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Two Hearts Jammie Dodgers Recipe

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

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Sometimes a Jammie Dodger is just a cookie… but sometimes its a TARDIS self destruct button. Usually though, its just a cookie and a ploy to make Daleks believe its a self destruct button. Yep. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey stuff. Shout out to all of my Doctor Who, Torchwood, Adventures of Sarah Jane, and Class fans. This Jammie Dodgers recipe is for you!

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

Okay, so flash back a few years. I had just met my dear friend Natalie (who makes awesome jewelry! Check it out) and she was having her 30th birthday party. I had NO CLUE what I was walking into but I ended up finding my tribe… or one of them. You see, Natalie and all of her friends were Doctor Who fans and well, so did I and that was the start to a beautiful geeky friendship. Isn’t it kind of amazing how you find your people when you’re least expecting to?

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

If you’re unfamiliar with Doctor Who… well that could take a while to explain so I’m just going to direct you to Amazon Prime where you can stream it all to your hearts content. Start with BLINK then go back. Trust me on this one.

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

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Boozy Shamrock Shake FreakShake

In the mood for an adult version of the shamrock shake? This recipe is for you! Go a step further and stack up a freakshake with all your favorite treats!

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In the mood for a more adult version of the shamrock shake? This recipe is for you! Go a step further and stack up a freakshake with all your favorite treats! | Shamrock Shake Recipe | McDonalds | Alcohol | DIY | How to make a freakshake | Mint chocolate | St. Patrick's Day - Do It Your Freaking Self

Shamrock Shakes are back and I am one happy camper. Okay, maybe thats a lie… but I’m close! One of the many joys of being an adult is the addition of alcohol to otherwise normal foods. Like Cupcakes or coffee. Because YUM! So of course I had to present you with the wonders that is the boozy shamrock shake! Even better…. I made it into a freakshake!

This project is intended for makers ages 21+. If you are under the age of 21, please omit the alcohol.

I’m sure a lot of you are asking what exactly is a freakshake? Well… its kind of like a milkshake that’s been turned up to 11 or maybe 111. You know… somewhere in between. It’s where you take whatever drink you like and load it with all the tastiness of foods that compliment it. And let me tell you, it is a total feast for the eyes and the stomache. Just make sure to share with a friend because you’ll both be in a sugar coma after eating one.

In the mood for a more adult version of the shamrock shake? This recipe is for you! Go a step further and stack up a freakshake with all your favorite treats! | Shamrock Shake Recipe | McDonalds | Alcohol | DIY | How to make a freakshake | Mint chocolate | St. Patrick's Day - Do It Your Freaking Self

Boozy Shamrock Shake Freakshake

Supplies Needed
Shamrock Shake:
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla vodka
Creme de Menthe or Mint simple syrup
Milk
Blender

Freakshake:
Chocolate Pocky
Donuts
Brownies
Rainbow sprinkles
Lucky Charms or just the marshmallows!
Whipped cream
Any other toppings you want to put on!

Time: 15 Minutes
Cost: $15-20 – makes a lot
Adult meter: 5 – it’s like adult meets inner child?
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How to Make Oreo Peppermint Bark

Is it officially okay to order peppermint everything? Because it is seriously beginning to be my favorite time of the year! Now, of course, I absolutely do NOT start Christmas prep until after Thanksgiving… because I actually really like Thanksgiving.. BUT I adore peppermint. And this is the time of year that it all comes out of hiding. I totally stock up. Anyone else a flavor hoarder?

Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer you some tasty peppermint treats right? So here is some fun Oreo Peppermint Bark to help get yourself into the holiday spirit (even if it is 85 degrees out right now!) Planning on giving some edible gifts for the holidays this year? Try some fun and easy bark recipes!

Time: 20 Min + chill time
Cost: $10
Festive level: 9

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Dark Chocolate Orange Cranberry Bark

This might seem like sacrilege and try not to fall out of your seats when I say this but….I think I may be pumpkin spiced out. Whew. That felt good to get off my chest.

