Snack Like A Southerner: Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix

Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix(myrecipes)

Ingredients:
15 cups
 popped popcorn (about 3/4 cup kernels) 
Vegetable cooking spray 
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar 
1/2 cup butter 
1/2 cup dark corn syrup 
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts 
Wax paper 
(10.5 oz.) package candy-coated peanut butter pieces (such as Reese's Pieces)
Step One: "Preheat oven to 325°. Spread popcorn in an even layer on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined 13- x 18-inch pan."
Step Two: "Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a simmer, and simmer, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Pour over popcorn, and stir gently to coat."

Step Three: "Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Add peanuts during last 5 minutes."
Step Four: "Remove from oven, and spread on lightly greased (with cooking spray) wax paper. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Break apart large pieces, and stir in candy pieces."
Enjoy! Thanks, My Recipes! 

Snack Like A Southerner: Cheddar Witch's Fingers

Cheddar Witch's Fingers

(cooklikeachampion)

Ingredients:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces (1 cup packed) shredded, extra sharp cheddar cheese
¾ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
1 large egg
Coarse salt
30 sliced almonds
Black food coloring gel, optional

Step One: "Combine butter, cheese, flour, cornmeal and cayenne (if using) in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture has the texture of wet sand. Transfer to a bowl."

Step Two: "Using a fork, mix in egg until dough holds together. Turn out onto a sheet of parchment paper about 12 inches long. Top with another sheet of parchment and press dough into a ½-inch thick circle."

Step Three: Freeze for 15 minutes. Remove dough from freezer and roll into a rectangle about 8 inches wide and 10 inches long. Return to freezer for an additional 15 minutes."

Step Four: "If desired, paint almonds. Mix a tiny amount of food coloring with a tiny bit of water. Using a small paintbrush, paint color onto almonds and set aside."

Step Five: "Remove dough from freezer and preheat oven to 350º."

Step Six: "Peel off top sheet of parchment. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into two 8×5-inch sections."

Step Seven: "Then cut into about 30 ½-inch wide strips. Place strips on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with coarse salt, to taste."

Step Eight: "Use your fingers to shape each strip, rounding the ends and bending in various directions to create a knobby shape. Using a sharp knife, score “knuckles” onto each “finger.”

Step Nine: "Lightly dab one edge of each finger with water, then gently press the almonds into the dough."

Step 10: "Bake for about 15 minutes, until the fingers are golden and crisp. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely."

Enjoy! Thanks, Cooking Like a Champion!

 

Snack Like A Southerner: Spooky Spider Snacks

Spooky Spider Snacks
(she knows)

Ingredients:
6 hard-boiled eggs
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Whole black olives

Step One: "Once hard-boiled eggs have cooled, carefully peel off shell and discard. Cut each egg in half vertically, scoop out the yolk and place into a large bowl."

Step Two: "Add mayonnaise, minced shallot, white vinegar, salt and pepper and mustard to the bowl, mix to combine. Add additional mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste."

Step Three: "Fill each egg half with about 1 tablespoons of filling."

Step Four: "To make spiders, cut the olives in half. Place one half of the olive cut side down in the middle of the egg filling. Cut the rest of the olive into slices vertically. Then, position four olive slices around the olive in the center (to create spider legs)."

Thanks SheKnows for this spooky recipe!

Snack Like A Southerner: Mini "Pumpkin" Cheese Balls

Mini "Pumpkin" Cheese Balls
(thegirlsofgourmetcooking)

Ingredients:
8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, softened
¼ cups Finely Chopped Roasted Red Peppers
½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
1 cup Finely Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Paprika, For Dusting
2 whole Green Onions

Step One: "Beat cream cheese, red peppers, garlic and cayenne until well blended. Stir in cheddar cheese."

Step Two: "Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to handle."

Step Three: "Roll into 1-inch balls and then coat in paprika."

Step Four: "Make indents in the side of each one with a knife to make a pumpkin shape (refrigerate longer if needed before shaping with a knife)."

Step Five: "Slice green onion into 1-inch pieces (green parts only). Stick into the top of the cheese ball for a stem. If they are larger green onions you may slice each piece in half lengthwise. Roll each half back into a circular shape and stick into the top of the cheese ball to make it the appropriate size."

Refrigerate until serving.

Thank you, Gourmet Girls for the recipe! 

Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

A fall twist on a classic and yummy treat! This is really simple to make and is for anyone to enjoy.

Step One:
Gather your ingredients--

-12 cups Rice Krispies
-6tbsp butter
-2 8oz. bags Pumpkin Spice marshmallows
-Brown sugar
-Cinnamon
-Ground Cloves
-Ginger
-Nutmeg
-Powdered sugar

Step Two:
In a large pot combine butter and marshmallows.

Step Three:
Add brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Now, this I did by eye. You can add as much or as little as you like depending on how strong you want the "pumpkin pie" taste to be. Be careful with the sugar, it will make things VERY sticky. Stir.

Step Three:
Add Rice Krispies and stir. Your arm will get tired and you'll get pretty frustrated, but you'll be fine.

Step Four:
Spoon out contents from pot into a foil cake sheet--I like using these because they are disposable and they give the treats a nice shape/depth.

Step Five:
Place treats in freezer to set. While you're waiting for that, make a glaze to put on top. Powdered sugar, butter, a bit of brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon. Microwave the butter until almost liquid, add sugars and cinnamon and whisk together.


