Boo-tiful Halloween Candy Jars … and a giveaway!

Last month I told you about my love affair with candy jars and now I will explain more. When we remodeled our kitchen a few years ago we built a special cabinet to display the candy jars. They are the focal point of my kitchen, dining and living room areas. I enjoy filling and arranging the candy jars for each big holiday or season of the year, but my favorite displays include decorated cookies. Below is what I came up with for this year’s Halloween candy jar display.

There is a giveaway with this blog post, but to enter you have to figure out the answer to our mystery.  Hint: The clue is in the photos.

Halloween candy jar display

Halloween Candy Jar Display

All decorated cookies in the jars were decorated by Susan Schmitt of The Painted Cookie or The Painted Cookie CT on Facebook. Susan also helped collaborate on several of the cookie cutter designs used in this post.

Halloween candy jars

Halloween candy jars 1 - cookies made using the following cookie cutters: Werewolf, mummy 6.25 inch, mummy 5.5 inch,  skull, fingers and peppermint candy  spider.

Q: Know why mummies never reveal their true age? A: ‘Cause they like to keep it under wraps.

Q: What did the werewolf say when someone stepped on his foot? A: Aooooowwwwwww

Halloween candy jars

Halloween candy jars 2 – cookies made using the following cookie cutters: fancy shape and ghost with pumpkin.

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton go to the Halloween party? A:  Because he had no-body to go with!

Q: What is a ghost’s favorite dessert?   A: Boo-berry pie with ice scream!

Halloween candy jars 4

Halloween candy jars 3 – Cookies made using the following cookie cutters: ugly pumpkin, werewolf and ghoul head.

Q: Why do demons and ghouls always hang out together?

A: Because demons are a ghoul’s best friend.

Halloween candy jars

Halloween candy jars 4 – Cookies made using the following cookie cutters: Ugly pumpkin, Amazing cupcake and spooky eyes.

We have a winner!  If you see notice something different in the photos, be the first to say so in the comments. If your answer matches mine and you are the first, you win a free cookie cutter of choice, $16 value, or less. If nobody guesses correctly, a winner will be drawn from the comments on Monday, October 27th, 2014. The answer was the candy behind the ghost changes from butterscotch discs to orange/black gum drops. 

We are going to give away another cookie cutter! Woo-Hoo!  To enter leave a comment on this post and we’ll randomly draw one name on Monday October 27th. The winner of the drawing will win a free cookie cutter of choice, $16 value, or less. If you are having trouble finding the place to comment, look up top, under the title. 10/28/2014 update: The winner of the drawing is Dana! Thank you all for your comments!

Have a safe and fun, Halloween, and as the Mister and I always say, “Eat, drink and be scary!”

Frankenstein and Bride Cookie Cutter Set

Raymond and Beth Braman




Q.  Want to know how Frankenstein likes his potatoes?

A: Monster-mashed! ;)









A Night at the Museum… and a giveaway!

Joplin Museum Complex

Joplin Museum Complex

If you think museums are all about dead people and really old things you might be wrong. Husband and I visited a museum last week and found things about us and our cookie cutter business. We have been feeling a little old lately, but definitely not dead.

You are probably dying to know more about the museum, right? The Joplin Museum Complex is located in Joplin, Missouri. A portion of the museum complex contains The National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum. The cookie cutter museum section is bright and cheerful and for some reason it feels like home.  The museum was created by The National Cookie Cutter Collectors club and last Wednesday they had an open house… and we went.  Yes, it was a workDAY and yes, storm warnings were posted for hail and tornadoes, but sometimes we do wild and crazy things.

Enormous girl cookie cutter

Enormous girl cookie cutter with Leecia Bloss.

Why?  Well, a couple of years ago we donated a huge gingerbread boy and girl cookie cutter set and an Enormous Gingerbread Man to the museum and things just didn’t seem right. I mean, who is at the museum at night to keep enormo boy in line? We simply had to take the chance, we had to deliver the matching enormous girl cookie cutter and the open house seemed like the perfect time.

We like the cookie cutter museum and it was fun to go when other cookie cutter loving people were there. We even got free cookies and a free cookie cutter!  If you are ever near Joplin, MO you should definitely take time to visit the museum. The museum complex is nice and the Cookie Cutter Museum is wonderful. There’s even a basket of free cookie cutters in front of the display and you get to select the one you want.

For those of you that are interested, but live in exotic places or lands far away from Joplin, MO here is your chance to see the cookie cutter museum. HINT: If you want to see the photos better, click on them… and they will grow. To get back to the blog, click your back button.

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum


National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum huge and enormous gingerbread cookie cutters huge and enormous gingerbread cookie cutters are sold individually or in pairs. The enormous gingerbread woman fit perfectly into her new home at the museum, and now I can’t help but think other gingerbread boy/girl sets need to be in that case too.  We also have a giant set that measures about 9-1/2 inches tall and a large set that measures 7.5 inches.

