Archive | October 2009

Goulish Halloween Recipes

Here is a FANTASTIC website that offers a lengthy list of goulish and easy Halloween treats!

50 Fun Homemade Halloween Treats, Snacks and Appetizers
Compliments of!

Each of the links on the above website will take you to a new site with that particular recipe.

Check out these Goulish Witch Finger Cookies!

Witches Finger Cookie Recipe
Yield: 5 dozen

1 cup sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
1 Egg
1 tsp Almond extract
1 tsp Vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
3/4 cup whole Almonds, blanched
2 squares of melting chocolate, or chocolate bark

Combine the sugar, egg, butter, almond extract, and vanilla in a bowl. Mix in the flour, and salt. Cover and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or until it’s firm.

When you’re ready to shape the cookies, only take out a small portion of the dough at a time. Shape the cookies into fingers by rolling and working with your hands. Score the top of the cookie with a knife or spatula to make it look like the wrinkles in your knuckle. Press an imprint into the tip of the cookie with your finger to make a spot for the almond finger nail. Press an almond into the tip of each finger to look like a fingernail.

Placed on a cooking sheet lightly coated with no-stick cooking spray and bake at 325` for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cookies are a very light golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a drying rack.

Use melting chocolate to go around the outside of the almond nail, giving a ghoulish appearance. Just melt the chocolate, put it in an icing piping bag, and cut a very small hole in the tip. Then pipe around the nail.

If you use red melting chocolate the look will be even more dramatic, you can also make small drops of chocolate blood, or chocolate cuts on the cookies if you really want to gross out your guests.

The witches finger cookies will make great party treats, but you can also bundle them up in a decorative container and use them for your Halloween party favors.

Witch Finger Cookies

Witch Finger Cookies




Halloween Ideas

We are coming upon the end of October and Halloween is in a few days!

Here is my last post/links on Halloween party ideas for this year.

Thanks to HGTV here is a link that will take you to several Halloween decorating ideas as well as quickie costumes and more pumpkin carving patterns!

Ideas for Halloween

Here is one of the projects shown under the Halloween Decorations heading!

Halloween Skull Wreath

Materials and Tools:

Wreath covered with silk foliage
Flat black spray paint
Orange and black glass Christmas balls
Plastic skulls
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
Black ribbon


1. Spray foliage wreath with black spray paint. Try to cover all of the greenery or flowers with spray paint so no other colors show. This may take several coats.

2. Attach skulls to the wreath with hot glue, spacing them evenly. Fill in with black and orange glass balls, attaching them with hot glue or tying them on with black ribbon.

3. A fun alternative to the plastic skulls are plastic vampire’s teeth, wrapped Halloween candy or chatter teeth.

Halloween Skull Wreath

Halloween Skull Wreath



More Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Are you tired of the same old carved pumpkin?
Do you struggle with ideas on what to carve on your pumpkin?
Are you totaly clueless (like me!) and unimaginative on how to make a big orange gourd into something unique and awe-inspiring?

If you answer yes to any (or all!) of the above questions then check out MSN Lifestyle with Martha Stewart!

These are not your every day, plain old hum drum carved pumpkins!

Here is just one idea. For more click on the link above!

Pumpkin Raccoon

This raccoon’s nose was made with a pointy gourd that was fitted into a hole in the front of his pumpkin head.

Pumpkin Raccoon How-To

A pen and a linoleum cutter will help you turn a pumpkin into a convincing raccoon or other creature.

1. Choose a pointed gourd to use as a nose. Trace the bottom of it around the bottom of a medium pumpkin, which will become the face. Cut a hole from the bottom of the pumpkin, and also from the bottom of the gourd; scoop out both. Cut another hole in the back of the head (top of pumpkin) for lights and ventilation, and for access to attach the nose.

2. Use a pen to draw facial details, and carve along those lines with a linoleum cutter, leaving a 1/2-inch thickness of flesh so light will shine through. Attach the nose by fitting the bottom of the pointy gourd into the hole in the pumpkin with toothpicks. Make ears from triangles cut from the pumpkin, set upright, and attached with toothpicks.

Pumpkin Racoon

Pumpkin Racoon



Pumpkin Patch Pie

This is one of my favorite and easy halloween pies to make!
I found this recipe a LONG time ago in a magazine and ripped it right out to save.

Orange sherbet and Oreo cookies…what’s better than that?

Pumpkin Patch Pie

1 Pint Orange Sherbet, softened (2 cups)
1 Tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip
1 Oreo Pie Crust (9″)
9 Oreo Cookies

Place sherbet in bowl and stir until smooth. Stir in 1/2 of the Cool Whip until well blended. Spoon into crust. Sprinkle with chopped Oreo cookies, pressing firmly into sherbet. Cover with remaining Cool Whip.

Freeze 4 hours or until firm. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with finely chopped Oreo cookies and candy pumpkins. Store leftover pie in freezer.

Makes 8 servings

It has been a few years since I’ve made the above pie so I don’t have any ‘live’ pictures….
I do, however, have a picture of the original magazine page CIRCA: many years ago!




Cool Products: Fall / Halloween Theme

The following business offers prints/paintings in ALL seasons…and I LOVE Every Single One Of Them!

Check out Painting Prints (we have also added them to our Favorite Vendors list) for a delightful selection of original paintings/prints….and lucky me….most of them feature birds!

The print below is just one of many ‘bird’ prints and with the orange colors it gently whispers fall (at least that’s what I’m hearing!)

I personally have bookmarked Painting Prints as a favorite. Hubs and I have long-term remodeling plans and I know just where a few of those prints are going to go.

Painting Prints



Halloween Recipes

Almost nothing is as fun as creating (and eating!!) Halloween specific goodies!

Here is a real easy recipe for Ghost Cookies.

Quick Ghost Cookies

1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
1 package (1 pound) Nutter Butter peanut butter cookies
Miniature Semisweet Chocolate Chips

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating, stirring occasionally. Dip cookies into coating, covering completely. Place on waxed paper.

Brush ends with a pastry brush dipped in coating where fingers touched cookies. While coating is still warm, place two chips on each cookie for eyes. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
Yield: about 3 dozen.

Ghost Cookies

Ghost Cookies

This one takes a little more work but the end results look cool!

Graveyard Gravel

3 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
Dash salt
2 cups tiny marshmallows
Unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with an equal amount of powdered sugar
Powdered sugar

1. Line a 9x9x2-inch or an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil; set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat and stir chocolate pieces, condensed milk, butter, vanilla, and salt over medium heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; stir in marshmallows just until combined.
Spread mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Using a table knife or thin metal spatula, swirl marshmallows through fudge in pan until marshmallows are mostly melted. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until firm.

3. Using a small scoop, scoop fudge and shape into rocks (fudge will be sticky). Roll some in cocoa powder mixture and some in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Makes about 80 pieces (2 1/4 lbs.).

Graveyard Gravel

Graveyard Gravel