Archive for October, 2011

October 31st, 2011

Garfield’s Halloween Adventure

Operation Letter to Santa and Santa’s blog wishes you a very Happy and SAFE Halloween.

Enjoy this full length version of Garfield’s Halloween Adventure.

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October 31st, 2011

Magical Creatures – Which is Your Favorite?

What Is Your Favorite Magical Creature From the Harry Potter Movies

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October 27th, 2011

Kids’ Favorite Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Kids' Favorite Pumpkin Seeds Recipe from Operation Letter To Santa and Santa's blogDon’t forget to save those pumpkin seeds this Halloween when you carve your Jack-O-Lantern! This easy and very tasty recipe is fun for kids and parents alike to make during this holiday season. Healthy too!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients; transfer to an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 250° for 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned and dry, stirring occasionally. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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October 27th, 2011

Hogwarts Butterbeer Recipe

Hogwarts Butter Beer Recipe from Operation Letter to SantaWhat would Halloween be without a great drink concoction and apparently, Butterbeer is the beverage of choice for the Wizards at Hogwarts Academy.

Ingredients

2 cups light or dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
1 1/2 sticks butter (NOT margarine)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup heavy cream, divided
1 teaspoon rum extract
1/2 teaspoon
4 12-ounce bottles cream soda

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
  2. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/2 cup heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine 4 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 8 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

Enjoy!

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October 25th, 2011

Halloween Mummy Dogs

Halloween Hotdog Mummy WrapsHalloween is right around the corner and this is a great Halloween party recipe for kids and adults alike. Wrap up your favorite brand of hot dogs in true Halloween mummy fashion! These are cute and very fun to make and serve.

Source: Pillsbury.com

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls OR 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
  • 2 1/2 slices American cheese, quartered (2.5 oz)
  • 10 hot dogs
  • Cooking spray
  • Mustard or ketchup as desired

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles.
  3. With knife or kitchen scissors, cut each rectangle lengthwise into 10 pieces, making a total of 40 pieces of dough. Slice cheese slices into quarters (1/2 slice cheese, cut in half).
  4. Wrap 4 pieces of dough around each hot dog and 1/4 slice of cheese to look like “bandages,” stretching dough slightly to completely cover hot dog. About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate “bandages” so hot dog shows through for “face.” On ungreased large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down); spray dough lightly with cooking spray.
  5. Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and hot dogs are hot. With mustard, draw features on “face.”
Try a mini version with cocktail sausages.
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