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Let’s have a Monster Bash!!

Halloween is for fun, fright, and food! I love getting to bake and create amazing meals, snacks, and treats to spook and delight my family. This year we are planning a Halloween Monster Bash to celebrate Halloween and my youngest’s birthday (his birthday actually falls the week after Halloween but he ADORES Halloween so we celebrate then!) I get the privilege of creating an incredible birthday cake that is Halloween themed. We are planning a Monster Bash so I want to continue with the monster theme and create a monster cake.

I scoured Pinterest for incredible ideas and came up with this fun and simple design from The Cake Blog. This Monster design features frightening monster eyes on a plain white iced cake. It is so simple, and so perfect I cannot wait to bake it. My son was so excited he wanted me to do a test bake just so he could eat it twice! We didn’t do that, but we did decide that we would put a fun gel in the center of the cake to make it more ghoulish and monster-like. We plan to make white cake with that we have died green, with lemon jelly as the filling. My son thinks it will be perfect for his party.

The fun of cakes is how much you can change and still achieve the same aesthetic. While we are changing the inside of the cake to fit our purpose the outer part of the cake will remain the same as The Cake Blog’s original vision.

Christmas Dessert: Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

This year it is my turn to make dessert. I am a HUGE fan of sweets. I love to make fun desserts that my family can try. This year I wanted to try something different, and I was totally feeling cheesecake. So I scoured Pinterest for some delicious ideas and found this great one from Oregon Transplant.

Oregon Transplant Jessica has a fun bog with lots of great tutorials and recipes. This one for Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecake was screaming my name. Made with Oreos, salted caramel, and chocolate chips is a very decadent cheesecake perfect for the holidays.

Christmas dessert

It is actually not that hard to make, and it makes the perfect elaborate looking dessert perfect for a holiday photo. Jessica made it for a birthday cake, which is also the perfect occasion. The cheesecake can be made ahead of time or prepared the day off. We made it ahead of time since we want it for Christmas day but I do not want to be baking that day.

A friend suggested changing up the flavors by choosing different flavors of Oreos. They make so many different ones now you could make lots of different versions of this cake by switching out original for red velvet or mint! We hope you enjoy whatever Christmas dessert you have on Christmas day!

Spooky Cookies: Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies

It is officially October which means that I can officially post Halloween ideas without angering other people. Yes, my favorite holidays are Christmas, Halloween, and Easter. Yes, those holidays last longer than just one month in my house. Yes, I decorate, and yes my Halloween decorations have been up for three weeks already. No, I will not apologize for it. Now that the rest of the world has caught up we can begin celebrating in earnest.

First on the agenda is food. Because food is life, and treats are the best. We do a lot of baking in the fall and winter. It all starts during the Halloween season. My kids and I just did a whole batch of Star Wars Sugar Cookies to share with the kindergarten class. But next on my agenda is Halloween cookies. Since we just did roll out sugar cookies I am not so sure I want to spend my day rolling out, cutting, and decorating again so soon. But I do want some fun Halloween treats on hand. So after doing a little looking, I found something that will be simple to make, be fun, look great, and give me that sweet treat I am looking for.

Spooky Cookies

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies are the way to go this year. This amazing little recipe and tutorial from Tastes Better From Scratch is perfect for the spooky season. Lauren from Tastes Better From Scratch has a great and simple recipe that will knock your socks off. Sometimes we make the mistake of trying to impress at holiday time with fantastic out of this world recipes, meals, desserts, and decor. But with so much going on in my life I discovered it is best to do what I enjoy, make myself happy, and just live my best life possible. So I make treats because I want them, and I decorate them because I want something fun to brighten my day. But, I know my limits, and with so much going on right now this fun and simple dessert is right up my alley. So thank you, Lauren, for reminding me that simple is great!

Head on over to  Tastes Better From Scratch to get the full recipe and tutorial now. And check out some of Lauren’s other great ideas when you are there. You will not be disappointed.