Sunday, October 27, 2013

Yummy Halloween "Finger Sandwiches"

My Halloween menu always includes lots of edible creepy crawlies and gore filled treats. The grosser the better! Go all out this Halloween with my favorite creepy recipe, “Finger Sandwiches”.

I invented this monstrosity purely by accident. If you’re from upstate New York like me chances are you know what a “Speedie Sandwich” is. After moving to Colorado I realized that the rest of the world was missing out on this delectable dish. I made it my mission to recreate the recipe. Once perfected though my kids were not at all fond of the strong flavors that make them so delicious to us grown-ups. So I altered the recipe to make it more sweet and savory, rather than just savory, by adding pomegranate dressing. At first sight my kids (and I have to admit me as well) were not sure about this chicken. As you can see it looks really gross. Like body parts floating in a dish. However once I coaxed them into taking a bite they loved it. I won't be making this for a dinner party any time soon but do plan to serve this every year for Halloween dinner.

1 package of chicken tenderloins
1 cup pomegranate vinaigrette dressing
¼ cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon garlic salt
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
loaf of Italian bread

Make a marinade by whisking together all of the ingredients except for the chicken and bread.  Add chicken to the marinate, cover with a tight fitting lid.  Refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally.  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. Chicken is done once the center is no longer pink.

Place one-tenderloin on the bread. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

FIVE Halloween Decorations Needing THREE Supplies Or Less

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday of the year. Not only do you get to wear a cool costume and pass out candy but it also signifies a change in the season. All the amazing fall colors and cooler weather that make you want to stay inside and get your craft on! Not to mention that it also signifies the end of all my weekend yard work. Even better!

It is not too much longer before the little goblins and princesses hit the streets for Tricks or Treats. Get into the spirit! Here's some easy ideas for decorations that require three supplies or less. That is my kind of craft!

Mummy Blocks
Have some old scraps of wood blocks laying around? Why not turn them into scary mummies! Super easy to make with very few supplies needed. It calls for 2x4 wood scraps but I think if you vary them in height it would make a more interesting display.

These spooky creatures are the perfect party decoration, as they will take up a lot of floor space.  I never would have thought to use paper-bells in this way. So cool! 

 Specimen Jars
This is one of my creations. I have planned many a Mad Scientist party and these are always the hit of the whole shebang. Simply fill a jar with water and add food coloring of your choice. Then place a creepy toy inside (bug, body part, monster, etc.). Let the madness begin!

Ribbon Wreath
This wreath will add a very elegant touch to your door. No sewing required – just tie ribbons into bows around a wire wreath frame.

Tombstone Cupcake Toppers
Make the Hollow evening’s end a sweet one with these eerie tombstone cupcake topped printouts from Chickabug. Bonus: they come with a sweet graveyard cupcake recipe, the perfect treat to sink your teeth into.