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September 26th, 2009

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

When you are carving your Jack-o-Lantern this Halloween, be sure to save the seeds. Roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious and nutritious. Here are several recipe variations for pumpkin seeds that the whole family can enjoy.

These recipes are courtesy of allrecipes.com

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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Using a colander, rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings. (This is easiest just after you’ve removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried.)
  2. Pour onto large cookie sheet and let dry overnight, or for 24 hours.
  3. Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet, stirring to coat. If you prefer, omit the oil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and bake at 325 degrees F until toasted, about 25 minutes, checking and stirring after 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely and store in an air-tight container.

 

Plain Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

1 1/2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds

2 teaspoons butter, melted

1 pinch salt

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C)
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

 

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

1 1/2 tablespoons margarine, melted

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  2. Combine the margarine, salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce and pumpkin seeds. Mix thoroughly and place in shallow baking dish. Be sure that seeds are single layer and not all bunched up.
  3. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

 

Pumpkin Seeds with Cinnamon and Salt

4 cups pumpkin seeds  1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

Vegetable oil cooking spray

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease a cookie sheet and spread the seeds out in an even layer. Lightly sprinkle with salt and cinnamon.
  3. Bake for about 5 minutes, then stir the seeds. Season with salt and cinnamon again. Continue baking, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until seeds are toasted.

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September 20th, 2009

Halloween Wormy Burgers

Halloween Wormy Burgers

Halloween Wormy Burgers

This is a terrific Halloween treat recipe for young children. It is easy, delicious and lots of fun, so gather the family in the kitchen and add to your Halloween traditions with this great Halloween recipe.  Make these Halloween treats for Halloween parties at school or at home. They will be an instant hit!

This fun recipe is courtesy of Disney Family Food.

Ingredients

40 Vanilla Wafers

1 container dark chocolate icing (1 – 1 and 1/2 cups if home-made)

4 Gummy Worms

Directions

  1. Spread 20 Vanilla Wafers with 1 teaspoon dark chocolate icing
  2. Add 2 Gummy Worms to each cookie. Press worms into the icing to make sure they stick.
  3. Top each burger with the remaining Vanilla Wafer cookies.

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September 19th, 2009

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Cheese Ball

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Cheese Ball

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Cheese Ball

Halloween is nigh and it is time to start planning a great party!

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup solid-pack pumpkin
1/4 cup pineapple preserves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large pretzel rod, broken in half
4-ounces cream cheese, softened
Dark rye bread
Red pepper
Black olive slices
Parsley sprigs
Assorted crackers

Instructions

  1. Beat cheeses, pumpkin, pineapple preserves and spices in a medium bowl until smooth.
  2. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours until the cheese mixture is firm enough to shape.
  3. Place cheese on round Halloween serving plate and mold with your fingers until it is pumpkin shaped.
  4. Using a small knife, score vertical lines down the sides of the “pumpkin?
  5. Place pretzel rod in top for stem.
  6. Cut bread into large triangles to form the eyes, cut red pepper into a triangle for the nose and cut olives in half to make the mouth. Surround your pumpkin with parsley.
  7. Serve with assorted crackers

Serves 8-10 people

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Ingredients
September 17th, 2009

Halloween Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

Halloween Pumpkin Popcorn BallsIngredients

  • 5 cups popped popcorn (plain or lightly buttered popcorn. Don’t use movie theatre popcorn)
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring  – or for a more vibrant orange color use 5 drops of yellow food coloring
  • 4 sticks red or black licorice, cut into thirds
  • 2 caramels (optional)
  • Muffin pan or muffin cups

Directions

  1. Grease a muffin pan and set aside.  We suggest a spray such as Pam. Place cooled popcorn, candy corn and peanuts into a large bowl and set aside. You can also add a few minature marshmellows to the mix if desired. 
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows,  optional caramel pieces, red food coloring and yellow food coloring, adjusting color if needed to get a nice shade of orange.
  3. When the marshmallows are completely melted, pour over the popcorn.  To evenly distribute the candy corn and peanuts, pour them on top of the popcorn and then pour the sauce. Use a lightly greased or buttered spoon to mix.
  4. Use the same lightly greased or buttered spoon to fill the muffin cups.
  5.  Insert a piece of licorice to act as the stem, and mold the popcorn around it. Let stand until firm, 10 to 15 minutes, and then pull the pumpkins out by their stems and admire your beautiful and delicious pumpkin patch!

