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Homemade Butterfingers Bars

Homemade Butterfingers Bars Homemade Butterfingers BarsYou know what’s great about Halloween (besides costumes and decorations)? Candy! Especially when it’s half off after Halloween.

Fun fact about me – I absolutely love candy corn, something that most people don’t usually like. As I was looking up things to make with candy corn (because there’s such a limited window that you can find the stuff), I came across something a little surprising. Did you know you can make butterfingers with candy corn?! Immediately I knew I had to try it.

The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is with only three ingredients.

To make about 12 mini bars, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup (8 oz) of candy corn
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips

On the stove, melt the peanut butter and candy corn together on low or medium-to-low heat. Stir continuously as the candy corn begins to soften and melt. I found it easier to put the peanut butter in first because the candy corn gets so sticky against the pot when melting.

When the mixture is completely melted and stirred together, it should have a thick consistency. Remove from heat. Lightly spray a square or rectangular pan with cooking spray, and use a spatula to spread the mixture into the pan. Press down and into the corners of the pan until it is flat and about ½ inch thick (much like you would with rice krispie treats). If it is not enough to fill your pan, simply use the spatula to make the end as straight as possible.

Let it sit until it is completely cool, and use a sharp knife to cut small bars out of the pan. I made mine about 1 inch wide and 3 inches long.Homemade Butterfingers BarsMelt the chocolate chips on defrost mode for about 40 seconds, then stir, and repeat in 10-20 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted. If needed, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the chocolate to thin it out a little. Use a fork to dip the butterfingers centers in chocolate and set on a piece of parchment paper to harden.Homemade Butterfingers Bars Homemade Butterfingers Bars Homemade Butterfingers BarsJust like that you have delicious bite sized butterfingers! Not only are they so simple to make, they actually do taste like the real thing, and I bet you never thought candy corn would be the secret ingredient in butterfingers. You’ll never buy a butterfingers from the store again. Enjoy!

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Halloween Treat: Eyeball Cupcake Toppers

DSC_1043 DSC_1038Happy Halloween, everyone! In need of a last minute Halloween treat? Well, this one will only take a few minutes and can be found at the Dollar Store.

Try dressing up your cupcakes this year with eyeball cake toppers. Made of what, you might ask? Ping pong balls!

All you need is:

  • Pack of ping pong balls (from the Dollar Store)
  • Blue and black paint
  • Red Sharpie
  • Small paintbrushes

Use a small paintbrush to make a small black circle in the middle of the ball, outlined with a blue circle and then another circle of black to create the iris of the eye. Let the paint dry and paint a second coat until you’re satisfied with the color. Note, you might need more coats because the paint can come out pretty light.

Once all the paint is dry, use a red Sharpie to make creepy veins coming out from the iris of the eye. When the color has set, top these creepy little eyeballs on top of your cupcakes for a spooky Halloween treat!DSC_1077 DSC_1063These are extremely easy to make in big batches, so they’re the perfect creepy themed treat for big get-togethers. Enjoy!

Pineapple Halloween Costume

DSC_0934 DSC_0938If you’re down to the last minute and still looking for a Halloween costume to wear this weekend, I’ve got you covered with a super easy and super adorable pineapple costume. Now, before I tell you how to make this, I have to tell you the story behind it because every time I told someone I was going to be a pineapple for Halloween this year, they looked at me like I was crazy.

If you’re a How I Met Your Mother fan (which you all should be!), you might remember the pineapple incident…you know, that time Ted woke up with a horrible hangover, a random girl next to him and a pineapple on his nightstand. Well, that story wasn’t actually resolved until after HIMYM actually completed its final season. You can watch more on that moment here.

Anyway, Andrew and I were trying to think of good couples costumes for Halloween this year, but most of our ideas were coming up short because, let’s face it, it’s expensive to acquire certain pieces for Halloween costumes that you probably won’t wear again. I joked that we could be Ted and the pineapple, which I thought was pretty darn brilliant, but it was tough to figure out a Ted costume for Andrew. In the end, I stuck to my pineapple idea and Andrew decided to be a “hanging chad” with me, which was Ted’s Halloween costume for many years. So here it is in all of its glory – an extremely easy pineapple costume!

Here’s what you need:

  • Yellow dress
  • Brown sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Green cardstock
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Clear glue
  • Headband
  • Wire and wire cutters

First, acquire a yellow dress if you don’t already have one, which I did not. I scrounged one up from the clearance racks at Forever 21 for only $6 (score!). If this is a dress you don’t plan to wear again like mine, use a brown sharpie and a ruler to draw crossing lines on the top part of the dress. It’s a lot easier that trying to draw on the entire dress because of the shape of the skirt.

