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Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Recipes

I found this recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything and instantly knew that I needed to make it.  Bacon is one of our main staples at my house so I knew it would be a hit with my family...and it was!!  The candied bacon barely made it into the cookie dough because it was sooo incredibly delicious!

Bacon seems to be everywhere lately.  I've seen it on doughnuts, inside cupcakes, topping for ice cream and an ingredient in brownie recipes.

To begin to make this recipe you need to make the candied bacon.  It’s really easy. Start off with thick cut slices of bacon placed on a foil-lined pan, and sprinkle generously with brown sugar.

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Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

For the candied bacon:
8 slices center cut thick bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
For the cookies:
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place bacon in a single layer on a foil lined sheet.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar on top of bacon strips. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until crispy, making sure to turn bacon over after 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and place on a wire rack for cooling. Once bacon has cooled chop it finely.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  • Sift flour and baking soda.
  • In a medium bowl, cream butter with the white and brown sugar.
  • Add vanilla, egg, and egg yolk to the bowl and beat until light and creamy.
  • Add flour mixture and mix well.
  • Add diced candied bacon and chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
  • Place golf ball sized balls of dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove from oven and let cookies sit on the pan for a couple of minutes before placing on a wire rack.

 

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Easy Halloween Food for KIDS!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Halloween, Holidays, Kids & Family Life

I have the lucky job of being Max's room mom for his first grade class this year!  I love this job because my main focus is to plan all the PARTIES!  I am currently planning the Halloween party that will happen next week, and I thought I would share some ideas with you if you happen to be doing the same thing.

Now onto food...these are a few fun, super EASY (I'm all about that) ideas that I know the kids will go crazy over.  My favorite...the bloody syringe drinks!  Yum!!  Details on each food item are listed  below.

halloween food for kids1. Delicious and Crunchy Bones: Straight pretzel, mini marshmallows on each end and dipped in white chocolate.

2.  Sweet and Juicy Pumpkins: Clementine oranges peeled with a green pipe cleaner in the middle.  

3.  Frankenstein Cups:  Pudding, green food coloring, crushed oreo for the top, draw a face on a clear plastic cup.

4.  Witches Hats: Keebler Fudge striped cookies, orange frosting, hershey kiss.

5. Vampire Doughnuts: Doughnut, vampire teeth and chocolate chips.

6.  Witches Broom: String cheese and a pretzel.

7.  Used up Bandaids: Cinnamon graham crackers, frosting and jelly.

8.  Monster Pudding Cups: Pudding, food coloring to make desired color, multicolor sprinkles to the top of each cup and draw a face onto a clear plastic cup.  

9.  Bloody Punch: Clear cups, Sprite, red punch or cherry syrup, syringes.

10.  Mummy Dogs: Hot dogs, crescent rolls, ketchup and mustard.  

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Halloween Gift Tags {Free Download}

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Halloween, Holidays

A Halloween gift tag can add the perfect touch to any plate of cookies or gift you are giving to someone special.  These gift tags will work great for neighbors, friends, teachers or any random person on the street that you want to give a Halloween treat to!  I've created five different versions of these gift tags and you can download your favorite ones for free below!  They print out perfectly on a 4x6 card. 

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I wanted to change it up a bit and use some colors besides orange for these gift tags. With this one, I used black and turquoise and I love how unique it is! I bought the bag and tissue paper from Target and it all matches perfectly.

 

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Let's eat, drink and be scary PLEASE! I think this one is my favorite...but maybe it's just the caramel apple that I am drooling over!

 

 

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This gift tag will work for anyone and you can sign your name to the written message.  These cookies definitely made me lose my focus on eating healthy today...but since it's this close to Halloween, it's okay right?!?

 

 

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This is a classy take on Halloween (is that even possible??) with baby blue and gray polka dots. I also bought this bag and tissue paper from Target and it is a perfect match!

 

 

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There's no such thing as too much candy! I couldn't agree more...but please don't tell my kids!

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Cake Bunting Banner

Written by Lyndi. Posted in How to..., Party Planning

Let me introduce you to the amazing new idea, known as Cake Bunting!  I've made a few of these cake bunting banners and I reuse them over and over again.  They can take any plain cake and make it instantly fantastic!  Here are some fun ideas to make them yourself or to have someone customize it for you! 

Yarn Pom Pom Cake Garland

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Colorful Pennant Bunting Banner

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Fabric Stripes Cake Bunting

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All You Need is LOVE Bunting Banner

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Something About Strawberries Ribbon Bunting

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Circus Tent bunting

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Love Bunting Banner

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Here's a great tutorial on how to make a Fabric Cake Pennant Banner without sewing!

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Halloween Party Invitations {Free Giveaway}

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Halloween, Holidays

Here are a few different designs that I've created for all of the Halloween parties coming up.  For the first 10 people to email me, I will customize one of these four invitations for you for FREE!  It will be in digital format and I can email it to you within the next few days...all you will need to do is upload it to your online printer of choice (Costco, Walmart, ect)  or print it yourself at home.  Each Invitation is 5x7 size.  If you aren't one of the first ten to email me, it is only $15...Happy Halloween!!  Email me for any questions.

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Halloween Bash

 

 

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Black and Orange Costume Halloween Party

 

 

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Eat, Drink & Be Scary

 

 

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Kids Halloween Party

 

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Thanksgiving Invitation {Free Giveaway}

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Holidays, Thanksgiving

Are you having Thanksgiving at your house this year? Well, I am!! It is so fun for me to host Thanksgiving...probably because my family is so fun to have around and I love to cook and LOVE to eat...it is really that simple!  Here is an invitation inviting my family to my house for Thanksgiving 2013!  For the first 10 people to email me, I will customize this invitation with your specific information on it and email you the digital file for FREE!! For everyone else, it's $15!!

I will be making several printables, buntings & decor for this Thanksgiving!  So, be looking out for all the free downloads coming your way!thansk invite

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