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THANKSGIVING – #7

Posted on November 19, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Candy, Chocolate, Chocolate-Mint, Comfort Foods, Crochet Patterns, Dairy, Desserts, Fun, General Crafts, Kosher Recipe, Munchies, Party Ideas, Snacks, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Crafts, Thanksgiving Prayer, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


The First Thanksgiving

 

We Gather Together Hymn

 

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

 

-Adrianus Valerius
-Theodore Baker (translator)

 

Today’s post is for those who like to craft.  We have to relax somehow and get out of the kitchen, so why not try to relax and have fun making one of these projects.  Notice, I said ONE project.  We still have baking and cooking to do! I have included a crochet pattern for a cornucopia centerpiece, a cute crocheted turkey hot pad, the cutest turkey nut bowl which is on my “must try to make” list, a gorgeous serving platter and a centerpiece that will go perfectly with the table cloth and napkin place cards that you can find at https://atzimmes.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/thanksgiving-3/ .  I even found directions on how to make Pilgrim place cards for those of you who opt not to make the table cloth and napkin place cards.  At the end of the crafting ideas I am attaching an easy recipe for Bavarian Mints.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Thanksgiving Crocheted Cornucopia

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/26/2008 – 15:10

Thanksgiving Cornucopia with Indian Corn and squash

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I always get irritated when the stores seem to just pass it by. This year I am not going to let that happen, all this month I will be posting a different pattern every week so that you can make your very own cornucopia. We will make several different types of squash and a piece of Indian corn. Materials for the cornucopia: Size H hook, 7 inch metal craft ring, 4 oz of any shade of brown yarn & a marker

Row 1: ch 4, 7 dc in 4th ch from hook, join to form a ring Row 2: ch 3 (this does not count as 1st dc) fpdc(front post double crochet) around 1st dc and in remaing 6 dc, join to 1st fpdc. Row 3: ch 3 (this now counts as 1st dc) fpdc around 1st fpdc of previous row, *dc in top of next fpdc, fpdc in same stitch(increase made) repeat from * to * around , join. Row 4: ch 3, *fpdc in 1st fpdc, dc in next dc, around join. Row 5: ch 3, dc in same st, *fpdc around next fpdc, 2 dc in next dc * repeat from * to * around, join. Row 6: ch 3, dc in dc’s, fpdc in fpdc Row 7: ch 3, 2 dc in next dc,* fpdc in next fpdc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * to * around, join Row 8: ch 3, dc in dc’s fpdc in fpdc. Rows 9 – 22: Repeat rows 7 & 8 having one more dc between fpdc(you will be increasing a total of 7 stitches per row) until you have 10 dc between each fpdc. Row 23-24: repeat row 6 Row 25: Place 7 inch craft ring in front of your work (crochet is closes to your body) ch 1, * insert hook into next stitch and under ring, yo (this will go over the top of the ring) pull through stitch, yo pull through both loops on hook*, repeat from * to * all the way around ring, join, ring is now attached to your horn. Edging: ch 1 , *sc in same stitch, trc in next stitch * repeat from * to * around.

Indian Corn

I’m going to tell you how this whole idea came about, I was in Walmart and I happen to pass by the beads and there it was, one little package of #345 Americana Multipony beads. For some reason I suddenly thought those are the colors of Indian corn. Then I went to the yarn to pick up some yellow and there they all were the fall colors and the ideas just flooded my little head. I started out just with the idea of Indian corn and then the rest followed, ok now you know I am not a sane person but honestly this is how most of my ideas come to me at the spur of the moment. Indian Corn 1 package of #345 Americana Multi pony beads 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0220 Cornmeal Size H hook marker I picked out all the reds, oranges, and a few black beads, string them all onto your yarn before we begin, You should have 83 beads but as a safety measure I always string on 2 extra beads just incase. Do not join rounds, use a marker to mark beginning of each row. Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Row 1: 1 sc in each sc Row 2: 1 bsc (bead single crochet) in each sc Row 3: 2 bsc in each bsc, total of 6 bsc Row 4 – 14: 1 bsc in each bsc Row 15: *ch 30 sc in next sc repeat from * 5 more times, end off leaving a long tail. Wrap the long tail tightly as possible just above the last bsc row made (this gathers all the ch 30’s to look like the husk)

Striped squash

1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing size I double ended hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0391 Artichoke 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0313 Aran starting with artichoke, ch 17, skip 1st chain from hook, pull up a loop in next 16 ch, push all loops down to other side of hook turn. Attach white, remove loops on hook, put loops back on hook turn. Using artichoke remove loops, put loops back on. Continue until you have 17 rows of artichoke and 16 rows of aran. With aran, remove loops off of hook, stretch piece around styrofoam ball , using aran slip stitch to beginning artichoke row, end off aran leaving a long tail. Weave aran through top pull tight to close up end, finish off. End off artichoke leaving a long tail, weave artichoke through opposite end pull tight to close up finish off.

Bumpy Squash

I know that the names of the patterns are not that creative but they are original! 1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing Size I afghan hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0368 paddy green Size 10 thread white **1 strand of white size 10 thread and 1 strand of yarn are held together through out*** Row 1:ch 15, work Tunisian simple stitch, Row 2: Pull up next 2 stitches, *work bobble in next stitch as follows: (yo insert hook into next st, yo and draw loop through)3 times, yo and draw loop through 6 loops on hook, booble made. Pull up loop in next 3 stitches, repeat from * to end of row. Row 3: Remove loops Row 4: *work bobble in 1st stitch, pull up a loop in next 3 stitches, repeat from * to end of row. Repeat rows 2 to 4 , 5 times, then repeat row 2 & 3 once. Stretch around Styrofoam ball, sew last row to row 1. Thread a piece of yarn through one end, pull tight, finish off repeat for other end.

Pointy Squash

1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing Batting for stuffing Size H hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0368 paddy green 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0245 orange to mark beginning of each round, place marker in last sc of each round. With green, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Row 1: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc) Row 2: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (18 sc). Row 3: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (24 sc) Row 4: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (30 sc) Row 5: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (36 sc). Rows 6 – 8: work even, at end of row 8 attach orange. Row 9: ch 3 (count as 1st dc) dc in remaining 35 sc, join to top of 1st dc. Row 10: ch 3 , dc in next 4 dc, fpdc in next stitch, *dc in next 5 dc, fpdc in next stitch repeat from * around. Row 11: ch 3 , dc in next 2 dc, decrease one dc (yo pull up loop in next dc, yo pull through 2 loops on hook, yo pull up a loop in next dc, yo pull through 2 loops on hook, yo pull through 3 loops on hook) fpdc in next fpdc stitch, *dc in next 3 dc, decrease, fpdc in next fpdc stitch repeat from * around. Insert Styrofoam ball now. Begin to stuff as necessary with batting as you complete the following rows. Row 12: ch 3 , dc in next 3 dc, fpdc in next stitch, *dc in next 4 dc, fpdc in next stitch repeat from * around . Rows 13 – 16: repeat row 11 until there is only 1 dc inbetween fpdc. Rows 17 – 21: ch 3, *fpdc in next fpdc stitch, dc in next dc, repeat from * around. Row 22: Work 1 fpdc in each fpdc. End off leaving a long tail, thread through top pull tight.

Turkey Nut Dish

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“With holiday season upon us, my  favorite thing to do is curl up by the fire place with a cup of hot cocoa nearby and a crochet project that will enhance my table decorations and bring delight to my guests.

 

Not only will the array of goodies offered on the table bring “oohs” and “aahs” from my guests, but my Turkey Nut Dish will add whimsy to any holiday table and prompt squeals of delight from the children as well…”

 

“Add this clever decoration to Thanksgiving dinner by filling this gobbler’s dish with nuts in their shells or other tasty treats!” ~ Beverly Mewhorter

 

Design by Beverly Mewhorter

 

Skill Level

 

Beginner

 

Size

 

5 1/2 inches tall

 

Materials

 

Worsted weight yarn: 2 1/2 ounces brown, 1 1/2 ounces autumn ombre, small amounts of red and orange

Size G/6/4mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

2 (12mm) wiggle eyes

Fiberfill

1-pound plastic container (3 1/4 inches tall x 4 1/2 inch diameter top opening)

Hot-glue gun

Tapestry needle

Gauge

 

4 sc = 1 inch

Check gauge to save time.

 

Pattern Notes

 

Weave in loose ends as work progresses.

 

Sl st to join each rnd in beg st.

 

Bowl Cover

 

Outer Cover

 

Rnd 1 (RS): With brown, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join (see Pattern Notes) in top of beg ch-4. (12 dc)

 

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch, 2 dc in each rem dc around, join in top of beg ch. (24 dc)

 

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch, dc in next dc, [2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] rep around, join in top of beg ch. (36 dc)

 

Rnd 4: Working in back lps for this rnd only, ch 3, dc in each st around, join in top of beg ch.

 

Rnds 5-10: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join in top of beg ch. At the end of Rnd 10, fasten off.

 

Inner Cover

 

Rnds 1-3: Rep Rnds 1-3 of outer cover. (36 dc)

 

Rnds 4-8: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join in top of beg ch. At the end of Rnd 8, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

 

Place inner cover inside plastic container and outer cover over outer edge, working through sts Rnds 8 of inner cover and Rnd 10 of outer cover, sew sides tog around top edge.

 

Head

Rnd 1: With brown, ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join in beg sc. (8 sc)

 

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join in beg sc. (16 sc)

 

Rnd 3: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around, join in beg sc. (24 sc)

 

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join in beg sc.

 

Rnds 5-7: Rep Rnd 4.

 

Rnd 8: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around, join in beg

sc. (16 sc)

 

Neck

 

Rnds 9-20: Rep Rnd 4. At the end of Rnd 20, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

 

Stuff head and neck with fiberfill. Flatten Rnd 20, sew neck opening closed.

Sew head and neck to outer cover over Rnds 5-10.

 

Beak

 

With orange, ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in same 4th ch from hook, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off. Fold beak in half and sew to head over Rnd 7.

 

Wattle

 

With red, [ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook] 6 times (6 bumps), sl st in same ch as 5th bump, fasten off. Sew first bump over beak.

 

Eyes

 

Glue wiggle eyes to face.

 

Wings & Tail Feathers (make 5)

 

Row 1: With autumn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each rem ch across, turn. (4 sc)

 

Rows 2-11: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.

 

Row 12: Ch 1, [dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] twice, do not turn. (2 sc)

 

Rnd 13: Working around entire outer edge, ch 1, [sc in next st, ch 3] rep around, join in beg sc, fasten off.

 

Sew a wing to each side of outer cover and three tail feathers to back of outer cover.

 


Tom Turkey Hot Pads 

 

Expect to gobble up compliments when you crochet these whimsical hot pads from designer Beverly M., Apache Junction, Arizona. These turkeys are sure to make a return appearance year after year.

Materials Needed (for one):

  • · Worsted-weight yarn—3 ounces of white ( Beverly used Red 
    Heart Soft White yarn); and small amounts each of brown, gold, green, orange, red and yellow
  • · Size J/10 (6mm) crochet hook
  • · Two 7mm glue-on wiggle eyes
  • · Fabric glue
  • · Yarn or tapestry needle
  • · Scissors  

Gauge: Working with two strands of yarn as one, 3 scs and 3 rows = 1 inch. Slight variations in gauge will change the finished size a bit.

Finished Size: Turkey hot pad measures about 8 inches wide x 7 inches high. 

Directions:

HOT PAD: Working with two strands of white yarn as one, ch 21.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch across, ch 1, turn: 20 scs.

Row 2: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn: 20 scs.

Rows 3-20: Repeat Row 2: 20 scs.

Ch 10, sl st in last st of Row 20 for hanging loop. Fasten off.

Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

TURKEY: Body: Round 1: With brown, ch 4 for first dc, dc in fourth ch from hk 13 times, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 14 dcs.

Round 2: Ch 3 for first dc, dc in same st, work 2 dcs in each remaining dc around, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 28 dcs. Fasten off.

Head: With brown, ch 4 for first dc, dc in fourth ch from hk 13 times, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 14 dcs. Fasten off.

