Buried Skeleton Cupcakes

I was browsing all of the great posts over at Edible Crafts when I saw these cupcakes from Holidash:

They remind me of my favorite addition to our Halloween menu last year, Dead Man's Dip:

I will have to decide between the dip and the cupcakes this year.  How wrong would it be to make buried skeleton cupcakes for a three-year-olds birthday?  The buried skeletons might have to wait until she is a little older.

You can see the tutorial for the cupcakes HERE and the dip HERE.


8 Candy Corn Desserts for Halloween

Candy corn pudding is one of my all time favorite family Halloween desserts.  I miss having my sister in law make it for use every year!  (One of the downsides to living in a different state!)

Candy Corn Pudding Cups

In the same spirit of layered candy corn goodness, I bring you a few more fun candy corn layered desserts that, thankfully, don't actually taste anything like candy corn!

Candy corn cheesecake from I {Heart} Nap Time:

Candy corn mousse from Glorious Treats:

Candy corn milkshakes from Mel's Kitchen Cafe:

Or miniature shot glass candy corn milkshakes from Poca Cosas:

Candy corn push pops from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen:

Candy Corn Panna Cotta from Brave Tart:

Or a candy corn terrine like this one from Baking Bites:


Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

We are just starting the second week of school and it is killing me a little!  I have four kids at four different schools, so from 5am - 9am I am getting them up and where they need to go.  I am trying to be good about dinner and have been trying to remember some of my favorite easy dinner recipes.  Tonight we are having crock pot teriyaki chicken using the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.  I have a couple of different teriyaki recipes that we rotate through, but this one makes everyone happy and the fact that I can put it in the crock pot before noon and have it ready by dinner makes it the clear winner for the first back to school Monday!

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken from Gimme Some Oven

Another thing I love about it is that it uses ingredients that I usually have in the house (soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic, honey).   I don't always have fresh ginger, but I have substituted with ground ginger and it is still yummy!  I have even used dehydrated onions a time or two.

You can get the recipe for Ali's slow cooker teriyaki chicken over at Gimme Some Oven.


Is It Halloween Yet?

I am in denial about back to school.  Even the sudden increase in temperatures has not gotten me excited for the end of Summer.  The only thing I look forward to once school hits is Halloween!  Not even the pressure of three birthdays can dampen my love of all things fun and spooky!

It is probably to early to make these Halloween fingers in a bun hot dogs from Party Tipz, but you can bet your bottom dollar I will be making them come October 1.

They will be followed up with these cute DIY Frankenstein cupcakes from Cup of Cake.

And if sending my youngest to preschool this year buys me enough moments of sanity (or maybe enough insanity) I might try to pull off these floating candles from Eating Bender as part of my Halloween decorations.  I am going to start saving paper towel and toilet paper rolls in preparation!

Are you excited for Halloween already?  I totally understand if it is too early.  At least I am not talking about Christmas yet!!  I will leave that to the craft stores!


Setup Family Sharing on Your Apple Devices [How To]

With the launch of Apple Music, we had to set up our family on the Family Share plan.   Up to six family members can use Apple music under one account if you are connected via Family Sharing.

Apple has a great tutorial on their support site that tells you how to set up Family Sharing, but it left out some details that I would have found helpful, so after 4 hours of tinkering, searching the internet, setting up family share and then disbanding the family to set it all up again, here are a few things I have learned.

1.  First, decide who is going to be the family organizer.  We just assumed it was best to make my husband the organizer since we had all been using his Apple ID for purchases previously, but the organizer receives a LOT of notifications (at least when you are dealing with four underage kiddos) so we ended up disbanding that family and setting it up with myself as the organizer.  I worried not having the original Apple ID as the organizer would cause issues with purchases, but it has not.  If you do not have a credit card on file you will want to set that up.)

2.  If your kids don't have Apple IDs already you can do this WHILE adding them to Family Share.  This will allow you to set up IDs for kids under 13 without fishing birthdays.  You don't have to create Apple IDs for them ahead of time.

I didn't know this and went through and set up new ones for all of the kids first and had to go and change their birth dates (which is more steps than you would think) after the fact.

3 - After everyone is set up for family share, make sure everyone is set to share purchases.
You can check this at  Settings > iCloud > Family   (on each persons iPad/iPhone)

4 - If your family previously shared an Apple ID for purchases and/or you created new Apple IDs during the set up, you will want to add the individual Apple IDs to each persons device.

You can do that at  Settings > iTunes & App Store

Also you will want to make sure to add the Apple ID under Messages (Settings > Messages > Send & Receive) and Mail (Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > iCloud) as well.  This won't effect family sharing, but will come in handy if you have changed or added Apple IDs and will prevent frustration down the line!

At this point you should be all set to share purchases!!


** When you want to download an app purchased by a family member, go to the App Store on your device and search under your family members purchased apps. (They should be listed under  My Purchases)

** Not all apps are 'shareable'!!  To find out if the app you are buying can be shared, click on the app in the App Store and scroll down to information and it should say Family Sharing.

**You can only switch to a different family group once per year.  So our little mistake of making my hubby the family organizer...we are now stuck as a family for the next 365 days.

**Children under 13 can't be removed from a family. If you need to, you can transfer the child to another family or delete their Apple ID.