Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats, aka Pretzel S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

DSC_7088.1

Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats, aka

Pretzel S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

are a quick and easy treat for Halloween!

DSC_6954.1

They start with Pillsbury Ready To Bake!® Chocolate Chunk & Chip Cookies as a base and are layered with marshmallows, pretzel twists and deadly morsels, aka Nestle Toll House Halloween Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. These bars are ready from start to finish in less than 25 minutes, and like Easy Caramel Apple Bars, the hardest part is waiting for them to cool long enough to cut!

Pretzel S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I found the Halloween Limited Edition morsels at Target, if you can’t find them, substitute regular semi-sweet morsels.

You could always add some Halloween sprinkles if you want to add some seasonal color to dress your twisted treats.

DSC_7064.1

Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats, aka

Pretzel S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, recipe adapted from Pillsbury

Ingredients

16 oz. pkg Pillsbury Ready To Bake!® Chocolate Chunk & Chip Cookies

½ cup miniature marshmallows

 25 to 30 mini pretzel twists (or enough to cover marshmallow layer)

½ cup Nestle Toll House Halloween Semi-Sweet Chocolate and Orange Colored Morsels or semisweet chocolate chips

DSC_7068.1

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over opposite sides of pan. Spray foil with nonstick spray.

Place cookie dough in bottom of pan. Press dough with fingers to flatten and cover bottom of pan in even layer.

DSC_7080.1

Bake 14 – 18 minutes or just until center is set.

Sprinkle marshmallows over partially baked crust. Arrange pretzels over marshmallows in 5 or 6 rows of 5 pretzels each. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.

Return to oven; bake 5 minutes longer or until marshmallows appear melted.

Allow bars to cool in pan before cutting. (Pillsbury’s recipe said to cool 30 minutes but my bars were still too sticky. I had better luck cutting after refrigerating for a couple of hours.)

Lift bars from pan by using foil overhang; place on cutting board. Cut bars to desired size and store in airtight container.

You can find a printable recipe here.

DSC_7095.1-001

Cupcake liners provide an easy and festive way to serve these twisted treats

and keep sinister skeletal hands marshmallow-free <|:>)

DSC_6686-001

You’re welcome to join me at the table here for more

Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats!

Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis MondayThe Scoop,

Inspire Me TuesdayWow Us Wednesdays

Home Sweet HomeFoodie Friday

Follow Me on Pinterest

At the Table: Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats

DSC_6677-001

Halloween’s around the corner which means it’s

that time of year when Treats become Twisted . . .

DSC_6680-002

Witch’s Cauldron Cupcakes

DSC_6675.1

Chocolate cupcakes with frosting in a bubbling cauldron hue

and topped with cauldron potion Halloween sprinkles.

DSC_6671.1

  Twizzlers Chocolate Twists make edible cauldron handles.

DSC_6678-001

It’s also the time when seemingly normal ingredients can appear Spooky. . .

Spooky Lasagna Soup

Spooky Lasagna Soup

Mozzarella and olive slice eyes to stare up from

 your soup bowl with a quick trick & spooky treat!

DSC_8117-001

DSC_6726-001

 Scary Hand Pies are easy to scare up with pie filling,

refrigerated pie crust, and Wilton Candy Eyes.

DSC_0156-001

Scary hand optional <|: >)

 DSC_6693-001

Beware. . . it’s the time of year when

morsels become deadly. . .

DSC_6690-001

Death by Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Death by Chocolate Cupcakes

A triple dose of chocolate deadly

enough for the most die-hard chocoholic.

DSC_6681-001

Bottles were collected for potion ingredients. . .

DSC_6697-001

Pick your poison. . .

DSC_9198-001

And shake up a Skeletini Cocktail.

DSC_9179-002

DSC_6703-001

Ravens have gathered for twisted treats. . .

Brains of Cawing Ravens

aka, White Chocolate Popcorn Crunch

DSC_0052-001

Candy Corn masquerades as Bat Fangs,

Dried Cranberries magically become Lord Neckswoop’s Blood Drops,

and White Chocolate Almond Bark is arsenic-laced

all by conjuring ingredient labels.

DSC_6705-001

Wishing you a Happy Haunting!

DSC_6709-001

Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats Table:

Deadly Morsel Plates & Tiered Centerpiece Basket / Hobby Lobby

Dinner Plates / Pfaltzgraff Delaney

Tablecloth & Goblets / HomeGoods

Witch Hands / Target, several years ago

Flatware & Chargers / World Market

DSC_6686-001

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis Monday,

The Scoop,  Inspire Me TuesdayWow Us WednesdaysTablescape Thursday,

 Home Sweet Home,  Feathered Nest FridayFoodie Friday

Around the Potting Shed: Weighing in On Fall Love

DSC_6558-001

I’m weighing in on a little fall love with pumpkins, mums, and

leaves for garden smiles around the Potting Shed!

