Pumpkin dip


I plan to set this out for friends and family as we get ready to trick or treat tonight, but this is a nice treat to bring to a party or in to work to share:)

Recipe source: modified from my friend Deborah’s recipe

Serve with: Ginger snaps, apples
You will need:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1-2 cups of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger

Step one: blend sugar, cream cheese and vanilla together

Step two: add in pumpkin and spices. Blend until smooth

Step three: chill for three hours and then serve. enjoy:)


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Spooky sticks


This is a really fun and easy treat to make with children.

You will need:

  • Pretzel rods
  • Sprinkles (Halloween themed)
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • White or orange candy melts (from Michael’s or Walmart)

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Steps:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper
  2. Melt the candy coating in 30 second increments in the microwave or use a double broiler. I used a Pyrex measuring cup to make dipping the rods easier
  3. Dip at both ends of a pretzel rod in the candy coating in place on wax paper.
  4. Sprinkle the pretzels. When done place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for a minimum of 15 minutes to harden the coating.
  5. Enjoy:)
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


Recipe source: allrecipes.com

Yield: 12-16 muffins

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F Grease and flour muffin pan or use paper liners.
  2. Mix sugar, oil, eggs. Add pumpkin and water. In separate bowl mix together the baking flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Add wet mixture and stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 17-20 minutes.

Enjoy:)

Skeleton Bones


Here  is a fun little recipe for kids to make for Halloween. These taste like white chocolate pretzels and are a cute treat to get you in the spirit:)
You will need:

  • Pretzel sticks
  • Mini-marshmallows
  • White  chocolate candy melts
  • wax or parchment paper

To make:

  1. Add a mini-marshmallow to the end of each pretzel stick.

  
2.  Melt white chocolate candy melts according to instructions. Either use a double boiler or melt at 50% for 30 seconds at a time in microwave.

3. Dip pretzel-marshmallows into the melted white chocolate. I found this part to be a bit messy and awkward, but used a spoon to hold the pretzel stick and retrieve it from the melted candy. After a few tries, we got the hang of it.


4. Place dipped pretzels on wax or parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to resolidify.

Cranberries with dried cherries

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recipe source: food magazine

My father has an obsession with cranberries during the holidays. Rather than have him resort to cranberries out of the can, I decided to experiment with a new recipe; this was a big hit at the table.

You Need:

  • 1 package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water

Step one: In a large sauce pan, combine the ingredients and bring to a boil.

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Step two: Simmer for 20-25 minutes until most of the berries have burst and the liquid is syrupy.

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Step three: Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

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Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with cherries and walnuts

This is a great side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I cannot emphasize to you how delicious and easy this is. I planned to have leftovers, but not a single piece was left in the bowl despite making two batches.

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Step one: Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Step two: Arrange potatoes in an even layer in a 9 by 13 inch glass baking dish.

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Combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Step three: Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir and cook for 30 minutes. Add walnuts and cherries and stir. Cook for 15-20 more minutes.


Easy Holiday Appetizer

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What do you bring if you have been lucky enough to score an invite to Christmas dinner or a good holiday party? Or what do you put out that is easy and festive for an appetizer if you are the one hosting? Luckily, the answer is the same. This is stupid easy, delicious, and visually appealing:) The flavor is sweet and savory at the same time, and most people won’t realize they are eating cream cheese. They will insist it is something swankier.

You need:

  • one brick of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (full fat)
  • one jar of fig preserves (you could substitute pear in a pinch)
  • one bunch of green onions
  • variety of gourmet crackers
  • a yellow pepper or red pepper (optional)

Step one: cut the cream cheese on a diagonal and then put together so it resembles the triangle of a Christmas tree.

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Step two: drizzle the preserves over the cheese.

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This is my favorite to use

Step three. Cut up the onions. I take the end pieces and place them in the bottom so it kind of looks like a trunk, then I sprinkle the green onions in a festive way. If you want, you can cut a yellow pepper into the shape of a star and place on top of the tree.

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Enjoy:)