Sweet and Spicy Ramen

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This is the time of year that my two oldest are working and my daughter seems to spend most of her time at school or in after school activities. I don’t go out to lunch as often as I use to. I’ve been wanting to find ways to have an inexpensive and healthy option for lunch for myself and for them when they do get to eat with me.

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With Fall fast approaching I crave soup! It’s this Oh MY Gosh that is all I want. This Sweet and Spicy Ramen is perfect for rainy days. It doesn’t take long to make with toppings that are customized to your favorite vegetables or meat if you desire. We also sprinkled this over fruit for some delicious healthy snacks. Monk Fruit In The Raw is tasty for being a calorie free sweetener. 

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September is Childhood Obesity Month. In observance of this month, I am incorporating Monk Fruit In The Raw into recipes as a way to reduce sugar without reducing taste. It’s a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener,made with real fruit. It has a simple, sweet taste that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. Perfectly ideal for moms looking to cut added sugars without sacrificing taste for their families.

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Sweet and Spicy Ramen
Serves 1
Ramen topped with a sweet chili sauce, red onions, and hard boiled egg.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package ramen
  2. 1 egg
  3. 3 slices red onion
  4. 1 tablespoon Monk Fruit In The Raw
  5. 2 tablespoons chili sauce
Instructions
  1. Boil egg in hot water for 5 minutes. Remove and place in cold bowl of water.
  2. Add ramen to hot water and cook for three minutes. Place ramen into the bowl and top with egg and sliced onion.
  3. In a small ramekin, mix in chili sauce with a tablespoon of Monk Fruit In The Raw. Top over ramen and serve.
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Lucky Charms Ice Cream Cake – Gluten Free

My son’s 19th birthday was just last Friday. I wasn’t sure if he would be here or not. Luckily he was! Every year I battle with the fact that he doesn’t like cake and well I don’t like making giant cookies often. That was before I got my new Lodge skillet. However, I knew he would be much happier if it included ice cream and no cake. We were also looking for a gluten free option for my son’s best friend that I call my adopted son. 

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After much deliberation we figured out that Lucky Charms are gluten free and thought why not use the recipe I did for the Twinkie Forest Berry Ice Cream but mold it into a springform pan. I mean it should be a piece of cake right? It just takes about 5 minutes to put together. Had two hours sleep the night before, went to the airport, cooked brunch, made this Lucky Charms Ice Cream Cake, attended a football game and came home after to watch him blow his candles out. It was one very long day!

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Unfortunately, all my candles were thrown out so I had to use a spaghetti noodle for his candles. Hey it worked! ;) The only thing that counts is that he got a cake he loved with friends and family around him. The rest of the night he had fun with his friends and enjoying his beloved Xbox One. We finally got to catch up with each about everything while he was gone about three days later. He just seems to have the permanent smile lately. I think it has a bit to do with this cake! It’s not all the cake of course but I would super credit how many smiles and grabby hands were around when I went to serve it. It will definitely be on my to do list for any future parties. There is so many variations you can do with it too! The possibilities are endless. Do you have an idea of what you would use? Tell me below.

Lucky Charms Ice Cream Cake
Serves 6
No churn ice cream cake with a Lucky Charms crust and topping.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 - 32oz heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 - 14oz sweetened condensed milk
  3. 5 cups Lucky Charms cereal
Instructions
  1. In a stand mixer with whisk attachment fitted beat heavy cream for 4 minutes on a 2. Move it up every 2 minutes until you reach the 10. Once the heavy cream looks like whipped topping stop the mixer.
  2. Pour in sweetened condensed milk and fold until smooth.
  3. Put 2 1/2 cups Lucky Charms cereal at the bottom of the springform pan. Pour in the whipped mixture. Top with the rest of the Lucky Charms.
  4. Freeze cake for 3 hours or until firm. Lightly heat the edge of the pan with warm water being careful not to wet the cake. Pop the springform lever open and remove. Slice with a warm knife and serve.
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Fall Apple Party – Candy Apple M&M’s Cookie Skillet

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Ever have those moments where you say I don’t want to use a whole apple for caramel apples because no one hardly eats an entire apple? I do. Though I know my other half would devour a whole one but most people do not. It’s such a waste. I thought, what if there was a way to make mini caramel apples on lollipop sticks that each person can dip it into whatever they choose. And this Candy Apple M&M’s Cookie Skillet for something easy to serve up with a quickness.
 
