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My Halloween Bash Staring "Skeleton Man" 
 
Nov. 5, 2012 11:06 am 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2012 11:45 am
  One of our October Allrecipes assignments was to have a Halloween party, or blog about our party ideas. After a hectic and financially strapped month, due to car repairs and replacing my washing machine, I decided to go ahead and have a party. I came down with a bad cold 2 days before the party. I felt awful but sucked it up and went thru with it.
  When I was cleaning for the party, I spotted my AR swag bags we got in Seattle. An idea popped into my head to include them in the decor. LOL
  I saw a skeleton man made with ribs, sausages and a ham online, and decided he should be the centerpiece for my party. I got the ribs when I found a sale, and sent them home with a friend to store in their freezer, since I have no freezer space. I called all day Friday to pick them up...nobody answered...ARRRGGG! When I went to pick up the ribs Saturday morning, they had forgotten to take them out of the freezer to thaw...Double ARRRGGG! I ended up having to buy 4 more racks of ribs at regular price...Triple AARRRGGG!! so much for my party budget. 
  I finally got the ribs in the smoker at noon, then the chicken and sausages a few hours later. I made baked beans, funeral potato casserole ( a faceless recipe) and coleslaw for sides. My grandson helped make deviled eggs with olive spider decor. Those and jalapeno pepper jelly over cream cheese with crackers completed my appitizers. 
  Construction of my skeleton man started with carving a skull out of cabbage. The original pic looked like it was carved from a 10 lb. ham. To save money, I used cabbage and then I glued on thin sliced ham with sticky bbq sauce and brushed it all over the outside. Large cherry tomatoes for eyes, carved turnip teeth, and roasted pepper tongue, completed his face. I covered a tray with kale and laid the chicken and sausages down to form his innards. A roasted red bell pepper for his heart and 2 racks of ribs on top to form his body, made him awesomely gorey. The knife thru his skull was the perfect touch. I didn't think ofthat until he was served...but got pix of it anyway.
  Desserts consisted of some of my Allstar Ambassador assignment recipes. I made:
caramel corn treat bags..
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/caramel-corn-treat-bags/detail.aspx<
A Karo syrup recipe for marble cake. Instead of yellow cake I made that part into orange flavor and color:
http://www.karosyrup.com/recipe_details.asp?id=1768<
A Pillsbury Crescent Dough recipe for No-Fuss Cinnamon Cheesecake:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/no-fuss-cinnamon-cheesecake/detail.aspx<
Homemade caramel apples made with the sea salt caramel recipe on the Karo web site.
http://www.karosyrup.com/recipe_details.asp?id=1849<
A faceless recipe for company potatoes that I called funeral potatoes.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Company-Potatoes/Detail.aspx?prop24=RD_RelatedRecipes<
And a faceless recipe for Black Walnut Balls...but I made them into witch finger cookies. I posted the pic anyway, even tho they weren't in ball form. They looked cool tho, with the nuts showing thru the green glaze. It made it look like warts on the witches fingers..LOL
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/black-walnut-balls/detail.aspx?event8=1&amp;prop24=SR_Title&amp;e11=black%20walnut%20balls&amp;e8=Quick%20Search&amp;event10=1&amp;e7=Recipe<
  My epic fail dessert was a pecan pie recipe. I can't blame the recipe since it may have turned out well with all the syrup in the pie shell instead of everywhere but. I knocked the pan off the stove and got the hot syrup on the floor, on the inside of my dishwasher, and down the front of the trash can...better than down my leg or feet and getting burned. Thank God but what a mess!! The pan landed right side up so I saved about half the filling. I added the pecans and poured it in the pie shell. It came up about half way in the shell. With no time to redo..I baked it anyway. By the time the crust was done, the filling was overdone. When cool, I could barely cut it. Maybe I can turn it into a pecan pie trifle...lol
  We turned our coat rack into a ghoul with a black sheet and a mask with lights behind his eyes. Candles were lit all over the house, which created a warm glowing atmosphere. The orange punch bubbled and smoked with the addition of dry ice. Vodka and rum were available for spiking as desired. Everyone had a good time and went home well fed and with leftovers. I always make a ton of food and we had plenty to share.
  I have decided that skeleton man's head will make a cameback. What better starter for a bean soup than cabbage and ham? I will have to get a pic of that head bubbling and boiling in my culdron (crock pot) "I'll get you my pretty"..aahehehe (I say..cackling in my best witch voice.
I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Your Site Name or Blog name. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Dee Stillwell.
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skeleton man ribs
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Me and the Halloween spread
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AR Swag bag pumpkins
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witch finger cookies made with the AR black walnut ball recipe.
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Skeleton Head Soup...A couple of days after the party, I used the reserved head to make a great home
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Skeleton Head Soup: made with all the leftovers from my Halloween party. ham, cabbage, ribs, sausag
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Angel Biscuits II http://allrecipes.com/recipe/angel-biscuits-ii/detail.aspx
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Comments
Nov. 8, 2012 4:43 pm
Skeleton Man is disgustingly awesome! I think this would be a hit at a backyard bbq. You have a super imagination! Well done!
 
Nov. 11, 2012 11:07 am
Thank u Mike..I can't take credit. i saw the idea on FB..but did mine differently...and I think it turned out great. I will be making skeleton man again. I need to add the pic of the head soup I mad a cpl days after the party..hahaha
 
 
 
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I have been a baker and cake decorator for 39 years. A former bakery owner but now retired due to medical issues. I still make cakes & cupcakes for family and friends occasionally. These days I spend alot of time getting healthy, planning healthy meals and working out in a warm water therapy pool. I am now 178 lbs down from my highest weight.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make comfort foods, like my moms cabbage rolls, stuffed bell peppers, swiss steak, etc..but also try to make them healthier by using quinoa, brown rice, etc. Altho I don't bake as much as I once did, I love baking homemade cakes, cobblers, cookies, candy, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Some of my recipes have been in my family for 50+ years and one for 100+ years...that would be my pop's pop corn balls and molasses taffy recipe. He grew up in Canada and his mother used to make the taffy and pull it on a hook in her kitchen. She then sold it to the local mercantile. Every fall we could hardly wait for a Saturday nite when we would invite friends over to make these. We would pop popcorn for hours and my pop would make several batches of the syrup. Mom would fill the huge bowl with popcorn and when the syrup was stirred in, we would all butter our hands and dip in cold water and make the popcorn balls. Sometimes we got burnt hands but it was all worth it in the end. The leftover syrup was poured on buttered plates and pulled into golden taffy. yummm
My cooking triumphs
I have made many beautiful wedding cakes and cakes in the shape of anything and everything. It was truly an honor to be a part of the bride & grooms special day. There is nothing like seeing the eyes of a child light up when they see their special birthday cake.. I once made a NASCAR car shaped cake for racer, Steve Sellers (Coca Cola car)
My cooking tragedies
Altho I only had a few cake catastrophies in the 39 yreas I have been making cakes...I was always able to make the necessary repairs in time for the event or wedding. I was always able to improvise when a florist didn't bring enough flowers to decorate the cake. Scouring yards for greenery and flowers can be challenging, but doable...Keeping a cool head can be an asset in those situations. : )
 
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