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Halloween Severed Finger Cookies


These severed finger cookies are gory and creepy but in the best way.  They’re not only fun to make, the reactions you’ll get alone are well worth it.  J recently took these to work with him and he told me his receptionist was horrified.  I don’t know if that makes me a bit twisted but I couldn’t stop laughing.  She did eventually enjoy a few and told him to tell me that the cookies themselves were delicious but she still couldn’t get over the way they looked.  For halloween, I think that’s the best possible compliment you can get.

The fingers are actually a tender and buttery sugar cookie that is gently sweet, infused with your choice of vanilla or almond.  They’re wonderful too because they don’t spread when they bake.  I once had 200 animal shaped cookies that I volunteered to make for a pet adoption fundraiser and I think between all the other projects I had going on simultaneously, I seriously over committed to way too many things at once.  Regrettably, I reached for store-bought cookie dough and boy did it turn out disastrously.  Every one of my animals looked horribly swollen and unnatural, not really the best message to attach to a pet sanctuary for abused/neglected animals.  So if you’ve ever encountered such an issue, rest assured that I’ve got you covered.  As long as you keep this dough chilled, my recipe is perfect for any cut outs you desire.

For halloween, this is also perfect for slightly green tinged dough that makes it look like decaying severed fingers too, an homage to the upcoming premiere of The Walking Dead {which I’m beyond stoked for}!  However, if keeping things a bit more PG is your objective, I also made these adorable candy corn cookies a few years ago and this dough is also my go-to for christmas time like for my candy cane cookies.  The beauty of it is that it’s extremely versatile and you can tint or shape your way to anything you want and with just a few simple ingredients most of which you probably already have, there’s no reason not to sneak in a little trick with your treat this halloween.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Halloween Severed Finger Cookies
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Serves: 3-4 dozen
  • 1½ c unbleached flour
  • 1 ts baking powder
  • ¼ ts fine salt
  • 1 stick soft unsalted butter
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • ¼ c white sugar
  • 1½ ts pure vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 room temperature egg
  • Sliced almonds
  • Optional: unsweetened cocoa
  1. In the first bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In the second bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
  3. Blend in the extract and egg.
  4. Roll out 1-2 ts into logs and lay on parchment/silpat. Pinch in "knuckles," score the tops, and create a nail bed as shown in the video. Place a sliced almond at each tip.
  5. Chill for 15-20 minutes {the longer, the better}.
  6. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Cool completely and lightly dust with cocoa powder if desired.


Easy Pumpkin Spice & Hot Cocoa Lip Balm

With cooler weather comes the demand for pumpkin spice from the masses, warmth from sweaters and hot cocoa, apple picking and the need to arm yourself against harsher conditions.  I’ve got you covered in at least 3 of those areas.  Both of my easy DIY lip balms smell and taste incredibly yummy with the simplest of ingredients so you can feel good about applying it to your lips.  Particularly with lip balm, it’s important to use the cleanest most natural formula possible as we tend to inadvertently eat some of the product.  I like to obtain local wax from a trusted beekeeper when I can but if I can’t find it, I use this raw beeswax that hasn’t been bleached.  With just 3 ingredients each {honey being the optional choice here}, these lip balms encapsulate all the delicious scents and warmth of autumn all while nourishing your lips, just like my classic 2 ingredient lip balm.

If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll love the decadence of spreading hot cocoa on your lips and if you’re a pumpkin spice fan, you’ll love that not only does this one smell of your favorite latte, the infused spices have a natural plumping quality to them.  And don’t worry, both glide on clear and the possibilities for special tailoring either one is endless.  To review questions from my last lip balm video, I would just avoid mint or vanilla extracts as they tend to be drying.  Rather, opt for quality essential oils that are safe to use in beauty products.  To boost the scent of my pumpkin spice lip balm, sometimes I like to add 2-4 drops each of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove on top of my DIY pumpkin spice.  Making your own pumpkin spice ensures that you never have to run out again with endless applications for things you never even considered needed its attention {I’m looking at you, pumpkin spice rubbed shrimp}.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Easy Pumpkin Spice & Hot Cocoa Lip Balm
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Serves: 3-4 lip balms
Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm
  • 1 tb coconut or pumpkin oil
  • ½ tb beeswax
  • Optional: 1-2 ts honey and essential oils
  • ½ ts pumpkin spice
Hot Cocoa Lip Balm
  • 1 tb coconut oil or cacao butter
  • ½ tb beeswax
  • 1 ts unsweetened cocoa or cacao
  • Optional: 1-2 ts honey and essential oils
  1. For both lip balms, melt the beeswax and cocoa/cacao or pumpkin spice low and slow in a double boiler or in the microwave.
  2. Allow to cool for 30-60 seconds and stir in desired oil.
  3. Stir in honey and essential oils, if using.
  4. Decant into containers of your choice {I used sterilized makeup pots in this video and tubes in my last lip balm video}
  5. Allow to set and enjoy.