Beak: With gold, ch 2, sl st in second ch from hk. Fasten off. Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

Feather: With red, ch 7, sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch across, work 2 scs in last ch, sc in each ch along opposite side. Fasten off.

Repeat to make one feather each of orange, yellow and green yarn.

Feet: With gold, ch 4, sl st in fourth ch from hk, ch 4, sl st in fourth ch from hk. Fasten off.

Finishing: Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

ASSEMBLY: Referring to photo as a guide, glue body and then head to hot pad. Glue feathers around top outer edge of body and feet to lower edge of body. Glue beak to center of turkey’s head. Glue eyes above beak. Let dry.

ABBREVIATIONS
ch(s) chain(s)
dc(s) double crochet(s)
hk hook
sc(s) single crochet(s)
sl st slip stitch
st(s) stitch(es)

Autumn Plate

 

You can create a plate for all four seasons with this simple laminating technique. Use your imagination and find unique shapes, flat ornaments, ribbons and other embellishments for your plate. A plate decorated in this wayshould always be washed by hand.

Materials


11″ (28cm) clear glass square plate
Paper leaves
Gold micro beads
Liquid laminate
Paper glaze
Scissors
¼ -inch (19mm) wash brush
Plastic cups

Paper Palette


About the papers


The papers used in this project are colored mulberry with the inclusions of mango leaves. The mongo leaves add a rich texture to the paper. They are machine made in Thailand but have a wonderful handmade feel.

1.   Arrange the Leaves


Lay the plate right side up and arrange the leaves under the plate so you can see what they look like. Arrange the leaves so some are going off the edge of the plate. Set the leaves to the side in pattern you want for the plate. Turn the plate upside down (on top of one or two plastic cups, if you like). Brush the back of the plate with liquid laminate and begin to place the leaves face down on the plate.

2.   Adhere the Leaves


Brush the back of the leaves with laminate and smooth with your fingers. Press the corners of the leaves down to form tightly to the shape of the plate.

3. Add the Micro Beads


Trim the leaves that over the edges with scissors. While the liquid laminate is still wet, sprinkle the back of the plate with gold micro beads. Add a bit more laminate if necessary. The bead placement can be fairly random.

4. Apply Liquid Laminate


Brush the excess beads of the back of the leaves. Tear the mulberry papers into random sizes. Apply the laminate directly to the paper pieces before you put them on plate. Use the ¾ -inch (19mm) wash brush to apply laminate. Lay the laminate paper pieces on the back of the plate.

5. Add the Remaining Paper


Continue adding pieces of mulberry paper in random color patterns. Let the papers go over the edges of the plate. When the entire plate is covered, trim the excess papers from the edges. Press the edges of the plate with your finger to ensure the paper is firmly bonded to the glass. Set aside to dry. Brush the back of the plate with generous coat of paper glaze.

 

The Autumn Dish instructions were found at The Holiday Spot website.

 

 Pilgrim Place Card Holders

 

What you’ll need: Permanent color markers, straight wooden clothespin, black pipe cleaner, 1 liter plastic bottle with cap, construction paper, a paper plate, glue, paper plate.

 

How to make: At the top of the clothespin, draw a face using the permanent markers. Color the rest of the clothes pin black. Tie the pipe cleaner just below the “face” to make the arms. With a craft knife, cut the top off a plastic 1-liter bottle, 3 1/4 inches down from the cap and discard the bottom. Remove the bottle cap and color it and the bottle top black. For the pilgrim man, wrap a pipe cleaner around his feet and stand him up in the bottle cap. Cut out and glue on a paper hat and vest. To finish the woman, wrap a pipe cleaner around her waist and fit her into the bottle top. Glue on a paper apron and bonnet. Cut name tags from a paper plate rim and attach them to the pilgrims’ arms.

 

The instructions for the Pilgrim Place Card Holders were found at Mother Nature Network’s website.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece:

Glittered Corn from Martha

Stewart.com

A few organic elements, enlivened with a bit of gilding, evoke fall’s abundance. To make this eye-catching centerpiece, we turned a glass compote into a horn of plenty with glittering Indian corn and squash.

Tools and Materials

  • Dried corn, from Dry Nature Designs, 212-695-8911
  • Craft glue
  • Fine glitter in Florentine Gold, by Martha Stewart Crafts, at Michaels
  • Foam brush
  • Kettle of boiling water

 

Glittered Corn How-To

Pick some ears of dried corn to glitter fully and other ears to do more sparingly, so your arrangement doesn’t go overboard. For the former, coat fully with craft glue and glitter. For the latter, use a foam brush to lightly dab some kernels with craft glue, then apply glitter. 

To soften husks so you can shape the ears when you arrange them, steam over a kettle of boiling water once the glitter has set. Gourds need nothing more than a glittered stem to shine.

To me, mints are an essential part of any dinner party.  They taste good, they aid in digestion, and they freshen your mouth which makes for sweeter post-dinner conversation.  This recipe for Bavarian Mints by kitchenchatter sounds like the perfect mint for our Thanksgiving festivities.

DISCLAIMER:  The above photo is for a similar recipe for Bavarian Mints, but it does not go along with this recipe. ~ Softa123

Bavarian Mints

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By kitchenchatter

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

12 ounces package semi-sweet chocolate chips

12 ounces package milk chocolate chips

1 tablespoon butter

14 ounces can Eagle-Brand-sweetened-condensed milk

3 drops oil of peppermint

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Melt in top of double boiler. the chips and butter. Remove from heat- add sweetened milk, oil of peppermint and vanilla. Pour into 9×13-inch pan. Cool and cut.

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HALLOWEEN FUN #10

Posted on October 26, 2011. Filed under: Candy, Chocolate, Coconut, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Halloween, Halloween Candy, Halloween Snacks, My Ramblings, Nuts, Party Ideas, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Rochester, Snacks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


Now for what I call the “real” candy!  I wonder, is your sweet tooth aching yet from all of these sweets?  Oy!  I love candy, especially if it is chocolate.  I think my  favorite is a tie between 5th Avenues and 3 Musketeers bars.  My favorite penny candies, and they  were penny candies in my day, were Mary Janes and the Candy Buttons that you ate off a strip of paper.  I used to go to Mueller’s Grocery Store on Field Street before school to get some treats when I was in grammar (elementary) school.  Then when I began going to Hebrew school after regular school, I would go to Doughty’s Grocery Store on Monroe Avenue.  They had a bigger collection than Mueller’s had.

Now these were worth every penny!

When my sister and I went Trick or Treating, we would come back with a haul, just going down our little dead-end street and maybe a couple houses down the block.  We’d come back with apples and money and all kinds of penny candies and snack-size candies such as Dots, 3 Musketeers and Snickers.  I think we liked the money the most, although if we collected $1.00 we thought we were doing good!  That $1.00 bought a lot of candy in those days!  You have to remember, regular-sized candy bars sold for only a nickel!

Trick or Treat?

My Mom has been on a “don’t eat this, don’t eat that kick” for the past two weeks.  She’s been reading books and articles that tell you the truth about the conditions in manufacturing factories and restaurants.  I don’t think she will ever touch a hamburger again.  I feel that it’s all propaganda!   If they, whoever they are, have decided one or two items in our diet is not good, then I would be more of a believer.  But every other day it seems they are adding to the list o no-no’s and then they contradict each other’s findings and soon we won’t be able to eat anything!  So, I choose to be blind and eat what I want, wherever I want.  The only place I refuse to eat is Burger King due to an incident that happened in our neighborhood not long ago.  It is a story I don’t wish to repeat here.  But, if you do choose to listen to “them,” then going back to “scratch” cooking and baking is the way to go.  So here are some copy cat recipes for candy bars.

All for one and one for all!

3 Musketeers Candy Bar Copycat Recipe

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Ingredients

3 cups granulated sugar

3/4 cup light corn syrup

3/4 cup water

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 egg whites

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 bags milk chocolate chips (12-ounce bags)

Directions

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt.

Heat, stirring, to boiling, then continue to cook using a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.

Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and form peaks. Don’t use a plastic bowl for this.

When the sugar solution comes to 270 degrees F, or the soft-crack stage, remove from the heat and pour the mixture in thin streams into the egg whites, blending completely with a mixer set on low speed.

Continue to mix until the candy begins to harden to the consistency of dough. This may take as long as 20 minutes.

At this point add the semisweet chocolate chips. Remember that the candy must already be at the consistency of dough when you add the chocolate; the nougat will thicken no more after the chocolate is added.

When the chocolate is thoroughly blended and the nougat has thickened, press it into a greased 9×9-inch pan.

Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

With a sharp knife, cut the candy in half down the middle of the pan.  Then cut across into 7 segments to create a total of 14 bars.

Melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave for 2 minutes on half power, stirring halfway through the heating time. Melt completely, but be careful not to overheat.

Resting a bar on a fork dip each bar into the chocolate to coat completely and place on wax paper.

Cool until firm at room temperature, 1 to 2 hours.

Yield:  14 bars

Baby Ruth Candy Bars

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Ingredients

1-1/3 cups Margarine

2 cups Brown Sugar

1/3 cup White Corn Syrup

8 cups Oatmeal

2 teaspoons Vanilla

1/2 cup Peanut Butter

Topping:

6 oz. package Chocolate Chips

1 6 oz. package Butterscotch Chips

2/3 cup Peanut Butter

1 cup chopped nuts/peanuts

Directions

Melt margarine.  Add brown sugar, syrup, peanut butter, oatmeal and vanilla.  Put in 9×13 cake pan.

Bake 350 for about 15 minutes.

Melt topping ingredients together and spread on top.  Cut into bars when cool.

Chocolate Billionaires Recipe

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Ready in: 1-2 hrs

Difficulty: 3 (1=easiest: hardest=5)

Serves/Makes: 48

INGREDIENTS:

1 package (14 ounce) caramels

3 tablespoons water

1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

1 cup coarsely crushed crisp rice cereal

1 tablespoon shortening

2 cups semi sweet or milk chocolate chips

PREPARATION:

In top of double boiler over low heat, melt caramels with water. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and cereal. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto lightly greased waxed paper. Chill until firm.

Melt Chocolate chips and shortening in the double boiler or heavy saucepan and dip candies until coated. Place on wax paper and chill until set. Store candies in an airtight container.

This recipe from CDKitchen for Chocolate Billionaires serves/makes 48

Recipe ID: 25345

SUBMITTED BY: Priscila

Copycat Pay Day Candy Bars

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From lanacountry

30 minutes to make

Serves 8

DELICIOUS!

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Level (estimated) Intermediate to Advanced

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Ingredients

5 caramel squares

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon peanut butter

1 tablespoon corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-1/4 cups powdered sugar

20 caramel squares

1 tablespoon water

2 cups dry roasted peanuts (slightly crushed)

How to make it

Combine the first six ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook over low heat until the caramel has melted and stirs smooth. Add 3/4 cup powdered sugar and stir to mix in. Reserve the remaining sugar. Turn heat to medium high. Using a candy thermometer, cook caramel mixture until exactly 230F while stirring often. Remove from heat, let cool for a few minutes, and add remaining powdered sugar.

Use a hand mixer to beat in the sugar for a couple minutes. Let candy cool for 20 minutes.

Divide candy into eight equal pieces and form each into 4 inch logs.

Place on wax paper and let cool for one hour.

In a double boiler, add remaining caramels and water. Melt until smooth. Remove from heat, but keep hot water under the caramel so it doesn’t firm up. Use a pastry brush to coat one of the logs with hot caramel. Roll in peanuts in a shallow dish. If any spots are not completely covered in peanuts, apply more caramel and stick back in peanuts. Repeat with the remaining logs. Allow to cool completelybefore eating. Not lovin’ it?

Copycat Snickers Bars

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Craving delicious Snickers bars? Why not try making some copycat candy bars at home? It’s a fun recipe to make with the kids, and these really do taste like the real thing…

1/4 cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/8 cup peanut butter

1 dash salt

3 cups powdered sugar

35 unwrapped Kraft caramels

1 cup dry-roasted unsalted peanuts

1 bag milk-chocolate chips, (12-ounce)

With the mixer on high speed, combine the corn syrup, butter, vanilla, peanut butter, and salt until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar.

