Beach Balls & Flip Flop Cookies

I have news today!!

These beach balls and flip flop cookies are a super cute and easy summer treat! They are great to make for going to the lake, pool, or family get together!!

Guys, there’s so much to say that I don’t even know where to begin!

How about, I’m going to Disneyland! I’m not really so that would be false advertising, but heck, I really want to get there for all the Pixar Cars stuff. What a dream! Since this post just went off in a weird direction, I’ll take us back to the task at hand. I’m going.. to the beach. Oh yes. Next week is our annual trip to Cape Cod. The years pass by way too fast, because I always still think I’m eight or something – and that vacations are like apples on trees – cheap and easy to pluck before delving into sweet juiciness. And yet, it’s only for a few days and we both worry about work, or taking too much time off, and I wish it could be as endless as in my dreams. I don’t need summer to be six months long, but I’d like it to feel that way.

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One year we tried to cheat summer and we went to Cape Cod twice. Cassidy wasn’t around the second time, so somehow I drove the 4-5 hours alone with a four-year-old and a one-year-old. It rained nearly the whole time and was only 65 or so, and that’s the only time I ever remember weather less than perfect on the Cape. Except for that humid heat wave in 2008. And no one around there has air-conditioning! Other than that, this visit was cold and rainy for most of it, but we still had a banner time finding playgrounds, secret paths, libraries, and ice cream stands. So the key is to go twice in one summer.

You’ll feel pretty great about that.

Not that I’m doing that. Remember last summer when I went to Alaska? Of course you do! Since that was a top five life dream, I decided to do another top five life dream this August. And P.S. Tom Petty is playing in Boston right before our Cape Cod trip so I could conceivably knock that off my bucket list too. That said, when I was 13, I used to wish for the same exact thing on every shooting star and birthday candle. What did I wish for each time? I wished to meet Tim Curry.

It never happened. I saw Spam-a-Lot on Broadway in my 20’s and we waited outside for an hour or two after the play, but he never came out. Jeff Goldblum came out but he was super rude. I hate to disappoint you, but he was super disappointing. It’s taking all I can not to use colorful language, so bear with me. He was no Tim Curry, or so I’ve always thought!

You can’t see it, but my childhood bedroom was plastered with Rocky Horror/Tim Curry paraphernalia.

I always do love a long game. I always do believe that dreams do come true, and sometimes when you least expect it. Boston Comic Con in August will be Marvel, Rocky Horror, Doctor Who galore. There’s a Tim Curry photo op for $100, The Tim Curry Experience for $200, and The Ultimate Tim Curry Experience for $300. That means extended time to say whatever you want to him in an extended moment, a professional photo op, and to have it autographed too.

Obviously I went for the $300 one because I’m insane and I’m “Go Big or Go Home.” Also, Cassidy talked me into it. So the KIDS will be going to Cape Cod twice – once with us, and once for three nights without us because Cassidy and I are having the ultimate Boston Comic Con date together. I even booked a hotel room, baby. I simply can’t wait to talk about it more.

We’ll get there! Until then, go big or go home or go beachy with my awesome recipe:

Beach Balls & Flip Flop Cookies

Beach Balls & Flip Flop Cookies

Ingredients

  1. 1 pkg. Nutter Butter Cookies
  2. 1 pkg. Mini Vanilla Wafers
  3. Twizzlers Pull & Peel Licorice
  4. Sour Gummy Worms
  5. 4 Wilton Drizzle Pouches, multi-colors
  6. Wilton Chocolate Candy discs—blue, red, white
  7. Sprinkles
  8. Yellow Food Color

Instructions

  • 1. Heat the drizzle pouches according to package directions and spread on the Nutter Butter cookies.
  • 2. Cut pieces of licorice about 3 inches long. Cut the gummy worms lengthwise in half, leaving the end connected.
  • 3. Pull back the gummy worms and lay on the cookie to look like the plastic flip flop straps. Fold the licorice in half and pinch the fold, and lay it on the cookie to look like straps.
  • 4. For the beach balls, melt the blue, red, and white candy melts. Spread the chocolate on the cookie in little rectangle shapes to resemble a beach ball.
  • 5. Let the chocolate set and dry.
  • 6. Have fun!
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Enjoy!