Last Minute Thanksgiving: Darling Turkey Cookies in 10 minutes

Need darling Thanksgiving turkey cookies in 10 minutes or less? I’ve got you covered!

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These turkey cookies are the brainchild of my friend Hilary, and it’s brilliant for the time-starved hostess. Hillary brought these lovely little treats to my son’s class Thanksgiving feast last week.

You know those Pillsbury sugar cookies with the fun images on them?! Yep. These are one in the same with a few little additions. The best part, they’re as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Bake your cookies (they’re already pre-cut right out of the package) and allow them to cool
  2. Taking two cookies and some chocolate frosting, make sandwich cookies (with turkeys facing out moms)
  3. Roll the edges in autumn mix sprinkles

Waalaa! Super easy and super clever right!

Hop over to my latest post on Parade magazine for more fun and creative Thanksgiving turkey treat ideas!  Or, are you Pinterested {wink} in more Thanksgiving food and craft ideas? Thanksgiving Food & Crafts, Thanksgiving Kid Table and Thanksgiving Table Ideas.

Happy Thanksgiving! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls {White Chocolate Recipe}

I love OREOS! My kids love OREOS! And now, we’re all loving this classic cookie as a OREO cookie ball!

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Have you tried them? They are so super simple to make and can be modified in so many ways. OREO asked that I give them a try and wow! So yummy!

And since I’m craving all things peppermint these days, I made Christmas OREO Peppermint Cookie Balls! You know, out of the red cream filled holiday OREOs. {grin}

To make your own OREO cookie balls, you’ll need:

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 pkg. white chocolate, melted
  • 1 pkg. soft peppermint (I prefer the old-fashioned soft kind!)

Easy steps:

  1. Crush the OREO cookies in a resealable plastic bag or bowl with a ladel
  2. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended
  3. Shape into 1-inch balls, makes about 48
  4. Freeze 10 minutes
  5. Crush peppermint
  6. Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between
  7. Insert lollipop sticks and dip
  8. Sprinkle with soft peppermint and allow to cool/dry. (TIP: I use a shallow bowl, grid cookie rack and wax paper to stand the pops up in to that all sides are pretty!)

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want more cookie ball recipes?! Hop over for tons of yummy and clever ideas! Or, maybe a few more peppermint ideas? I have a “Peppermint Please” Pinterest board you’ll love!

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY OREO. HOWEVER, ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN, YOU KNOW I’D HAVE IT NO OTHER WAY.

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double chocolate chip marshmallow soft batch cookies & peppermint mocha coffee

I’m a coffee lover. Can’t get my day started without it. And this time of year that means Coffee-mate’s Holiday flavored creamer. {swoon}

Peppermint Mocha and Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite creamer flavor right now is the Peppermint Mocha. It’s just the right splash of peppermint to make you think you stirred it with one of those soft peppermint sticks your grandma always kept in the candy jar. {mmmmm!}

Did you know Coffee-mate has more than 25 flavor options? So if peppermint isn’t your thing, no worries. They have something yummy for everyone!

And who can have such a decadent coffee without a sweet treat?! Okay, I admit it. I can. Every single morning. It’s like I told my kiddos “no sweets until after lunch” and I then I sneak up each morning and start my day with Peppermint Mocha. If they only knew! {smirk}

I digress, let’s get to my Peppermint Mocha coffee’s sweet complement: double chocolate chip marshmallow soft batch cookies. They are amazing if I do say so myself. Oh, and if you want to make the dairy-free recipe version (like I do for my youngest with food allergies), I’ve included how to modify the recipe too!

Double Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Let’s bake a batch! For Double Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies:

  • Pkg Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted (alternative for dairy-free: substitute Smart-Balance in blue container)
  •  3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (alternative for dairy-free: Trader Joe’s chocolate chips)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place cake mix, eggs, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in your mixer. Blend.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon onto parchment paper and add marshmallows, pressing down a bit
  5. Bake for 7 minutes (chewy) or 11 minutes (crispy)
  6. Allow to cool completely and store in airtight container

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I’ll meet you at the coffee pot! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!


I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, however all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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ghostly rice krispies treats for my Halloween party

Rice Krispies Treats are a favorite in my house so they tend to grace every holiday party with this past Friday’s Halloween party being no exception. Let’s get crafty and make some Ghostly Rice Krispies Treats pops!

