Friday, October 30, 2009



Monday, October 26, 2009


I saw this recipe on BHG and I made it last year These were a huge hit at the party! My picture did not turn out so this is the one BHG had on there site. I may make these again for the grand kids this week when they come over but I not sure yet.
20 chicken wings (3-1/2 pounds)
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon five spice powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 recipe Swamp Dip
1. Place wings in a plastic bag set in a shallow dish. In a small bowl stir together soy sauce, ginger, crushed red pepper, five spice powder and garlic. Pour over wings. Close bag and toss to coat. Chill in refrigerator several hours or overnight, turning bag occasionally. Remove wings from bag, reserving marinade.

2. Place wings on a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 450 degree F oven for 10 minutes. Brush with reserved marinade (discard remaining marinade). Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Serve with Swamp Dip. Makes 20 appetizers.

Swamp Dip: In a small bowl stir together a 8-ounce container of dairy sour cream and 3 tablespoons coarse ground mustard. Garnish with fresh whole chives. Serve with bat wings.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Graveyard Gravel Recipe

Graveyard Gravel Recipe: "Rated : Not yet rated
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Chill: 2 hours
Cook: 5 minutes

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3 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
Dash salt
2 cups tiny marshmallows
Unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with an equal amount of powdered sugar
Powdered sugar
1. Line a 9x9x2-inch or an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil; set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat and stir chocolate pieces, condensed milk, butter, vanilla, and salt over medium heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; stir in marshmallows just until combined. Spread mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Using a table knife or thin metal spatula, swirl marshmallows through fudge in pan until marshmallows are mostly melted. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until firm.
3. Using a small scoop, scoop fudge and shape into rocks (fudge will be sticky). Roll some in cocoa powder mixture and some in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Makes about 80 pieces (2 1/4 lbs.)."
I saw this on Better Homes and Gardens website and thought this was Sooo Cute I'm going to make this for the grand kids this week when they come over.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009


Wow it finally cooled off down here a little, it was 50 Degrees when I woke up this morning. We finally got a break in the heat, last week the heat index was 105. That's a little to warm for October. So you know what happens when it cools down here I start thinking soup stew,crock pot baking bread etc etc etc...So dust off your crock pots and let the aroma of apples onions and rosemary fill your home because next week we will probably be drinking Coronas by the pool again.

Slice a large onion and saute lightly and put in the bottom of your crock pot.
Top with sliced apples about 2 large( I leave the skin on)
Top with cut up chicken (I use thighs)I think i used 5 and next time I'll brown my chicken before i put it in the crock pot.
Take one can of cream of celery soup and thin with a little chicken broth. mix a little chicken base in also to make the flavor richer.Pour over chicken.
Top with salt and pepper and fresh rosemary. cook Low for 6 to 8 hours.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I remember when I was little my mom was a great hostess, not only did she own a restaurant and a motel but she loved to entertain.
One thing I remember most were the little tea sandwiches she would make, she would go to the market and order bread that had been dyed red and green for Christmas then she would cut the bread out width cookie cutters and make little sandwiches with chicken salad, egg salad, ham salad etc.
Everyone just loved the sandwiches and thought they were so cute. and we always had extra in the fridge for late night snacking.
Well my Mother in Law and Sister in Law came to Fl for a visit this week, and there plane did not get in till 8pm so I made the little sandwiches cut out like fall leaves and a cheese and fruit plate and miniature desserts. We sat on the patio and enjoyed our cocktails with these little treats. I hope this helps with your holiday entertaining.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Okay Tell me what you think. Do you like candy corn or not? I can take it or leave it, but I won't go out of my way to buy any, Here are some facts on this sweet treat.

For those of us over the age of 25, when you think of Halloween candy you think of candy corn, those sugary little spikes of Halloween cheer. They've been around for as long as I remember and even as long as my grandparents remember but did you know that they were invented in the 1880's? Who the first person to make these tasty treats was is unknown but the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia was the first to go into commercial production. However, the company most closely associated with this wonderful confection is the Goelitz Confectionery Company. Founder Gustav Goelitz, a German immigrant, began commercial production of the treat in 1898 in Cincinnati and is today the oldest manufacturer of the Halloween icon.

