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Hurricane Halloween Party 
Nov. 1, 2012 5:20 pm 
Updated: Nov. 10, 2012 3:18 pm

We all know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Certainly, this is something we had to do when Hurricane Sandy decided to pay us a visit this past week. We've never had our power off for more than a day. Little did I know that the power outage would last for four days.  To lift the spirits of those of us stuck at home with the winds howling and fear of the impending storm, we threw a Hurricane Halloween Party.

The morning started off with my third batch of  KARO®’s Caramel Corn . Yes..that's right...THREE batches. Of course, I didn't make three batches in ONE day. I made three batches in THREE days. The recipe is so good that you can't keep it around the house. I used dark Karo for the recipe, and this beats out any caramel corn I've ever had. I used two bags of popped natural popcorn for the first couple of batches. For the last one, I only had buttered popcorn left. It was AWESOME!

We added chocolate covered raisins, M&M's, and candy corn to some batches. The last batch...well, we ran out of candy! It certainly didn't make the caramel corn less appealing.

Normally, I wait until Halloween to carve pumpkins. Since the weather outlook didn't look promising, the kids decided to take after their mom and followed the directions they saw on the Better show.;<;<>/view/food--amp--recipes2-food--amp--recipes-roasting-pumpkin-seeds-part-2&lt;<


We divided the seeds in half on the baking sheet.  I separated them with some rolled up foil. The kids had a lot of fun picking their spices.  One picked seasoned salt.  The other picked cinnamon sugar.

The weather was getting pretty bad, so three out of four of my children (one was away at grad school) banded together.  First, we made Creepy Mini Pizzas with FLEISCHMANN'S yeast.  As the lights flickered on and off, I yelled, “HURRY!” like a coach training a team. Not only was it a game of creativity, but a race against the weather.  At that point, the lights were teasing us into a guessing game of when we would lose power, but the pizzas baked so quickly that we won the battle!  The pizzas were great fun because the kids were able to use their creativity while creating a meal at the same time.  This will be an absolute must at the next children's party!


I'm a big believer in using what you have in your pantry.  That's what makes Allrecipes such a great site.  When you didn't do shopping like you should've prior to a hurricane, you can easily find recipes that use what you have on hand.  With that, we were able to add some awesome brownies to our hurricane party by using this recipe (someone whispered in my ear that she had a hankering for chocolate):;prop24=SR_Title&amp;e11=brownies&amp;e8=Quick%20Search&amp;event10=1&amp;e7=Recipe&lt;<

I put the roasted pumpkin seeds in small bowls.  I added some candy into the same types of bowls.  I put tea lights around the table.  The brownies went out.  The caramel corn was served in a HUGE bowl.  The kids dressed up in their costumes and had a great time celebrating.  Not only did they have fun creating the food with me, but it took their minds off the impending storm.  



Parties don't have to be elaborate to be fun.  Small children just enjoy the time spent with them, and the opportunity to create.  Any bad weather day can be turned into a party, and no one will mind if you throw one together last minute and make the most of what you have.  Use simple things around your house to decorate whether it be battery operated tea lights, gourds, pumpkins, or whatever the season might dictate.  There's no reason to go overboard when everything you need in life revolves around the love you have for your family.  Just the fact that you took the time to create a party for them during a stressful event will be remembered by them forever.

I hope everyone had a safe Halloween!

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position), and I'm not compensated for my work with  Products received from advertiser are only used for experience-based reviews on  The reviews content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely and solely my own.  

Nov. 2, 2012 8:11 am
SO happy to hear that you survived the storm. The pics look like you all had fun in spite of it. Congrats on being Cook of the Week and your TV stint was well done too!
Nov. 3, 2012 12:15 pm
Loved your creative ideas for during the storm!
Nov. 10, 2012 3:18 pm
Thanks, Mauigirl and Indiana Mommy! What crazy weather we've been having so far! We should use every bad weather day as a party day....I have a feeling we'll be celebrating a lot this winter. ;)
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I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a volunteer position), and I am not compensated for my work with Products received from advertisers are only used for experience-based reviews on my personal blog. The reviews, content, and opinions expressed in this blog are all my own. **************** By the age of seven, I would wander into the local library to check out cookbooks to make creations at home. When I became a mother to four daughters, I had a good sized family to feed. I became great with saving money and making wonderful meals without breaking the bank. I started using the original Allrecipes sites when I was in my 20's in 1997. I made the discovery by typing in "" to see what would happen. From then on, I became an addict. I didn't "officially" join until 2010, but I've been here the entire time. :) Allrecipes saved me many times over for parties, pot lucks, graduations-even my oldest daughter's college senior recital.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. I have a smoker and love to grill. Whenever I want some company, I fire up the smoker and make my own homemade BBQ sauce for pulled pork. If that doesn't get you company in NY, nothing will. I create my own recipes, but love learning from other people. I love to see ideas, promote them, and share creativity. I can't think of anything I don't enjoy making. I just love trying to make anything. Holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. Allrecipes contains the secret to my success regarding making succulent turkey (yes, I once was a dry turkey person- NOT ANYMORE). I enjoy coming up with new ideas, new ways to use products, and I always like to test out new items that hit the shelves at the stores. I consider my kitchen to be my laboratory. However, I'm not opposed to quick and easy meals when life makes the call for it! After all, life was meant to be enjoyed...and, sometimes, that means quick and easy meals!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays and birthdays are my favorite times of the year. I enjoy making old family favorites and spending time together with my family. For Thanksgiving, I turned to Allrecipes years ago and discovered what putting a turkey in a brine can do. I tried it that year and never turned back. My husband proclaimed that I made the best turkey he ever ate. So, every year, I cut up all the vegetables ahead of time for the Thanksgiving meal. Then, I put the remains into a stockpot and create my own vegetable stock for a turkey brine. After soaking the turkey, I cook the turkey in a bag to make the most succulent turkey around. It's so juicy that it's hard to believe it's Thanksgiving - and there's no need to buy a special brand of turkey to get this result. I also love the old family go-to recipes. However, for stuffing, I found that making a homemade Challah bread creates the most unbelievable stuffing ever. Using a bread machine can make the whole process easier. You won't regret it!
My cooking triumphs
I started creating my own recipes when I had to live out of a pantry with little funds. I enjoy being creative, and this led to me becoming published. Later, I became an Allstars Brand Ambassador. I love the program because it let me be a part of a company that I respect and love so much in a way that I couldn't have imagined. Being a Brand Ambassador has been such a huge honor and great experience. I've met so many wonderful people due to it, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Allrecipes through roasting pumpkin seeds on the Better TV show. I just want to give a big shout out to Better TV for giving me the opportunity to represent Allrecipes - a website I've been visiting for over 15 years. Here are the links to the pumpkin seed roasting:
My cooking tragedies
I started cooking at a young age, and most of my mistakes took place during that time period. As a child, company was constant in our home. My mother knew I loved to cook and asked if I could make some of my Blonde Brownies for dessert that night for our company. I was 12 years old, and gladly started to prepare the dish. Unfortunately, my mother was out of vegetable oil. I went to the fridge and took out some reserve oil she had filtered after using it for deep frying. I figured it was still good and added it to the brownies. That night, when dinner was finished, the brownies were brought out. I took a bite of mine, and dropped it on the plate. The company ate the brownies and stated how good they were. My brownie had a horrible taste. It was at that moment that I realized the reserved oil was from my mother frying fish. Never again did I test the waters of used oil.
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