How To Make An Edible Swan

Yum. Apple pie with a side of apple swan. That sounds delicious! Now that I think about it, hold the pie. I would be happy to just have swans ‘swimming’ in an ice cream lake for dessert. If you think this is beyond your skill level, think again! Here is a terrific tutorial that will walk you through it.

These decorative and edible birds look easy but I bet they take some practice. I know mine wouldn’t look this gourmet on the first try. The head looks the most complicated. I can’t wait to try this! Big apples would probably make it easier. I love the different colored birds! So pretty. Don’t forget to spray with lemon juice or they will get all nasty and brown! I hope I don’t give up halfway through carving and eat the apple!

There are other fruits to carve besides apples and all of them amazing. See some of them here

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

Spiderman Candy Apples

I love that these are ‘candy apples’ and not caramel apples. Not everyone is on the caramel bandwagon and these are a great substitute. Maybe they will be a little gentler on my fillings? This video has such a detailed tutorial with measured out ingredients making it so easy to understand and duplicate! I think I would need a separate how-to for the webbing. Free hand? Now that is scary! They turned out a gorgeous red color but any color could be substituted to change the hero. Those marshmallows could be trimmed in different shapes too. Some black and yellow with a bat. Or maybe some red, blue, and yellow with an ‘S.’ So many possibilities!

Instead of Spiderman, I think I would make a poison apple like the one from Snow White (with the creepy laughing skull face). That just screams Halloween to me. Every child I know seemed to dress up as a Ninja Turtle or a character from Frozen this year and I’d like to see some of those apples. (Like the ones here.) I know they would be just as amazing!

Here’s the link to the YouTube video tutorial: Rosanna Pasino-YouTube: Spiderman Candy Apples

watermelon carving

You gotta check out this video tutorial that shows you how to create some pretty incredible watermelon carvings. I have never even thought to carve a watermelon before but now it makes so much sense. It looks like it is even easier to work with than a pumpkin so I am excited to try.

The problem with pumpkins is that I am always afraid I will cut myself because of how tough the skin is. This should be much easier!

Watch the full video here…

Additional Resources: Looking for more watermelon carving ideas?
Don’t miss this article by Buzz Feed and also this one from Instructables.

27 Fun Snacks For A Halloween Party

Aren’t these snacks festive?! Just because they look gross doesn’t mean that they don’t taste delicious! My tummy is kind of sensitive so the ‘worms in dirt’ might do me in but all the rest look pretty safe. I love how Halloween brings out the creative Martha Stewart in us all.

There are so many variety of cheese balls and they all look brilliant! Look out party people! My spread is going to be a good one this year! It’s definitely the season to eat, drink, and be scary.

Here’s the link to BuzzFeed’s full article: BuzzFeed: 27 Fun Snacks For A Halloween Party

Halloween is a great time of the year for both kids and adults. You can make the time even more memorable by preparing some tasty Halloween appetizer ideas. This guide will look at several fun snacks for Halloween parties. These treats will go down a storm with children and grownups.

Some tasty treats for Halloween:

– Egg Eye Balls
– Sick Pumpkin
– Mummified Sausage Rolls
– Cheese Witches Brooms

Egg Eye Balls

For this recipe you will need:
– Eggs
– Mayonnaise
– Vinegar
– Black Olive
– Red Food coloring
– Toothpick
– Salt
– Mustard

Start by making deviled eggs by hard boiling eggs, shelling and then cutting in half. Put the cooked yolks into a bowl and mash with a fork until they are broken into crumbs. Then mix with mayonnaise, eggs, vinegar, salt and mustard. Then spoon this mixture into the egg whites.

With the deviled eggs prepared then add a slice of black olive onto the centre of the yolk to form the pupil. Then use a toothpick with some red food coloring to streak veins on the surface of the white eyeball.

Sick Pumpkin

A very fitting way to serve guacamole at Halloween is to have it thrown up from a pumpkin, this is also something that’s very easy to do. You will need:

– Large Plate
– Pumpkin
– Knife
– Guacamole
– Chips

Start by carving the pumpkin however you want. It’s works best if the mouth is quite large and low down. Wash the inside of the pumpkin out to remove all seeds. Then put the pumpkin onto a plate surrounded by the chips. In the middle spoon the guacamole inside the mouth of the pumpkin and out onto the plate. This makes it look like the pumpkin is being sick onto the plate.

Mummified Sausage Rolls

Mummified sausage rolls are the ideal finger snack at a Halloween party and they are adorable. You will need the following:

– Hot Dogs or Sausages or Veggie Dogs
– Biscuit Dough – either home made or store bought
– Mustard

Start by rolling out the biscuit dough so that it’s a large flat sheet. Then cut up into strips which are about 1 inch in width. Take your hot dogs and wrap the dough around them. Bake for around 12 minutes in a preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then all that’s left to do is add two dots of mustard for eyes. The same idea can be done using veggie dogs for a vegetarian option.

Cheese Witches Brooms

Cheese witches brooms are extremely easy to make and look amazing. They are one of my personal favorite snacks for Halloween parties because they look so cool. To make these you will need:

– Stringy Cheese, or a cheese which won’t break
– Thin bread stick
– String

To make these you need to use either a cheese which doesn’t crumble when it’s bent, or a cheese string. Cheese strings are perfect because they can be cut into strips which resemble the bristles of a broom.