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For fun we put together a Fall Apple Party with caramel apple bites and candy apple M&M’s cookie skillet. 
 
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Simply cut the apples into slices and you can dip them into whatever you like. It’s the perfect dessert or appetizer for a fall apple party #FlavorofFall. It’s a good way to make caramel apple bites for a fall football gathering or even a trunk or treat.
 
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With the weather drop here in Texas I’ve done nothing but crave apple recipes. To pair with the apples you can have a slow cooker cinnamon apple wassel and candy apple skillet cookie. Add some printable party decor then you have the cutest Fall apple party ever!
 
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We set it up on a Monday evening when we had a few friends over to have dinner and dessert. We watched spooky TV shows and movies to accompany the cooler fall weather we had roll in.
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Sipped on the cinnamon apple wassel made out of Mott’s apple juice with a few spoonfuls apple sauce in it. Just place 64 oz Mott’s apple juice in a slow cooker, add in 5 tablespoons apple sauce, one sliced orange, and two sticks of cinnamon. Put on low. Once it’s warm it’s ready to serve.
 
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The candy apple M&M’s were so good! We added them to our caramel apple bites tray and put them in our candy apple skillet cookie! I have a few coupons to share with you if you want to make this delicious dessert. I picked my Candy Apple M&M’s up at Walmart along with the Mott’s Apple Juice and Apple Sauce.

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Now about the recipe! I would love to know what you make for your own Fall parties.

Candy Apple M&M's Skillet Cookie
Serves 6
Candy apple M&M's mixed with a vegan cookie dough for a delicious treat.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup greek yogurt
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour (use oat flour for gluten free)
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  6. 1/2 cup candy apple M&M's
  7. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixer bowl, add in brown sugar, peanut butter, and yogurt. Mix well.
  2. Add in flour and baking powder. Mix well until it looks like a crumble crust.
  3. Put one tablespoon oil into the skillet and rub sides and bottom with a paper towel. Press cookie mixture evenly into the skillet. Press 1/2 cup of M&M's into the top.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes. Pull and let cool.
Notes
  1. The cookie can be topped with a glaze for added sweetness. Use oat flour to make it gluten free.
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Picnic Pasta Salad

All summer long I’ve been looking for the time to take a day trip to Dallas with my teens to have a picnic and see the history.  One thing or another always comes up. I hope we can get it scheduled in before school starts. My daughter is in color guard so she will be busy even before school soon. This little recipe will go along with us on our picnic. It’s a Picnic Pasta Salad which is super easy to stuff off into a jar and enjoy on the go. 

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What I enjoy about picnic’s when it’s not 100 degree outside is the simplicity of the food. It can be leftovers from a big barbecue or fresh made sandwiches. My favorite picnic food is Italian pressed sandwiches paired with a good pasta salad. It’s easy to pack. Just wrap the sandwich in parchment and baker’s twine and put your pasta in any jar including recycled jars. We like to reuse pesto jars for pasta salad. The jar show here I bought at Dollar Tree for spices and it ended up being too large. I use them for everything now though. I like to keep left packets of mayo, ketchup, mustard or whatever you get from food places in a plastic baggy in the fridge. I use them for picnics and on the go food. 

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Do you have a favorite picnic recipe? If so, I would love to hear about it below in the comments. One link is welcome!

Picnic Pasta Salad
Serves 6
A salad laced with broccoli, red onions, and roma tomatoes topped over pasta and viva Italian dressing.
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag of garden rotini pasta
  2. 4 roma tomatoes; small diced
  3. 1 red onion; small diced
  4. 1 crown of broccoli; chopped finely
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon pepper
  7. 1 bottle of Kraft Viva Italian dressing
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain pasta let cook for 10 minutes. Pour into a large bowl. Place bowl in freezer for 45 minutes.
  2. Diced tomatoes, onions, and broccoli. Place in medium bowl. Pull out pasta and top with vegetables. Add salt and pepper and fold to incorporate all the vegetables and seasonings. Shake dressing and pour over pasta. Toss until dressing covers pasta well.
  3. Refrigerate for a later time or serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Top with parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
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For other great recipes I have listed a few from other great #Foodelicious blogs. This is a recipe Picnic round up! Follow along with hashtag #Foodelicious on social media.