Things I learned in My 20’s – Birthday VLOG

Today I wanted to share some of the lessons I learned in my 20’s.  I filmed this video on my birthday {the 17th} which is when I officially turned 30.  We are going to the Caribbean next month to celebrate with the family.  I’m still baffled that I’m not still 25 {which is how old I actually feel} but have some pretty amazing things to look forward to on the horizon…like our wedding in February!  I hope you enjoy my birthday vlog.  I debated whether or not to share it as some parts are very personal for me but I’m glad I did.


3 Easy No Bake Dessert Recipes

111 All 3 of the desserts I want to share with you today are fast, easy and no-bake.  Each one individually only takes mere minutes to whip up and they’re immediately satisfying.  My favorite from the line up has got to be a tie between the apple pie smoothie and magical chocolate pudding.

The apple pie smoothie is a more indulgent rendition of a healthier one that I’ve been drinking for awhile now but just for fun, I put this dessert-like one together and it’s irresistible.  If you’re wondering, the one I typically make for myself is composed of frozen apples, freshly squeezed lemon juice, hemp seeds, oats, ceylon cinnamon, coconut milk and dates.  Not a huge variation but trust me when I say the recipe listed below is without a doubt, autumn/apple pie in a cup that tastes more like dessert than the healthier shake of the former I mentioned.

The magical quality of the chocolate pudding is the tie here because of its delicious versatility.  When served straight away at room temperature, it’s a perfect dupe for classic chocolate pudding but when whipped with a bit of extra elbow grease, it whips into the lightest chocolate mousse ever.  What’s more is that when the pudding is chilled, it takes on the consistency of chocolate buttercream that’s accidentally {at least for me, anyway} vegan!  I can’t tell you just how heavenly it is to dive into a dish of silky chocolate “frosting” and feel like you’ve gotten away with something.  Feel free to scale back on the sugar or use a sugar substitute and thank me later for quick and easy anytime chocolate “buttercream frosting” that tastes so much like the real thing, you won’t believe it.

Of course, the banana pops can’t be forgotten about.  Frozen bananas have long been part of the instant “ice cream craze” that I’m sure you’re familiar with the creamy custard-like consistency they take on when they’re frozen.  You can flavor them with practically anything and I’ve amped them up here with a layer of tart yogurt, sprinkles…and chocolate!  These would be a perfect treat to substitute for traditional popsicles for your kids and why not let them decorate their own for a fun craft to do with them?

5.0 from 3 reviews
3 Easy No Bake Dessert Recipes
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Serves: 3 Easy Desserts
Chocolate Pudding
  • Coconut Cream {from 1 13.5 oz tin of whole coconut milk}
  • 2 tb unsweetened cocoa/cacao
  • 3-4 tb sweetener of your choice {coconut/sugar, agave, honey, etc}
  • Optional: pinch of sea salt and instant espresso
Banana Pops
  • 1 ripe, spotted banana
  • ¼ c un/flavored Greek yogurt
  • Desired toppings
Apple Pie Smoothie
  • 1 frozen granny smith apple
  • ¼ c instant oatmeal + ½ c water
  • ½ ts ceylon cinnamon
  • ⅛ ts nutmeg
  • ⅓ c sweetener of your choice
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • ½ ts pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ c plain yogurt
  1. For the chocolate pudding, start by skimming the cream off the top of the coconut milk tin. When left unshaken, the cream rises to the top. You just want the thick white cream, not the clear liquid underneath.
  2. Whisk in the unsweetened cocoa/cacao and sweetener. Serve immediately or chill for later.
  3. For the banana pops, skewer each half and dip to coat in the yogurt. Decorate as desired. Freeze for 1-2 hours then serve.
  4. For the apple pie smoothie, blend everything together and serve {with a garnish of freshly grated cinnamon, if desired}.


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