Ghost Brownies

Here is a super fun and easy dessert to make for Halloween! It’s so easy you don’t even really need a recipe. Just make a 9 x 13 pan of your favorite brownies (boxed or homemade it doesn’t matter). Cut them into squares, unless you have a brownie pan like me and then it does that for you (thanks dad I love my brownie pan)! Place a large marshmallow on top of each square. Get a container of vanilla frosting, take the tops off and microwave for 20 seconds. This makes the frosting looser so that you can drizzle it over the marshmallow. Drizzle about a tablespoon of frosting over the marshmallow. Allow frosting to set for about 10 minutes and then with black decorating gel pipe on eyes and mouth. That’s it, nothing fancy. The kids were so excited when I brought these over to dinner the other night. they loved them!


Monster Sandwiches

The kids had their cousins over after school today. When my kids get home from school they are always hungry. So since we are in Halloween mode, I thought that it would be fun to let the kids make Monster Sandwiches. I got the idea for the sandwiches out of a little cookbook that I have called Silly Snacks. We didn’t follow the recipe, but I let the kids get ideas from the picture. What I did was put all of the ingredients out in the middle of the table. Each of the kids had their own plate and roll and they made their sandwich how they like it. We used:

  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • Ham
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce (curly so that it looks like hair)
  • Black olives (for the eyes)
  • Small pickles (for the horns, I used kosher dill petites made by Mt. Olive)
  • Mini Red Bell Pepper (from our garden)
  • Round Rolls
  • Toothpicks (for holding the olives and pickles in place, remember to tell the kids to take the toothpicks out before eating)

The good thing about this recipe is that you can use what ever meats, cheeses, and condiments that your family likes. Have fun with this one, we did!

Worm salad

I was looking through an old Halloween issue of Taste Of Home and I came across this recipe. I thought it looked like something that the kids would enjoy, and with a little tweaking this ended up being something that we all enjoyed. The ingredients are:

  • 8 oz. uncooked bucatini pasta or thick spaghetti (I used spaghetti)
  • 1/2 Cup hoisin sauce (the hoisin sauce was a little overpowering so I would use less)
  • 1/3 Cup rice vinegar
  • 3 T. orange juice concentrate (I didn’t have o.j. concentrate so I used 4 T. fresh o.j.)
  • 3 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. sesame oil
  • 4 oz. fresh snow peas (I had sugar snap peas so I used them)
  • 1/2 Cup julienned carrot
  • 1 small onion, cut into thin wedges (I had fresh green onions from our garden so I used that instead)
  • 1 T. canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  1. Break the bucatini (or spaghetti) into thirds; cook according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk hoisin sauce, vinegar, orange juice concentrate, soy sauce and sesame oil. Drain pasta. It says in the recipe to add the pasta to the hoisin sauce mixture, but I put the pasta in a bowl and then added the sauce mixture to the pasta a little at a time to taste. I did not use it all and I’m glad I did it this way because I think it would have tasted to strong and overpowering for the kids. Toss the pasta and sauce and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, saute peas, carrot and onion in canola oil for 2 minutes. Add garlic; saute 2 minutes longer or until crisp tender (I added my green onion with the garlic). Add to pasta mixture toss to coat. Serve warm or chilled. (You could make this dish more hardy by adding chicken or shrimp. I didn’t this time but I think I will next time.

With the changes I made , the kids really ended up liking this recipe. I think that they even liked it more than I did. Considering taste and that it is fun for the season I give this recipe a 4 out of 5 stars.

Orange Halloween Punch

I found this recipe in an old Taste Of Home magazine. It was very easy, only 5 ingredients! The kids made it all on their own (we all know what a big deal that is). It was yummy and would be perfect for any Halloween party!

The ingredients are:

  • 1 can (46 oz.) pineapple juice, chilled
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 3 cups orange drink
  • 2 liters ginger ale, chilled
  • 1/2 gallon orange sherbet

In a punch bowl, combine the juice, soda and orange drink. Stir in ginger ale. Top with scoops of sherbet. Serve immediately. (makes about 6 quarts)