Marshmallow Shots

‘Shots shots shots!” It’s more than a song. Shots are a delicious mini drink. I want to make these yummy marshmallow shot glasses for my next party. They look so fun! I’ve toasted marshmallows over the stove before and this is just a couple of extra steps to party heaven.

It might take a time or two to master these but that’s half the fun. I can always eat all of my mistakes (hehe). Be warned, once you do get them made they won’t hold liquid long. Drink and enjoy ASAP! Marshmallows are fluffy white clouds of sugar when you first buy them. They turn into concrete if left for too long. (They are the best amo for slingshot wars, lol!) I won’t be letting anymore of mine turn into solid rocks and be wasted ever again. Not with this recipe!

Here’s another new type of DIY shot glass…cucumber! How fun! Check it out at Instructables.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

homemade fruit roll ups

This quick and easy fruity ‘dessert’ is the perfect treat or delicious lunchtime snack. Let’s spice up the kids’ school lunches! Anything is better than cafeteria food and these fruit roll ups are infinitely better. They are made from two ingredients and no sugar. You will need honey and fruit and that’s all! I am so excited about these!

Our after school snack is graham crackers and milk. Always a classic but it would be nice to branch out and try these. They for sure have less sugar! The only downside to these it that they take 2-3 hours to make from start to finish. Be sure to plan ahead or they will be more like a dinner dessert instead of an afternoon snack. I wouldn’t tell the kiddos I’m making them either. Lol. That would be the longest three hours of pestering in my life! ‘Are they done yet?!’ Lol!

Put these roll ups in with these fun kid-approved lunches. The Food Network has a delicious (and healthy) roundup the kids are sure to love. Find them here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Stovetop Popcorn

Long before the days of air poppers and microwaves this was the way popcorn was made. It’s nice to get away from those harmful rays once in a while and use the stove top. Be sure and try this method for your next family movie night!

This is how we did it when I was a kiddo! I didn’t grow up with a microwave and my parents still don’t have one. Instead of a pot we used a wok. That allowed us to turn it to get the oil distributed evenly and not hurt our hands since most have a wooden handle. A pot with a clear lid would be awesome if you don’t have a walk. Then you could see it popping! I highly recommend this method if you are a caramel corn fan. There are no unpopped kernels and it super fresh!

Once you pop your corn, head on over to Health for some fun and ‘healthy’ flavored popcorn recipes.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

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 allrecipes.com and also this one from Martha Stewart.