Orange Screamsicle Fudge

My kids are obsessed with Trumoo Chocolate milk so it stays on my shopping list pretty much every time.  When we saw the new Limited Edition TruMoo Orange Scream flavor of course we had to bring it home to try it!   It is definitely a seasonal favorite in my house, it reminds you of creamy orange popsicles from your childhood.  The best part about TruMoo is that I feel good about letting my kids have it for a treat since it contains no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial growth hormones.

Since we are big fans of the orange flavor I wanted to try it out in a Halloween recipe- fudge is one of my favorite simple sweets to make. This recipe was fun to put together, easy to make, and  definitely feeds your sweet tooth.  Set out some of this orange creamsicle fudge on a platter  at your Halloween party, or wrap them up individually to pass out to family, friends, neighbors, and don’t forget a class treat for school! This is a sponsored post, opinions are my own.

TruMoo Orange Screamsicle Fudge

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup TruMoo Orange Scream

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2 cups granulated sugar

1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup white chocolate chips or bakers chocolate squares

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Optional:

candy eyes

candy corn

Directions:

Line and 8×8 pan with waxed or parchment paper.

In a large saucepan over medium heat combine sugar, condensed milk, and TruMoo until it boils.

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 Stir constantly while boiling an additional 5 minutes.

Turn off heat-  stir in butter, chocolate, and vanilla until completely melted.

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Pour mixture into paper lined pan, top with candy corn and candy eyes immediately.

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Place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to set.

Cut into small pieces-this is some sweet fudge and a little goes a long way.

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  You can find TruMoo Orange Scream at your local Target- the fun carton just adds to the fun of the seasonal flavor, don’t you think?  I get so excited for the holiday coming up when I head to Target for something simple like milk and come across all of the fun decorations, costumes, Halloween themed food items and more. From now until October 31, 2014, TruMoo is giving away $250 to one lucky fan that uploads a Halloween-themed photo to the TruMoo Facebook page. From now through November 15, 2014, fans can enter TruMoo’s Spectacularly Spooky Vacation Sweepstakes–  simply enter the code on your cap at TruMoo.com for your chance to win that all-expenses-paid trip for a family of four to a surprise Halloween destination. trumoo-target-collage

Chocolate Covered Cutie Bats

Look at these adorable Chocolate Covered Bat Cuties, aren’t they adorable? They make the funnest themed Halloween snack and they are somewhat healthy too!

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These fun chocolate covered cutie bats are a sweet treat for an after school snack, Halloween party, or to send to school with your little one for a class event. They are simple to make and adorable! Not to mention you can feel great about giving your kids and yourself chocolate because, well, its filled with healthy vitamin c and stuff…

 

Ingredients:

4 cuties (tangerines, oranges work too)

1 cup milk chocolate chips

candy eyes

wooden skewers

 

Directions:

Peel your cutie, take apart sections and remove all the pith (white part) if any left on them.

Spread wax paper out on the surface you are working on.

Blot dry with a paper towel.

Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish and heat in 20-30 second increments,  stirring each time. Repeat until completely melted and smooth.

Place a wedge on the end of your wooden skewer, dip into melted chocolate, use spatula to spread and even out chocolate coating.

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Set on waxed paper, immediately dip another and place it overlapping on the first so they resemble bat wings.

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Immediately add candy eyes and allow to harden.

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What are your favorite fun food crafts for Halloween?

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Ingredients
  • 4 cuties (tangerines, oranges work too)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • candy eyes
  • wooden skewers
Instructions
  1. Peel your cutie, take apart sections and remove all the pith (white part) if any left on them.
  2. Spread wax paper out on the surface you are working on.
  3. Blot dry with a paper towel.
  4. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish and heat in 20-30 second increments, stirring each time. Repeat until completely melted and smooth.
  5. Place a wedge on the end of your wooden skewer, dip into melted chocolate, use spatula to spread and even out chocolate coating.
  6. Set on waxed paper, immediately dip another and place it overlapping on the first so they resemble bat wings.
  7. chocolate covered cutie bat harden
  8. Immediately add candy eyes and allow to harden.