Ghost Rice Krispies Treat Pops for Halloween | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make Rice Krispies Treats Ghosts (yield six), you’ll need:

  • 6 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • 3 tsp butter
  • 1 cup white icing
  • 1/4 chocolate icing
  • 6 lollipop sticks
  • egg shaped cookie cutter (inch deep)
  • wax paper
  • 2 plastic icing bottles
  • toothpicks

Easy steps:

  1. Butter the cookie cutter and your hands and then mold each ghost while the treats are still warm.
  2. Insert the popsicle sticks into the bottom (small part of the egg) of each crispy. (Tip: Doing it later might cause your icing to crack.)
  3. Add white icing into a plastic icing bottle and pipe the outline of the shape.
  4. Heat the remaining icing for 8 seconds and slowly fill the krispie, pulling any icing to the sides with a toothpick.
  5. Allow the icing to set for at least five minutes.
  6. Add chocolate icing to second icing bottle and pipe faces.
  7. Allow to set for a few hours if you decide to package in cello bags.

Happy Halloween everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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gone batty Halloween cake & Halloween blog hop

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I’m so excited to share with you my first Halloween cake of the season (I have several more planned!). I dubbed this one “gone batty!” {grin}

And guess what else! I’m hosting a Halloween blog hop with some of my creative and crafty friends! From Halloween party treats to Halloween favors to Halloween home décor, we’ve got you covered! Scroll down to see all of the creative and creepy ideas!

But first, let’s talk cake! A crafty bat cake to be exact!

If you’re a baker, like me, whip out a two layer flat iced cake and pop it in the fridge. If you’re not, no worries! Head down to your favorite bakery (or even your favorite grocery) and pick up a simple no decoration cake. Even for those of us that love to bake, in a time crunch, heading to the local bakery is the best corner to cut!

Gone Batty Halloween Cake | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now that you have the cake squared away, let’s get crafty!

You’ll need:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Lollipop sticks (cut in half or use short ones)
  • Co’ordinations Black Glitter Cardstock (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Bat template (half of a bat, intended to be cut out of folded sheet)
  • Hot glue
  • Optional: Black sixlet candies to finish the cake edges (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)

Easy steps for decorating your “gone batty” cake:

  • Fold cardstock in half (don’t crease too much or it will tear)
  • Place template (half of bat) on fold line and cut. This will give you a symmetrical bat and you’ll already have that nice fold that makes them look like they’re flying
  • Hot glue bats to the tips of your lollipop sticks
  • Insert into your cake at varying heights so that they appear to be flying in an upward motion
  • Optional: Attach additional bats to your cake backdrop for extra effect!

Gone Batty Cake and Cupcake | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now please HOP over and visit my friends! 

scared batty Halloween cake + creative blogger Halloween hop

 

From left to right in the collage you’ll find:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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monster cupcakes in a minute

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Hey ladies! Creepy Halloween cupcakes don’t get any easier than this, yet they will still make the kiddos giggle. By the way, did you catch yesterday’s two ingredient potion punch?!

For fun chocolate monster cupcakes, you’ll need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes (your favorite recipe)
  • Fudge frosting
  • Resealable freezer weight bag
  • Candy eyes (these are Wilton brand and I picked them up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Optional: Lime green and white polka dot cupcake wrappers (from World Market) and lime green and white stripe napkins (from Target)

Simple steps:

  1. Spoon fudge frosting into resealable bag, snip one corner into an “X” and pipe icing onto cupcake.
  2. Strategically {wink} place one candy eye on each cupcake.

Yep… that’s all you have to do to get a few smiles!

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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easy Halloween potion punch

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This post is brought to you by Villeroy & Boch, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way!

Hi ladies! Want an easy and family friendly punch idea for this year’s Halloween party?! Well it doesn’t get any easier than my potion punch!

And why not serve it in these beautiful everyday crystal goblets from Villeroy & Boch. No formal dinner needed to pull these pretties out of the cabinet!

It’s really time to end the myth that crystal glasses are delicate and should be saved for special occasions. Villeroy & Boch’s everyday crystal is durable and doesn’t cloud or chip. And that’s even with my boys (ages 7 and 9) using them for milk at dinner. It makes them feel special and I love the way the set table looks. Trust me, Villeroy & Boch is the everyday luxury you deserve!

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For my potion punch you’ll need only two ingredients!

How to make… and the easy just keeps on coming…

  1. Put one-and-a-half to two scoops of sherbet in your goblet (or 8oz. glass).
  2. Top with 7up and watch it fizz! The kiddos will think it’s fun!

