Treat-or-Treats

happy halloween

This year for Halloween we hosted some friends over in our new apartment. I must admit our apartment was still pretty unorganized the week prior. So when deciding on the food, drinks, and a costume, I went for easy-peasy, knowing we had other things to handle.

Complicated dishes look great on Martha Stewart’s website and all , but the detail that goes into those recipes is just outside my scope of concentration. Sorry Martha, but I don’t have 4 hours to devote to carving a goblin face into 10 apples. I actually tried this recipe last year. Maybe it’s the fact that I have cooking A.D.D. I always start about 4 different recipes at once. Does anyone else have this problem ?

Here a few of my “Becca Certified” easy recipes for Halloween.

halloween appetizers

mozzarella broomsticks

Witches Broom Stick Appetizers

Just like the GEICO commercial, I turned my kitchen into a Broom Stick Factory and made a appetizer that would surely sweep my guests off their feet. With only 3 ingredients, it was super easy to make and almost too cute to eat (almost :))

Ingredients:

  • Mozzarella string cheese sticks
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Chives or green onion

Directions:

  1. Cut the cheese sticks in half.
  2. Using a small knife, cut the bottom part of each half into strips.
  3. Insert a pretzel stick into the uncut end of the cheese stick.
  4. Wrap cheese with chive or thin strip of green onion and knot.

broom stick appetizer

jackolantern cockail

Jack-o-Lantern Cocktails

Fall is by far my favorite season. I love the crisp weather, the attire (boots, jackets, and scarves oh my!), and everything pumpkin! So it only seemed fitting to make pumpkin inspired drinks for our party.

Ingredients:

  • OJ
  • Diet Sprite
  • Vodka
  • Oranges
  • Limes

Directions:

Cut the orange slices as thin as you can. Peel the lime.  Shake the OJ, Sprite, and vodka in a shaker and pour into your glass. Add your orange slice and then add the lime peel in the middle of the orange.

mummy pigs in a blanket

Mummy Dawg Appetizers

These spooky treats are a delight to eat, and again simple to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package hot dogs
  • 1 can (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dough
  • Ketchup and mustard
  • Pizza cutter

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray the pain with cooking spray.
  • Roll out your dough sheet and pinch any seams together. Cut vertical strips of dough evenly, about 1/2-inch thick. The strips are about 1 inch already pre-cut.
  • Pat hot dogs dry with paper towels.
  • Wrap 1 strip of dough around each hot dog so that it looks like a mummy. Press the ends of the dough together firmly at the ends to secure. Place wrapped hot dogs 2-inches apart on baking and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Use ketchup and/or mustard to dot little “eyes” on the mummies and for serving!

bat meatballs

Bat Meatballs Appetizers

I’ve tested out this tasty Asian Turkey Meatball recipe from Skinny Taste, a time or two. Skinny Taste is  one of my favorite food blogs. Gina, the chef and blog writer, shares healthy recipes that taste realllll good. And if you’re a Weight Watchers follower, she even provides the points for each recipe.  For Halloween, I just added some black corn tortilla chips to the sides of the meatballs. Before  I knew it they were flying off the table (into my guests bellies of course).

Click here for the Asian Turkey Meatball recipe.

pumkin cooler

Pumpkin Cooler

My mom shared this great idea with me she found of the Rachel Ray show. Our awesome friend Dan came over early to help out with our party and I put him on pumpkin duty.
Item List:

  • Pumpkin
  • Serrated Knife to cut pumpkin
  • Colored tacks (I found yellow ones at Home Depot)
  • Ice
  • Beer to fill your pumpkin

Directions:

You simply cut about a 1/3 of the pumpkin off and then gut the pumpkin. Next use tacks to spell whatever you like!  Ta dah! Festive drink cooler.  Click here to see my pumpkin flower arrangement from last Halloween.

Here’s the GEICO commercial I just love.

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