But seriously though you guys, I love fall and all that it brings. I love sweater weather and pumpkin spice and pumpkins and all that stuff but I think I hit pumpkin spice overload what with the latte’s and cheerios among other things. So… what is a girl to do?

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Set your tastebuds alight with this spiced dark chocolate orange cranberry bark! Great for holiday parties, desserts, and gifts. | Dark Chocolate | Holiday Desserts | Orange Zest | Dried Fruit | Edible Gifts | Easy Bark | Do It Your Freaking Self

I turned to all things rich and tangy and whipped up some dark chocolate orange cranberry bark to satisfy my sugar and my spice cravings and you know what? It hit the spot! This bark is makes a perfect addition to any party, as a holiday gift or just because. With hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, this bark is sure to bring a smile to anyone looking to dig into the more tangy flavors this holiday season!

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Willy Wonka Inspired Edible Shot Glasses

One of my favorite scenes from the original Willy Wonka was when Gene Wilder was singing “Pure Imagination” and he sat down to take a drink (and a bite) out of a daffodil tea cup. That movie was a huge part of my childhood and introduced me to the world of one of my favorite authors Roald Dahl. As an adult, different parts of it come back up and the film (and book) have taken on new meaning.

We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams.

Willy Wonka inspired Chocolate Edible Shot Glasses. Candy cups for a world of pure imagination

I remember when I was old enough to realize that a person in a film is actually an actor and not really that particular character. It kinda blew my mind. Then as I got older, my dad started pulling out Mel Brooks films and I learned about the man that ran the candy factory. That he was also Young Friedrich Frankenstein and the Waco Kid. He was Leo Bloom and the mock turtle. He was Gene Wilder.

I hate getting all sentimental over celebrity deaths and I’m not the person that is going to sit in front of my TV or stereo and cry because we lost one of the greats, but I do believe that it is important to recognize contributions to art and society. So thank you mister Wilder. These edible shot glasses are for you.

Willy Wonka Inspired Chocolate Edible Shot Glasses

 

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Magical and Delicious Boozy Butterbeer Cupcakes (that might get you drunk)

You guys, please excuse my while I enjoy today’s Butterbeer Cupcakes recipe while snuggled up in my cozy socks and a cup of tea…. No? It’s still summer you say? Tough!!!  Okay, here’s the story.

In my senior year of high school, I had a teacher that (while meaning well) pretty much made me over analyze EVERYTHING.  To the point where I could not even watch the newest episode of Star Wars without enjoying it.. I mean, it wasn’t the best movie anyway, but still. I believe this was Episode 3, not 7. 7 was awesome. Anyhoo. I had a hard time reading because having to over analyze things just sucked the enjoyment out of reading for me.  Anyone else have a class like that? How did you deal with it?

Who says Harry Potter is just for kids? Make these Magical and Delicious boozy butterbeer cupcakes for your next party and cast a spell on your friends.

After high school, I ended up reading nothing but Harry Potter for the next 6 months unless I had to read something for a class. And honestly, I feel like those books made me LOVE reading again. Sure there’s symbolism out the frame, but at the end of they day they are really well written worlds that you can sink into. Did I mention that prior to this period I had probably read the books 3-4 times each anyway? Yep. Nerd alert! I’m gonna be honest though… I feel like I’m a hufflepuff, but I keep testing Ravenclaw. Boo.

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Summer is here! … well, it’s been here… but Cupcakes you guys! Delicious fresh strawberry cupcakes!

There is a farm about an hour away from me that opens during strawberry picking season and OMG so fun to field trip with the kiddos! I remember as a kid, my parents would take us all out to the strawberry farm where we’d pick out our own strawberrys and more than likely eat them straight off the vine. Yeah, I know pesticides and stuff, but I think I turned out okay. And I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t let kids out there with pesticides floating around and I’m not super messed up so I think it was okay. And dirt is good for your immune system. I think?!? Mudpie anyone?
Cute Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes are the perfect addition to a summer brunch or cook out! Tangy, sweet and easy to make! No one will know they're from a box mix!

