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October 2007 Newsletter

I keep trying to convince myself that fall has arrived here in New England. Yep, the leaves are changing but instead of our average 60-70 degree Farenheit days, we’re experiencing record and near record temperatures in the 80’s and low 90’s! I was worried about keeping the heat off until mid-October but instead I’m catching myself wanting to turn the air conditioning back on. Alas, the fickle New Englander in me shows. Just wait until January when the temperatures are below freezing and the wind chill makes it feel like 20-below zero. I’ll be complaining it’s too cold then!

I really do love fall in New England. I especially love fall for all the apples, squash and pumpkins. Apple cider either icy cold or warm and spiced is another favorite. I love working in the yard in jeans and a sweater. I love baking lots of goodies for the boys as well. I have definitely noticed that my fall loves focus around food so I’ve worked at adding a few baking things to the site this past month.

I have several recipes that call for the typical apple pie spices like ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. I found apple pie spice mix several years ago in the store and then eventually started mixing my own. Don’t hesitate to adjust this recipe if you prefer more of one spice to another (I’m a huge cinnamon fan but not so much a ginger fan for example. ). I’ve also put up a similar mix recipe for pumpkin pie spice mix.

Apple Pie Spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Another great recipe from my box is a basic baking mix. This is the same thing as the box you buy in the store that makes quick bisquits and such. You know the box, right? I have used the homemade version in every recipe that calls for the “quick” mix and never had a problem. It’s significantly cheaper and very easy to make.

Basic Baking Mix

In most parts of the country, fall can also mean that it’s time to prep your home for cold temperatures. Heating costs have sky-rocketed and we put up a new tips sheet on how to cut down on heating expenses. One of the ideas in that article calls for microwave cozies. I also put up the directions for these. They make fantastic inexpensive presents (yep, that time of year is fast approaching as well! ).

Cutting Down on Heating Expenses

Microwave Cozies

Speaking of the holidays, it isn’t too early to start shopping for bargains or better yet, making gifts that give more of your heart, than your pocketbook. In addition, spreading your shopping over three months versus three weeks makes it more likely that you can stick to cash purchases instead of hitting up the credit cards. Avoid those January blues that arrive with the first post-holiday credit card statement.

I almost forgot Halloween! In my home, we don’t get into the dark and scary side of this day but the boys enjoy dressing up and we visit friends and family. We have alot of great ways to dress up your little trick-or-treaters as frugally as possible and we also have some fun ghoulish recipes.

Halloween articles

Ghoulish Recipes

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Yummy Halloween Treats

Other than dressing up in costumes, Halloween is all about yummy treats. Of course you are not limited to just candy when it comes to Halloween food. Here are some great snack and meal ideas. These are perfect for a Halloween party, or as a way to enjoy the excitement as you count down to the big day.


Ghoulish Goodies: Creature Feature Cupcakes, Monster Eyeballs, Bat Wings, Funny Bones, Witches’ Knuckles, and Much More! (Frightful Cookbook)

Ghostly Sandwiches

Fix your favorite sandwich on white bread. One of our favorites for these ghostly sandwiches is a turkey and cheese sandwich with just a touch of mayonnaise (all white ingredients for a spooky white ghost). Fix the sandwich as usual, then use a ghost cookie cutter to cut it into ghost shapes. If you don’t have a ghost cookie cutter, you can cut the ghost freehand or make a simple pattern out of cardboard or wax paper to use as a guide.

Bat Cookies

Make a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough, or use a pack of refrigerated dough from your grocery store. Roll out the dough and cut out bat shapes. Use a bat-shaped cookie cutter, or cut them freehand.

Melt some dark chocolate and brush it on the bat cookie. Of course you could also dip one side of the cookie in the melted chocolate and set the cookies on some wax paper until the chocolate has a chance to harden. After that they are ready to eat or store in an airtight container.

Jack-O-Lantern Tortilla Wraps

Start with a plain flour tortilla. Spread some pimento cheese on it, or layer some sliced ham and shredded cheddar cheese on there. Anything orange works well. Wrap the tortilla tightly, then cut it in ½ inch slices. Lay each of the slices on its side and use some nuts, raisins or small pieces of veggies (like yellow or red peppers) to make the eyes and mouth of your little Jack-O-Lantern tortilla Wrap.

