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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Spooky Eye's Surprise

Spooky Eye's Surprise 

The finishing touch on our fun eyeball-themed dinner were these yummy eyeball rolls!  It took us a while to figure out how to make the rolls look like eyeballs and be tasty--but we finally figured it out! We used jam and Nutella on top, and they made for a super tasty combination--my daughter thought that they tasted just like doughnuts!

This is a great recipe for basic dinner rolls, and instructions for how to turn them into eery eyeballs!

Eyeball Rolls

3 cups warm water
2 tbsp. Yeast
1/3 cup honey
3 tbsp. dough enhancer (optional)
5 cups bread flour
3 tbsp. butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp. salt
3 ½ cups bread flour
2 tbsp. butter, melted

In a large bread bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water. Sprinkle 1 tbsp. sugar over yeast.  Add 1/3 cup honey, and 5 cups of flour and mix until blended. Cover with a dish towel and let sit until big and bubbly for about 30 minutes.

Add dough enhancer, melted butter, salt and flour one cup at a time. Add flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead
for 10 minutes. Transfer dough to a buttered bowl. Butter dough so that
it does not dry out. Cover dough and let rise until double in bulk in a
warm place.

Punch dough down.  Pinch off  pieces of dough and roll into  balls.  Place balls on
a greased cookie sheet.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until double.
 Bake at 400 degrees for
12 minutes.  Brush the tops of the rolls with
butter, remove from pans and let cool.
Decorate the rolls to look like  eyeballs by squeezing red jelly on the rolls.  Make
the center of the eyeball with a spoonful of Nutella and a white or red candy in the center.

And, I got double mileage out of my candy bag toppers by using them for our chip bags as well! I think I might eat less if all of my food always stared back at me like this :-)

If you didn't get a chance to pull the pattern for these yesterday, you can download it here

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Spooky Eye's Surprise

Dinner was delicious, but what everyone one had their eyes on the whole time was dessert! These eyeball cakepops are a spooky spin on a classic favorite--RECIPE BELOW!

If you've never made cake pops before, then now is the time to start! They are fun, they are easy, and they are SO incredibly tasty--they're always an eye-popping success!

Eyeball Cake Pops

1 box chocolate cake mix (or cake mix of your choice)
1 can cream cheese frosting
White, orange and green  candy melt
Frosting gel pen (found in your grocery store or craft store)
Junior mints
Sucker sticks

Make cake according to package directions.  Let cake cool.  Mash the cake with ¾ can of
frosting.  Roll the dough into balls and refrigerate  for a couple of hours (you can freeze them but never for more than 15 minutes).  Melt the candy melt according to package directions.  Dip the end of each stick in the candy melt and let sit in freezer for 10 minutes.  Push the stick up halfway through the  cake ball and dip cake ball in melted candy melt. Stick the pops into a jar filled with rice to set. After you have dipped all the pops, decorate them.  Put melted candy melt in a squeeze bottle to make the lines on the eyeballs.  Stick a junior mint in the center of the eyeball.   Fill the rest of the  rice filled jar with colored candies.  Enjoy!!!

My little granddaughters thought the eyeball cakepops were so yummy, and my 1 year old grandson wouldn't stop reaching for them once he'd gotten his first bite--they are truly to deye for :-)

Just to sweeten up the night even more, I made these fun eyeball goody bags--my grandchildren couldn't stop giggling every time they peered over the top of this bowel to see all of the treats staring right back at them!

You can pass these out at your party too--just download the pattern for them here for free! When they see all of your fun ideas, the guests at your next party won't believe their eyes!


Halloween Poem "Boo"

Black cats and witches hats,
White ghosts and vampire bats,
Come to visit you know who,
But are scared away by a simple “BOO!”

Haunted House Halloween Poem

The hinges creek, the lights go out,
The pictures hang and scream and shout.
The clock chimes, startling a mouse,
Welcome to our haunted house.

Halloween Poem "Spider"

Eight hairy legs scuttle by,
Ready to spook the next passerby.
Raising screams as he sits beside her,
His claim to fame as the scary black spider.

Halloween Poem "Jack-O-Lantern"

Faceless it sits there awaiting it’s time,
Knowing full well that it’s in its prime.
A toothy grin, mean face, or pattern,
Turn this pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern.

