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Pirates of the Caribbean Davy Jones Pie

Davey Jones Pie

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Everybody’s favorite pirate is back on the big screen with Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales. To celebrate, I decided to make an octo-PIE. For the PIE-rates. Nobody stop me!

Now, I know Davy Jones isn’t in the new movie. I know he died a long time ago. (I don’t feel bad about that spoiler because if you haven’t watched the movies by now, what are you doing?) He may not be in this movie, but he makes a pretty charming pie. Plus, there’s no way I could properly capture Jack Sparrow’s beauty in pie form. I actually have to wait to see the movie until next week because my friend is out of town and insists I wait for her return so we can go admire Johnny Depp on the big screen together. I digress.

With this dessert, I tried something new. Yes it’s me, in video form. Can you tell I feel awkward on camera? I’m working really hard to kick that feeling so I can start making a lot more videos. Because they are fun!

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Buddy the Elf Spaghetti Christmas Cupcakes

Buddy the Elf Cupcakes

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”

On November 7th, 2003, the world was introduced to one of the most lovable Christmas heroes of all time- Buddy the Elf. It’s hard to believe the film is now 13 years old, but, then again, I’ve easily watched it well over 13 times. Buddy’s whimsical world makes it impossible to resist Christmas spirit- all the way from the “seven layers of the candy cane forest”, “through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops”, and finally arriving at the Lincoln Tunnel. The juxtaposition of Buddy’s festive innocence against New Yorkers’ rushed hostility is enough to get viewers laughing, but the visual of 6’3″ Will Ferrell in an elf suit doesn’t hurt either.

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Bloody Scream Macarons

Scream Macarons

The Movie

The groundbreaking 1996 slasher film Scream was the first gory flick to successfully cross over into the mainstream, paving the way for future films in the genre. The film lead to 3 sequels and an MTV episodic remake. Most importantly, it created one of the most recognizable killers- Ghostface. The mask for Ghostface, reportedly found by the director when scouting for locations, is a simple Halloween store mask. To be honest, it’s not even that scary looking! However, the success and scares brought by Scream make the black and white mask an iconic and unforgettable image.

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Booze, In the News

Decadent Red Wine Hot Chocolate

What are the two greatest indulgences? Wine and chocolate. You can try to argue, but I wouldn’t. These two treats are possibly the greatest gifts to bless the earth.

Since wine is a gift straight from the gods, it makes sense that we have an official day dedicated to red wine alone- and it’s today! Happy Red Wine Day!** If you didn’t know about this holiday, I’m happy to be the one to share the news. You now have, on your calendar, and excuse to drink today (not that you needed one.)

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Halloween Cheesecake

Halloween Cheesecake

Look at these cakes! Pumpkin spice with chocolate crust and spooky designs- they are the epitome of October sweets! I never knew about this technique for piping on cheesecakes, but now that I’ve tried it I don’t want to stop. Does it look complicated? Because it is so easy. All you need is some spare cocoa powder, a piping bag, and a steady hand. I chose to make these 3 designs, but your options are limitless! I’m already planning out what designs I want to make for the Christmas season. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

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S’mores Cupcakes

What says summer to you? Is it beaches and lemonade, swimming pools and ice cream, or is it campfires and- you guessed it- S’MORES. Everybody loves s’mores (okay, maybe some people don’t) and for me they remind me of summertime bonfires. I wanted to incorporate the flavors into a treat that can be enjoyed with or without the fire (since I don’t have a backyard). So I made these cupcakes! With a graham cracker crust, chocolate cake, a smooth chocolate ganache filling, and marshmallow frosting these are just like the real thing!

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Baked Vanilla Donuts

Recently I was given a donut pan, and I was so excited to put it to use! If you don’t have one, they are relatively cheap to purchase (buy one here for $8.99). To start, I decided to just whip up some vanilla donuts, mostly because I wanted to make some brightly colored glaze. I love opening up a donut box that has all different colors and sprinkles! This recipe makes just six donuts, but it can easily be doubled. Plus these donuts are baked, rather than fried. They are still by no means healthy, but it’s definitely better than frying them in oil! Whip these up on a Sunday morning and decorate them with all the rainbow sprinkles you can find!

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Pies, Recipes

Homemade Poptarts

My freshman year of high school I ate a package of Pop-Tarts every single morning on my hour long bus ride. Flash forward to present day, I can’t imagine eating those processed snacks even once a week. So I decided to try my hand at homemade versions, still not very healthy but at least a yummy treat with no preservatives! Once you try these you’ll never even want the store-bought breakfasts again, they are so good!

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