Pumpkin Pizza

Start with your favorite pizza dough or a ready-made crust. Top it with pizza sauce and your favorite toppings. Add a layer of cheddar cheese on top. Then use slices of green pepper to make the ridges of the pumpkin – you’ll arrange them in ( ) shapes around the pizza pan. Use pepperoni slices or red and yellow pepper slices to form the jack-o-lantern’s face. Bake as usual.

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Fun Halloween Recipes and Ideas

Halloween has always been a favorite time of year for me. Not only is it my birthday, but the air is clean and crisp, the leaves have turned colors and it’s just a very pretty time of year.

I’d like to share some fun Halloween ideas and recipes with you:

Halloween cookie cutters are a must. You can use these cookie cutters on bread to make Halloween sandwiches. Kids love jack-o-lantern shaped sandwiches. You can spread their favorite sandwich topping on the bread once it’s cut.

Purchase M&M’s from a store that sells specific colors. Buy orange and green M&M’s and then use them in your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe substituting the M&M’s for the chocolate chips.

You can also put those same M&M’s in your favorite rice krispy treat recipe. It’s amazing how these two colors transform recipes into Halloween recipes.

Look for mini cookie cutters. They can often be found in kitchen specialty shops. If you find pumpkin mini cookie cutters, these work great on cheese. Buy sliced cheese. Cut the cheese with the mini cookie cutters and then put the slice of round cheese on a Ritz cracker.

Prepare your favorite brownie recipe and then top with candy corn pieces.

Make hamburgers and use your cookie cutters on full size slices of cheese. Serve open faced so that the pumpkin or ghost shaped cheese is on top.

Many stores sell spinach pasta. Green pasta with red sauce is very Halloween looking to kids.
Make english muffin pizzas. Add sauce and cheese and then cover with pepperoni slices. Use pineapple chunks to make eyes, nose and mouth.

What would Halloween be without pumpkin flavored items? Here are a few pumpkin recipes for you:

Pumpkin Dip

2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 large 30-ounce can of pumpkin
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger

Mix everything together and serve. Kids love to dip both fruit and cookies into this dip.

And what about pumpkin muffins? I love pumpkin muffins warmed with butter on them:

Pumpkin Muffins

3 1/3 cups flour
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
2 cups pumpkin

Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Pour into muffin tins. Batter will rise, so only fill the muffin tins 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Decorating your table can be fun also. Use a combination of blacks and oranges. Use cat or witch shaped bowls. I have a friend who owns plates, creamers and tea pots in the shape of cats. You can also sprinkle your M&M’s and candy corn on the table. The kids can eat the decorations.

Enjoy Halloween with your kids and their friends at home with all of the above treats and ideas.


Wormy Apple Croissants and Other Halloween Recipes (Snap)

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Halloween Spiders

2 tb Peanut butter
2 tb Powdered sugar
2 tb Graham cracker crumbs
2 tb Coconut
Licorice
Raisins

Mix peanut butter, sugar and crumbs together and form a ball. Divide the ball into 2 parts to form 2 balls, 1 slightly smaller than the other. Roll balls in coconut and place smaller ball on top of larger one. The smaller ball with be the head and the larger 1, the abdomen. Add 8 licorice legs and 8 raisin eyes.

Makes 1 scary spider.

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Frosties

4 navel oranges — (4 to 6)
1 (8 Oz.) Cont vanilla or plain yogurt
Icing tubes — several colors
Decorations*
Serrated knife
Grapefruit spoon
Blender
Straws

Preparation :

*Marshmallows, silver decors, colored candies, gumdrops, green-colored cherries, or pineapple

Cut a thin slice of peel from the bottom of each orange so it will not roll. Slice off the top 1/3 of each orange.

Scoop out the inside with the knife and grapefruit spoon. Put the pulp and juice (minus seeds) into the blender. Add container of yogurt and blend well.

Decorate orange like a Jack-O-Lantern. Cut a hole in the “cap” and insert a straw. Pour drink from blender into Jack-O-Lantern cups and serve. Enjoy!