After years of watching my aunt make some amazing fondant cakes, my daughter and I thought we’d give it a try. But, instead of store bought fondant, we decided to make our own. It was less expensive, tasty, and easy to make.
This Hocus Pocus Spell Book, is the second fondant cake we’ve ever made. The first was a five-layer Pusheen Cake, that took 9 hours to make, because of so many trials and errors. But that conversation is for another post.
If you are looking for a super easy Halloween cake, this is the one for you. I’ve made this cake twice over the years and one of the first tips I have to offer is: Make sure you make your edible objects a few days before (or purchase them) and give yourself enough time to put it together. I had to rush to make this cake before our Halloween Bash, and I can see ever flaw – but my guests loved it. I had to put this together in about an hour’s time. I seriously would have liked another half hour to perfect the cauldron walls, smoothing them out. But it worked. Continue reading →
Tortilla Pinwheels are visually appealing, easy to make and you can’t eat just one! Image courtesy of appetizerrecipes.blogspot.com and the Frugal Gal’s own recipe is below.
We’ve all been there…more people show up at our party or the food is going quick. Maybe it was a last minute effort to have a party. No matter which reason fits your scenario, you can make a fabulous spread quickly.
The Biggie: Asking for Help
No matter what, it won’t help you feel any better if you’re frazzled with stress because you’ve done it all yourself. At least one of those friends and family members that are at the party or coming can help. Understandably, some of us have more pride than others, but swallow it and face reality that you deserve a good night too.
You can also avoid everything on your shoulders by asking people to bring a dish to pass. Yet, this doesn’t always solve the problem since not everyone gets that a dish to pass means one large enough for a crowd. So here are some last minute appetizers that can save the night. Continue reading →
If you have a love for sweet and salty together, you’ll love Butterscotch Haystacks. Image courtesy of verybestbaking.com
This is part 4 from the series Get Ready for the Christmas Baking to Begin! This is the final installment in the series, where you’ll find the recipes for Butterscotch Haystacks, Coconut Balls, and a Truffle recipe that can be used in many variations.
Homemade Christmas cookies warm just about everyone’s heart. Find a favorite recipe that you can pass on for generations to come. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow, All Rights Reserved.
The days are ticking quickly by and if you are anything like me, you already have your supplies on hand. No? Well, I can offer you my most requested cookie/candy recipes that have been pleasing people for over 35 years. Since some directions are longer than others, multiple posts will be needed as follows:
Part 1:Part 2: Chocolate Italian Balls
Spicy Gingerbread Cookies Peanut Butter Balls
Italian Butter Balls Almond Sugar Cookies
Part 3:Part 4: Butterscotch Haystacks
Chocolate Fudge Coconut Balls
Italian Neapolitan Cookies Truffles (multi-flavored)
Part 1: Spicy Ginger Bread Cookies
Gingerbread men image courtesy of What Ronronia Wants @ blogspot.
Simplicity at its best: Nature, harvest, and candles come together with a log leftover from pruning. Image courtesy of http://www.theberry.com and SAS Interiors.
Now with Halloween behind us, it’s time to begin planning our Fall or Thanksgiving centerpieces. These ideas below can work with a dining room table, mantle, or accent pieces. Best of all, not only are they charming, they are quick to craft and easy on the pocketbook. Click on each image for more info.
Old basins are easy to find and the worn, chipped edges only adds to the nostalgic charm of floating apples and candles. Toss a few silk leaves around and it can’t get much easier. Image courtesy of New Ideas for You.
There are many options to decorating this painted clay pot and card stock-rimmed pilgrim hat. You can fill the pot with flowers, pumpkin seeds or corn kernels and stick in a makeshift sign with your own personalized fall greeting. Image courtesy of Family Fun at Disney.
When making a dining table decoration, keep in mind the size of your table and the amount of space that will be needed for a Thanksgiving meal. But most importantly, keep it simple to save you time for other – more important things: enjoying time with friends and family. Now THAT is something we can be truly grateful for.
Spicy Roasted Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed image courtesy of girlmedallyn.wordpress.com
Many of us have waited until the last few days before Halloween to carve our pumpkins. The reasons vary from the lack of time/motivation to ensuring we don’t have a pumpkin that molds too soon.
Honestly, I like to cut them early. But I’ve tried the bleach method, and others. I followed the directions faithfully but still my pumpkin rotted by Halloween. So now – the last minute – my pumpkins get carved. Which means, pumpkins seeds are done at the last minute as well.
After scouring the internet for flavor choices I thought I’d add a quick note to help those who are also last-minute carvers and seed makers:
Don’t use the old 2-day drying method. Follow the directions for drying on the Food Network link and you’ll be eating those seeds by the end of the night. If any of you try some of these recipes, give me a critique. I haven’t tried all of them, but they sound delish!
A body cavity cake with ribs made from white chocolate and each organ made of a different flavor cake and filling. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. All Rights Reserved.
Confessions of a Party Planner
I must confess: it is a highlight for me to get an emotional response from guests before they even taste a morsel at my Halloween parties. But beyond their visual appeal (or gruesome effect), it has to be undoubtedly tasty.
Luckily, it usually only takes a few brave souls to initiate the tasting of horrifying foods and giving them the thumbs up. Word-of-mouth is very powerful and thanks to those who initiated the food fest, a chain-reaction will occur of good conversations, laughs, and most importantly, everyone else digging in.
Below you’ll find awe-inspiring Halloween recipes that have been tested by my own party attendees or are on my “must try” list from my peer’s tried and true recipes. Continue reading →
With just over two months before Halloween, party planners have already started contemplating invitations, decorations, and more. Here are a few over-the-top invite ideas that can kick-start enthusiasm in any invitee.
A little red chocolate dripping off the base would make it more gruesome. Image courtesy of findingtimetocreate.blogspot.
This can work well for the party location map too. Image courtesy of SpooksShowBaby at Craftster.
Add the chocolate toes to these invites. Image courtesy of Ohsoglamblog.com
I’d personalized this invite by knowing what my guest fears most…and putting that in the box. Image courtesy of Kids Halloween ideas on Pinterest.
An easy DIY, a little blood splatter in red would contrast well. Image courtesy of Vspot blog.
Simple and effective, this idea is courtesy of myemma.com.
Wouldn’t you like to see this pop out of your envelope? image courtesy of Wow Party invites.
How can we NOT make a True Blood invite with the last episode next week? Image created by unknown artist on Pinterest.
The very next invite this Gal will make. It will fit perfectly in an envelope and the template can be found at Catchmyparty.com.
Many of the sites listed have tutorials and it would be interesting to know which one is your favorite.
If you have an idea to add to the gallery, shoot me a message so I can share your creativity. Happy Halloween Planning!