Cheat Treat: TMNT Party Ideas (Great for Halloween!)

Yes.  You read that right.  This post is going to be less recipe…and more inspiration!  I have pictures and ideas for you from a party my husband and I threw…just for ourselves.  For date night!!  We both grew up watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (me occasionally, him religiously! ;)).  I know there are some fellow grown up nerds out there rejoicing.  But…maybe you aren’t crazy about cartoons…but maybe your kids are!  Here are some super fun things you can do either for a party with your friends, a great date night idea, or just a fun way to make a week night seem like the best thing ever to your little ones!  Also…feel free to take my ideas for TMNT and customize them to whatever themed party you want to enjoy!


Wanna see what we did?  Now…I am not a pastry chef, so don’t laugh at my efforts.  We just wanted to have fun 😉



Obviously most important is that you get a big ole New York style pizza!!  If you have a Cam’s Pizzeria anywhere near you, GO THERE!  That is where I got this beautiful MONSTER!  Ugh…my mouth is watering…definitely going to have to have pizza again for our next cheat day!



Next?  The ninjas of course!!  Make a batch of your favorite cupcakes and frost with green frosting.  (If you can’t find green, grab a tub of white and some green dye!).  Then grab those tubes or can of colored frosting that come with multiple tips…you can get them in the baking section of any grocery store.  You need AT LEAST red, orange, blue, purple, white…and a tube of black for the little details!  Use the flat, wide tip for the bandanas, and a round tip for the white of the eyes, etc…  Aren’t they fun?!




Now, the ninjas need somewhere to hide, so a good idea is to provide…



The sewer!!  I did just a standard sugar cookie.  I used a tub of white frosting, and had the black gel dye (usually they come with instructions on how many drops to use for different shades of gray!)  Feel free to write “sewer” in black to make it look more legit…I just ran out of the black haha!


And we can’t forget what started it all…



Toxic ooze!  Yeah baby!!  Super easy…I got small plastic “mason jars” at Wal*Mart and filled them with lime jello…then made construction paper labels!



And there you have it!  A super fun, super tasty, super cheat-day themed party!




Yeah baby…talk about wholesome haha!!




What a feast!!  We devoured this while watching the old movies, and ended the night by going to a late showing of the new movie when it was in theater!!  Maybe you can plan to throw one of these parties when it comes out on DVD, and surprise your family and/or friends!!  What’s your favorite theme for parties?!

Cheesy Jalapeño Bites (Man Night Cheat Treat!)

So I haven’t posted a naughty treat in quite some time!  But the season of parties has arrived, so I thought I would share this little gem!  Perfect for man nights!!  I love man nights!!  My house always gets clean, I get to cook fun food…and before I leave or go hide in the bedroom, I get to enjoy the fact that most men are easily pleased.  So the fact that I can make tacos or chili or jalapeño bites gets me tons of “mmmm’s, “oh my gosh”s, and “Tabby this is so good, you’re amazing”s, haha!  Its a nice feeling.  So here is something to hopefully help you get a similar reaction!!

Cheesy Jalapeño Bites!!  Here’s what you need:

  • 2 Egg Yolks (Psst…secret…I totally forgot these and they STILL WORKED!  Baha!)
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softenedd
  • 16 oz Shredded Parmesan Cheese (Yes, it is a lot!  But worth it!)
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Jalapeños (I used fresh, then found out after I had already mixed it that my mom uses the ones from the can!  But it seemed to still work well, so choose your fancy!)
  • Bread Crumbs


And here’s how you do it!

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix everything but the bread crumbs together in a bowl.
  3. Form into small bowls and roll in bread crumbs, getting a nice coating.
  4. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.  THEY WILL FLATTEN OUT, that’s fine!! 🙂


Yeah buddy!  Golden brown, melty, spicy…perfection!


Here it is with a big ol’ pot of chili and sweet cornbread!  A perfect feast for  a man night in!!  I hope you enjoy!

Turkey, Cheddar, Relish Grilled Cheese: On the 12th Day of Christmas…

…my true blog gave to me a sammich that made me so happy I might pee!!!

Okay, that’s terrible I know. But really. This thing was phenomenal. I could eat it every day. Your kids will love it. Your spouse will love it. Your friends will love it. You will love it. You will want to make it over and over until you have no leftovers left!

Yes, that’s right. This is made almost completely out of Holiday Feast leftovers!!! Relish, turkey, special reserve extra sharp cheddar we had left over from our appetizer… It was so heavenly. I’m a big fan of the marriage of salty and sweet. Especially when the salty is cheese. Kind of like we explored in my Crackers, Cheese, and Marshmallows post!

So you can probably tell where this is going, but here ya go…here is what you need:  (For one sammich…my pictures shows me making two!)

  • 2 Slices Bread
  • A Handful Left Over Turkey (Shredded)
  • 2-3 Slices Cheddar (We use special reserve extra sharp cheddar…Mr. Rodgers’ favorite!)
  • A Large Spoonful Cranberry Orange Relish
  • Butter.


And here’s how you do it:

Basically, you are going to make a normal grilled cheese, just with goodies in it!!:

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Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Butter one side of your bread and lay it down in the skillet.

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Spread enough cheese slices to cover bread.

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Cover cheese with a layer of turkey…

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Smear on some relish!!

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Add any extra cheese you have…I was going to just cheese one side but I figured this may help make a layer between the bread and relish so it would help it not get soggy…and more is better with cheese on a grilled cheese, right?!

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Butter your other slice of bread and place it on top, buttered side up.

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Flip sammich when cheese is getting melty and bread is nice and browned to your liking.

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Now…devour!!!!!!!!  There is really no other way to eat this sammich than to DEVOUR it.  Cause it’s just so good.  Oh man.  I gotta go eat something.  Enjoy the recipe, Merry Late Christmas…peace out!!