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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.

Apple Pie Muffin: Fall Foods!

I love to bake!! Fall brings out my need to bake, there is something about the cooler weather that always makes me want comfort food. I especially like to cook with fall ingredients so I love to find anything I can bake with apples and pumpkin. Lucky for me we live near apple country so I have access to lovely fresh-picked apples right from the farm.

We love taking the kids and enjoying a great day at the apple farm running around picking apples, laughing, and chatting with the kids. We have dinner at a restaurant in the town and we make ti a slow-going enjoyable fall day. When we come home we like to find ways to use the apples. We of course enjoy some in lunches and as snacks but we also cook a lot of them that weekend and can them for future use. I prep them for pies, and we make muffins. I really love this Apple Pie Muffin recipe. My kids enjoy eating them for breakfast, as a snack in their lunches, or as an afternoon snack. What I love best about the recipe is that I can alter it if I need too. We like to eat things with less sugar, so we substitute  half of the sugar with applesauce (which also gives it a moister/more apple taste!)

Be sure to go check out Damn Delicious’ recipe now. It is the best we have tried so far! Be sure to check out the other amazing recipes when you are there!

Fun Food: Chicken and Waffle Sliders

We are so busy with sports already that I have barely had time to breathe let alone fix a meal. My kids always want to run out and find something to eat. But I have decided to try and make dinner happen at least 6 days a week without running to a restaurant or fast food place. I try to keep things fairly simple, but sometimes you want something fun and out of the ordinary.

This month I wanted to try a few meals that seemed like they were from a restaurant but were indeed home made and much better for my busy family. I found some amazing ideas, including this fun twist on chicken and waffles. Now if you have not tried chicken and waffles you absolutely have to! You do not know what you are missing. It sounds odd, but it is delicious!

This fun and simple recipe from Six Sisters Stuff is perfect for busy nights. You can even make it a little healthier by substituting the waffles for whole wheat Eggo’s, by making them from scratch, or you can purchase Kodiak Protein Waffle mix (they even have a gluten-free version!) and simply make the waffles with a waffle iron (just add water!). You could also make your own fried chicken, but as I said — WE HAVE BEEN BUSY!!

It is definitely better than going to a restaurant, waiting for our order, paying for meals for 5-6 people, and having no control over the portions or if it is is gluten-free (since I now have to eat gluten-free for health issues). As I said, life is busy and complicated. I love that no matter what I can find small ways to make it a little bit easier. Be sure to check out the Six Sisters Stuff for the full tutorial and recipe. It will NOT disappoint!