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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

Easy Robin's Egg Easter Cupcakes

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If you want to switch up the typical carrot cake this Easter and serve something chocolatey instead, these adorable bird's nest cupcakes are perfect. I know they've become a staple for most people this time of year. I used a devil's food chocolate cake recipe to balance out the sweetness of the toppings. You can use the basic recipe below or start with an easy boxed mix. These Easter cupcakes often call for coconut flakes, but I thought slivered almonds might make for a more realistic looking nest. It turned out to not make much of a difference in my opinion, so use whichever you prefer. As far as taste goes however, the almonds won out for me.


INGREDIENTS
*makes one dozen
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt

TOPPING
  • two 16oz. containers creamy milk chocolate frosting
  • 10 oz bag slivered almonds
  • Malted milk ball speckled eggs (You can get a few small bags at Dollar Tree or a large bag at Wal-Mart.)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake pan.
  2. Cream together butter, sugar, milk, eggs, salt, and vanilla until smooth and fully combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Fill each cavity about 3/4 full and bake 25 minutes or until cooked through in the center.
  6. Let cool and stir together the almonds and chocolate frosting.
  7. Use a spoon or spatula to get about a tbs at a time of the topping and another small spoon or butter knife to gently apply the topping to the outside edges of the cupcakes, leaving the center un-frosted.
  8. Top each cupcake with three candy eggs. Enjoy!


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