Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monster Pops


We love making cake pops around our house, and Halloween was the perfect excuse to try out our newest appliance from BabyCakes: the Flip-Over Cake Pop Maker!  We created some perfectly sweet, no-so-scary Monster Pops!

Monster Pops - cute and simple cake pops perfect for Halloween or a Monster Bash Birthday Party | Simply DesigningThese are perfect for Halloween but would also be perfect for a Monster Birthday Party or even just for anytime :)  We are not discriminating about the time of year we make and eat cake pops in our house and these monsters are the perfect little boy (and girl) pleaser!  They are cute, simple and tasty!

I simply used a babycakes Cake Pop Mix and followed the directions from the mix and the cake pop maker to make my pops.  But you can also use your own recipe!  (You can see my full tutorial here on how to make cake pops using babycakes Cake Pop Maker.)

(Please note that I used their new Flip-Over Machine though to make these Monster Pops though!  Both machines are wonderful, but the Flip-Over cake pop maker does create rounder cake pops with more uniform coloring!  But more on that in an upcoming post...)

Monster Pops - cute and simple cake pops perfect for Halloween or a Monster Bash Birthday Party | Simply Designing

After my cake pops were made and cooled, I used Wilton Candy Melts to coat my cake pops in these fun and bold monster-inspired colors!

You can check out my tips and tricks for melting chocolate for dipping here if you want to learn the best ways to successfully melt chocolate!

And then I concocted my own sprinkle combination to dip the tops in for the Monster Hair.

And then I added 1, 2 or 3 Wilton Eyeball candies to make the monsters complete!

These set quickly and were ready to enjoy!  I packed a few up to take to some friends and will be eating the rest of them tonight to help the sugar-rush begin before we take the kids trick-or-treating :)  (oh my what was I thinking!?)  ha!

Monster Pops - cute and simple cake pops perfect for Halloween or a Monster Bash Birthday Party | Simply Designing

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Happy Halloween!

I used this great appliance from Babycakes: the Flip-Over Cake Pop Maker!  But more on that in an upcoming post! :)
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My inspiration for creating these cute Monster Pops came from these super cute marshmallow monsters here.  Thanks for the inspiration Tonya!
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

5 Simple Ways to Carve and Decorate your Pumpkin

Carving and decorating Pumpkins is on many American minds right now and so today I want to show you 5 Simple and Unique Ways to Carve and Decorate your Pumpkins. Check out my Fox59 video as well as my post below! I hope you become inspired to think outside the box this year and create a pumpkin worth oohh-ing and aahh-ing over!

5 simple ways to Carve and Decorate your Pumpkins: VIDEO from Simply Designing #pumpkins #pumpkincarving #halloween #carvingpumpkins
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I was really excited when Fox59 asked me to do a segment on Pumpkin Carving and Decorating this Halloween season!  It was definitely a bit of a challenge to come up with a few fun and unique ideas for the segment that were different then my pumpkin carving segment last year.  But I was up for the challenge and I absolutely LOVE how they turned out and I am super excited to share them with you today too!

And I also want to throw a big huge THANK YOU out to Stuckey Farms, a local farm here in Indiana that provided the pumpkins as well as the super cool Fox59 pumpkin for this segment!

Tips for Carving the Perfect Pumpkin from Simply Designing #pumpkins #pumpkincarving #halloween #carvingpumpkins

Pumpking Carving Tips

  1. Cut the pumpkin from the bottom

    • No trying to match the top of the pumpkin in the exact right spot
    • No more reaching in a pumpkin to try to light the candle! Place the pumpkin over the lit candle instead
    • Prevents the top of the pumpkin from sagging in
    • You can also cut the hole strategically out of the bottom to help a crooked pumpkin sit more upright
  2. Scoop out all of the pumpkin guts using a metal spoon or ice cream scoop

  3. If you pumpkin has really thick skin, use your metal spoon or ice cream scoop to shave the pumpkin sides thinner.

    • Be careful not to get the side too thin though or your pumpkin will start to sink in sooner
Click the photos below for a full tutorial on how to make each pumpkin.

Witch Pumpkin

Carve a Pumpkin Witch using a Dremel and Paint from Simply Designing #pumpkins #pumpkincarving #halloween #carvingpumpkins


Spotted Lacy Pumpkin with a Drill


Ribbon Pumpkin


Glitter Polka Dotted Pumpkin


Fox59 Pumpkin

no tutorial on this one :) but it was done with a Dremel

If you live in Indiana and are looking for a great pumpkin patch, our family has enjoyed going to Stuckey Farms.  On the weekends they have wagon rides out to their pumpkin patch and they always have a great selection of pumpkins!  Our family always loves the time we spend there.  And PS, the owner is such a nice guy and his talented son carved the Fox59 pumpkin for us which I just thought was amazing!  Thank you so much!
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Polka Dot Glitter Pumpkins

Painting your pumpkins is a simple and quick solution to your pumpkin decorating dilemma this year! And painting them with Glitter Blast provides a glittery, sparkly result that is sure to please any little girls out there! Here is my Polka Dot Glitter Pumpkin!

