Spooky Summer- Halloween in July!

Halloween in July?

Halloween Cookies made with ZANDA PANDA's Handmade Stoneware Cookie Molds.  Halloween Cat, Bat and Witch designs.

Halloween Cookies made with ZANDA PANDA Stoneware Molds

Here’s to Spooky Summer Nights!  Even though I’m enjoying the heat wave and am in no rush for cool weather, I’ve been working on stoneware Halloween cookie molds.  They’re coming out very nicely from the prototype molds.

These will be handmade, so the supply will be limited.  If you’d like to reserve a set, please e-mail me at: Lira@zandapanda.com to let me know.  There’s no obligation to purchase and we’ll hold a set for one week after we notify you that they’re ready to ship.  Or join our mailing list to receive updates.

I think they’d look great with a yellow cookie dough for the background (like a full moon), with chocolate cookie dough for the witch, cat and bat.  I’ll definitely post a pic when I make them.

I also  think that I may not be able to resist making ceramic boxes with Halloween lids 🙂

Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Mexican Butterfly Pizza


Mexican Butterfly Pizza with a Sculptured Cheese Top*

Mexican Pizza with Sculptured Butterfly Cheese Top

Mexican Pizza with Sculptured Butterfly Cheese Top

Here’s an idea for an easy dish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  This is a fast, fun recipe that’s great to make with kids.

Mexican Pizza IngredientsMexican Pizza Ingredients

One Mexican pizza will make an entree for two, a side for eight, or appetizers for twelve to fifteen.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 lb  shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb  ground beef
  • 16 oz jar of salsa
  • Packet of taco seasoning mix (optional)
  • 4 tortillas
  • ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold

The seasoning packet is optional.  I only used about a tablespoon of it, sprinkled on the beef when cooking.  Next time, I think that  I’ll just mix the beef and salsa together .

Constructing the pizza

Tortillas, Ground Beef, Salsa and Cheese

1.  I used whole wheat tortillas, you can also use corn or white flour tortillas.  Place four overlapping tortillas on the serving plate.

2.  Place the seasoned, cooked beef on the four overlapping tortillas.

3.  Add salsa on top of the ground meat.  You can also add a layer of cream cheese, guacamole, or salsa verde.

4.  Press the shredded cheese into the Kaleidoscope Butterfly mold.  This is great for kids to help with, as this job has ‘squish appeal’.  Place the cheese-filled mold into a 350°F  (177 °C) oven for a few minutes, watching carefully, as it melts fairly quickly.  Remove from oven  and allow to cool a bit and solidify. Caution: mold and cheese will be very hot .

Top off with the Butterfly cheese top.  It will still hold it’s shape if you re-warm it.
Tip: Dab with a paper towel to remove excess oil from the melted cheese before placing it on the pizza.

Slice of Mexican Butterfly Pizza
Slice of Mexican Butterfly Pizza

So there you have it.  Cute, fast and fun.

*What do butterflies have to do with Cinco de Mayo, you ask?  Why we’re also celebrating the return of the monarch butterflies from Mexico!  Yes, I know that this stylized swallowtail isn’t quite a mariposa monarca (it’s Mexican name), but this is a pretty ‘cheesy’ way to celebrate after all…




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