When the mixture has the consistency of dough, remove it from the bowl with your hands and press it into a lightly greased 9×9-inch pan. Put in the refrigerator.

Melt the caramels in a small pan over low heat. When the caramel is soft, mix in the peanuts. Pour the mixture over the refrigerated nougat in the pan. Let this cool in the refrigerator.

When the refrigerated mixture is firm, melt the chocolate over low heat in a double boiler or in a microwave oven set on high for 2 minutes.

Stir halfway through cooking time. When the mixture in the pan has hardened, cut it into 2×1-inch sections. Set each chunk onto a fork and dip into the melted chocolate. Tap the fork against the side of the bowl or pan to knock off any excess chocolate. Then place the chunks on waxed paper to cool at room temperature (less than 70 degrees F). This could take several hours, but the bars will set best this way. You can speed up the process by placing the bars in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Makes about 2 dozen bars.

Nutterfingers Candy Bar

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

“These candy bars are covered with chocolate and filled with a light peanut center that shatters into thin, crispy layers when you bite into it. They resemble the popular Butterfingers candy bar. This recipe yields 10 4-inch bars, but can be easily doubled and made in a 9×13 pan.”

Ingredients:

1 cup chunky peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup light corn syrup

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 pound chocolate candy coating

Preparation:

Prepare an 8×8 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Place the peanut butter, baking soda, and vanilla in a small bowl and set aside for now.

Place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves. Bring the sugar syrup to a boil, and stir in the corn syrup. Insert a candy thermometer.

Continue to cook the syrup, boiling it without stirring, until it reaches 300 degrees on the thermometer. Watch the pan carefully, as the sugar can quickly rise in temperature and burn at such high heat.

Once it candy reaches 300 degrees, immediately remove it from the heat.

Quickly stir in the peanut butter, baking soda, and vanilla and stir until it is smooth.

Pour the candy into the prepared 8×8 pan, and allow it to sit for about two minutes minutes. While it is still warm and pliant, take a large knife and score it into ten pieces: make a cut down the center, then cut each half into five pieces, for a total of 10 candy bars. Allow the candy to set at room temperature, for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Once the peanut candy is completely set and firm, prepare the chocolate for dipping. Place the chocolate candy coating in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave it until melted, stirring after every minute to prevent overheating. Stir the melted chocolate and allow it to sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes to cool it slightly.

Line a baking sheet with foil and set it nearby.

While the chocolate is cooling, carefully cut or break the peanut candy into bars along the scored lines.

Using two forks or dipping tools, submerge one bar in the melted chocolate. Remove the bar from the chocolate, allowing the excess chocolate to drip back down into the bowl. Place the dipped bar on the foil-lined sheet. Repeat the dipping with the remaining bars and chocolate, and place the bars in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set the chocolate. Once set, the bars can be served immediately. Store remaining bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Butterfinger “Eyeballs”

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Wax paper

1 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 cups powdered sugar

1 NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER Candy Bar

2 cups NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Premier White Morsels

3 tablespoons vegetable shortening

2 pkg. NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER BB’S Candies

1 small tube red decorator icing

Wooden pick or skewer for dipping

Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper.

Beat peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened. Stir in chopped Butterfinger. Shape into 1-inch “eyeballs.  Place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 1 hour.

Melt morsels and shortening in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute 30 seconds; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted.

Remove one baking sheet of frozen “eyeballs” from freezer (keep other sheet in freezer until ready to use).

Dip one “eyeball” into melted morsel mixture using a wooden pick or skewer. Shake off excess and return to baking sheet. Gently press 1 Butterfinger BB on top of “eyeball” to make a “pupil.” Repeat procedure with remaining “eyeballs” on baking sheet. Refrigerate until coating is set. Repeat with remaining sheet of “eyeballs” and coating. You may find it necessary to reheat morsel mixture before dipping second batch.

Before serving, pipe decorator icing around eyeballs to create bloodshot markings. Store in covered container in refrigerator. Best served cold.

“M&M/Mars Caramel Twix Bars”

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35 unwrapped Kraft caramels

1/4 cup water

1 box Nabisco Lorna Doone shortbread cookie, (40)

2 bags milk-chocolate chips, (12 ounce)

Combine the caramels with the water in a small pan and melt over low heat.

Place the shortbread cookies side by side on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Spoon a dab of caramel onto each cookie. Then place all the cookies in the refrigerator until the caramel firms up. In the meantime, in a double boiler over low heat, melt the chocolate chips. You may also use the microwave for melting the chocolate. Just zap the chips for 1 minute on high, stir, then zap ’em for another minute.

Remove the cookies from the refrigerator. rest each one on a fork and dip it into the chocolate. Tap the fork on the side of the pan or bowl to knock off any excess chocolate. Then place each one on a sheet of waxed paper and let them cool at room temperature (65-70F). This could take several hours, but the bars will set best this way. If you want to speed up the process, put the candy in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Makes 40 bars.

NOTES : M&M/Mars Peanut Butter Twix Bars substitute 1 cup of peanut butter sweetened with 1/2 cup powdered sugar for the caramels. The peanut-butter mixture will be of a consistency that allows you to spread it on the shortbread cookies with your fingers. Follow the rest of the directions exactly.

“Milky Way”

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2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons water

1 pinch salt

2 egg whites

35 unwrapped Kraft caramels

1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 bags milk chocolate chips (12-ounce bags)

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, 1/2 cup of the water, and the salt. Stir often until the mixture begins to boil, then continue to cook, using a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.

While the candy boils, beat the egg whites until they are stiff and form peaks. Don’t use a plastic bowl for this.

When the sugar mixture reaches 270 degrees F, or the soft-crack stage, remove from the heat and pour the mixture in thin streams into the egg whites, blending with a mixer set on low speed. Continue to mix for 20 minutes or so. The mixture will thicken as you mix, until it reaches the consistency of cookie dough. At this point, add the semisweet chocolate chips. Be warned; the mixture will not get any thicker after the chocolate is added, so be sure the candy is very thick and fluffy before adding the chips. When the chocolate chips are completely blended into the candy, press the mixture into a greased 9×9-inch pan and refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes.

Heat the caramels with the remaining 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan until thoroughly melted. Pour the caramel over the refrigerated candy. While the candy cools, melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave for 2 minutes on medium power. Stir halfway through the heating time. Melt completely, but be careful not to overheat. When the caramel is set, use a sharp knife to cut down the center of the pan. Then cut the candy across into 7 segments, making a total of 14 bars. Resting a bar on a fork (and using your fingers if needed), dip each bar into the chocolate to coat completely, then tap the fork against the side of the bowl to knock off the excess chocolate. Place each bar on waxed paper and cool until firm at room temperature, 1 to 2 hours.

Makes 14 candy bars.

Copycat Oh Henry Bars

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By * Pamela *

Added March 03, 2004 | Recipe #85597

Categories: Candy Dessert Lunch/snacks

Photo by * Pamela *

Total Time: 1 hr. 10 mins.

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Cook Time: 1 hr.

Pamela’s Note: “This is my Mother in law’s recipe for mock Oh Henry Bars. It was a recipe that she submitted for our church’s fundraising cookbook.

Ingredients:

2 cups milk chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

30 vanilla caramels, unwrapped

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons water

1 cup chopped peanuts

Directions:

1 In a double boiler, melt chocolate and shortening.

2 Stir until smooth.

3 Remove from heat.

4 Pour 1/2 into a foil lined 8 inch square pan.

5 Refrigerate until firm.

6 Combine caramels, water and butter.

7 Place mixture on low heat until smooth.

8 Stir in nuts.

9 Pour into chocolate lined pan.

10 Spread evenly and top with remaining melted chocolate.

11 Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

12 Cut into bite sized pieces.

Nutritional Facts for Copycat Oh Henry Bars

Serving Size: 1 (883 g) Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per  Serving % Daily Value

Calories 78.3 Calories from Fat 4355%Total Fat 8 g7%Saturated Fat 1.5 g7%Cholesterol 3.5 mg1%Sodium 29.4 mg1%Total Carbohydrate 8.0 g2%Dietary Fiber 0.4 g1%Sugars 6.4 g25%Protein 1.5 g3%

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Almost Almond Joy Bars

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

5 ounces sweetened condensed milk

1 stick butter (1/2 cup) – real butter (softened)

1 teaspoon vanilla Extract

2 cups powdered Sugar

1 – 14 oz bag sweetened flaked Coconut

24 ounces milk chocolate almond bark or milk chocolate chips

1 cup whole dry roasted almonds.

Blend the sweetened condensed milk, butter and vanilla extract. Add the

powdered sugar a little at a time, stirring until smooth. Stir in the coconut, the mixture should be firm. Pat firmly into a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan. Chill in the fridge until firm. (we put ours in the freezer).

While the mixture chills go ahead and dry roast the almonds. We had a bunch of almonds but they need to be roasted.

To Roast Almonds – Spread in an un greased baking pan. Place in 350ºF oven and bake 10 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant; stir once or twice to ensure even browning. Note that almonds will continue to roast slightly after removing from oven.

In a double boiler over hot, not boiling water, melt the chocolate chips or milk chocolate almond bark, stirring often. This can also be done in the microwave. (use the defrost setting on the microwave and melt the chocolate in 3 minute intervals.)

Remove coconut mixture from the refrigerator/freezer and cut into 1 x 2 inch bars. Put 2 whole almonds on top of each bar. Use a fork to dip each bar into the melted chocolate mixture. Tap fork gently against the side of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate.

Lay bars on waxed paper after dipping until firm. You can also place them into the refrigerator as well.

Source:  Recipe by Tina at Mommy’s Kitchen at 7:33 AM

Softa123’s Note:  I originally was going to post a different version of the Almond Joy recipe; however, Tina’s version sounds so much better.  Please visit her website for other great Halloween recipes!

Clark Bars

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Submitted By: mom2frankandy

Photo By: Jon

Servings: 24

“These bars are EASY to make. They require no baking and are full of scrumptious chocolate and peanut butter.”

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 ounce) package graham

Crackers, crumbled

1 cup melted butter

2-1/2 cups peanut butter

2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened

Condensed milk

DIRECTIONS:

Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Press the mixture into the prepared pan.

In a small pot melt chocolate chips and condensed milk together over a low heat. Stir until well mixed. Spread the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter mixture. Chill the cookie-bars for 4 hours.

Cut and serve.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 24 Calories: 450 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 26.2g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 311mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 49.8g Dietary Fiber: 3g Protein: 10g

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Today I have to go to the doctor, so my time is very limited.  I am sorry to say this article may have to be posted in two parts, but the end result will be lots of fun recipes for candy making.  I love to make candy and Halloween is the best time to make it.  It is interesting the number of holidays that must have candy to help celebrate it…Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Chanukah, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…and to think we complain about our holidays being manipulated by Hallmark Cards!  LOL

When I make candy, I like to make the molded chocolates, but I am not going to explain how-to’s for those in this article.  Instead, we will look at fun Halloween specific candy recipes and Copykat recipes for our favorite candy bars.  So hang on tight while we begin our journey through “The Candy Shoppe!”

Step Right Up For The Best Candy Anywhere!

Today we will begin with Halloween specific candy bars with such goodies as Candy Ghosts to keep with our ghost theme, pumpkin mints, and marshmallow witches to name a few.  Scroll down and drool!

Aren't I Just The Cutest?

Candy Ghosts

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4 tablespoons of evaporated milk

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Black or red string licorice

Measure the milk into the bowl then add the sugar slowly using a fork to mix it in until all the sugar has been added. It will be thick and you will be able to knead it with your hands. Knead it until the mixture is very smooth and easy to work with, like play dough.

Tear off bits of the mixture and shape into little ghost shapes. Cut bits of the licorice to use as eyes and mouths. Chill.

Makes about 10 ghosts depending upon how big you make them. This can also be rolled out and cut with cookie cutters.

Why Are You Afraid of Me?

