There is still one week left in November, so I figure it is not too late to finally make a halloween post. As soon as December 1st hits it will be all red, white and wintery! I put every ounce of effort into fully celebrating holidays, then as soon as its over and only crumbs are left on the table I completely forget and dive right into the next. So this one's for halloween! A night of silliness, friends and candy coma's!
We spent the day before crowded around our kitchen table with our very dear friends carving away and baking pumpkin seeds. My hubby's was most impressive this year!:
The next day our 'Halloween Ho-down' began very early for me and my girls as we baked up a storm of chocolatey goodness and ghastly cookies!
The Menu Consisted of:
A graveyard layer cake ( as seen above): with a rich chocolate cake crumble base, chocolate pudding, chopped strawberries, whipping cream and oreos on top to appear as dirt. I weaved gummy worms through the oreo dirt and my best friend created the delicious tombstones out of sugar cookies with vanilla bean glaze and chocolate sprinkle letters. Pretty impressive!
Popcorn Balls: the worlds BEST recipe, stolen from my Granny. 4 Tbsp butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla. Melt the ingredients in saucepan, bring to a boil while sitting constantly as it burns quickly, then pour it over 5 quarts of popcorn mix and shape into balls!
Ghastly Sugar Cookies: this recipe has been my favorite since I was a child, it is the most stained page in my mother's Company's Coming For Christmas recipe book. I bake them for any event, or no event, for birthday presents or baby showers- they are always a hit! We glazed them with vanilla bean icing sugar (little secret, i use Starbucks vanilla bean frapucinno mix!) and used chocolate chips for eyes. Since we baked enough for the halloween party to last a week, I quickly transferred the cookies into clear bags as guests headed out the door and voila! Goodie bags!
Cake Pops: these little cuties are seriously the most impressive, but simple, thing to bake. I simply baked a vanilla cake with orange food dye, then once it was cooled a bit (maybe 10 minutes of cooling) i crumbled the cake into a bowl and added icing until it was a moldable consistency. As I molded the cake/icing mixture into balls I pierced them with skewers and quick froze each batch for 10 minutes in the freezer. Once they were lightly frozen on the skewers I dipped each bake pop into melted chocolate chips in a saucepan on the lowest heat setting, covered them completely and sprinkled with festive sprinkles, coconut shavings or roasted peanut bits. I work at Starbucks, so I took the leftovers to work the next day and let the girls do a taste-test and mine won hands down :)
As our first official party in our new appartment, we are proud to say it was a grand success! The evening consisted of stuffing our faces, many silly photos in even sillier costumes, boardgames, baby ogling and lots of laughter (I am so thankful, and amazed, we are not evicted yet!)
We have already planned our costumes for next Halloween, I simply can't wait! xo