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Patriotic Firecracker Bark

One of the things I absolutely love about the 4th of July is of course, fireworks! I have very vivid memories of going fireworks shopping with my dad and lighting off bottle rockets when we lived in the country. I remember going to the county line to get the really cheap ones and armfulls of roman candles. When we moved to the suburbs (and to Shelby County where home fireworks were illegal) we would always go to the church picnic and celebrate there. Even now in my adult years I enjoy the fireworks shows… and I, being the Disney fan that I am, adore Disney’s fireworks. I especially love having them year round!

Make this fun patriotic firecracker bark with pop rocks for an great surprise! Great for 4th of July, Memorial Day and Team USA parties!

Now that I’m an adult and work with children, I’m really enjoying seeing the wonder for the first time. Yes, there are a lot of “Holy Crap” moments, because who doesn’t freak out a little bit at loud noises, but overall the 4th of July is almost magical in it’s own right. This Firecracker Bark gives you all of the pop and surprise of a firework, but without the accidental burn if you get too close. (Yep, I’ve done that too) And it’s a really quick impressive dessert for when you forget to make something for your friend’s 4th of July party.

Do you have a favorite 4th of July memory?

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Hank the Octopus Bark

Make this fun Hank the Octopus Bark for your next Finding Dory party! Fun and colorful party snack kids can help with.

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First off, let me tell you that I was first in line to see Finding Dory…. well maybe not because I do not deal with large crowds of kids. I went on a Monday and it was mostly to get out of the ridiculous heat or I would have gone later because I unfortunately am really bad at making time for myself. Can we talk about the fact that it was 112 degrees in LA that day? Thank goodness I don’t wear makeup or it would have been melting off. Seriously.

Okay, so Finding Dory. If I had gone at opening night, I would have pictured myself like Moses parting the red sea… of children. I’d be all like “Get out of my way. I need this in my life more than you do.” Because that is how I roll.

Make this fun Finding Dory Hank the Octopus Bark for your next Finding Dory party! Fun and colorful party snack kids can help with.

Now, I’m not going to give away the movie if you haven’t seen it yet (What is wrong with you?!?) but I will say that next to little baby Dory the breakout character for me was Hank the Octopus (septopus?). I mean, I love octopi (unless it’s like Sharktopus or something) anyway, so his character was a total bonus.

And keeping with my current love of chocolate bark, (Click here for some Dory Bark) I was inspired to make this Hank the Ocotpus Bark. He’s a little salty so I put some pretzels in it and kids will love adding the cute candy eyeballs.

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Finding Dory Bark

Make your own chocolate bark inspired by Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory. Finding Dory Bark is a fun activity for kids and a fun addition to theme parties!

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Swimming, swimming, swimming!

Disney Pixar's Finding Dory Bark for your next under the sea party. A fun project to do with kids or for a cute food table idea.

Oh Dory! I’m so glad she’s getting her own movie. She totally deserves it.  I can’t count the times I’ve quoted her when I’m having a rough day.  Or just needed a friend.  You see, Dory didn’t really have a reason to care about Marlin or him finding his son, but she did.  She cared enough to go on this insane adventure for someone she barely knew even when she couldn’t remember what was going on.  She just went because her heart told her to.  And now I’m excited to see her favor returned.

I mostly love this movie because of the theme of conquering fear. I know a lot of us deal with it. I personally have a very visceral reaction to stepping out of my comfort zone and facing the unknown. Fear isn’t just being in a moment of fight or flight, it can also be a mindset which we see all too well in the character of Marlin and I love that Marlin is able to conquer that fear a bit with a little help from Dory. He could have given into despair, but she unknowingly helped push him to save his son and grow as a fish.

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