Marshmallow Witches

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1/2 cup vanilla frosting, divided

36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips

12 large marshmallows

1 drop each green, red and yellow food coloring, optional

1/4 cup flaked coconut

12 chocolate wafers

12 miniature peanut butter cups

12 milk chocolate kisses

For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each  marshmallow.

For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring.   Set aside.

For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups.

Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting.

Makes 1 dozen.

Marzipan Pumpkins

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

“Marzipan pumpkins are easy to make and look beautiful on top of pastries, or as part of a fall display. You can modify the recipe and vary the size of the pumpkins to suit your needs.

You can make your own marzipan, or purchase it from most large grocery stores. Marzipan most commonly comes in 7-ounce tubes (the quantity called for here) but you can use more or less depending on what you have available.”

Ingredients:

7 ounces (1 roll) marzipan

Red and yellow food coloring

Dark-colored jimmies (optional)

Preparation:

Coat your hands with powdered sugar, or wear plastic gloves.  Knead the marzipan until it has softened slightly. Flatten the marzipan into a disc, and add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring to the middle, using a ration of 1 drop red to 2 drops yellow. Fold the marzipan into a ball and begin to knead the color throughout the dough,adding more food coloring if desired, working until the marzipan is one uniform color.

Roll the dough into small balls about 1 inch in diameter. Flatten the balls slightly so that they have a pumpkin shape. Place a toothpick vertically against the side of a marzipan ball, and press the side of the toothpick into the candy, creating an indentation extending vertically from top to bottom. Repeat at regular intervals along the ball, to create the familiar pumpkin creases. Repeat with remaining pumpkins.

If desired, poke small holes in the top of the pumpkins, and push in a dark-colored candy jimmy to form the “stem.” Edible sprigs of herbs can also be used.

Store marzipan pumpkins in an airtight Tupperware container for up to two weeks, or freeze well-wrapped marzipan pumpkins for up to three months.

How realistic can you get?

Mummy Truffles

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

“Making Halloween candy is a wrap with these Mummy Truffles! Chewy, soft coconut balls are wrapped in fondant “bandages” to form adorable mini mummy candies.

Don’t miss the video showing how to make mummy  truffles!  Click on the word “video” to view the video.”

Yield: about 24 1-inch candies

Ingredients:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

1/8 teaspoon salt

8 ounces white fondant

2 tablespoons chocolate chips

Preparation:

Place the cream cheese,vanilla, and coconut extract in the bowl of a large electric mixer. Mix them on medium speed until the cream cheese is smooth and entirely soft.

Stop the mixer, add 2 cups of powdered sugar, and mix on low speed until the powdered sugar is incorporated. Stop the mixer and add the remaining powdered sugar and mix just until combined.

Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and add the coconut and salt. Turn the mixer to low and mix until the candy is homogeneous and well-mixed. Check the texture of the candy: you want it to be firm enough to easily be shaped into a ball, but not too dry and stiff. If necessary, add more powdered sugar to get the right texture.

Using a spoon, scoop up a small amount of candy and roll it between your hands until it is round. Place the ball on a foil-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining candy. Chill until the balls are firm, about 2 hours.

Once the balls are firm, roll the fondant out on a powdered sugar-dusted workstation until it is a thin rectangle about a foot long. Roll the fondant as thin as possible, because you don’t want the fondant layer to overwhelm the candy. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut very thin strips of fondant, about 1/8-1/4 inch thick. At this point, you can use a rolling pin to roll the individual strip of fondant even thinner to get a paper-thin strip.

Take one thin strip and wrap it around one of the coconut balls, criss-crossing it in the front to make the mummy’s bandages. If it breaks, just start wrapping again–it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can use a little water or corn syrup to get it to stick to the coconut ball if it has trouble sticking. Wrap it around 3-4 times total–it is okay if some of the coconut is showing through. Repeat with remaining fondant and coconut balls, re-rolling the fondant scraps as necessary until all of the balls are covered with mummy bandages.

Melt the chocolate chips and use a toothpick to dot the chocolate onto the mummies to form eyes. Alternately, you can stick on mini chocolate chips or M&Ms for the eyes.

Store Mummy Truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Pumpkin Mints

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1/4 cup milk

4 tsp. butter

3-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

2 drops oil of peppermint

Yellow food coloring

Green food coloring

Red food coloring

Heat milk and butter and stir till butter has melted.  Add confectioner’s sugar. Mix thoroughly and add the oil of peppermint.

Knead with hands until fondant is smooth. Take out about 1/6 and color it green. Knead to mix color evenly. Cover with damp cheesecloth to prevent drying. Add enough yellow and red coloring to the rest of the fondant to make it a nice orange pumpkin color. Cover with damp cheesecloth.

Work with small amounts of the orange-colored fondant at a time and roll into small balls in the palms of your hands.

Break a toothpick in 2 and make grooves in the fondant like those in a pumpkin, using the broken end of the toothpick.

Roll a bit of the green fondant in thin cylinders and cut in short stem like pieces. Press on top of the pumpkins.

YIELD: 40 mints

These are a must try!

Pumpkin Spice Truffles

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

“Pumpkin Spice Truffles are pumpkin-shaped truffles that are bursting with flavor from pumpkin puree, cream cheese, cinnamon graham crackers, and plenty of spices. The cream cheese flavor isn’t overwhelming, but it does give these Pumpkin truffles a bit of a pumpkin cheesecake flavor–which is a definite plus in my book! If you want to stay more traditional you can dip these in regular chocolate instead of making them look like miniature pumpkins.

Yield: 24-30 truffles

Ingredients:

6 ounces white chocolate, chopped (or uses chips)

2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

3/4 cup powdered dry milk

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I recommend using cinnamon grahams)

1 pound orange colored candy coating

3 ounces green colored candy coating

Preparation:

In a small bowl, melt the white chocolate in the microwave in short bursts until it is melted and entirely smooth. Set aside for now. Combine the softened cream cheese and the pumpkin puree in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until smooth and combined. Scrape the bowl and beat again to make sure there are no lumps in the cream cheese.

Add the powdered milk, the powdered sugar, and the pumpkin pie spice. Beat on low until incorporated, then scrape down the mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until very smooth.

Add the melted white chocolate and mix until incorporated. Finally, stir in the graham cracker crumbs.

The mixture will be fairly soft at this point. Press cling wrap on the top and refrigerate it until firm enough to roll, about 2 hours.

When the candy is firm, use a candy scoop or a teaspoon to scoop up small balls. Dust your hands with powdered sugar and roll the truffles between your palms to make them round.

Melt the orange candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl until melted and fluid.

Dip the truffles in the coating, one by one, using dipping tools or a fork. Set them on a foil-lined baking sheet when finished.

To make them look more like pumpkins, add a bit of melted chocolate tothe remaining orange coating to turn it a darker shade of brownish-orange. Put it in a small plastic bag and snip off a tiny corner. Pipe intersecting lines across the top of the truffles.

Finish them off with green leaves: melt the green candy coating and put it in a plastic bag as well. Draw a small swirl on to of each pumpkin truffle to simulate vines or leaves.

Refrigerate the truffles to set the coating, for about 10 minutes, before serving.

Store Pumpkin Spice Truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, and bring them to room temperature before serving.

Pumpkin Chocolate Bark

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

“Pumpkin Chocolate Bark has a gorgeous swirl of orange pumpkin-flavored chocolate running through rich semi-sweet chocolate. This beautiful treat makes a perfect Halloween candy, and it couldn’t be easier to make.

You will need orange oil-based candy coloring and oil-based candy pumpkin flavoring for this recipe–water-based colorings and flavorings will not mix well with the chocolate. The flavoring can be found in many specialty cake or candy stores, or purchased online by searching for “pumpkin flavoring.”

Ingredients:

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips

1 teaspoon pumpkin-flavored candy oil

1-1/2 cups white chocolate, chopped, or white chocolate chips

Orange candy coloring

Preparation:

Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil or waxed paper.

If you would like to store this candy at room temperature, you should temper the chocolate by following these instructions. (Note that you cannot temper chocolate chips). If you are fine with storing the candy in the refrigerator, it can simply be melted as described in the following instructions. Place the semi-sweet chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating.

Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, stir in ½ tsp of the pumpkin flavoring and stir until smooth. Scrape the melted chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it into a thin layer, about ¼ inch thick, with a knife or offset spatula. Set aside at room temperature while you prepare the white chocolate.

Place the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Once melted, add the remaining ½ tsp of pumpkin flavoring, and a few drops of orange candy oil. Stir until well-mixed, and add more coloring if necessary to achieve the shade of orange you’d like.

Take a large spoon and drop spoonfuls of the orange all over the chocolate on the baking sheet. Use a toothpick or the tip of a knife to swirl the orange and chocolate together. Try not to swirl too much, or the color will become muddy and the swirls indistinct.

Refrigerate the tray to set the chocolate, about 15 minutes. Once set, break the bark into small irregular pieces with your hands. If the chocolate has been tempered, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature, but if not, you should keep Pumpkin Chocolate Bark in an airtight container in the refrigerator to prevent it from becoming too soft.

Vampire Blood Fudge

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1-1/2 C. granulated sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 T. butter or margarine

1/2 C. evaporated milk

1 small box cherry-flavored gelatin

2 to 3 T. raspberry jam

2 C. semisweet mini chocolate chips

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Butter an 8-inch square pan.

Mix sugar, salt, butter or margarine and milk in a saucepan. Place the mixture on the stove, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir carefully and continuously for exactly 5 minutes. If you stop stirring, the mixture will rise in the pan and burn. If the mixture is too near the top of the pot, the heat is too high and should be lowered.

Prepare gelatin according to package directions, using only 1 cup water. While gelatin is still liquid, add it and raspberry jam to fudge mixture. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove the saucepan from heat. Turn off the heat. Add chocolate chips immediately, and stir until they are all dissolved. Add vanilla extract and stir. Pour fudge into the prepared pan. Refrigerate overnight.

When fudge is hard, turn the pan over and run hot water over the bottom so you can remove the fudge easily. Cut into 16 squares.

So you vant to eat me, huh!

Werewolf Truffles

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

Werewolf Truffles may be the best Halloween candy you’re too scared to eat! A delicious chocolate-peanut butter mixture is dipped in chocolate and decorated to look like spooky werewolves. This recipe yields 16-18 werewolf truffles.

Don’t miss the video showing how to make werewolf truffles!  Just click the word “video” to go to see this wonderful video.

Ingredients:

1.5-2 cups powdered sugar

3 ounces (about 1/2 cup) chocolate chips, melted

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon hot water

3 tablespoons peanut butter

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 pound chocolate candy coating

1 graham cracker

2 tablespoons red hots candy

2 tablespoons miniature chocolate chips

Cooling rack with small grid pattern

Preparation:

Place the melted chocolate chips, cream cheese, vanilla, hot water, peanut butter, salt, and 1 cup of powdered sugar in the bowl of a large electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix the ingredients until the candy is well-mixed and homogeneous.

Stop the mixer and add an additional 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Mix the candy on low, stopping to scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl, until it is entirely mixed and smooth. Check the texture of the candy: you want it to be firm enough to easily be shaped into a ball, but not too dry and stiff. If necessary, add more powdered sugar to get the right texture.

Using a spoon, scoop up a small amount of candy and roll it between your hands until it is round. Now pinch a bit of it in front to elongate it about ½ inch–this is the werewolf’s “snout.” Repeat with remaining candy until you have 16-18 werewolf heads on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Melt the candy coating in a large microwave-safe bowl, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Stir until the coating is melted and smooth.

While you are melting the coating, cut the graham cracker into small triangles between 1/4-1/2 inch tall. These will be your werewolf ears.

Once the coating is melted, dip the bottom of a graham triangle in the coating and press it into the top of the werewolf’s head. Repeat with a second triangle to form a pair of ears, and continue until every werewolf has two ears sticking from the top of its head. Refrigerate the werewolves to set the coating, about 5 minutes.

Once the coating holding the ears in place is set, remove the tray from the refrigerator. Using forks or dipping tools, dip a werewolf head in the melted candy coating, submerging it completely. Remove it from the coating and tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove excess coating. Place the head back on the baking sheet and repeat with remaining candies and coating.

