Happy National Deviled Eggs Day!

Did you know there is a National Deviled Eggs Day? Nope, I didn’t either. But “luckily” Facebook informed me today so I made deviled eggs to help “celebrate”. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m sharing the way we make deviled eggs at our house and it might be different from the way you make them. But they are very yummy and I’ve gotten lots of compliments on them.

The main ingredient you will need is, of course, eggs. Hard boil some eggs using your preferred method.

After the eggs are done cooking, get them into cold water to stop the cooking process.

After the eggs have cooled, peel the shell from them.

Rinse each egg to make sure all the shell pieces have been removed.

Using a sharp knife, cut each egg in half lengthwise.

Carefully remove the yellow yolks and put them together in a small bowl.

Smash the yolks with a fork until they are fine pieces.

Now for my secret ingredient! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Add a dollop of Miracle Whip salad dressing. I prefer to use this over other mayonnaise as it has an extra little tang to it. Add a dash of salt too.

Stir together and add enough Miracle Whip so that the mixture is creamy.

Refill the egg whites using the egg yolk mixture.

Add a sprinkle of Paprika on top of the deviled eggs to add a little flavor and make them look nice.

And they are ready to enjoy! Be sure to refrigerate the deviled eggs until you are ready to serve them and also if you have any leftovers. I hope you enjoy our way of making deviled eggs and that you have a Happy National Deviled Eggs Day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

More Toy Clearance Including LEGO!

I made a run to Walmart yesterday and saw some really great prices on some clearance toys! Check your local store to see if they have the same deals, but here are a few things I saw at our store here.

#1.) LEGO City Hospital #60330 Sale price of $79.00, normal price $120.00.

#2.) LEGO Friends Canal Houseboat #41702. Sale price $49.00, regular price $80.00.

#3.) LEGO MARVEL ETERNALS Rise of the Domo #76156. Sale price $49.00, regular price $90.00.

#4.) LEGO SUPER MARIO Big Urchin Beach Ride #71400. (Expansion set) Sale price $45.00, regular price $60.00.

#5.) LEGO City Wildlife Rescue Off-Roader #60301. Sale price $30.00, regular price $49.97.

I just want to mention a couple of other toys that are not LEGO related.

#6.) Care Bears Birthday Bear. Sale price $11.00, regular price $19.97.

#7.) Nickelodeon Paw Patrol City Tower. Sale price $15.00, regular price $26.44.

#8.) Mini Brands balls Series 3. Sale price $2.50, regular price $6.97.

Happy shopping! ๐Ÿ™‚

Nutter Butter Mummy Yummies!

Two very special people did a Halloween food craft and were sweet enough to share their pictures with us! Our daughter and granddaughter made some very yummy looking mummies out of Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies. Don’t these look great?! ๐Ÿ™‚

You will need some Nutter Butter cookies, some white chocolate or white candy melts and some candy eyes. Begin by melting the white chocolate. Then dip each cookie into the melted chocolate.

Lay the dipped cookies on a flat surface that is covered with wax paper.

Add 2 candy eyes to each cookie while the chocolate is still soft.

I guess they could be ghosts if you stopped here! Lol Wow, it looks like they made a whole army! ๐Ÿ˜‰

To finish making your mummies, run thin “strings” of chocolate back and forth across each cookie. You can do this by adding the melted chocolate to a pastry bag with a thin round tip on it and piping it across the cookies. Or use a ziploc bag and cut a tiny hole in one corner and use it in the same way.

That’s it! Now you have some very yummy mummies to share for Halloween! I believe this batch of mummies went to a school Halloween party!

We’re sending a special thank-you (and some hugs!) to our amazing crafters for today’s post! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hotdog Mummies for Halloween

If you are looking for a fun food idea for a Halloween meal or a Halloween party, may I suggest you try hotdog mummies? This is a straightforward simple way to make a cute treat that will bring smiles all around.

You will need a pack of hotdogs (wieners), a package of crescent roll dough and some mustard.

Open the package of crescent roll dough and lay out 2 crescent roll dough pieces together to form a rectangle.

Press the dough together in the middle where the dotted cut is. You want one solid piece of dough.

Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into thin lengthwise strips.

Take 1 strip of dough and begin wrapping it around 1 hotdog.

Continue adding strips of dough until you have wrapped dough the entire length of the hotdog. Leave some space between each wrapping as the dough will swell as it bakes. Press the ends of the dough strips together so you have a continuous piece of dough wrapping the hotdog.

I used bunsize hotdogs because that is the kind that were available at my store. Regular size hotdogs are fine. Once you have wrapped all the hotdogs, you are ready to bake them.

Bake according to the time and temperature listed on the crescent roll package. Bake until the dough has lightly browned and hotdogs are heated.

The mummies eyes are made with mustard. I suggest you put a little mustard on a piece of waxed paper or a plate and use a toothpick to put the little dabs of mustard on the mummy.

And that’s all there is to making hotdog mummies!

A word of caution for feeding hotdogs to young children…hotdogs are one of the foods that are easy for kids to choke on. So please cut these into smaller pieces before giving them to your kids. A half of a slice of a hotdog is a good idea. We love kids and don’t want to see anyone hurt. ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy some yummy mummies this Halloween!

Dessert Tacos #2 – Banana Split!

We had so much fun last week making Dessert Tacos with apples, that we tried another version of Dessert Tacos. They are very yummy too, but also messy so keep a plate handy when you eat these! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This version of Dessert Tacos is like making a banana split in a taco shell! Let’s go!

Start with heating/baking your taco shells.

Once your shells are heated, allow them a few minutes to cool enough to handle them comfortably. Meanwhile, grab a bag of your favorite chocolate chips. I used milk chocolate.

Add some chocolate chips to a microwave safe container along with a little bit of coconut oil and microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Microwave for additional time until the chocolate chips are completely melted. Be careful and only microwave for 15-30 second intervals at one time before stirring again.

Take a taco shell and dip it into the melted chocolate.

You can dip the shell in the melted chocolate to suit your preference. Maybe you only want one end dipped in the chocolate or maybe just the top middle area or you can coat the entire taco shell with chocolate. I might have gotten a little carried away and completely covered my shells with chocolate. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Place your chocolate tacos on foil or waxed paper covered tray or cookie sheet.

Place your tray of chocolate covered shells into the refrigerator until the chocolate completely hardens. When the shells are ready, gather your favorite banana split ingredients and get ready to stuff those shells!

I started by putting banana slices in the shells first. I found that leaning the shell on the side of my tray made it easier to put the ingredients inside.

Next came the ice cream…

Then some strawberry and pineapple toppings.

I topped it off with some whipped cream! Mmmm!

Doesn’t that look yummy?!

There is something quite satisfying about the crunch of the taco shell along with the sweetness of the ice cream! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, if that seemed like way too much chocolate for your taste, try this way instead. Bake the taco shells as before, but skip the chocolate dipping part. Start with adding the banana first… (If you noticed the cardboard around the shell, that is the piece of cardboard that comes with the taco shells and keeps the first taco in the line from closing up. It worked nicely to help support the shell while filling it.)

Then the ice cream…

Maybe some tiny marshmallows are next…

Drizzle some delicious chocolate syrup over the top.

And don’t forgot a nice big squirt of whipped cream to finish it off!

In this version, you still get the taste of chocolate, but it’s not completely overwhelming. It just depends on how much chocolate you think your banana split needs! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you’ll give these Dessert Tacos a whirl! ๐Ÿ™‚

Super Easy and Fast Jack O’Lanterns

Hope you all had a good weekend! We’re back with a super fun and super easy way to make a Jack O’Lantern! (And cheap!) All you need is an orange balloon and a black permanent marker.

Step #1.) Blow up the balloon and tie it off.

Step #2.) Draw a Jack O’Lantern face on the balloon.

And you’re done! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can tie a string to your Jack O’Lantern and hang it in a door way. Or find some place silly to put him. Like in your mom’s Autumn decorations… ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is such a fast way to make Jack O’Lanterns that you can make a whole bunch of them! You can make a happy face or a scary one or a mean looking one. It’s a fun craft for a Halloween party too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Making Yarn Pumpkins For Fall

Do you enjoy decorating your home for Fall or Halloween? Both are appropriate for orange pumpkins, so today let’s look at how to make some easy ones! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a great craft project for the kids too.

