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My 1970's Halloween Party 
Nov. 5, 2012 11:23 am 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2012 11:04 am
  I hate to admit it, but the last time I threw a Halloween party, (other than kiddie get togethers), was in 1973. This was before my son was born and I had more time for baking, canning, & party planning.
I baked homemade bread braids and made peach jam for game prizes. I served bowls of hobo stew and buttered biscuits for dinner.
  Since my Mom & Pop came down from Reno (2 hrs away)for the party, I wanted to include making his 100+ year old family recipe for molasses popcorn balls and taffy. He cooked the syrup and everyone took turns making the balls..Then we had a taffy pulling contest in which the one with the lightest colored taffy wins. My Pop won since he's had alot of practice thru his lifetime. His mom used to make and pull the taffy on a hook in her kitchen, and sold it to the local merchantile.That was in 1920 when he was a little boy.
  I organized a scavenger hunt ahead of time with some local businesses. We divided the guests into teams of 4 each per car. Some of the tasks I arranged for them were: to get a raw donut from Winchel's, a new car contract from a car dealership, a raw weenie from Wienersnitzel, an unfrosted cupcake from Albertson's, and a piece of film strip from an XXX rated movie theatre. LOL..The guys were all comparing and checking each others film strip out..Men are too funny.
  We played bingo, dunked for apples from a galvanized wash tub. Everyone was trying to get the apples in their teeth by biting the stem so they wouldn't get wet. That never works very Pop was determined to win, and submerged his whole head in the water trying to chase the apple to the bottom of the tub...not caring if he got soaking wet. He got the apple and came up with it in his teeth. He thought we were all laughing because of his apple dunking skills...well we were..but what sent us into hysterical laughter was that he let out a big fart when he bent over the tub & dove for the apple...his head was under water and he didn't even know he did was so funny.
  We ended the evening sitting on the patio by the fire pit and making smores and drinking hot chocolate. Some spiked theirs with Kahlua or Irish Cream. It was a great and memorable party, and everyone had a wonderful time.
pop's molasses popcorn ball & taffy syrup
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Pop's popcorn balls
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molasses taffy
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Nov. 5, 2012 12:06 pm
What a great time you all had! I really enjoyed reading about it!
Nov. 11, 2012 11:04 am
Thank you for reading about my 70s party..I really was fun.
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About Me
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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