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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!

This was Dylan's creation this year.  LOVED it.  As you know I love all things Halloween.  All things except the ridiculous question, "how much candy do you allow your children to eat"?  Every time I see that question, it drives me a little crazier.  I followed my parent's philosphy, eat whatever you want, whenever you want.  We always had candy left at Christmas which is true for my kids as well so I'm thinking that idea works;).

I realize that there are children who will eat themselves sick.  My guess is that they won't do it more than once so why not let them get it over with?  The children who will eat their entire bag of candy in two days regardless of consequence?  Take them to less houses.  I think the whole approach of "restricting" leads to anxiety but that's just me.

Anyway....Have a safe and happy Halloween!!  And, don't forget to eat LOTS of candy:)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Claire's in charge of making cupcakes this year for dance.  I suggested these and got a shrug.  She's WAY more creative than I am so I'll post what she comes up with but it will be too late for you to do, So, here's a blast from the past to get your spooky on.

What you'll need:

Cake Mix made according to directions for cupcakes
24 Large Marshmallows
1 Bag of Green Chocolate Melts from Michael's
48 Green Tic Tacs
Can of Chocolate Frosting

Melt your chocolate melts in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir, stir and stir some more. Typically it will look like it's going to be lumpy but if you keep stirring the melts will in fact melt. If they are still chunky, try another 15 seconds. The thing with chocolate melts is you don't want to over cook, or it will dry up and you won't be able to dip. The "safest" way to melt the chocolate melts in a double boiler. I am not a fan of that process because it takes a LOT longer. But if you want to be "safe", try that route.

So, you've got your chocolate melted. I used a wooden skewer and poked the marshmallow and then dipped it like fondue and tap, tap, tap the stick against the side of the pan to get the extra choocolate off. Then gently pushed the marshmallow off onto wax paper, push from the top because you'll be covering that up with frosting. Sorry about not having photos of that process but my trusty assistant wasn't feeling well. Immediately push a tic tac into each side of the head and allow to cool. If you want to use a spoon, you can do that instead. Decorate the face of Frank.

When the heads are dry, frost your cupcakes. Push a Frank head into each cupcake and pipe some hair on. I used a leaf tip, but you can use any tip you want.

In hind sight, I would put them so they are standing up to dry so Frank doesn't get a flat back of his head.
Make the scary face!

Pipe on the hair...All done and ready for fun!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blender Chocolate Mousse

I found this recipe here and thought, "it can't be this easy and that good", well..YES, it can!  YUMMY, yummy!  My kids thought it tasted a little too sharp so I might use half milk chocolate chips for them next time but the dark chocolate lover in me, loved it as is.

Here's what you'll need:

1 C semisweet chocolate chips
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon coffee liqueur or vanilla extract (I used Kahlua)
1 C heavy cream
Fresh whipped cream (optional)
1/2 cup fresh berries (optional)
Directions:Place chocolate chips, egg and coffee liqueur or vanilla in blender and chop. Heat cream until very hot and small bubbles appear at edge. Carefully pour hot cream into the blender. Blend until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour into dessert dishes or pretty wine or martini glasses. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it firms up a bit. Serve with fresh berries and/or whipped cream on top. Makes enough for 2 to 3 servings depending on the size of the dish.

Your cream is ready to come off and pour into blender.

Cover with seran and chill.  I thought that was easier than individual serving dishes.

I opted for caramel sauce instead of berries and cream.  Nice little drizzle on the bottom.

And a little more on top.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Party Pumpkin

I have NO idea why this posted sideways?!?  At any rate, you get the idea.  This a fun center piece to your Halloween party buffet table. 
Give your pumpkin a good wash.  Let the kids decorate a face and give the pumpkin some hair with salami and cheese stuck with fancy toothpicks.  You could get all healthy and do vegetables or something else but that's not how we roll around these parts on Halloween!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Did ya miss me?!

It's a my FAVORITE month so I had to start blogging again!! How would you know my awesome trick to pumpkin carving if I stayed away longer??  I wanted to get you excited to carve your pumpkins!!
I put this tip on a couple of years ago but wanted to do it again because it makes life SO much easier!! Cut the bottom out of the pumpkin. Scoop out seeds with a big spoon, a scoop or your hands. Lots of room to move around now AND you don't have to worry about the bottom of the pumpkin not being level. Put candle under on ground and put pumpkin on top. No more burnt fingers trying to get the candle lit too:)