You will need some orange yarn, a piece of a green pipe cleaner and scissors.

Begin your pumpkin by wrapping the yarn around your hand. Depending on the size of your hand and the size of pumpkin you want to make, how many times you will need to wrap the yarn around your hand or fingers. You can also use a piece of cardboard instead of your hand. Hands or fingers are just…well, handy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

For an adult size hand using all 4 fingers, you will want to wrap the yarn around at least 100-120 times.

Carefully slide the yarn off your hand but keep all the pieces held close together. Cut a piece of yarn from the yarn ball approximately 5-6 inches long.

Lay the extra piece of cut yarn on the table and lay the wrapped yarn on top of it, keeping the cut piece in the center of the wrapped ball.

Tie a tight knot with the cut piece of yarn in the center of the wrapped yarn. Tie it 2 or 3 times so it won’t come undone. And make sure to keep the knot tight while tying it the second time. It’s easy for it to slip looser and then you will lose the shape of your pumpkin.

Now take the small piece of green pipe cleaner and tie another knot around the middle of it on top of the first knot.

You can also just slip the pipe cleaner under the first knot you tied, but be careful as it can snag the yarn.

Twist the 2 ends of the pipe cleaner together and shape it like the pumpkin’s stem. Trim the extra length of yarn from tying the knots.

That’s all there is to it! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can fluff your pumpkin with your fingers to make it look just right to you. Make as many pumpkins as you like and use them to decorate your house for the season.

I hope you will enjoy making yarn pumpkins! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m back and I’m sharing Dessert Tacos today!

Wow, sorry I haven’t posted in ages but life has been happening. We had some lovely company come to stay for a few days and then I got sick with the flu. (Yes, while our company was here. Ugh!) So I’ve been coughing my head off and feeling blah for 2 weeks now. Finally on the mend, though the cough wants to hang on. But I hope to be back to sharing some fun things for you to try! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s post is about Dessert Tacos! Someone mentioned something the other day and my brain took off and I had to try my idea out. While not all of my ideas are winners, we really liked our Dessert Taco experiment! It’s not an exact recipe so feel free to tweak this to fit your family. I am drooling again just looking at the picture! ๐Ÿ˜‰

You will need some crunchy taco shells…I used these mini shells.

You’ll also need some cooking type apples, butter, white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Some whipped cream makes a great finishing touch too! A word of caution: these are a bit messy to eat, but oh, so delicious! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Begin by placing your taco shells on a cookie sheet and set your oven to preheat to the temperature printed on the taco shell box.

While the oven is preheating, place some butter in the bottom of a large skillet. I used about 4 tablespoons.

Peel and slice 4 large cooking type apples.

Melt the butter in the skillet over a medium heat.

Add the sliced apples and cook on the medium heat.

As the apples start to soften, add some brown sugar and cinnamon. I used 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Stir together and continue cooking until the apples are as soft as you like them.

After your apples are cooked, pour them into a bowl and cover to keep them warm until the shells are ready.

When your oven has preheated, pop the taco shells in for the suggested time on the taco shells box. The mini shells only need 3-4 minutes. If you are using larger shells, they will take a little longer to bake. While the shells are baking, mix together some white sugar and cinnamon. The suggested ratio is 1 part of cinnamon to 4 parts of white sugar. I used 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 4 tablespoons of white sugar.

When the taco shells are heated, remove them from the oven and right away use a chunk of butter to rub over one side of each shell.

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture lightly over the buttered shells.

Turn the shells over and do the same to the other side.

Fill each taco shell with the warm apples. Make sure you have a plate handy to put them on once they are filled.

Add some whipped cream on top of the apples and these Dessert Tacos are ready to be eaten!

We were able to fill 6 mini taco shells and still have some apples leftover. We also had leftover cinnamon sugar and I saved it to use in another recipe later. Or maybe to make some more dessert tacos! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope your family will enjoy these as much as we did!