Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit our college girl at school on homecoming weekend.

I couldn’t arrive empty-handed!

homecoming basket

Ouachita Baptist University holds a special place in our hearts. My husband and I met there! Now our oldest is a Ouachita Tiger!

Treats for OBU Homecoming HAD to  have a tiger theme!

Tiger Tails were easy to make and yummy to eat!

First, thread three marshmallows onto a bamboo skewer.

marshmallows on a stick

Melt orange candy melts.

Dip the marshmallows into the melted candy. I actually had to spread the melted candy on my marshmallows. Just be sure you get a little of the candy on the bamboo skewer and the under-side of the bottom marshmallow. If you don’t, the marshmallows will slide down the skewer.

orange candy melts

While candy coating is still wet, sprinkle with orange sugar for extra fanciness.

sprinkled with sugar

Stick the coated marshmallows in Styrofoam to dry.

Styrofoam cooling rack

If you ever let your children use your sprinkles, you can expect cross contamination of colors.

orange and blue

I had to pick out all the blue sprinkles. I think this was pay-back for the time I had them separate sprinkles for me.

blue sprinkles

Melt some chocolate chips in a zip top bag. Once melted, clip the corner of the bag. Drizzle the chocolate back and forth over the orange “tails”. Now they really look like tiger tails! Just don’t twirl the skewer. I tried it. The stripes looked like a spiral not a tiger. Carefree and unstructured is the way to go.

tiger tail treats

Of course I had to use cellophane wrappers to make them look more professional.

I thought this would be a good opportunity to practice my decorating skills a little, too.

college gift basket

I packed up the treats in an old purple Easter basket, handle removed, with yellow shredded copy paper. I needed the paper shreds to cover the foam in the bottom of the basket necessary for the tiger tails to stand.

homecoming basket

I happened to have a big cellophane bag that could house the basket and a big purple bow! Perfect!

The tiger tails were a hit! She even shared with the roommate and suite mates!

It’s not too late to make Christmas goodies. I made Cranberry Pistachio Bark for my hubby to take to his Christmas party at work.

It was very easy and very yummy!

Christmas treats

I’m convinced that you can glam up anything by placing it in a cellophane bag!

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

Recipe: Okay, it is not really a recipe. It’s just instructions. I doubt you really even need that!

Line a 10×15 pan with waxed paper. Be sure to let the paper hang over the edge.

Melt Almond Bark. I used the vanilla. You can use chocolate if you like.

Spread the melted Almond Bark into prepared pan.

Immediately sprinkle with chopped pistachios and chopped dried cranberries.

Let it sit until set.

Cut into pieces.

Package in cellophane bags. (optional-only for glamorous gifts)

packaged candies

I was inspired by Ina Garten’s version of this bark. She added apricots to hers.

It’s not too late! Head in the kitchen and whip up some Cranberry Pistachio Bark for your friends!

Christmas candies

These skeleton treats are so cute and super easy to make!

I came across an adorable Halloween party table at Wants and Wishes. You will want to go there. Way cute! She made some really cute pretzel skeletons for her party. I just had to try them on my girls.

They have not seen them yet. I sent the treats in their lunch boxes today!

I think they turned out really cute.

I made them in a BIG hurry. My pretzels could have used another dip–just to make them look whiter.

Here is what you need:

Now, I just used store-bought brownies because I didn’t have time to make my own.

As I’m sure you know, Little Debbies come “2 to a pack”. If you ask me, they come one to a pack. However, there is that little dividing line so they can easily be broken into two pieces.

I used one little square. I wrapped it in plastic wrap, so it wouldn’t dry out as much.

For the pretzels, I just used a candy coating on regular pretzels-no rocket science there.

My skewer was a regular sized bamboo skewer. I cut it down to about 4 inches with my kitchen shears.

For the faces on the marshmallows, I used a food safe marker. I would like to have a finer tip on a marker. I’ll have to be on the look out for those. For the eyes I used the letter D and a backward D. I thought that made the eyes look vacant, like a skeleton.

I had myself a little skeleton treat assembly line going in my kitchen yesterday.

•Dipped pretzels

•Wrapped brownies

•Trimmed skewers

•Marshmallows with faces drawn

•Bags & trimmed ribbon

Set a pretzel on top of the brownie just to make sure you have it positioned correctly. Stick the skewer through the bottom opening of the pretzel. Thread about five more pretzels onto the skewer. Pop the marshmallow on top.

Stick it all in a bag and put a bow on it. Easy peasy!

It is truly amazing how a cellophane bag and a fancy ribbon dress up a snack!

I didn’t go crazy and make these for all the trick-or-treaters that come by tonight. I mainly just wanted to make them for my girls. I did make a couple of extras for a couple of extra goblins we know.

I was rather pleased with these little skeleton treats.

They really take no time at all to make. Hurry, there is still time. If you are seeing this post at a different time of year, just put it on your Pinterest board for next year! You’ll want to make them–quick, easy, delicious!