Halloween Poem "Mummy"

Alive or Dead? It has to be asked,
He’s walking but his face is masked.
Wrapped round and round in thick white gauze,
He’s a mummy with a haunted cause.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Spooky Eye's Surprise

Spooky Eye's Surprise

Every year we like to have a fun, freaky Halloween dinner to get into the fright of the night.  This year, we had our spooky dinner last week, and it was a sight for sore eyes! Sore eyes, droopy eyes, bloodshot eyes-all eyes really, because our theme this year was eyeballs :-) 

Everyone contributes to the fun of this festive feast, which makes it even more special.  My super creative daughter Megan came up with the main dish: 

Eyeball Enchiladas

These delicious enchiladas will make your eyes widen and your mouth water! They are both filling and tasty, and they were an enormous success among all of our dinner guests!

Eyeball Enchiladas
Serves 8 people

1 1/2 lbs hamburger or ground turkey
Taco seasoning to taste
2 cans Red Enchilada sauce
3 cans Elpato Sauce (found in the Mexican isle of your local grocery store)
Sixteen corn tortillas
8 eggs
Salt and pepper
Onions (optional)

Cook meat and season with taco seasoning. Drain grease.
Place the Enchilada sauce and Elpato sauce in a medium
size saucepan and heat through.
In the meantime cook tortillas on a griddle (or fry in oil).
Dip cooked tortillas in the sauce and place on individual plates.
Layer tortilla, meat, onion, and cheese.
Dip 2nd tortilla in sauce and place on top of the cheese.
Place the plates in your oven set at 350 degrees until cheese melts and bubbles.
Cook eggs and place on top of the enchiladas.
Decorate with sour cream and olive for the eyeball.
Serve immediately.

Of course, you can't eat something like that without some "eye juice" to wash it down! We chose our favorite sodas and covered them with these special labels.  They're so cute they make you want to "deye"!

You can make these labels for your eyeball themed party by downloading them for FREE here: 

Here are some of my adorable children--I think that they're quite the lookers!

 Anthony and his "eye candy" Ana, and their sweet little pumpkin--the apple of their eye!

I put plastic eyeballs in everyone's glasses, and Anthony had to take his out--it was just a little too creepy for his taste! He was a huge fan of his eyeball enchilada, however--he didn't seem to mind having a stare-down with his dinner :-)  In fact, everyone seemed to enjoy having such a wide-eyed dinner.  Look out for more posts on this spooky supper!
For the whole eyeball party click HERE!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Party Favor Ideas "Count Dracula" Candy Cone

One for me. 
One for you.
Two for me.
Two for you. 
Three for me.
Three for you.
Where was I? Well...I guess the rest are mine! Or at least that's how it goes if you try to share candy with the "Count"....or he might tell you that you "'count' have any at all!" It might not be easy to share candy, but Homemade Party Favor "Count Dracula" Candy Cone
makes it really is to pass out candy! The cone is flat on the bottom so it can stand by itself and you don't have to worry about it toppling over! Now that's something you can Count on :-)

Printable Napkin Ring "Count Dracula"

  A knife might not be of any use if you're trying to catch and kill a vampire (we've all seen Twilight), but it does come in handy if you're trying to throw a great dinner party! Who would want to kill such a cute monster as this Count anyways? Let him be the guarder of your silverware with this Printable Napkin Ring "Count Dracula". No one is better at getting a good bite than he is!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Homemade Party Favors "Dracula Bites"

Come in for a bite, you're just my type!

It doesn't matter what your type is--this fun treat bag is for all shapes and sizes! Monsters, mummies, bugs and mites--all of them will want some bites! Homemade Party Favors "Dracula Bites" is a great way to pass out goody bags at your next party, or to your neighbors for a Halloween treat, or to your trick-or-treaters!

To download the whole free party click

Bottle Labels "Count Dracula"

Knock Knock

Who's there?


Ivan who?

I vant to suck your blood!

You've got to provide a great drink for the blood-suckers at your party! Bottle Labels "Count Dracula" cover your favorite drink to match your Halloween theme! They're sure to guarantee that your next party doesn't "suck" :-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Printable Cupcake Liner "Slim Jim Pirate"

X marks the spot...of super yummy cupcakes! Whether cupcakes are homemade or store-bought, these Printable Cupcake Liner "Slim Jim Pirate"   are the perfect way to spook them up for your next holiday party--I wouldn't want to try to mess with this pirate's cupcake!

