Monday, October 31, 2011

Spooky Halloween Fare

Many years ago when my three nephews were young I happened to be keeping them over Halloween.  For dinner I decided to be a bit creative. I didn't tell them in advance what I was going to serve. On the menu was:

Spider Dip
Individual Meatloaf Rats
Ghost Mashed Potatoes
Eyeballs and Green Beans
Mummy Rolls
Graveyard Pudding

The youngest happened to come in the house while the meatloafs were cooking and asked what was for dinner? I casually replied meatloaf rats.  NO WAY he replied and went to the oven to look. OH GROSS!!!! Aunt Sue, are those really rats? Needless to say, dinner was a real hit with the three boys and I had three of the neighborhood mothers call and ask what had I served them. Word had spread through the neighborhood!

Since that dinner, I have served this menu to guests and family on Halloween and it is always a big hit.
I have pictures so Enjoy.  May you be inspired to have a creative meal this Halloween.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

On Wings of Angels

One of our clients asked us to design angel themed place cards for her son's christening party.  We embossed the wings and hand glittered them with irridescent glitter.  Next we glued a white feather on the back to make it "fluffy"!  Hope she likes them!  These would be great for a baby shower or an angel themed Christmas party.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Apple Bread Recipe

As promised here is the apple bread recipe.  It was so good, we ate it all before we realized we hadn't taken a picture of it for the blog.  So you'll just have to take our word for it.....

3 eggs slightly beaten
2 c sugar
1 c vegetable oil
1 TB vanilla
3 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
4 c peeled, chopped apples (3-4 apples)
1 c chopped pecans
Topping:  2 TB sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1).  Heat oven, grease and flour loaf pans
2.) Stir eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla until well mixed in a large mixing bowl.
3.) Combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon in a medium bowl.  Stir dry ingredients into liquid ingredients until evenly mixed.  Add chopped apples.
4.) Prepare topping-combine sugar and cinnamon.  Batter is thick, spoon into prepared loaf pans. 
5.) Sprinkle topping on top of loaves.
6.) Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
7.) Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then run a thin knife around edges of pans to remove loaves.  Cool on wire racks.  Wrap tightly and store at room temperature.  Breads are better the second day.
Makes 2 regular loaves or 4 mini loaves.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Fall Y'all!

This week my mom and I went to upstate New York to visit family.  Fall has exploded in beautiful technicolor there.  It's such a nice change of pace from Texas to see rolling hills, farms and the trees in reds and golds.  The shops and houses are all decorated with pumpkins and scarecrows for fall.  It's so festive! We went to the apple farm and bought apple butter, hard apple cider and yummy apple cider doughnuts for a treat!  You can pick your own apples there, but we didn't this time.  We do intend to make apple bread in the near future, stay tuned for the recipe.