To create the texture of the werewolf’s fur, the candy coating needs to set just a little bit–you want it to be tacky to the touch but not liquidy. So either let the tray of dipped candies sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes, or place it in the refrigerator for 15-30 seconds. Once the werewolves are tacky to the touch, place several of them on a cooling rack with a small grid pattern. Use a fork to roll them around the rack. Some of the candy coating will come off and stick to the rack, and the rest will start to get textured and look “furry.”

Repeat with remaining truffles. If you don’t have a cooling rack that works, you can try using fork tines to create a waved or hair-like pattern on the truffles.

To finish your werewolves, press a miniature chocolate chip into the top of the snout to be the wolf’s nose. Cut a red hot in half, and press the two halves into the head to be the eyes. Refrigerate the truffles to set the coating completely.

Store Werewolf Truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, and allow them to come to room temperature before serving for best taste and texture.

I will post part two of this article tomorrow.  I hope you and I both get a chance to try our hand at some of these great recipes.  I especially love the werewolves, don’t you!  Let me know what you think!

 

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HALLOWEEN FUN #8

Posted on October 24, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Candy, Cheese, Cherries, Chocolate, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Halloween, Halloween Munchies, Halloween Recipes, Halloween Snacks, Kids, Kosher Recipe, Munchies, Nuts, Party Ideas, Popcorn, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Snacks, Tried and True Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


When I go to parties, I like to munch.  So today’s article is all about Halloween munchies.  Most can be used at anytime of the year.  Before I begin though, I’d like to give a special thanks to MadLantern  Arts for most of the Halloween clipart used here.  Please visit their website and let them know we appreciate them!  If there is no mention of an artist or website where I got the art, then it’s by Mad Lantern Arts.  I love their  work!  Nice and sharp and clean!  Here is the link for their website:  MadLantern Arts .  I would also like to thank Free Clipart Pictures for their clipart.

MOM’S M&M MIX

My mother used to mix peanuts (out of the shell, of course!), M&Ms (buy Halloween colors) and raisins.  I always loved that mixture, the sweet of the raisins with the chocolate sweet of the M&Ms combined with the saltiness of the peanuts is just perfect!  Mix the amounts to your own taste.  I like everything equal…well, maybe a bit more of the M&Ms.

Halloween Party Treat (Candy Corn And Peanut Mix)

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By Kim D.

Added May 16, 2002 | Recipe #28603

Categories: Lunch/snacks Snacks Fruit More

Photo by Bonnie G #2

Total Time: 10 mins.

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Kim D.’s Note: “Great little snack you can easily throw together for your next Halloween party!”

Ingredients:

1 cup candy corn

1 cup salted peanuts

Directions:

Mix the Candy Corn and peanuts together.  Serve in a bowl.

I loved it when my Mom would make us roasted pumpkin seeds.  They were always a treat because we only got them once a year.  Mom would make hers in a skillet with melted margarine and a bit of salt, then she would roast them in the oven.  Here is a grown up version of pumpkin seeds that I think might even be better!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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Photo by: Taste of Home

“To enjoy the seeds from a pumpkin you hollow out, spice ’em and bake ’em for a fun snack using this easy recipe from field editor Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren, Minnesota.”

8 Servings

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.

Ingredients

2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions

Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with foil and grease the foil.

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients; spread into prepared pan.

Bake at 250° for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to 325°. Bake 5 minutes longer or until seeds are dry and lightly browned.

Serve warm, or cool before storing in an airtight container.

Yield: 2 cups.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds published in Taste of Home October/November 2007, p19.

This next recipe has been around as long as I can remember and is kid-friendly!

Photo by:  Mama’s Kitchen (Hope)

Bumps On A Log

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1 celery rib, washed, ends trimmed

2 tablespoons creamy or chunky peanut butter

10 NESTLÉ ® RAISINETS ® Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins

FILL celery with peanut butter.  Press RAISINETS into peanut butter.

LITTLE KITCHEN HELPER HINTS:

Even the littlest hands can press RAISINETS into the log. Help the children count out the nut and raisin pieces or make little piles of 5 each. It’s fun math! For those who are still hungry, spread peanut butter on small round crackers and have the kids make eyes, nose and mouths with RAISINETS. Have small baby carrots and apple wedges on hand for hungry kids to dip in the peanut butter jar.

Critter Munch

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1-1/2 cups animal cracker cookies

1/2 (6-ounce) package cheddar or any flavor goldfish crackers (1 1/2 cup)

1 cup dried tart cherries

1 cup plain candy-coated chocolate pieces

1 cup honey roasted peanuts

Put animal crackers, goldfish crackers, dried cherries, M & Ms and peanuts in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature.

Makes 6 cups.

Recipe provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.

Halloween Party Mix

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By ratherbeswimmin’

Added July 15, 2002 | Recipe #34045

Categories: Lunch/snacks Snacks Chocolate More

Photo by lets.eat

Total Time: 1 hr. 25 mins.

Prep Time: 40 mins.

Cook Time: 45 mins.

Ingredients:

1 (11 ounce) package pretzels

1 (10 1/2 ounce) package miniature peanut butter filled butter flavor crackers

(I use Ritz)

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup light corn syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 (10 ounce) package M&M’s

1 (18 1/2 ounce) package candy corn

Directions:

1 In a large bowl, combine first 3 ingredients.

2 In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter and corn syrup.

3 Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 5 minutes.

4 Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will

foam).

5 Pour over pretzel mixture and stir until coated.

6 Pour into a greased 15×10 inch baking pan.

7 Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

8 Break apart while warm.

9 Cool completely.

10 Toss with M&M’s and candy corn.

11 Store in airtight container.

This next recipe sounds great to me, but then I do like my sweets.  It may be more appropriate for the younger set.

Halloween Snack Mix

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1/2 cup blood drops (red hots)

1/2 cup cats eyes (blanched almonds) or (gum drops)

1/2 cup cats claws (sunflower seeds)

1 cup chicken toenails (candy corn)

1 cup colored flies (M & M’s)

1 cup butterfly wings (corn chips)

1 cup ants (raisins)

1 cup earthworms (cheese curls)

1 cup cobwebs (Triscuits) or (Golden Grahams)

1 cup snakes eyes (peanuts)

1 cup bats bones (shoestring potatoes)

Mix together in a large bowl. Serve with several pints of blood (cherry punch).

GOBLIN GOOD GORP

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PREP TIME: 5 mins.

START TO FINISH TIME: 5 mins.

SERVINGS: 10

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups Peanuts

1 cup Miniature Creme-Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (like Oreos)

1 cup Candy Corn

1/2 cup Cheese-Flavored Tiny Fish-Shaped Crackers

1/2 cup Raisins

DIRECTIONS:

In a 1 1/2-2 quart container with cover, mix all ingredients, cover tightly.  Store at room temperature.

SERVING TIP:  “Make cute-take-home treat bags from small snack-size paper bags and black pipe cleaners.  At the party, serve the gorp in waffle cones and call them upside-down wizard hats!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Per 1/2 cup serving:

Calories 330, Total Fat 17 g (Saturated Fat 2.5 g); Sodium 75 mg, Total Carbohydrates 36 g (Dietary Fiber 3 g), Protein 9 g.

Exchanges:  1 Starch, 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrates, 1 High-Fat Meat, 1 1/2

Fat; Carbohydrate Choices:  2 1/2

This recipe comes from my 2011 “Pillsbury Easy Halloween Treats, Cupcakes & More” cookbook. ~Softa123 aka Marilyn

You have to have popcorn on Halloween.  It’s fine if you want the plain ordinary stuff, but if you want to kick it up a notch try these recipes:

Anti-Vampire Popcorn

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Posted by philocrates at recipegoldmine.com May 13, 2001

“You could also call it anti romance popcorn…”

1 bag Pillsbury Microwave Popcorn

2 cups crisp wheat square cereal

2 cups Cheddar cheese-flavored goldfish crackers

1 (1 3/4 ounce) can shoestring potatoes

1 cup unsalted peanuts

1/2 cup margarine or butter

1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Prepare popcorn as directed on the packaged. Remove any unpopped kernels.

In a large bowl, combine popcorn, cereal, crackers, shoestring potatoes and peanuts.

Place margarine in a 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on HIGH for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted.

Stir in parsley flakes, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Drizzle seasoned mixture over popcorn mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

Toss until evenly coated.

Transfer half of mixture to ungreased 12 x 8-inch microwave safe dish. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring once halfway through heating. Spread on paper towels to cool. Repeat with remaining mixture.

Makes 12 cups.

Halloween Munchie Mix

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By Jolene Green

Added November 28, 2007 | Recipe #268679

Categories: Dessert Lunch/snacks Snacks More

Total Time: 10 mins.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Cook Time: 5 mins.

Jolene Green’s Note: My kids love this!

Ingredients:

1 cup mini marshmallows

1 cup orange and black plain M&M’

1 cup peanuts

1 cup candy corn

2 cups popped popcorn

Directions:

Mix ingredients together in bowl. Serve in plastic pumpkin or witch’s cauldron.

Graphic by ChocolatePug

Monster Mash

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“This Monster Mash Recipe Is A Great “Munchie” Food For Any Haunted Halloween Party.

There are several ways you can serve this ghoulish munchie:

1 ) set it up already measured out in paper cups

2 ) package it up into zip-loc baggies to give as a party favor

3 ) (our favorite) set it out in a large bowl with a spoon

This is an extremely easy and quick recipe.”

Ingredients

10 cups popped popcorn

16 ounces bag of M&M’s

14 ounces bag of chocolate covered peanuts

(You can use the chocolate covered peanut M&M’s)

1 cup candy corn

1 cup peanut butter chips

Preparations

Mix all into one big bowl.  It’s ready!

This next recipe is my favorite recipe for caramel corn!  It is very easy to make and even easier to eat!

Clipart by http://www.free-clipart-pictures.net

DOUBLE CARAMEL MUNCHIN’ MIX

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3 tablespoons Margarine OR Butter

3 tablespoons Caramel Topping

3 cups Double Chex Cereal

1 cup POPPED Popcorn

1/2 cup Honey Roasted Peanuts

In a SMALL MICROWAVE SAFE BOWL, melt margarine and caramel topping on HIGH for 1 minute; mix well.

Pour cereal, popcorn and peanuts into a LARGE RESEALABLE PLASTIC BAG.

Pour topping over cereal mixture inside the plastic bag.  SEAL the bag and shake until all pieces are evenly coated.

Pour contents into LARGE MICROWAVE SAFE BOWL.  Microwave on HIGH for 1-1/2 to 4 minutes, stirring EVERY MINUTE.

Spread on WAXED PAPER to cool.  Store in AIRTIGHT container.

This is a wonderful recipe!!!  I got it  from the Prodigy Food Forum

Bulletin Boards.~Softa123 aka Marilyn

Halloween Popcorn Pumpkins

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By: ALETA1314

“Popcorn balls are colored orange and made to look like pumpkins. These are a fun Halloween treat for kid and adult parties. Very versatile!”

Prep Time: 5 Min

Cook Time: 5 Min

Ready In: 20 Min

Yield 12 pumpkins

Ingredients

5 cups popped popcorn

1 cup candy corn

1 cup chopped salted peanuts

1/2 cup butter or margarine

3 cups miniature marshmallows

4 drops red food coloring

3 drops yellow food coloring

4 sticks red or black licorice, cut into thirds (SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE: I would use green licorice.)

Directions

Grease a muffin pan and set aside.

Place popcorn, candy corn and peanuts into a large bowl and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows, red food coloring and yellow food coloring, adjusting color if needed to get a nice shade of orange.

When the marshmallows are completely melted, pour over the popcorn and stir to evenly distribute the candy, nuts and marshmallow.

Use a greased spoon to fill the muffin cups. Insert a piece of licorice to act as the stem, and mold the popcorn around it. Let stand until firm, 10 to 15 minutes, and then pull the pumpkins out by their stems and admire your pumpkin patch!

