Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SWEET OWLS AND CAKE POPS


The owl plates at Homegoods flew to my table this week, and along with them, came some cute spiders from Hobby Lobby, scary spiders, dirty ole rats, spider venom and vampire blood.  EEK!

I love the eyes on the owl plates. Not scary at all.



Would you care for some spider venom or vampire blood? How about a cup of coffee with a dirty ole rats tail? Eek!


I used rubbery spider webs, rats and spiders from the Dollar Store to embellish the table. I attached spider webs to the canning jar candleholders that I used in my yard all summer. To attach the spider web, I used invisible thread that I bought at Joann Fabrics. Added two orange votive candles, and enjoyed a candlelight dinner.  Well at least I tried to...there were too many rats and spiders for my liking.


Look at that dirty rat hanging on for dear life. He needs to be shooed away before dinner can begin. Eek!


No rats allowed at the Black Widows' Ball!  On the invitation, I asked the ladies to wear their little black dress (no witches allowed) with spidery accessories. After the party next weekend, I'll show you the spider skirt that I made for the party ;o)



I found a recipe for these adorable Cake Pops in Everyday Food, Oct. 2011, and bought the festive sprinkles in small quantity in the bulk section at Wegman's. Some of the pops were decorated with mini M&M's and candy corn. Very easy to make, I assure you.


Store bought pound cake, melted chocolate, sprinkles and lollipop sticks is all you need to make these CAKE POPS. I had to transport the pops 90 miles, so I can tell you they travel well!



Instructions for CAKE POPS:


1)  Cut pound cake into 1-inch slices and cut into rounds with a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter.

2)  Microwave semisweet chocolate chips until melted. (I used chocolate bark since I had it on hand, and it worked very well)

3)  Place one round at a time on the tines of a fork and submerge in chocolate. Transfer to a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet and let excess drip off, 5 minutes.

4) While chocolate is still wet, transfer rounds to a parchment-lined baking sheet with an offset spatula. Carefully insert lollipop sticks. Decorate with sprinkles or small candies. Refrigerate until set, 10 minutes. (I recommend keeping them in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them so the lollipop stick stays secure)

I will be joining the creative blogger Susan for Tablescape Thursday and fantasic author Michael Lee West for Foodie Friday.

Thank you for stopping by! If you leave a comment, I'll know you were here and will be sure to visit you!

Debbie


Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

25 comments:

  1. I love you Halloween table. You really have an artful eye for tablescapes. Really festive and fun. The cake pops are also winners.

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  2. WOW--that's all I have to say...WOW, Debbie!!!

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  3. WOW, MC would be so proud of you for setting that fabulous table, Debbie! The cake pops are really cute, sound pretty easy and are, no doubt, delicious.
    Hope you will take lots of pictures of your party to share with us!

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  4. Love the table, so festive! You ought to be on the payroll at M-C, you always do a wonderful table with them. Those cake pops look fantastic.

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  5. What a fabulous Halloween table, Debbie!!

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  6. Hi lovely lady.
    Wow you did a Beautiful job putting your tablescape together.. I love your dishes for Halloween and all the sweet things from the dollar store.
    You did a great job.
    I hope you have a great week.
    XXOO Diane

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  7. Love your spooky table! And what a quick way to make cake pops (I thought they were covered Oreos at first) Your pumpkin is also adorable!

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  8. Don't bother shooing the rat away before dinner...just make him the appetizer! :-) Gross! You must really wanted those cake pops to transport them 90 miles!!! I love that kind of dedication!!!!!!! The owl plates are darling! Just darling! His eyes remind me of an "Austin Powers" movie for some reason. It's like he's transfixing us and bringing us under his spell. Uh oh! :-)

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  9. Veddy sceddy, Debbie ;) I love everything except the rat!

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  10. Fantastic Halloween table! Each and every single picture is stunning.Love your setting...yes, every bit of it. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  11. The plates are adorable , Debbie. I love the table. I made cake pops too, but the regular ones. I used brownies mixed with cream cheese.

    Love the MC pumpkin too.

    Guess you are making RAT a touille!

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  12. That is one chic Halloween table! I LOVE those owl plates! And I am terrified of spiders (real or not) but your silly spiders are adorable. Very entertaining narrative, too! Thanks for the fun!

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  13. This table just makes me swoon! I definitely have to do a pumpkin like that! I adore your plates and cups. What a fun idea for a Halloween party! I am in love with this.

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  14. You've got my favorite dish pattern, Debbie, and it works so well here! I love your harlequin pumpkin, too. You did a great job "accessorizing" your table! ; ) When my kids were younger they would have big smiles on their faces to sit down at a table like this. I used to do up Halloween quite a bit more when they were younger, especially since it is my birthday.

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  15. This is just adorable!! The owl plates go so well with the MC plates, and that pumpkin, did you make it?? How cute is that!! Love love love this! Cake pops look great and delish, good job!!

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  16. Love your tablescape. The owls are great. Sheila @ raggedykingdom.blogspot.com

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  17. Anyone would feel special to be invited to sit at this festive table. It would be such fun to see the expressions of delight on the faces of the guests. The cake pops look very pretty and delicious. ----------Shannon

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  18. Hi Debbie...

    Adorable table! Love the black and white checks. Your cake pops look delicious!

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  19. So much to love about this..all the MC is great! The owl plates are perfect and can't go wrong with the cake pops!

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  20. This is so fabulous! The pumpkin makes the setting I think. Love it all!

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  21. LOVE YOUR TABLE lOVE ALL OF IT! THANKS,JOANN

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  22. I apologize for not visiting my favorite blogs lately, and i promise to do some catching-up with everyone in the next few days. We are experiencing cooler weather starting today (Thursday) and as for myself I'm looking forward to falls return to the Lancaster Pennsylvania area. And are the color of the leaves changing your your way folks as they are mine. Hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall season that has now begun. Richard from Amish Stories

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  23. Wow Debbie, your table is simply fabulous! The black and white checker board plates are uinique and those scary lookin rats will keep me away, lol! I love the white ghost figurine too. Have a terrific weekend. FABBY

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  24. I love this take on owls! It is so unique to see the owls in black and white instead of the traditional fall colors. You are did a great job, I am glad I found your blog!

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  25. hallo,I am a little owl and I like your black and white plates!!!!.I am your follower.

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