Well This is the third time I have tried to type this blog! Hopefully three time's a charm!
As part of my assignment this month as an allrecipes.com ambassador was to post about how to host a fund and scary halloween party. Well, my party consisted of me, my husband, and our three dogs.
Halloween has never been a fun holiday for me. Maybe it's because I never had the neat costumes, maybe it's because I was always uncomfortable showing up on strangers' doorsteps and asking for free candy for no apparant reason.; maybe it's because I was
always so self conscious that doing anythign that would bring attention to me was out of the question.
When I became a young adult I tried to get into it more. I had a few halloween parties, but I was always too busy as a school teacher (math) to put a lot of time into putting together really great costumes. Then I was never going to wear the real showing
playboy bunny type costumes etc. that were all too easy to pick up at the local ShopKo or something.
I thought it would be fun to just be the house with the best candy. so I tried that for a few years. But after spending a LOT of money on candy - passing it out to high schoolers and dads wtih three month old babies (REALLY? Buy your own candy, RIGHT?)
that got really old.
For the last few years I have simply avoided trick or treaters and avoided Halloween altogether. This year, because it was an assignment to host a party of some sort and make some treats, we went to the basement, I had some easy dinner appetizers (pillsbury
breakfast quiche) and then some treats that we would have never allowed ourselves other wise. I popped in a good movie, and we really enjoyed ourselves.
The breakfast quiche was great - easy to eat and substantial, protein and vegetables (I used onion, peppers, and a lot of kale), it was not filling and left plenty of room to munch the rest of the night.
Since Karo Syrup was one of my grandma's favorite ingredients for yummy treats, I was excited to do some of the things that she always had for us grandkids. We did not add any extra candy or sugar to the caramel corn, it was sweet enough for the two of
us iwthout adding anything else. My husband loved it. I really thought that he would not eat much of it - we are both VERY CAREFUL about our sugar intake. When he had finished off almost all of the caramel corn himself, his comment was, "too bad that caramel
corn was so good!"
I chose to work more on my caramel apples. My caramel was a little bit hard because I had cooked it too long, but they were beautiful and tasted delicious. So I just used a knife and sliced off pieces. Also less messy that way!
After a few hours, we had watched two of our favorite movies, and really enjoyed some good food and treats, It was probably one of my favorite halloweens in a long time.
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