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Fall Food and Fun! 
Oct. 22, 2012 3:11 am 
Updated: Oct. 28, 2012 2:23 am

I am not a stranger to Halloween Parties.  There is nothing I would have loved more this year than to have planned another one.  After all, the Grown Up Halloween Party I threw with my Daughter-in-Law a few years ago was a total blast, from planning and making the food to having the party itself.  Since we moved to a new area and really don't have a home big enough to entertain even just a few without it being super crowded, I didn't feel that I had the resources to go ahead and plan one this year.  Maybe next year we will be in our own home again and I can throw one, but for this year, I thought I would share with you some great treats that you could share at your own party should you happen to be planning one yourself!

For some great appetizers, you could start with some Mini Butternut Squash Tartlets with Caramelized Onions and Crispy Sage.  This recipe is one I took their idea and made my own from one of Pillsbury's recipes here on AR for Onion Cheese Custard Tarts.  I ditched the egg and caramelized the onions.  I then instead of eggs, mixed in roasted pieces of butternut squash, havarti cheese cubes and fried sage.  Baked as a tiny tart and it is now a favorite of Grumpy and me!

Some other great starters made with the Pillsbury Crescents would be these Spicy BBQ Chicken Crescents.  So easy to put together and a yummy treat!  I added a little kick to my crescents by using half barbeque sauce and half franks red hot sauce.  

Toss a little fun into your party with some Crescent Dogs or as we did, Mummy Toes!  Same concept as the dogs, just use cocktail wieners and a slivered almond to create the toenail.  Everyone will have fun eating these!

One thing I love about parties is you can offer the small plates.  A seemingly indulgent treat can be portioned out as just a few bites and your guests won't feel deprived because they have several other small plates to choose from!  That makes this Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese the perfect addition, and I boosted it up a little more by adding some lobster to my recipe and created some Chipotle Lobster Mac & Cheese bites!

What's a party without out a little pizza?  This One Dish Quick and Easy Pepperoni Pizza makes throwing it together a cinch.  You mix the dough right in the deep dish pie plate, add your toppings and bake.  Can't get much easier than that, and its yummy!

These Parmesan Garlic Rolls are a sure hit also. After all, when you go to the pizza shop, how many places don't offer a version of a garlicky, cheesy, bread?  These are a must have and another quick and easy addition to your menu!

For some sweet treats, make sure you offer up a taste of fall with these easy to make Pumpkin Braids. Guests will love the nutty pumpkin filling with the irresistable glaze!

These apple cider glazed doughnuts will have everyone thinking fall.  The light and fluffy doughnut with the apple cider glaze are absolutely irresistible.  Its hard to just eat one of these!

Finally, send your guest home stuffed and happy and with a little caramel corn treat bag and some Pumpkin Spice Bon Bons!  

The bonbons were made using the Harvest Pumpkin Cupcake recipe - just baked as a cake and crumbled and mixed with about half of the frosting, shaped into balls and dipped in chocolate with fall decorations! They will go home remembering all the yummy food you served with a little taste for the next day!


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Oct. 22, 2012 4:39 am
Beautiful pictures,thank you for all sort of ideas.
Oct. 22, 2012 7:43 am
Well done Shelby. Great photos. I just made the Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese and it was really good.
Oct. 22, 2012 8:07 am
You picked some wonderful sounding recipes and your photos are great. Thanks for sharing.
Oct. 22, 2012 9:24 am
Loved the photos! Small bites, what a great idea for entertaining!
Oct. 23, 2012 1:13 am
Cat, my favorite wat to eat is small bites. :) means I get to try a little bit of everything! lol Brian, Grumpy enjoyed that Mac & Cheese so much he was willing to eat leftovers. He's not a leftover kind of person, so that said a lot for the recipe. He was the same way with the butternut squash tartlets. Manella and Ibbz, thank you!
Oct. 23, 2012 6:42 pm
Like everyone else said loved the photos. Don't know how you were able to get them that size. I am craving one of those glazed donuts now!
Oct. 28, 2012 2:23 am
Baker Bee, I use my blogger account to write my post then I copied and pasted the code into this AR blog - the size of the photos is part of the code. :)
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I am a home cook who works full time and have been a blogger on my own site, Grumpy's Honeybunch, since 2007. I love to experiment and create in the kitchen. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but always fun! My one place I am not the best at is the grill - and I leave that to Grumpy! Since I started using AR several years ago, my home life has changed a lot. We had to relocate for work purposes, My sons no longer live at home and its just Grumpy, me, and our 3 cats. I am a participant in the Allrecipes Allstar program and have had a great time with the challenges as well as the great people I have met through the Allstar program!
My favorite things to cook
I always was a baker but since I started blogging almost 5 years ago, I have also become a more experienced cook. We love pasta meals and especially Asian inspired meals. I love homemade candy although I'm not the best candy maker, I will still attempt it every so often. My very favorite sweet treat from this site is Brooke's Bombshell Brownies. I've taken the recipe and used it as a base to create several different brownie recipes, my favorite being "when life gets you down" brownie (chock full of Peanut Butter flavor) and a peanut butter caramel swirled brownie. Both recipes are on my blog grumpyshoneybunch.com.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Summer fish frys at my aunt and uncles home. Homemade fudge and popcorn on Saturday nights while a child! When my boys were younger Friday night was homemade pizza and movie night and some of my most special memories are baking cookies with Nanny. I have every one of her "special" cookie recipes on file and when feeling nostalgia hit I will bake one of her recipes.
My cooking triumphs
My best compliment ever - a cheesecake I made was described to be "better than Juniors!" The pumpkin fudge recipe on this site that I reviewed at 5 stars....this is an awesome cooked fudge recipe. My son totally loves the fudge and so do I!
My cooking tragedies
Once when I was first married, I made fudge. It didn't set up and I was too embarrassed to tell my hubby, so I hid it in the closet (no idea WHY I did such a thing!) and ended up forgetting about it. We came across it one day cleaning and I had to fess up, he had more of a laugh because I tried to hide it!
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