Glittered Polka Dotted Pumpkin | Simply Designing #pumpkins #pumpkindecorating #halloween

Glittered Polka Dotted Pumpkin | Simply Designing #pumpkins #pumpkindecorating #halloween

Glittered Polka Dotted Pumpkin

You Will Need:
Directions:
  1. Places vinyl (stickers or masking tape) on your pumpkin in the desired location
  2. In a well-ventilated area, spray your Glitter Blast all over your pumpkin
  3. Let dry
  4. Add another coat or two until the desired affect is achieved
  5. Let dry
  6. Carefully peel off vinyl

Glittered Polka Dotted Pumpkin | Simply Designing #pumpkins #pumpkindecorating #halloween

Watch video here

Happy Halloween!

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Pumpkin Decorating with Ribbon

Sometimes I don't feel like carving pumpkins. Carved pumpkins are pretty but they are a lot of work! So if carving isn't up your alley or if you're looking for a more simple solution, try decorating your pumpkin this year instead! Here is my Pumpkin that I decorated with Ribbon!

Pumpkin Decorated with Ribbon | Simply Designing #pumpkingdecorating #fall #pumpkins #halloween

Ribbon Pumpkin

You Will Need:
  • Pumpkin
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Lighter (optional)

Directions:
  1. Cut lengths of your ribbon long enough to go from stem to bottom of your pumpkin
  2. Fray-proof your ribbon by singing them with a lighter
  3. Use hot glue to attach ribbon at the top and the bottom of your pumpkin.  As long as you pull your ribbon taut there is no need to glue the length of the ribbon down, just a touch of glue at the top and bottom out to do the trick!

See on video here

Happy Halloween!

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Dotted Lacy Carved Pumpkin with a Drill

It's not too late to carve and decorate your Halloween Pumpkins! Break out the power tools for this carved Dotted Lacy Pumpkin and not only will it be fun to create but it is also super simple!

Dotted Lacy Carved Pumpkin with a Drill

Dotted Lacy Pumpkin using a Drill from Simply Designing #pumpkin #pumpkincarving #halloween

Carving a Pumpkin with a Drill to create a Dotted Pumpkin from Simply Designing #pumpkincarving #pumpkins #halloween

  1. Remove the pumpkin guts from the inside of the pumpkin from the bottom. (see post here)
  2. Place a piece of masking tape around the center of the pumpkin.  This will keep your drill holes perfected centered without a lot of extra work.
  3. Using your desired drill bit, drill your holes in the pumpkin.  I used 1", 3/4" and 1/2" drill bits.
Dotted Lacy Pumpkin using a Drill from Simply Designing #pumpkin #pumpkincarving #halloween

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Witch Pumpkin using a Dremel


Carving pumpkins can be a lot of fun, and also a lot of work! Join me as I show off four super cute and very simple pumpkin carving and decorating ideas this afternoon.

Witch Pumpkin with Dremel


Witch Pumpkin Carved using a Dremel and Painted | Simply Designing #halloween #pumkins #pumkincarving #witch #dremel #ilovepowertools

Witch Pumpkin Carved using a Dremel and Painted | Simply Designing #halloween #pumkins #pumkincarving #witch #dremel #ilovepowertools

  1. Remove the pumpkin insides from the bottom (see my post here)
  2. Draw your desired image (witch) on your pumpkin
  3. Use your dremel to carefully remove the top layer of pumpkin in the areas that you want to glow
  4. Paint the part of the witch that remains black using acrylic craft paint
  5. Let dry
  6. Use your drill to drill a small hole through the pumpkin where the nose should g. 
  7. Insert an unpeeled carrot into the pumpkin until the nose it a good length
  8. Paint the nose black to match
  9. Let dry and enjoy

Witch Pumpkin Carved using a Dremel and Painted | Simply Designing #halloween #pumkins #pumkincarving #witch #dremel #ilovepowertools

Place candle in your pumpkin and watch your pumpkin glow!

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Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Are you my Mummy?


Halloween time always brings lots of ghoulish treats and tricks!  I personally love the treats and cute little Halloween-styled treats that are simple to make and tasty yummy too!  This is reaching back into my archived files on my laptop of projects that didn't get posted last year because I made them too late to post! And I actually made these cute little Mummy Cupcakes to bring to my daughter's class at school for their Fall Party!  So they definitely went to a good cause :)

mummy cupcakes with orange eyes

First you will want to bake your favorite cupcake.  I used a chocolate box mix.



Next, use a dab of icing to attach (2) M&M's to each cupcake for the eyes.


use frosting bag and tip to create mummy strips on cupcake

You will want to place your icing in a Disposable Decorating Bag and use a large icing tip like Wilton's Decorating Petal Icing Tip #104.


lots of mummy cupcakes

The icing does not have to be perfect so these are actually really quick to ice and make a really cute, really simple Halloween cupcake!


mummy cupcake with green eyes


Happy Halloween!

A project like this is always hard to track the "original" source of, so forgive me if I am wrong.  But I believe it is originally from here.
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