Step Six:
Remove treats from fridge and drizzle glaze over top. Place back into the freezer until a half hour until you're about to serve them. The treats will need some time to thaw so you can cut into squares.

Halloween Hoedown Part 3: The Party

Now that you have your costume and your good eats and drinks, it's time for the party! Here are some best tips, tricks, DIY ideas and more to make it a SCARY good night.

1. Pick a theme

Setting a theme for a Halloween can be fun. It can be as simple as "come in costume" or as complicated as "costume from 1948 England". Selecting a theme may also help in figuring out what kind of decorations, food, drink and more that you may need.

2. Decorations

Halloween and Christmas are the top decoration holidays of the year. There are about a million different Halloween decorations you could break out whether you buy them at Target or you make them yourself! 

Monster Mason Jars

Check out Target for fun decorations too.

3. Games!
Plan some fun games and challenges to keep things interesting and lively. You can do anything from a costume contest, pin the bone on the skeleton, truth or dare, a piñata, a spider toss and more!

 

4. Music
Music is super important because even if it's scary, it's still a party. Create a fun playlist with classics such as "The Monster Mash" and "Thriller."

Best Halloween Songs for Spooky Celebrations and Parties
101 Songs for Your Halloween Party
The Top Ten Halloween Songs

5. Have fun

Halloween Hoe Down Part 2: Food and Drink

Halloween parties are nothing without a scary amount of awesome food and drink. Here are some really super cool ideas and recipes to try and make your Halloween Hoe down as SWEET as possible!

Meatball Mummies
(foodnetwork)

Hotdog Mummies
(tasteofhome)

30 Halloween Party Foods
(food)

Ham and Cheese Spiders
(tasteofhome)

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
(101cookbooks)

Chocolate Crescent Roll Witch Hats
(foodnetwork)

16 Monster Treats
(buzzfeed)

Individual Spooky White Pizzas
(foodnetwork)

Caramel Apple Monster Munch
(foodnetwork)

Dead Man's Finger Sandwiches
(parenting)

9 Spooky Meal Ideas
(halfhourmeals)

Stack of Bones
(tasteofhome)

Slimy Jello Shots
(parenting)

Candy Corn Quesadillas
(tasteofhome)

Spooky Veggies and Dip
(parenting)

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares
(ut.spoonuniveristy)

Pumpkin Stew
(tasteofhome)

Witch on a Stick
(parenting)

Giant Black Widow
(parenting)

White Chocolate Ghosts
(parenting)

Halloween Party Recipes for Adults
(cookinglight)

Ghostly Goodies
(parenting)

Friendly Ghosts
(parenting)

Trick-or-Treat Turn Overs
(tasteofhome)

29 Perfect Halloween Party Snacks
(buzzfeed)

23 To Die For Halloween Cocktail Recipes
(hgtv)

 Shirley Temple
(hellogiggles)

Ghostly Guzzle
(parenting)

Absolut Halloween Drinks
(absolut)

Blood Red Punch
(foodnetwork)

 

Have a devilishly delicious Halloween!

 

Halloween Hoe Down Part 1: Costumes

October, otherwise known as Halloween month, is the time for fun recipes, fall activities, spooks, scares, screams, costumes, parties and FUN! So, for not only your awesome Halloween Hoe Down party, but for other shindigs and even Halloween itself, you'll need a costume! Check out these fun ideas to help you come up with something SCARY good:

Store Bought

There's absolutely nothing wrong with just heading to your local Halloween store or shopping online. It's a bit more expensive--depending on where you purchase from and what you are purchasing--but sometimes it makes life a bit easier to just pull on a costume straight out of the package.

Halloween Costumes
Spirit Halloween

Wholesale Halloween
Halloween Express
Party City
Costume Express 

Categories
Angel
(halloweencostumes)

Devil

(thecostumeland)                                  (halloweencostumes)

Animal
(halloweencostumes)

Monster
(halloweencostumes)

Vampires
(halloweencostumes)

Doctor or Nurse
(halloweencostumes)

Cop
(halloweencostumes)

Superhero
(halloweencostumes)

Clown
(halloweencostumes)

Cowboy or Cowgirl
(halloweencostumes)

Witch or Wizard

(halloweencostumes)

And many, many, many MORE!

Getting Creative

Group or Couples Costumes
Go out and about with your significant other or your pals as a collective of scares! Check out these fun ideas.

75 Couples Costumes 

 

Johnny Cash and June Carter
(societybride)

41 2 Person Costume Ideas 
(buzzfeed)

More Couples Costumes 
50 Shades of Gray
(costume-works)

31 Rad Group Costume Ideas
(buzzfeed)

Group Costumes 
(brit)

Cheap Group Halloween Costume Ideas 
(popsugar)

21 Clever Halloween Costumes for Lazy Groups
(buzzfeed)

DIY Ideas That Are Fast, Cheap, Easy or Super Creative

61 Awesome Halloween Costume Ideas Not Too Late To Steal 
(today)

Cheap Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas
(popsugar)

437 Halloween Costume Ideas for Absolutely Everyone
(buzzfeed)

Most Popular Halloween Costumes for 2015
(twitter)

39 Amazing Halloween Costumes You Can Actually Pull Off
(seventeen)

20 Genius Halloween Costume Ideas You Can Whip Up Last Minute
(womansday)

Have a happy Halloween! Don't forget to check out our Redneck Couture "Fancy Redneck" costume contest on Twitter and IG!