These turkey cupcakes are so cool to make for Thanksgiving and even though they look like a whole lot of time went into them it was simpler then you think.
~Make you favorite cupcakes and cool.
~Start with yellow icing and make a rippled edging along one half of the cupcake. When done squeeze the icing back into a bowl and add more coloring to that icing to get layers of yellow, yellow-orange, orange, orange-red, red, and a maroon color (by adding a very small amount of black or purple food coloring to the red).
~Top with Nutter Butter cookie that has pipped eyes, nose and goblet.
Would be great for an extra special treat for your Thanksgiving dinner party – the kids will especially love them.
Who would know that the decomposition of these items was so long. My family has always done it’s best recycle and do composting – we even shred office papers and junk mail and add to garden soil. The items decomposition years are staggering – will make me look more at our consumption of products in the future.
I have always enjoyed decorating for the holidays and Thanksgiving just does not have many options available in the means of store bought decorations to choose from. So I am always so very happy to find cheap and really cool ideas to decorate with – and ones that do not take a lot of time.
This decoration uses small small pumpkins just big enough to put a clean soup can in and dried or fresh flowers and/or a pillar candle. Place the can on the top of the pumpkin and trace around the can to make a guide for cutting. You will want this to be tight so cut just within the line. Cut the pumpkin and remove the guts and seeds (don’t throw those seeds out – see how to prepare them as a delicious snack below) so the pumpkin will last longer. You will also want to scrap the insides of the pumpkin to not leave any wetness that prompts rotting.
Now gently push the cleaned can down into your hole you cut. You want it snug so that the can will not push through into the pumpkin. It will defeat your end design of the arrangement.
FLORAL: If using fresh put clean water in and place your fresh flowers in. Place a wide bow around them at base next to pumpkin to finish off the look. Is using dry do the same without water.
CANDLE: Place the candle within the can and place flowers and filler around base. To keep the candle from going to far into the base wad up aluminum foil to fill in to make the height of the candle where you desire it.
SEEDS: Rinse in a strainer and remove any slippery substance and also the strings or guts of the pumpkin. I actually soak them for a few hours in water I have brought to a boil and added salt to so they absorb the solution to make a nice salty seed. You do not have to if you don’t want to. Bake them spread on a cookie sheet at 350 and turn every couple minutes until you smell that nutty smell and see teh edges of the seeds turning brown. Turn oven off and let them cool with the oven. When cool bag and eat as a delicious healthy snack.
-sort pretzels to pull all the whole ones and put them in a triangle fashion just like the picture shows so they are ready to go – you will need to act fast and a second pair of hands will be very helpful because you will have to do this before the chocolate cools
-put the candy corn (or what you will use for the nose to one side to have easy access
-melt chocolate or candy melt in a candy melting pot or follow instructions for microwave. Try the richness of using real chocolate – once you are successful you will realize how easy (and better tasting) it is and will never go back to using candy melts again
-dip and roll the Oreo so all sides are covered and place one on top of each triangle of pretzels and push down
-quickly push down the candy corn
-pipe on white royal icing to form whites of eyes
-Pipe on black of eyes
What a cheap way to add to your decorations. Use old mason jars, mayo jars, pickle jars (bigger the variety of size and shapes makes this project pretty neat). Use gauze and wrap until you have a doesn’t covering over the jars using hot glue to hold into place if you need to. Tie and leave some overhang. This can be left nice and tidy or messy – mummy’s don’t care what they look like right? For the light source use an electronic candle or small flashlight and place in mason jar. Done – great party decorations or table centerpiece. You could also have these in various places around a front porch for the Trick-or-treaters. Have a great Halloween and stay safe!