Belle Oreo Cookies and Weekend Update

So what comes first – the chicken or the egg? The recipe or the weekend update?

Today, we have some of this:


And some of this!

Family Activities

Maybe you’re here for both? I’m TOTALLY here for both. I try, probably too hard, to appeal to everyone and to make everyone like me. I realize how unrealistic that is, but it’s super funny that someone too sensitive for criticism has become a mother, a photographer, and a blogger. The joke’s on me! The funny thing also, is that I just came here to share a recipe, but then decided I’d come here to share a weekend update (after my third fantastic, Monday-morning-missing-it weekend in a row), and I just started talking. Some things will never change. Some things shall never change. And Happy Monday morning to you.

Scarlet took this, right before the Dalek in the background came for me.

Let’s talk weekend, ok? Yes! On Friday night, I took Scarlet to see Beauty and the Beast with her best friend’s family. It was so crowded that we sat in the third row, and I could swear I was going to get motion sick from all the sweeping and swirling views, but I was fine! To be fair, I don’t get motion sick – or never have, unless it’s the wrong car at the wrong time in the wrong mood, OR, if it’s simulation stuff. Orlando is full of that stuff on rides. It makes my ears and head feel kinda funny.

The movie, though? I gasped and loved my way through it. It’s magic and insight. I recommend it!

We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

On Friday, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day the way we do in the US! Which means I have no idea if it bears even a slight resemblance to how it’s done in Ireland. Cassidy and I turned the toilet water green and hid chocolate coins, chocolate shamrocks, and green M&Ms in fun places throughout the house. By now the kids have discovered all of them – in their shoes, in coat pockets, on sinks, in the cups in the cupboard, under chairs, in their backpacks, and even in Des’ underwear!

family activities

On Saturday morning, we went to a sugar shack just in the next town. For those of you not in New England or Canada – or wherever else they pop up – a sugar shack is where sap is boiled down to maple syrup. In March, during sugaring season, some sugar shacks open up as breakfast restaurants just for 4-6 weeks or so. It’s all about the syrup, but there’s more on the menu than just pancakes. I’m pretty sure I’m taking them to a buffet-style sugar shack next weekend. Won’t you join us?

sugar shack

Des wants you to know he got new light-up shoes over the weekend:

light up shoes

On Saturday afternoon, I took both kids to Scarlet’s best friend’s bowling birthday party and was able to sneak out and meet Cassidy for errands. Scarlet can finally bowl without the ball slide. AND she got a strike! She had a sleepover on Saturday night and when I came back from dropping her off, I found out that Athena had cut her leg on a fence. She was so sad and when she cried out in pain, it made Des cry. Cassidy and I made the fast decision to call the vet’s answering service and then take her to a 24/7 vet hospital. They sedated and stitched her, and she was back home by 10pm. I was so sad I couldn’t eat.

She’s feeling better now and her bandage is off.

Sunday was the big day. We got an all-day sitter, who even took the kids to Friendly’s! Cassidy and I went on a day date to Boston to attend a reception featuring the works of illustrator Ed Sorel. They are being featured at the Boston University Archival Center. Jules Feiffer gave a beautiful speech, without using notes. If you don’t know these names, Google them! Chances are that you have seen their beautiful works. Ed Sorel is Cassidy’s mom’s cousin. Seeing family warmed the heart.

Ed Sorel, Jules Feiffer

Since we had an all-day sitter, we dressed up and left early. We shopped and had lunch at Beat Brasserie – easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. And the service was fantastic too.

And that brings me to my next point:


We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

This is a recipe, a craft and a family activity all in one. You really can’t beat that! As usual, it looks harder than it is, and if you want your kids to help, they’ll have a ball eating all the icing. Ok, maybe just my kids. I provided a list of Amazon resources below – they are not affiliate links. They are just there to help! Let me know how yours turn out! Take pictures!

Eat icing too! Everyone wins.

Belle OREO Cookies

Belle OREO Cookies


  1. Cookie mold (found on Amazon by Cybrtrayd)
  2. 12 regular Oreo cookies
  3. 12 oz. Wilton yellow candy melts
  4. 12 Wilton sugared red roses
  5. Wilton white icing gel
  6. White sugar pearls


  • 1. Warm the yellow candy melts in a double boiler over medium heat
  • 2. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth
  • 3. Transfer to a small microwave-safe bowl for easier handling
  • 4. Place 2 tablespoons of the melted yellow candy into each of the molds (12 total)
  • 5. Place an Oreo cookie on top of the melted yellow chocolate
  • 6. Spoon additional melted chocolate on top of each Oreo, up to the fill line
  • 7. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to completely harden
  • 8. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper
  • 9. Gently pop the Oreos out of their molds and place on the lined cookie sheet
  • 10. With the white icing gel tube, pipe the icing in a scalloped pattern around the diameter of each Oreo
  • 11. Place a sugared pearl where each scalloped line meets
  • 12. Apply icing to the middle of each Oreo and place a sugared rose on top
  • 13. ENJOY!
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We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY
Amazon Resources:

Cybrtrayd AO138 Plain Cookie Chocolate Candy Mold with Exclusive Cybrtrayd Copyrighted Chocolate Molding Instructions

Wilton Yellow Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton 710-1491 8-Pack Rose Icing Decorations, Medium, Red

Wilton White Gel Tube

Wilton Sugar Pearls, White, 5 Oz




We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

Beauty and the Beast Cogsworth Treats

Do you have kids? Are you planning a party? This #recipe for Cogsworth Treats from #BeautyandtheBeast is the perfect #party recipe! And it's easy to do too!

I was just thinking – remember in college when Thursday night was a bona fide party night?

Does that still exist? Please tell me it still exists. Of course I never partied, because I had first period classes on Fridays of my senior year – when Senioritis usually sets in. Since I didn’t drink at all then (or still), there were no hangovers at least. Besides that, I didn’t declare my major until the summer before my senior year, and you don’t call six journalism classes in one week “Senioritis”! As if Senioritis also entails Dean’s List, Phi Beta Kappa, studying on weekends, and choosing boys over drinking.

Hey, we all have vices. These days, I stick to treats.

Do you have kids? Are you planning a party? This #recipe for Cogsworth Treats from #BeautyandtheBeast is the perfect #party recipe! And it's easy to do too!

Des started the school year with three days of preschool and one day at his beloved daycare. Over time, the distance from Wednesday preschool until the next day he had it – Monday – stretched too far and too wide. He had Preschool Angst. So we added Fridays to his schedule, but then his other things suffered. He was too burnt out to do four days of preschool AND a day of daycare, and he was also growing weary of going to his grandparents’ house every other Thursday. So Thursdays are now our free-for-alls. We go on adventures together. I figure I’ll only get to do this so much until full-time kindergarten begins.

I’m in denial that he no longer looks like this:

So that’s what brings me to party Thursdays. When you’re a blogger like me, somehow, generally you have the bulk of your work between Monday – Wednesday. I do sponsored posts on Fridays, brand-willing, or that’s a day I write for myself. Lately, I’ve needed to write for myself more than once a week. I’m up to 1-4 times a week! I hope you like it. I needed to mix it up, quite like Des did too. Thursdays are party days, I hereby decree, and party days need party treats, I also hereby decree.

Do you have kids? Are you planning a party? This #recipe for Cogsworth Treats from #BeautyandtheBeast is the perfect #party recipe! And it's easy to do too!

My Beauty and the Beast movie tickets have been purchased for tomorrow night with Scarlet and her best friend’s family, and I’m pretty psyched to sit down and let the visuals dance in front of me. I always did love Cogsworth, which is why I love this treat. I know it looks pretty intense, but I assure you that you can make them too! So hereby declare your party day, and go make some treats! Or see a movie! Or dance with your underwear on your head, like Des does. Mix things up, party style!

Do you have kids? Are you planning a party? This #recipe for Cogsworth Treats from #BeautyandtheBeast is the perfect #party recipe! And it's easy to do too!

Beauty and the Beast Cogsworth Treats

Beauty and the Beast Cogsworth Treats


  1. Banana Marshmallow Pies
  2. Tootsie Rolls
  3. Yellow Jelly Beans
  4. Wilton Drizzle Pouches, Bright White and Lite Cocoa
  5. Edible Decorating Pens


  • 1. Lay 6 tootsie rolls in a row and microwave for about 12 seconds and press together and flatten out on a parchment lined baking sheet
  • 2. Cut two strips to fit around the marshmallow pie
  • 3. Lightly press them on
  • 4. Heat 2 more tootsie rolls for about 3-5 seconds and mold each into a little wave like shape. (This will become the “mantle”)
  • 5. Take the 2 pieces of mantle and place them on the top of the pie
  • 6. Add a drop of water to the tootsie roll so it’ll stick
  • 7. Then, take 3 yellow jelly beans and place one in-between the middle of the mantle pieces and the other 2 inside each mantle
  • 8. Using white drizzle pouch, attach a yellow jelly bean to the center of pie
  • 9. Cut a few thin slivers from the rolled out tootsie rolls and shape into clock hands and press onto pie
  • 10. Make 2 little white eyes with the white drizzle and a smiley mouth with the brown drizzle (Could also draw an open mouth and color in a tongue with a red edible marker)
  • 11. With the edible marker, color little black dots on the white eyes for his eyeballs (Can use a blue edible marker as well)
  • 12. Super cute and easy to make!
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And for those of you who are visually inclined, like me, I have some photos to help with that! I hope they’re in order: