As a mom living with a chronic illness, I have found that I can't always do all of the things that I would like to. Often times, I have to pace myself just to be able to get outside with Syrus for a good twenty minutes. But, when I can, I do like to get that crafty vibe flowing and do some fun activities in the house with him.
It's that time of year, where all of the holidays are rapidly approaching, beginning of course, with Halloween. Although, I must admit that I feel like October has been dragging on for quite awhile now. It's not because I'm excited for trick-or-treating. It's not, really. Okay, maybe, a little bit.
But, when I log on to Pinterest, I'm immediately bombarded with these incredibly over-the-top projects, crafts, and recipes that definitely are out of the question for me. Plus, I've learned the hard way that whenever I try to copy anything from a Pinterest board, I fail miserably. So, this year, I decided to just go at it on my own, without any instructions, or really, any idea of what I was going to do. But I was determined to do something.
I headed out to my local department store, and we just started walking around. I'm forever drawn to the beading section of any store that I'm in, so I found myself there first. The crafting section wasn't too far off from there. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted eyes!
So in the shopping cart they went. Next to them, I then found candy melts. You know, the kind you try to melt down for making homemade lollipops? I was super excited because they came in a vivid green color, perfect for the season. Now, all I needed to figure out at that point was what I was going to put them on!
Vanilla wafers! They were the perfect sized vessel for my mini-cookie-monster-creations! Well, that, and my husband loves vanilla wafers, so I thought I should do something nice for him every once in a while. Syrus was pretty excited when I told him what we were going to do. But of course, once you tell a toddler something, it becomes
"Mom, can we do it yet?"
"Not yet sweetheart. Mommy has to unload all the bags."
"Did you unload all the bags yet?"
"No, sweetheart. Still working on it."
"Mom, I'm hungry. Can I have lunch?"
Gives son lunch.
Gives son lunch.
Son takes one bite and yells
"ARE YOU READY YET MOM? I'M NOT HUNGRY ANYMORE!"
At which point I decide to put whatever else I was doing aside. Life is too short to be caught up in the mundane and trivial taskts like making sure all the groceries are sorted into correct cabinets, am I right? The milk is in the cupboard! Anyway, we gathered all of our ingredients for what I have dubbed Super Simple Spooky Cookies!
You Will Need:
- Candy Melts In Your Choice Of Color (We chose vibrant green!)
- Candy Eyeballs
- Vanilla Wafer Cookies
- Wax Paper
Simply melt the candy melts to a smooth consistency. Do this by placing the melts in a microwave-safe dish, and setting the timer for 30 second intervals. Stir in between intervals until you achieve desired consistency.
Syrus had trouble with the waiting part, and insisted on watching the candies melt.
Now it's time to start creating your creatures! The kids will love helping out with this part! Take a cookie and dip into the melted candy mixture. Place on a wax paper-covered cookie sheet. Have the little ones put the eyeballs on your monsters!
This is how Syrus' batch came out:
As you can see, he went a little crazy with the eyeballs, less the ones that he decided to sneak and eat when I wasn't looking. At this point, you can either put the cookies in the refrigerator to speed up the process of the candy hardening, or you can do what I did, and break out your icing writers!
The fun part was trying to figure out what I created after we were finished. Syrus and I both deduced that they look most like a vampire frog, and Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba! They were never meant to come out perfect, the whole idea of the project was to create our own creatures and to do our own thing!
All in all, we had a lot of fun putting these yummy treats together, and our whole family enjoyed them! I'm learning to cherish the little things, like the time I spent with Syrus making these tasty treats! It doesn't matter that they didn't come out "Pinterest Perfect," but what did matter was what my son thought of them. The ultimate verdict was that he loved them, so that means I did, too.