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Boos and Booze!

It’s that time of year…Halloween is upon us and candy has made its way to every viewpoint in the grocery store.  I was even suckered into buying candy corn last week, very rare occurrence for me! I wish I were young enough to go trick-or-treating still.  I have such vivid memories dressing up with my friends and running door to door, trying to get to as many houses as possible, then coming home and dumping my candy onto the floor to sort through it all.  (And trade as I deemed necessary-never wanting the tootsie rolls, paydays, twizzlers, gum, good and plenty…or any of that other terrible candy.)  The upside to being too old is that now we get to attend Halloween parties stocked with booze rather than candy, not a bad trade off if I do say so myself! 

This post contains some creative food and drink choices for anyone throwing or attending a Halloween bash.  I included a few recipes as well and some invitations with cute sayings.  Design-wise they could be much better but they are not my work.  Hopefully if you are throwing a party your invitations already went out!

If you are still trying to come up with a costume here are some punny suggestions…I have no idea if I am dressing up, or what I will be if I do…

 

For a group:

 “The Spice Girls” (Each person dressed as a spice/herb jar…basil, rosemary, nutmeg, etc. )

Cards – royal flush

Rock, Paper, Scissors

The Four Seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)

 

For the couple:

Leg-go my Eggo (One person dress up as a Lego and one person dress up as an Eggo waffle)

Jack and Coke (guy dresses as Jack Daniels, woman dresses as Coca Cola)

 

Solo Act:

Spring Cleaning (Have slinkys wrapped around you along with cleaning supplies)

Tinder

Piper Chapman from Orange Is The New Black

 

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"HALLOWINE" SANGRIA

Author: The Seasoned Mom

Serves: 12 cups

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 (750-milliliter) bottles Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup orange liqueur
  • 24 ounces club soda, chilled
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced (plus additional for garnish)
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries (plus additional for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

1   Bring sugar and 1¼ cups water to a boil in a saucepan over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 10 minutes.

Combine sugar mixture, red wine, orange juice, and liqueur in a large container; cover and chill 4 hours. Stir in club soda, oranges, and blackberries just before serving. Serve over ice.

 

Halloweeño  JalapeñoPoppers

INGREDIENTS

10 jalapeño peppers, sliced in half lengthwise and pith/ seeds removed (use rubber gloves so your hands don't burn from the jalapeño). Leave the stem if you can on some or all of thehalves.

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 8 ounces jack cheese,shredded

1 scallion (green onion), finelychopped

½ teaspoon salt

1 package refrigerated crescent rolls (I use Pillsbury) 2 eggs,beaten

candy eyeballs (can be purchased at Michael's or on Amazon or you can always use a little cream cheese and piece of a black olive for theeyes)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven 400° In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, jack cheese, scallion and salt until wellblended.
  2. Roll out the crescent rolls and separate into 4 rectangles (not triangles) with a perforation in the middle of each. Pressyourfingersintotheperforationstosealthem.Usingapizzacutter,cuteachrectangleinto10longpieces lengthwise.
  3. Fill each jalepeño half with the cheese mixture. Wrap each jalapeño half with the dough, leaving a space for the eyes. Use two pieces of dough if Brush with egg mixture and place on bakingsheet.
  4. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and press the eyes into the cheese where the opening is. Remove eyes before eating. You may also use a little cream cheese and a piece of black olive for the eyes. Serve

Recipe  by  The  Hopeless  Housewife®  at

http://www.thehopelesshousewife.com/?hhw_recipes=halloweeno-jalapeno-popper-mummies

Images: Brit.co; frogprintpaperie.com; halloween-labels-printables.com; realsimple.com; sayitwithcake.org; thehopelesshousewife; thekitchn.com; theseasonedmom.com; titosvodka.com

TAILG8

8 simple and mobile recipes for tailgaters

I was joking with a football friend of mine and told him that the 3 in RG3 represents where he is positioned on the QB depth chart.  I was glad he fell to third string just so we don’t have to hear the endless conversations about Washington and their “offensive” Redskins team name.  This topic  is overly discussed and I find it a little bit ridiculous, but who am I to judge? If we look hard enough I am sure we can find many team names or mascots that offend someone---somewhere. It just depends how deep we want to dig….

  • Minnesota Vikings:  I am sure there are Scandinavians who don’t appreciate the negative association with the Norseman that were referred to as “Vikings”. These men were notorious for raping, pillaging and committing piracy.  Not to mention they weren’t revered for their hygiene.
  • BYU Cougars:  I am sure there are millions of older women that prey on young men who don’t appreciate BYU stealing their thunder. 
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish:  Really???  Is this some kind of insensitive reference to the Irish stigma that men of this heritage have a reputation for overindulging and engaging in bar room fights?
  • Philadelphia Eagles:  Albeit the bald eagle is American.  However, it does disrespect billions of men who have suffered from unwanted hair loss.  C’mon Man----there are plenty of other birds to choose from.
  • Minnesota Twins:  Blatant disregard for multiple births---triplets, quadruplets….C’mon Man---even Octomom has feelings.
  • New York Giants:  Vertically challenged people can’t bring home a Super Bowl ring??? 
  • New England Patriots: Deflating footballs isn’t enough?  You have to brag about being part of a group of people who rallied to overthrow the British Crown? C’mon Man—it is America; part of our melting pot includes people of British descent!!!

