What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: Thanksgiving Edition

What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: Thanksgiving Edition

Can you believe that it’s almost November? I feel like this year has flown past!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I am so excited for this year! I love to find seasonal foods at my local farmer’s market for Thanksgiving. Eating local food tastes sooo much better and that makes it perfect for Thanksgiving!

In my area it’s still 80 degrees (can you believe it? ugh) so the growing season is a little bit longer here. But I know for many of you, especially those of you who live further north, the farmer’s market pickings are getting slim in November.

Because of the variety of climates in the United States this is farmer’s market guide is pretty general. If you want to know exactly what’s in season in your area you can head over to The Seasonal Food Guide. I love this website because you can put in your zip code and know exactly what’s in season throughout the year in your area!

So let’s get started! Here’s what you should be looking for at the farmer’s market in November!

Apples

I’ve said it many times before, but I LOVE fresh apples. And fresh apples are perfect for making apple pie for Thanksgiving! In my opinion, there’s nothing better than homemade apple pie. You can check out my favorite homemade pie recipes here: Homemade Pie Recipes For The Holidays

You can also use fresh apples to make homemade apple cider vinegar! I have a guide for how to make apple cider vinegar here!

Mint

If you’re lucky you might be able to find some fresh mint at your local farmer’s market this month. It’s still in season in my area at the beginning of November, so keep an eye out for it! Having mint around during Thanksgiving is a must have for me because mint soothes upset tummies. I like to chew on the leaves, or I’ll make mint tea if I have an upset stomach (from eating too much!)

Plus mint has tons of benefits for your chickens! I use dried peppermint in my hens’ nesting boxes! You can get dried peppermint in my shop here: Dried peppermint 

Potatoes

If you’re lucky you might still be able to find some local potatoes for your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Since potatoes are fairly easy to store long term you can usually find farmers who have stored their crop from earlier in the season. When I lived further north I would go to a local farmer who stored potatoes in a massive root cellar! It was awesome because you could get local potatoes year round!

Check out my favorite recipe for Southern Style Mashed Potatoes and Gravy that you can make in your instant pot!

Sweet Potatoes

Yum! I love sweet potatoes! And good thing they’re in season in November, so you can make candied yams for Thanksgiving! This recipe for candied yams looks delicious (This recipe does call for sweet potatoes, not yams. Typically in the U.S. the words sweet potatoes and yams are used almost interchangeably which can be confusing!)

You can also try my favorite recipe for Southern Style Sweet Potatoes!

Winter Squash

I’m really looking forward to trying some recipes with winter squash this year! There are so many varieties of winter squash (spaghetti, acorn, butternut etc.) and I’m really looking forward to trying some out!

Some recipes I’m dying to try this year are:

Pumpkin

There are still fresh local pumpkins hanging around after Halloween, I promise! I love using fresh pumpkin to make pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice because it’s perfect for the holidays! You can find my recipe here: Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Spice. But my favorite thing to do with fresh pumpkin is make pumpkin pie! You can check out my favorite holiday pie recipes right here!

Carrots

Where I live, fresh carrots start showing up in October & November (since summers are so hot!) This recipe for Maple Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots would be the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!

Mustard Greens

Yum! Mustard greens are perfect for salads and they would be great for a Thanksgiving side dish. Check out this recipe for Sautéed Mustard Greens With Garlic and Lemon!

Thyme

I love fresh thyme! Typically November is the last month there’s fresh thyme at the farmer’s market, so I’m going to enjoy it while I can! I just made a recipe for meatball orzo stew tonight for dinner, and the best part was it featured fresh thyme! You can find the recipe here: Slow cooker meatball orzo stew.

Well that’s all folks! If you’re looking for Thanksgiving décor ideas for your home, I’ve got your covered! Head over to this article here for my favorite fall themed décor! What are you going to buy at the farmer’s market this month?

 

Delicious Homemade Ice Cream That You Can Make In A Bag!

Delicious Homemade Ice Cream That You Can Make In A Bag!

Today I’m going to share a quick homemade ice cream recipe with you that I’m sure you’ll love!

This homemade ice cream recipe is the perfect activity for kids because you make the ice cream in a bag that they get to throw around.

This was my FAVORITE thing to do as a kid! My brother and I loved making homemade ice cream in a bag because we got to play catch with our ice cream! This ice cream is SOOO fun to make and it is super simple too! You mix the ingredients together and then toss a bag around for 20 minutes. It’s great for a game of hot potato or catch and you get ice cream out of it too!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping T of instant pudding (in the flavor of your choice)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 c of sugar
  • 3/4 c. cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 c rock salt
  • 4 cups ice

You’ll also need 2 quart sized Ziploc bags, 2 gallon sized Ziploc bags, duct tape, newspaper, and some plastic grocery bags.

