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A candy lei to wear and give at Halloween

Halloween Candy Lei

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A candy lei to wear and give at Halloween

Lei made from candy, netting and in Halloween colors

This Halloween Candy Lei is the perfect SWEET gift for anyone of any age!

It’s difficult to find projects that are inexpensive for teens and that they will actually like, and want.  But this Halloween Candy Lei fits perfectly!  Teens will have fun making these for them self, or for their friends, or have them make these at a party! Put out candy that will fit in the netting (as described below) and let them choose the kind they want to put in their lei.  To keep your costs down, you can have popcorn or other snack food for them to munch on while they make their lei and kindly limit the candy count to whatever your budget will accommodate for each person. 

It’s a terrific treat for a parent to give to your kids.

The Halloween Candy Lei is an especially great gift for a grandparent to make and even send in the mail.  See my post Did You Know You Can Send THAT In The Mail for fun ways to mail it off! 

The Halloween Candy Lei is so EASY, QUICK and SIMPLE  with no tricks involved, only TREATS:)




 

HALLOWEEN CANDY LEI

Supplies:

Click on the name/title to go right to the item for easy shopping

This Halloween 10″ mesh ribbon/tulle would work well for mini candy bars and small size candy  *personally, I prefer to use this size just to be safe.  You can always put 2 pieces of small candy in it if it looks like it needs it. 

This regular 6″ Halloween tulle netting  works  for very small/mini sized candy

Curling ribbon in your choice of color

Any mini and small candy, it just needs to fit in the tulle netting you choose

 

Directions:

Place candy in center of tulle.

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Take one side of the tuelle of the candy.Wrap the other side of the tuelle over the candy.Tie curling ribbon close to the candy to hold in securely so it won’t fall out. 

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Option: tie candy into the ribbon if it it too large to hold securely.Curl the ribbon.

Tie the ends of the tuelle together in a square knot to form a lei.

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Another option is to loop one end and have it more of a hanging type of candy holder as shown below.

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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Patriotic Popcorn

Patriotic Red, White and Blue Popcorn In Printable Cone Wrap

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Patriotic Popcorn

Your friends and family are going to LOVE this Patriotic Red, White and Blue Popcorn In Printable Cone Wrap!

I found these adorable 4th of July cone covers designed by Heather of ChickaBug Blog and just had to make something to go in her very cool printable.   

After searching around for ideas, I set to work making some Red and Blue Popcorn which I made by coating popcorn in a bit of white chocolate and dry cake mix.     Yes, I wrote cake mix, and it turned out really, really good.  I hope you’ll give it a try this 4th of July!

 




Patriotic Red, White and Blue Popcorn In Printable Cone Wrap

Ingredients for the Patriotic Treat:

Sugar Cones

Printable, (link in description and below in directions)

Glue Dots

Popcorn, popped, 4-6 cups depending on your taste, per color

1 Tbl. shortening, I used butter shortening, per color

1  cup white chocolate buttons, per color

1/2 cup cake mix, per color (I found these small bags of bright colored cake mix)  

Patriotic Popcorn


Directions:

Pop the popcorn and have 4 cups ready in a bowl, with extra in reserve.

Spread waxed paper out for popcorn to set up on.

Print the awesome cone printable by clicking HERE which will take you to ChickaBug’s site. Thank you so much Heather for sharing with us at AMS!Patriotic Popcorn Cut out the cone cover. 

The printable has a ‘fold here’ line, but I wanted the cover to the top of the cone, and the fold lines did not show, so it was good either way you choose to do it.Patriotic Popcorn Wrap the wrapper around the cone Patriotic Popcorn And secure with glue dotsPatriotic Popcorn  


Remember to have your popcorn popped and ready.

Now to make the homemade yummy PATRIOTIC RED, WHITE AND BLUE POPCORN

Pour chocolate wafers into a microwavable bowl; microwave for 20 seconds, stir.Patriotic Popcorn Microwave another 10 seconds and stir. 

Continue this process…Patriotic Popcorn Until it is smooth and completely melted. Patriotic Popcorn Add in the shortening and stir until melted well. 