 

Frankenstein Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Pops

Kids and adults alike will gobble up these delicious and friendly Frankenstein frozen banana pops. A yummy after school treat or a sweet addition to your Halloween party.   They are so simple to put together that the kids can help from start to finish making it not only a great snack but a super fun activity to do together (you can also convince yourself that they are healthy since its fresh fruit).  If you want to lighten up this snack you can probably use yogurt in place of  white chocolate to coat your bananas. This recipe makes 8 small pops but can easily be doubled or tripled.

{Healthier} Frankenstein Banana Pops

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Ingredients:

4 bananas

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

8 additional chocolate chips for “bolts”

green food coloring

candy eyes

craft/popsicle sticks

toothpick

Directions:

Cut bananas in half, and cut of the ends so they are flat.

Slide wooden  stick into center of banana about 3/4 of the way in.

Place bananas on a waxed paper lined tray and into freezer for at least 30 minutes until solid.

Place white chocolate chips into a microwaveable bowl, heat in 20-30 second increments, stirring every time, until smooth and fully melted.

Stir in green food coloring until desired shade is reached.

Remove bananas from freezer and use a spatula to coat them completely in green chocolate, if needed place chocolate back in microwave and remelt 20 seconds at time.

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Immediately, while chocolate is still wet press eyes and bolts into it, set on waxed paper and allow to harden.

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Once your  green /white chocolate has hardened,  melt milk chocolate the same way-by heating it for 20 seconds at a time.

Dip top end of banana into chocolate and smooth for his hair.

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Use a toothpick to draw on a stitched mouth.

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Allow all chocolate to set and return to freezer until ready to serve.

A {healthier} Frankenstein Pop is sure to delight kids of all ages! Happy Halloween! 

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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 4 bananas
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 8 additional chocolate chips for "bolts"
  • green food coloring
  • candy eyes
  • craft/popsicle sticks
  • toothpick
Instructions
  1. Cut bananas in half, and cut of the ends so they are flat.
  2. Slide wooden stick into center of banana about ¾ of the way in.
  3. Place bananas on a waxed paper lined tray and into freezer for at least 30 minutes until solid.
  4. Place white chocolate chips into a microwaveable bowl, heat in 20-30 second increments, stirring every time, until smooth and fully melted.
  5. Stir in green food coloring until desired shade is reached.
  6. Remove bananas from freezer and use a spatula to coat them completely in green chocolate, if needed place chocolate back in microwave and remelt 20 seconds at time.
  7. Immediately, while chocolate is still wet press eyes and bolts into it, set on waxed paper and allow to harden.
  8. Once your green /white chocolate has hardened, melt milk chocolate the same way-by heating it for 20 seconds at a time.
  9. Dip top end of banana into chocolate and smooth for his hair.
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  11. Allow all chocolate to set and return to freezer until ready to serve.

Eye of Newt Cupcakes

Halloween is coming fast and furious. It’s time to start thinking about spooky treats and frightful delights. One of my favorite things to do is have some fun with holiday foods- and for some reason, I keep thinking about witches brews and the eye of a newt lately. So when I heard that Sweetworks candies wanted to do some fun holiday themed posts, I got excited.  My eyes of newt (eye of newts?) were going to be a reality. Listen- any cake or cupcake recipe will do.  I’m not reinventing the wheel here.  The added elements are what makes these FUN and festive, not the cupcake itself. I mean, it’s still a cupcake, so let’s make it rock. This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

Eye of Newt Cupcakes

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Ingredients:

1 box chocolate cake mix. Or 1 box vanilla cake mix.  Really, anything would work.  I’d actually contemplated doing a black cupcake, but that seemed a little bit much for my house. It would be REALLY fun to do black cupcakes (start with a chocolate base and add black food coloring gel.  Dark base has a better chance to turn black).

Of course if you REALLY want to save some time, buy some cupcakes from the bakery. I won’t judge.

1/2 cup vanilla pudding (again with the color- I want the elements of the yuck without looking yuck. I’m more cute and fun not super realistic and gross. BUT if you wanted to gross out your friends… add some black to that pudding.  Or do a chocolate pudding with black coloring gel)

Buttercream frosting (This is the recipe I prefer for my cakes and cupcakes, and I really recommend NOT using store bought because the eyeballs really just won’t sit as high on your cupcake and squish the black ooze out as effectively with a can frosting). You could also go all Sandra Lee on us and get pre-baked, pre-frosted cupcakes.  Again, I don’t judge.

