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Jello Hearts

This post comes to you entirely on behalf of my kid.  We were grocery shopping a couple of weeks ago, and she asked if I could buy her some cherry flavored gelatin packs.  We don’t really eat gelatine at home, but I thought… what the heck. She explained that there was a recipe she wanted us to try, she got it from one of her favorite apps: ABC Food.

This is a very easy recipe you can make with your kids at home.  Just dissolve the jello packs in boiling water and let it set (be careful that the kids don’t get burned with the hot water).  When they are done and you cut out the shapes and they can eat them with their hands, which makes it a great idea for birthday parties, or an after school activity.

We tried to cut out star shapes, but the mold I used was probably too small and it did not turn out well. If you want to use a star shape, choose a 2 inch mold. Another tip, is that when using your mold, wiggle it as you push down to cut through the jello completely.  Dipping it in hot water before cutting would probably help… I just thought of that as I write.

On lifting the shapes, I have an offset spatula at home, so it was easy for me to get them out.  You don’t have to go out to buy one, you can use a butter knife or try to lift them out with your fingers.

Have fun!


Jello Hearts

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The Foodies’ Kitchen Halloween

Oh, how we enjoy this time of year!  In Guatemala the weather starts to get colder, and yet we have blue skies.  Unlike other areas in the World that get to enjoy the fall foliage, this is probably the greenest part of the year for us since rainy season is on its way out.

Halloween is almost here, but months before it arrives we are already searching for the recipes and decoration ideas we will be trying out at home… although, we do have special motivation with my 4 year old daughter, Kristen.
This post is a roundup of our own recipes from the last couple of years, we wanted to have everything in one place  so hopefully you can find inspiration for your own spooky Halloween!
(click on the orange titles, this will take you to our Facebook albums which have direct links to all the recipes)

Here are a few ideas you can use:
Dip strawberries into melted chocolate and use Halloween sprinkles to decorate, do the same with marshmallows.

Don’t forget we’re also on Pinterest!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Halloween 2010

On 2010 we made
Stenciled Chocolate Cupcakes
Mummy Dogs
Ghoulish Chips
Macabre Drink
Halloween Sugar Cookies
Caramel Apples and
“Bat Wings”

Freebies!   Kitty designed beautiful cupcake toppers and wrappers!  Take a look!

Halloween 2011

On 2011 we tried out

Milky Way Cupcakes
Meringue Ghosts
Meringue Bones
Spellbinding Cookies
Halloween Ghostly Pancakes
Black Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes

Halloween 2012

This year we tried out:
Candy Corn Cookies
Candy Apples
Halloween Cheddar Cheese Ball
Vampire Cookies
…and maybe we still have time for one more ;)

Candy Corn Cookies

I made these Candy Corn Cookies last year, and they were everyone’s favorite. Especially for my sister in law, so … Vanessa, get ready for some.
I warn you, you do need some time to make these. Plan ahead of time so you can make the dough one day, and then do the baking on a different day. I always do this when I make special holiday cookies, otherwise… I just feel like it’s so much work!
I usually set up one afternoon to make the cookie doughs I want, then when I am ready to bake I just pull them out of the freezer.  Depending on the type of cookie and how much decorating goes into it, I’ll separate the process into three days. One day to make the dough or doughs, another day to bake (this usually means from 50 to even over 100 cookies, depending on the recipe), and another day to decorate. This recipe was no exception.

You do need a loaf pan to make this, so you can stack the three different layers  (you’ll see in the photographs). Then you just slice and bake.  But the work is worth it! They look pretty and they are delicious.  Since by just baking the cookie dough you get two layers of “white” dough with the orange in the middle, you need yellow Candy Melts to dip the bottom part of the cookie to get the traditional yellow, orange and white coloring.

Happy baking!

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Recipe from Sweet Sugarbelle
Yields: I forgot to count them! but you get A LOT.


2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 teaspoons orange juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Yellow Candy Melts, for dipping


  1. Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, almond extract, and orange juice. Whip until light and fluffy.
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt and add slowly to the wet ingredients until well incorported.
  3. When the dough is formed, remove it from the bowl, and divide it into thirds. Tint one third of the dough orange  and leave the other two-thirds uncolored.
  4. Afterward, line a 9×5 loaf pan with plastic wrap. Press one third of the white dough into a flat layer on the bottom. Next, add the orange dough on top creating the second layer. Finally, use the last of the uncolored dough to make layer three. Cover the top with the overhanging plastic wrap, and chill, preferably overnight. Slice into “candy corns” and bake at 375 for 7-10 minutes.
  5. Dip the bottom of each cookie into melted yellow Candy Melts

Note: In Guatemala you can find Candy Melts at Wilton’s store (Pasteles Artisticos, Zona 10), or purchase yellow chips from Blossom, Zona 10.

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

Children’s Day! – Blog Love

Children’s Day is celebrated globally, different countries have different dates to honor children on a special day.  Guatemala celebrates Children’s Day on October 1st, usually family members make the little persons in their lives feel celebrated by giving them a special treat, going on a special outing or making them a special meal, and at school  they have a fun filled day with activities and goodies.

I’m sad that this year Kristen won’t be able to celebrate Children’s Day at school because she got sick, but we will try to make her feel special with homemade treats… and we’ll probably have a Disney Princess movie marathon.

Here are some ideas (a lot of them are quick!) you can try at home to celebrate your child:

Goldfish Pizzas
at Pepperidge Farm

Nerds Cupcakes
by Mom’s Crazy Cooking

Mini Corn Dog Muffins
by Happy Good Time

Magic Potion
by Mrs. Happy Homemaker

(it changes color as the ice melts!)

Chocolate Covered Bananas
by Martha Stewart

Cupcake Fondue
by Oh Sweet Babies