Nutritional Information

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 328

Total Fat: 15g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 221mg

Total Carbs: 45.4g

Dietary Fiber: 1.4g

Protein: 3.8g

Clip art by http://www.free-clipart-pictures.net

Halloween Snack Mix 2

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Photo by Susan Hunter [skhunter51]

Categories: Snacks, Candies, Nuts, Popcorn, Other Snacks, Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

Collections: Halloween Treats

Keywords: Treats, pretzels, halloween

Serves: 16

Prep Time: 20 Min

Cook Time: 30 Min

Ingredients

2 cups pretzel sticks

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

8 cups popped popcorn

1 cup candy corn

20 hershey kisses (unwrapped)

1 cup walnuts

1 cup candy pumpkins

2 cups cinnamon chex mix

6 tablespoons butter

3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 cup chocolate covered peanuts or raisins

Susan’s Notes: This is a cinnamon treat that your party cannot go without. You can double the batch because it will not last long.

This is a semi-healthy treat that should be at every Halloween party.

It is savory, sweet, crunchy and chewy.

ENJOY

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In the microwave melt the butter mixed with the pumpkin pie spice.

In a large bowl mix the pretzel sticks, walnuts and the sunflower seeds. Pour half of the butter over the mixture. After combining well spread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

2 In another bowl mix together the popcorn and the chex mix and pour the remain butter over that mixing well.

3 Mix the popcorn and the pretzels mixture together and bake for 15 more minutes.

4 Let cool and add candy corn candy, pumpkins, chocolate covered peanuts or raisins and Hershey kisses, and serve to all those Halloweeners.

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HALLOWEEN FUN #6

Posted on October 21, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Candy, Cheese, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Desserts, Dinner/Supper, Fudge, Ghost Stories, Halloween, Halloween Recipes, Kosher Recipe, Meat, My Ramblings, Recipes, Rochester, Snacks, Stew, Vegetables | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


So, what else do we need for a ghostly themed Halloween party?  What else!  Ghost stories, especially if you have a fireplace and know how to use it!  Before I put the stories from the internet on, or the links, I have to tell you a favorite Halloween memory of mine.

Autumn at The Genesee Country Village

There is a great restored 19th-century village in Mumford, New York which is about 40 miles from my house.  It is called “The Genesee Country Village and Museum.”  When we first moved into our house we took out yearly memberships to the Museum and every year they would have a Halloween themed day.  I think it was our second year in the house; we invited some friends of ours with kids to join us for a fun-filled day at the Genesee Country Museum.  In total, there were 14 of us.  They kids had a ball and we adults had one watching them.  They were allowed to go trick or treating within the museum, thus giving them a head start on everyone who didn’t go to the Museum.  Oh, everyone had to wear costumes, including adults, if they wanted a treat.  Then they had set up in a large barn structure, bobbing for apples and donuts on a string.  You could buy a pumpkin there for the kids to paint.  Every so often you would see the headless horseman go by.  Then they had a ghost story time.  This was done in the school house, if I remember correctly.  Anyhow, they told a story about a woodcutter whose wife had died and he remarried.  His kids were very afraid of their step-mother and they had heard tales that she would take children into the woods, kill them and then she would chop up them up and cook them in a stew and call it “veal” stew.  If anyone recognizes this story and can tell it better, please email me or post a reply to this article!  Anyhow, you get the picture.  I laughed to myself as I had invited everyone back to our house for dinner.  Everyone knew I was a step-mother.  And guess what I had cooking in my crock pot for dinner that night!…Veal Stew!…I thought it would be perfect for a chilly autumn day and when I got home I thought it was perfect in light of the ghost story we had all heard…not one of the kids touched it!  LOL…I forgot what I served them instead.  I probably served hot dogs.  But even the kids who knew me best, Fernando and Nicholas, would not touch it!  LOL!  Please share your Halloween stories with us!  Just reply to this post!

Trick or Treats at the Genesee Country Village

The most famous ghost story in our area is The White Lady.  I saw her just once when I was in my 20s and my two best friends at that time, Estelle and Joyce, and I were driving to Sodus Point to go bar-hopping.  I was driving.  When we reached the Durand Eastman Park area, I slammed on the bricks as I thought I saw something cross the path of the car and look at us.  I told the girls what I had seen.  They saw it too.  I had never heard the legend at that point, so Joyce told Estelle and I that it was The White Lady and she told us the tale.  Here is a version of it that I found on the internet that sounds like the tale I was told that night.   I am working on illustrating a version of “The Headless Horseman” that I found on the internet.  When I am finished, I will post it as a downloadable file for you.  I will also put some links to other ghost stories that I found that I thought were good for your enjoyment and at the end of those, I will post some Halloween fudge recipes because I am craving some fudge!  Of course, I will also post my recipe for veal stew!

White Lady

A New York Ghost Story

retold by  S. E. Schlosser

In the early 1800s, the White Lady and her daughter were supposed to have lived on the land where the Durand Eastman Park — part of Irondequoit and Rochester — now stands. One day, the daughter disappeared. Convinced that the girl had been raped and murdered by a local farmer, the mother searched the marshy lands day after day, trying to discover where her child’s body was buried. She took with her two German shepherd dogs to aid in her search, but she never found a trace of her daughter. Finally, in her grief, the mother threw herself off a cliff into Lake Ontario and died. Her dogs pined for their mistress and shortly joined her in the grave.

After death, the mother’s spirit returned to continue the search for her child. People say that on foggy nights, the White Lady rises from the small Durand Lake which faces Lake Ontario. She is accompanied by her dogs and together they roam through the Durand Eastman Park, still searching for her missing daughter.

The White Lady is not a friendly spirit. She dislikes men and often seeks vengeance against the males visiting the park on her daughter’s behalf. There have been reports of the White Lady chasing men into the lake, shaking their cars, and making their lives miserable until they leave the park. She has never touched any females accompanying these unfortunate fellows.

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  I hadn’t heard about the dogs.  That is interesting.   I didn’t see any dogs, just The White Lady.

Source:  http://americanfolklore.net/  – I suggest going there for more great ghost tales!  Very comprehensive website for ghost stories!

Other Links for Ghost Stores: 

http://www.ghoststories.ws/

http://themoonlitroad.com/

http://theshadowlands.net/ghost/

http://www.halloweenishere.com/ghost_stories.html

http://www.horrormasters.com/

Double, Double Toil and Trouble! Bubble Bubble, Stew Bubble!

Mom’s and Marilyn’s Stew

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Course | Main Meals

Serves:  6

Ingredients:

1 cup Heinz Tomato Ketchup

1 pound Baby Carrots

3 large stalks of Celery

4 medium Parsnips

4 medium Onions

6 large Potatoes

3 drops Tabasco Sauce

3 drops Hot Pepper Sauce

2 drops Worcestershire Sauce

2 Bay Leaves (SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  2 large Bay Leaves.  After the stew is cooked discard the bay leaves before serving.)

2 cups Frozen Green Peas

2 medium Green Peppers

3 pounds uncooked cubed Lean Beef OR Veal

1/8 cup wine

Instructions:

Wash, peel and cut up all veggies except peas and green peppers (Cut the veggies about same size as your stew meat). Place in soup pot. Add cubed beef (stew meat) to soup pot.   Add the bay leaves.

In a 12 ounce glass, put 1 cup of Ketchup, a few dashes of Tabasco Sauce and a few dashes of Hot Sauce. If you like, add a splash of wine (or up to 1/8 cup). Fill rest of glass to almost top with water. Stir then pour over everything in pot.

Bring to a boil then cook on low for at least 2 hours covered. Add green peas and green peppers last 1/2 hr. of cooking.

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILY’S NOTES:

I’ve been making this recipe since I was 8 years old and it’s a family favorite and original from my Mom. You can use veal stew meat instead of beef if you wish, which is my Halloween Dinner tradition which has a great story behind it.  (The story I just told you.)

Halloween Fudge

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For an easy spin on a Halloween-theme, this yummy cream cheese and white Chocolate fudge is tinted pumpkin-orange.

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar (about 4 cups)

1 (12-ounce) package white chocolate chips, melted

1 cup toasted chopped nuts

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 drops yellow food coloring

4 drops red food coloring

Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, grease with butter; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended after each addition. Add melted white chocolate, nuts, vanilla and food colorings; mix well. Spread into prepared pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Cut into 48 squares. Makes 24 servings.

Halloween Gravel Fudge Candy

Halloween Gravel (Fudge Candy)

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By NorthwestGal on September 07, 2008

Photo by SweetsLady

Prep Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Serves: 80, Yield: 2.25 pounds

About This Recipe

“I got this recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens website. I placed the fudge “rock” candies in a crystal centerpiece, and then scattered a few pastic Spiders for a quick Halloween decoration. I didn’t eat the candy myself, but my kids said they were pretty good (and they were gone in a matter of hours, so they must have been pretty good). Even if you don’t eat them, these are a handy treat to use for enhancing your Halloween decorating.

Cooking time includes Minimum chilling time.

The recipe makes about 2 1/4 pounds of candy, or about 80 rock-shaped fudge candies.”

Ingredients:

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons butter

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 dash salt

2 cups miniature marshmallows

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, power ( for coating)

1/2 cup powdered sugar ( for coating)

1 -2 cup crushed chocolate cookies (optional)

Directions:

Line a 9×9-inch pan with foil; set aside.

In a medium saucepan, stir chips, canned milk, butter, vanilla and salt together over medium heat until melted. Remove pan from heat; stir in marshmallows just until blended. Spread mixture in foiled pan. With a thin metal spatula, swirl marshmallows through fudge until marshmallows are mostly melted. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until firm.

After adequately chilled, scoop pieces of fudge with a small spoon and shape into small rocks. (The fudge will be sticky). Roll some of the fudge “rocks” in cocoa powder mixture and some in powdered sugar and store rock candy in airtight container for up to 3 days.

For a spooky graveyard scene, spread chocolate cookie crumbs on a platter. Arrange the rock candy on top, to resemble rocks in soil.

Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 1 (14 g) Servings Per Recipe: 80

Amount Per Serving% Daily Value

Calories 57.0 Calories from Fat 2442%Amount Per Serving% Daily Value Total Fat 2.6g4%Saturated Fat 1.6g8%Cholesterol 4mg0%Sugars 7.6g Sodium 12.1mg0%Total Carbohydrate 8.7g2%Dietary Fiber 0.5g2%Sugars 7.6 g30%Protein 0.7g1%

Halloween Layered Fudge

Halloween Layered Fudge

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Here’s an easy and foolproof fudge recipe that screams “Halloween!” thanks to the brown and orange colors. You can also try making the fudge with mango flavoring.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

64 Servings

Prep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon butter

2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, divided

8 ounces white candy coating

1/4 teaspoon orange extract

2 to 4 drops orange paste food coloring

Directions:

Line an 8-in. square pan with foil; butter foil and set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and 1 cup milk on high for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Chill for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating with remaining milk; stir until smooth. Stir in extract and food coloring. Spread over chocolate layer. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.

Using foil, remove fudge from pan. Cut into 1-in. squares.

Yield: about 2 pounds.

This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  I would use a couple of drops of Orange Candy Oil for the flavoring instead of Orange Extract.

 

Pumpkin Fudge

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Submitted By: Ginger

Photo By: angelaBBf

Servings: 36

“Using the same method as is used in making traditional fudge, pumpkin is substituted for chocolate in this seasonal recipe for a corn syrup based treat.”

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups white sugar

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Butter or grease one 8×8 inch pan.

In a 3 quart saucepan, mix together sugar, milk, corn syrup, pumpkin and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling. Do not stir.

When mixture registers 232 degrees F (110 degrees C) on candy  thermometer, or forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water, remove pan from heat. Stir in pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, butter and nuts.

Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees F or 43 degrees C on candy thermometer).

Beat mixture until it is very thick and loses some of its gloss.