Sweetworks Spooky Eyes Gumballs 8oz bag

Black Cookie Icing (the bottle kind works best- it’s just easier to squeeze and let the extra flow down the cupcakes. Black blood adds to the effect.

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Directions:

Prepare cupcakes as directed. Allow to cool.

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Either with an icing bag or a spoon, add about 1 full teaspoon of your pudding into the center of your cupcakes. Be careful not to break the sides of the cupcake! This is the brain matter from the newt.

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Once cupcake has been filled with brain matter, generously ice the cupcake with buttercream.  I left mine white but you can do a color, too.  I wanted the  stark contrast of the black ‘blood’ and the white eyeball and surrounding area.

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After icing, take your black cookie icing and push the tip about 1/3 of the way down into the icing.  Give it a GENEROUS squeeze (maybe like a tablespoon). It should kind of start to puddle and even run down the sides of the icing.  This is what you want.

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Now grab a Spooky Eyes Gumball and pop it into your mouth.  Enjoy chewing your eyeball gum and grab another one and then push it down into that black icing until the eyeball is just above the icing level.  Watch the magic happen, people.  This is where the magic happens.  This is where the black starts to look like newt blood and I get all happy.  (Also black. I get black.  That icing always gets all over me!) Basically, if it starts to look at all gross, you’re good.

Let set for a while before serving- the more the black icing drips down the icing and cupcake, the better.  It’ll really make those Spooky Eye Gumballs POP! Off that cupcake.  Gross, yet awesome.  And SO delicious.

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If the Eye of Newt isn’t quite your thing- have some tamer fun with other Sweetworks fall and Halloween goodies.  There’s a whole array of goodies that you can use to add some fun colors and festive designs to! I’m partial to the Halloween Mix Sixlets to just add some pops of color and fun to a cupcake.  Plus they are chocolate… and chocolate is yum. The Autumn Mix Pearls can be carefully arranged atop some buttercream icing to create fall leaves… or flowers. It’s amazing what a few fun candies can do to a plain old cupcake. Sweetworks is FUN to work with- you can eat any of their brands on their own, but you can also bake with them and decorate with them.  Versatile and fun.

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 Sweetworks candies offer a variety of sweets in so many fun shapes, sizes and colors.  Tons of fun shapes and colors to go with seasons, events and holidays. You can buy the Sweetworks Sixlets in multi color packages or individually by color. There’s so many sweets from Sweetworks: gum, chocolate, jawbreakers… each of Sweetworks’ confectionery brands have a strong history of partnership with consumers and retailers seeking high-quality gluten-free, nut-free or kosher candies. SweetWorks® markets its confections in over 65 countries.
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Quick and Easy Apple Cinnamon Rolls



Fall is HERE! My favorite time of year- as much for the baking and comfort food offerings as the foliage and cooler temperatures. I love it all. It’s also the one time of year I say y’all – as in, Happy Fall, Y’all!

Fun and festive holiday foods are one of my favorite things, and with so many great holidays and color themes for fall, it was the perfect time to take some already-awesome Cinnamon Rolls and add a few tweaks to make them amazing. The folks at Pillsbury asked if we’d consider having some fun with their new Cinnabon Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls and we had a little fall fun with them.

Quick & Easy Apple Cinnamon Rolls

 

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Ingredients

1 package Cinnabon Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls

2-3 apples, diced finely

Greased baking dish (I used a pie plate)

Gel orange food coloring

Small ziplock bag

Scissors

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Directions

Preheat oven based on package instructions

Chop up your apples (the smaller the apples are, the softer they’ll be out of the oven)

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Take rolls out of packaging

Unroll each roll and sprinkle diced apples all along the roll

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Reroll with apples inside, taking care to gently press together as you go

Place rolls into greased baking dish

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Cover with cinnamon topping and bake as directed

While rolls are baking, add desired amount of food color gel to a Ziploc bag with the included icing packet and squish to mix the colors together

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Seal the bag and squish icing around with gel color to mix. Once it’s the desired color, snip the bottom corner to add icing to your rolls

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After rolls are finished baking, allow them to sit for 3-5 minutes to cool a bit.

