Lightning McQueen OREO Treats

Have a Disney Pixar Cars fan in your house? With Cars 3 coming out, we're celebrating my son with a Cars birthday party. This #recipe is a hit with everyone

This week has been full of weird grownup moments.

For example, I bought my first refrigerator with all my own money! How cool is that? Much cooler than the fact that it broke, and we only knew it because our beloved ice cream and popsicles couldn’t retain their form. Then there was ordering Des’ birthday cake on a break from editing photos, only to run into the client the photos are for – right there at the bakery!

The chances are small, don’t you think?

Then there’s five more days of having a four-year-old, perhaps ever. Time to do it up right!

Lightning McQueen

Then there’s getting the groceries and gathering up the emotional stamina for the kindergarten potluck picnic today. I don’t need them all to know how insane I am, the way they surely did by this time when it was Scarlet’s turn. There’s making last minute decisions to enroll Des in a drop-in morning at school today, before his grandmother comes to play. There’s only three more weeks to have this luxury, and then it will be public school for two kids. I might miss preschool tuitions?

Then there’s getting ready for a birthday party! We’re throwing Des a Cars 3 party and this recipe will be a hit:

Lightning McQueen

Fun Tamara Fact. I think chocolate-covered or chocolate-dipped OREO cookies are an immeasurable upgrade.

Lightning McQueen OREO Treats:

Yields: 1 dozen (8 Lightning McQueen and 4 Lightning Bolts)


Cookie mold
12 regular OREO cookies
12 oz bag Wilton red candy melts
2 large white Airhead candies
2 large blue Airhead candies
20-22 yellow taffy pieces
Wilton black decorator icing


1 – In a double boiler pan (or Wilton candy warmer), heat the red candy melts under medium heat. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth.

2 – Place 2 tablespoons of the melted red candy into each of the cookie molds and place a cookie on top of the melted red chocolate.

3 – Cover up each Oreo cookie with additional melted red chocolate, up to the top of each mold.

4 – Chill for 45 minutes to allow the red chocolate to completely harden.

5 – Unwrap the white Airhead candies. With a kitchen scissors, cut each piece in half. Then, cut all of the pieces in half, lengthwise. You should have 8 pieces (4 from each candy). Set these aside right now.

6 – For the eyes, cut out 8 small circles from each blue Airheads piece for a total of 16 circles. Set aside.

9 – Unwrap the yellow taffy candies and place on a hard surface . Using a rolling pin, press down firmly on each taffy piece to flatten.

10 – Cut out 16 small lightning bolts and 4 large lightning bolts from the flattened taffy. You may find it easier to use a small scissors instead of a knife but either way works. Lay the lightning bolts on a tray lined with wax or parchment paper and chill for 15 minutes to harden the taffy.

11 – Remove the chilled Oreos from the refrigerator and gently pop them out of their molds. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.

12 – For the windshield, apply icing to the back of each white airhead piece and place across 8 of the Oreos. You may have to cut the ends a bit to fit the length of each cookie.

13 – For the eyes, dab a small amount of icing on the back of two blue airhead circles and place on each windshield. Pipe black icing in the middle of each eye for the pupils.

14 – Apply icing to the back of the small lightning bolts and attach to each side of the 8 Lightning McQueen cookies.

15 – Pipe a smile with the black icing gel towards the bottom of each cookie.

16 – Apply icing to the back of the 4 large lightning bolts and place on top of the 4 remaining Oreos.

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Wilton Black Gel Tube, 0.75 Oz.

Have a Disney Pixar Cars fan in your house? With Cars 3 coming out, we're celebrating my son with a Cars birthday party. This #recipe is a hit with everyone


Cars 3 Geek-Out

I woke up today, looked at the gloomy morning, and figured out if I should write about Cars 3 or Taco Tuesday!?

We attended the Cars 3 event in #Boston over the weekend, and met Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm, and Cruz Ramirez. We can't wait for the #movie premiere!

Obviously Cars 3 won, but have no fear – Taco Tuesday can be next week? There’s always going to be time for tacos. Cars 3? Well, we shall see. If you’ve been following along even halfway, you may have noticed that Des is in love with Pixar’s Cars franchise. It happened in early 2016, and no lie, it was maybe a month after we stayed at the Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney World. We had booked a Little Mermaid room, but stayed in a Finding Nemo suite as a surprise to the kids. There are four sections of the resort – these two and Lion King and Cars. Well, we stayed there for five nights and didn’t even VISIT the Cars section! We didn’t know! I was kicking myself.

So this year we remedied that and it was glorious.

Disney Pixar(Des looking at the Radiator Springs sign like, “I have found my people!”)

Cars 3

I need you to know that I have followed along with this obsession INSANELY. I spend way too much money on way too many toys, in a house already overflowing with toys. We booked a Cars 3 movie theater birthday party for Des because the movie comes out a few days after his fifth birthday. We stayed at the resort twice on my dollar! And get this – I had NEVER seen the movie until last night! That’s right. Last night. It’s fantastic, by the way. Laugh and cry and feel good. You know Pixar. They clearly know us. “You don’t know me, Pixar! Wait, yes you do. Sob.”

Even Scarlet is in on the act! Cassidy must want to stuff his ears with cotton.

Months ago when I had heard that there was going to be a Cars 3 event in Boston, I knew we had to go. I figured, though, that it was one of those many dreams I have that races out of the cannon until it loses steam and momentum. Then it never picks itself up off the ground. I do that a lot because I’m prone to changes in mood, with changes in weather, exhaustion, patience, tolerance for hearing “Mama” “Mama” “Mama” 17 times in a row, and acceptance of Boston traffic and four hours in a car with two kids, etc. The thing is, though: WE SO DID IT.

I thought it would be quiet and no one would know about it because they’re not big geeks like me. I WAS WRONG!


We waited on line for over an hour to get in, but the kids were calm. Des wanted me to carry him like a baby, but Scarlet kept him in line. She also packed snacks/water and thought we were irresponsible for forgetting them..


Cars 3


And in true Disney fashion, they entertained us while we waited in line!

..Still looking at the ice cream truck instead..

Cars 3

We attended the Cars 3 event in #Boston over the weekend, and met Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm, and Cruz Ramirez. We can't wait for the #movie premiere!

Finally, we were in! The event was free even though I had my hand reaching for my wallet because I’d totally throw more money at Pixar. You could watch a trailer for Cars 3 inside a truck. You could play games and win prizes! Scarlet won toothpaste (BOO!) and Des won a sheet of Cars 3 tattoos (YAY!). There were free smoothie samples, coupons, recipes, and artwork. The big deal for us – worth the long wait – was “meeting” Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and Jackson Storm. We told Des they were sleeping and that’s why they weren’t talking to us or racing. Also, Scarlet believed that too and that this was REAL LIFE. WIN for ages 4 and 7!

We look like happy, happy dorks.

We attended the Cars 3 event in #Boston over the weekend, and met Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm, and Cruz Ramirez. We can't wait for the #movie premiere!

We weren’t in there long, but the kids were elated. After that we went for ice cream with my friend, Bev, and her family, hit LEGOLand Boston for the store (throwing more $$ away), and went to an urban playground.

It confounded my country kids just a bit, but they caught on fast.

Thanks for bearing with my geekery and my iPhone pics. You KNOW I’m all about camera pictures, but I was contending with enough! Then we drove home to the smooth sounds of Sia Radio Pandora. Until next time, Boston!

Do any of your kids’ passions make you geek out too?