Aug 252016

The other day I was going through some of my the photos I took while I was in California for the Thor & Delivery Man events a few years ago.  I wanted to show Bubbles some of the holiday decorations that were up at Disneyland then, plus show her Cars Land.

Add a sprinkle of Disney magic to your Halloween party with this Pumpkin Mickey shaped Cheese Ball recipe!

When we looked at the pictures of Jack Skellington and him sitting on the pumpkin, I remembered that sometimes they use a Pumpkin Mickey for decor during Halloween.  The image kind of stuck in my head and fermented there for awhile. Continue reading »

Oct 142015

This shop and my Headless Horseman Graveyard Halloween treats has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MixInMonsterMash #CollectiveBias

While Christmas is my favorite holiday, Halloween ranks a close second.  My Gram loved to cook and bake and spread that love to friends and family by entertaining and making sure everyone was always well-fed.  As farmers, Halloween often came at the close of a very long and hard harvest, and a Halloween party was the perfect way to celebrate.

Headless Horseman Graveyard Pudding Cup Halloween Treats

It started off kind of small but over the years there grew to be up to a hundred guests that came and went through their house.  While I don’t throw a party of that size every year, I do like to make up a variety of Halloween treats to serve to friends and family that stop by.  And this year I’ve come up with these cute Headless Horseman Graveyard snacks I wanted to share. Continue reading »

Oct 252013

Thank you to JOLLY TIME for providing products to help me create a monster munch recipe.

I love making munch mix recipes for a couple of reasons.  One, they’re just so darn tasty.  Whomever the first person it was that came up with tossing this combination of ingredients together is a smart cookie.

But I also like making them because they’re quick and easy.  I know you all probably get some last minute “Oh, hey Mom, by the way…” requests for snacks for school or a bake sale or something similar.  I used to spring that on my own Mom once in awhile.  So a go-to snack recipe that can be changed up based on the season, holiday, or even just what mix-ins you have on hand can be a big help.

Monster Munch Recipe

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Oct 182013

Thank you to Global Influence for sponsoring this post and to Hershey’s for providing product samples so that I could create this molasses cookie recipe for you.  All words and thoughts are my own.

One of my favorite parts of any holiday is having an excuse to bake.  I really don’t need an excuse, of course; I bake on a pretty regular basis.  But when it comes to holiday treats, you tend to go the extra step and make them a little more special than at other times.

Christmas is an obvious time of year to get a little fancy with your cooking, but I have to admit that Halloween has always been the one other holiday where I tend to go all-out.  Growing up we had a party at my grandparents’ house each Halloween, and my Gram would bake for two days straight to prep.  There were frosted chocolate brownies with jack-o’-lantern faces drawn on, sugar cookies with Halloween-themed words piped on, apple cider, dishes full of Hershey’s candy, and then the icing on the cake: homemade chocolate and vanilla doughnuts fried fresh as you waited.

Molasses Cookie Recipe: Pumpkin Spice-Filled Molasses Cookie Cups #HersheysHalloween

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Oct 012013

Thank you to Gorton’s for providing a product pack that let us serve up classic fish and chips.

Growing up in Maine I had the good fortune to be exposed to lots of seafood.  Much of it was fresh off the boat – literally.  You’d watch the fishermen unload their boats behind the restaurant and a few minutes later it would arrive on your plate.  And if you’re talking lobster, you could even go and choose the exact one you wanted.

It’s a little harder to get that fresh seafood here in Kentucky.  So when we’re craving something from the sea, we usually turn to Gorton’s.  They’ve been providing quality fish to homes all across the US and Canada since 1849.  The little tag “Trust the Gorton’s Fisherman” is easy to do when you’re talking about a company that’s been around for over 160 years.

Gorton’s now has everything from fish sticks to grilled salmon to shrimp scampi.  There isn’t a single product they offer that I’ve tried that I haven’t liked.  I have yet to try the tilapia fish sticks, but they’re definitely next on my list.

Gorton's Seafood Halloween Fish Stick Graveyard #WickedGoodSeafood

Their seafood products are great served as-is, but if you like to get a little fancy, you can use them as a base in a variety of recipes.  One of the recipes that caught my eye was for the Halloween Fish Stick Graveyard.  This would be so fun for dinner on Halloween night – and it has ingredients my daughter will actually eat. Continue reading »