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Zomberries! (Zombie Strawberries)

These zombie strawberries are frighteningly delicious and spooky! They’re also very easy and quick to make and are kid friendly. This would be a great recipe for the family to make together!

zomberries

Ingredients

  • 8oz fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 bag of Wilton green candy melts
  • Black edible food pen (found in the cake decorating isle at Wal-mart)
  • 1 package of Wilton small candy eyeballs
  • Wax paper
  • Small glass microwave-safe bowl

Step 1: Gently wash and pat dry the strawberries. Set aside.

Step 2: Pour about 1 cup of the candy melts into the small glass micro-wave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds (no more!), and stir. Microwave in 10 second intervals, stirring in between, until all of the candies have melted. Be careful when removing the bowl from the microwave, it might be hot.

Step 3: Cut a sheet of wax paper about 9″ x 13″ and place on a flat surface. Grab a strawberry near the stem (or gently press a fork into the top of the strawberry) and dip the strawberry into the melted candy. Gently twist and swirl the strawberry in the candy to cover as much of the strawberry as you can (tilting the bowl to one side also helps), then pull the strawberry out of the candy. Wait for the excess candy to drip off of the bottom of the strawberry, then set the strawberry down on the wax paper. After you have finished the first strawberry, move onto Step 4 before coating the rest of the strawberries.

Step 4: While the candy coating is still wet, gently press 2 of the candy eyeballs into the coating to set the eyeballs. If you wait for the coating to dry, the eyeballs will not stick. Once you’ve added the eyes to the first strawberry, go back to Step 3 and repeat steps 3 and 4 for each remaining strawberry. If you run low on melted candy, repeat Step 2 with 1/2 cup of candy melts.

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Step 5: By the time you add the eyeballs to the last strawberry, the candy coating on most of the other strawberries will have dried. Now you can draw on the scary faces! Gently pick up one of the strawberries and use the edible black food pen to draw on a zombie mouth. I tried several different kinds of faces. Play around with it and see what you can come up with!

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Note: If you make these the night before and keep them in the fridge overnight, the moisture from the refrigeration will cause the black pupils of the eyeballs to bleed out and have this awesome zombie eye effect (see the below photo). So if you do not want the black pupils to bleed out, serve the zomberries fresh!

Enjoy!

zomberries

Based off of the recipe found on Parenting Chaos.
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Holidays!, Sweets

 

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Lil’ Smokies Wreath

These guys went like hot cakes at work! They were all gone in less than 30 minutes. Coworkers swarmed to the break room to get a piece before it was gone. (They were so happy to see something festive that wasn’t sweet!) It’s a guaranteed success!

Ingredients

  • 1 can of crescent rolls*
  • Hillshire Farms Turkey Lit’l Smokies
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 red bell pepper

* Note: 1 can of crescent rolls makes 24 little pigs-in-a-blanket. If you want to make 2 wreaths or use the entire package of lit’l smokies, you’ll need 2 cans of crescent rolls.

Lil Smokies Wreath

1. Preheat oven to the temperature specified on the crescent roll can. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Unroll the crescent dough and separate into 4 rectangles. Pinch the seams together. Cut each rectangle into 6 strips.
3. Wrap 1 strip of dough around a lit’l smokie. Repeat with the remaining 23 strips of dough. Place seam side down on the parchment paper, slightly touching, in a circle.
4. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Melt the butter in a microwaveable bowl. Brush the butter onto the tops of the rolls.
6. Cut the top and bottom off of the red bell pepper. Cut along the bell pepper indentations. Using the flattest piece, trace the shape of a bow with the tip of a knife on the inside of the bell pepper. Cut away the excess pieces. Use two 1/2 inch wide strips for the tails of the bow.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Recipe found on Free Christmas Fun
 
 

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Thanksgiving Chocolate Turkeys

These Reese’s and candy corn turkeys are the most adorable turkeys I have ever seen. I applaud whoever originally came of with this. It’s just… so adorable! I don’t eat candy, but my coworkers swear these are as tasty as they are cute. They’re easy to assemble, but they take a little bit of time because of the prep.

Supplies

  • Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Regular sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Chocolate frosting or melted chocolate
  • Candy corn
  • Candy eyeballs (cake decorating isle at most grocery stores)

1. Remove the wrappers from the peanut butter cups. Cup about 1/4 inch of the tip off of each candy corn keep the orange tips for the beaks.

2. Place a regular sized candy corn on a flat surface. Spread a small amount of chocolate frosting/melted chocolate on the bottom of the mini peanut butter cup and gently press onto the regular sized peanut butter cup, close to the rim.

3. Add a small amount of chocolate to the back of two candy eyeballs and place in the middle of the mini peanut butter cup. Add a small amount of chocolate to the rough edge of one of the orange candy corn tips (from step 1) and gently press between the eyeballs.

4. Add a small amount of chocolate to the back of a candy corn and press into the regular sized peanut butter cup just above the mini peanut butter cup. Repeat with 2 more candy corns on each side. I alternated between the regular candy corn and the Indian candy corn.

Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Thanksgiving Chocolate Turkeys
Thanksgiving Chocolate Turkeys

Thanksgiving Chocolate Turkeys

Found on Inside Bru Crew Life
 
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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Holidays!, Sweets

 

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Simple Chocolate Acorns

These little chocolate acorns are super quick and easy to make. They’re as delicious as they are adorable.
I took them to work yesterday and they were all gone by lunch!