Bacon Cheese Dip

tailgate-bacon dip

½ cup sour cream

6 ounces cream cheese

2 T. diced onion

4 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled

Couple of dashes of Tabasco

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Serve with crackers.

Easy Pulled Pork

tailgate-pulled pork

2-3 pound pork roast

1 can of root beer

2 cups of BBQ sauce

Buns or Hawaiian rolls

Place all ingredients in a oven-safe dish and bake for 2 to 3 hours until the pork shreds. Put on rolls.  Serve with slaw. 

Easy Mexican Dip

tailgate-hot mexican

8 ounces cream cheese

8 ounces Velveeta

½ pound cooked sausage

1 can Rotelle

(jalapeno’s optional)

Tortilla chips

Mix all ingredients together.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until fully melted or place in a crockpot and heat until all ingredients are incorporated.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Cheesey pull-bread

tailgate-cheddar bacon pulls

3 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 round sourdough bread

8 ouncesshredded cheddar

½ cup melted butter

1 T. dry ranch

Cut slits horizontally on the bread, making sure you don’t slice it all the way through. Then cut slices vertically to create a checkerboard appearance.  Mix the dry ranch with the butter and pour over the checkerboard bread. Sprinkle with the bacon and cheddar cheese.  Wrap the entire bread with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and take with you to the tailgate.  Open and enjoy!!!

Skewers

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Skewers are a great item to bring to a tailgate. They don’t require a plate, they are great at room temperature and they are pretty!  Here are a few suggestions to consider.  Skewer any mix of items and top with your favorite dressing or go the sweet route with some donut holes, brownies, marshmallowsand fruit.

Artichoke-Pepper Spread

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2 cans of artichoke hearts

1 cup of roasted red peppers, chopped (jarred is fine)

1 and ½ cups shredded mozzarella

4 cloves of garlic

¼ cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients together and decide if you want to bake it for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or serve cold. Either way is delicious!!!  Serve with crackers, tortilla chips or torn bread.

Mediterranean Flatbread

spinach arichoke flatbread

1 can or jar of marinated artichoke hearts, reserve the marinade

Handful of spinach

Feta cheese

Chopped tomatoes

2 T. minced garlic

1/2 of a small onion, chopped

2 T. olive oil

Flatbread

In a pan fry the garlic and onion with the olive oil.  Add the artichokes, spinach and tomatoes and cook for an additional minute or 2.  Toss the mixture with the reserved artichoke marinade and put on top of the flatbread.  Sprinkle with feta---feel free to add olives or capers if you have them on hand.  Srpinkle with salt, pepper or red pepper flakes and enjoy.  

Reuben pinwheels

tailgate-reuben pinwheels

Soft taco or Burrito shells

1 pound of sliced corned beef

1 pound of Swiss cheese slices

1-cup sauerkraut

Thousand Island dressing

Spread the Thousand Island dressing on to the taco or burrito shell.  Lay corned beef slices on top of the dressing and then the cheese and sprinkle with sauerkraut.  Roll up and slice into pinwheels. Very mobile and very delish!!!!

Brewing up a Fabulous Tea Party

Is it your “du-tea” to throw a birthday party, bridal or baby shower?  Want something that won’t be too “steep” on your bank account?  So, my “darjeelings” read this post that is filled with ideas that will suit you to a “T”.  You don’t need to live in Boston to throw a beau-tea-ful Tea party!!! After reading our ideas I guarantee you are going to love us “oolong” time and we will “chai” our best to limit the tea-related puns (that’s a lie, puns are just my cup of tea).   

Camille and I hosted with others a Tea party shower that we must share.  These events are filled with such style and grace.  They will bring out the old-soul in all of your guests.  We loved this shower so much we decided to do a series of posts on how to host an affordable, feminine tea party event.  This post focuses on creating the atmosphere and the look for the event.  In our next posts we will discuss menu suggestions and recipes along with DIY instructions to keep expenses in check. 

First and foremost:  compile your invitation list and set the tone for the event with dainty invitations that exude the affair.  Invite your guests to partake with attire or hats.  Let’s throw a Par-tea!!!

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Make a list of items that you can acquire from:

-Friends/Family: your Mom/Grandma or Aunt may surprise you in this department

-Garage sales, Craig’s list, thrift or dollar stores

-Garbage picking should not be beneath you---one man’s garbage, is another man’s treasure, especially when throwing a tea party.

-Don’t go hunting for these items a week before the event----any “quali-tea” party takes planning. 

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Our pictures will demonstrate how we compiled many of these items to complete the look:

Doilies

Mason jars, old pickle jars

Vintage books (borrowing from the library is always an option)

Handkerchiefs

Lace (cut from clothes you no longer wear is always an option)

Birdcages

Tea cups/pots/creamers (don’t seek to match for this event)

Old crates, bushels

Old bottles (or use empty vinegar, pop, wine or bourbon bottles)

Vintage cans or empty milk cartons used for around the house (We’ll show you some ideas in a DIY post next week)

Empty berry cartons

Colored tissue paper for poms (think dollar store on this one)

Colored flat sheets

Burlap

Unique teas (again with the dollar store)

Sugar cubes

Locate the bride’s communion or baptismal dress to throw in the mix

Clothespins to hang photos or to create a vintage looking banner.

Old window frames or shutters

Twine


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Remeber, it wasn't a Tea Party if you didn't dress for the occassion! 

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