DSC_6593-001

My vintage National Family Scale is offering up Indian corn and

the first autumn color from leaves of a Sweetgum tree.

DSC_6570-001

DSC_6524

DSC_6591-001

And a crewel embroidered pumpkin pillow join

 other pumpkins and pillows on a bench.

DSC_6557-001

DSC_6584-001

Raking Season will be here soon, and Indian corn and a

garden fork hang on a rake for a little fall display.

DSC_6571-001

DSC_6581-001

The botanical face of my Garden Smiles plaque is framed with

a bittersweet wreath and topped with some dogwood foliage.

DSC_6583-001

DSC_6587-001

And a recent find and vintage Schwinn Breeze bike

may not be road ready but she’s pumpkin ready.

DSC_6601-001

DSC_6512-001

Pumpkins are nestled in the chimney pot with the

fern fronds for a little seasonal color.

DSC_6589-001

DSC_6577-001

DSC_6600-001

DSC_6517-001

DSC_6525-001

DSC_6214-001

“Autumn truly is what summer pretends to be:  the best of all seasons. It is as glorious as summer is tedious; as subtle as summer is obvious; as refreshing as summer is wearying.
Autumn seems like paradise.” ~Gregg Easterbrook

DSC_6572-001

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis Monday,

The ScoopInspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us Wednesdays,  Home Sweet Home

 Feathered Nest Friday

Follow Me on Pinterest

The Witch Is In: Halloween Cauldron Cupcakes!

Witch's Cauldron Cupcakes

 With Halloween on the horizon,

 it seemed timely to pull out my cauldron and practice my

 spell making with a batch of Chocolate Cauldron Cupcakes!

DSC_6660.1-001

Fitting too since October 18th is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. . .

I’m happy to celebrate any kind of cupcake day!

{insert *cackle* here}

DSC_6653.1

I like to use a doctored cake mix for quick & easy spelling for cupcakes.

I used a Betty Crocker Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix for the cupcakes, substituting buttermilk for the water, 4 eggs instead of 3, and the same amount of oil called for in the mix.

Follow the box directions for mixing and baking, allowing the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

DSC_6659.1-001

Twizzlers Chocolate Twists form the handles of the cauldron cupcakes. Bend and insert them in your cupcake, they’re just the right size, no cutting or spelling required! Make sure not to put them too close to the edge of your cupcakes to prevent the cupcake from breaking.

DSC_6671.1

I tried to insert them after frosting the top, before adding the sprinkles, but I had better more luck placing them prior to frosting to prevent breaking the cupcake. I used the pretzel sticks, aka cauldron stirrers, to help spread the frosting close to the edges of the cupcakes and around the Twizzler/cauldron handles. I found the Chocolate Twizzlers at Target, a short broom ride away.

DSC_6642.1

This witch likes Pillsbury canned frosting, but if the idea of canned frosting makes your black teeth ache, use your favorite frosting recipe. I used a vanilla frosting tinted with green food coloring for a bubbling cauldron hue.

Little witches will enjoy custom blending their cauldron cupcakes with sprinkles and nonpareils for a fun Halloween activity and treat!

DSC_6675.1

I hope these cauldron cupcakes make you

Happier than a Witch in a Broom Factory <|: >)

Halloween Witch's Cauldron Cupcakes

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis MondayThe Scoop,

Inspire Me TuesdayWow Us Wednesdays

Home Sweet HomeFoodie Friday

Follow Me on Pinterest

A Quick Beach Getaway

Pawley's Island, SC

We were fortunate to be invited to the beach with friends

for a weekend getaway to Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.

DSC_6266-001

A beautiful October weekend with temperatures in the 70s – 80s

 for a little fun in the sun and a few walks on the beach.

DSC_6291-001

Here’s a little South Carolina coastal scenery for your weekend.

Hope you enjoy!

DSC_6265-001

DSC_6272-001

DSC_6287-001

DSC_6296-001

DSC_6300-001

DSC_6277-001

DSC_6278-001

DSC_6284-001

DSC_6301-001

DSC_6271-001

DSC_6270-001

DSC_6292-001

Thank you for your visit!

Follow Me on Pinterest

Butternut-Apple Soup with Cranberry-Cheddar-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves

Butternut-Apple Soup with Cranberry-Cheddar-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves

Butternut-Apple Soup is a sweet and savory soup,

 ideal for fall with butternut squash and apples in season!

