Tonight we are featuring Heather's Halloween Sweets and Treats set. If you like dies and customization, this is the Halloween set for you. Crazy fun stuff. Almost (just almost) makes me wish it was October already so I could put it to use some more.
For my project today, I decided to make some Halloween Push-Up Pop parfaits using brownies, Cool Whip, and Reese's Pieces. Have you seen some of the desserts on the internet using Push-Up Pops? Do a Google image search and you'll see what I mean. I got a Betty Crocker 4th of July recipe email back in July that featured red and blue mini-cupcakes and Cool Whip in the containers. I think it was a grand total of two minutes before I was on the hunt for my own.
You can by all means buy some Push-Up Pops and wash/reuse the containers, but I was not that hungry. Plus, I wanted some with lids and I wasn't sure I could get those in the freezer section of the grocery store. I found--and splurged--on some at Amazon. Let me walk you through the conversation I had with my husband when I served him these delicious and fun parfaits the other night...
Matt: So, how much did these cost a piece? Two bucks?
Me: Oh no. Nothing like that. They were cheap. Worked out to like seventy cents a piece including shipping. And supposedly they are reusable.
Matt: That's nothing. No big deal. Kinda fun.
Me: Yeah, I thought so. Guess you don't mind that I had to buy a hundred of them then.
HA HA HA! We had a good laugh at the expression on his face. But seriously...they are reusable. I've been running them through the dishwasher. And I justified the 100 count knowing that I would use them for gifts. A bit of a splurge like I said, but seriously fun.
I did find smaller quantities here if you are interested, but they do work out to be a little bit more per pop
Back to stamping--I thought the little jack-o-lantern bucket made a cute tag. I tied the stick to the pop (for easy loading and delivery) with Baker's twine and hung my spider pumpkin off of it. I pulled out an oldie but still a goodie Spooky Sweets to stamp an Avery label. The sentiment is new from Heather's set this month.
Just a view of what's in the pops. I baked a tray of brownies and used the open end of the pop like a cookie cutter to cut perfect brownie coins. Layered with Cool Whip and conveniently colored Reese's Pieces. I have a few extra kids in my house--both them and my two were thrilled to eat these for dessert one night. I like that they are portion controlled. Once you're done, you're done.
Other thoughts for Push-Ups:
1. Layered jell-o
2. Homemade ice cream/sorbet layered with toppings. So going to do this.
3. Fill the pops with candy and leave off the stick.
4. Cupcakes and frosting
5. Cupcakes and ice cream toppings. We did this and it was delicious.
6. Frozen slushie cocktails/Jell-o shots for adults. YUM!
Now, how about a card using more of those fabulous dies? I thought the spider legs might team up nicely with the 1.75" Limitless Layers and PTI's collection of circle stamps. I busted out my 2010 Halloween Tags for this project. I'd imagine that you can play around with all the other accessories (bat wings, cat ears) to make other neat 1.75" inch circle projects.
Hope you are inspired...and totally understand why I had to buy 100 of them:). I'm in good company, right? Just too cute to resist.
Make sure you stop by the blogs of the other PTI girls to see what things they are up to using this set. I'm guessing we'll have all your Halloween ideas locked up tonight:). Be back soon with more PTI goodness this month.
Stamps: Halloween Sweets and Treats, Spooky Sweets
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest
Dies: Halloween Sweets and Treats
Dark Chocolate Baker's Twine
Stamps: Halloween Sweets and Treats, 2010 Halloween Tags
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow, Orange Zest
Patterned paper: Halloween Prints
Dies: 1.75" Limitless Layers, Mega Halloween Sweets and Treats, Edgers #1
Orange Zest button