Wordless Wednesday: Photo of the Week 11/5

Cousins are childhood playmates that growup to be forever friends #cousins #family #photography #fall #boys #sweet

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Every Wednesday, from now on, Creatively Lu will feature a photo of the week. There will be no words in this post. The goal is to inspire you to comment below. The comments can be anything from a creative caption to famous quote to just a general thought that pops into your mind when you look at the photo.

Create a beautiful Wednesday!

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Make it Monday: Candy Cornbread Muffins

This past Sunday, was a day of firsts. We had the first snowfall, here in Boston, and I lit the first fire of the season in my fireplace. There’s just something about magical about seeing snow trickling down the window and feeling the warmth of the fire that makes me want to throw on the Christmas music and get to baking. And while I refrained from breaking out my Mariah Carey Christmas album; after all, it was football Sunday, I did get to baking.

 

I decided to bake some cornbread muffins for a quick and delicious breakfast option for the week. And with Halloween just passed, I substituted the sugar for leftover candy corn. (Have you ever looked at the ingredients for candy corn? It’s pretty much just sugar!)

Candy Cornbread Muffin Recipe #candycorn #cornbreadmuffins #recipes

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This cornbread is exactly what I’m looking for when it comes to seriously good cornbread. It’s moist, buttery, and the perfect amount of sweetness. And while it’s absolutely delicious served on it’s own, it’s even better with a small drizzle of honey.

Candy Cornbread Ingredients #cornbread #candycorn #ingredients

Candy Cornbread Muffins

  • 1 2/3 C. All-Purppse Flour
  • 1 C. Cornmeal
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 3/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/3 C. Whole Milk
  • 1/2 C. Unsalted Butter (melted)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 C. Candy Corn (chopped)

 

I started the recipe off by chopping up the candy corn into small pieces with a sharp knife. Since the Candy Corn bits will dissolve into the batter, you don’t have to worry about the candy corn being equal in size.

Chopped up Candy Corn #candycorn #leftoverhalloweencandy #halloween #cornbread

Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine milk, butter, honey, and the egg.

Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients until fully combined. Fold chopped candy corn into the cake batter. Allow batter to rest overnight in the refrigerator. (The candy corn bits will dissolve completely).

Dry Ingredients for Candy Cornbread Muffin Recipe #dryingredients #candycorn #cormbread #recipe

Wet Ingredients for Candy Cornbread Muffin Recipe #dryingredients #candycorn #cormbread #recipe

Batter for Candy Cornbread Muffin Recipe #batter #candycorn #cormbread #recipe

Remove from refrigerator and stir well to incorporate candy corn color throughout the batter.

Batter for Candy Cornbread Muffin Recipe #batter #candycorn #cormbread #recipe

Place muffin paper liners in a  12-cup muffin tin. Evenly divide the cornbread mixture into the papers.

Bake for 15 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

 

Candy Cornbread Muffin tins #candycorn #cornbread #muffins #recipes

Serve warm and enjoy!

Candy Cornbread Muffins #candycorn #cornbread #muffins #recipes #leftoverhalloweencandy

Create a delicious Monday!

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*For more ideas on how to use your leftover Halloween candy, read last weeks post:  4 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

And now for your dose of inspiration….

Stop waiting for Friday for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life.  Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now! #quotes #stopwaitingforfriday #motivation #Lifequotes #love

“Stop waiting for Friday. For summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life.
Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now”


Happy Halloween!

If y’all follow me on Instragram then you know I have 2 little shih-tzus:

Lucy…

Lucy the shih-tzu rocking her cheetah bow after the groomers #shihtzu #bows #creativelylu

& Luca.

Luca the shihtzu riding shotgun #luca #happy #shihtzu #creativelylu

This year, for Halloween, my mom bought some dog costumes for my two little buddies.  And I couldn’t help but share photos of Lucy, the Diva Dino, and Luca, the Badass Pumpkin…

Lucy the dino and Luca the pumpkin all ready for halloween #shihtzu #dogcostume #pumpkin #dino

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Luca the pumpkin and Lucy the dino lounging on Halloween #shihtzu #halloween #dogcostume #pumpkin #dino #adorable

Luca didn't want to take his pumpkin costume off #dogcostume #pumpkin #shihtzu #halloween

Luca the very happy pumpkin #shihtzu #dogcostume #pumpkin #creativelylu

Lucy dressed up as a dinosaur for Halloween #dino #dogcostume #shihtzu #lucy #creativelylu

Have a very, happy Halloween!