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Make sure you connect with Villeroy & Boch on twitter, facebook and instagram! You’ll get lots of pretty table ideas and can start your Christmas list early. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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pink ombre cake & happy 60th birthday Mom!

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My sweet mom turned 60 this week!

My boys decorated a breakfast for her. Lots of streamers and pink… pink everywhere. She loved it. {grin}

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For her cake I tried my hand at making my first ombre cake. It was a simple one, but I think it turned out pretty!

To ice a simple pink ombre cake, you’ll need:

  • Your favorite homemade buttercream icing
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Three bowls
  • Pink rock candy
  • Optional: Wax paper

How to ice an ombre cake:

  1. Starting with a chilled two layer cake that already has a white crumb coat.
  2. Divide your icing into three bowls.
  3. Add one drop of gel food coloring to one bowl, two drops to another and three to another. Go light on the drops. It will get dark quickly.
  4. Apply your darkest icing to the bottom, about an inch tall.
  5. Apply the middle color to the middle, again, about an inch tall.
  6. Apply the lightest color to the top inch and top of cake.
  7. Crumble rock candy (if on sticks, crush inside plastic on cutting board), and sprinkle around edge of cake.

Bakers tip: Using small 3×3 pieces of wax paper, slip them under your cake on your cake plate, before icing your cake. This helps keep the cake plate clean. Just slip them out once you’re done and touch up your icing near the base if needed.

60th Birthday Party & Pink Ombre Cake | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

We also whipped up a quick glitter number cake topper.

You’ll need:

  • Printed numbers (just open Word, type your numbers in the point size and color you desire) on cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (liquid is fine, but put it on your finger, not the paper, to apply)
  • Glitter
  • Lollipop stick
  • Hot glue

Easy steps:

  1. Cut out the numbers.
  2. Apply glue (with your finger if liquid, otherwise your paper will get too wet).
  3. Sprinkle on the glitter (over a sheet of paper if you want to save excess).
  4. Hot glue numbers to lollipop sticks.

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Happy birthday MOM! We love you!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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pumpkin doughnuts rolled in cinnamon & sugar

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Pumpkin, pumpkin and more pumpkin! Yesterday I shared a pumpkin doughnut recipe with cinnamon icing drizzle, and today I’m sharing another pumpkin doughnut recipe as my latest contributing post on Parade magazine. This time with a cinnamon and sugar topping.

Hop on over to Parade and whip up some amazing fall flavors!

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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pumpkin doughnuts with cinnamon icing drizzle

Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cinnamon Icing Drizzle | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Who likes pumpkin?! Me too!

And this weekend I spent several hours baking with pumpkin! Yes… my thighs are not thanking me, but my family is. {grin}

My youngest has terrible food allergies and has never… ever… had a doughnut. Well that had to change. Right?!

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Our very first homemade doughnut took a few tries, but I can honestly say that the final product was moist, flavorful and screams fall!

I even made a second version, tossed in cinnamon and sugar, that will appear on Parade magazine later this week! I’ll link up once it’s live.

So let’s get baking!

Ingredients for pumpkin doughnuts:

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1  teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin (canned is fine!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk (use soy milk for dairy-free)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened (use Smart Balance Light for dairy-free)

Ingredients for semi-homemade cinnamon icing drizzle:

  • 1/2 cup vanilla or cream cheese icing
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Optional: wax paper

Baking the donuts:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease (with shortening) and flour a doughnut pan or regular cookie sheet.
  2. In bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  3. Beat in the pumpkin, eggs, milk, and butter until well combined.
  4. Fill a large resealable bag (freezer weight is best) with batter and snip off one corner so that the hole is about the size of a nickel.
  5. Pipe into the doughnut pan, or just pipe in circles on a cookie sheet. The dough is thick and should hold it’s shape.
  6. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Bakers tip: Less can be more in baking. The doughnuts will continue to bake internally once pulled out of the oven. To minimize this, place on cooling rack immediately. I’ve even been none to toss cakes in the freezer for a more immediate effect. {grin}

Adding the drizzle:

  • Allow doughnuts to cool (or they will further melt the drizzle).
  • Mix vanilla or cream cheese icing in a small microwave safe bowl with cinnamon (I chose to go with 1 tsp., but I suggest sprinkling to taste).
  • Warm icing, do not melt, stir and drizzle over donuts. I suggest 5 to 8 seconds.

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Welcome to fall! {wink} And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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