Save More Spend Less with Heidi – Ranch Seafood Rolls 

From Scratch – Creamy Cucumber Salsa 

Feed Me Seymour – Single Serving Lavender Lemonade

Touch of Modern Hospitality - Broccoli Salad

Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen – Mango Kiwi Salsa

The Baking Fairy – Berry Panna Cotta

Summer Picnic Recipes #Picnic #Foodelicious

Tangy Tomato and Mango Salad

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I have to admit I don’t use many canned items. Tomatoes are one of my most favorite canned items to buy. I stock up on them and I use them in just about everything! Hunt’s has been my go to brand for a long time. My grandmother used to make our family spaghetti sauce recipe from Hunt’s canned tomatoes since it is so much work to do it from scratch every time we wanted it. I learned that Hunt’s diced tomatoes are just perfect in plenty of Italian dishes including this Tangy Tomato and Mango Salad.

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Over the years I learned how to grill and I just love accompanying meats with great vegetable and fruit salads to give my family what they need on their plates. This is a very simple side dish salad we  like to make ahead and put up in the fridge for time by the pool or for a gathering of friends. It’s super as a salsa also!

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I picked up my Hunt’s diced tomatoes at Walmart next to the pasta. You can find more great recipes and information on Hunt’s tomatoes at www.hunts.com and http://www.readyseteat.com/. You can follow along at Hunt’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. There will be a Twitter party on Friday, May 30th from 12-1 ET follow along with the hashtag #DinnerDone! I just love that they use a flash steam peeling method that keeps it natural. They are the best canned tomatoes!

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How often do you grill and make cold salad side dishes? Are you a fan of tomatoes? I would love to hear if you have any great picnic or pot luck salad recipes involving tomatoes. 

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If you would like to share this recipe please take a moment to click the pinned button below and pin the image above. I love to share recipes. I get so excited when someone gives me input on what they like or what they would try. Just like no one would expect lime and chili powder in this recipe! Here is the recipe for the Tangy Tomato and Mango Salad.

Tangy Tomato & Mango Salad
Serves 6
Hunt's diced tomatoes tossed with corn, mango, lime juice and chili powder.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can of Hunt's diced tomatoes
  2. 1 can of sweet corn; drained
  3. 1 mango; diced
  4. 1 lime; juiced
  5. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  6. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, pour in tomatoes and corn. Add in mango and lime juice. Toss well. Top with chili powder and salt. Toss again and refrigerate until time to serve or serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Temperature of salad depends on preference.
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Chinese Lunar New Year – Vegetable Lo Mein

Vegetable lo mein is one the simplest dishes to me in Chinese cuisine. There is plenty of flavors. You can add whatever you would like IE: mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, peas, celery, or whatever meat you choose. If I do add meat to my vegetable lo mein I like roast duck. It’s tender and dark but full of flavor. To be specific I love orange duck paired with it. It something about the combination of all the flavors. 

Vegetable Lo Mein via Mooshu Jenne

Generally every Chinese lunar new year I make an entire feast. This year however we are going out to a nice steak restaurant with the family since we have been cooking so much lately. We have also been working on the house and everyone seems to be in two different places. It’s the first night we are all together. I love going to restaurants because it gives me time to visit with the family while getting updated on all that is happening in their lives. Sometimes I do miss things.

Vegetable Lo Mein via Mooshu Jenne

Do you go out with your family to eat? What are your favorite places? We go out on date nights at least once a month. It’s a great break for V and I. We also like to take the family out once in awhile to play catch up and just enough time with them. Although, I didn’t get to do my huge feast I truly enjoyed lunch with Tommy. Once Chancelor came in the door I handed him a bowl also. He was pretty excited! They love this dish; it is so simple to make. This time all I had on hand was carrots and celery. I generally put spring onions also but I was out. Ginger, soy and garlic accompany it perfectly.  Most of the items I keep on hand at all times for a quick lunch or easy dinner before my favorite shows come on. 

