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Friday, September 30, 2011

Wicked Witch of the West Cookies


Who doesn't love the Wizard of Oz?

I have to admit that when I decided I wanted to
make these


Melting Wicked Witch of the West 
cookies,
I thought 
Beaulah would throw a fit.



But.....
she quickly let me know that 
The Wicked Witch of the West
was just that 

WICKED

and she had no problem seeing her
melt all over the place.



I saw these on Pinterest, but there
wasn't any instruction on how to
make the witch's head and hat.  
After making contact, Jennifer
told me that her head was fondant and
the hat was molded chocolate - oh that's
why her hat is so perfect!



I decided to make both out of
"chocolate" clay.


Chocolate clay is just like working with
Play-doh, only delicious and it dries hard.

I found chocolate coating in bright green, black
and purple, the perfect witch colors, at Partyland.

Chocolate Clay Recipe

5 oz. chocolate coating discs
1 1/2 T. white corn syrup

Melt the chocolate discs in a microwave safe
bowl  at 30 second intervals, STIRRING WHETHER
IT LOOKS LIKE IT NEEDS IT OR NOT (to prevent
scorching).  When it is all melted, stir in the corn syrup.
It will quickly go from smooth and glossy to looking
like Play-doh.  Spread out on a piece of plastic
wrap and leave uncovered overnight.

It might look greasy, but that will knead
back in.  Knead it until soft and pliable.
Store in a plastic bag.  


I used my favorite recipe for 
cookies 
when I am floating with royal icing,
starting with  a Betty Crocker Cake Mix.

I usually use Betty Crocker's French Vanilla,
but the store only had Vanilla, which I 
found I liked just as much.

The reason I love these for cookies floated
with royal icing is that they stay soft and are
sweet enough so that you enjoy the royal frosting.

They are also very, very easy.

Tender Sugar Cookies for Royal Icing

1 box Betty Crocker French Vanilla or
Vanilla cake mix
1 large egg
1/2 C. butter softened (really soft)
2 T. flour (makes it stiffer for rolled cookies)

Mix all together in your mixer until the
dough forms into a ball.  You don't need to
refrigerate the dough.  

I like to roll it out on parchment paper
so that I don't have to transfer it to the
cookie sheet and change the shape.

Make a free-form pattern out of cardstock
or the back of a notebook.  Cut out with
a knife.


Bake at 375 for 8 minutes - just until the tops
are dry - don't brown the cookies.


Let cool and then float with royal icing.  In the picture
on the left you will see that you first outline the cookie
using the royal frosting in a squeeze bottle.  Then fill
in the center.  I like to use the back of a spoon to 
gently fill in the center, pushing the icing up to 
the outline or dam.
This is so easy and fun.  If you haven't done it before,
give it a try.

Squeeze the hands on fairly quickly so that they
will melt into the dress.

Make the head and hat out of clay or you
could use fondant.  Set on the body before
the icing dries.

Royal Icing Recipe

(I cut the regular recipe in half as this
made about 12 cookies and I still had 
lots of icing left)

1/2 C. warm water
2 1/2 T. meringue powder or
powdered egg white
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/4 lb. powdered sugar


In mixer with paddle attachment, mix the
water and meringue powder on lowest speed
until well blended.  Add the cream of tartar.
Add the powdered sugar and set a kitchen
timer for 10 minutes.  Mix with paddle for 10
minutes. 

This will give you your typical royal icing that is
thick and can be used for solid piping.  We now
want to thin it down significantly.
Add additional water 1 T. at a time.  We added
about 5 more tablespoons. 
It should be thin enough to form a ribbon that
disappears back into the mass of the frosting
by the count of 5.  It has to hold its shape, but
not too much.

Divide into bowls to color.  I used Americolor
neon green and a mix of Duff's (find this 
at Michael's Craft Store) and Wilton for
the black.  It will take a lot of black.
(This black when dry had a little bit of
a sparkle to it.  I have never had that
before, so I don't know if it was the
Duff's or a mixture of the two.)




No, no, no, hands off!

(I knew that HAND would be trouble!)
That HAND just won't stay in his floral
arrangement where he belongs.  


Little witches, I mean, works of art.


