Showing posts with label halloween snacks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label halloween snacks. Show all posts

Sunday, October 23, 2016

SPOOKY Carrot Eyes for #Halloween #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: Supposing you're having a Halloween party, or maybe even better you're going to one, but you're supposed to bring something spooky. And maybe it's not supposed to be a sweet. 
Then this recipe is for you. In fact, it's so easy that you may say Lucy, that's what you call a recipe?? But let me tell you, my taste testers thought it was both adorable and delicious.
Ingredients for spooky carrot eyes

Whipped cream cheese
Sliced black olives
Onion powder to taste
White pepper to taste

The amounts of the above will depend on how many of these you are making.
To serve three people before lunch, I used one carrot, one large tablespoon of cream cheese, and a dash of the onion powder and white pepper. If you're making a bigger plate of "eyes", simply double or triple the amounts.

Wash and scrape the carrots and cut them into rounds, probably about half inch thickness will work best. Mix the cream cheese with the seasonings (and feel free to substitute other favorites if you prefer.)

Top each carrot round with a dollop of the cream cheese mixture and place a black olive "eye" on top. That's it! Refrigerate until serving.

And if the carrots don't float your boat, how about pumpkins stuffed with cornbread, leeks, and bacon?

Or Cornmeal Pumpkin Pound Cake?

 Lucy writes the Key West food critic mysteries--her Key West Halloween book is called KILLER TAKEOUT.  Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Cleo Coyle Talks with a Real Ghost Whisperer (and shares a Halloween recipe for Kettle Corn)

HAMLET - Act 1. Scene V.
Ghost: Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing/
To what I shall unfold.
Hamlet: Speak; I am bound to hear.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know me as the author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries. As it happens, I also write a 2nd mystery series called the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries in which a prim, New England widow named Penelope McClure solves murders with the help of a dead private detective who was gunned down in her bookshop sixty years before. (To learn more about my Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, just click here or on the book cover.)

Because of the popularity of my ghost series, Random House recently approached me to blurb a debut novel co-written by the real ghost whisperer, Mary Ann Winkowski. Needless to say, I was honored to be asked.

Mary Ann is an amazing woman. She served as the inspiration for the creation of The Ghost Whisperer television show starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Mary Ann still serves as a consultant for the show. (It's an excellent show, by the way. If you've never caught it, you're in luck: It's on tonight -- and every Friday night at 8 PM on CBS.)

So who is Mary Ann Winkowski?
To virtually meet her now, hit the play arrow
in the video below and remember...

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy…”

If you would like to meet Mary Ann in person,
drop by her Web site and check out her book signing schedule
for November by...

Mary Ann's new novel (just released by Random House) is titled The Book of Illumination: A Novel fom the Ghost Files, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it; to wit...

"An authentic ghost whisperer reveals the workings of her mind and heart in this absorbing novel that sheds light on earthbound spirits in need of guidance home. An illuminating tale."

~ Cleo Coyle

Click here or on the
book cover to learn more...

I was also very happy when Mary Ann agreed to answer a few of my questions about her work and her new book...

CLEO: In your novel, The Book of Illumination, your main character Anza O’Malley, can see and speak with the dead. Her grandmother also had this psychic gift and helped Anza develop it when she was still a young child. Anza, of course, is based on you and your own experiences. When did you first discover your gift? Like your fictional character, Anza, did your own grandmother also help you develop it?
MARY ANN: I think the best answer to this question is that when I was seven I discovered that not everybody could do what I could. Believe me it was an eye opener. My grandmother had been taking me to funerals of friends and relatives from the time that I was four, so I just naturally assumed that what I did was not something special. My grandmother was my teacher and my mentor from the very beginning. She realized what I could do, and she helped my gift to grow.

Photo (left) of Mary Ann at age 2
with her Grandma Maria.

Photo courtesy of
Click on the picture to visit Mary Ann's Web site.

CLEO: In your experience, what are some of the principle reasons spirits stay behind here on earth? Is it always their choice?

