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Wednesday Links: Fun food and craft finds and Asheville, NC

asheville wall

Last week, my husband and I visited Asheville, North Carolina (a rare trip without kids). Walking downtown one evening, I was struck by this chalkboard wall, “Before I die…” Any passer-by could share their wish.

 

If you’re addicted to the stuff, you can make your own cookie butter.

I want to make some soft pretzel bites.

Ha. Make your own eyeball lights.

So both my world collides: How to pair wine with Halloween candy.

Forget the Christmas village, I love this DIY Halloween village.

Ooh, fantastic spider web cupcakes.

Um, this would be deep fried candy corn.

Make some paper mache candy bowls.

 

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how to make 2-ingredient macaroon monsters

2 ingredient macaroon monsters for Halloween

 

I suppose technically, with the eyeballs, these are three-ingredient macaroons. But still. That makes these gosh darn easy to whip up for Halloween. (Or, without the eyeballs, any other time of the year.) Yum. The sweet coconut goodness melts in your mouth.

 

2 ingredient macaroon monsters for Halloween

 

And they’re pretty scary, right? …. Right? Scary. Not cute. Not a little odd. Scary.

 

2 ingredient macaroon monsters for Halloween

 

easy macaroon monsters

you will need:

14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
14-ounce bag of sweetened coconut
candy eyes (found in the craft store)

Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a baking tray with parchment or wax paper and set aside. Mix the can of milk and bag of coconut. Scoop moundfuls of the mixture onto the baking tray. I used an ice cream scoop, then pressed gently together with my hands. To prevent sticking, wet your hands first. The mounds shown are just under 2-inches across.

2 ingredient macaroon monsters for Halloween

 

Gently press two candy eyes on each mound. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until the macaroons are nicely browned. Let cool. Makes 12 to 14.

2 ingredient macaroon monsters for Halloween

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how to draw HALLOWEEN week: spider marshmallows

spider marshmallows for Halloween

And so today we wrap up the how to draw a different Halloween marshmallow every day. With spiders.

Drawing on marshmallows is the quickest, easiest, most interesting treat you can make for a party. For tips on edible markers, where to buy them and how to use them, CLICK HERE. You’ll also find links below to buying on amazon.

 

halloween marshmallow pops

 

Here are the links to every Halloween marshmallow this week:

DAY ONE: Jack O’ Lantern marshmallows
DAY TWO: Zombie hand marshmallows
DAY THREE: Bloody marshmallows
DAY FOUR: Monster marshmallows
DAY FIVE: Spider marshmallows

 

 

spider marshmallows for Halloween

 

 

DAY FIVE: How to draw SPIDER Halloween marshmallows.

 

Why do I keep going to the spiders? Me, with my arachnophobia? It’s got to be a sort of sub-conscious therapy.

 

You will need:*

marshmallows
black edible writer
lollipop sticks (optional)

*Find sticks in the craft store. For edible writer resources, click HERE. Or, see below.

 

spider marshmallows for Halloween

 

Draw the design as shown on the marshmallow. Skewer with a lollipop stick if you like.  To draw a spider, 1. Draw a circle for the head. 2. Draw a bigger circle for the body. 3. Draw 8 “L”s for legs.

spider_howto

 

 

MY FAVORITE EDIBLE WRITERS

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how to draw HALLOWEEN week: monster marshmallows

monster marshmallow pops

 

In a break from my usual schedule, this week I’m going to show you how to draw a different Halloween marshmallow every day.

Monday was Jack O’ Lanterns. Tuesday was zombie hands. Wednesday was blood. Today is monsters.

Drawing on marshmallows is the quickest, easiest, most interesting treat you can make for a party. For tips on edible markers, where to buy them and how to use them, CLICK HERE. You’ll also find links below to buying on amazon.

 

monster marshmallow pops

 

 

DAY FOUR: How to draw MONSTER Halloween marshmallows.

 

You will need:*

marshmallows
black, pink, orange and green edible writers
lollipop sticks (optional)

*Find sticks in the craft store. For edible writer resources, click HERE. Or, see below.

 

monster marshmallow pops

 

Draw the design as shown on the marshmallow. Skewer with a lollipop stick if you like. To draw a monster, 1. Use black to draw circles for eyes and lines to connect them to the bodies (choose one, two or three eyes). 2. Add dots in the eyes. 3. Use black to outline the body (choose a circle, rectangle or fuzzy circle) and two lines for a neck. 4. Draw a semicircle for a mouth and fill with black. 5. Let the black dry about fifteen minutes and fill in the body with orange, pink or green.

monster_drawing

 

 

MY FAVORITE EDIBLE WRITERS

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how to draw HALLOWEEN week: bloody marshmallows

bloody Halloween marshmallow pops

In a break from my usual schedule, this week I’m going to show you how to draw a different Halloween marshmallow every day.

Monday was Jack O’Lanterns. Tuesday was zombie hands. Today is blood!

Drawing on marshmallows is the quickest, easiest, most interesting treat you can make for a party. For tips on edible markers, where to buy them and how to use them, CLICK HERE. You’ll also find links below to buying on amazon.

bloody halloween marshmallow pops

 

DAY THREE: How to draw BLOODY Halloween marshmallows.

 

You will need:*

marshmallows
black and red edible writers
lollipop sticks (optional)

*Find sticks in the craft store. For edible writer resources, click HERE. Or, see below.

 

wm.Halloween_marshmallows_blood

Draw the design as shown on the marshmallow. Skewer with a lollipop stick if you like. To draw a bloody marshmallow, 1. Draw the dripping blood as shown. 2. Use the black to outline the blood.

 

bloody_drawing

 

 

MY FAVORITE EDIBLE WRITERS

Feel free to share (nicely)! While my blog's photographs and text are protected by copyright, I do allow (and encourage) you to share ONE photograph with credit to "the decorated cookie" and link to this blog post. PLEASE don't reprint any part of the blog post and PLEASE don't post a photo without credit. Thank you!