If you would like to leave a comment on this blog, the comment box is up top, under the title. All comments are entered to win a free cookie cutter of choice, $16 value or less. One winning name will be drawn on October 14th, 2014. The winner will be announced here and by email.  The Winner of this drawing is Beth Trieloff! Thank you for your comments!

Peace, love and sweet cookie cutter dreams,

Cookie decorated to look like me.

Beth Braman

A Joyful Baby Baptism, a Cross Cupcake Cake and Cookies!

My first grandchild was born this year, in March, but I already told you about that. Last weekend we witnessed our first infant baptism, the baptism of our granddaughter. Our 6 month old granddaughter enjoyed every moment of her baptism, making it a joyful experience for all.

Baby Baptism 2014

A Joyful Baby Baptism!

Cross Cupcake Cake

Cross Cupcake Cake

After the baptism ME (short for son and daughter-in-law) had their first big party at their new home.

September in Texas meant the pool could be used, so tables were set up inside and out and a caterer provided sliced beef tacos. Family members contributed food, one of my friends sent decorated sugar cookies (details below), there was a chocolate fountain and a cupcake table by ME’s friend, Rosie.

Rosie made over 100 cupcakes and topped them with pink chocolate crosses and baby’s name. If you are interested in making a cross cupcake holder here are the specifics for Rosie’s creation. The up/down portion of the cross was an 8 x 26-inch rectangle. The cross arms were 5-1/2 inch squares that were cut separately and attached to the sides of the large rectangle. The finished size of the cupcake cross holder measured 19 x 26-inches and it was large enough to hold at least 38 cupcakes.

Beautiful sugar cookies were provided by Roberta Crowley of Crowley’s Cookies. These cookies were used for party favors and were handed out to guests as they left the party. The guests were amazed by Bobbi’s cookie creations – they left the party with a sweet treasured keepsake, oops! I mean, a beautiful edible cookie.

Baptism cookies

Baptism cookies by, cookie cutters by


Baptism cupcakes

Baptism cupcakes

Thank you for reading, if you would like to leave a comment the box is up top, under the title. 

Baby girl with balloons

Baby girl with balloons.

  Peace, love and sweet cookie dreams, Beth Braman

I Love Candy Jars, Cookies and a giveaway!

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I saw a dreamy photo of candy jars in a Christmas magazine. The candy jars were filled with red and white candy and I loved that photo! I wanted to do something similar, but I had a limited budget. This was before online shopping, so the local hunt was on for candy jars. At the time, I still had three children at home, but I searched our local shops, flea markets and antique stores.  I found a few candy jars and several inexpensive fruit jars. I filled them with candy and decorated my fireplace mantle with seasonal candy. My children thought this was a great idea!  I did my best to convince them the candy was not for eating and eventually they almost forgot about candy and everything was good… but I still wanted candy jars, then later, larger apothecary jars. If you are wondering – yes, there is a giveaway with this post, see details below.

Summer candy jars

Summer candy jars

Our town is very small, so we have to travel for specialty items. In my 20-25 year quest, I’ve found candy jars in antique malls, flea markets, antique fairs, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx and various gift stores in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. In recent years I’ve purchased a few, lovely, old, apothecary jars from eBay and newer jars from online stores, see list at the bottom of this article.

Summer Candy Jars

My summer candy jar display and it’s reflection.

If you like pretty jars, but don’t want the candy, no problem, you can display anything you want.  Some of my jars have plastic rims, at first I didn’t like the plastic, but then I realized they work best for crackers, pretzels, cereal, etc. The candy jars in my home office are filled with dog treats and the jars in our bathroom have cotton balls, Q-tips and pretty bars of soap.  The extra large candy jar I put in my son’s office got filled with computer parts and cords, not my thing, but he likes that he can see what’s inside.  See source list below for candy jars and candy.

Candy Jar cookies by Roberta Crowley

Candy jar cookies by Roberta Crowley 6186 6186

Have you seen the candy jar cookie cutters on the website?  Here is our newest candy jar cookie cutter, item 6186. The pretty cookies were decorated by Roberta Crowley of Crowley Cookies. Bobbi is located in Norfolk, MA, and she is excellent at shipping cookies!


List of places to purchase candy jars.



Hobby Lobby Stores

TJ Maxx


Antique Malls & Flea Markets

List of places to purchase candy online.

Suggestions for decorating with candy jars

25 DIY Apothecary Jars – What to Fill?

Giveaway details: To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post about candy, candy jars, cookie cutters or cookies, your chances of winning are great because this blog is new!  To post a comment go to the top of this story and find the title. Under the title is the word “comment”, click and write. The winner will be chosen at random on September 24, 2014. Prize will be a cookie cutter of choice from the website. Value $16 or less.

Cheryl Z was the winner of the free cutter, thank you for your comments on this post.

Peace, love and sweet cookie dreams,