Instructions

In one of your quart sized Ziploc bags mix together the pudding mix, vanilla, and sugar.

You can choose the pudding mix of your choice! You can even experiment and mix flavors together. I’m dying to try caramel and chocolate mixed together. If you’re doing two different flavors just do a 1 ½ teaspoons of each flavor.

Close the bag (make sure it is closed tight!) and squish the ingredients together.

Next add cream and milk into the same Ziploc bag and then squish all of the ingredients together again.

Place your quart sized bag into another quart sized bag (the extra bags are to stop the ingredients from leaking all over. If your kids are rough with this kind of stuff, add extra bags for more protection)

Place your bags inside of a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Place 2 cups of rock salt and 4 cups of ice in the gallon sized bag, and spread equally on either side of your quart sized bags.

Place this bag into another gallon sized bag and begin to wrap with newspaper. I wrap it with at least 5 layers of newspaper and then tape it all together with duct tape. Then I wrap a couple grocery bags around the outside for extra protection and tape them down with duct tape.

Then comes the fun part! Toss the bag for about 15-20 minutes. After tossing for 20 minutes your ice cream will be ready! If you unwrap it and it isn’t quite done, just wrap it up again and keep tossing it!

Before you open the last bag that has the ice cream in it, I recommend that you gently wash off the bag with cold water or a wet rag. This gets off any of the rock salt that might have been on the bag which prevents you from having salty ice cream!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy recipe! What flavor of ice cream are you going to try next?

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

Make your own delicious homemade ice cream using ziploc bags!

  • 1 heaping tbsp of instant pudding (in the flavor of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups rock salt
  • 4 cups ice
  1. You’ll need 2 quart sized Ziploc bags, 2 gallon sized Ziploc bags, duct tape, newspaper, and some plastic grocery bags.

  2. In one of your quart sized Ziploc bags mix together pudding mix, vanilla, and sugar. 

  3. Close the bag (make sure it is closed tight!) and squish the ingredients together.

  4. Next add cream and milk into the same ziploc bag and then squish all of the ingredients together again.

  5. Place your quart sized bag into another quart sized bag (the extra bags are to stop the ingredients from leaking all over. If your kids are rough with this kind of stuff, add extra bags and newspaper for more protection)

  6. Place bags inside of a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Place 2 cups of rock salt and 4 cups of ice in the gallon sized bag and spread equally on either side of your quart sized bags.

  7. Place this bag into another gallon sized bag and begin to wrap with newspaper. I wrap it with at least 5 layers of newspaper and then tape it all together with duct tape. Then I wrap a couple grocery bags around the outside for extra protection and tape them down with duct tape.

  8. Toss the bag around for about 15-20 minutes.

  9. Open the bags and serve the ice cream! Before opening the last bag (the one with the ice cream in it) wash the bag off with water or wipe it down with a rag. This prevents any of the rock salt from getting into your ice cream.

 

Make Your Own Delicious Homemade Root Beer!

Make Your Own Delicious Homemade Root Beer!

Today I’m going to share a quick homemade root beer recipe with you!

Making homemade root beer was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. Every Halloween my mom would make homemade root beer and I loved the cool fog that it created!

I love making my own homemade root beer! This recipe is fun for kids because the dry ice used in the root beer creates “fog” that is perfect for Halloween. Your kids will love the root beer and the fog that this recipe creates!

This recipe is fun for Halloween parties, barbecues, or just making it for your kids!

Disclaimer here: Obviously, you don’t want to let your kids handle or be anywhere near dry ice. Dry ice can be dangerous, so this recipe definitely requires adult supervision! Make sure you wear gloves and handle the dry ice safely. Also keep in mind that you should buy the dry ice right before you plan to use it because it can evaporate pretty quickly if you don’t store it correctly!

Here’s the ingredients you need:

  • Large container (I always use a large pitcher, or you could use a cauldron for a Halloween party!)
  • 4 quarts of water
  • 2 cups of sugar*
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of root beer extract**
  • 1-2 pounds of broken up dry ice***

First off, you want to make this root beer in a well-ventilated area. Also make sure you don’t put a lid on the container you’re making the root beer in! The pressure can build up and cause it to explode!

Mix the water, sugar, and root beer extract together in the container. Carefully add in your pieces of dry ice and stir. At this point the dry ice will start to dissolve and create “fog.” Stir the mixture frequently so that the dry ice doesn’t stick to the sides or bottoms of the container. Serve once all of the dry ice has dissolved!

