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Halloween fun…

I love Halloween.  I love pumpkins and fall….I love the smell of spices and cupcakes.  I just like everything about the season and the fun and spooky that goes along with all of it.  Here are a couple things I’ve been up to lately:

Candy Corn Trifle





Candy Corn Trifle

INGREDIENTS

Box of yellow cake mix, plus oil, eggs and water needed to prepare
Yellow food coloring
2 (4 serving size) boxes instant vanilla pudding, plus milk needed to prepare
Orange food coloring
8 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Candy Corn

Prepare cake batter according to instructions, adding yellow food coloring during mixing. Pour batter into a 9×13 inch pan and bake and cool according to box directions.

Prepare instant pudding according to directions on box, adding enough orange color to make it a bright orange. Place pudding in the refrigerator while you prepare the topping.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.  Mix in the Cool Whip until well blended.

Crumble the yellow cake into an even layer in the bottom of each mini trifle bowl. This part was super fun and I had enough that I made some cake balls also (to use as cake pops or just have the kids eat).  Remove the pudding from the refrigerator and spoon on top of cake layer.  Smooth out with the back of your spoon.  Pipe whipped topping/cream cheese layer on top with a large star tip and pastry bag…or, just spoon it on…tastes good either way!

Top with a candy corn.  

Note:  It doesn’t taste like candy corn…it looks like candy corn.

Got the idea here:  http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/2010/10/candy-corn-mini-trifles/

I actually made this for a friend’s birthday gift and….score she loved it!  I put it in a cute basket that I got for a buck at the dollar store, added a couple of Halloween dish towels and loaded it with the trifle (placed a cardboard thing in between…the kind that come when you buy bell jars).  I also added a cute jar filled with candy corn and topped with fabric and a wooden bat that I painted and glued on.  Final gift…one I would love to receive myself!

 

2×4 Pumpkins

 

First gather your supplies.  Here I have my 2×4’s cut out in three different sizes (can make them as big or small as you like).    You’ll also need orange craft paint, foam paint brush, raffia, crafting wire curled around a pencil, green fabric scraps cut into strips, 3 pieces of branches (for stems), and your trusty hot glue gun…

Now…sand.  Paint.  Sand (just along edge to add dimension).  Glue on your ‘stem’.  Tie fabric and raffia around stem.  Add wire.

 

Poof super cute cute craft!

Now go and get crafty while eating something yummy…. 😉

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  4. Cool Playground Mommy 09/23/2011 at 3:02 pm

    I absolutely love them! My favorite holiday has always been Halloween, so it’s no surprise my favorite season is fall!