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September 16th, 2009

Black Cat Halloween Cookies

black cat hlloween cookie recipeIngredients

1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup water
2 large eggs
1 (18.25-ounce) package chocolate cake mix
M&M’s plain candies or Candy Corn
Red hot candies
Black licorice whips (cut into 3/4 inch strips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F (190*C).
  2. In a large bowl, beat together peanut butter, eggs, and water. Gradually add cake mix. Mix well.
  3. Form dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Flatten balls with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Pinch out 2 ears at top of cookie.
  4. Add M&M’s or Candy Corn for the eyes, black licorice strips for the nose.  and red hots for the mouth. Press fork into dough to form the whiskers.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Enjoy!
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Halloween Fun

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September 15th, 2009

Halloween Jokes for Kids

Halloween activities at Operation Letters To SantaQ: What do you call a fat Jack-O-Lantern?
A: A plumkin

Q: What’s a vampire’s favorite fast food?
A: A guy with very high blood pressure

Q: What do you use to mend a Jack-O-Lantern?
A: A pumpkin patch.

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton go to the ball?
A: Because he had no body to go with!

Q: If you peel my skin off, I won’t cry, but you will. What am I?
A: An onion.

Q: What notes does the tightrope-musician have to worry about?
A: C sharp or B flat!

Q: Why was 6 afraid of 7?
A: Because 7 8 9!

Q: Why won`t cannibals eat clowns?
A: Because they taste funny!

 Q: What was the favorite game at the ghosts’ birthday party?
A: Hide and shriek

Q: What do ghosts serve for dessert?
A: Ice scream

Q: What kind of mistakes do ghosts make?
A: Boo-boos

Q: What vegetable do you get when King Kong walks through your garden?
A: Squash!

Q: Why did the skeleton cross the road?
A: To get to the body shop!

Q: What do you say to a skeleton going on vacation?
A: Bone voyage!

Halloween Fun

Be sure to visit Operation Letters to Santa’s Halloween section where you will find all kinds of wonderful things to keep you busy and entertained during the month of October. Be sure to visit our Halloween desktop wallpaper section where you can download vintage FREE Halloween desktop wallpapers for your computer every day!

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September 14th, 2009

Halloween Events In Miami, 2009

Table of contents for 2009 Halloween Events

  1. 2009 Halloween Events in New Orleans
  2. Halloween Events in Los Angeles, 2009
  3. Halloween Events In Miami, 2009

Halloween Events, 2009Halloween events in Miami range from trick-or-treating at the parks to spooky storytelling events and shows around the city. If you’re heading to Miami to celebrate Halloween 2009, you can choose from a variety of fun, family-freindly activities at the major attractions and area sites. From the themed workshops at the library to the traditional trunk-or-treating event, here are some of the top Halloween 2009 events taking place in and around Miami:

Halloween Fun at the Public Library

If you’re heading to MiamiMiami-Dade Public Library will be hosting a Halloween Fun event for children and teens on Tuesday, October 27, 2009. Spend the day listening to spooky Halloween storytellers, make some fun Halloween crafts, and learn more about the history of Halloween with the workshops and events throughout the day. The fun starts at 3 p.m. The Miami-Dade Public Library is located at 101 West Flagler Street in Miami; call (305) 375-2665 for more information.

Monster Splash Nighttime Bash at the Miami Seaquarium

The Miami Seaquarium is a fun destination for Halloween revelers that want to explore the aquarium by day, and then take part in a trick-or-treating event at night. The Seaquarium will be hosting four night s of Halloween revelries that include themed candy stations for trick-or-treaters, haunted houses, a fireworks show and animal shows. The Halloween celebration runs from Wednesday October 28 through Friday October 30, 2009.

The Miami Sequarium is located at 4400 Ricknbaker Causeway in Key Biscayne, Florida. Call (305) 361-5705 for more information.

Source: AC Associated Content

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