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

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Easy Halloween Snacks for Kids

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Happy Halloween! Hope everybody has a bootiful one. :) I thought I’d give y’Halloween MLK 013all a couple of ideas for some really quick treats for any kind of a Halloween get-together or dessert. This is the time of year where we all get in a time-crunch, after all!

I found this recipe from Martha Stewart. And I do like Martha, even though she gives me an inferiority complex most of the time. I thought her alien cupcake looked pretty cool, but she lost me at the meringue buttercream ingredient. Actually, she lost me at the making the cupcakes part. I’m just down to the wire and looking for shortcuts!


So I used some chewy cookies from my grocery store’s bakery, some frosting, marshmallows, I didn’t have any cool green icing like Martha did, so I used some black, Halloween icing I found at the store. This was going to be very simple, so I let my daughter help me out. :) We made a couple of different types.

Halloween MLK 004For the black alien cookie, we used:
Chewy chocolate chip cookie for the base
Black icing (from the Halloween section of the grocery store)
Mini marshmallows for the weird teeth
Large marshmallow cut in half
A peanut M&M stuck on the marshmallow with icing.

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For the white skull cookie, we used:
Chewy chocolate chip cookie for the base
Black icing…kind of oozy stuff
Mini Marshmallows.

Halloween MLK 010Then we did a scary white cookie (my daughter assured me it wasn’t really scary) with all the above, but a raspberry stuck on the black eye icing and then different colored peanut M&Ms (stuck on with more black icing) in the center of the raspberry.

I also wanted to do a non-sweet treat that was still Halloweeny. The folks at Betty Crocker had just what I was looking for. Mummies! And it’s so Halloween MLK 017easy. You just take:

Part of a stalk of celery
Line it with vegetable-flavored cream cheese (softened enough to spread)
Wrap it with narrow strips of thinly cut ham to look like bandages
Use dried cranberry bits to use for eyes.

hickorysmokedhomicidehighresHappy Halloween! And just a quick note—the third book in the Memphis Barbeque series releases November 1! Hope you’ll pick up a copy if you enjoy mysteries. :)

Finger Lickin’ Dead (Riley Adams)
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tricks and Treats

I've been working on THE DIVA HAUNTS A HOUSE. Hmm, you didn't guess that it takes place at Halloween, did you?

There are so many fun recipes for Halloween. One of my favorites in THE DIVA HAUNTS A HOUSE is Chicken Scaryaki. But don't look for it just yet. It won't be out until next fall!

In the meantime, you can have fun playing with Hard-Boiled Monster Eyeballs. If you're a Southwestern food fanatic, substitute sour cream for the mayo, lime for the lemon, and add a dash or two of cumin.

They passed muster with my adult tasters. Mileage with children will depend on fussiness about certain ingredients. The good news is that they can be made earlier in the day. They still looked fairly good about six hours later.

Hard-Boiled Monster Eyeballs

6 hard-boiled eggs
1/2 an avocado
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon lemon
3/4 teaspoon mustard (I used horseradish mustard)
1/2 teaspoon salt (really to taste, start with 1/4 teaspoon and add more if necessary)
3-4 olives (black or green, whatever you like)

1 drop ketchup
1 drop light corn syrup

Slice the eggs in half. Puree the egg yolks with the avocado, lemon, mustard, salt, and mayonnaise. Spoon into egg whites and smooth with your finger. Place a slice of olive in the middle of each.

Mix the ketchup with the corn syrup. Use a toothpick to draw lines on the "eyeballs." If you squiggle the lines, they'll look like blood, if you make them straight and uniform, they'll look like eyelashes, which might be less scary for very small children.

After all that hard work handing out candy, you might find that you need a little treat. (How cool is this picture? Why are black and white pictures scarier than color ones?) So I'm including two drinks to try. Make Julie's Bloody Shirley for the kids, but try a Green Ghoul or Night Rider Cider for the adults. The Green Ghoul is a spooky lime color, but quite sweet and fruity. Night Rider Cider packs a little kick. It's less sweet, but very refreshing. In the mood to play a trick? Peel a grape "eyeball" and drop it in the Night Rider Cider. It will disappear at the bottom of the drink and won't be visible until your victim has consumed nearly all of his drink. Bwahahahaha! Oh! And don't miss Cleo's Ghostly Car Ad, just scroll down a bit. Hehehehehe.

