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Batty Bites

Batty Bites

Batty Bites

 

 

I love this time of year and I know I have mentioned how much I love Halloween. I found this super adorbs simple party fun recipe on All You Magazine. These are the kind of appetizers that everyone will enjoy and you won’t have to spend forever trying to get them right! I also like that they are simple enough to incorporate into other holidays. Add some fun shaped pretzels/crackers/treats and make them reindeer antlers or make a top hat and it can be a leprechaun! You can play with the cheeses and use different colored sesame seeds, nuts, cracker or chip crumbs to compliment the cheese ball. You can also make monster bites or witches maybe vampires and ghosts! Soo much fun! Get creative!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 (4 oz.) package organic cream cheese, softened
8 ounces soft, organic goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup organic pesto
2 tablespoons organic coarse ground black pepper
2 tablespoons organic poppy seeds
8 organic pitted black olives, sliced
32 organic whole pepper corns
32 triangular organic tortilla chips (blue is fun but any color will do)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto.
2. Let chill for 40 minutes.
3. Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls.
4. Roll in black pepper and poppy seeds to cover.
5. Press two olive slices into balls for eyes
6. Place peppercorns in centers for pupils.
7. Insert chip on either side of ball for wings and serve.

Holiday Cone Dessert

 

Perfect little snack for the holidays! You can whip up a few quickly and have fun decorating.  You can add cookie crumbs, edible glitter, cake bits anything you want to make these super cute desserts your own!  This is yet another treat that would be a great party activity or even a family one.  Everyone buys candy over the holidays so make it useful.  Add candy canes or chocolate even! Try dipping the bugles in chocolate first and after you are finished and the cones have been made drizzle them with carmel! Have fun with it.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1-1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
1 package (6 ounces) General Mills Bugles
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted, optional
Assorted colored and chocolate sprinkles and/or ground nuts

 

 

Directions:
1. In a small mix  bowl, cream butter and sugar until the mixture is  light and fluffy.
2. Next beat in the salt and vanilla vanilla extract.
3. Add condensed milk and make sure to mix well (mixture will get stiff).
5. Shape the mixture into  into 1/2-in. balls approximately. You can use a melon baller too if that helps
6. Place one ball on top of each Bugle. Dip the tops of some or all in melted chocolate if desired.
7. Decorate at your own will.
Makes: 2-1/2 dozen.

Source: tasteofhome.com

Fun Stuff At Wild Dill

Wild Dill is one of my fave green shops for kids! You can get clothes, toys and gifts all in one spot. I appreciate a store that is really dedicated to the green cause instead of just claiming to be. I would also like to add that this is another company with awesome customer service. That is one of the most important things to me when shopping anywhere. Now on to the fun stuff!

Uncle Goose Antics Ant Blocks

Uncle Goose Antics Ant Blocks

 

 

Wild Dill Uncle Goose Antics Ant Blocks – Images of ant hills, a queen with her eggs and an enemy spider, Non-toxic, child safe inks, 16 blocks, Made in Michigan.

 

 

Yellow Label Kids Organic Bird Rattles

Yellow Label Kids Organic Bird Rattles

 

 

Wild Dill Yellow Label Kids Organic Bird Rattles -Set of three rattles: one bird and two owls,Fair Trade, made by groups of artisans spanning the globe from Chile to Nepal,100% organic bamboo yarn.

 

 

Roy Toy Earth Friendly Tree House

Roy Toy Earth Friendly Tree House

 

 

Wild Dill Roy Toy Earth Friendly Tree House – 71 pieces,Pieces tumbled for a smooth finish,Natural color with no dyes,Building instructions included,Packaged in a cotton bag,Made in USA

 

 

Zubels Organic Crinkle and Rattle Giraffe

Zubels Organic Crinkle and Rattle Giraffe

 

 

Wild Dill Zubels Organic Crinkle and Rattle Giraffe- Hand knit,Low impact dyes,Arms span 13″ making them perfect for tying onto strollers, cribs and car seats,Fairly made in the Philippines, 100% Organic Cotton Yarn

Gravely Scary Veggie Party Platter

Gravely Scary Veggie Party Platter

Gravely Scary Veggie Party Platter

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh organic spinach (you could use artichokes or any other green veggie you want to mix with the hummus)
10 ounces organic plain hummus
Organic Broccoli
Organic Celery
Organic Kale (or Kale Chips)
Organic Pretzels
Hard-boiled organic eggs
Fresh Mozzarella Balls
Organic Crackers (any type you prefer)
Organic large black olives
Organic carrot sticks
Edible Black Marker

Instructions:

1.In a food processor, puree the spinach and hummus together. You can use plain hummus to keep the dip the normal sandy color hummus usually is or get crazy and add a fun colored vegetable to make your grave yard floor.

2.To make the ghosts you can use either hard boiled eggs or mozzarella balls, cut the black olives up into the desired features for your ghosts and then simply place on to your egg or mozzarella ghost.

3. Use an edible marker to turn crackers into tombstones. If you have cake decorating tools and have a fine icing tip you can use a vegetable puree to write on the tombstones. It is easiest to write on the tombstones first before placing them into the dip.

4. Once you have all of the components made and ready put your hummus into your desired display dish. Leave the dip uneven like real ground would be. Stick in your broccoli, celery and/or kale trees and bushes in first. Then carefully place the tombstones lastly ghosts. Get creative and add other things like maybe edible bats made out of cut out pieces of pumpernickel bread. Get as spooky as you can!

5. Once everything is in place use the pretzels as your fence to outline your graveyard. You can use pretzel flats or good old twisty pretzels! All of it make for a gravely delish snack that will wow party attendees!!

Make the most out of your Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Now that holiday season is in full swing and many of you have already started to decorate or are planning to in the near future here is one of my most favorite ideas that I do every year instead of buying new holiday nic-nacs! I take an unused vase, basket or dish. Then I put any excessornaments, pineconesdried flowers, garland and other odds and ends together for a fabulous holiday center piece! Instead of cluttering up your tree use your decorations creatively and get the most out of your decor! You can put it anywhere in your house that might be lacking holiday cheer! Send us your holiday inventions and we will post them on the Beagle all season long!


Christmas @ LUSH

TWIRLS & TWIGS!!

TWIRLS AND TWIGS

TWIRLS AND TWIGS

I was looking for super cute adult clothes MADE IN THE USA but I could not pass this incredibly cute Twirls & Twigs Pink Bee Tunic  up. I absolutely love the style and all of the other pieces I have found! The company has an interesting approach to creating. Let us not forget that these items are created in the USA!! These adorable designs use recycled fabric’s, sustainable printing and do not cost an arm and a leg!! Check out the Twirls and Twigs story at www.twirlsandtwigs.com and tell us how you like them!

Product Description:
Made in USA, Organic Cotton, Recycled Fabric – A versatile dressed up tunic at a fabulous price! This piece is unbeatable style any girl will love. This Twirls and Twigs top is sustainably printed with a water-based screen print, and the recycled trim coordinates with the chocolate slim pant (or any other clothes you have already) for fun and trendy kids’ style. True to size. 100% organic cotton (body), recycled trim.