It is officially my last week here in Massachusetts. And it’s strange. Exciting and wild and cluttery, but yes, strange. Bittersweet. It’s sort of timely that Halloween falls squarely in the middle of the chaos, because why not? Let’s make things creepy while we’re packing. Or at least, let’s use the candy as fuel for the move.
In between ten-minute spurts of wrapping my dishes in my sweaters and stealing bottles of conditioner from Mom’s closet, I wanted to take just a minute to celebrate the holiday.
Now, I didn’t have loads of time to spare, so I looked for something that met these three criteria: quick, easy, and festive. Emphasis on the quick and easy. Oh! Forgot to mention that it had to be cheap. Frugality was key since I’m moving to Manhattan in 3 days and, honestly, that city owns me now.
The sweet recipe that I chose came from one of my favorite places to spend twenty minutes: the Dollar Tree. Now, a few weeks ago I found myself in the thick of an intense crafting and DIY-ing spree (refinishing a second-hand kitchen table, spray-painting cheap wall frames, reupholstering the seat cushions of two antique chairs with more modern fabric…). It was a mission to decorate my apartment on a shoestring budget. Naturally, I wandered in and out of Dollar Tree a time or two. What I discovered only very recently, though, was the online side of Dollar Tree, and their Value Seekers Club, a community that you can join (for free) to receive emails with bargains, new product sneak peeks, craft/recipe/décor project ideas, and contests. It was up my alley. The content is always changing and one of my favorite features is that you can save and print project sheets—making it easy for me to bring a shopping list to the store.
These festive bloody bandage cookies are taken straight from the Value Seekers Club. All of the Halloween craft and recipe projects that I browsed had step-by-step tutorials, which made it easy to know right away whether they’d take five minutes (and five dollars!) or thirty minutes. Since most of the eats around Halloween are hyper-sweet, these are refreshingly mild. They’re just honey grahams with a smear of vanilla frosting and a dab of strawberry jam. Three ingredients. Three dollars. Done. Kids would LOVE them, and [should act more like] adults like me? Might love them even more. Maybe you’d consider picking up a box of bandages (as Dollar Tree suggests), a small bag of cobwebs, or plastic spiders for additional props. Otherwise, this couldn’t be simpler.
I put these treats out before a Halloween party I went to last weekend and they were such a hit.
[I was Rosie the Riveter and I posed all wrong.]
If you want to get the super-quick recipe for these cookies, or to see what other projects and deals Dollar Tree has to offer, head here: Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club! It takes no time to sign up with your email and the recipe is on the main page along with a whole mess of other crafts and recipes. November’s content goes up on Friday, so be sure to check out October’s finds before it is too late! I bet the upcoming holiday season is going to bring lots of cute ideas to my inbox.
Dollar Tree has been generous enough to offer me a $100 gift card to giveaway to one reader! To enter to win:
- Sign up for the Value Seekers’ Club here: http://bit.ly/ValueSeekers
- Leave a comment below stating which project from the club you want to try first! Please use the same email address when signing up for the Value Seekers Club as you do when leaving your comment so that Dollar Tree can verify your membership if you win.
I’ll randomly pick a winner by the end of the day on Friday, November 1st! Good luck!