DSC_5870-001

 I’m serving it up with a side of with

 Cranberry-Cheddar-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves,

 pie crust leaf “sandwiches” of pecans, cranberries, and cheese!

Butternut-Apple Soup with Cranberry-Cheddar-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves

The pie crust leaves are a variation of Cranberry-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves,

with the addition of cheddar cheese to complement the

 flavor of apple in the soup!

DSC_5756-001

I adapted a recipe for Carrot-Apple Soup in

Southern Living Magazine’s September issue.

In addition to substituting butternut squash for carrot, I made an additional change, using evaporated milk instead of cream called for in the recipe for a lower fat alternative. The butternut and apples are pureed, resulting in a thick and creamy soup with the addition of evaporated milk, without the additional calories or fat.

DSC_5863-001

You can find the steps and directions to make the

Cranberry-Cheddar-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves, here.

Cheddar-Pecan-Cranberry Pie Crust Leaves

I added 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

along with 1/2 cup each of pecans and dried cranberries.

DSC_5876-001

Butternut-Apple Soup, adapted from Southern Living

Ingredients

2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cubed

3 tart apples (such as Granny Smith), peeled and chopped (about 1 lb.)

1 large yellow onion

*2 cups cream (substitute 12-oz. can evaporated whole milk and 4 oz. chicken stock for lower fat alternative)

2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock, plus additional stock to thin soup if desired

1 1/4 cups apple cider

3 fresh thyme sprigs

*1 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste

*1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, adjust to taste

Garnishes: diced apples, chopped toasted pecans, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, and/ or crispy prosciutto

DSC_5794-001

Directions

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 40 to 45 minutes or until butternut squash is tender. Remove from heat, and cool 15 minutes.

DSC_5792-001

Remove thyme sprigs. Process soup, in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth. For less clean up and no risk of exploding soup, use an immersion blender in Dutch oven, blending until smooth. For a thinner soup, stir in more stock to desired consistency. Spoon into individual bowls, and garnish as desired.

DSC_5873-001

This soup is even better reheated the second day.

Serve with Cranberry-Cheddar-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves.

DSC_5795-002

You can find a printable recipe, here.

And you’re welcome to join me at the table with

Pumpkins, Leaves and Mikasa Autumn Nights here.

Butternut-Apple Soup & Cranberry-Cheddar-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis MondayThe Scoop,

Inspire Me TuesdayWow Us Wednesdays

Home Sweet HomeFoodie Friday

Follow Me on Pinterest

At the Table: Pumpkins and Pfaltzgraff Delaney Dinnerware

DSC_6326-001

I’m at the table with a celebration of pumpkins and

Pfaltzgraff Delaney Dinnerware!

DSC_6416-001

 Pfaltzgraff Delaney Dinnerware provides a classic blank canvas for the table,

with ivory embossed bordered plates, ideal for any season or occasion.

DSC_6404-001

A burlap tablecloth provides a neutral foundation for the table,

topped with a linen runner, and a crewel embroidered pumpkin

providing a seasonal pop of color.

DSC_6360-001

 An urn provides a pedestal to elevate a Fairytale pumpkin,

along with a medley of smaller pumpkins and gourds for an easy

and casual centerpiece for the table.

DSC_6337-001

It’s rimmed with a ring of maple leaves, provided by Mother Nature,

and the first leaves to turn with their crimson display of color here.

DSC_6359-001

DSC_6362-001

Crafted of earthenware, Delaney 12 ounce mugs and creamer and sugar

are ready to serve your Pumpkin Spice Latte!

DSC_6356-001

And Pfaltzgraff Linden flatware provides a little understated elegance with its

 polished finish and details, in contrast to the nubby texture of the burlap.

DSC_6361

DSC_6339-001

Mikasa French Countryside goblets echo the ribs on the pumpkins with

 their graceful bell shape, complementing the Delaney mugs and dinnerware.

DSC_6412-001

DSC_6367-001

DSC_6402-001

Delaney footed bowls, a handy 28 ounce size and a 1 3/4 quart vegetable bowl,

are serving up a tiger striped pumpkin.