MARY ANN: It is always unfinished business in one form or another. A young mother dies suddenly. Obviously she does not want to leave the future of her children to someone else, she chooses to stay. A suicide victim wants someone to know why they took their life. A homicide victim wants some sort of justice. Someone who values an earthbound procession and refuses to leave it behind. The reasons go on and on. In death as in life we have a marvelous gift called free will. At death we do have the choice to cross over or remain.

CLEO: I love the title of your novel, The Book of Illumination, because the story is not only about searching for a priceless, stolen illuminated book, but about helping earthbound spirits cross over into the light. Like Anza, can you really re-create a light for the spirit to cross over? What do you think that light is exactly? Where does it come from? Where do you believe a spirit goes when it walks toward the light?

MARY ANN: My grandmother taught me how to create the white light. The hardest part about learning how to do it was making the opening big enough for a spirit to go into, and keeping it open long enough for them to cross. I believe that the white light is a gift for all of us from God. It is there for all of us to use for protection. I know I could not have gotten through my two daughters learning how to drive without the white light. There was not a time that they left the house that I did not cover their car in the white light. I never get on an airplane without first visualizing the white light covering the plane. I believe that there is an afterlife. The light is present for all people who die. I would visualize it as being the way for our spirits to travel from our earthly plane to the next level. I sincerely believe that there is someone at the end of the light with a clipboard directing where you will go. I do not believe that we enter at the same level.

CLEO: What made you decide to team up with Ms. Foley and write The Book of Illumination?

MARY ANN: My book agent Jennifer Gates introduced us. I love Maureen’s style or writing. She has a marvelous work ethic and I truly enjoy working with her

CLEO: You’ve said that all children can see spirits. What would you advise someone to develop this gift? Can it be developed after childhood?

MARY ANN: I was very fortunate to have my grandmother in my younger years. She gave me the guidance and kept me on the right track. If your child has a gift, I think that it extremely important to be supportive, but not overbearing. Let the child develop the gift at their own pace. Never be critical or over analytical. If the gift remains after childhood I truly believe that if a person works hard enough they can redevelop it.

CLEO: Thank you so much to Mary Ann Winkowski for joining us today at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!

And finally...below is my Halloween recipe for you: Cleo's Kettle Corn. I'll be popping up this sweet, crunchy treat tonight, just in time to watch The Ghost Whisperer. I hope you'll enjoy some, too, while you read Mary Ann's new Book of Illumination!

To Get Cleo's Recipe for
Sweet Kettle Corn

The recipe will appear in PDF format.
You can print it out or save it to your computer.

For more of my recipes or to find out more about the books
in my Haunted Bookshop or Coffeehouse Mystery series,
click this link to my virtual home at


~ Cleo Coyle
author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries

& The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries as Alice Kimberly

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monstrous snacks!

We are Halloween people,
the sort who string pumpkin
lights all over the house, start
sketching our jack-o-lantern
faces weeks in advance, know
all of the words to The Monster
Mash and start buying candy
to give out a month ahead
of time because you have to
sample the goods, if you know
what I mean.

My sons have been lobbying for the front yard to be converted
into a full graveyard and have great plans to put in some coffins
so they can jump out at unsuspecting trick or treaters.
Oh yes, we do love Halloween.

Now being a candy-freak, I have to be ever vigilant that I do
not let my love of all things sweet get out of control, especially
with my dudes. I am always looking for the healthy alternative and
one of my favorite resources is Family Fun Magazine. It is always
loaded with great ideas for fun and food all year round. The following
two snack ideas were found at
and I can testify that the dudes loved them, both the making and the

Monster Fingers and Eyeballs!


Cheese sticks
Green Bell Pepper
Cream Cheese
Sliced Olives

For the monster fingers, unwrap a cheese stick and make three slices where each knuckle should be. Then take a short strip of green bell pepper and put it on the end to create the finger nail. I've found that a dab of cream cheese under the pepper helps to keep it in place.

For the monster eyes, slice the fat end of a large carrot to about an inch thick, put a dab of cream cheese on it and then press in a sliced black olive.

Spooky and yummy and best of all nutritional! Now go scare up some candy.

Happy Halloween from me and my monsters to you and yours! Boo!

Jenn McKinlay SPRINKLE WITH MURDER March 2010

aka Lucy Lawrence STUCK ON MURDER Sept 2009


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