Ice rolls after the 3-5 minute wait time.

Serve and enjoy!
This makes 4 rolls.  They are HUGE.  You can absolutely split them in half and still get a lot- or even into quarters.  They go a long way!

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Pillsbury and Cinnabon have partnered to create an indulgent cinnamon roll dripping with ooey-gooey cinnamon and topped with thick, rich Cinnabon frosting.
Cinnabon Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls are the ultimate family treat to make at home.
Available now in the refrigerated section of grocery stores nationwide.
Suggested Retail Price: $4.49

How do you enjoy your Cinnamon Rolls?

 

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Coloring the icing and adding diced apples makes these cinnamon rolls a fun and delicious fall treat!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 package Cinnabon Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls
  • 2-3 apples, diced finely
  • Greased baking dish (I used a pie plate)
  • Gel orange food coloring
  • Small ziplock bag
  • Scissors
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven based on package instructions
  2. Chop up your apples (the smaller the apples are, the softer they'll be out of the oven)
  3. Take rolls out of packaging
  4. Unroll each roll and sprinkle diced apples all along the roll
  5. Reroll with apples inside, taking care to gently press together as you go
  6. Place rolls into greased baking dish
  7. Seal the bag and squish icing around with gel color to mix. Once it's the desired color, snip the bottom corner to add icing to your rolls
  8. After rolls are finished baking, allow them to sit for 3-5 minutes to cool a bit.
  9. Ice rolls after the 3-5 minute wait time.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

 

Thanks to Pillsbury for sponsoring today’s post.  We are loving the Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls!

FUN Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is just 2 days away.  Kids everywhere will be doing what we don’t let them do any other night of the year- head out after dark, in costume, to go to stranger’s houses to accept candy.  Halloween is just plain F-U-N but it’s also important to keep safety in mind.  Here are some (sort of) FUN Halloween Safety Tips!

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Safety doesn’t have to be boring or “stiff.” If you make it fun, it’ll be fun.  

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1.  Dress for the weather.  Listen, I grew up wearing full blown 1970’s and 1980’s overstuffed snowsuits under my plastic non-breathable costumes like most of the other kids of my generation who lived in a colder climate.  I survived.  Thankfully, we’ve come a long way with outerwear and you can now stay warm without having added approimately 8 inches of puff to your person all the way around.  Also, you can now MOVE freely in outerwear.  But if your kids really really loathe the coat idea, be creative in a compromise.  We’ve done long underwear under a shirt, and a really warm fleece under the costume.  If it’s hot, don’t roast your kids!!  If your kids can move freely, they’ll be happier.  It’s also 1000% acceptable for them to wear their favorite pajama pants under a costume.  If it’s a layer and it keeps them warm, who cares?

2. Dress for Comfort– especially with littler kids this one is big.  Perhaps your kids are like mine and perhaps they aren’t, but if my kids are wearing something that makes them uncomfortable (physically), it makes them crabby.  Crabby kids don’t always listen because they are distracted and annoyed from the discomfort.  My kids have been known to start disrobing to remove the offensive article of clothing no matter where they are.  If the costume is itchy, get some cotton under it, or find an alternative.

3. Don’t forget the shoes!!  Sturdy, comfortable shoes.  For EVERYONE, even the adults in the group!  No one likes to walk far if their feet hurt!!

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My littlest one is Ariel this year.  As much as she would L-O-V-E to be wearing those fabulous and sparkly heels that come with little kid dress up clothes, there’s no way I’m going to let her be walking in the dark with those shoes.  I want her feet in sturdy shoes so she won’t slip or twist her little ankles on something she can’t quite see in the dark.  Stride Rite kept little costumed princesses and superheroes and more in mind when they decided to make a whole line of shoes that light up that go along with favorite characters for costumes.  Fittingly, they’ve called them Trick or Feet.

