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October 7th, 2015


Super easy and super fun!  These Halloween Spooky Bats can be created in minutes and kids LOVE them.  Just a few ingredients will bring a huge impact!! They are a perfect addition to your next Halloween dessert buffet.  All you need are some Oreo’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Googly eyes.  I have also seen this idea with small Reese’s Peanut Butter cups as well.  You can add both sizes to your presentation to make it look like there are large and small bats.

1 package of Oreo Cookies (I used the reduced fat ones)
1 package of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
1 package of Googley Candy Eyes (you can purchase these at Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s in the baking section)
Cake icing or melted chocolate

Simply unwrap the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and place on tray or plate.  Take out an Oreo cookie and cut it in half.  Some of the cookies may not cut in half perfectly, so be ready for some scraps you can snack on! Take the half of Oreo cookie apart and add a bit of cake icing or melted chocolate so the “wings” so that they can adhere well. Then, place the two halves on top of the Reese’s.  The straight side should face the bottom.

Place a bit of cake icing or melted chocolate on the back of the Googley eyes and place on the wings, so that half the eye is on top of the wing and the other half is resting on the Reese’s.   Let dry for a few minutes and enjoy!


October 6th, 2015


What are you looking at?!  This giant Eye Ball Pizza is going to have your guests take a second look at what they are about to eat?  And isn’t that exactly what you want at your next Halloween party?!  This pizza was a huge hit at my recent taste testing Halloween kitchen and I’m sure it will be a huge hit at your party as well.  You can make your own pizza, buy a frozen one, or just order a cheese pizza from your local pizzaria.

This idea is super easy and requires very few steps.

  1.  Home-made, ready-made or frozen cheese pizza
  2.  1/2 red bell pepper
  3. 3 olives (sliced)

Take the pizza out of the box.  Dice the peppers and arrange them in a circle in the middle of the pizza.  Take your olive slices and place them right in the middle of the bell pepper.  Bake according to package directions and enjoy.  This pizza is a vegetarian option.  If you will be serving meat lovers, you can use pepperoni instead of bell peppers.


My Fourth Of July Celebration

October 5th, 2015


I love Fourth of July , for so many reasons!  Firstly, it’s a casual celebration, which means I don’t have to stress too much about what to prepare, in fact, it is a perfect celebration for potlucks!  And that is exactly what I did this year.  I just wanted it to be relaxed, fun, and easy.  So, I asked several of my friends to bring their favorite dish while I prepared a few surprised for the kids!  After dinner, we went to my friend Danna’s house and enjoyed watching the kids do sack races and a plethora of other fun activities.  Danna made mint juleps while my friend Rhae provided the red, white, and blue macarons. It all turned out great and below are some photos from this fun day!

Red, White, and Blue Strawberries.  Just buy white and blue candy coatings and dip away!!


Fruit shortcake dessert bar.  Just combine fruit, pound cake, and whipped cream and allow your guests to build their own masterpiece which they can top off with some patriotic strawberries.


Danna’s gorgeous potato salad


Our 4th of July potluck buffet with a burger bar.



Hanging out at Danna’s house



Rhae’s red, white, and blue macarons.


Danna’s beautiful red, white, and blue centerpiece straight from her beautiful garden.


Danna’s mint julep paired with Rhae’s macaron… DELICIOUS!!!


Our kids watching fireworks… priceless!!!!!  



October 5th, 2015


Looking for a fun recipe to do with the kids?!  Here it is!!! My friend Tara sent this my way and of course I had to try it out at my recent taste testing!  The best part of the entire process was that the less perfect the pretzels looked, the scarier they turned out!!!  Each one is unique and I dare say, they look a bit spooky!!!  It was a TOP PICK at my recent taste testing Halloween Kitchen.

1 bag of pretzels
1 bag white candy melts
2 containers of googley eyes (you can purchase these at JoAnn’s or Michael’s in their cake baking section)

Lay out a sheet of wax paper for your finished dipped pretzels.  Melt the candy melts according to package instructions.  Dip the pretzels in the candy melts.  You can either swipe up or swipe down.  You can even try swiping them to the left or right.  If you look at my pretzels, you can see which ones were swiped up while they were dipped and which ones were swiped down.  Either one will produce good results.

Place the covered pretzels on the wax paper and place two eyes on them.  You may need to make sure that the holes, where you will place the eyes, have a good amount of candy melts within them.  The holes need to have candy melts otherwise the eyes will just fall through the hole and not adhere.

Let dry and place on a black platter for a spooky look!


October 4th, 2015


If you are looking for a fun and “funny” dessert at your next Halloween party, Halloween Fortune Cookies are just that!   You can get really creative by inserting your own fortunes… such as “Treat others as you would Treat yourself” or “Happiness is a large helping from our dessert buffet” or “Beware of people dressed up in costumes”.

If you want to get funnier, think about the guests who will be coming to your party as well as the costumes they will be wearing.  If you know that one of your guests will dress up like Superman, create a few fortunes that say “Superman will be entering your life tonight”.  To get guests to mingle, say something like “The stars will be aligned for you if you pull Superman’s cape!” Insert them into the cookies and your guests will get a kick out of reading the fortune and seeing Superman walk through the door.  You can get creative with all sorts of fortunes that are customized to your party.  If you know someone is coming dressed up like Dracula, you can create a fortune saying “Good luck will find you if you seek out dracula and tell him you like his fangs!” 

A little research goes a long way in making it seem like your cookies are predicting the future.


  • 1 bag Fortune Cookies
  • 1 bag Candy melts (available at Michael’s or any baking and hobby store)
  • Orange + Black sprinkles (available during Halloween)


Arrange the fortune cookies on a sheet of wax paper. Pull out existing fortunes with small tweezers and insert your own (more info. below). Melt the Candy Melts. Dip the front (or back) of the fortune cookies in the melted candy. Cover as much of the cookie as you like. Immediately add sprinkles Refrigerate fortune cookies for 15 minutes or until the candy hardens. Enjoy!


October 2nd, 2015
vegetable plate

Delicious all white vegetable plate

If you think that vegetable platters need to be an assortment of colors, I beg to differ.  I served this all white crudités at last year’s holiday party and it was a hit!  Most people are so impressed to see that vegetables come in all sorts of different colors, like white asparagus.  It’s one of those “surprise” elements I like to incorporate into all my parties.  Alternatively, creating a colorful veggie plate with purple cauliflower or heirloom tomatoes, also gets “oohs and aahhs” from guests!