Halloween Party Favor "Count Dracula" Treat Box

This long-legged spookster was inspired by my teenage son and his skinny jeans.  I've never understood why any boy would want to wear such tight jeans...but what can you do with kids these days? The great thing about having such long, skinny pants is that they make for a really long treat box to fill with yummy treats! Homemade Party Favor "Count Dracula" Treat Box will charm the socks off any of your toothy terrifying friends :-)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Printable Skeleton Candy Bar Pocket "Slim Jim Pirate"

This pirate may have a funny bone that appreciates humor and an eye for buried treasure, but what he's really hooked on is candy! Aren't we all?  Printable Candy Bar Pocket "Slim Jim Pirate"  is a great way to pass out candy bars to party goers or trick-or-treaters.  Warning: eating candy will not help you to get skinny like Slim Jim here :-)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Party Favor "Dracula" Candy Bar Pocket

We have a pool in our backyard, and it seems to attract a lot of attention.  We obviously love it, but so do bees, and bugs, and BATS.  If we went swimming after dusk this summer, there were sure to be bats flying around us and swooping down right past our faces every once in a while--it sure scared me! Keep bats where they belong--like on the front of this cute candy bar pocket.  When you open  Homemade Party Favor "Dracula" Candy Bar Pocket up, the bats are gone but Count Dracula is there!

Bottle Labels "Slim Jim Pirate"

Slim Jim the pirate had a big boat
but Slim Jim the pirate didn't know how to float!
One night he had too much to drink
He went for a swim, but instead he went "sink!"

Slim Jim now only endorses non-alcoholic beverages--like this yummy apple soda :-D Make Slim Jim a part of your next party with these Bottle Labels "Slim Jim Pirate"

Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween Party Favors "Count Dracula" Cookie Pocket

The moon is full up in the sky
The air is crisp and dry

The Count is relaxing in his cove
Whats this, he's baking at his stove?

No way! I'll take closer lookie
Sure thing--he just gave me this cookie!

I don't know if Dracula really does baking in his creepy cove, but if he does then I'm sure he passes out his treats with these Homemade Party Favors "Count Dracula" Cookie Pocket
They've got his toothy grin all over them!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Homemade Party Favors "Slim Jim Pirate" Candy Box

Everyone loves to have a little something to snack on as they sit at the table and wait for everything to start, which is what makes having a nut cup at each place setting so wonderful! In my family I can't fill nut cups fast enough before all of the treats get eaten--they are a big hit!  Homemade Party Favors "Slim Jim Pirate" Nut Cup is a great way to sweeten up your Halloween dinner party!

The the free "Slim Jim" party click

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Printable Candy Bar Pocket "Count Dracula"

Pale skin in the moonlight
Flashy cape: such a sight!
Classy jacket, pants so tight...
But just hope he doesn't bite!

This adorable Dracula makes a cute candy bar cover! Printable Candy Bar Pocket "Count Dracula" will surely offer something that you will want to bite into!

Halloween Skeleton Party Favor "Slim Jim Pirate" Cookie Pocket

Who doesn't love a good cookie? Well, my son-in-law for one! The other day my daughter told me a funny story about how her husband can be so picky about some things--and it's all in his head.  He came into the kitchen when she was making this delicious recipe for oatmeal cookies.  He saw that there was oatmeal out on the counter and immediately complained that he didn't like oatmeal cookies.  She explained that the oatmeal was blended and you can't even taste it... But, it was too late-he wouldn't try a single bite! Ironically, he was up at my house a couple of days later.  He walked over to the cookie jar and was pleased to find it full.  He grabbed a cookie, took a huge bite, and, just to make a point exclaimed loudly "hmmm, it's so wonderful to finally get a good cookie with no yucky oats in it!" So, my daughter asked him to bring her a cookie.  Upon biting into the chocolatey treat she looked see a cookie FULL of huge round oats! She still laughs and gives him a hard time about how much he loves "yucky" oats.  Make some yummy cookies for your next party and pass them out in this  Homemade Party Favor "Slim Jim Pirate" Cookie Pocket--it's all about making things visually appealing!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween Skeleton Party Favor "Slim Jim Pirate" Goody Bag

Old doctor Jack was quite the quack,

he always appeared to be dandy.

Until one day, he was attacked at sea

and the pirates stole all of his candy!

Homemade Party Favor "Slim Jim Pirate" Goodie Bag is the perfect way to pass out loot at your next party.  If only old doctor Jack had hidden his booty in something like this--it would never have gone amiss :-)

Halloween Printable Cupcake Liners "Dracula"

Cupcakes hold a special place in my son-in-laws heart.  This past summer he had jaw surgery and couldn't eat solid foods for a month or so.  One night he woke up absolutely starving, but, when you can only eat things that are soft, your options are rather limited! He found a batch of cupcakes I had made to take pictures of these cupcake liners with and he went nuts! Like a starving madman, he desperately shoved them between the tiny space in his braces (which was banded shut because of the surgery) and into his mouth.  Crumbs were everywhere and cupcake was smeared all over his face, but he said they saved his life! He's had a special feeling towards cupcakes ever since :-) Printable Cupcake Liners "Dracula" will guarantee that your next party doesn't "bite"...