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Check out these Disney Wish Lights Ariel shoes.  Now, these are Stride Rite, so you know they are built sturdy to work with your child’s feet.  They are also Ariel, so they have a heart shaped gem with Ariel on the toe that lights up with every step your little one takes. There are also lights where the hook and loop closure rests on the side of the shoe.  Light up shoes are a big draw for kids- they are really just fun to wear and I’ve yet to meet a kid who’s NOT loving light up shoes.  The bonus here?  With shoes that light up with every step, your kiddo is more visible to others.  People, cars, bikes, and any folks laying in wait to scare trick or treaters coming into their yard.  Chances are, they’ll see tiny lights walking toward them and realize it’s a littler person heading up the way and won’t jump out to scare your little pumpkins.  Plus, your child can have that costume theme from head to toe (literally) and enjoy the shoes long after Halloween night is over.

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Even if your little one isn’t wearing light up shoes, please, please, be sure they are wearing shoes that are sturdy, comfortable and fit well.  No matter how careful you are and how great your flashlight is, walking in the dark at the end of the day can be the cause of tripping or a misstep or twisting of ankles, etc and that’s not going to end well for anyone.  Make sure their little feet are safe and secure!  My son just got the Rugged Ritchie boots from Stride Rite- I’m sure he’d love some Black Spiderman Sneakers but those don’t seem to be in high demand….only the red…) but these boots are a HUGE hit for him.  He feels just like his daddy in these boots, and loves how they don’t look like they are for little kids at all. I like the rubber sole and the sturdy construction of these boots, and he can wear them to school and church and look great while doing it.

4.  Visibility– This one’s a biggie, and it doesn’t mean that you have to have a spotlight on your child with every step they take.  You want your kids visible for safety, but that doesn’t mean you have to hand them a big heavy flashlight and insist they lug it around turned on all night or have it shined on them.  Light up shoes are a SUPER fun way to keep your kids visible to others.

We often will take a glow stick or two and clip them onto the kids’ treat baskets.  It keeps them visible to others and doesn’t add weight to their pails, and they think its just so much fun to have glow sticks.  Getting some of the many glow in the dark stickers and reflective tapes to put  on the back of costumes also works well.  The key is getting some visibility on your child.  Just in case.  Have some fun with this!

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Our Black Spiderman son will have some reflective stickers on the back of his costume on his shoulders, waist and bottom of his legs just for extra visibility.  We do the same for our little Ariel and our older Diva Witch.  We’re big on safety around here but we also try to make the safety fun so the kids don’t resist.

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What are your favorite safety tips on Halloween? AND, most importantly, what are your little ones dressing up as for Hallween??

 

Halloween Treat Recipe Roundup

Here’s a roundup of several Halloween Treat Recipes from the Mavens of Money!  Have your own fun recipe idea? Share your own in the linky at the bottom of the post!

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Candy Corn Crunch  from This Mama Loves

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Popcorn Jack-O-Lanterns from Mom on Dealz

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Meringue Ghosts from Madame Deals

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Witch Hat Surprise Cookies from This Mama Loves

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Cool Whip Chips Ahoy Halloween Dessert from Penny Filled Pantry

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Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting  from The Coupon Challenge

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DIY Glow in the Dark Skeleton Halloween Shirt

  Disclosure: This DIY skeleton Halloween shirt post was sponsored by Hub Network through their partnership with Circle of Moms. While I was compensated to write a post about Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash Costume Contest, all opinions are my own.

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What you need to make the DIY Glow in the Dark Skeleton Halloween Shirt:

Glow in the Dark Duck Tape (sheets or rolls of tape)

Black shirt (Short or long sleeved)

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Here’s where the internet learns just how little drawing talent I have!

I would gladly have used the sheets of glow in the dark duck tape but wasn’t able to find them locally in time to get this done. I like to let the kids wear their Halloween stuff for at least the full month before Halloween-otherwise, they wear it once and that’s it!  If you do the sheets, use  utililty or craft knife to cut the bones out. 

I kind of traced the outline of a skeleton I found online and traced it piece by piece onto the glow in the dark duck tape. Made things easier for me since I’m not an artiste, to say the least! I think it would take a lot less time to just freehand.

I got this done while hanging out watching a movie with my husband- one kiddo has a fun new Halloween shirt, and now I can easily make more for the other 2 kids!  I’m thinking we may do some accessorizing like a “tie” for a boy skeleton and a hair bow for a girl skeleton.  We have a lot of duck tape around.

If you want, you can enlarge the bones  and add a pair of black pants or leggings and make a full skeleton costume.  It really wouldn’t be much more work!

