Easy Halloween Cupcakes

October is a fabulous time of year.  Louisiana heat finally vacates and one can enjoy leaving windows open and drinking pumpkin tea on the porch – which is my new favorite by the way.  

easy spider cupcakes

my pumpkin tea


easy pumpkin spiders

the boy’s pumpkin tea ;)


And of course Halloween is approaching so I made some super easy spider cupcakes to help celebrate!  These cupcakes are great because they don’t require any fancy equipment or fondant or gum paste.  Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my fancy daisy cupcakes, but sometimes I just want to be lazy.  Lazy, but still cute of course.

easy spider cupcakes

To make these easy spider cupcakes you will need the following ingredients:

  • Small cupcakes (cooled)
  • Chocolate covered pretzels – I used Flipz
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Two or three Lifesaver mints (crushed)
  • 2 cups of Hersey’s chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream (more if needed to thin ganache)

To assemble:

  1. I used the recipe HERE by Add a Pinch’s blog.  She claims its the best white cake recipe and I’ll concur.  You can use any cake recipe, but I purposely made the cupcakes small (only filled the cupcake pan by about 1/2 per cupcake hole) in order to make them look more like a spider body and more proportional to the flipz pretzel legs.
  2. Using your hands or a knife, break up the chocolate covered pretzels so they can be spider legs (don’t eat them all, even though is super tempting!)
  3. After the cupcakes have cooled, removed them from their wrapper and flip another cupcake wrapper inside out so the cupcake can sit on top of the wrapper (as my spiders are)
  4. Melt the chocolate chips with the heavy cream in a double broiler (I use a glass bowl over a pot of hot water) to make chocolate ganache
  5. Use a spatula to cover each cupcake with ganache.  Yes, your fingers may get messy, but who’s complaining about ganache fingers?
  6. After your cupcakes are covered in ganache add to mini M&Ms to each cupcake as spider eyes
  7. Next attach your pretzels as spider legs
  8. Then attach crushed pieces of lifesaver mints as fangs/teeth

There it is easy spider cupcakes.  Fabulous for a party, friends or you know… just you and your husband (not that we would eat all of those ourselves :) ).

easy spider cupcakes

Nom nom nom.

I also finally bought a pumpkin for our porch.  We are really embracing October – and loving it.  Hope you are as well!

pumpkin on porch

Happy spider cupcake making!

DIY baby shower favor

Hey who doesn’t love a good baby shower?  

Better yet, who doesn’t love a super cute DIY  baby shower favor?  

DIY baby gift purses

So cute!

Yep.  These little mini paper purses are the going to be the baby shower favor for my friend Alex’s baby shower girls night.  She was already having a shower thrown by her family and didn’t want multiple showers, so we a doing a girls night out shower.  Its the best of both worlds: celebration and close friends.  Who says a celebration has to be a huge event anyhow?  We are just going to dinner and going to laugh and be silly.  I can’t wait!

What does one put on the side of the little paper purses?

A baby giraffe of course.

DIY baby shower side of paper purse

doesn’t get much cuter than that

What does one put inside these cute little purses?  

Little nuggets of course.  

Chocolate ones.

DIY baby shower purse open

Yes. I ate a few while I posted.

I have to be honest and tell you that while I did participate in making the purses, I had A LOT of help (as in she supplied all the paper, stamps and cutting machine as well as all the know how) from my wonderful neighbor Amy.  She is a Stampin Up, paper crafting master.  And better than that, she’s just a fabulous person.  So while I don’t have a tutorial for you, she promised she will post one for you (coming as soon as I send her these pics!).  Check out her blog StampinWithAHeart to see more of her mad skills.

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Fine Motor Kids Craft

Its about time for a kids craft at the Ginger Life Blog! 

Although my husband and I don’t have kids, we are certianly kids at heart.  I have proof.  

1.  We have a new favorite  

Ice cream that is.  The “Krazy Kookie Dough” Ice Cream from Blue Bell has risen to first place in our never ending search for favorite ice cream flavors.  And look, this marketing is clearly geared towards kids.  

Krazy kookie dough ice cream on the ginger life blog

I don’t even want to know what makes it this lovely unnatural shade of yellow, pink, blue and green.

bluebell Krazy Kookie dough ice cream on the ginger life blog

I may have eaten some as I wrote this post…


2.  We have to go see the newest kids movies in the theatre.  Always.  

Frozen, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Lego Movie….You name it we were there, in the theatre on opening weekend riding it out with all the chatty kids and their parents “shhHH”ing every 2 minutes.  

Why?  Because we LOVE kids movies.  

My recent favorite is Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.  I can’t help but cracking up at this cleaver film.   It was this movie as well as my job as an Occupational Therapist (OT) that inspired this lovely fine motor kids craft.  As an OT I am always trying to find great crafts to promote strength in little hands.  This can help kids with grip strength which in turn can allow them the ability to do a number of fine motor actives: writing, buttoning, cutting, stringing beads…this list goes on.  Of course a child rarely needs JUST strengthening, but its almost always a good place to start. 


fine motor kids craft supplies


fine motor kids craft to be

Minion to be

Disclaimer:  This is simply a fine motor craft activity idea.  *If you have concerns about your child please see your pediatrician or get an Occupational Therapy evaluation*

On to Crafting!    

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I do (not want to go broke) Part 2

In the spirit of saving money on a wedding or sticking to a wedding budget, I thought I’d share my top 5 favorite DIY ideas for a wedding.  I know not every one is AS big of a DIY geek as I am (i.e. the time I tried to make a boat birthday cake), but everyone can do some DIYs for their wedding.  And if not, you probably have a friend who could help you out.  

The benefit of DIY, after saving cash money of course, is that it gives a very personal touch to your special day.  I used DIY technique for almost everything I could, minus the cake.  I was tempted, but I decided to contract that one out.  Because not everyone cares to do this much crafting pre-wedding, as you can only super glue your fingers together so many times, or tolerate so many hot glue burns before it all gets old, I am sharing our top 5 DIY favorites from our wedding.  These were simple to complete and generated lots of great feed back from guests.

1.  My favorite DIY which I heard a great bit of positive feedback from were the guest escort cards.  I made the cut out boots using a borrowed cricut machine and brown card stock.  Then I hand decorated each boot and wrote guests names on them.

DIY wedding escort cards


DIY wedding escort cards

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