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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween Bitten Apples

Treats and Halloween just go hand-in-hand, right? I mean, nobody likes the holiday for the tricks. Gimme the sweets! I indulge in my fair share of chocolate this time of year, but I also eat a lot of apples too. It's the one time of year it seems acceptable to take a healthy treat and turn it into something not so healthy and hardly anyone bats an eye. It wouldn't really be Halloween without some kind of candy apple, would it? Certainly not! I really didn't feel like dealing with the sticky mess that caramel apples make, so this year I thought I'd go to a little cleaner and whip up chocolate covered apples. I wanted to stick with the spooky theme of the holiday, and when I found a bunch of plastic vampire teeth that I had left over from our party last year, I knew exactly how to spookify my goodies without a lot of effort. If you need a last minute Halloween party treat, these Bitten Apples are quick and easy to put together and will look great on your treat table!

What you need:

White Chocolate
Hard Candy that's red in color (I used Jolly Ranchers)
Plastic Vampire Teeth
Wooden Craft Sticks


Melt the chocolate in a double broiler over medium heat or in a metal bowl over boiling water. (You can also use Wilton candy melts, but I really hate those things since I can never get them to melt properly.)

Once chocolate is melted and smooth, remove from heat. Holding the apple by its stem, dip it into the chocolate, covering as much of the apple as you'd like. Place apple on wax paper and allow the chocolate to cool and set. Repeat with as many apples as you are using for your gathering.

Clip vampire teeth at the seams so there is 1/2 of the set per apple. Place teeth on top of apple, gently pressing down to secure in place.

After chocolate has hardened, place 4-5 hard candies in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 30 seconds or until candy is completely melted and bubbling.

melted jolly rancher candy

Using a spoon or medicine dropper, let the candy drip down the sharp point of each fang. *BE QUICK here as the candy returns back to its hardened state quite fast. That's why I suggest only melting 4 to 5 candies at a time.

Insert a craft stick through the top of the apple, tie on a ribbon, then they are ready to serve.

halloween candy apples

Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? What will be on your dessert table?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Shine Bright Like Jack Skellington

I've mentioned a time or two how much I hate carving pumpkins, so each year I pull out the paints and other mixed media and get my craft on. I was browsing Pinterest for a little inspiration this year and came across the new trend of using glow-in-the-dark paints on pumpkins and thought, YES! What a brilliant idea! So, off I ran to Hobby Lobby to pick up a bottle.

This 8 ounce bottle ran $7 on sale, but you could get it for $6 on a week they don't have them marked down and you use one of the 40% coupons. If you don't have a Hobby Lobby close by, you can get Glow-in-the-Dark Paint (<- affiliate link) on Amazon.

If you know me, you know that I love all things Nightmare Before Christmas. Seriously, it looks like Tim Burton stops by and barfs up all things NBC all over my house each Halloween. I've been wanting to do a Jack Skellington pumpkin for the past few years, but honestly thought it was a bit too trendy. I mean, just look at Pinterest and Facebook and I'm sure at least one of your friends has turned their white pumpkins into good old Jack in recent years. But, once I had that glow paint in my hands, I knew how I could get my Jack pumpkin fix and be a little original. Allow me to present this year's painted pumpkin:

Glowing Jack!

Jack Skellington Pumpkin Glow in the Dark

What you need for this project:

1 white pumpkin
glow-in-the-dark paint
Jack Skellington face cut out of vinyl
craft brush
(primer- optional, but highly encouraged!)

I would definitely suggest prepping your pumpkin with a coat of primer. I didn't use it and ended up using a lot more of the glow paint than necessary to get the entire pumpkin covered properly.

Apply a thin layer of the glow paint to the pumpkin. Allow to dry. Repeat as necessary until you test the pumpkin in the dark and are satisfied with the results. (I used 5-6 coats of glow paint, but I think if I would have used primer, it would have been good with 2.)

I cut Jack's face on my Silhouette cameo, but if you don't have one, you can also use a craft knife to cut out the shapes. Or, you can print his face onto paper and use scissors to cut out the shapes to use as a template, then paint on the face with black craft paint.

Now, place Jack under a bright light for a few seconds, turn off the lights, then sit back and enjoy your project!

Jack Skellington Pumpkin
Glow in the Dark Jack Skellington Pumpkin

Did you carve or paint your pumpkins this year?

Friday, October 21, 2016

If It's Beef You Want, I Got It in a Beef & Veggie Stir Fry

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

It's really hard to believe that this time next year I will be the mother to a college student. Mariah just started campus tours for her top college picks, which really made it start to feel real. For years we've been teasing her about her eating habits, wondering how she plans on fitting in with her fellow classmates because she doesn't like Chinese food. How can you not like Chinese food? It's delicious, it's fast, and it's cheap. It's a college staple! In a last ditch effort to grow her love of the cuisine, last week I made her this Beef & Veggie Stir Fry recipe that I found on Golden Blossom Honey. 