Vegetable Lo Mein
Serves 3
Lo mein noodles tossed with celery, carrots, ginger and garlic.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 carrots; diced
  2. 4 stalks of celery; diced
  3. 3 cloves garlic; minced
  4. 1 teaspoon ginger; minced
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 1 package of lo mein noodles
  7. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  8. Fresh cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. In a pasta pot, bring water to a boil with one tablespoon soy sauce. Add noodles and cook as directed on package. Usually 4 minutes does the trick.
  2. In a saute pan or wok add in vegetables, garlic, and ginger with a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on high until vegetables are tender. Remove vegetables from heat and put in a small bowl.
  3. In saute pan, add cooked noodles and one tablespoon soy sauce. Toss well and saute for about 2 minutes on medium heat. Remove noodles and toss with vegetables.
  4. Top with fresh cracked pepper. Serve with spring onions for garnish.
Notes
  1. You may add any meat or other vegetables you like.
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How To Roast A Pumpkin

For years pumpkin puree out of a can went into all of my Fall baked recipes. Until two years ago, when I finally roasted a pumpkin and made my own puree. Fresh roasted pumpkin made into puree has the best taste. I just prefer it. Plus baking it smells so delicious. That’s why I want to share this post with you on How to Roast a Pumpkin. It’s simple to do and makes more then enough for two recipes.

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Cut off the stem with a knife. The skin will be tough so be careful. Flip pumpkin back over to it’s bottom.

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Get a bowl ready. Cut the pumpkin in half. This will be a little easier then cutting off the stem.

how to roast a pumpkin

Get a spoon and bowl and scoop out all the seeds into the bowl. You can see how below. Make sure to get most of the strings out.

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Save the seeds for a great healthy snack. I love pumpkin seeds! Trying different spices when you baked them makes such a tasty difference. Grab a casserole dish and place the pumpkin halves face down in the dish. Do not use a baking sheet or you will have a mess in your oven.

how to roast a pumpkin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place pumpkins in oven and bake for about one hour to an hour and a half. The pumpkin insides will become soft and the skin will brown and lift off the pumpkin.

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Peel the skin off and move pumpkin to a food processor and blend or use a bowl and a hand blender. Puree and make sure to stir to get a smooth texture through out the puree.

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The puree can be stored in the fridge in a ziplock bag. You may also freeze the pumpkin puree. If you plan to freeze it longer then a month you should use a food saver bag or can it. One small pumpkin usually makes enough as you see here for two to three recipes. I just pop it in the fridge and bake with the pumpkin puree within a week. This week I want to make Pumpkin Pound cake!

Red, White, and Blue Salad with Red Apple Balsamic

Do you plan your fourth of July menu in advance? Looking around for new recipes to try and show off to friends and family on the fourth is a past time for me. This year the inspiration of fruit side dishes is high on the list. This Red, White, and Blue salad with Red Apple Balsamic from Devo Olive Oil Co. is truly tasty.

Though, last year the patriotic cake I tried to bake never came out. It was a complete epic failure. My cake pans were so old that the cake stuck. Instead we made a crumble cake with patriotic roses on top. It was still cute! This year the idea is to try my hand at a new ice cream cake with a patriotic theme. Do you have a recipe on your list for the 4th of July?

Red, White, & Blue Salad with Red Apple Balsamic

 

The one reason I love working with Devo’s vinegar’s is how well they pair with fruit, salad, or meat. In this dish, the red apple balsamic soaked beautifully into the white pearl fresh mozzarella and held that flavor through out the dish. Some fresh basil or rosemary would go fabulous in this dish. Instead I choose not to add any seasoning and let the fruit accompany the vinegar with its own natural flavors.

Just cannot wait for this years Independence Day festival. Old cars, funnel cake, and Rick Springfield. What could be more fun? This one vendor even has the best peach tea. Looking forward to a good evening with the family. What does your family do for the 4th of July? Do you have any family traditions or any special recipes you all make? If you do please feel free to post links in the comments.