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This is an easy costume idea for the kids who don’t really like to wear a full costume but want to enjoy the fun and festivities!

 

hub-network-annual-halloween-bashSpeaking of Halloween costumes, the Hub Network is having their first annual Halloween Bash Costume Contest and they want YOU to enter!  This is a FUN promotion- I just spent almost an hour looking at the submissions so far- I just love looking at kids in costumes, don’t you?  So put your creative caps on and get moving- there’s just 19 days left to submit your entry for consideration. Who wouldn’t want a chance to win $25,000?

Costumes must be original, one of a kind.  Nothing store bought. The six costume categories:

1. Spook-tacular

2. Howl-arious

3. Blast from the Past

4. Everyday stuff

5. Animal Kingdom

6. Mad Genius
Entering the Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash Costume Contest gives you the chance to win a  prize valued at $25,000 !

 

Quick and Easy Meal Ideas: Ghost Pizza

This quick and easy meal idea is brought to you by our friends at General Mills. With back to school here and activities starting up, life is hectic for everyone, it seems.  Hectic for us here at the Martin household, moreso than ever before.  I’ve been doing a lot of meal prep and cooking dinner at 1pm on a regular basis.  With activities going after school until 5:30 or 6, I can’t prep dinner when we get home- it’s simply too late. But I still want a balanced meal for my family.  One of my go-to meals is pizza, as it is for many.

With pizza, it’s hard to go wrong.  You can top a pizza crust with just about anything you want- whatever sounds good. So…if we have leftover chicken, taco  meat, or maybe some pepperoni or ham in the fridge, we make it work with what’s there.  Pizza is almost always cooked and ready to serve in under 30 minutes (which is awesome) and that’s why we almost always have a pizza crust or 2 in the fridge.  We usually have a Pillsbury Pizza Crust in the fridge because it’s easy to work with AND all 5 of us like it.

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It’s a little early for normal people to be thinking about fun and festive (but quick and easy) meals for Halloween, but we’re not normal, we’re a blogging family!  So naturally, in the middle of September we decided to make Ghost Pizza with our Pillsbury Pizza crust.  It took less than 5 minutes extra to make the fun shapes for the cheese and the kids were so happy to eat their dinner- it was 5 minutes well spent!

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Quick and Easy Meal Idea: Ghost Pizza
 
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Fun and festive twist on traditional pizza
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Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Pillsbury Pizza Crust
  • 1 jar Pizza Sauce
  • 8 slices Mozzerella Cheese
  • Ghost Cookie Cutter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Spread crust onto an ungreased cookie sheet (or pizza stone)
  3. ** For a crispier crust, bake crust 6-7 minutes**
  4. Spread sauce on crust
  5. Using cookie cutter, cut each slice cheese into ghost shape
  6. Place cheese ghosts on pizza in any pattern you'd like.
  7. You can use olives for eyes, or small pepperoni for eyes as well.
  8. If you want, use leftover pieces of cheese to write Boo!
  9. (We always make 2 of these pizzas so pizza #2 got all of the cheese "scraps")
  10. Bake 8-10 minutes with toppings on

 What are YOUR quick and easy meal ideas?

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Halloween Treat Recipes: Witch Hat Surprise Cookies

I’ve been thinking lots about making some fun Halloween Treat recipes this year. My latest? Witch Hat Surprise Cookies
These are pretty easy to make and you can fill them (or not) with extra candy delights!
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What you need:

Package Oreo Ice Cream Cones

Purple Funfetti Frosting (Really, you can do any color, we just thought the purple with green and black looked super witchy)

Famous Chocolate Wafers (You could also use any flat cookie that’s a dark brown/black color)

Candy Corn for filling (or anything you want to fill with)

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First, you dunk the end of your cone into the frosting to coat the edges for the sprinkles to stick. (Or use a spoon- we dunked)

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Roll your cone end in sprinkles (the kids are doing the tips here- same idea though)

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Next, fill your cone with candy corn

(Not sure where the photo went for this step, but put a dollop of frosting onto the flat cookie so the cone will stick to it and attach cone)

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Voila! Witch Hat Surprise Cookies!

Check out our Candy Corn Crunch Recipe too!