Yes, Beaulah, you look so much alike,
especially your smile and your nose!

(Sometimes you have to keep them happy!)

Oops, she heard that.
I will be posting with

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Boo to You Tablescape

Beaulah is sooooo excited to show off
her first tablescape for this year, she
worked her warty little hands off on this one,

but first....

she wants to warn you that you
have less than 48 hours to enter
in the 
GIVEAWAY
for this beautiful
7 quart hammered copper
soup station from 
Williams Sonoma.

The 
GIVEAWAY
ends at
MIDNIGHT
Thursday night, September 29, 2011!

giveaway.

Beaulah is just thrilled with how
many have joined in on the fun.

She just wishes she had some magic
where she could wave a wand and
have 100 cauldrons, I mean pots
to give away.


Beaulah wanted to have some of the
GIRLS 
over for a little fun.


She loves to watch over my shoulder
as I play around on the internet and she
saw this clever idea for s'mores in a jar

by a fairly new blogger at


Go pay Rachel a visit and see
her wonderful parties and ideas.
She has great photography and
last week was her first tablescape!
I know she would love to hear from you.


After checking out Rachel's flavor ideas,
we chose to make Chocolate Ghost S'mores
using ghostly marshmallows, Hersheys and
chocolate graham crackers.


I told her we also had to make some wonderful soup
to feature our soup station on the table,
so we decided on White Chicken Chili
to keep with the ghostly color theme.


We stacked all white plates and topped them
with a ghostly trio bowl.

Each witch receives her own little
jar of s'more goodies.





BOO to YOU!



These fun skewers were purchased on a trip 
to Turkey.



I just love their little faces peering at you.








The fire is lit and Beaulah and
the girls are ready to start partying.







(HELP HELP, let me out, they are going to eat me!)


Yup! They are going to eat you.

Beaulah wants to thank you 
for sharing in her fun party
and she wants to post her
girl's party with


Plates - Tai Pan
Bowls - Target
Placemats - Wal Mart
Copper Soup Station - Williams Sonoma
Goblets - Pier 1
Napkins - Home Goods
Flatware - World Market
















Monday, September 26, 2011

Beaulah Loves Football - Go Team Cookie Pops

First let me remind you that there are
only a few days left to join in on my



Now, what is Beaulah up to ....



This may surprise you, but 
Beaulah loves football. 
 She thinks we ought to 
change it up a little though and get
some broomsticks like Harry Potter
does in quiditch!

Football pops are quite the hit with
the football players.

My daughter wanted to make these
for her husband's last football game.
The guys on the team are always
 begging for her to make cake or cookie pops.

She thought football shaped ones would be fun.


 Beaulah thought we should make them
in Halloween colors, but we decided
for a traditional brown football.

 Put them on a stick and they are fun to
display, or dip them like truffles

Everyone around here really likes
the little pops on a stick better.





Now here is the tricky sticky part.
We had to send Beaulah out of the room
because she kept cackling at the funny
shaped footballs, but here's some help:

1.  Roll them into a ball
2.  Then roll them slightly to elongate
3.  Just gently touch, touch, touch to shape the points
(they won't be perfect) - don't try to pinch the ends,
they are too soft and you don't want hard points.
4.  Put them in the fridge to let them harden up
5.  Now reshape them a little
6.  When you dip them, they come out smooth
and more like a football.

Then finish them off with the white
chocolate coating for the
stitching and laces. 
They were a lot easier on a stick
when it came to putting on the white
chocolate.

Cookie Pop Recipe

1 pkg. Oreo cookies
8 oz. cream cheese
or 1 tub ready made cream cheese frosting

Milk and white chocolate coating discs

Blend the cookies until fine crumbs in a food
processor.  Mix in the cream cheese or frosting
by hand.  If you use the cream cheese, be sure and
refrigerate the finished pops.

Meanwhile melt the coating discs.  I place
between one and two cups in a microwaveable
bowl (make sure it is a microwaveable bowl or
you may scorch your chocolate discs).  Turn
the microwave on for one minute.  Stir - WHETHER
IT LOOKS LIKE IT NEEDS TO BE STIRRED OR NOT.
This will prevent the bottom from scorching.  Then
melt in 15 second increments until all the discs
are melted.  Let the discs cool about 10-15 minutes.
While dipping, reheat for about 10 seconds as
necessary to keep the chocolate thin and smooth.