Red, White, and Blue Salad with Red Apple Balsamic
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package of blueberries
  2. 1 package of strawberries; sliced
  3. 2 cucumbers; quartered and sliced
  4. 1 container of fresh mozzarella pearls. drained
  5. 4 to 6 tablespoons of red apple balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Quarter and dice cucumbers then add to a large bowl. Add in blueberries with the cucumbers. Remove tops of strawberries and slice. Add strawberries in with the blueberries and cucumbers. Drain mozzarella pearls and a lightly toss with fruit mixture. Drizzle red apple balsamic vinegar over the fruit mixture while tossing lightly.
  2. Optional: Add fresh basil or fresh rosemary for seasoning.
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*Disclosure: Devo Olive Oil is providing one sample bottle of red apple balsamic vinegar.  I was not reimbursed for writing this post and all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Strawberry Banana French Toast & Calphalon Giveaway

Before I tell you how to win the Calphalon digital convection oven you must first read all about my strawberry banana french toast I baked up in my very own Calphalon digital convection oven that they so sweetly sent me.

For years I bugged the other half to buy me a convection oven to use endlessly for easy dinners. What I LOVE about this convection oven is the size. It fits a small pizza or a 9×13 cookies sheet. Yes, you can bake cookies in it in the summer without heating up the entire house. How brilliant is that in Texas’ super hot summer heat!

The oven is perfect for teenagers that have light cooking skills. On more then four occasions now my teenagers have used it to make their dinners while the other half and I headed out for date night. They love it too! The convection oven has custom time and temperature settings for bagels, pizza and cookies. The pull out crumb tray makes it a breeze to clean. It takes reading the manual and playing with the settings to get use to and remember how to work it. I already have it aced though!

Below the recipe is the giveaway but first here is a look at one of the easy make head or do the day of breakfast recipes we baked up in the digital convection oven.

Strawberry Banana French Toast

 

Strawberry Banana French Toast
Serves 2
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 banana; sliced
  2. 4 strawberries; remove tops and sliced
  3. 3 sliced of french bread; crusts removed and tear into small pieces
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1/4 cup milk
  6. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  7. 2 tablespoons sugar
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, add in egg, milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until mixture is well blended.
  2. In a baking dish, add bread, bananas, and strawberries. Toss to even out the fruit with bread. Top with wet mixture and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until egg is set and top is lightly browned. Serve warm.
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Halloween Countdown – Day Four

Last weekend we had our Halloween party and I though I would share with you guys and gals as my Halloween countdown. Not very many people came out though we still had tons of fun. We had sinister cider with voodoo heads, buttered corn (popcorn), eyeball punch, caramel apples, and petrified pizza. Maybe a few late night tacos from Jack in the Crack (ie: Jack in the Box) for the drinkers; at least we had the sober driver go and get them! Never drink and drive.

Chase Windham

Today, I want to share with you a DIY project on how to make wood grave stones and a recipe for the classic caramel apples with bacon or with nuts.  But first I want to scare the crap out of you!

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This would be my brother whom scared the piss out of the my teens and their friends at our Halloween party. He came through the house in the pitch dark while the movie was on and stood behind them. It’s was a class A scare!

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This year I decided to go with a literary/science Halloween theme.The gravestones I crafted feature Poe, Tesla, and Shakespeare. What I seriously love about wood stones is they do NOT blow away in the wind. Just take a long piece of plywood and cut into three. Lowe’s will do this for you for free if you ask and don’t have a saw at home. Stencils are great for the lettering. I used spray paint in black, one to each slat, and acrylic white paint for the lettering.  Used wood fencing pieces and adhered them to the back with screws and a drill to insert the stones in the ground to stand upright. These stones are better on the environment as you can use them year to year and they don’t blow away in the wind like the Styrofoam stones you can buy at the store.

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Halloween can’t be without a treat! These were requested by the other half.

We chopped up our own nuts and added bacon to a few. I used Fuji apples. Four days until Halloween! What do you have planned?

Caramel & Bacon Apples
Serves 5
Caramel and bacon apples and some with nuts.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag Kraft caramel candies
  2. 1 large bag peanuts; cracked and chopped
  3. 3 strips of bacon; cooked and chopped
  4. Lollipop sticks
  5. 5 apples
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, heat caramels with two tablespoons of water on low heat.
  2. Meanwhile, push lollipop sticks through the apples. It's fine if they pop out the bottom a little just slide them back up through.
  3. Once the caramel is melted dip the apples and set on parchment paper. Drizzle chopped peanuts or cooked chopped bacon on the apples. Freeze for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. Tip: I keep the apples frozen and pull them about an hour before they want to eat them as they last longer in the freeze!
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