Trust me, your kids will love the fog and the yummy root beer! It’s perfect for Halloween (or any time of the year!) I also love using this recipe for making root beer floats!

Recipe Notes:

*You can add extra sugar to the recipe if you want it to be sweeter. This recipe is easy to customize so add more sugar if your prefer your root beer to be sweet

**Same as with the sugar, you can add more root beer extract or less depending on your taste preference. Personally, I would start with two tablespoons and then slowly add more if you feel it needs it.

***The more dry ice you put in to this recipe, the longer it will bubble and create fog! But that also means that you will have to wait longer before you can drink it.

Homemade Root Beer

  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp root beer extract
  • 1-2 pounds broken up dry ice
  1. Mix the water, sugar, and root beer extract together a container (I always use a large pitcher).

  2. Carefully add in your pieces of dry ice and stir. The dry ice will start creating “fog” as it dissolves!

  3. Stir the mixture frequently so that the dry ice doesn’t stick to the sides of the container.

  4. Serve once all of the dry ice has dissolved!

Remember to make this recipe in a well ventilated area and never put a cover on the container you’re making it in! Covering it can cause the pressure to build up inside of the container which can cause it to explode. Always handle dry ice safely by using thick gloves or tongs. Dry ice can burn your skin if you aren’t careful.

What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market: October

What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market: October

Fall is here! Bring on the pumpkin spice!

I love fall, but I’m always a little bit disappointed because as October hits, the farmer’s markets in my area start winding down. It gets too cold around here for much to grow and so the farmers markets get smaller and smaller each month as we get closer to winter.

I love eating locally grown, fresh, seasonal produce, so each month I’ve been creating a general list of items that are in season each month. This is obviously a very general guide as things will definitely vary from area to area. If you want to know what will be in season in your area specifically, head over to the Seasonal Food Guide and put in your location! It will tell you exactly what’s in season in your area and when.

But let’s get started! Here are some of my favorite things to buy at the farmer’s market in October!

Apples

I’m pretty sure apples have been on my list every month since August when they first start showing up at the farmer’s market, but that’s because I love fresh apples so much! They just taste so good! October is when fresh apples start winding down in my area, so I stock up and eat as many as I can! And you know what fresh apples mean…apple pie! I love making homemade apple pie! Here’s a great apple pie recipe right here.

Pumpkins

And speaking of pie, how about some homemade pumpkin pie! I’ve never made pumpkin pie with fresh pumpkins before, but I’m so excited to try! Check out this recipe for homemade pumpkin pie with fresh pumpkins here! I also love feeding pumpkins to my chickens (they love it!) so I always pick up an extra pumpkin for them.

Sweet Potatoes

I used to HATE sweet potatoes. My only experience with sweet potatoes was the sweet potato tater tots they served in my high school cafeteria. gag. They were nasty! But once I tried sweet potatoes in soup (like this one) I realized I had been missing out! Grab some sweet potatoes this month and you can try my recipe for southern style sweet potatoes!

Garlic

Garlic really is a kitchen staple around here. I use garlic in a lot of my meals that I make! So I grab some extra and store it (check out my garlic storage tips here) so that I can have yummy locally grown garlic all year long!

Quince

I’ve never had quince before, so I’m super excited to try some this year! Especially this quince jam recipe!

Turnips

Turnips are in season in October! I’m super excited to get some from my local farmers market, so I can try making these turnip fries!

Tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes should be starting to wind down if you live somewhere that gets chilly in the fall. In my area there are still some around in early October, so I eat as many as I can! I love to use them to make these quinoa stuffed tomatoes.

Rosemary

Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs, so I love picking up fresh rosemary from the farmer’s market! It’s a great herb for meals and I’m excited to try using it for this rosemary carrots recipe!

Mint

I use mint for a lot, mint tea for upset stomachs and I put dried peppermint in my hens nesting boxes. It’s great for your hens and for you too!

What is your favorite thing to buy at the farmer’s market? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

10 Simple & Healthy After School Snacks Your Kids Will Love

10 Simple & Healthy After School Snacks Your Kids Will Love

Can y’all believe it’s back to school season already? I can’t believe that kids are starting to go back to school and that fall is almost here!

One thing that I’ve always noticed especially as school gets started again is that it can be SO HARD to find healthy snacks to feed your kids. They always come home starving and honestly they normally want junk food! And whether you’re a working parent or a stay at home parent it can be stressful to try and think of healthy snacks your kids will actually like.

So let me help you out. Here’s my list of some of my favorite after school snacks that are simple and healthy!

