Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween Treats Homemade recipes/Contest in Bloggville /more.

Happy Friday Readers,
We had over 3 inches of rain overnight here in central south Alabama,i could not be happier!That was our first real rainfall i know in a month and a half!It was wonderful hearing the rain on the roof last night.Better than any lullaby to me.So i am thankful to God above for that.My mom's pond is looking rough as well,i know she is thankful for the rain.
What are your plans for Halloween?Lot's of things going on this time of year as far as fall festivals go as well.We will be going to south highlands for the school fest ,where billy is enrolled,Saturday night.Looking forward to that with the kids it will be fun.Rita and Nick will be taking the boys to the Kiwanis fair tonight In Andalusia.It is our counties fair with a carnival as well.I am sure they will have a good time.
Halloween will be celebrated next weekend by most,we have plans to go to Andalusia,for trick or treat on the square.Billy is a Ninja and Kolby will be a white power ranger,not sure just yet what Summer will be.Charlize Mae and Julie are spending time in Arizona with her folks,they will be returning DEC. 10th.Charlie Mae will be a pepper!
Kolby is watching Sponge Bob so i thought i'd jump on and add a few recipes that would be fun to make with the kids on Halloween.Try them and see what fun it is!Rita has been doing a lot of baking with the boys lately and sending goodies for Billy's classmates to enjoy.He loves doing that!I hope you enjoy them,let me know if you decide to try them and what the kids thought..I'll return the visit and comment.Thanks for stopping by today.

Betty~Simply Southern
=======================RECIPES ============================

Just make the peanut butter center as normal and then dip the center into white chocolate. Allow the chocolate to set and then decorate with candy to make it look like an eyeball. Kids and adults of all ages love to make and eat these! quick and simple to make!


melt a 12 ounce bag of milk chocolate chips with a third of a bar of paraffin wax. Once the mixture has melted, brush the inside of silicone baking cups with the chocolate. Allow this to sit for a moment and then spoon in some strawberry jam. Carefully add more melted chocolate to the top and then place the cups into the refrigerator until they have set. Serve at room temperature. Kids will get a kick out of the "blood" that oozes out of these cups.

* 1 medium sugar pumpkin (4-5 lbs = 1 � cups pureed)
* 1 can evaporated milk
* 2 eggs
* � tsp salt
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* � tsp ginger
* 1/8 tsp cloves
* 1 piecrust
* Cooking spray

Too cook the real pumpkin pie

1. Cut off the top of the sugar pumpkin and clean out all of the seeds and strings from the inside. This is a great job for the kids. (Note: A sugar pumpkin is usually advertised as a "pie pumpkin" but I know of people who have used regular pumpkins and their pie has turned out fine. Just stay away from the really large pumpkins with stringier flesh.)

2. Cut the pumpkin in half. Spray the cut sides with cooking spray. Place the pumpkin halves flesh side down on a cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.

3. Bake the pumpkin at 325 degrees for about an hour or until the flesh is tender when poked with a fork.

4. When the pumpkin is done use a spoon to scrape the pumpkin from the skin. Then beat with a mixer or in a blender until it is smooth.

To make the homemade pumpkin pie:

1. Place the prepared or homemade piecrust in a 9-inch pie pan.

2. Mix the spices and salt with 1 � cups pureed pumpkin.

3. Add the eggs and then the evaporated milk. Stir until all of the ingredients are well blended.

4. Pour the pumpkin pie filling into the crust. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted about 1 inch from the edge comes out clean.

Hopefully you'll have one of the best homemade pumpkin pie you've ever made or tasted and your kids can proudly say they helped make it.
Homemade Maple Candy:

* In a tall saucepan or stockpot, heat 2 cups of water to a boil. Measure the temperature of the water, then pour it out. Note the temperature.
* Heat 2 cups of maple syrup to boiling. Use a tall pot, and add a drop of vegetable oil to help keep the foam down. Do not stir.
* Don’t let the syrup boil over, or you’ll be scrubbing the stove for a long time…
* Once it has reached the boiling point, turn the heat down and wait for the temperature to rise to 33° above the temperature of the water noted above.
* Turn off the heat and let cool for several minutes.
* Stir the syrup until it thickens and gets opaque (3 to 5 minutes).
* Pour into greased molds (mini muffin pans work great) or onto a greased baking sheet.
* Let the candy cool and set up for 30 minutes, then remove from mold.
* Wrap in waxed paper to hand out to the wee ones.

If you’ve got snow, you can pour the syrup over a bowl of snow instead of into a mold to make “Sugar on Snow” or “leather britches” (maple taffy).
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