October 31, 2016

Great recipes and links in it for Halloween!

Our family room was decorated every year by my teenage son
In honor of the holiday today (Halloween) - This is a repost from 2014 - but has some great recipes and links in it for Halloween!

By the time the kids were preschoolers we had cute little pumpkin window clings and little adorable witches and pumpkins hanging on the fridge.  Little bat cookies soon followed and with the next few years, as the kids got more vocal about decorations... it grew.

By the time my kids were 18, 17 and 13, our Halloween decorations had expanded to pretty much the entire main level of our home from the spiderweb encased front porch to the bloody background graveyard above  our fireplace mantel.  We had flying bats, electronic rats, flying ghosts and fake blood splattered walls with HELP ME written on them by some poor soul.  My son had a BLAST decorating.

We even covered our every day artwork with vampire and ghost inspired art as well as running a smoke and bubble machine!

Yes... our house became a Halloween house - complete with Halloween inspired FOOD.

However, my "Halloween Loving Child" is now a 22 year old guy living on his own about 1,000 miles away... my days of creepy Halloween decorating are over and I'm back to being able to decorate with a pretty little pumpkin, a harvest theme, or cornucopia.  No bloody finger cakes as I don't have a house full of teenagers to appreciate it.  Or eat it all!

Our annual Red Velvet Bloody Finger Cake

Previous Halloween Goodie Posts

Edible Worms
Bloody Red Velvet Finger Cake
Witches Fingers Cookies
Sugar Free and Low Carb Cut Out Sugar Cookies
17 Pumpkin Recipes! Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Pasta and more

However,  in keeping with the holiday spirit, I started to search for Halloween themed baking pans this morning on Amazon.

I had seen the coolest idea to use a skull cake pan to make not cake, but to homemade pizza calzones.  The bread pressed into the pans with a red pizza sauce and pepperoni filling oozing from it's skull was brilliant!  And it got me thinking about how I wanted to buy a skull pan and ship it to my son... who loves to cook in his apartment and I knew would find skull pizzas an awesome fun idea.



Related items available through Amazon (and many more items can be launched from  any of the links below):

Wilton Haunted Manors 6-Cavity Pan
Wilton Pumpkin Faces 6 Cavity Silicone Mold

Wilton Cake Pans: Halloween Singles Bat Ghost Pumpkin Mini Molds ~ Set of 3

Wilton Dimensions Nonstick 3D Skull Pan

Wilton 2105-8920 Web with Spider Cake Pan Set

Wilton 2105-0679 Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Fluted Cake Pan

Or cupcake liners!

Wilton Graves Baking Cups 75 Pack

Wilton Skull Petal Baking Cup 24 Ct

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October 26, 2016

(11) Eleven Autumn Recipes Featuring Pumpkin

Today is National Pumpkin day so it's a great time to repost this - a list of yummy pumpkin recipes to welcome Fall.

If you need pumpkin pie spice and you don't have it in the pantry, you might already have the spices to make it yourself;

Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 t cinnamon
1/8 t nutmeg
1/8 t allspice
1/4 t ginger

Eleven Autumn Recipes Featuring Pumpkin

Pumpkin Griddle Cakes

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Dessert (Made with a Dry Cake Mix!) 

Pumpkin Pie made with Apple Butter

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Penuche Frosting 

Low Carb, Sugar Free Pumpkin Bars

3 Layer Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Muffins with Flaxseed





You might also be interested in these related items from Amazon; 


Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan

Wilton Autumn Micro Leaves Sprinkles

Wilton Fall Sprinkles Mix

Wilton Recipe Right 2 Piece Long Loaf Pan Set

Nordic Ware Cast Aluminum Mini-Scone Pan




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Reposting: My Natural Flea and Tick repellent and de-wormer for dogs - Garlic

This is the amount of garlic I use for both dogs. I stir it in & divide the food between the two dishes.

Originally posted in 2014 

I actually don't recall the last time I saw a flea.  And in this area, picking 15 ticks off a dog after playing outside would be normal if you aren't actively treating your lawn and brush and woods for ticks.  We maybe have 2 ticks found per year. Mosquitoes are thick here too, but we've watched; they don't land on the dogs.  They hover, do a couple circles and fly away.

When we brought our dogs home in June of 2012, we found ourselves caught up in the vicious cycle of pharmaceuticals and chemicals that have become commonplace to give dogs for fighting mosquitoes, fleas and ticks and de-worming after the dogs would ingest a random flea from biting at an itch. 

That was not ok with me.  My dogs were miserable from the effects of all those chemicals being put into their body to repel fleas and ticks and kill off parasites in their digestive tract.  (A monthly cycle of lethargy, shakes, throwing up, diarrhea, going 'off' their food for a couple days, dispelling the dead {and still live} worms from the flea eggs that hatched in their digestive systems... and repeat every single month).  I asked my vet's office;  "It's been 3 months in a row of this cycle of flea's and de-worming.  Is this just what I should expect? Is this what I'm going to have to do year round in the Southern states?"  She said, "Yep.  Pretty much."

That's when I started to do my own research.  And after a few weeks of research, I decided to take the advice of a 90 year old farmer and start giving my dogs garlic.

It's unfortunate there is so much misinformation being spread about garlic for dogs, but I'm not going to get into that argument.  It's easy;  if you don't want to give your dog garlic, then don't.  I'm not telling anyone to.  What I'm doing is simply saying "hey, this is what I use and it works for me and my dogs."

Garlic is a natural antibiotic,antifungal and antiviral.  Garlic boosts the immune system, makes dogs less desirable to fleas and ticks and is a natural antiparasitic.

In 2012, I embarked on my 1 month 'garlic' trial for my two dogs.  No more chemicals.  Just garlic and only garlic. I started to add it to their food in the morning and evening.  At first I worried they wouldn't like the taste or strong smell so I actually cooked it the first couple days!  By the third or fourth day I was cooking it in a bit of water in the microwave.  Finally, I decided to just add it straight to the bowl and see what they thought.  Gobbled it right up.  No more cooking.  Just a spoonful of garlic with every meal.

After 1 month I saw such an improvement, I continued it on a 3-month trial.  Wow. We never went back.  We didn't have to.  For the past 4 years, my dogs have been getting fresh garlic every night with their food.  Fleas and ticks don't like my dogs.  We simply don't have issues with them anymore.  Mosquitoes don't like our dogs.  They avoid them.  We haven't had to deal with worms or de-worming in over 4 years.  And this is in the deep South!  Where fleas and ticks and mosquitoes are awful!

I don't measure, I just add a scoop to their dog food, mix it up and serve it. But I did find this recommendation on using fresh garlic from The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn.

10 to 15 pounds: 1/2 a clove
20 to 40 pounds: 1 clove
45 to 70 pounds: 2 cloves
75 to 90 pounds: 2.5 cloves
100 pounds +: 3 cloves

This photo was from the original post in 2014 - it's been 4 years (2016) now.

Originally posted in 2014.  Photo from 2014.

You might be interested in;
Nylabone Dura Chew Bone, Bacon Flavor
Purina One SmartBlend Dog Chicken Rice
Suncast Elevated Feeding Tray


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