DSC_6383-001

Delaney Table Details:

*Dinnerware / Pfaltzgraff Delaney

*Flatware / Pfaltzgraff Linden

*Stemware / Mikasa French Countryside

Chargers / World Market, several years ago

Burlap Tablecloth/ Couleur Nature, Amazon

Pumpkin Embroidered Runner, Bella Lux / HomeGoods

 Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago

 Napkins / Kohl’s, several years ago

Urn/ retail days

DSC_6369-001

Enjoy 20% off one Delaney item through November 9th with the link below:

http://www.pfaltzgraff.com/source?src=MARYMBLOGPFDE201

DSC_6411-001

*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Pfaltzgraff Delaney Dinnerware

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis Monday,

The Scoop,  Inspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us WednesdaysTablescape Thursday,

 Home Sweet Home,  Feathered Nest Friday

Tricks for Your Treats: Tootsie Roll Witch Shoe Cupcake Toppers

Tootsie Roll Witch Shoe Cupcake Toppers

Here’s a little witchy fun and trick for your Halloween treats,

 Tootsie Rolls Witch Shoe Cupcake Toppers!

DSC_6435-001

I used Tootsie Fruit Rolls, orange and lime, to match the

cupcake liners and coordinate with the stocking leg straws.

DSC_6427-001

Every witch has to have her accessories. . .

DSC_5506.1

 It’s all about the shoes!

DSC_6430-001

The Tootsie Rolls work like a sticky play Play-Doh, also fun for sculpting poinsettias!

I had a bit of learning curve with the shoes since witches need to be airborne. Contrary to popular belief, witch shoes do not defy the laws of gravity :)

I discovered it works best with 1/2 to 2/3 of a Tootsie Roll, rather than a whole Tootsie Roll. Cut your straw and warm the Tootsie Roll in your hands first, placing it on the end of the straw before shaping it.

DSC_6463-001

Lay your straw on wax paper with the Tootsie Roll on the end and flatten and pinch to shape the end of your witch shoe.

Use a knife to cut a small v-shaped notch out of the Tootsie Roll to form the heel and shape as desired. You can even use a contrasting color to make a witchy shoe buckle.

DSC_6457-001

I’m thinking they look a little more like elf shoes than witch shoes :)

I found the orange and black straws at World Market and black and white straws at Target.

You can find Halloween straws from Amazon here.

Tootsie Roll Witch Shoes Cupcake Toppers

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis MondayThe Scoop,

Inspire Me TuesdayWow Us Wednesdays

Home Sweet HomeFoodie Friday

Follow Me on Pinterest

Drivers Start Your Engines

Charlotte AutoFair

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500

is this Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

DSC_5221-001

All these empty colorful seats will be filled with

some equally colorful NASCAR fans this Saturday :)

DSC_5251-001

I tagged along with my hubby to the Charlotte AutoFair

at the Charlotte Motor Speedway a couple of weeks ago.

DSC_5349-001

DSC_5279-001

While my hubby is a car enthusiast, I’m only vaguely aware of make and model,

but I’m a photography enthusiast and there was lots to see!

DSC_5216-001

Collector car buyers, restorers, enthusiasts and car clubs

come in the spring and fall to the AutoFair.

DSC_5271-001

And there’s lots of car love to be found.

DSC_5348-001

DSC_5331-001

Lots of nostalgia and trips down memory lane. . .

DSC_5264-001

For some models, fuzzy dice are a required car accessory :)

DSC_5277-001

And sights you don’t see just everywhere.

DSC_5258-001

And under the hood is as shiny and bright as the polished exteriors.

autofair

DSC_5339-001

DSC_5241-001

DSC_5245-001

DSC_5282-001

DSC_5281-001

DSC_5370-003

Fun to spy a vintage Redmon picnic basket

in the back of a De Soto too!

DSC_5217-001

DSC_5223-001

Are you a car enthusiast or NASCAR fan?

Charlotte AutoFair Fall

Thank you for your visit!

Follow Me on Pinterest

A Bicycle Built For Pumpkins

DSC_6105-001

I picked up an old bicycle at a favorite antique mall

for the bargain price of three pumpkins. . .

DSC_6111-001

I brought her home to take a spin around my Potting Shed.

The person selling it, informed me she wasn’t road-ready. . .

DSC_6117-001

That’s okay by me since she’s pumpkin and vine-ready!

DSC_6180-001

Her tires are worn. . .

DSC_6107-001

But plenty sturdy for bittersweet vine. . .

DSC_6179-001

And while her spokes can’t handle road

 racing, they can handle Indian Corn.

DSC_6118-001

DSC_6199-001

Her seat and petal, ideal prop a pumpkin. . .

DSC_6183-001

And basket is sturdy for planting pumpkins and gourds.

DSC_6081-001

DSC_6226-001

DSC_6187-001

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis Monday,

The ScoopInspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us Wednesdays,  Home Sweet Home

 Feathered Nest Friday

Follow Me on Pinterest

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,374 other followers