Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cheesy Pumpkin Appetizer!

These cheese pumpkins are so cute, and they are not just for Halloween. They would be a perfect starter for Thanksgiving also! I paired them with Ritz Buttery Thin Munchables. I have never had these crackers before, but they are light and bite size, making them perfect for the strong cheddar taste of the pumpkins!
Cheesy Pumpkin Appetizer
(Makes 10 Pumpkins)
10 tablespoons Cheddar cold pack Cheese
2 teaspoons finely chopped Nuts
5 butter flavored Pretzel Sticks
10 pieces tiny fresh Parsley leaves

Chop up the nuts until very fine.
Scoop each tablespoon of cheese into a ball. 
I wore gloves, and rolled the balls between my 
hands to get the correct look.
Place the balls of cheese on a piece of wax paper
or parchment paper. Place in freezer for about 5 minutes,
so they can become firm.
Start scoring lines on the cheese balls, 
so that they resemble pumpkins. Start
in the center, and draw a line from the top
to the bottom center. Do this about 7- 8 times
around each cheese ball.
Here is the completely scored cheese ball.
Snap each of the pretzel sticks in half. On each cheese ball,
place a parsley leaf at the top of the cheese. Take the
pretzel stick and insert it in the top of the cheese to
resemble the pumpkin stem. As you insert the pretzel,
grab a piece of the parsley to secure it as the pretzel goes in.
Tap the bottom of the cheese ball on the chopped
nuts. They should cover the bottom.
All done. Do this to each cheese ball.
If at any time the cheese becomes too soft to
work with, pop it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
You can serve them all together on one plate,
or go for the homespun look, and serve on a 
cutting board. You could put several on a cutting board.
That would look great! or,
a cheesy pumpkin on an fall inspired appetizer plate.
There is no wrong way!

You could also use cheese that is flavored, such as a
smoked cheddar or a port wine cheese. Of course, your favorite
crackers always fit this recipe!

Happy Halloween!!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Old Pumpkin Bread!

This pumpkin bread isn't really old, but the recipe has been in my family for many years. And with good reason. It's delicious!! Serve this pumpkin bread with a light swipe of whipped cream cheese. In our family, it isn't fall until we have eaten a slice of this bread!

 Old Family Recipe 
Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 cups Flour
2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
3 cups Sugar
1 cup Corn Oil
4 Eggs
2/3 cup Water
2 cup Pumpkin
Measure the flour into a bowl.
 Add baking soda,
and salt.
Add cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.
Whisk everything together.
Form a well in the bowl of ingredients.
Add the eggs,
the corn oil, the water, and the pumpkin.
Mix everything together,
until every ingredient is incorporated.
Spray a loaf pan. 
Cook for 1 hour at 350 degrees. The loaf pans that 
I use are rather large. If you used the ones in the picture,
on the left, this recipe would make 3. Because I used my large pan, 
I only had enough for one other pan. Make sure to check
the bread with a toothpick. The top cooks last, so make 
sure it is done before you remove it from the oven.
Cool the bread in the pan for 15 minutes, then take
a knife or spatula around the edge, and let it sit in the 
pan until completely cool. 
It's a piece of heaven!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Yummy Mummy Calzone!

