I’ll be honest – I have only made Cake Mix Cookies a total of three times in my life, and this recipe is included in those three. Now, before I developed this recipe, I never really thought about Cake Mix Cookies and how awesome they are. I mean, what’s not to love? They are low-cost, super-easy, and the combinations and possibilities of different flavors seems limitless! They are soft, chewy and moist, and practically fail-proof. But being that I always bake from scratch, they are often neglected from my baking.
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If you’ve seen any of my recent posts, then you already are aware that my next few recipes will be featuring all of General Mills’ Monster Cereals, including the return of Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute from the cereal graveyard! If you haven’t been following, or are new to my site, then you are in for a treat with today’s recipe! This is the first of many of my “Monster Chow” recipes, and for this one, I am sharing the recipe for my Frankenberry Monster Chow!
Whether you’re familiar with Chex snack mix as ‘Puppy Chow’ or ‘Muddy Buddies’, this is the same concept…except The Homicidal Homemaker uses the strawberry-deliciousness of Frankenberry cereal!
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As you probably saw on one of my previous posts, I was over the moon about General Mills bringing back Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute, two of the discontinued Monster Cereals.
I am proud and excited to say that I received both Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute, along with the other three Monster Cereals, before they hit the shelves, so I could concoct some delicious recipes just in time for the Halloween season! A huge thanks to General Mills for giving me this opportunity!
The cereals arrived this past Friday while I was hosting my brother’s “The Walking Dead”-themed birthday party, and it took every ounce of willpower to not immediately tear into them and gobble them up! So…I waited until I was absolutely certain on a few of the recipes I was going to make before doing the “taste test”, and trust me…I was not disappointed! Every bite was pure nostalgia for me, as I haven’t gotten to taste this particular cereal since the early 90’s!
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Check out these super easy Frappucino Vintage Milk Bottles!
As I am planning and making things for my brother’s birthday party next weekend (we’re doing a zombie/The Walking Dead theme this year!), I of course have been trying to do things as low-cost as possible.
I am making a spooky radioactive-green punch for the attendees, and I wanted the look of those cute vintage milk bottles I’ve been seeing online. They may look cute…but their price certainly isn’t cute!
So I did the next best thing – I upcycled some Starbucks Frappucino bottles! Since I rarely buy these things, I posted on my Facebook page asking my friends to save them for me. A friend saved up an entire dozen for me, so I was super excited that I received them and didn’t have to spend a dime! Yay!
After that, it was just as simple as removing the labels on the front and back of the bottle, removing the glue residue with some Goo-Gone and rubbing alcohol, removing the stamped-on date from the bottle, and then adding some cute and spooky ribbon and some glittery spiders.
One thing that I really like about how I decided to decorate these is that the ribbons can slip off and be stored, and you can make different decorations to suit different events!
The best news I have received in a while…the return of the beloved Monster Cereals, FRUTE BRUTE and YUMMY MUMMY! I have dreamt of this day…and it gives me hope for the return of Ecto-Cooler!
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New shirt style from The Homicidal Homemaker™! I will be launching the presales on my site later this week.
Shirts will be $15 + shipping...or…if you are local, you can arrange to pick up the shirt from me and save on shipping.
Wow! I cannot believe it is already August! 2013 has been fast-paced, and has went by so rapidly that it’s difficult to even look back on this year and reflect on all of the things I have done. While it’s certainly been fun, it’s also been so busy that I haven’t been able to regularly update TheHomicidalHomemaker.com! However, in my spare time, I’ve been hard at work on publishing my first cookbook and making jewelry and merchandise for my online store that will be launching soon.
Anyhow…last month, I sponsored the Viscera Film Festival in Los Angeles on July 13th. This was my third year providing goodies to one of their events, and I was very happy to be able to do it this year, as I missed out on the summer 2012 ceremony (for good reason, though; I was hosting a screening of “Slumber Party Massacre II” in Fresno that day!)
For this year, I made my signature Blood Red Velvet™ cupcakes with white chocolate zombie heads for the VIP room, and my signature Ghost White™ cupcakes with white chocolate skulls and roses for the general admission attendees. All decorations were handmade.
Traveling to Los Angeles (a three-hour drive) with hundreds of cupcakes and hundreds of little white-chocolate skulls and zombie-heads in a little car was not an easy task, but I made it work, and assembled everything in my hotel room before the event.
The cupcakes were extremely well-received. I didn’t return home with a single cupcake!
Several folks took a few of my business cards, and I am happy to say that I’ve gotten many inquiries about orders and events in the future.
The lineup of films this year was the best one yet, in my opinion. Congratulations to the winners!
And just on a side note, I was extremely thrilled when I saw that one of my favorite actors ever, Bill Moseley, posted a photo of my cupcakes on his Instagram!
This upcoming Wednesday, 5/22 at 5pm p./7pm c./8pm e. I will be a guest on The Phantom Zone Radio Show. Be sure to listen and interact with us live in the chat, where I will be talking about The Homicidal Homemaker as well as my cookbook, appearances and merchandise, and also Season 2 of Friday Night Frights, and the upcoming SCAREanormal – Fresno event!
Please be sure to call in and ask any questions you may have!
Anyone who knows me knows I have a little problem (okay, a huge problem) with collecting gelatin molds. I have no idea where my fascination started, but I imagine that it has something to do with my childhood, and that we had vintage copper gelatin molds on the wall in our kitchen.
Many people frown upon gelatin – they associate it with ‘hospital food’ or with being ill. I can assure you that this recipe will remind you of neither of those. With fresh seasonal strawberries, juicy green grapes, and crisp green apple, this gelatin dessert screams summertime! This recipe uses a pomegranate wine from a wonderful local winery here in Central California, called Twin Pomegranates Wine. They have several varieties and they are all wonderful!
Pomegranate Sangria Gelatin
1/2 cup water
2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
2 cups 100% pomegranate juice (I used Bolthouse Farms)
1 cup Twin Pomegranate’s Wine, chilled
1 Granny Smith apple, diced
1.5 cups strawberries, sliced
1 cup green grapes, sliced in half
STEP ONE: In a large bowl, sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup water; allow gelatin to “bloom” for a few minutes. In a saucepan, bring your pomegranate juice to a boil; stir boiling pomegranate juice into the gelatin mixture with a wire whisk until gelatin has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, and then stir in the Twin Pomegranate’s wine. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until thickened.
STEP TWO: Core and dice one granny smith apple. Hull strawberries and cut into slices and add to the apple. Slice the green grapes into halves and add to the strawberries and apple.
STEP THREE: When gelatin has thickened, gently fold in the apples, strawberries and grapes. Return to refrigerator while you prepare your mold.
STEP FOUR: Prepare a gelatin mold by lightly spraying with cooking spray, and then using a paper towel to wipe it down – this leaves just a light residue that will help you unmold your gelatin. Gently pour/spoon the gelatin mixture into the mold and refrigerate until firm, about 6 hours, but overnight is best.
STEP FIVE: Invert gelatin mold onto a chilled plate, and enjoy!