Monster Eyeball Cupcakes – Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop

Fall is officially here and at my house we are getting in the Halloween spirit already.

My youngest has an obsession with scary and goury things so when i got the letter for the fall dance at his school,  I knew i had to make a scary treat for the kids.

Every year I like to make something,  and not tooting my own horn (ok.. maybe I am just a little), but my treats always sell out the fastest.

Last year I made little monster cupcakes with edible candy eyes and they actually looked like little alien monsters.  The year before that was Jack Skellington sugar cookies which was fitting because that was my oldest’s Halloween costume that year. The year before that were pumpkin cupcakes…

This is a seriously simple treat,  and doesn’t require much artistic ability,  but I figured I’d share anyway in case you wanted to make these adorable little monster eyeball Cupcakes!

So,  let me start off by saying yes.. the pictures are ehh, and I probably could’ve taken more step photography but honestly,  I was rushing and just trying to get done.  I had gone to the gym at 6am, then worked a 9 hour day, and just gotten home at the time,  plus has dinner going in the oven simultaneously. I love to multitask,  it’s one of my talents and I can be a bit hyperactive😀.

Here’s all you need;

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I went with classic white cake because hey, eyeballs are white after all.. I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t find the green jelly candy rings because that was my initial plan,  but these peach ones came out just fine and they taste super yummy! Did i mention they’re only $1 at the grocery store?

I picked through the m&m bag for only red since I was making scary monster eyes,  but brown or any other color would work just as well.

I like them a little bigger for the kids treats for school functions, so i went auth my large baking cups from”if you care” and the color worked well since its a light natural beige and they’re safer for kids because they are free of all chemicals and chlorine.

For the next few steps,  that’s where I slacked off. Maybe I was too excited to start decorating but you get the jist. Simple. Creative.  Cute. Most important,  really yummy!

*Note,  I use olive oil in place of vegetable oil because it makes the cupcakes fluffier.

Enter to WIN 3 packs of IF YOU CARE cupcake holders ($12 Value!)!

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Linky hop giveaway hosted by;

The Kids Did It
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Happy Fall!

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Fudgy Oreo Brownies

I have a meeting at work and wanted to bring something to munch on and well, make sure it runs smoothly since I’m a facilitator. Nobody has a bad time when their face is full of fudgy brownies… But I wanted to make sure. I decided to add Oreos to this batch because I love oreos and they bake well inside of other baked goods.

I simply used a box mix, the Pillsbury Fudge Brownie mix in family size 13×9. Make per directions and then add a layer to the pan, then oreos, then finish with anther later of batter on top. You can crush them or add them whole, but I prefer them whole so you get the full effect.

Make sure to leave them in until just before done. They continue to cook when first removed and you don’t want hard brownies. I did my 13×9 Pyrex at 350° for 28 minutes.

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NurturMe Certified Organic Snacks for babies and toddlers – GIVEAWAY

NurturMe is the first and only family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals and snacks created to nourish healthy growth and overall wellness in little ones.

Bursting with vital nutrients and fresh organic flavor, NuturMe’s Quinoa infant cereals, dried NurturMeals baby food and Yum-a-Roo’s toddler snacks help parents feed their children better from first bites to first steps, and everywhere in between!

Enter to win a Standard Gift set – Muslim Bag – valued at $20!

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Enter between 5/29/2015 – 6/5/2015

Extra entries by Following @NurturMe_ on Instagram and tagging @Itz_Cheryl and a friend in ANY photo on their page!

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The Gift Set includes;

  • 1 bag organic quinoa baby cereal
  • 1 pouch each nurturmeal blend + nurturmeal quinoa
  • 1 yum-a-roo toddler snacks
  • 1 re-useable eco-pouch
  • 1 BPA free baby spoon
  • 1 coupon
  • 1 informative quinoa bookmark

About NurturMe:

NurturMe is the first and only family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals and snacks created to nourish healthy growth and overall wellness in little ones. Bursting with vital nutrients and fresh organic flavor, NuturMe’s Quinoa infant cereals, dried NurturMeals baby food and Yum-a-Roo’s toddler snacks help parents feed their children better from first bites to first steps, and everywhere in between.

NurturMe provides innovative and sustainable options for busy, modern parents to help ensure their children are getting the nutrition they need to live a yummy life – including the first 100% pure quinoa alternative to traditional rice cereals, dry pouch infant meals that can be mixed with breast milk or formula for added nutrients, and healthy toddler snacks that deliver 1.5 servings of fruit AND veggies in each pouch.

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Please visit nurturme.com for additional information, including pricing and where to purchase NurturMe products. Visit us at Facebook.com/nurturme and Twitter.com/nurturme for special promotions, recipes, new products and more.

NurturMeals;

NurturMeals organic dry meal pouches are rich in nutrients and super versatile for feeding both infants and toddlers. Simply mix them with breast milk, formula or water to create a puree for babies, or into toddler favorites like pastas, baked goods or yogurts for an added boost in protein and nutrients.

NurturMeals is the only baby food on the market designed specifically for the option to mix with breast milk or formula, providing even more nutrients with each feeding to nourish baby’s growth.

Ideal for introducing individual flavors to baby’s diet, or as a nutrition-boosting ingredient to the family meal, NurturMeals Singles come in seven yummy flavors: Crisp Apples, Crunchy Carrots, Hearty Sweet Potatoes, Plump Pea, Scrumptious Squash, Sweet Bananas and Protein-Packed Quinoa.

Designed to delight developing taste buds with creative and delicious combos, NurturMeals Blends bring together nutrient-packed superfoods such as green kale, quinoa, squash and banana. Available in four scrumptious flavors: Squash, Bananas and Green Kale; Sweet Potatoes, Oatmeal and Bananas; Peas, Quinoa and Apples; and Carrots, Raisins and Sweet Potatoes.

For parents who need to feed their kids on the fly, NurturMe’s reusable Eco-Pouch – an earth-friendly alternative to single-use plastic squeeze containers – makes it easy to prepare healthy and nutritious NurturMeals on the go. Mix directly in the pouch with liquid of choice, hand to baby and toss in the dishwasher when finished – no fuss, no muss, no spills, and best of all, parents control what goes in it.

NurturMeals dry organic baby food is certified-organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher, with no added salts, sugars or preservatives.

Visit NurturMe.com for recipe ideas using NurturMeals for a delicious boost in protein and nutrients at family mealtime.

Yum-a-Roo’s:

  • Yum-a-Roo’s healthy organic toddler snacks are made from bite-sized pieces of fruits and veggies that easily dissolve in the mouth.
  • A healthy option for snack time, Yum-a-Roo’s are made from a tasty combination of organic fruit and veggies that are lovingly harvested and dried in order to preserve freshness, flavor and vital nutrients.
  • Kiddos love the taste, and parents love that there’s 1.5 servings of fruits AND veggies in every pouch.
  • Yum-a-Roo’s come in small, re-sealable pouches that are perfect for lunchboxes, playgrounds, picnics, road trips and air travel.
  • NurturMe Yum-a-Roo’s toddler snacks are certified-organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher, with no added salts, sugars or preservatives.

Available in four lip-smacking flavors: Bountiful Bites (Banana, Apple and Broccoli), Caribbean Crop (Pea, Banana and Pineapple), Tropical Twist (Banana, Mango and Pineapple) and Happy Harvest (Pea, Sweet Corn and Apple).

Good luck and if your child has tried NurturMe please comment below on your thoughts!