Shape into footballs and place in fridge for about
half an hour or until firm.  Reshape as needed.

Take only a few out at a time as they will soften
quickly and place on a stick.  Dip in the milke
chocolate, shake slightly to remove excess, twirl
a little to make sure it is smooth and not
dripping. 

HERE IS THE BIG TRICK -
STICK UPRIGHT IN A PIECE OF FOAM!!!
(Like shown in picture above)

I have seen so many people try these
and they turn out a mess because they
are trying to sit them down before
they are dry.  Let them dry upright
in the foam. (Or Beaulah will be cackling
at you too!)

Finish with the white chocolate piped
on with a very small tip.  Make sure the
white chocolate has cooled a little so it
isn't just dripping out the end.


Make some for your 
favorite team!

I will be posting this with










Friday, September 23, 2011

Beaulah Came Out of the Basement - 2nd Halloween Bash & Copper Soup Pot Giveaway

Welcome to the
2nd Annual Halloween Bash
hosted by twin sisters,
 Beaulah and Zoulah Boulah.

If you are new to our blogs, you can
find Beaulah here and Zoulah resides
They really
are two individuals and plan on getting
together sometime soon for a photoshoot
to prove it.

Beaulah and Zoulah were born October 31st
ages ago and love to whip up some fun for
Halloween in their
  Betwitchin Kitchens.

Hope you join us for a month of fun -

SOMETHING IS 
ALWAYS BREWING

(BE SURE NOT TO MISS
THE GIVEAWAY
 WE HAVE COOKED UP
 AT THE END OF THIS POST)


Well, now that we are done with the introductions,
Beaulah was in a 
BLACK MOOD
when she finally got out of the box
and found out that her sister Zoulah had
been flying free for a week now.


I was sure she was going to serve 
my head on a platter


But when I reminded her of all the fun we
had together last year


She lit up!
And when I told her we 
were planning on a fun craft
to start decorating the house
 she just sparkled!!!


Imagine my surprise when I woke up the other
morning and found this playing spooky music
to wake us up!

I think it must be related to "THING" from
the ADAMS FAMILY.

Well, if  THE HAND wants to be part of the 
Halloween Fun
we will work you in!


Beaulah and I flew around and collected
some fun Halloween craft items to
showcase THE  HAND.


We started by filling the container with dry floral
foam.  Beaulah told me this is the secret to any
centerpiece arrangement.   It keeps everything 
in place.


Next we stuffed some foam into
THE HAND
and inserted a skewer so that he 
wouldn't go wandering around anywhere.


Beaulah began by filling in around 
THE HAND with flowers and baubles.
Just stick the floral stems into the foam.
Beaulah says if there isn't a stem like in
a ball, insert a skewer and then stick the
skewer into the foam.

She said to tell you not to worry if you 
haven't tried this before, you can keep
moving things around until you like
what you see.


Then we added some items for height,
filled in around THE HAND
and made sure we had some items
draping down the front and some
items giving width to the side.

Finish by tucking in spanish moss to 
the top of the container to cover all 
of the foam.




Beaulah was cackling with delight by 
now and had totally forgiven me for
not letting her out sooner.






We chose the entry table to get
all of our guests excited as they enter
our Halloween home.


Beaulah dug through the boxes 
(ouch that brings back some hard feelings)
and found some other accessories
to finish off the vignette.





Now Beaulah thinks she is a floral designer!


She is just dizzy with other ideas to 
spruce up this haunted house
and get this party started!

THE HAND
is happy too!

(Wait, I see the kitchen in the background
of this picture!  Did he manage to move
the whole arrangement?  He is going to be trouble!!)


Then I told Beaulah about our
giveaway of this beautiful
hammered 7 quart soup station
from Williams Sonoma
she was thrilled.  
She said it was probably a lot more 
classy to have a copper cauldron 
than an old black one!


It ends at
MIDNIGHT (ooooohhhh)
Thursday, September 29, 2011.

Beaulah thought we ought to post this with



















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