Once that’s done, cut several varying sizes of leaves from your cardstock. I wanted mine to be tall but have lots of smaller leaves around it, so I cut about eight pieces total in different sizes and then glued them in layers around a toilet paper roll. Once you’re satisfied with the layers, use your fingers to carefully roll down the tips of the leaves to give them some details (trust me, it makes a difference).DSC_0968Using something sharp like a safety pin or tack, poke small holes on both sides of the toiler paper roll (now covered in paper). The holes should be across from each other about 1/4 inch from the base. Cut two pieces of wire about 3 inches long, and thread each one through the holes, wrapping them tightly around the top of the headband to secure the headpiece in place. I used a black headband, which blends in enough with my hair. If this isn’t the case for you, you can try painting the headband or wrapping it in brown fabric.DSC_0941Once your headpiece is securely held together, put it on and you’re completely pineappled! This costume really is an easy one to put together and you will certainly stand out at a party because I bet no one else would think of dressing up as fruit! Happy Halloween!

Halloween Decor: Painted Pumpkins

DSC_0980DSC_0937Only one more day til Halloween, which means only one more day for Halloween crafts! That’s the real tragedy, isn’t it? Well, when it gets this late and you’re looking for a last minute craft to decorate your home for Halloween, there’s nothing better than good ‘ol pumpkins.

While carving your pumpkins may the traditional route, painting them can be equally adorable and a little pop of color to your home. Instead of going with tradition this year, Andrew and I painted our pumpkins bright colors with fun patterns to brighten up the dining room, plus added some glitter to one to really make it pop. This is really easy and will even prolong the life of your pumpkins because they haven’t been carved!  DSC_0966DSC_0971Go ahead and get out of your pumpkin comfort zone! Paint them bright colors that aren’t necessarily “Halloweeny” and add patterns that YOU love. In our case, I painted a lavender pumpkin with gold herringbone lines one pumpkin, and Andrew painted his light blue with gold polkadots (he wasn’t really sure what was up with this whole “painting pumpkins” thing). Paint the stems a matching color for more uniformity and color! To decorate the small pumpkin, I covered it with Mod Podge and rolled it in a mixture of purple and silver glitter with a white painted stem.DSC_0965It may not be conventional, but they’re definitely more like me! Plus, I can keep them around after Halloween for a colorful table piece.

Halloween Decor: Paper Garland Curtain

DSC_1064 DSC_1106Despite having a cat who has to chase and attack anything that hangs or moves, I love having hanging decor (like these paper bats or floating candles). It’s a bit of a gamble having these in the house with Oliver, but I’ve been able to make it work so far by leaving them just a little too high for them to reach. He’s very upset about this.

With tradition of my love for hanging decorations, here’s another Halloween project that you can reuse from year to year and won’t cost you much at all. You might even have the supplies already in your closet. I made this stitched paper garland curtain to dangle from a tension rod at the opening of my small hallway. It turned out to be a perfect fit and a nice Halloween decoration that is well out of the reach of my cat (despite his best efforts).

Here’s what you need:

  • Tension rod
  • Black thread
  • 1 1/2 inch circle punch
  • Black and orange construction paper or cardstock

DSC_0943First, use the circle punch to cut out as many circles as you can from the black and orange paper. Use what you have – I had black construction paper and orange cardstock, so I worked with them. If you’re buying new supplies, construction paper would be easier to manage because it’s thinner and less expensive, but the cardstock does look a little nicer. I varied my pattern with two columns of black followed by one of orange because I had more black paper than orange, and I thought black had a spookier feel to it.DSC_0967 DSC_0970Once you have a whole bunch of circles, load your sewing machine with black thread, lower the needle into the bottom of one circle and begin to sew down the middle. Go slowly if you can and use a tight stitch. When you near the end of the circle, place down another, lifting the foot if needed, and continue to sew circles together until the garland is about 3 feet long (that’s up to you and the size of your doorjam). At the end of the garland, lift the needle and foot, and pull the thread so that you have at least 5 inches to cut away. You want this extra thread to tie the string to the tension rod, leaving a few inches between each string until your door jam is filled (I used 11 strands).DSC_1097 DSC_1036With that, your curtain is complete and you have a creative way to add Halloween decor to your home, and in my case, bring some excitement to my otherwise dull hallway. Happy Halloween and happy decorating!