Once you have done this wrap the cheese around a thin bread stick which forms the handle of the broom. Secure the cheese onto the bread stick by using a piece of thin string. This is the most difficult part of the recipe, but all your hard work will be worth it in the end.

Additional Resources: Looking for more Halloween snack ideas?
Don’t miss this article by and also this one from Martha Stewart.

watermelon sticks

This is great for hot summer days and picnics! It keeps hands and faces from getting sticky and not a bite gets wasted. That sounds like a win to me. I don’t think I would choose this for the family watermelon eating contest, but for everything else it is awesome! So delicious. Let’s learn how to cut it up…

Here’s the link to A Thrift Mom’s full article: A Thrifty Mom: Watermelon Sticks (Perfect For Little Hands)

Healthy eating is important to everyone, no matter how old they are. It is important to start teaching your kids the importance of healthy eating early on in life. Most kids will eat pretty much anything, as long as it is served to them. Toddlers and young children love finger foods as they are a great way for them to feed themselves without having to use cutlery. This guide will look at some healthy snack ideas that are suitable for kids and adults alike.

Why Finger Foods

Toddlers and young children love being able to do something on their own. They’ve spent their whole lives being waited on and love to be able to feed themselves with finger foods. What’s more, it also teaches good hand eye coordination, and it will also help them to understand how to behave at meal times. There are plenty of foods that are perfect for finger foods, so let your imagination go wild.

Finger foods are also useful for anyone with arthritis that is unable to hold cutlery but wants to retain some independence. They are also great foods to take on picnics since you don’t need to take any cutlery.

Water Melon

Water melon isn’t really that child friendly because it can be messy and difficult to eat. However, if you cut it into sticks then this is great for children to hold and feed themselves. A big slice of water melon isn’t really suitable for small hands or mouths. But by cutting them into easily manageable sticks this should be much easier.

Start by cutting the water melon up into thirds. Then lay each third down on a chopping board and cut it into strips. Then cut strips the other way. What you are then left with is a series of water melon sticks. It’s best to prepare the water melon sticks just as you want to use them, otherwise they might dry out a bit. The seedless varieties of water melon are the most suitable for children since you don’t need to worry about them choking on the seeds.

Watermelon is a favorite of children because it is soft and easy to bite. It is also nice and cool which makes it perfect if they are teething.


In a similar way carrot can be cut up into matchstick sized pieces. Carrot is very nice to eat raw but is only recommended with older children who are used to chewing. Carrot also needs lots of teeth. For younger children you can try cutting carrot into matchsticks as before and then boiling them for a few minutes to soften them up. Wait until they are cool and then serve.


If your child can eat cheese then it’s a healthy source of protein and calcium, although it is very high in fat. Cheese can be cut into sticks which the toddler can then feed themselves with.

Meal times can be a battle for some parents with picky children. However, you should find that if you let your kids feed themselves that meal times are much less eventful and might even be pleasant and relaxing.

Additional Resources: Looking for more kid-friendly snack ideas?
Don’t miss this article by Parents and also this recipes by

apple rings

I think most of us can agree that onion rings are a terrific appetizer. Battered and Fried. Those words make my heart skip a beat! Don’t these apple rings look just as good?! They are basically tiny apple fritters. I’m going to have to brush up on my frying skills and buy some vanilla ice cream!

Here’s the link to StylishBoard’s delicious recipe: StylishBoard: Amazing Cinnamon Apple Rings Recipe

Apples might be healthy for you, but they also make great ingredients. Today we will look at some fun apple recipes. Most of these recipes are so easy that you could even get your kids to help.

Fun Apple Recipes:

– Cider Doughnuts
– Apple Turnover
– Baked apple
– Dried Apple

Cider Doughnuts

Cider doughnuts are delicious and very easy to make. You will need:

– 1 cup of cider
– Apple
– Sugar
– Egg
– Nutmeg
– Vanilla
– Dry Pancake Mix

Simply pour a cup of cider into a pan and gently boil until it thickens and is around a quarter of cup in volume. Peal the apple and grate half of it. Mix this with the cider and add 2 tablespoons of sugar, the egg, nutmeg and vanilla. Add two tablespoons of dry pancake mix. Roll the mixture into small balls and then deep fry these in hot oil.

Baked Apples

You will need:

– 4 apples
– brown sugar
– butter
– breadcrumbs
– cinnamon
– melon baller

Carefully scoop out the core of an apple using a melon baller. Be careful and leave the bottom of the apple as it is, just remove the core from the top down. Then mix the sauce by mixing together 3 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, add 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs and 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon. Stuff this mixture into the hole in the apples. Place the apples in an oven safe dish and bake for around 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

Dried Apples

Dried apples are very easy to make, all you need are apples and some oil.

Start by coring the apple and then cutting it into slices. For best results the slices should be around 1/8 inches thick. Spread the slices of apple out on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for around 2 or 3 hours. The apple should be dry but still slightly soft.

Apples are a fantastic baking ingredient. They are perfect for snacking on and also cooking with. Try out some of these exciting apple recipes with your children, they make a great dessert and are enjoyable to make too.

Additional Resources: Looking for more apple recipes?
Don’t miss these recipes by Simple Recipes and also this one from The Pioneer Woman.