Witches Brew

Are you hosting any Halloween parties this year?  Growing up I always went to my friends church that hosted a Halloween party for all the kids. It was always fun and games and lots of yummy treats to eat. You can bet there was always some fun Halloween inspired foods, especially the punch! This Witches Brew is a must make for all the ghost and goblins at the party.  

Many years ago (gasp) when our son was younger we co-hosted a Halloween party at my good friends house. She was quite the planner and had it all laid out perfectly to make sure all the kids had fun. A bunch of the adults dressed up and were set up at different stations to help to scare the kids. Of course, I was the witch!!  I had my cauldron in front of me and as I stirred the pot I would let out my most evil laugh. I have to admit, I really LOVED doing it! AND I was quite convincing to those kids. It was so fun to see them try to figure out who we were. It was the absolute best Halloween party. Everyone loved it! To this day, our 20 year old will bring it up and make me do that evil laugh. Yes, I can still do it perfectly!! 

It was the absolute best Halloween party. Everyone loved it! To this day, our 20 year old will bring it up and make me do that evil laugh. Yes, I can still do it perfectly!! You want to see my broom?  

Since our normal go-to punch recipe for birthday parties involves 2 simple ingredients I knew another version would be the perfect Witches Brew for Halloween.  Throw in some gummy worms, eyeballs, spider rings, or anything that a witch would throw into her cauldron. If you want to go just one step further, freeze these in ice cubes. How fun would that be?  

If you add anything not edible, please make sure you are not serving to young children under the age of 5. 

Witches Brew

1 bottle of Green Berry Rush Hawaiian Punch
2 liter bottle of lemon-lime soda
Gummy worms, eye balls, spider rings, etc. 

In a punch bowl or large drink dispenser, pour in the green juice and the lemon-lime soda. Give it a stir. Pour in a glass and add gummy worms or anything that would be fun and spooky. (eyeballs, plastic spiders, etc - as long as the kids know not to eat the toys) It is really just for fun! 

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Happy Friday!! Hope you have had a fantastic week. We have had some record WARM days this week and are looking at a 20 plus degree drop in temps this weekend. Looks like its going to be a great weekend for making some soup!  We have some great features this week that I just know you will want to add into your meal rotation. So grab that cup of coffee and dig in y'all! 

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Monster Munch

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. It is something I always keep on hand in the pantry so when the urge strikes for something crunchy, I know I can always count on some popcorn to give me my fix! Did you know that October is National Popcorn Popping month?  I didn't either but of course you know I had to jump on board and Dress Up Your Popcorn for Halloween! This Monster Munch is so easy to throw together and easily customized to your likes (or allergy needs).  All the little ghosts and goblins will be full of smiles while they munch away. 

Growing up my best friends great grandmother lived right beside us. She stayed over at her house a lot so we were able to hang out and have fun all the time. You know this was back before cartoons were on ALL the time and before technology took over the minds of the young. (I know I am dating myself) 

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Trick or Treating was always so fun in our little neighborhood. Our parents would dress us up and let us run the neighborhood to collect all the loot.  It was a great time back then, all the neighbors gave out candy so we always came home with a ton to eat on for months. And of course we ran to each house so there were tons of trips and falls along the way. I can only imagine the amount of candy that was left in ditches and in yards where we fell. Fun and laughter made it simply the best! 

If you are planning a Halloween party this year. Make sure to add this Monster Munch to the menu. I promise all those kids will dig in (and adults too!)  

Monster Munch

4- 5 cups of popped popcorn 
2 cups of pretzel twists
1/2 cup of Reese's Pieces
White almond bark
Chocolate almond bark
Candy eyeballs
Halloween sprinkles

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Mix in the pretzels and candy pieces. Melt almond bark according to package directions (separately). You won't need to use the entire block, just one or two squares each.  Drizzle almond bark all over. Place the eyeballs and sprinkles into the almond bark before it hardens. Add as much or as little as you like.  Allow to cool. You can place in the freezer to speed up the process. Break up and add to a big bowl and dig in. 

Pumpkin Pie Mini No Bake Cheesecakes

Pumpkin and cheesecake are two of my favorite things. Life is busy and I don't always have time to bake a cheesecake. So I needed to create a quick and easy fix to cure my craving. These Pumpkin Pie Mini No Bake Cheesecakes are absolute perfection. 

I set out to update some of my horrific food photos from the early days of blogging. While updating the Pumpkin Pie Dip I had a light bulb moment. "What if I made a no bake cheesecake with these same flavors?"  That was all it took because I could not get it off my mind.  So I grabbed all my ingredients and got to work. My family (parents, siblings, etc) can't stand cream cheese. Say what??  Crazy right?  So anything I make that has cream cheese in it is a no-no at any family gathering. And lets face it, most of the time if I am making a sweet treat it is to share with my family. 

This time though, it was all mine! Well not technically, I shared it with the hubs and our daughter. It was a nice surprise to have a quick little treat in the fridge after supper for them. These cute little jelly jars were the perfect thing. I was able to fix these up a head of time and pop the top on them. There were rave reviews all around the table. (and not just because there was dessert- that is very rare!!)

Pumpkin Pie No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

1 can of pumpkin puree
1 8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 small box of vanilla instant pudding
1 8 oz. container of whipped topping
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

10-15 ginger snaps, crushed
Extra whipped topping, for topping

Mix all ingredients together except ginger snaps 
and chill. Crush ginger snap cookies and layer into the bottom of jars. Top with the pumpkin mixture. Then top with whipped topping and more crust ginger snaps. Serve and enjoy!

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