Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dark & Stormy Death Punch....

Dark & Stormy Death Punch
I made this for my Halloween soiree last year and EVERYONE loved it, both men & women.  It's a loose rendition of the Dark & Stormy but much more affordable when providing for a gaggle of 'weeners.

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lime juice
750 ml bottle dark or spiced rum
2 liter bottles ginger ale

Dark & Stormy Death Punch
In a pitcher, stir the sugar into the lime juice until dissolved; add the rum and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

In your vat, pour in the lime-rum mixture; add the ginger ale, stir gently and serve in ice-filled glasses.

If you want to get really ghoulish.... get a can of Lychees, I had to go to a Chinese grocery for them last year, and stuff the lychees with maraschino cherries and freeze them... great eye ball ice cubes!

Happy Halloween!!!

NOTE:  the top picture is with Captain Morgan, very tasty but not nearly as creepy as the Myers Rum version I did last year in the vat..... I will be using Myer's for Halloween!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

HAPPY GOOD & PLENTY DAY & a Guest Post :)

Anyone remember Choo-choo Charlie?  I sure do.... [sorry about sticking THAT tune in your heads but I could not resist!]

My point? Well, CJ over at Food Stories asked if I'd like to Guest Post while she recouperated I said "ABSOLUTELY! What are my holiday choices oh Queen of Food Holidays?" When I saw Good & Plenty as a choice I thought HOW FUN! 

So, I set off to come up with a cocktail.... I know SHOCKING.  Head on over to Food Stories to check out what these beauties are!


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Saturday, October 20, 2012

BOO! {A Gaggle of Spooky Foods for your Halloween Party}

Halloween Treats & Fun
I love the kids dressed up.
I love my house spookified.
I love creepy cocktails.
I love the friends gathering.
despite all my Pumpkin hate.
I actually LOVE a good cheese ball shaped like a pumpkin....
it's the thought of adding pumpkin to my coffee, risotto or even yes.... *shudder* my Martini that KILLS ME.

So, spooky food.....
arm me with a variety of Pillsbury products and I can bake up one killer Spooky Food Banquet. 
And I do.
Every Halloween.
It's one of my favorite things....
nothing gourmet.
Not fancy.
Probably bordering on 4th grade level execution

So, I want to share.... all the recipes are links,  I created NONE of this, I cannot take credit for the creativity but the execution [good and bad] is all me & my kids.... the crappy photography.... all me.  But none of this was done for a blog... this was done for the love of it.

I hope you love it too & HAPPY HALLOWEEN {I know it's early but what good would this post be ON Halloween! You'd be annoyed}!

Halloween Cheese & Dips
My pumpkin cheese ball is my FAVORITE I use for Halloween
and of course for Turkey Day
Super easy.  The top I actually rip a stem off a real pumpkin.... the recipe called for using a green pepper. 
I like my way better :)
The web dip was just on Yummy Mummy with a video that I'm linking, that's Ranch with Ketchup for dipping little mummies but you could use any dip in my opinion.
The fingers out of the dip below are baby carrots with red pepper triangles.  Cute and easy! 

Halloween Spooky Food with a little help from Pillsbury

On the far left are serpent "hoagies"
                    then little bugs.... a/k/a pigs in a blanket with dots
                                              then a couple examples of every one's favorite....
                                              the Cordon Bleu Mummy
                                              Do not make less than 2.  Actually delicious.
                                                                                        & bringing up the rear are the meatball caterpillars.... CUTE!

Quick Fixes to fill out the Spooky Banquet
Deviled Eggs with Olive Spiders
& Witches Fingers PBJs

& even with ALL THAT CANDY.... dessert is a must!

The top right is a spooky log pound cake...
That is really as talented as I get.
I'm VERY proud of that.
That's Dylan with our "Witch's Hat" Cake.  BOO!
A friend of mine brought the Kitty Litter Cake.
Too freaking funny
& pretty darn tasty
presented in a real litter pan of course.
And finally my Candy Corn Trifle
I think that with practice it will end up being
a great addition but that was my first attempt!
It was yummy :)
p.s. I promise a spooky cocktail post within the week!
NOTE:  The links in this post are mostly from the original source but a couple I could not find so I chose a blog rendition that I felt was accurate & useful; a few I couldn't find anything other than the picture I had gone from and so I leave you with my picture as your guide... the log [which is a saralee pound cake cut in half, iced and marshmellows, M&Ms, gummiworms and almond slivers], the spider eggs and use your own yummy recipes!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

The Pumpkin Boycott {Featured Non-Pumpkin 5}

OK, I'm boycotting pumpkin posts.... so here is my FEATURED 5 NON-PUMPKIN edition :)

Although if I wasn't boycotting Pumpkin I would say that you absolutely MUST go to the Hungry Couple and check out her Pumpkin Risotto.... but that would only be if I wasn't boycotting Pumpkin. Which I am.

So, who wins my non-pumpkin love this week?

I love all of you but I'm loving a little extra on.....

Kita from Pass the Sushi
& her Chicken Pad Thai

Laura @ WyldeThyme 
& her Sausage & Potatoes

Kayle @ The Cooking Actress
& her Waffle Iron Hashbrowns!

David Lebovitz
& his Char Siu Ribs

Anita from the Hungry Couple
& her Creamy Parmesan Corn
I'm forgiving the pumpkin in the background LOL

& of course ONE FOR GOOD LUCK!


Alex & Lori at Intoxicology101

Thank you to all for letting me repost****
I owe you a giveaway :(
& I owe SUSAN.... my FABU FAN a shout
& congrats on winning September's
giveaway last month! CONGRATS &
Thanks for sticking with me <3

& last but never least congrats to Eileen
at The Joy of Caking and her awesome new cookbook
In the Sweet Of It.... Can't wait for mine to arrive!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Best. Darn. Mojito. {Happy Thirsty Thursday}

Blackberry Mojito
Last weekend some blackberries caught my eye and I bought them thinking I was going to try a Bramble.

That's how it all starts.

Well, I apparently saw something shiney and next thing you know my Bramble became a Mojito. And then my new Mojito became an inadvertent Denizen shout out.

You may recall when I did my Denizen review {and the Rum Collins post} I mentioned that I thought Denizen would be a fab Rum for a Mojito.  Well, I was right.  I really think this Rum and its fruity essence was a key component to what I will simply call....

Blackberry Mojito
The best darn Mojito.

What You Need:
1 oz. simple syrup
4-5 blackberries
Handful of mint
2 oz. white Rum (I used Denizen)
3 oz. club soda

Yup. No lime.

What You Do:
Muddle your blackberries,
simple syrup and mint.
Add rum.
Pack with ice,
top with club soda
and sit back
and ENJOY!
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