This weeks entree is a calzone, made to fit perfectly into your Halloween plans. This mummy is not too scary, but he will definitely liven up your buffet or dinner table, and he is pretty tasty for a mummy!
 Yummy Mummy Calzone
(adapted from TOH Holiday and Celebrations 2005)
2~1 pound Frozen Bread Dough
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup Pizza Sauce
1/2 cup  chopped Onion
1 slightly beaten Egg
1 piece Sun Dried Tomato
Roll each piece of dough into a triangle shape.
The shape should be 14" at the longest point, and 11"
wide at the bottom. Place the dough on
parchment paper like above.
With a knife, score the edges of a 4" rectangle
in the center of the triangle, 2" from the top and bottom.
Don't cut through the pastry like I did. Just gently mark it.
If you cut through the pastry, just push it back together.
Also, see how my rectangle is off center? No biggie!
Pastry is always an easy fix, but this is fine.
On each long side, cut 1" wide strips at an angle,
from the score line to the end. I used a ruler to measure
the widths because I am a terrible judge of these things!
Leave a triangle at the top, like above.
This will become the head.
Leave the bottom below the score line uncut, also.
See how at the bottom on the left side, it doesn't look even?
Don't worry.
It will all come out in the wash bake!
Place the pizza sauce, chopped onions, and cheese
in the center of the scored area. You can add whatever
you would like to this calzone. Maybe, sausage, pepperoni
slices, ground beef? The decision is yours.
Starting at the head, start folding down the left, and then a right
strip, alternating them until you reach the last strip on each side.
Round the piece for the head into a ball.
 Fold the bottom dough piece over the calzone, then fold the
two strips over the top. Beat your egg up a little, then
brush egg onto the dough. Now, cover the mummy with plastic wrap
and let it rise for 15 minutes.  After it has risen, add the eyes.
You can use several things.
Olives are what the recipe called for, but I didn't want to buy an entire
jar just for the eyes, so I used a piece on sun dried tomato,
cut into a little piece, and rolled into a ball. Insert in the head.
Bake the mummy in the oven for 25-28 minutes.
Here the mummy. Yummy!
Let him sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Here is an inside look at the calzone. I think mummy
might have benefited from a few more minutes
in the oven, but he was delicious.
Slice the mummy at an angle for servings.
Happy Halloween!

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Coming asap~Candy Corn Shooters!

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Halloween Haunted House

The first time I made this Halloween Haunted House my son was 5.  He was my little helper, and he still remembers working on this house with me. He will be 22 years old this week! This Halloween Haunted House is what memories are made from. I hope it becomes special to you and your family too!!
Halloween Haunted House
5 Bags of Milk Chocolate Candy Melts
Chocolate Rocks
Stick Pretzels
1 Sugar Cone
2 Cake Cones
Graham Crackers
Mini Nilla Wafers
Box of Reese's Pieces
1 package of Black Twizzlers
1 package of Black Licorice Bites
4 Mini Kit Kats(like from a Halloween Candy Bag)
Orange Gum Balls
Orange and Green Jelly Belly
1 package Orange Wafer Cookies
you will also need:
16 oz of Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 Egg Whites
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
Aluminum Foil
2 Decorating Bags
3 Cookie Sheets
2 Wilton Tips~#2 and #2A   
Wilton Color Violet
 You can build this house over as many days as you want.
So you can stop at any spot in  the directions.
Measure out foil to  the size of your cookie sheets.
Loosely crumble the foil. This is your design for the
walls of the house. Don't crumble too tight because
the foil might tear when you unwrap it.
Carefully unwrap the foil and spread it in the cookie sheet.
Repeat this for all 3 cookie sheets. Set aside.
Start melting the chocolate candy melts.
Each cookie sheet should 1 1/2 bags of melted chocolate
on each one.
Pour the melted chocolate over the foil.
Repeat this for all three cookie sheets.
After I poured the chocolate, I realized that
chocolate was not deep enough for the pieces
we would be cutting out. I made the foil smaller to accommodate this.
You can fix this problem by using more chocolate
on each cookie sheet, but I was using the
largest pan available to me at the time.
After the chocolate is dry in the cookie sheet, place
a pattern on the chocolate. You need 2 of each pattern
except the door, which is cut later from graham crackers.

