Monsters University cookies

Give it to me, did you love Monsters University as much as I did? I seriously love kid movies and Pixar hits a home run each time with their flicks. My hubby and I  are always excited to take the kids out for a family date (with popcorn & drinks of course!) to see the newest. MU didn’t disappoint! Read on why I love that movie so much and how to make these adorable monster cookies I modeled after the movie (:

Easy monster cookies! So cute & playful for Halloween!

One thing I love about Monsters University is their bottom line: Mike never gave up on his dream of being a scarer. As we know in Monsters Inc., he never became the actual scarer but he still is an important part of a scare team, and that is completely satisfying to him. He reminds me of my mom; she never gave up on her dream of having a family and being a successful R.N. She was raised during the Vietnam War and lost her brother at the young age of 19. She was 17 and found out he was killed on her birthday. He was her only sibling so after he was killed, she made a decision to have a big family so she could surround herself with those she loved.

She graduated and hit her education hard.  She was well into her nursing career when she finally met my dad, but she was in her late 20’s and worried about having so many kids as she was getting a little bit older. She and my dad were thrilled to have a honeymoon baby, our oldest brother.  But as she wanted more, her biggest fear came to a head: she wasn’t able to get pregnant. She went through a series of tests and started infertility treatments. Sooner than she expected, she found out she was again pregnant and was thrilled. Within 13 years from the time her first baby was born, she had 9 babies. Yes you read that correctly, nine children…. but 8 pregnancies as Kristi and I are numbers 6 and 7 and are identical twins.  And honestly, we LOVE having a huge family.

Fast forward 40 years since our eldest sibling was born, we now have 35 grandkids and growing.  Family reunions are a blast.  My four children love having so many playmates close at hand.  When there is a trial, there is always a sibling, cousin, aunt or uncle close by to lend a hand.  My mom is the best example to me of service as well.  Because parenting and service go hand in hand. She received her nursing degree before she was married and missed the job.  She was our substitute nurse during our elementary years which was nice to see her during the day.  And now that we’re grown, she’s returned to a part time job at a small clinic where she is able to be herself again with no little kids tugging on her apron strings.  But she knows when she comes home at the end of the day, she has lots of family members waiting for her.  And she couldn’t be happier.

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This whole crazy crew is headed to a family reunion this week in honor of fall break.  We are beyond excited to get together since it only happens every other year.  You know we’ll be watching fun movies throughout the week so I thought I’d experiment ahead of time and make a Mike Wasowski monster cookie.

Are you a fan of Monsters Inc? Here's an easy way to make Mike into a cookie! Perfect Halloween cookie too!


Mike was so cute as a little guy, it was fun to see his enthusiasm as a kiddo in this movie.  I love how cute these monster cookies are and since it’s a simple recipe, I’m going to let the pictures do the talkin’! Easy monster cookies! So cute & playful for Halloween! Did the monsters explain it well enough?? (; I used a cookie mix cuz I’m a cheater like that. And store bought frosting since it was a buck and I didn’t want to spend additional time messing up even more bowls.  The eyeballs are in the wedding aisle at Michael’s, with all their Wilton products.  Just mix up random frosting colors for additional monsters, spread it on your cooled cookies, add a giant eyeball and say hello to some new edible friends.
 Easy rainbow monster cookies! So cute & playful for Halloween!

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    What a great story–and great cookies too :) I’d say my dream is that I’d love to finish college some day. But I wouldn’t trade a single thing that “kept” me from getting my degree…so even if it never happens, I’m living the dream-life now by the husband and kids that I have.

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    eileen marie

    I worked full time while I went to college to realize my dream of becoming a teacher. -I’m now in my 7th year!

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    Liz Prince

    LOVED this movie. And those cookies! Def going to be copying you. My kiddos would love this!

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    After my parents divorced when I was 6, I had to leave the US to live in South America with my mother. During the 2 years I lived there, I completely forgot how to speak English. I returned to the US and had to go back to school, absolutely terrified because I didn’t understand a word that anyone was saying to me. But I worked hard to regain my language skills and believed I would catch up. Two years later I won the award for top English student in my grade. This was my dream come true. The boy who won the Math and Science awards that year went on to Harvard years later, so those awards were very prestigious. No matter how unattainable a goal seems, you can’t ever give up.

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    I believed in myself when I graduated from college working full time and taking care of my baby at the same time. Being optimistic and working hard really helped me to achieve my dream

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    Julie M.

    I think what I like best about Pixar movies is their layers of storytelling. For example MU was deemed ok by my 13 & 15 yr. old boys. However, my husband,17 old son and I loved it.
    My 17 old is looking at college and where he will fit in once he gets on his path. We loved the plot about Sully, (his selfishness, indulgence & using monsters to get what he wants – not really a team player) his character, not really a stand up monster or friend, but later striving for that, being remorseful and asking for forgiveness. Character qualities parents want in their children and themselves!
    Thumbs up Awesome Movie!!

