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
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.
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):
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!
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