Well, I super duper have a lot to say. It’s been.. a week. Isn’t it always?
I will have a longer, more personal post tomorrow morning. Right now I really want this post to speak for itself. Can you say adorable? I know you can, but can you please associate it with the wonder of Pumpkin Patch Treats! What else to say except that my kids think this is even better than sliced bread, and they love sliced bread. And I have been meaning to write about these treats but October is passing through like liquid and I absolutely have to share now that there’s still time. Make them for pumpkin picking day! Make them for Halloween! Or make them just for the weekend. You have earned it! Don’t pass go!
Pumpkin Patch Treats
1 pkg. Hostess Suzy Q’s
1 pkg. Chocolate Graham Crackers
One Container Vanilla Frosting
One Container Chocolate Frosting
1 pkg. Candy Pumpkins
8 Wood Craft Sticks
8 Round Wood Pieces (sold at craft stores)
Green Candy Shreds
- Crush one package of the graham crackers.
- Spread the chocolate frosting onto the Suzy Q cakes, and sprinkle a layer of the crushed grahams on top.
- Color the vanilla frosting green and put it in a plastic baggie. Place a few pumpkins on each cake and make some curly leaves/stems from the pumpkin to the dirt with the green frosting.
- Write the word pumpkins on each round wood piece and glue each one to a craft stick using a hot glue gun.
- Stick a sign into each cake.
- Sprinkle a little bit of the green candy shreds in a few spots to look like grass.
I think it’s time I just quoted.. myself.. from a Facebook status earlier this week:
“There are photos of 1 niece and 3 nephews in my camera, I felt my second niece kick, and I listened to Tom Petty radio for 8 hours and survived. Let’s call it a win and continue to try to make the world a better place this week and always.”
Amen. To myself. There are so many stories and thoughts swirling around right now. I could write about the “Empty Spaces” of really noticing the absence of so many people I’ve had in my life, and lost. I could write about my sister’s baby shower (sprinkle) and feeling my niece kick, and then meeting my new baby nephew. Or I could write about all of the photos in my camera, but that might just stress me out because I’ll think of all of the clients patiently waiting for their gorgeous photos.
I could write about how we are decorating for Halloween:
Or that I feel the most like this deflated/defeated version of our all-powerful ghost. Isn’t this hilarious?
Basically, I’ll write about all of that in time. I feel like I’m only halfway in right now. I show up to things and I’m fighting my annual cold, and maybe losing. My hair is terrible so I’m wearing a cute hat. I’m working three jobs and afraid to work them all terribly. We don’t have a bed or bedroom or bathroom right now and the renovations are on temporary hold because of hurricanes and lumber, so I feel kinda fuzzy. Overall, my morale is actually good, and I think I need it to be because it’s been a bit challenging lately, hasn’t it? Keep believing in the good stuff, and I will too. I just have to un-fuzz myself first.
I have to rejoin civilization, cute hat or not. Defeated or undefeated, deflated or inflated.
Oh! And for the spoiler, let’s just say this recipe has to do with my costume. Yes, I’m being a giant pretzel. (kidding)
This is one of the kids’ favorite recipes. It’s so simple but it doesn’t always look pretty when they “help.” That doesn’t stop me from letting them, though. Who doesn’t love rainbows and white chocolate and pretzels? I’m all in with this one here:
Rainbow Pretzel Sticks
1 pkg. Pretzel Rods
1 Pkg. each Wilton Chocolate Melts—white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink
Gold Star Sprinkles
- Melt the white chocolate per package directions and dip the pretzel, leaving about 2 inches plain to hold it. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Place a few gold stars on the white chocolate where it meets the plain pretzel that you didn’t coat.
- Melt each of the other colors of chocolate per package directions in individual bowls.
- Start by drizzling the red at the top of the pretzel, and across it, zig zagging back and forth. Come down about an inch or so. (To drizzle, you can either use a spoon or fill a plastic baggie and cut a tiny tip off a corner)
- Next drizzle the orange, then the yellow, green, blue, and finally the pink.
- The pink drizzle should end right at the stars so it looks like the gold at the end of the rainbow.
- Let dry, and then it’s ready to eat!