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    Love the story about your Mom!! Sounds like an awesome gal! These cookies are so adorable – eve better, easy! Just might be making some of these this Halloween! :) I’ve always been lucky enough to have the unrelenting support of my family, encouraging me to accomplish any goals I set!

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    Jessica To

    I wasn’t sure that I would be able to work and go to business school. I was able to do it and graduate!

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    Love these! Way to go! My dream right now is my blog and it’s a dream that’s being achieved. :)

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    Dezi A

    I always dreamed of being a mom and I always worked on making things that would make me a better mom and then somehow I got lucky enough to be the mom to 5 handsome boys! :)

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    thank youuuuuuuuuuu. ;)

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    I like mike because hes outgoing and talkative!

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    amy pugmire

    I really wanted to earn my degree in college so I worked 2 jobs went to school and was preggo all at the same time. I would love to finish up one day and get my bachelor degree!

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    Oh my goodness, the story of your mom and her only brother?!? Break my heart…love that she was able to fulfill her dream and have so many kids!!! We don’t get a fall break, fun that you all do and get to play together!! Love ya, girls!

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    Cassandra Eastman

    I believe in myself to be the best I can be for my children! My dream has always been to be a mother and i’m so thankful to be living my dream!

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    Michelle C

    I have four more classes to finish up my Master’s Degree. Its been a huge commitment to work and have three kids while going to school, but I am determined. Thanks for the chance to win!
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    Michelle C
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    Jessie C.

    I believe in myself because I know I am loved and I achieve my dream by expecting the hard way ahead and taking one bite at a time.
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    Lisa Brown

    Haven’t achieved my dreams yet, but I stay positive and don’t let others influence me in a negative way.
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    Lisa Brown

    my tweet –
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    I always wanted to be a teacher. Two weeks before I graduated high school life through me a curve and I was diagnosed with Lupus. I wasn’t able to go to college then or later, but as a wife and mom (a dream I didn’t even know I had until it happened) I have fulfilled that dream. I “teach”, though it may be life lessons, without a degree.


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      Great story, Robin! And you have some lifelong “students” ;) xo

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    Wild Orchid

    I believe in my self and achieve my dreams by having positive self talk, and reflecting on all of the things I have been able to accomplish in the past.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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    Knowing that I had to pay for my graduate degree (and undergraduate), I worked as many as 3 jobs while going to school full time. It was hard, but it was worth it! Thanks kmassman gmail
    P.s. love the cookies!

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    Erica Best

    wow u have a big family love this post

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    I believe in myself with the power of prayer and positive thinking! These things can help you achieve anything!

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    Alysia H

    I have to admit, I wasn’t that interested in seeing Monsters University, but I am so glad I did! It was great and had a powerful message.
    I believed in myself when I met and married my husband and moved pretty far from my large immediate family.

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      That is TOUGH, Alysia! I moved away from mine too. Hope you get lots of trips back home! (;

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    Rebecca Graham

    By working hard and staying focused, I achieved my dreams.

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    maria cantu

    by believing in God and never giving up

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    Michelle Tucker

    I believed in a Happily Ever After, and I that’s what I got! If you are true to yourself, you might not always get what you want, but you’ll be happy!
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    Michelle Tucker
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    Susan Smith

    I believed in myself when I worked through college so I wouldn’t have to take out student loans.

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    Lisa Garner

    I became a mom at for the first time at 18 and though I had lost out on my dream of becoming a nurse. It took years but with lots of dedication I finally was able to graduate from nursing school.

    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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    I always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t have enough confidence in my writing to risk being rejected. After reading about other writers who were rejected numerous times (like J.K. Rowling), I finally started submitting my writing, and so far I’ve been published in anthologies four times! Time to get that novel going! ;)

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    Betty C

    My parents were great examples for me. They had very little formal education and worked at menial jobs, yet they were able to retire with their home completely paid for and a comfortable retirement. I learned that you have to work hard to achieve your dream.

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    by never giving up even when my mom tried to sabotage my financial aid and forced me to leave my school of choice and drop to part-time and work. i kept on going and 6 years later had my degree and a lot of debt! LOL

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    Harmony B

    No matter what the obstacles and there are many, I believe in myself and have picked myself up and keep striving for my dreams

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    Debbie B

    i have a good life and a happy family so I am pleased with this achievement

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    I believe in myself and achieve my dreams by understanding that what I have to contribute is of value and by surrounding myself with positive thoughts and, better yet, positive, supportive friends. I also write out inspirational quotes each week and place them around the house as a reminder that I can reach my goals. :)

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    My mother who believed in me and encouraged me to follow my dreams

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    Thomas Murphy

    My parents taught me to believe in my self and I worked hard to achieve my dream.

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    25 years ago I didn’t think I could sing, but I took singing lessons, joined two choirs and have been singing ever since.
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    I try not to give up and to fight for what I want!

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    Ambition and confidence always helps

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    Confidence and ambition are great

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    Your Wazowski cookies are so cute. My kids will definitely like them!


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