October 26, 2007

Halloween Treats for Kids

Here are some Halloween treats for kids -- either prepare them for a Halloween party, or for the children themselves to make in a group setting...most are easy enough for Brownies to make.  You can make the spider cake as cupcakes -- you won't be able to use the plastic dracula teeth (use icing instead) & use small google eyes or M & M's for the eyes & cut the pipecleaners in half for the legs.


This is a fun and festive fall party mix that my family and friends look forward to every year about the time you see the candy corn show up in the grocery store. This makes a huge batch.

1 pound yogurt covered raisins
1 pound salted cashews
1 (14 ounce) package chocolate covered peanuts
1 pound white chocolate covered pretzels, broken into pieces
1 pound candy corn
1 pound semisweet chocolate chips
2 pounds candy-coated chocolate pieces

In a large bowl, combine the yogurt covered raisins, cashews, chocolate covered peanuts, pretzels, candy corn, chocolate chips and chocolate candies. Mix to distribute evenly and store in an airtight container.


1 apple, cored, quartered
Peanut butter
Candy Corn

Place peanut butter on one side of each quarter of the apple stick candy corn on the peanut butter to form teeth. Looks best with green apples as the "lips".


(per spider)
 large marshmallows
 8 thin Pretzel sticks
 m&m's any color [ but best brown ] 

Grab marshmallow.  Stick 4 pretzels on one side and 4 on the other

Then you grab m&m's 's and put 2 in the middle for the eyes & now you have a marshmallow spider!

 Pretzel sticks- big kind- broke into 2 or 3 equal pieces
 semi-sweet chocolate chips
 walnuts or pecans halved or whole (for toenails)

Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler.
Dip pretzel sticks 2/3 of the way in chocolate
Place nut at the top of dipped part of the pretzel.
Let dry.  


 1 box cake - (I prefer a chocolate cake)
 chocolate frosting
 8 brown or black pipecleaners
 2 googly eyes (large for a cake, small for cupcakes)
 plastic fangs (or white icing)
 OPTIONAL:  Red icing

Bake cake according to package directions.

Let cool, and then frost with chocolate frosting.

To make spider, take 8 brown chenille pipe cleaners (the fuzzy ones), and bend into leg shapes, poking them into the spider's body. (Four on each side).

Use the "googly" eyes to put on the face of the spider, and to make him really scary, I use fangs with just a bit of red icing on them to make it look as if the spider has bitten someone.

Really simple, fun, and great for kid's Halloween parties at school. Serves a lot of kids  

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October 17, 2007

Pink Popcorn

Very pretty & pink.  I've tried other flavors of jello, but keep coming back to the Strawberry.  This is traditional for me to make for my Girl Scouts on the first night of camping.  My daughter-in-law, who joined my Brownie troop when she was 6, still begs me for this!


  3        Tablespoons  butter
  1 1/2             cp  miniature marshmallow
  4        Tablespoons  strawberry jello -- 1/2 package
  2             quarts  popcorn -- popped

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat.   Stir marshamallows into the melting butter.  Let them soften but not melt completely.  Add the gelatin.  Stir until butter-marshmallow mixture is evenly colored.  Gelatin does not have to be dissoled.  Drizzle over popcorn & mix well.

Makes 2 quarts

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October 14, 2007

Cereal Killers Carnival of Recipes

http://leaderladies.mee.nu/fall_breakfast_recipes_from wee wifey has a Fall Breakfast: Gingerbread Waffles, Pumpkin Pancakes & 3 syrups (one of which is "A Not for Baptists Syrup".

Pancake Recipes submits a Basic Puff Pancake

Stephanie at Stop the Ride! sent in Home-made Buttermilk Pancakes: http://www.stoptheride.net/2007/03/home-made-buttermilk-pancakes.html 

Shawn Lea, who so kindly administers this Carnival for us all offers her recipe for Overnight Caramel French Toast http://everythingandnothing.typepad.com/mississippi/2005/12/overnight_caram.html 

Nerd Mom has Basic Egg Casserole

Peggy Hall has  Sugar Free GM Fiber One Muffins.  Peggy says "Well, I created this recipe last year I think, and have perfected it this year.  I enjoy these muffins a LOT.  They are sugar fee, low in fat, and low in net carbs.  They have a good flavor, and provide me a way to enjoy the flavors of the fall,  without having them in pie or something."

World Famous Recipes posted a Quick and Easy Monkey Bread

Summer has made a basic yeast bread

Diabetic Recipes gave us Cocoa-Date Oatmeal.  You could always change the dates to another fruit and the cocoa oatmeal sounds great -- a nice change from cinnamon and raisins in your oatmeal.

Expat Chef sent us Real Oatmeal which is a crockpot oatmeal with blueberries and cranberries -- yum yum, my favorite fruit combo.

Kathee has  Mushroom-Sauced Eggs, or poached eggs on English Muffins with a nice white sauce. http://famousrecipes.wordpress.com/2007/10/05/mushroom-sauced-eggs/

Melissa sent in The Budget Breakfast Sandwich, she says it's great for leftover hamburger buns -- it also looks great for times I don't want to cook breakfast (Sunday mornings!!)  http://apennycloser.com/2007/10/13/reducipe-the-budget-breakfast-sandwich/

Debbie says "Hash it out with your family" -- this is a hamburger hash.   http://pacificnorthwestboating.com/2007/10/12/hash-it-out-with-your-family/

Jennie Weber sent in a classic recipe: Sausage Brunch Braid http://rayjenweber.blogspot.com/2007/10/sausage-brunch-braid.html

Cecil Oursborn says "Willy done likes his kids to eat a little more healthy that just old cold cereal.  That is why Willy likes to make a Hillbilly Trash Breakfast - they aint no trash in this here breakfast." -- breakfast at camp with sausage, cheese & potatoes.  Check it out at:
Dani has Double-Baked Home Fries.  Something you can eat for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.  Cooking time is not quite 2 hours, but 90 minutes of it is baking happily unattended -- a good choice for a day you are puttering around the house.  By the way, it looks really nummy!   http://www.catchthespoon.com/sunday-brunch-double-baked-home-fries/

And then there are, as always assorted submissions, still welcome, which have nothing to do with this week's breakfast theme.

Host Bee give us Fire Spice & Nuts a great appetizer or to make as a giftie for someone (keep this one in mind for the upcoming holidays) http://www.busybeelifestyle.com/fire-spice-and-nuts/

Blog Charm has Classic Egg Salad (Low Carb)

Joel Fuhrman MD has healthy salad dressings,
 http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/recipes-dressing-healthy.html Dressing

The Career Counselor provides some info on  The Healthiest Habits for Office and Seasonal Snacking  http://askthecareercounselor.com/blog/archives/139

Wenchypoo offers some wench wisdom regarding Holiday Dinner Rip-oofs http://wenchwisdom.blogspot.com/2007/10/holiday-dinner-rip-offs.html

The erudite Professsor Steve Bainbridge submitted a duck cassoulet which uses both the slow cooker and oven.

Elisson offers a rather less formal recipe for duck sandwiches  .http://elisson1.blogspot.com/2007/10/duck.html 

Muse sent in information on cooking vegetables http://me-ander.blogspot.com/2007/10/cooked-vegetables.html


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