Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Pumpkin Salsa!

Only 3 more days until Halloween!!! I can feel the excitement mounting, can't you?!! Tonight I made a simple, festive pumpkin salsa with Halloween in mind, and I paired it with some orange and black store bought chips!
Halloween Pumpkin Salsa!
1/2 of a Orange Pepper
1/2 cup Black Beans
2 teaspoon Pumpkin Seeds
4 leaves Cilantro
1 clove Garlic
1/4 White Onion
1 cob Roasted Corn
1/3 cup canned Pumpkin
2 teaspoon Sugar
Tortilla Chips
I started by going through my beans and making sure 
there were no foreign items from the bag.
This is a necessity when making beans.
Soak your beans according to the directions on the bag.
I soaked mine overnight.
The next morning I rinsed the beans, and then placed 
them in clean water to cook.
I let them simmer with a lid on for 1 1/2 hours.
Set the lid a little to the side so the steam can escape.
Rinse when they are done and refrigerate.
Roast your orange pepper on your stove, if it is gas.
Just keep turning the pepper with tongs until most
of your pepper is roasted.
When you are done roasting, place the pepper in a 
small bowl and cover with plastic. The heat trapped in 
the plastic helps you get the roasted skin off of the pepper.
After 20-30 minutes, pull the skin off of the pepper.
Leave a little on, like above.
Cut the pepper in half and take the seeds out.
Then chop the pepper into small bite size pieces.
For the roasted corn, I used an ear I purchased at 
a grocery store. The store grills out every weekend,
and they roast corn, grill ribs and tri tip. It is 
all so incredibly good! You can also roast your corn in
a pan on your stove.
Cut the corn off of the cob.
Chop your white onion.
Chop your clove of garlic.
Put everything we chopped in the bowl, which includes,
onion, orange pepper, corn and garlic. Add your beans.
Mix together.
Add pumpkin seeds, chopped  cilantro, pumpkin and sugar.
Mix well again.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Creatures Marshmallow Pops!

These fun Halloween Creatures Marshmallow Pops are easy to make, and just plain fun! They are perfect to give together as a bunch, or separately!

Halloween Creatures Marshmallow Pops!
Kraft StackerMallows
Sticks for Marshmallows
Americolor Orange,Violet, Electric Green, Super Black
Ribbon
Candy Corn
Start by putting a black base color on two marshmallows.
Let dry.
Pipe a pumpkin outline on top of the black.
I didn't show it here,sorry. But after some
experimentation, I think the pumpkin looks better 
with a black base.
Fill in the pumpkin outline by going up and down
 inside the pumpkin. It gives it texture and dimension.
Draw Jack O'lantern faces on the pumpkin.
Pipe a green base on the marshmallow.
Let dry.
Using black frosting, pipe the hair on Frankenstein.
Fill in the hair.
I like the black base on Frankenstein also, 
so when I made it again I added it.
Add a little stitch to Frankie's cheek.
Two make the bolts, dip two mini marshmallows in green frosting.
Let dry.
Give Frankie his eyes and mouth.
Attach a bolt to each side of his head.
Isn't he cute?
Base coat another marshmallow with purple.
I don't know why it looks blue. Maybe too much light?
Outline and fill in some hair for Dracula.
Add eyebrows, eyes and a mouth.
Finish the eyes, and Dracula is done!
I used black and orange straws for these guys, 
but cookie sticks would work also.
I added the ghost at the last minute.
Pretty simple, add a white base and eyes!
Wrap each of the creatures in plastic 
and tie with a ribbon. I had an empty jar
that I poured candy corn in, and stuck
the pops down in it. I cut them all different sizes,
so they could be stacked all around the jar.
 Tie ribbon around the jar, and you are done!