Mummy Rice Krispie Treats

DSC_1077 DSC_1042Halloween is almost here, and when it comes down to the last minute, it’s nice to have a couple easy-to-make treats ready for parties or other get-togethers. These white chocolate mummy rice krispie treats won’t take up too much of your time and they’ll be a huge hit with anyone you offer them to because, honestly, everyone loves rice krispie treats!

Your ingredients (makes about 12 treats):

  • 5 cups of rice krispie cereal (I used a generic brand)
  • 1 bag (10 oz) of mini marshmallows
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
  • Black candy melts (only need a couple pieces)
  • Piping bag with small tip

First, melt your butter on low heat and slowly add marshmallows as you continue to stir. I like using mini marshmallows because I think they’re easier to melt and work with. Once you’ve melted together the entire bag, pour over the rice krispie cereal in a separate bowl and mix with your hands or a spatula. I like my rice krispie treats gooey and extra marshmallow-y. If you prefer a different ratio, mix in another cup of cereal.DSC_1098When well mixed and still warm, press the mixture firmly into a pan, pressing into the sides. They should be about an inch thick. Let them cool and use a sharp knife to cut them into rectangles (and maybe eat one or two as you go). Set the treats out onto a piece of parchment paper to decorate them.

Melt the bag of white chocolate chips in a bowl on defrost mode for 30 seconds, stir and continue to melt in 15 second intervals until completely melted. Move the chocolate into a piping bag with a small tip (you can also use a squeeze bottle but I find them to be unreliable). With your piping bag, dispense the chocolate across the rice krispie treats in no particular pattern (I went diagonally one way and then the other to cross the chocolate), leaving just a little uncovered portion at the top where I would put eyes for the mummy.

DSC_1094 DSC_1085Let the chocolate harden, which it will pretty quickly, and microwave several pieces of black candy melts in a small bowl using the same melting method. With a toothpick, create eyes on each treat by dipping into the candy and sticking into the cereal a couple times until the eyes are defined (probably easier that I make it sound). With that, your mummies are complete once all of the chocolate has dried.

Halloween Decor: Harry Potter Floating Candles

DSC_1102 DSC_1150If you’re familiar with Harry Potter, you probably remember the massive amount of floating candles in the Great Hall. Well, Andrew and I are pretty big Harry Potter geeks, so this floating candle craft turned out to be the perfect decoration for our first Halloween together in our apartment. It’s not too often that Andrew gets excited about crafts, but this one was actually HIS idea, and it came out wonderfully.

Here’s what you need:

  • Paper towel tubes (or wrapping paper tubes cut to size)
  • Clear fishing line
  • Clear thumbtacks
  • White colored paint
  • Cream colored paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Short tea lights (the tall ones will be very difficult to hang)
  • White cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Clear glue

Paper towel rolls are the best size for these candles, but if you can’t gather enough (we made 7) you can also cut wrapping paper tubes to the size you want (just make sure they are big enough around to fit a tea light). Trace the bottom of the tubes onto a piece of white cardstock and cut out the circles. Use a clear but heavy duty glue to stick the circles to the bottom of each tube.

While the glue dries, paint the entire tube white and let it dry completely. It might need two coats. Once dry, use your glue gun to glue around the very top of the tube and drizzle it down the sides to give the appearance of dripping candle wax. Set aside to harden. One the hot glue is dry and hardened, paint over the drips with a cream colored paint – this will show off the contrast between the candle and the dripping wax.

Next is the hard part because you have to be kind of exact. Hold the tea light in the very top of the tube, where you will want it to sit inside of the candle, and measure where it ends. This is where your fishing line will cross and your light will balance on top of the line, so it’s important that you mark the exact point that you want your light to sit on top of.DSC_1140DSC_1158Using a sharp object like a thumbtack or safety pin, pole one hole on each side of the tube where you measured the bottom of your light. Thread the fishing line through the holes, leaving about 2-3 feet of line for the tube to hang from. Turn on your tea lights and set inside of the tubes, sitting on top of the string. Depending on size, it might not be a perfect fit, but that’s ok! You can use a little tape to hold it in place if needed, but you don’t want to glue the tea light to the tube because you will need to be able to turn it on and off.DSC_1106 DSC_1141Tie the ends of the fishing line to thumbtacks and carefully hang from the ceiling at varying heights. Turn off the lights and prepare to be amazed by the spooky Harry Potterness of these floating candles! We hung them above our dining room table, making our own (very little) Great Hall and creating a gorgeous ambiance. Enjoy!