Green Ghoul

Ginger Ale
Hypnotiq Liqueur

Pour a cup of Ginger Ale into a wineglass. Add two ounces of Hypotiq and one ounce of Cointreau. Stir and enjoy!

Night Rider Cider

Apple Cider
Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps Liqueur
Green Apple Vodka
grapes (optional)

Pour cold Apple Cider into an average size martini glass. Add one ounce of Goldschlager and one ounce of Green Apple Vodka. Stir and drop in one peeled grape.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ghost Potatoes, Monster Eyeballs, Halloween Pizza -- Oh My!

Halloween is such fun! I'll be writing a Domestic Diva Mystery that takes place at Halloween next and I can't wait. But don't look for it until the fall of 2011.

Since so much candy and sugar is consumed on Halloween, I figure the important thing is to let the little ghosts and goblins fill up on something semi-healthy before they head out the door. The quickest way to do that is to incorporate Halloween into lunch or dinner. I started thinking about potato ghosts on a pizza, but honestly, a Halloween pizza is the fastest meal for a busy mom or dad to fix, so I decided to do them separately after all. If you're pressed for time, you're probably not going to be inclined to mash potatoes. Ghost Potatoes are fabulous, though, and can be served for an adult dinner party, too. The best news is that you can mash the potatoes in advance and store them in your fridge until you're ready to bake them.


3 pounds white potatoes
3/4 cup milk (I used skim)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

2 egg yolks

1. Peel potatoes and cut into large cubes. Place in large pot with enough water to cover them. Add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. When they boil, turn down the heat a bit and cook them until easily pierced by a fork, about 15 - 20 minutes.

2. Drain the potatoes. Mashed potatoes are best when the potatoes are put through a ricer. However, in the interest of laziness, I usually put them in my KitchenAid mixer to mash them.

3. Pour the milk into a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup, add the butter, and microwave until nicely warm, but not hot.

4. Whisk the egg yolks a bit with a fo
rk, then add just a bit of the warm milk to them and whisk again so they won't seize when added to the hot potatoes. Add the yolks to the milk in the measuring cup.

5. Mash the potatoes in the mixer, slowly adding the milk mixture. Mix until mashed, but don't over-mix, or they'll get gummy. Salt to taste.

6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

7. Butter a shallow baking dish. I used a glass Pyrex pie pan.

8. Spread about 1/3 of the potatoes on the bottom of the pan. Spoon the potatoes into a pastry bag with a large tip. Don't have one? Use a plastic freezer bag and snip a hole in the corner. Squeeze out ghosts!

9. Cut the raisins lengthwise and slice into little bits. Place two
raisin pieces on each ghost as eyes.

20. Bake about 20 minutes. The tops should have a tiny golden tip.

NOTE: I had some leftover potatoes that had not been baked, so I scooped them into a container and stuck them in the fridge for two days. When I took them out, I preheated the oven to 400 degrees, and found they were very malleable. Your imagination (or in my case, lack of artistic talent) is your only limitation. I pressed the potatoes into a funky goblin shape, decorated him with almonds, and popped him into the oven. He tasted just as good as the ghosts had days

And now, for the very busy --

Halloween Pizza

1 frozen pizza (Cheese works best, but
almost any will do.)

Use anything you happen to have in the freezer,
the fridge, or the pantry.

olives (excellent for eyes and nostrils)
hard cheeses
red or orange peppers

pecans or walnuts (make great teeth!)
Canadian bacon

Cut into eyes, nose and vicious teeth. If you're using cheese (I used Gouda for the eyes), heat the pizza before adding the decorative cheese or it will melt out of shape.

Monster Eyeballs

What kid could resist these bloodshot monster eyeballs?


frozen peas -- or -- marshmallows

Use a melon baller or an ice cream scoop to carve eyeballs out of watermelon. Add a slice of olive. Place a frozen pea or a piece of
marshmallow in the center of each olive slice. (The frozen peas will thaw and be perfectly edible. If you need them in a hurry, heat a few in a pot of water.) These can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. A fun way to start the day at breakfast!

~ Krista

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