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And now for your daily dose of inspiration…

"Life's a Witch and then You Fly" #quotes #halloween #lifesawitchandthenyoufly #witch #creativelylu

“Life’s a Witch and then You Fly”


Thrifty Thursday: 4 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

Let me guess, you bought a lot of Halloween candy. After all, tis the season for buying candy in bulk and not feeling guilty about it. It’s for the kids, right?

Yet whether you come home with a very proud “Trick-or-Treater” holding his or her plastic pumpkin filled to the brim with treats  or simply bought more candy bags than the total number of neighborhood kids, come Saturday morning, you are going to have a ton of leftover candy on your hands. Let me help you out with some of those leftovers….

4 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy #halloween #leftovercandy #thrifty #healthy #supportourtroops #trailmix #candy-infusedvodka #starburst #thanksgivingcenterpiece #gingerbreadhouse

 

 #1. Donate:  Support Our Troops

In my opinion, the best way to use leftover Halloween candy is by sending it to Operation Shoebox, an organization that provides care packages to troops deployed overseas and returning home. When you send your leftover candy bags to Operation Shoebox volunteers, they will use your candy to fill  special care packages given to men and women stationed across the world.

Donate your leftover Halloween candy to Troops overseas through Organizations like Operation Shoebox and Operation Gratitude #leftoverhalloweencandy #donate #giveback #usa #troops #neverforget

 

*For more information on how to donate your Halloween candy and to learn more about Operation Shoebox: click here.

#2. Decorate a Festive, Gingerbread House for the Holidays

 

Who doesn’t love decorating Gingerbread Houses for the holidays? And with all that leftover Halloween candy, you will have endless amounts of decorations for your Gingerbread house at your fingertips. And if you happen to have a lot of “Halloween-Themed” candy, such as those orange and black M&M’s, candy corn, those pumpkin candies, etc. use the candy to to create a fall Gingerbread House perfect for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Save your halloween-themed leftover candy to decorate a fall harvest Gingerbread House perfect for your Thanksgiving centerpiece #thrifty #creativelylu #leftoverhalloweencandy #candycorn #thanksgiving #centerpiece

#3. Snack Attack: DIY Healthy Trail Mix

Let’s face it, endless amounts of leftover sugar hanging around the house can go very bad. In just Halloween movie marathon this weekend, you could wipe out a full bag Pay Days, Starbursts, and Reeses Pieces each. Pace your candy consumption  by mixing it with healthier snacks and storing it in individual Ziploc bags.

There’s really no wrong way to make Trail Mix, but here are some mix-in options:

  • 1 c. raw almonds
  • 1 c. chopped candy bars (Snickers, Twix, PayDay, etc.)
  • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c. M&Ms
  • 1 c. pretzels
  • 1/2 c. cheerios
  • 1/2 c. candy corn

Portion Out Leftover Halloween Candy by Using it to Make Trail Mix in individual-sized snack bags #healthy #snacks #halloween #leftovercandy #portioncontrol

#4. Get Your Buzz On: DIY Candy-Infused Vodka

Did you know that you can make your own flavors of vodka? Well you can, and it’s super easy. Here’s how:

  1. Fill a water bottle with 6oz of vodka and pour one flavor of leftover Halloween candy, such as pink Starbursts, into the bottle.
  2. Shake the water bottle vigorously and set aside for a few hours.
  3. Once the bottle has rested, shake it up again.
  4. Put four coffee filters in a funnel and place into a measuring cup.
  5. Strain by pouring your filtered creation over the funnel.
  6. If the vodka turns out a little thick, repeat step 5 again.
  7. Pour the infused vodka into a flask and chill until it’s ready to serve.

Not sure what to do with your leftover halloween candy? Take a favorite flavor, such as pink Starbucks, and make a candy-infused Vodka #cocktails #starbucks #leftoverhalloweencandy #starburstvodka

I hope that these 4 tips have inspired you to create a fun-filled Halloween!

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And now for your dose of inspiration….

Think Outside the Box #quotes #inspiration #motivation #beoriginal

Think Outside the Box #beoriginal


Wordless Wednesday: Halloween Edition

This Week's Wordless Wednesday photo is in honor of Halloween #halloween #cat #costume

 

 

*Every Wednesday, from now on, Creatively Lu will feature a photo of the week. There will be no words on the page. The goal is to inspire readers to come up with creative captions, quotes, and just general thoughts that pop into your mind when you see the photo.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Create a beautiful Wednesday!

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