Quickly pour into a greased eight-inch pan. When firm cut into 36 squares.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 36 Calories: 108 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 3.8g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 46mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 18.8g Dietary Fiber: 0.2g Protein: 0.5g

Pumpkin Fudge 2

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3 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter

1 can evaporated milk (2/3 cup) (5-1/3-ounce)

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 package butterscotch-flavored pieces (12-ounce) (2 cups)

1 jar marshmallow creme (7-ounce)

1 cup chopped pecans

1 teaspoon vanilla

Butter a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine sugar, butter, evaporated milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat. Boil over medium-low heat till mixture registers 234° (soft-ball stage) on a candy thermometer, stirring constantly (should take about 25 minutes).

Remove from heat and stir in butterscotch pieces till melted. Add marshmallow creme, nuts and vanilla. Mix till well combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Cool at room temperature.

Cut into squares. Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator.

Makes 3 1/4pounds.

Now this sounds boolicious!

Spooky Fudge Treats Recipe

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Ready in: 2-5 hrs

Difficulty: 2 (1=easiest : hardest=5)

Serves/Makes: 36

INGREDIENTS:

18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 can (14 ounce size) sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

**Topping***

Flaked coconut

Sprinkles

Assorted candies

PREPARATION:

In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chips with sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

Chill 2 hours or until firm. Roll into balls or Halloween shapes and decorate. Chill 1 hour or until firm. Store tightly covered.

For Pumpkin: Roll fudge in orange sprinkles, carve out face designs. Use green jelly candy for leaves.

For Cool Cat: Use taffy cut into triangles for ears. Red hot candies for eyes and nose. Sprinkles for mouth. Finish with licorice pieces for whiskers.

For Scary Ghost: Roll fudge in flaked white coconut. Add candy eyes.

For Spider: Roll big and smaller pieces of fudge into body/head shapes. Add red hots for eyes and mouth. Use licorice pieces for legs. Top with sprinkles on head and body.

NUTRITION: 104 calories, 5 grams fat, 15 grams carbohydrates, 1 grams protein per treat.

This recipe is low in sodium.

makes 36

Recipe ID: 65368

SUBMITTED BY: f1sh1962

Servings: 36

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FOR THE LOVE OF BALLOONS

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Balloon Crafts, Balloons, Candy, Chocolate, Dean Jones, Desserts, Fun, General Crafts, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards, Kids, Movies, Party Ideas, PLAY, Recipes, Uncategorized, Winnie the Pooh | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


 I must have always loved balloons, but I never realized how much until I saw the movie “Any Wednesday,” starring Jane Fonda (who I love as an actress and was devastated by her politics) and Jason Robards.  One review I saw described the movie as:

“Broadway hit about a married millionaire’s mistress befriended by his unsuspecting wife and cooed over by a loyal associate. Lots of slamming doors, comical deception, hissy fits and balloons…” (By moonspinner55 found at http://www.imdb.com).

"ANY WEDNESDAY"

 Unlike moonspinner55, I loved the movie.  And the scene where Jane walks into her apartment and finds it filled with balloons has always stuck with me.  It is a dream of mine to one day come home and find that someone I love has filled a room with balloons for me.

Thinking about balloons, I thought, why not write a post about them, so that’s what you are going to read about here today.

Winnie the Pooh says, “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”  I think that Winnie is 100 percent correct.  We like to decorate our parties and events with balloons.  We take balloons when we visit someone who is ill to try to cheer them up a bit.  Many times someone will bring a balloon(s) to a friend or relative who is celebrating a birthday or an anniversary.  People give loved ones balloons on Valentine’s Day.  They are also appropriate for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  When someone in your workplace gets promoted, balloons are an inexpensive, thoughtful way to say, “Congratulations.”  And don’t forget to give a balloon(s) to a brand new Mom, Dad or Baby!  Balloons are really a go-to gift for most occasions!  I remember giving each of my grandchildren a bunch of colorful balloons for their first birthdays.  I began doing that with my eldest grandson, Marc.  He loved the balloons so much that I made it a tradition that continued with my granddaughter, Rachael, and my youngest grandson, Joshua.

Up, Up and Away

Another dream of mine is to go up in a hot air balloon.  I think they are so gorgeous and I think it would be an exciting and relaxing way to see a special place such as Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York or go over the Ocean in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I’d make sure to take my husband, a picnic lunch and champagne with me!  Would I be scared?  Yeah, a little bit.  But I would still like to go in one.

You can do easy craft projects using balloons and other inexpensive supplies like home-made paste, string, newspaper strips, comic strips or tissue paper.

String Ball Craft

Difficulty:  Easy and a Great Craft To Do With Kids

Supplies:

String, yarn or thread

Round balloons

Flour

Instructions:

  1. Make a wheat paste by mixing  3 parts water with 2 parts flour in a pot. Heat to a boil, whisking occasionally to remove lumps. After the paste boils, allow it to cool.
  1. Blow up a balloon of the appropriate size for each ball you want to make.
  1. Dip string or yarn in the cooled paste and then wrap it around the balloons. Go around many times, in different directions, until you have covered the basic shape of the balloon, but be sure to leave gaps if you want to make a see-through string ball.
  1. Allow the string to dry thoroughly; approximately 24 hours.
  1.  Pop the balloons if you want to get them out right away, or wait for them to shrink gradually on their own. When the balloons are gone, you should be left with a see-through string ball.

Hints:

  1. For more exciting string balls, interweave different colors or types of yarn or string. You can also add paint or glitter to the paste mixture, decorate the finished balls more or put small items inside the balloons before you blow them up, which will end up trapped in the balls (as long as the holes in the string layer are small enough).
  1. These string balls are not water-resistant, so they’re probably more of an indoor toy. The paste is nontoxic but will definitely dissolve if wet.

Make small and medium balls of different colors and hang your finished ball(s) from the ceiling with different lengths of string, yarn or curling ribbon to use as party decorations.

Make small balls using gold and red and/or gold and green colors to decorate your Christmas tree, or to use in a table centerpiece.

Make small balls using dark or royal blue and silver string, yarn or thread to hang from the ceiling as above, or to use as part of a table centerpiece for Chanukah.

For Easter, make the balls in pastel colors, for Valentine’s Day make pink and/or red balls to decorate and perhaps put a special note inside for your beloved.

If you like glitter, add glitter!  Use more than one color for a rainbow effect.  There are countless ways to use this craft.  Let your imagination soar!

Another craft that is similar to the string balls is making Piñatas.

I found this great Piñata project at Make Pinatas.com.  This is a good resource for children’s party ideas.

How to Make a Hot Air Balloon Piñata 
This hot-air balloon piñata is great for first time makers and it makes for a nice big target for little kids.

 

Materials:

Papier-Mâché Paste*
• 14-inch balloon, inflated

• 10-inch bowl
• One batch papier-mâché paste
• 1 two-page spread each of regular newspaper and the comic pages
• 32-oz. plastic yogurt container, cut in half horizontally
• String
• Hole punch
• Glue stick
• 5 sheets of tissue paper in bright colors, cut
• into 3 1/2-inch squares
• 4 lbs. of individually wrapped candies

*To make Papié-Maché Paste, combine 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.

Add this mixture to a saucepan of 2 cups boiling water and bring it to a boil again.  Remove from the heat and stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar. Let it cool; it will thicken as it cools. Once it does, it’s ready to use.

Directions:

 Step 1:  For stability while working, place the balloon in a 10-inch bowl. Fold the spread of newspaper in half and then in half again. Tear (don’t cut) 1 1/2-inch-wide strips so they have a slightly rough edge (tearing along a straight edge works well). The rough edges help make a smooth overall surface. Drag a strip of newspaper through the papier-mâché paste, wipe off any excess with your fingers, and place it at an angle on the balloon. Place the second strip so that it slightly overlaps the first. Continue until the balloon has been covered with one layer of paper strips–except for a 2-inch square at the top, through which the candy will go. Give the papier-mâché up to 24 hours to dry. Cover your leftover paste with plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out (if it does, add warm water).
Step 2:   For the piñata’s hanger, wrap the midpoint of a length of string (doubled up, if necessary) around the bottom of the balloon, pulling the ends up to the top; tape it to the balloon in a few places. Knot together the ends of the string 6 inches above the top. Tape the top half of the yogurt container to the bottom of the balloon. This will become the neck of the hot air balloon.

Step 3:   Cover the balloon (including the string), the neck and the bottom half of the yogurt container (which will become the hot air balloon basket) with a layer of strips of comics, placing them at a different angle from the first layer. (Using different colored strips lets you distinguish one layer from the next, ensuring a uniform overall thickness.) Allow the second layer to dry.

Step 4:  Cover the balloon, neck and basket with strips of plain newsprint going in a third direction. Smooth over any rough edges as you work. Allow the balloon to dry thoroughly.

Step 5:  Punch four holes into the neck of the hot air balloon and four into the basket. Attach string to the neck about 3 1/2 inches from the base of the balloon to later suspend the basket.

Step 6:  
Dot the corners of a tissue square with a glue stick and place it just to the side of the 2-inch square on the top of the balloon. Follow with other squares in the same color, working your way diagonally down around the balloon. When you get to the bottom, start at the top again in another color, fitting the squares into a hound’s-tooth pattern. If you want to add streamers, cut 2- by 30-inch lengths of tissue paper and glue them onto matching colored squares about halfway down.

Step 7:  Cover the basket with squares of tissue in different colors. Attach the basket to the balloon. Puncture the uncovered part of the balloon at the top of the piñata and remove all of the balloon fragments. Make sure the inside of the piñata is completely dry before you fill it, so the candy won’t stick to the sides. Fill it about halfway with the candy. Cover the opening with some tissue squares, and your piñata is ready to hang.

My very favorite balloon craft involves chocolate…. wouldn’t you know it!   I’ve known about this craft for years and it’s on my must try list.  I just think that this is so classy that your company, young or old, will be talking about these for years to come, making you one savvy host/hostess.    The directions for this project was found at Chocolay.

Chocolate Bowls

Chocolate Bowls Recipe

 “This is a fun & easy project, although it can be messy! The chocolate bowls can hold all kinds of goodies including ice cream, mousse, fruit, pretzel sticks, chocolate candy, or any other treat you have in mind. You can get as creative as you want with using white chocolate that has been colored (with specially formulated coloring oils) and coordinate the theme of your party or event. We recommend making more balloons than you’ll need because chances are good that when you deflate some of the chocolate covered balloons the chocolate might fall apart for one reason or another! You can always reuse the chocolate…don’t worry!”

 

Before you begin, make sure to wash and thoroughly dry the balloons.

Ingredients:

 

 You’ll also Need:

  • Balloons (please note: some people are severely allergic to latex. Make sure that if you use latex balloons anybody eating your bowls know you used balloons to make it)
  • Bowls
  • Heavy Weight Dipping Sheets or Waxed Paper

 Tips: 

 Don’t use water balloons! They will pop. Also, water is the one thing that can really mess up chocolate!!!

  • The thicker the balloon the better.
  • Keep in mind that some people are alergic to latex.
  • If you put the chocolate balloons on waxed paper be careful about the corners of the paper curling and touching the chocolate.
  • When dipping the balloons, the longer you leave the balloon in the warm chocolate the more likely it will pop (which is a mess!!!), so dip fast & do multiple layers if you need to.

 

How To Make Chocolate Bowls:

 

1. Blow up balloons and place them in a bowl to hold them upright. Don’t blow them to be bigger than 6-8 inches tall. A lot of people like small bowls that are about the size of a coffee cup. It’s up to you. Whatever size you blow up the balloon to be will be the size of your chocolate bowl. You might want to make the balloons slightly different sizes for variety.
2. Spray each balloon (the area you’ll be putting the chocolate on) with non-stick cooking spray such as Crisco spray so that the chocolate will release easier.
3. Melt the chocolate using instructions that came with your chocolate. Ideally, use a double boiler (or a double boiler insert). Do not let the water touch the bottom of the double boiler. Only let the water simmer. Do not allow it to boil or you may burn the chocolate. If you must use a microwave, melt on medium heat for short periods being very careful not to overheat thechocolate. (Softa’s advice:  Use the microwave!!!!)
4. Let the chocolate cool for 5-10 minutes in a bowl that is sized so that you can dip your balloon into the bowl. The chocolate can’t be so hot that it will pop the balloon.