Melt in microwave a few seconds if necessary. Patriotic Popcorn Now trust me on this, add in 1/2 cup of DRY cake mix and stir well.Patriotic Popcorn


Pour onto popped popcorn and stir; adding in more popped popcorn if needed.  Patriotic Popcorn When it is well combined spread out on waxed paper to set up. Patriotic Popcorn


Repeat the process for another colorPatriotic Popcorn Add in the shortening  Patriotic Popcorn Stir until melted Patriotic Popcorn Add in the other color of cake mix and stir wellPatriotic Popcorn


Allow the other color to dry on waxed paper also.

Now you have a wonderful treat to serve in these very clever cone covers.  Patriotic Popcorn

Thanks again Heather at ChickaBugBlog for sharing your printable with us.

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Peep Pops for Easter

Easy Easter Peep Pops

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Easter treat made from colored marshmallow peep pops

Easy Easter Peep Pops

My friend Dorthy is sharing with us her simple, NO COOK Easter treat! 

These Easter Peep Pops On A Stick are great gifts for kids and teens to make for their friends, I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t love one of these.  Simply string colorful Chick Peeps on skewers, put in a cellophane bag, tie and there you have a fabulous inexpensive treat for all ages to enjoy!

They come together to quickly, are a colorful sweet treat, can be made ahead, then delivered to friends, family, coworkers or best yet sent in the mail (see my post HERE for fun tips on this),




Easy Easter Peep Pops

Supplies:

Packages of different colored Peep Chicks HERE

Bamboo skewers HERE

5 X 11 cellophane bags HERE

Curling Ribbon for tying up bags HERE

Plastic disposable tablecloth (opt but worth it) HEREPeep Pops




Directions:

Each package of peeps chicks has four chicks that have good ends.

When you separate the chicks it will leave white marshmallow edges.

Use the good edges for the top and the bottom of each pop and put the ones with white edges in the middle.

You will need to plan a little bit to make each one come out with two good ends and all five colors.

Peep PopsSeparate the peeps from each other and place in groups of five (one of each color) making sure each group has two Peeps with good ends on the opposite side.

Line up all the peeps so that each POP will have BOTH ends of the POP has a peep with only one white sticky side; which will face inward.Peep PopsSlide the Peep chicks on to the bamboo skewer making sure the good edges show (not the white marshmallow edges) on the top and bottom.

Make sure the skewer doesn’t stick out past the last chick.  After a few pops you will be able to gauge how far to push the chicks on.Peep PopsLine them up nicely like this!Peep Pops



Place the Peep Pop into the cellophane bag Peep PopAnd tie with one ribbon.Peep PopTie remaining ribbons onto the first one.Peep PopsTo add dimension and more interest, take a few of the ribbons and cut a slit with scissors.Peep Pop Pull the ribbon in half to the knot.Peep PopSee how fabulous!Peep Pops



Easter treat made from colored marshmallow peep pops

Easy Easter Peep Pops

Make a basket of Peep Pops for a gift or treats to take home on Easter!

Thank you again Dorthy for sharing with us your creation and for spending time with me to make these and allow me to take pictures!  You’re the BEST!

Copyright,  Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

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Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods are so easy and quick you can make them with your family for a fun activity to get everyone involved. A great girls time, or friend get-together too.

These Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods are so versatile simply change the sprinkles for any holiday or just-because day for a yummy treat. 

Also try milk chocolate, dark chocolate or the white as shown here; it’s all scrumptious!

 


Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Supplies:

Pretzel Rods, long work best like these

White Chocolate or white chocolate chips

Sprinkles

Cellophane Bags 

Curling Ribbon

Waxed paper or Parchment Paper




Directions:

In a microwavable bowl, pour in as many of the chocolate buttons or chips as desired.

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Melt for 30 seconds and stir.Continue this process of heating in small increments and stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Use caution not to overheat and burn the chocolate.

Dip the pretzel into the melted chocolate.




Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Scrape of slightly on all sides.Coat with the sprinkles over a piece of waxed paper.

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Do this instead of rolling the coated pretzel in a bowl or plate of sprinkles.Using this method allows you to reuse the sprinkles and they will not be messed up in the chocolate.Lay the coated rods onto the waxed paper or parchment until chocolate is set.

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Place in the cellophane bags, tie with ribbon and make someone’s day better!Copyright, Recipe by Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Green popcorn that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. This type is known as Mother Goose or Granny Corn or even Sugar Corn. It's unique and perfect for St. Patrick's!

