Worm Fifty Worm

This blog post is inspired by a friend of mine, Ben, who likes to get a little naughty on Halloween… as he puts it “I just want people to party!”

Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore; after you are done passing candy out to trick-or-treaters, enjoy a treat yourself… Alcoholic Gummy Candy! This can be a great alternative to those of you who like jello shots!

1. The first step is to purchase a gummy candy. The most common is Gummy Worms, but during Halloween you can find Gummy Spiders, Bats, Ghosts, etc… GET CREATIVE!!
2. Choose your alcohol. I would recommend rum, vodka, 151, or everclear. They balance out the sweet enough of the worm without being overpowering.
3. You will need the 3 lbs gummy candy, 1 handle alcohol, a large bowl, and cookie sheets. When you have all your supplies ready to go…

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Spiced Apple Cider

Spiced Cider Recipe

My mom always made amazing homemade Spiced Cider every winter. The best part about making homemade apple cider is the smell it leaves in your kitchen. Have a few friends over, make a pot of cider, and watch a Holiday movie.

1 gallon apple cider (if you can’t find cider, apple juice will do but just cut down on the added brown sugar)
10 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tbs lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt

*Bring the cider to boil in a pot. Add the sugar and completely dissolve. Bring the cider down to a simmer and add the rest of the ingredients. Cover the pot and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Simmer longer for more intense flavor.

In case you can’t make it…
Trader Joe’s has one of the best pre-made spiced apple ciders, and its only a little over 100 calories for an 8 oz glass! Try it during the holidays instead of coffee in the morning for some natural inspiration…

Photo Credit: Trader Joes List

One Pumpkin’s Trash is Another Woman’s Treasure

Growing up, my favorite part about carving pumpkins was what my mother would do with the seeds. If your like me, you may not carve the prettiest pumpkin, but you do get a few delicious seed snacks out of the gourd. So instead of throwing our the innards, collect them, take any pumpkin pieces and stringy pumpkin bits off of the seeds, and dry them on some paper towels.

Oh, and get creative :)

Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds

2 cups pumpkin seeds (make sure they are totally dried)
2-3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (enough to just coat all the seeds)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
*Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
*Spread the seeds onto a baking sheet. Coat the seeds in olive oil.
* Sprinkle the salt and pepper onto the seeds. Move the seeds around with a spatula to ensure that all the seeds have an equal coating of seasoning

*Bake in the over for about 12-15 minutes. Once they start getting golden brown, the seeds are done.

Garlic Pumpkin Seeds
*Same as above, just add a teaspoon of garlic powder to the seeds with the salt and pepper
step by step photo instructions

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