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! 

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.

Snack Like a Southerner: Hot Spiced Cider

(myrecipes)

Ingredients:

quarts apple cider 
1/2 cup molasses 
lemon slices, cut in half 
12 whole cloves 
(2-inch) cinnamon sticks 
1/4 cup lemon juice 
Garnishes: cinnamon sticks,lemon wedges, whole cloves
"Bring cider and next 4 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.

Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves with a slotted spoon; stir in lemon juice. Garnish, if desired."

Halloween Gift Bags Perfect For Anyone

Create these fun "Halloween Survival Bags" for everyone from trick-or-treaters to your boss.

Step One:
Gather your supplies-

Step Two:
Stuff! Stuff big bags or little bags. Come up with some kind of system like 5 pieces of candy, 2 rats, 5 spiders, a set of teeth, etc.

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

Snack Like a Southerner: Pumpkin Cheese Display

(myrecipes)

Ingredients:

(10-oz.) blocks extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded
8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 
(4-oz.) goat cheese logs, softened 
1/2 teaspoon pepper 
Braided pretzel, muscadine vine and leaf 
Crackers and assorted vegetables
"1. Stir together first 4 ingredients. Shape mixture into a ball to resemble a pumpkin. Smooth pumpkin's entire surface with metal spatula or table knife. Make vertical grooves in ball, if desired, using fingertips. Press pretzel into top of cheese ball to resemble a pumpkin stem; place muscadine vine and leaf beside pretzel. Serve with crackers and assorted vegetables.

*Extra-sharp Cheddar cheese may be substituted.

Note: We tested with Cracker Barrel Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese. To make ahead, wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap, without stem, vine, or leaf, and store in refrigerator up to two days. Attach stem, vine, and leaf before serving."

Snack Like a Southerner: Trash Mix

(myrecipes)

Ingredients:

(16-ounce) package candy corn 
(15-ounce) package pretzel nibblers 
(12-ounce) package caramel popcorn and peanuts 
(15-ounce) package banana chips 
(15-ounce) package candy-coated chocolate pieces 
(15-ounce) package dried mango 
(15-ounce) package dried pineapple 
(10-ounce) package toffee pretzels 
(6-ounce) package sweetened dried cranberries 
(6-ounce) package worm-shaped chewy candy
"Stir together all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

NOTE: For testing purposes only, we used pretzel Nuggets, Crunch 'n Munch, M&M's, and Craisins."

Snack Like a Southerner: Brew Ha-Ha Punch

(myrecipes)

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar 
quarts water $
(13-ounce) envelopes lime drink mix 
(46-ounce) can pineapple juice 
quart ginger ale
"Stir together sugar and 2 quarts water until sugar is dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients. Chill.

Note: For a scary presentation, place punch bowl into a larger bowl, and add dry ice to larger bowl."

Snack Like a Southerner: Monster Eyes

(myrecipes)

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose baking mix 
1 pound ground hot pork sausage 
8-ounce block Muenster cheese, shredded 
7-ounce jar pimiento cheese-stuffed Spanish olives
"1. Combine 3 cups all-purpose baking mix; 1 lb. ground hot pork sausage; and 1 (8-oz.) block Muenster cheese, shredded, in a large bowl until blended. Shape sausage mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls, and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Press 1 pimiento-stuffed Spanish olive (you'll need 1 7-oz. jar) deeply into center of each ball. Bake at 400° for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Bisquick for all-purpose baking mix and Jimmy Dean Hot Ground Pork Sausage."

September 30, 2015 by Lexx Fusco