Apples and Peanut Butter

This one is a classic. I’m a huge fan of apples dipped in peanut butter and you kids definitely will be too!  I prefer to use all natural peanut butter like the one below because it has only one ingredient! Peanuts! If your kids have peanut allergies you can try out sun butter! It’s made with sunflower seeds so it’s a great alternative if there are any nut allergies in your home!

 

Homemade Popsicles

I love homemade popsicles! They are SO GOOD! I love to make them with fresh or frozen fruit and yogurt. Two of my favorite recipes are these pineapple popsicles and these berry popsicles. They only take five minutes to make and they’re a great healthy snack for your kids!

Homemade Goldfish

Yummy! Who doesn’t love goldfish? Especially when they’re homemade with ingredients you can trust. Check out this recipe for some homemade goldfish right here! They’re a great snack and your kids will love helping you make them!

Veggies and Hummus

This is definitely one of my favorite snacks and it’s so easy to make! All you need to do is chop up some veggies and let your kids dip them in hummus. You can buy hummus here or you can make your own! Hummus is super simple to make (this recipe takes less than 5 minutes!) and your kids will love it!

Cucumber Cups

How fun are these cucumber cups! They’re super yummy and packed full of nutrients and the filling is made with eggs! This recipe is a great way to feed your kids a healthy snack and use up all of your extra eggs! Check out the recipe here!

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Do you ever worry that your kids aren't getting enough protein? This snack combines the nutrition from the cucumbers with the protein and substance of boiled eggs. Each egg contains 6 grams of protein which is awesome for growing kids. Protein does so much more than just give you ‘strong muscles’…. Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Studies show that protein is by far the most filling macronutrient. It helps you feel fuller longer which is great for kids. Get the recipe using the link in our bio. https://www.superhealthykids.com/cucumber-cups-2/ #healthykids #mealplan #healthysnack #pickyeater #protein #healthyrecipe

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Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars are the perfect snack for after school, especially when they’re homemade. This recipe is quick and easy and they’re no bake!

 

Greek Yogurt Covered Fruit

I love this idea! It’s a super simple snack and it will taste so good! All you have to do is dip the fruit of your choice in Greek Yogurt and freeze them for 15-30 minutes! It’s a quick and easy snack you can make for your kids!

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Yogurt covered strawberries 🍓 🍓 . Strawberries Greek Yogurt (your choice of flavor) Toppings (optional) . 1. Wash off the strawberries (optional: cut strawberries in half) 2. Using a toothpick, dip the strawberries in greek yogurt until fully covered 3. Place on wax paper or parchment paper 4. Freeze for 15 minutes 5. Dip strawberries again 6. Freeze 15 minutes 7. Enjoy! . . #strawberry #strawberries #strawberryrecipes #yogurt #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #cleaneating #nutrition #healthyeating #vegetarians #foodfacts #eats #eeeeeats #eatwell #mindfuleating #macros #fitfam #fitfood #foodporn #healthysnacks #snackfood #kidapproved #pickyeater #afterschoolsnack #nutrition #simonenutritionist

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Baked Sweet Potato Chips

I’ll admit it, I love chips! They’re one of my favorite snacks, but they’re definitely not a healthy snack choice. Which is why I love this recipe for baked sweet potato chips! These will only take about 10-15 minutes of prep time and then you just let them cook in the oven for a couple of hours! Simple!

Get the recipe here: Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Egg Snowmen

I LOVE THIS! I know it’s not winter yet (I’m already counting down the days until Christmas!) but I love these adorable egg snowmen! It’s a great way to use up those extra eggs you might have and your kids will love the creative and fun snack!

Banana Pancakes

Ok so sometimes your kids come home starving and want more than just a simple snack. That’s where these yummy 3 ingredient banana pancakes come in handy! You just need bananas, eggs, and baking powder and then you have a super quick and easy snack for your kids!

Get the recipe here: 3 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

What healthy snacks do your kids love? Tell me what snacks are your go to for after school in the comments below!

Children’s Book Read-and-Bake Series: Chocolate Cookie Mice for “Frederick” by Leo Lionni

Children’s Book Read-and-Bake Series: Chocolate Cookie Mice for “Frederick” by Leo Lionni

Adorable Chocolate Cookie Mice are as much fun to make as they are to eat!

These cute little critters start out as rich chocolate cookies. The addition of just a few sprinkles magically transforms the cookies into mice.

Hi, I’m Wendy from The Monday Box, bringing you another Read-and-Bake recipe. This series links children’s picture books and baking. Whether you have children in the kitchen baking with you or you are baking goodies for a Read-and-Bake care package, the featured books and the companion baked goods are sure to generate smiles!

This month’s featured book is “Frederick” by Leo Lionni. A beloved children’s classic, “Frederick” won a Caldecott Honor in 1967!