Candy corn was originally sold in bulk containers like most foods products of the time. They were packed in wooden buckets, tubs, and cartons to be delivered by wagon and train over relatively short distances. Perishability prevented widespread distribution.

During WWI, Herman Goelitz, son of Gustav, moved to Fairfield, California to start his own company, the Herman Goelitz Candy Company. Their product? Candy Corn! The fortune of the Halloween treat would rise and fall many times as recession and boom, war and peace, affected the humble confection. Throughout the hard times it was the sale of candy corn that kept the companies afloat. In the sugar crisis of the mid 1970's when the price of raw sugar skyrocketed the company had to borrow heavily to buy sugar to keep production up. After the crisis the market plummeted. Many companies went out of business. It was demand for the candy corn that kept Goelitz from bankruptcy.

according to the National Confectioners Association, in 2001 candy manufacturers sold more than 20 million pounds of candy corn. Roughly 8.3 billion kernels! Very impressive for a product that has remained virtually unchanged for well over 100 years.

Perhaps best of all, everyone can feel comfortable about enjoying tasty kernel or two. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, candy is no different than a slice of bread, bowl of cereal or a cracker when it comes to causing tooth decay. Any food that contains sugar or starch can cause tooth decay – especially if one doesn’t brush and floss daily. So grab a bag of candy corn and enjoy. Just remember to brush your teeth after.

Candy corn has 3.57 calories per kernel
Halloween accounts for 75% of the annual candy corn production
Candy corn isn't just for Halloween there is also:
Reindeer corn for Christmas (red, green, and white)
Indian corn (it's chocolate and vanilla flavored)
Cupid corn for Valentine's Day (red, pink, and white)
Bunny corn for Easter (pastel-colored)
That's all for now.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Well I was going to move on from Halloween but it's soooo much fun.
and I have soooo many Halloween recipes.

1package (16 ounces) processed cheese
2cans (15 ounces each) black beans, well drained
1cup medium or hot salsa
1can (4 ounces) diced jalapen├Á peppers, drained (optional)
2loaves (18 ounces each) round marble rye bread, unsliced
Pretzel rods
Cocktail rye or pumpernickel bread slices

1.Melt cheese in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in beans, salsa and jalape├▒o peppers, if desired. Carefully cut center out of bread, leaving 1-1/2-inch shell. Cut bread center into pieces for dipping.

2.Reserve 1 pretzel rod. Arrange remaining pretzel rods on serving plate to resemble campfire logs. Place bread cauldron on pretzels; fill with cheese dip, allowing some to spill over top of bread cauldron. Arrange bread pieces and cocktail bread around cauldron. Place reserved pretzel rod in cheese dip; serve immediately.

Tip: Use your favorite Halloween cookie cutters to cut scary shapes from the cocktail bread.

Monday, October 5, 2009


A friend of mine was on a trip to Aruba and she ate at Boonoonoonoos and she had the best ever Pumpkin Soup! The restaurant was kind enough to share the recipe. I have not tried this yet but now is the time.

Gouda Cheese
Heavy Cream
Salt & Pepper

Cut the pumpkin and take out the seeds. Peel the pumpkin and cut it into cubes. Boil the cubes until they are soft. Separate the boiling water and boiled pumpkin, and blend the pumpkin-meat. Put the blended pumpkin in a pan and add heavy cream, black pepper and salt (to taste). Finish the blended pumpkin with boiled water to get a creamy soup. Top with shredded Gouda cheese and add the Caribbean touch by adding sugar to taste.

To really show off this dish, empty the inside of a pumpkin and pour the soup into the shell. This makes a beautiful dinner center piece.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Okay folks, dust off your brooms Halloween is on its way!!!
So here is some Halloween trivia for you.

Jack o’ lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America

The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States

If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.

Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.
Well that's all for now more later as I get into the "Spirit" of things.