Beef & Vegetable Stir Fry

Since it has a lot of her favorites- broccoli, cauliflower, and beef, I had a feeling she'd be sold. Well, not exactly.  If we would have left the sauce off, it would have been a winner. But, we're finding her issue is with soy sauce. Oh well, at least she tried it, and in the end there was more for me and Jason. We loved everything about this dish and figure once we ship her off to college, this recipe will be going right into our regular dinner menu rotation. 

1/2 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon Golden Blossom Honey Mustard
2 teaspoons peanut oil
8 ounces top round beef, cut into strips
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 head broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
1 small head cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Beef & Vegetable Stir Fry

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!

What were some of your favorite eats when you were at college?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Wordless Wednesday ~ The Walking Dead

Every September, our town likes to put on a Zombie Walk. They invite the community to dress up in their best zombie attire, then come out to walk through downtown. I've missed every year so far, but I was able to catch the tail end of it this year. I was pretty impressed with some of the costumes the people created!

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Pretty Gruesome, right? Which costume is your favorite?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Halloween Buckeyes

What do we call people who don't celebrate Halloween around here? Boring. We call them boring. Saw that on Pinterest and thought, yep. Halloween is my JAM! I simply can't be friends with someone who can't at least get into the Halloween spirit even a little bit. Jason and I started browsing the seasonal section in August and walking into the store our conversation went something like this:

Jason: We're just looking. We have enough Halloween stuff already.
Me: Ok :)

$300 later, I've got a bunch of new goodies to put to good use this year. Aside from the decorations, one of my favorite things about Halloween are the fun treats we whip up. I found this awesome Wilton Silicone Mold at Michael's Craft Store and had to add it to my baking stash. If you don't have a Michael's near you, Amazon has some cute molds too, like this Jack O' Lanterns Silicone Treat Mold or this Haunted House Shaped Silicone Mold. (<= affiliate links)

Wilton Halloween Silicone Mold

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to use it. I'm not a huge fan of cake so that was out. We did brownies last year. Then, ta da! I remember how much my family loves peanut butter buckeyes, so a new (ok, not new, but cute) treat was born.

Halloween Buckeyes

Simply fill the cavity with some semi-sweet chocolate, layer on the peanut butter filling, one more layer of chocolate, freeze, then eat!


1 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can use white chips too for skulls and ghosts)

1 16 ounce package of confectioners sugar
1 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter (real butter, not margarine or a spread)
2 tbs milk

In a mixing bowl, combine confections sugar, peanut butter, butter and milk until blended. If mixture seems too crumbly, add in a little more milk until you reach a creamy consistency, like that in a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

Melt the chocolate on top of a double boiler over medium heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Fill 1/3 of the silicone cavities with chocolate. Freeze until set.

Layer peanut butter filling on top of the set chocolate layer, filling another 1/3 of the way full.

Pour melted chocolate into remaining spaces in the cavities, covering the peanut butter layer. Freeze until set. Serve cold or room temperature. Store in an airtight container for 1 week.

Now, there are 2 ways you can layer your peanut butter. You can shape it to fit into the mold without touching the sides so there is a chocolate layer around the whole candy, or you can just smush it into the entire cavity so the peanut butter layer shows through the sides. Whatever floats your Halloween boat is A Okay in my book! You can see the two different looks here:

The candy will sweat sitting at room temperature after it comes out of the freezer, but that's fine. It doesn't affect the texture or flavor one bit and will eventually evaporate the longer it sits out.

 What treats are you whipping up this Halloween? Or, what treats will you be passing out to the little goblins that come knockin' at your door?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fall Favorite: Warm Apple Cream Cheese Bagels

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

Do you go to the orchard for apple picking in the fall? I haven't been yet, but it's definitely on my fall bucket list this year. I tend to focus on other fruits throughout the rest of the year, but I do love incorporating apples into as many recipes as I can this time of year. In the autumn when everyone is all about pumpkin spice this, pumpkin spice that, I'm all about everything apple flavor. 

Jason had a day off last week, so I thought I'd be the good little wife and treat him to a warm breakfast. He's got a thing for bagels right now and I have a thing for quick and easy, so this Warm Apple Cream Cheese Bagel recipe from Golden Blossom Honey was just the ticket to a perfect fall breakfast, earning me major wifey brownie points without having to put forth too much effort in the process. 

apple bagels

 A sweet and savory dish, these bagels will really start a crisp morning off on the right foot.


2 teaspoons vegtable oil
2 Granny Smith apples, each apple cored and cut into 16 wedges
4 plain bagels, halved
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
8 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
8 slices Canadian bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 scallions, chopped



You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!

What's your favorite way to use apples in your fall dishes?


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