Score the chocolate around the pattern. I used a small
paring knife. It seemed to give me better control.
Here is you scored piece. Because we are working with chocolate
there is nothing we won't be able to fix, so don't be to bother with
Cut the chocolate along the scored lines.
Here are your two top side pieces.
This is what is left after I took out the 2 pieces.
The leftover can be remelted and used again.
Gotta love that candy melt!!
Here is the large pattern of the front of the house.
Continue to cut out the other pieces until you have
2 fronts, 2 bottom sides, 2 top sides.
 Make the icing. In a mixing bowl, place the egg whites,
the powdered sugar, the vanilla, and the cream of tartar.
Mix on high speed for 7-10 minutes until very stiff.
Color the icing with the Violet color.
When I was cutting out the large piece, the edge broke.
No worries.
Melt some of the chocolate melt, take a little and put it
on the edge of the large piece, and put small piece
on to it. I guess you could say you are
chocolate glueing it!
You can't even see it. Give it few minutes to dry.
I did not take pictures of this, but take the cake
circle, melt more chocolate. and spread the
chocolate on the circle. Give it about 1 hour to dry.
Set the large piece back on to the circle. Set it a little towards the
back of the circle so it gives you a front yard.
Attach a bottom side piece by piping  icing along the side seam.
Attach the front piece of the house with the piping.
Attach the other side piece.
Here is what I was talking about when I said that
mistakes can be fixed. This piece of chocolate was not cut
right when I originally cut it out. So I used the paring knife
to shave the edge. I just sawed a little at a time so as not to
crack the piece.
See the crack in the back. I just ignored it.
Icing is a wonderful fixer. Besides, it's a haunted house.
It can have a few holes.
Attach the top sides with the frosting.
Don't worry if it doesn't match up perfectly.
Attach the graham cracker pieces to the top to create the roof.
Run a bead of icing along the open space above the
bottom side.
Attach a graham cracker piece to the piece above.
Attach a piece to the other side.
In the front of the house put the kit kat.
Attach them with icing or chocolate.
Put 3 strips on the bottom, 3 on the top of those,
and 1 more on the top of that.
Cut out the graham cracker door with the pattern.
Pipe around the door with the #2 tip , and pipe a window.
Attach to the front above the steps.
Cut away a section of the cone to fit the roof of the house.
Attach the cone. Don't worry about the icing on the roof.
Attach a black gumball on top of the cone. Cut off the tip of the
sugar cone, and attach to the top of the gumball.
Decorate like the picture, or add your own touch.
Close up!
Cut 2 cake cones to fit on to each front corner of the house.
Decorate with icing and jelly bellies.
Another view.
Attach licorice pieces to the top front and the bottom front
seams. Do the same to the back of the house.
Attach the vanilla wafers to create roof shingles.
Decorate around the tower.
(Please ignore the mess behind the haunted house!!)
Attach a licorice bite to each side of the door.
Add the top swirl before attaching.
Attach chocolate rocks to the edge of the house, wherever
you want. There is no wrong way. Make the windows by
cutting the orange wafer cookies to just use the top piece.
Pipe the window to look like panes.
Use the other piece of the wafer cookie to make the shutters
 Cut it in half. Pipe a design. Attach the shutters with frosting.
Put a window and shutters on each side bottom.
Attach the top window on both sides.
Take the wafers apart  just like above.
Shutters should run long ways.
Attach a Reeses pieces to each window top.
Add an orange gumball to create a pumpkin.
Here are a few pictures so you can see placement of things.
Here are the pattern pieces for the house:

These need to be enlarged by 4 times the size.
Happy Halloween!

This Halloween Haunted House is participating in the
Howl-oween Trick and Treats Craftathon 
at the Rhinestone Beagle.
Drop  by and check out all the really cute,
Halloween ideas and crafts.
It's all month long!! Don't miss it!!

The Freshman Cook is also participating in
Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.
Stop by for lots of great ideas!

Stop by Monster Mash Bash  to see all the
fun and wonderful Halloween ideas! The Freshman Cook
is there also!

If you have any questions or problems with my 
directions, please don't hesitate to contact me at
I will be glad to answer anything you need to know,
if I can.