Simple Chocolate Acorns

Ingredients

  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Mini vanilla wafer cookies
  • Chocolate frosting or melted chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter baking chips

1. Unwrap the Hershey’s Kisses.

2. Dab a small amount of chocolate frosting/melted chocolate on the underside a mini vanilla wafer. Gently press the bottom of a Hershey’s Kiss onto the chocolate.

3. Dab a small amount of chocolate on the bottom of a peanut butter baking chip and press onto the middle of the top of the vanilla wafer. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Voila! Adorable, edible chocolate acorns!

Simple Chocolate Acorns

Based off of the recipe from Hershey’s.
 
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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Holidays!, Sweets

 

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Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

This deliciously easy cheese ball is a crowd pleaser. It’s simple and quick to make. I usually serve the cheese ball with pretzel bread or Triscuits, but it’s delicious on any bread or cracker. And be careful, it’s addictive!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh Thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 c cheddar cheese, finely chopped
  • Jalapeno stem
Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

1. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, rosemary, thyme, green onions, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until the herbs and Worcestershire sauce are mixed throughout.

2. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on a dinner plate or cutting board. Using your hands, shape the cream cheese mixture into ball. Place the cheese ball on top of the cheddar cheese and then wash your hands (it’s easier to roll the ball if your hands are not sticky). Gently roll the ball around until it’s evenly coated in cheddar cheese.

3. Gently press the jalapeno stem into the top of the cheese ball. Smooth some of the cheese over the bottom of the stem to cover it.

If you want the make the cheese ball even more pumpkin looking, you can use the blunt edge of a dinner knife to make lines in the cheese ball, resembling the lines on pumpkins.

Voila! A pumpkin shaped (delicious!) cheese ball!

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

 

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Appetizer, Dip, Holidays!

 

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Pumpkin Treat Bags

These adorable little guys are perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving parties. I took a batch of these to work and they were a hit!

Supplies

  • Orange tissue paper (you need 2 sheets to make 5 bags)
  • Green painters tape or washi tape
  • Scissors
  • 9 inch cake pan*
  • Pencil
  • 4-5 bags of candy**

Pumpkin Treat Bags

* You can use anything that is at least 9 inches in diameter, like a dinner plate or bowl.** Makes about 40 treat bags depending on the size of the candy. I used mini Reeses’ peanut butter cups, mini Hershey’s bars, Starbursts, Rolos, and mini round pumpkins and eyeballs (for Halloween). You could also use candy corn or pumpkins, Hershey’s Kisses, or any small candy.

Step 1: Lay 2 sheets of tissue paper on a flat surface. Use the pencil to trace around the 9 inch cake pan. I was able to fit 5 circles at a time. Use the scissors to cut out the circles. Repeat until you have the desired number of circles. Remember, you need 2 circles to create 1 pumpkin.

Step 2: Pile 4-5 pieces of candy in the middle of the circle. Bring the 4 edges of the pumpkin together, like you would a square. Gather the remaining edges. Cut a 4 inch long piece of green tape, then cut the tape in half length-wise. Use the tape to create the stem of the pumpkin. I started at the base of the stem then wound the tape around the stem until it reached the top.

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Pumpkin Treat Bags

Based on the craft from One Little Project
 
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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Crafts, Holidays!

 

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Zombie Meatloaf!

I had a blast putting together the Zombie Meatloaf. It’s spooky and delicious! The best of both worlds. Use your creativity when assembling these guys. Instead of onions, you could use olives for eyes. Instead of bacon, you could use string cheese and create a mummy instead of a zombie. You could even make small, individual meatloafs. The possibilities are endless!

Zombie Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of raw meatloaf per zombie head. You can use your favorite meatloaf recipe or try my Medifast Meatloaf recipe.
  • 4 slices of raw bacon (not turkey bacon) per zombie head.
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce per zombie head.

Zombie Meatloaf step 2

Step 1: If you’re using my Medifast Meatloaf recipe, preheat oven to 350 degree, or whatever temperature is required by your meatloaf recipe. Lightly PAM a 9 x 13 glass casserole dish.

Step 2: Using your hands, shape 1 pound of meatloaf into a 1 inch think oval and place into the glass casserole dish. Gently indent the bottom of the oval to resemble a chin.

Zombie Meatloaf steps 3 and 4

Step 3: Remove the outside layer of the onion. Cut off the ends of the onion. Stand the onion on one of the ends and cut the onion in half. Peel off the top layer, cut the layer in half and taper the ends to resemble an eyeball. Pick up the onion eyeball, gently squeeze the ends, and press into the meatloaf. Squeezing the ends helps the onion stay in place — just pressing the onion into the meatloaf isn’t as secure.

Step 4: Remove another layer of the onion. Cut the onion in half length-wise, then cut it half length-wise again. Slice the strips into 1/4 inch wide slices to resemble teeth. Gently press the onion teeth into two rows in the meatloaf.

Zombie Meatloaf step 5

Step 5:  Cut the bacon in half. Arrange the bacon slices around the zombie head to resemble flesh. Try not to cover up the eyes and teeth. It’s okay to overlap the bacon slices.

Step 6: Spoon the tomato sauce over the bacon slices.

Step 7: If using my Medifast Meatloaf recipe, cook for 45 minutes, or whatever your meatloaf recipe calls for.

Zombie Meatloaf

Inspired by FabulesslyFrugal.
 
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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Holidays!, Medifast

 

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