Pumpkin time is here again,
Time to play Trick or Treat.
Pumpkin time is here again,
Our spooky friends we'll meet.
See the costumes we have on,
Monsters, ghosts, goblins too.
See the costumes we have on,
Hear us all shout "Boo!"
With all the fun of this holiday come a parent's worst fears -- too many sugary treats in your kid's possession and the arguments that ensue over this treasured trove. If you don't feel like contributing to the neighborhood...
Edible Haunted House :
Here's a fun Halloween project for the whole family. Use your imagination to decorate this house any way that you desire. Watch out for ghouls and goblins, they may just devour your masterpiece early!
Bag Of Tricks, Bride Says "I Boo!", and Festive Frank cookies are sure to delight all ghosts and ghouls on Halloween! "Prepare your favorite cookie dough or purchase ready-made cookie dough in your grocery deli case and..."
Goodies for Goblins - Big & Small:
Make some fun and festive treats this Halloween with your little goblins. But don't leave yourself out in the graveyard with nothing to munch. Here are some Halloween recipes that are not only for the kids.
Halloween With Braces Can Be Sweet :
Those who wear braces should avoid nuts, popcorn, tortilla chips, all hard candy, jelly beans, licorice, taffy, caramel and other chewy candies, whether consumed on their own or as recipe ingredients. Try these fun recipes!
Gross Halloween Party Food :
Kitty Litter Cake and Hairball Salad with Saliva Dressing are on the menu this Halloween! Gross out your little goblins with these and more disgusting recipes. BEWARE, these recipes are for those who truly like to scare with an "ewwwwwwww".
Campbell's Glazed Carrot Raisin Cupcakes :
Our friends at the Campbell's Soup Company were kind enough to share this marvelous recipe with us. Try it today for a great quick and easy 20 minute dish at dinner! The goodness of Campbell's Tomato Soup gives rich, moist flavor...
Chocolate Peanut Butter Coated Apples:
A new, delicious twist on the traditional caramel apple! These are ideal for fall when you have an overabundance of apples, but don't discount them for other holidays and occassions! Simply change the color of the sprinkles...
Edible Crawlies for Kids :
Usually ants, beetles, and other creepy crawlies are not welcome in the kitchen. But that's not the case with these fun snacks. Grab the kids and eat some bugs! Note: Where peanut butter is used in these recipes for "gluing"...
Goofy Spooks Halloween Cake :
You don't have to be a master chef?to create a fun and?festive Halloween cake that your kids will love. Try this easy recipe for success! Cake decorations: 1 box chocolate or yellow cake mix (ingredients needed will vary...
Hauntingly Healthful Halloween Treats :
Concocting Halloween treats without frightening fat content and creepy calorie counts can be tricky. Whether it's a snack for the little goblin, or fiendish fare for an annual monster bash, finding healthy, fun and delicious recipes can be a gruesome task!
Popcorn Balls :
Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. And when you're looking for a special treat - make popcorn balls! There's a few more calories but, oh my, they do taste good! Try some Caramel Popcorn Balls and Colored Popcorn Balls...
Spooky Pumpkin Bundt Cake :
A few weeks back, we heard from Leslie, a mother of two from Gainesville, Georgia who wanted some healthy dessert recipes for her annual neighborhood Halloween party. Our answer is this crazy creation for Spooky Pumpkin Bundt Cake.
Trick or Treat Warm-up's :
Before you send your little one's out for a night of Trick or Treating, warm them (and yourself) with these delicious, easy to make hot drinks. Hot Chocolate: To make hot chocolate, combine 1/2 cup of water and 2 ounces of semisweet...
Clothespin Vampire Bats :
These adorable little blood suckers are easily put together with some paint, a wooden clothespin and some felt. Make a whole bunch of them to line your window sill or put in a circle on the table!
Gentleman Ghost :
This adorable and inviting ghost can be made in less than an hour. Simple items from around your house and a few inexpensive craft supplies and you'll be on your way to making this dapper ghoul.
Ghost Luminaries :
Greet this year's trick or treaters with a frightfully fun lighted path to your door. Kids can make these fun luminaries with very few supplies and plenty of imagination. Get started today! You will need...
Halloween Decorative Pillows :
Halloween is a great holiday - for children of all ages! Officially, Halloween is celebrated on October 31, but my decorating partner, Matt Fox, and I see no reason why the fun should be limited to a single day.
Paint Stick Scarecrow :
This adorable scarecrow makes a great decoration for your kitchen, garden, porch, or just about anywhere you want to "stick" him! Use scraps of material and inexpensive felt to put this cutie together.
Pumpkin Votive Luminaries :
These adorable votives give off a spooky orange glow and look hauntingly wonderful in a dark room. Use them to dress up your porch, place in your front window, on the fireplace mantle, or anywhere else you can think of!
Salt Dough Pumpkin Patch :
Salt dough is a great medium for fun and creative crafting. Take this sparkly pumpkin patch for instance! Salt dough recipes aren't just for kids. Make these fun and festive pumpkins this Fall for your holiday decorating.
Salt Dough Ghost Family :
These little ghouls are so easy to make your kids will be howling for more. Make a big batch of dough and put together as many ghouls as you can handle. These make great windowsill decorations!
Tin Can Frankenstein :
Make this darling little Frankenstein out of felt, glue and a tin can. Fill him with lollipops for Halloween or use as a pencil holder for your homework desk! Get started today! You will need...
Cardboard Tube Scarecrow :
This fun recycled craft made from a paper towel roll and scrap fabrics and felts is an adorable project for Fall. Gather the kids around, pull out the craft supplies and get cracking on your own scarecrows.
Yummy Mummy Spoon :
Make this cute little mummy for class parties, Halloween parties, or to put in treat bags. So easy kids can help make them. Be sure to print the poem and attach to your mummy before handing him out!
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Baking With Raisins
When baking with raisins, soak them first in water for about 20 minutes, then drain and use them in your recipe.
They will be tender rather than chewy. You can also add rum or rum extract to add flavor to the water.
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Rigatoni with Garlic Crumbs
A Hot and Spicy Dish - halve the quantity of chile if you like a milder flavor. The bacon is an optional addition; you can leave it out if you are cooking for vegetarians.
Rigatoni with Garlic Crumbs
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
8 strips lean bacon, chopped
2 tsp chrushed dried chilies
1 14 oz can chopped tomatoes with garlic and herbs
6 slices white bread
1/2 cup butter
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 cups fresh or dried rigatoni
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and fry the shallots and bacon gently for about 6-8 minutes, stirring continuously until golden. Add the dried chilies and chopped tomatoes, half cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the crusts off the bread and discard them. Reduce the bread to crumbs in a blender or food processor.
Heat the butter in a frying pan, add garlic and bread crumbs and stir fry until golden crisp. (Keep stirring and don't let the crumbs catch and burn or the final result will be ruined.)
Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water according to the instructions on the package, until al dente. Drain well.
Toss the pasta with the tomato sauce and divide among for or six warmed serving plates.
Sprinkle the pasta with the golden bread crumbs and serve immediately.
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