St. Patrick's Green Pop Corn

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Green St Patty's popcorn treat

Granny Green St. Patricks PopCorn


St. Patrick’s Green Pop Corn is a fast, YUMMY green treat for friends or family that will make this holiday extra special. 
 Celebrate with this quick favorite St. Patrick’s Green Pop Corn also known as Granny Corn or Mother Goose Popcorn  
This scrumptious candy will bring back cherished memories of this old fashioned treat, or make new ones.  Every St. Patty’s Leprechaun will consider it a treasure, but one to share:) 




St. Patrick’s Green Granny, Sugar or Mother Goose Pop Corn

Ingredients:

5 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ tsp. salt
12 oz. (1 can) evaporated milk
4 drops green food coloring

32 cups popped popcorn, place into a large bowl discarding any kernels that did not popPop corn




Directions:

In a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, vanilla, salt, vanilla, evaporated milk and food coloring. 
Attach candy thermometer to the side of the pan. 
This is important and be sure it is working properly – buy a new one if you have a question. 
Be sure the end of the candy thermometer; meaning the bulb does NOT touch the bottom of the pan, but that the bulb is completely down inside the mixture.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 1
 
STIRRING CONSTANTLY cook over medium-high heat until the mixture boils. 
When the candy comes to a boil, turn it down to medium; and continue stirring until the thermometer reaches 235 degrees.
Pour the candy mixture over the popcorn and toss lightly until it is completely coated.
Now, stir gently, bringing the candy mixture from the bottom up to the top of the popcorn on the top, completely coat all the popcorn.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 2In the beginning the candy coating on the popcorn will be shiny like this.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 3Continue to stir gently; pulling from the bottom to the top and in about 2-3 minutes – POOF and MAGIC happens!
The candy coating sugars to look like this and becomes that wonderful throw-back candy we can still  enjoy today.

St. Patrick's Green Granny Pop Corn

Green Mother Goose Pop Corn or Granny Corn


Adapted by Carrie Groneman from Melinda Forbushs recipe.
Green popcorn that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. This type is known as Mother Goose or Granny Corn or even Sugar Corn. It's unique and perfect for St. Patrick's!

St. Patrick’s Green Mother Goose, Sugar or Granny Pop Corn


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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with MandM’s

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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popcorn with Pink and Red MandM Candy Snack Mix

oohhh, here’s a great recipe for you!  It’s Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M’s candy.

Do you like popcorn like I do to snack on? 

Then you’re with me looking for creative and delicious ways to eat it.  With Valentines it gave me the perfect opportunity to show off some creativity —and colors of the season.

It also meant it had to be easy.

Begin with popcorn. Then after a quick coating of white chocolate, you toss in some Valentine M&M’s, which basically yells to all your friends and family that you gift this to, how especially sweet they are.  

This Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M candy comes together so fast for a snack, a gift – really any reason is perfect for this delectable treat.  Try it and see it if its not slightly addicting for you too:) 

 

Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M’s

Ingredients:

1 cup popped popcorn, white variety if possible

12-16 oz white chocolate buttons or chocolate chips

1/2 – 1 package of Valentine M&M candy

 

Directions:

Pop the popcorn in an air popper if using, or the microwave or set aside if already popped.  Do not add in extra butter.

Spread a long piece of about 2-3 feet of parchment or waxed paper on your table or counter.

Next, in a microwavable bowl, place the white chocolate.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack MixHeat the chocolate in the microwave for 20 seconds; stir.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Continue this process PRed Cany Snack Mix

White chocolate melting about half way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until the chocolate is smooth and the temperature a little more than that of a baby bath.

It is important to warm the chocolate slowly so it does not burn.White chocolate melted all the way

White Covered Popcorn with PinCandy Snack Mix

Pour the smooth and melted chocolate over HALF of the popped popcorn and stir gently.

ADD in popcorn to your liking.  Some people like more chocolate on their popcorn than others.  I used about 3/4 of the popcorn when I made it. A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Stir the popcorn gently until it is all evenly coated.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Spread on the parchment or waxed paper.

Allow to set up until the chocolate is set.