The magical story and the enchanting torn paper illustrations have made “Frederick” a favorite for more than 50 years!

“Frederick” tells the story of a family of mice gathering supplies for the winter. While most of the mice scurry to stockpile food supplies, Frederick sits quietly observing the world around him. He isn’t being lazy. Frederick is gathering colors and words.

Toward the end of the long winter, when the food supplies have been used up, Frederick tells his mouse family stories of the colors in the world and the warmth of the sun. His words warm their hearts and feed their spirits.

“Frederick” teaches the power of words and imagination to transport us and bring us joy.

What better way to celebrate Frederick’s imagination, than with a batch of Chocolate Cookie Mice! Perhaps your little ones will want to be like Frederick and will tell the cookie mice a story before gobbling them up!

Chocolate Cookie Mice are easy to make, but do require planning. The dough needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before using so that it will hold its shape in the oven. I suggest you make the dough one day (it takes only about 10 minutes) and create your batch of mice cookies the next day.

There are lots of possibilities for decorating the mice. I used nonpareil sprinkles in pink or red for the noses, candy eyes, ears made out of peanuts or cookie dough, and tails made out of chocolate licorice cut into thin strips.

Licorice whips that come in black or red are the easiest candy for making mouse tails. I used thin slices of chocolate licorice as an alternative for kids who don’t like the other flavors.

All of the decorating items can be found at most supermarkets or at a cake/cookie decorating store. If you can’t find any of these items, there are lots of other options.

Decorating ideas to consider for the noses:

  •        Mini M&M’s
  •         Red cinnamon candies
  •         A dot of melted pink or red candy melts added after the cookies are baked
  •         A dot of packaged tube decorating icing
  •         Pink or red heart sprinkles

Decorating ideas to consider for the eyes:

  •         Mini chocolate chips (white or chocolate) with the bottom facing out
  •         White or black nonpareil sprinkles (with or without a dot in the center made with edible marker)
  •        Dots of melted white/brown candy melts or chocolate added after the cookies are baked
  •         Dots added with packaged tube decorating icing
  •         Mini M&M’s

Decorating ideas to consider for the ears:

  •         Brown M&M’s
  •         Chocolate chips with the flat bottom facing forward
  •         Sliced almonds

Chocolate Cookies Mice are thick and chewy and have a deep chocolate flavor. They will most likely continue to be a family favorite even when the kids grow out of picture books!

It’s hard not to smile just looking at those cute little mouse faces and it’s impossible not to smile once you take a bite.

 

Chocolate Cookie Mice

Adapted from ImperialSugar.com

Makes about 36 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Black or chocolate licorice laces for tails
  • Pink or red nonpareil sprinkles for noses
  • Candy eyes (or white/black nonpareil sprinkles)
  • Optional: peanuts or almonds for ears

**NOTE: This dough requires chilling for at least 3 hours. May be chilled overnight.

Directions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually mix in the flour mixture, just until combined.
  • Form the dough into a disc. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 hours to overnight.
  • When ready to bake: Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator.
  • Use a small (1 tablespoon) scoop to portion the dough. Roll the dough into a ball, then pinch one end of the ball into an elongated point for a nose.
  • Gently press in the candy eyes and nonpareil nose.
  • Ears: If using dough for ears, form two 1/8 teaspoon portions of dough into discs and press the discs onto the mouse head. If using peanuts or almonds, insert the nuts onto the mouse head.
  • Place each mouse cookie 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and immediately push a licorice lace tail into the back of each mouse cookie.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before moving them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.

Chocolate Cookie Mice

Adapted from ImperialSugar.com

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Black or chocolate licorice laces for tails
  • Pink or red nonpareil sprinkles for noses
  • Candy eyes (or white/black nonpareil sprinkles)
  • Optional: peanuts or almonds for ears
  • **NOTE: This dough requires chilling for at least 3 hours. May be chilled overnight.
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Gradually mix in the flour mixture, just until combined.

  4. Form the dough into a disc. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 hours to overnight.

  5. When ready to bake: Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator.

  7. Use a small (1 tablespoon) scoop to portion the dough. Roll the dough into a ball, then pinch one end of the ball into an elongated point for a nose.

  8. Gently press in the candy eyes and nonpareil nose.

  9. Ears: If using dough for ears, form two 1/8 teaspoon portions of dough into discs and press the discs onto the mouse head. If using peanuts or almonds, insert the nuts onto the mouse head.

  10. Place each mouse cookie 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

  11. Bake for 10 minutes.

  12. Remove from oven and immediately push a licorice lace tail into the back of each mouse cookie.

  13. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before moving them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

  14. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.