If you want to add a marbleized effect to the chocolate bowl: Pour the base color/flavor of chocolate in the bowl first. Then add a smaller quantity of a second color/flavor of chocolate on top. Swirl lightly with a knife. When you dip the balloons the bowl will look marbleized.5.There a couple of ways to make your chocolate bowls – or you can combine the methods for added flare. Either way, hold the balloon by the knot.

a. For a solid bowl that looks like flower petals: Holding the knot at a slight angle, dip the ballon in chocolate, then using the opposite angle, dip the balloon again. You may be able to do this 2-4 times. Slowly swirl the balloon around to make an even coat. Then lift the balloon slowly and let some of the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Sometimes the balloons will need to be dipped twice to make sure the chocolate is solid enough.

 

b. For a not solid bowl: Holding the knot, use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the bottom of the balloon going back and forth in one direction and then in the opposite direction. When drizzling, cover about half of the exposed balloon. Then dip the very bottom of the balloon a couple of inches into the chocolate so you have a nice, solid chocolate bottom. When doing this, you can use more than one chocolate flavor (or colored white chocolate) for added design.6.After each balloon is dipped, place on a Heavy Weight Dipping Sheet or waxed paper lined tray. The chocolate will start to settle making a flat bottom for the chocolate bowl.7.After your balloons are finished, move them to a cool area to set up (harden). Hopefully they will fit in your fridge! If so, they will set up in about 10 minutes.8.After the chocolate is completely set up, it’s time to deflate the balloons. Gently remove the chocolate covered balloon from the dipping sheet. If using waxed paper, you might need to slide a knife around the bottom edge to loosen the bottom of the chocolate bowl. Once you remove the balloon, you can use a hat pin to deflate it or cut a small hole in the top of it to deflate it. Make the hole near the area where the balloon is tied.9.As the balloon deflates it will still be attached to the inside of the chocolate. Very slowly peel the balloon away from the chocolate.10.You can add additional decorative touches by gently handling the bowl and adding more drizzled chocolate.Keep the chocolate bowls cool until you plan to use them!


Play around with these crafts and have some fun!

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THOUGHTS ABOUT BEING A BABY BOOMER

Posted on September 2, 2011. Filed under: 1960s, Baby Boomers, Candy, Chocolate, Dairy, My Ramblings, Recipes, Rochester, Tried and True Recipe, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |


I am a true-blue, proud-of-it, bona fide Baby Boomer!  I was born in 1947.  My parents were married in 1940, but because of World War II they waited until after the war (which ended in 1945) was over.  If you were born between 1946 and 1964, then you are officially a Baby Boomer.  So essentially, for me and those of you who were born in 1947, it is the period of time between when we were born and when we were in our Junior or Senior year of High School.  Being a Baby Boomer, we tended to think of ourselves as a special generation.  We were out to set the world on fire and bring big changes to the world, making it better, or so we thought.  Landon Y. Jones, an American editor and author, is credited with coining the term “baby boomer.”  Of course, growing up, we didn’t think about being Baby Boomers, we thought about getting through the school year, how we could get our parents to raise our allowances without us having to do more work for our money.  We thought about our friends and/or making friends, we thought about the opposite sex, and who we would like to dance with us at the next “Y” dance.  Basically, we thought about everything that people in every other generation has thought about or is thinking about.

In hind-sight, we should have been called “The Lucky Generation.”  With the exception of “The Korean War,” the “Cold War,” “The Cuban Missile Crisis,” and “Viet Nam,” we were lucky.  We were born after the big war (World War II).  About those, I have some recollection, but I have more vivid recollections about the aftermath of WW II.  I remember air raids and having to go out into the school halls in elementary school, sitting on the floor with our heads down waiting for the all-clear bell so we could go back to what we were doing in class (well, most of us waited for that…a few kids wanted to stay in the hall and not go back).  I remember when the air raid sirens would go off on the weekends and being at my paternal grandparents’ house, having to go into her cellar.  We had to access their cellar via a trap door in her kitchen, or we had to go outside and go in from the outside entrance.  I also remember it having a dirt floor.  I remember a young man named “Buzzy” having been in the Korean War. Now, I associate the Korean War with my husband.  I remember discussions about Fallout Shelters and singing anti-war songs at camp.  Those made a huge impression on me.  I still get tight inside whenever I sing or hear an anti-war song and I sing them loudly.  I remember Nikita Khrushchev, who was the prime minister of Russia during the period of time I was growing up. I even remember reading about Khrushchev’s visit to the newly opened Disney Land.  Disney World had not been built yet.  And yes, I remember the excitement of all of us when we learned about the opening of Disney World and how we yearned to go there.  To this day I have never been to Disney Land, but as an adult I visited Disney World before Epcot was built, but sadly we could only stay there a couple of hours.  I don’t remember the reason why we couldn’t stay longer.  I was living in Florida at that time and was about 25 years old, or a couple of years younger.  I’m having a Senior Moment here!  J

So why were we so lucky?  We were able to learn how to respect people.  We cared about people.  If the world was as crazy then as it is now (and I doubt that), we were sheltered from it.  We could safely walk the streets.  I remember walking all the way from my house to my paternal grandmother’s house with no problem.  She lived in what now would be considered “the inner city.”  My maternal grandparents lived upstairs of us.  Both grandmothers spoiled us!

We were lucky that we were governed by Harry S. Truman..  Truthfully, the only thing I remember about his term of office (besides what I learned in the history books when I got to high school), was his daughter, Margaret, playing the piano.  I don’t know why that is so embedded in my memory, but it is.  I always thought she was so beautiful and graceful.

And we were lucky to have had “Ike” (Dwight D. Eisenhower) as the next president that I recall.  I loved Ike!  He had a great smile and I always felt he was like a grandfather.  The thing I remember best about Ike is that he was always out on the golf course.  I really thought that golfing was a requirement of being President because of that.  I also felt safe with Ike because he had helped win World War II.  And Mamie, his wife, was a real class act, or at least appeared to be by me.

I remember in elementary school how we would hold mock elections and I remember being a staunch (if a kid of that age could ever be staunch about anything J) Adlai Stevenson supporter.  I just don’t

remember why! J Probably because he was a Democrat.

Why would I vote against Eisenhower when I liked him so much?  Got me!  I can’t quite recall all that far back! J

And we were lucky to have John Fitzgerald Kennedy as President.  I think he should be given a crown as I pictured him and Jackie Kennedy as King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. They were the epitome of America.  Young, beautiful, hopeful, and believed in all we believed in.  It was a tragedy that Jack and his brother Bobbie were both assassinated so soon after they were elected (in Jack’s case)/appointed (in Bobby’s case) to office.  I really think that history would show they were the crème d’ la crème of our


Leaders.  They brought youth, glamour, energy and life to the White House.  They were what many of us Baby Boomers wanted to be like.  Most importantly they brought hope of being able to get elected President of the United States no matter what your age (as long as you are 35+, according to our laws) and no matter what your religion is.  That in itself is quite a legacy!

I remember when I was in elementary school, making care boxes up for children who were less fortunate than I.  They were tiny boxes and we brought supplies like a box of 8 crayons (if memory serves me correctly, that was the only size available at the time), or a box of Band-Aids.  In those days Band-Aids came in tins. I remember getting “Weekly Readers.”  Now my youngest Grandson (age 10) gets them.  I’m glad that hasn’t changed!

I remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning that we had school and saying a prayer that to me seemed non-denominational.  I don’t think that I really thought that people were of different religions except when it came to Christmas and Easter. Kids were kids period.  I was lucky enough to have parents who believed that you respect other people’s religions and races. I remember being able to have holiday parties.  It didn’t matter to me that those parties often celebrated holidays that my religion didn’t celebrate.  Where is the harm in having Valentine parties and exchanging Valentines, hoping that the boy/girl you had a crush on would give you a special one!  And I remember walking home for lunch.  Having a working Mother meant we would walk home to a lunch with my maternal Grandmother, or my Aunt who lived across the street from us.  Once in a while we would have lunch with a neighbor’s kids or go to the deli that was situated between home and school.  That was a real treat, to go to Bardy’s!  I remember going to Sanzel’s Drug Store with my Grandfather for ice cream.  I wish that Sanzel’s was still in business and still had their wonderful soda fountain.  I think I had a crush on every soda jerk that ever worked there!  J  It always amazed me that Harry Sanzel, the owner of Sanzel’s had two kids (who weren’t kids when I was growing up) that were both pharmacists and worked with him, especially since one was a female.  I didn’t know of any other female pharmacists at that time.  I wish I had a picture of Sanzel’s Drug Store.  If any of you readers have one, I’d love a copy!!!

I remember being able to cut through the woods, that was “attached” to our backyard, to Cobbs Hill which is my very favorite park, even to this day.  Cobbs Hill holds many memories for me…mostly from my teen years.  I remember going there on a nice Spring day (those were the days when we still had four seasons!) with my best friend, Estelle.  We would take our homework with us, sit under a special tree and do our homework, smoke and talk about boys or other important teenage topics.  Did we talk about life?  Not as such.  We talked about school.  We talked about friends.  We talked about what we were going to do on the weekend.  We talked about parties that were coming up and we’d talk about plans for the summer.  I was too old to go to camp by that time, so mostly I stayed around the house and my family would go on a week’s vacation.  Estelle just stayed around her house, which was no joy, unfortunately.  Cobbs Hill is where my high school sorority, Sigma Kappa Delta, held our initiation trials.  Thankfully they were not at all like the ones you read about today.  Our initiations consisted of walking a back trail up to the Cobbs Hill Reservoir or meeting our “big sisters” to bring them goody bags.  Sometimes it was to go up to someone not involved in the sorority and ask them something silly like, “Call me a cab.”  Was there underage excessive drinking, no.  Did some of us want to experiment with alcohol?  Maybe some of the guys did, but not the female friends.  We were content with drinking our Cokes and smoking.  Smoking was a cool thing to do in those days…if we only knew then what we know now!

I remember being at Cobbs Hill in the summer of 1964, reading The Profit, sitting under our favorite tree with Estelle, when all of a sudden we saw tanks driving down Monroe Avenue, turning onto Culver Road.  Estelle and I looked at one another and spoke with shock, wondering what the hell was going on.  We’d never seen anything like it!  The Armory was on Culver Road, directly across the street from Cobbs Hill and still was until recently when the government sold it.  We didn’t have a radio with us, so I suggested that we go to my house and tell my parents about it.  They hadn’t heard anything.  And we all sat on our porch steps wondering what was happening.  Shortly we learned that there was rioting downtown.  The “riot” was precipitated by the arrest of an allegedly drunk and disorderly African- American man at a Joseph Avenue street dance. A curfew was immediately put on us by the City, something I had never heard of before, but I was frightened enough by the tanks not to complain.  I remember how my friends and I baked cookies to take to the soldiers who were posted to Cobbs Hill (or maybe they were just on breaks).  We wanted them to know how much we appreciated their being there.  Funny, in retrospect, as just about two-three years later I would be joining a Peace March there.  Ironic!

But we were the lucky generation!  I wonder if there should be an adjective before the word “lucky,” and whether that adjective should be the word “bad.”  But we look back and remember that time as “the good old days.”

To remember those days, I’ll leave you with this recipe:

Mamie Eisenhower’s Chocolate Fudge Recipe

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Ingredients:

4-1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 tablespoons butter

1 can evaporated milk

Pinch of salt

12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate bits

12 ounces German sweet chocolate

1 pint marshmallow cream

2 cups chopped nutmeats

Directions:

1. Heat the sugar, butter, salt and evaporated milk over low heat,

stirring until the chocolate dissolves.

2. Bring to a boil, and boil for six minutes.

3. Put the chocolate bits, German chocolate, marshmallow cream and

nutmeats into a heat resistant bowl.

4. Pour the mixture you’ve been boiling over the ingredients you’ve

just placed in the bowl.

5. Beat until the chocolate has melted, and then pour it all into a

pan. Let it stand for a few hours before cutting it into fudge sized

pieces.

This is truly a great fudge recipe!!!  It’s easy to make and it came out perfect!  I loved the fudge!  ~Softa123

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