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Welcome! And Happy Halloween!

First off, congratulations to Linda Townsend, who won a super cute backpack that I gave away for the Wicked Entangled Blog Hop!

Next I’d like to encourage you to sign up for my newsletter by clicking on the Subscribe button in the side bar BECAUSE… once a month for the next several months I’ll be giving away author signed books.

In November, one lucky winner will get the following:

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Now back to the business of celebrating!

Halloween is such a fun holiday, filled with trick-or-treaters, scary movies, and well, candy. It’s also the only time of year I make certain foods. I don’t know why I limit myself to only once a year. Maybe because that’s what makes Halloween so special. So, I thought I’d share with you a couple of treats I like to make.

First up: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (My mom roasted pumpkin seeds as far back as I can remember, and my kids just love them.)

pumpkin seeds 2Ingredients:
pumpkin seeds (rinsed and air dried – this can take several hours), oil, and salt

Once the seeds are dried, drizzle oil over them, and mix to coat. Lay out a single layer on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt, and bake at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes, stirring every five minutes (times may vary depending on the oven).

Secondly, I thought I’d share a non-alcoholic drink my youngest likes to make every year. This recipe is from a small Halloween cookbook similar to that found on www.pilcookbooks.com.

Candy Corn Shots:

Candy Corn ShotsIngredients:
Decorative sugar sprinkles in yellow, orange, and/or white
1 to 3 tubes (0.6 oz. each) decorating gell (white, yellow, and/or orange)
4-6 clear shot glasses
2 lg. scoops orange sherbet (about 1 cup)
1 cup milk
2 Tbls. Frozen orange juice concentrate

Place decorative sprinkles in a small bowl. Squeeze gel along rim of each glass and dip into sprinkles. Set aside. Place sherbet, milk, and orange juice concentrate in a blender. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into prepared glasses. Serve immediately. Makes 4-6.

Lastly, I love trying new things, so how about a Vampire Kiss Martini, courtesy of http://cocktails.about.com/od/vodkadrinkrecipes/r/vampire_kiss.htm

Cocktails - 2014Ingredients:
1-1/2 oz. vodka
1-1/2 oz. champagne
3/4 oz. Chambord black raspberry liqueur
Red sugar for rimming

Rim the glass with red sugar. Pour vodka and half the Chambord in a martini glass. Top with champagne. Pour the rest of the Chambord over the back of a spoon to make it float. Drink and enjoy. Yield: 1 glass.

Mmm. Sounds so good. Makes me want to mix one up right now! Cheers!