownies

Ingredients

  • Brownies:
  • 1 3/4 cup Flour
  • 2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Icing:
  • 7 oz Marshmallow Creme
  • 1-2 boxes Ghost Peeps

Instructions

  1. Grease 13x9 pan.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Combine brownie ingredients and mix until well blended.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. Cut into individual brownies and place on heat proof plate(s).
  7. Heat marshmallow creme (about half at a time) in microwave for 20-30 seconds and spread over brownies.
  8. Top each brownie with a ghost peep.
  9. Take a butane torch and brown the marshmallow creme around peep.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait

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follow me We love Cheesecake in this house and what I really love is easy cheesecake…. These pumpkin cheesecake parfaits are super easy and quick to make but taste just as good as regular cheesecake. What’s also really cool about this recipe is that you can essentially use any kind of fruit in it to make a different type. I like using strawberries to make a strawberry cheesecake parfait. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 10 Graham Crackers
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 16 oz Cool Whip 2

Directions:

  1. Pulse graham crackers in a food processor to crush. 3
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add pumpkin, vanilla, brown sugar and spices. 4
  4. Beat until combined.
  5. Fold in 8 oz of Cool Whip into the pumpkin mixture until blended.
  6. Transfer mixture to a zippered bag and clip the corner for piping.
  7. Transfer remaining Cool Whip to a zippered bag and clip the corner for piping.
  8. Place a layer of crushed graham crackers in the bottom of each serving container.
  9. Pipe alternating layers of whipped topping and pumpkin mixture into each serving.
  10. Garnish top of each with a dusting of graham cracker crumbs.
  11. Refrigerate for about an hour.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait

Ingredients

  • 10 Graham Crackers
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 16 oz Cool Whip

Instructions

  1. Pulse graham crackers in a food processor to crush.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add pumpkin, vanilla, brown sugar and spices.
  4. Beat until combined.
  5. Fold in 8 oz of Cool Whip into the pumpkin mixture until blended.
  6. Transfer mixture to a zippered bag and clip the corner for piping.
  7. Transfer remaining Cool Whip to a zippered bag and clip the corner for piping.
  8. Place a layer of crushed graham crackers in the bottom of each serving container.
  9. Pipe alternating layers of whipped topping and pumpkin mixture into each serving.
  10. Garnish top of each with a dusting of graham cracker crumbs.
  11. Refrigerate for about an hour.
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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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I love hearty soup..it’s so much better than plain old broth soup. It’s hearty, warms your stomach and fills you up quickly. I like making this soup all year long but it’s my favorite during the fall and Winter when it’s cold outside and I can eat it by the fireplace. ;-) You can use fresh Pumpkin or just use canned Pumpkin which is a little easier. Enjoy…

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (garnish) 4

Directions:

  1. In a large pot or stockpot, sautee onions in oil and butter until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook another minute. 3
  3. Add the pumpkin, chicken stock, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  4. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.2
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and add the heavy cream.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and/or drizzle of heavy cream.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or stockpot, sautee onions in oil and butter until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook another minute.
  3. Add the pumpkin, chicken stock, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  4. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and add the heavy cream.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and/or drizzle of heavy cream.
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Snickers Caramel Apple Pie (No Bake)

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 Snickers Caramel Apple Pie

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Yummy! I make a delicious Snickers Caramel Apple salad but this time I made a pie and it turned out awesome! This pie is a no bake recipe which is nice over the Summer. I love making this to take to parties, get togethers or just a dessert for a BBQ night. I recommend using green apples but you can use red too if that’s what you have at home. Enjoy…

No Bake Snickers Caramel Apple Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust
  • 3-4 Green Apples
  • 5 Snickers Bars (or 20 fun-sized bars)
  • 8 oz Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Caramel Syrup or Caramel Ice Cream Topping. 2

Directions:

  1. Dice the apples and Snicker Bars.
  2.  3
  3. Place diced Snickers on crust (reserve about 1/4 to go on top).
  4. Place diced apples on top of Snickers (reserve a few for top). 4
  5. Pour most of the caramel over the apple and snickers pieces (reserve about 1/4 to go on top).
  6. Mix the cool whip, vanilla pudding, sweetened condensed milk and milk in a bowl until blended. 5
  7. Pour over the top of the pie.
  8. Drizzle with remaining caramel over the top and garnish with snickers and apple pieces.
  9. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

Snickers Caramel Apple Pie (No Bake)

Snickers Caramel Apple Pie (No Bake)

Ingredients

  • 1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust
  • 3-4 Green Apples
  • 5 Snickers Bars (or 20 fun-sized bars)
  • 8 oz Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Caramel Syrup or Caramel Ice Cream Topping.

Instructions

  1. Dice the apples and Snicker Bars.
  2. Place diced Snickers on crust (reserve about 1/4 to go on top).
  3. Place diced apples on top of Snickers (reserve a few for top).
  4. Pour most of the caramel over the apple and snickers pieces (reserve about 1/4 to go on top).
  5. Mix the cool whip, vanilla pudding, sweetened condensed milk and milk in a bowl until blended.
  6. Pour over the top of the pie.
  7. Drizzle with remaining caramel over the top and garnish with snickers and apple pieces.
  8. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

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I love anything to do with peanut butter….that’s why I love this next recipe for Reese’s Cup Blondies. These are great to make for parties, bake sales or just a yummy dessert. The peanut butter cups just melt in your mouth. Enjoy this delicious treat.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Butter softened
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 10 oz Reese’s Snack Size

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease 8″ baking pan.
  3. Combine peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and sugar in large bowl and mix until well blended.  3
  4. Add in egg, milk and vanilla and beat until blended.
  5. Combine flour, baking soda and salt and mix well in another bowl, then add to peanut butter mixture. 4
  6. Beat until blended.
  7. Spread half of batter in prepared pan.
  8. Chop 9 Reese’s into bite size pieces. 5
  9. Distribute chopped peanut butter cups over batter.
  10. Using a spoon, drop remaining batter on top of peanut butter cup pieces. 6
  11. Bake 30 minutes or until browned.
  12. Chop 3 more Reese’s into pieces and press lightly into top of blondies while still warm.
  13. Cool completely before cutting.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Butter softened
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 10 oz Reese's Snack Size

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease 8" baking pan.
  3. Combine peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and sugar in large bowl and mix until well blended.
  4. Add in egg, milk and vanilla and beat until blended.
  5. Combine flour, baking soda and salt and mix well in another bowl, then add to peanut butter mixture.
  6. Beat until blended.
  7. Spread half of batter in prepared pan.
  8. Chop 9 Reese's into bite size pieces.
  9. Distribute chopped peanut butter cups over batter.
  10. Using a spoon, drop remaining batter on top of peanut butter cup pieces.
  11. Bake 30 minutes or until browned.
  12. Chop 3 more Reese's into pieces and press lightly into top of blondies while still warm.
  13. Cool completely before cutting.
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