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Monster Munch and Pinterest Blog Hop

It is time again for our Pinterest Inspired Blog Hop!  Today I made some Monster Munch from the blog, Our Best Bites, authored by Sara and Kate. When I saw the picture of this Monster Munch on Pinterest, I immediately knew I would be making it. I actually made 4 bags and they are going in the Halloween care package I am sending to my son and his roommates. It is incredibly delicious. I know they will love it, and so will you!
Monster Munch
  • 1 package Almond Bark (1 pound)
  • 12 cups cooked Popcorn 
  • 1 cups Candy Corn
  • 2 cups Pretzels
  • 1 cup Reese's Pieces
I made the following changes to the original recipe:
I added the pretzels instead of peanuts, and
increased the amount to 2 cups.
I increased the amount of Reeses Pieces to 1 cup.
Check out Our Best Bites for the original recipe.
 
Have a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper 
ready when you take this off the stove.

Start your almond bark melting on the stove in a double boiler.
Keep it on low for the best results. 
As you are preparing the rest of the recipe, 
just stir it a couple times.
I broke each pretzel into about 3 pieces. I thought
these might be too big.
Place your popcorn in a very large bowl.
Add the pretzels, candy corn, and Reese's Pieces.
Mix it together so it is well combined.
Once your almond bark is melted, 
pour it into your bowl over the popcorn, candy, and pretzels.
Mix it really well. 
Pour it onto your prepared baking sheet, 
and spread it all over the sheet.
Let it cool.
Once cool, crack the popcorn bark into pieces.
You could put it in a bowl to "munch" on,......
or wrap it up in these cute clear bags.
What a great treat, that everyone would love to get!

Happy Halloween!
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Pinterest Inspired creations will inspire you,
or enter one you have already made!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Spice Cake!


One of my favorite things about the fall are all the colors and smells. The browns and oranges, yellows and reds coupled with the most aromatic, deep, earthy aromas, of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.  So rich and real;  you can almost taste them. Which is how I ended up baking a spice cake. The pumpkin patch top came from the fact that they are just plain, old fun!

Pumpkin Patch Spice Cake

  •  1 box Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 package (3.4 oz) Vanilla instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 cup canned Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 8 tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 3 3/4 cups Confectioner's Sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
  • Americolor Brown
  • Americolor Leaf Green
  • 12-15 Biscoff Cookies
  • Pumpkin Candy
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Place the cake mix, pudding mix, pumpkin,
vegetable oil, water, eggs, cinnamon and ginger
 in your mixing bowl.
Mix on low for 1 minute, scrape your bowl, 
and then mix on high for 2 minutes.
Pour mix into 10" X 13" pan that has been 
greased and floured.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Let cake cool completely.
Make your buttercream by whipping the butter. 
Add the confectioners sugar and mix on low until the sugar
is well incorporated into the butter. You don't want to be 
covered in powdered sugar!
Not that I would know about that. :)
 Add the milk and the vanilla.  Mix well.
Remove 1 cup of the buttercream, and set aside.
This will be for your vines and leaves.
Add a very small amount of brown color to
 the rest of the buttercream, so it is basically tan.
Mix well.
Frost your cake with the tan frosting.
Place your  biscoff in a plastic bag, and roll it in to 
crumbs with a rolling pin.
Cover the top and the sides of 
your cake with the crushed biscoff..
Here's a tip: If your frosting dries before you get 
the crushed cookies on, spritz the frosting very lightly
with a water bottle, and the cookies will adhere to the frosting.
Place your pumpkin candy in rows, haphazardly like,
so it resembles a pumpkin patch.
Take your 1 cup of buttercream that you set aside earlier,
and color it with the leaf green.
Using a  #2 Wilton tip, make connecting lines of green
frosting to resemble vines.You really can't make a mistake here.
Vines go everywhere and no where!
Do this to each row of pumpkins.
Go through and include some leaves. 
I used a Wilton tip # 352.
Simple to use, and they always come out great. 
I attached some to the top of the pumpkins, some to 
look as if they are coming from beneath the pumpkins, 
and some from the vines.
You can put leaves pretty much anywhere you want.
Now all you have to do is pick out your pumpkins!
Have fun!
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