Monday, October 20, 2014

Spider Deviled Eggs {Halloween}

Who doesn't like deviled eggs?  We love them in this house!  
When I came across this idea on Pinterest, I knew I had to try them out.
They are just your typical deviled eggs, with a spider on top.  

Whoever came up with this is a genius.  For those of you who love them, you can now enjoy them during the most ghoulish month of the year.  

The spider part is made out of olives.  I'm not a huge fan of olives, however, I ate two of these…spider and all.  And I LOVED them!

During the photo shoot for this post, we had children in and out of our house (as usual).  A few of them didn't like deviled eggs and refused to try them.  However, my daughter and another friend of hers ended up eating two each.  Before I knew it, they were all gone!

I think it's safe to call them a success!  
So yes…if you have a Halloween party to attend, you must make these!  The guests will rave about them for years to come!  Promise ;)

Spider Deviled Eggs
(makes 6 eggs)


Ingredients:
3 eggs
2 to 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise (or more if you like lots of mayo)
A couple of pinches of the following:
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
1/2 cup of medium sized pitted olives

Directions:
1.  Bring a pot filled half way with water to a boil.  Once boiling, drop the eggs, carefully one by one, into the boiling water with a slotted spoon.  Make sure there is enough water in the pot to cover the tops of the eggs.  Add more if there isn't.  Boil for one minute.  After that minute, turn the heat off, place a lid over the pot, and let the eggs sit for 15 minutes.  The heat and steam from the pot will cook the egg to perfection.

2.  After the 15 minutes is up, place the eggs in a bowl.  Shock them with cold water and let them sit for about 8 minutes to cool down.

3.  Once cooled, start peeling them.

4.  After they are all peeled, cut them in half length wise.

5.  Take each half of the egg and carefully remove the yolk.  Place all the yolks in a bowl.

6.  Mash all the yolks with a fork until crumbly.  Place the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and garlic powder inside the bowl.  Stir all together until nice and smooth, making sure all the seasonings are well blended.  

7.  Fill each egg with the yolk mixture.  Some people like to fill a plastic bag up with the mixture and cut the tip off the end to help fill it.  I just use a plain ole' spoon.  

8.  Take an olive and cut it down the middle.  Take one half and place it on the top of one egg.  Take the other olive half, cut them into legs, and place them on top of the egg.  Repeat this process until all the eggs are topped with spiders.  Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Recipe Source:  From the blog, What Amber Loves.  Original post here.  

Have a safe and happy Halloween!!


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sugar Cookie Witch Fingers {Halloween}

Halloween is creeping up on us.  Can ya believe it?  Decorating for this crazy time of the year isn't really my forte', I'm more of a fall/autumn decorator.  However, I do enjoy making scary treats every year and taking our children trick or treating. 

My love for making ghastly treats started six years ago when I came across another fellow military spouse who enjoyed making Halloween treats for her family.  Her joy for this hobby was VERY addictive and before I knew it, I found myself making them as well.  My family can't wait to see what I have brewing up for them every year around this time.  
These witch fingers will make a great addition to your Halloween menu or party.  My children and their friends LOVED these.  They thought they were "gross" but "cool" at the same time.  I think that pretty much sums it up!  

The key to making this recipe is flour….and lots of it.  Flour helps the cookies keep that "finger" form while baking.  Finding a tutorial with pictures on how to make these proved to be difficult so I decided to make one for you guys.  
1.  Mix your sugar cookie dough with 1 cup of flour and 3 teaspoons of water.  On a slightly floured surface, knead the dough for about 7 minutes. 
2.  With a 1/8 measuring cup, scoop out one section of the dough.  Roll the dough into a worm like line.
3.  With your finger, make a small indention on the right end.
4.  Make another indention in the middle.
5.  A few inches above the middle indention, take your fingers and slightly pinch the sides.  This will form the little "puff" under the nail.  
6.  Take an almond piece and place it on the left end.  Slightly press it down.
7.  With the back of a knife, score the following into the dough: 2 scores underneath the fingernail, 3 scores inside the middle indention, and 2 scores inside the right indention.
8.  Place dough fingers onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  If wanting to place moles onto the fingers, place the pointed end of a chocolate chip above the middle scores (not pictures).  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Once out of the oven, press the almond pieces deeper into the fingers to create a cuticle effect (not pictured).  Let the fingers cool.
9.  Once cooled, take a small brush and dip it into 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder. Brush the scores with the powder to create a life like effect.
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Easy peasy huh?  
Your children will LOVE you for this recipe!  I kid you not!
Now get to baking……..

Sugar Cookie Witch Fingers
(Makes 16 fingers)



Ingredients:
1 (16 oz.) package of pre-made sugar cookie dough
3 tsp. of water
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder
16 chocolate chip pieces for moles (optional)

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  In a medium bowl, mix your sugar cookie dough with 1 cup of flour and 3 teaspoons of water.  On a slightly floured surface, knead the dough for about 7 minutes. 

3.  With a 1/8 measuring cup, scoop out one section of the dough.  Roll the dough into a worm like line.

4.  With your finger, make a small indention on the right end.

5.  Make another indention in the middle.

6.  A few inches above the middle indention, take your fingers and slightly pinch the sides.  This will form the little "puff" under the nail.  

7.  Take an almond piece and place it on the left end.  Slightly press it down.

8.  With the back of a knife, score the following into the dough: 2 scores underneath the fingernail, 3 scores inside the middle indention, and 2 scores inside the right indention.

9.  Place dough fingers onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  If wanting to place moles onto the fingers, place the pointed end of a chocolate chip above the middle scores (not pictured).  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until fingers start to brown and are a bit firm.  Once out of the oven, press the almond pieces deeper into the fingers to create a cuticle effect (not pictured).  Let the fingers cool.

10.  Once cooled, take a small brush and dip it into 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder. Brush the scores with the powder to create a life like effect.

**Libby's Notes:  I have read that you can use homemade sugar cookie dough with this recipe.**

Recipe Source:  Adapted from the blog, Domestic Sugar.  Original recipe post here

Have a happy & safe Halloween!!!!!


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