Sunday, October 31, 2010

Yesterday was National Candy Corn Day...

...and I forgot to post! Sorry! Just a quick little treat I did up for our Halloween party. 
These are easier than you think to put together. I just used a box cake mix. I colored half of the batter yellow, and the other half orange. In the cupcake liners, I put some yellow in, then covered with orange batter. Then just bake as the package says, and VOILA! Candy Corn Cupcakes! 
(Not the best picture, but you can see the yellow on the bottom and orange on top)

Super easy. I topped them off with some of my homemade vanilla butter cream (HERE), some candy corn colored nonpareils, and a candy corn. Too cute! They were a hit!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Caramel Corn Mix

As you can see by my recent posts, it has been all about simple, easy, go-to recipes for this Halloween season. My 17-month-old is ALL over the place, and I, like many other busy mommies and daddies, need easy recipes to satisfy even the pickest eaters. Wow..that sounded like a commerical...sorry. =) Anyways, my mom brings home this HUGE bag of homemade popcorn the day before our Halloween party...I'm thinking PERFECT. I had this idea to mix in some candy corn to it, and make it like a snack mix for the party goers to munch on while playing games. Then, she added in some Fall colored M&M's and some cocktail peanuts that we had extra of. It turned out delicious! Besides the caramel corn being the most amazing caramel corn I have EVER tasted, the candies and nuts added that little extra something. Enjoy! 

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Mini Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are a quintessential Fall and Halloween dessert. You can't go without one during this season...or at least I can't. 

For our Halloween party, we had decided to make some. Then....I came across this post for mini caramel apples...who woulda thunk it? I absolutely loved the idea of bite-sized mini caramel apples, and can't believe that I didn't think of it myself. 

We ran into really only one problem with these delicious baby bites. No matter how much we buttered or greased the wax paper or tray that they sat one, they still stuck like crazy. We had to pry them off with a metal scraper. So, next time we will either dip the bottoms in sprinkles or chopped nuts. Just a lil FYI for those of you who have never made them. 

This recipe is so simple that I'm not even going to put it in traditional recipe format. All you need is a bag of wrapped caramels or the cool lil caramel bits. I used the wrapped caramels, and followed the directions on the bag melting. As that was melting, I used the larger side of my melon baller to scoop out lil balls of apple. We used Granny Smith apples, and I made sure that I got the skin of the apple on every ball. I got about 6-8 balls out of each apple, and we used 5 good-sized apples. Then, in each apple, I put a little cocktail pick. I've seen people use toothpicks, lollipop sticks, and mini pretzel rods. After that, just start dipping! 

Again, to prevent sticking, you might want to dip the bottoms in sprinkles or nuts. This doesn't have to just be for caramel. You could also do chocolate covered apples, or go super decadent and do caramel then chocolate. YUM! ;) Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bloody Good Cranberry Punch

I love me a good punch...I think every party should have something besides cokes and water. I found this recipe in All You magazine, and I thought it would be perfect for our Halloween, look how easy! Only 3 ingredients...that's what I'm talkin about! 

- 1 64-oz bottle cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
- 1 cup orange juice, chilled
- 2 cups club soda, chilled

Pour ingredients into a punch bowl and serve. 

Recipe Source: All You magazine, October 2010

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Been A LONG Time!

I am so sorry that I haven't posted in months. I have been EXTREMELY busy with being a SAHM to an active little 17-month old boy, my lil at home business, and just life in general. I am not promising I will be able to post as often anymore, but I will try to post as much as I can. Which brings me to this post. This past weekend, my mom & I threw a lil Halloween party for a few friends, and played some games. So, I will be posting this week some of the recipes we used. I am also going to start posting on my new crafting blog For A Rainy Day. Of course, same goes for that blog, I'll only be able to post when I have free time, which is few and far between these days, but I don't want to get rid of either blog. Anyways, I hope you enjoy these Halloween-ish recipes! 
So, for the recipe, I have seen these cute lil "Mummy Dogs" on a few sites, and thought they would be too cute and super easy for our Halloween get-together. Most of the recipes I saw for this, they used the whole hot dog, but we cut them in half for bite-sized versions then served them along with bowls of ketchup and mustard. A little tip from me, most of the recipes I saw used a toothpick to put mustard on them for the eyes. Well, I put a tiny bit of mustard in a zip bag, snipped a TINY hole in the corner, and piped the eyes on. So much easier! Enjoy!
- 1 package of 8 hot dogs in your favorite brand
- 1 package of 8 refrigerated crescent rolls
- Mustard, for mummy eyes

1. Preheat oven according to package directions (I think it was 350 for ours.), and grease, or spray with a nonstick spray, a cookie sheet. 
2. Cut hot dogs in half, if desired.
3. Take crescent dough out of package and unroll. Cut the crescents into small strips.
4. Wrap the small strips around each hot dogs to look like mummy strips. Make sure the keep a little opening for the mummy's eyes.
5. Bake according to package directions. Ours said 9-13 minutes, and we baked them for 10. 
6. Serve with ketchup and mustard, and enjoy!

Yes, it's that simple!