***NOTE:  I like to LIGHTLY sprinkle a VERY LITTLE salt when I first spread out the popcorn to set up.  This is a personal choice and USE CAUTION not to use too much, and this is NOT necessary, but does give a bit of balance to the sweet.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

 

Breaking up the set up chocolate covered popcorn, put it into a bowl and add in the Valentine M&M’s.  Serve.

OR keep in an air-tight container and use within 2-3 days for best results.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popc

 

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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popcorn with Pink and Red MandM Candy Snack Mix

 

he white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark set up, broken into pieces and displayed in a glass bowl

Quick Valentine Bark

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he white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark set up, broken into pieces and displayed in a glass bowl

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Quick Valentine Bark is a great gift to send to anyone who might be away from their Sweetie, or need to know they are being thought of.

It’s also a delicious candy that is so easy to make and inexpensive too.

Bark is simply white chocolate (or any chocolate you prefer), pretzels and peanuts.  Melt the yummy chocolate in the microwave, pour it over the pretzels and peanuts. 

Mix it together, let it set up and there you have it –

Valentine Bark ready to share!

 




Quick Valentine Bark

Ingredients:

1 lb. white chocolate buttons/melts/chips  I prefer ‘bright white’ for this when I can find it over the regular white chocolate buttons or chips

1 cup roasted peanuts

3 – 3 1/2 cups of broken in half mini pretzels; this makes it so you can easily eat the candy

Candy sprinkles, if desired




Directions:

In a large bowl place the broken pretzels and pour in the peanuts

Bowl of Peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with waxed paper or parchment. 

In a microwavable bowl, place the white chocolate.White chocolate in a bowl

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Heat the chocolate in the microwave for 20 seconds; stir.White chocolate just beginning to melt

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Continue this processWhite chocolate melting about half way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Until the chocolate is smooth and the temperature a little more than that of a baby bath.

It is important to warm the chocolate slowly so it does not burn.White chocolate melted all the way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day


Pour the melted chocolate over the pretzel and peanut mixture.  Melted white chocolate over the peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Stir gently to coat the mixture evenly.Melted white chocolate mixed together with the peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Pour this onto the wax paper or parchment lined pan and spread to an even layer. The white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark, spread on waxed paper or parchment

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Top with any sprinkles your heart, or your Valentine desires!The white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark, spread on waxed paper or parchment with red and pink Valentine sprinkles on top

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Allow to completely cool and set up, then break into small pieces.

Store in an airtight container.

Yummy White Chocolate Valentine Bark which is white chocolate coating peanuts and pieces of Pretzels then topped withsprinkles of pink and red Valentine shaped sprinkles

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy with M&M red, pink and white candy

Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

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Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy with M&M red, pink and white candy

Classic Chex Mix made with peanut butter and Valentine red, pink and white M&M candy

Do you love the classic Muddy Buddy Mix you purchase in the store but want to make your own special version of this Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy Chex Mix?

Well, look no further!  This is easy, quick, so affordable and MUCH better than purchased – because homemade just is:) 

This would be a GREAT choice to use with: HOW YOUR FAMILY CAN EASILY SHARE A THOUGHTFUL VALENTINE KINDNESS Anyone would love to get this Muddy Buddy Valentine version of Chex Mix with the printable from you and your family!

 

 



Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

 Ingredients:

4 cups Rice Chex cereal 

1/2 cup vanilla baking chips 

1/2 cup peanut butter baking chips 

1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup red, white and pink M&M’s  


Directions:

Place cereal in a medium bowl.

In a small microwavable bowl place the vanilla chips and peanut butter chips. Microwave the chips for 20 seconds, stir, continue this process until the chips are smooth and completely melted and the temperature a bit warmer than a baby bath.Sweetheart Muddy Buddies 1Pour over the Rice Chex cereal and stir gently, until evenly coated.Sweetheart Muddy Buddies 2In a gallon sized zip lock bag, pour in the powdered sugar.Sweetheart Muddy Buddies 3Add in the coated cereal, seal the end and shake gently to coat all the cereal evenly.Sweetheart Muddy Buddies 4Pour out onto a piece of waxed paper or parchment to set up.Sweetheart Muddy Buddies 5Pour into a large bowl and add in the M&M’s, stirring very gently to distribute evenly.

Store in an air tight container.Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy with M&M red, pink and white candy

Classic Chex Mix made with peanut butter and Valentine red, pink and white M&M candy

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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