Things I Should Do Again

I hope you had a wonderful Halloween with your family...we had a windy, wet, snowy, Halloween...and it was perfect!  Most of my children have grown up so I don't have the little trick-or-treaters like I used to have...and my granddaughter is far far away in Washington.  To add to it they don't permit trick-or-treating in Woodland Hills so we had to find some creative ways to celebrate the holiday!

I decided to make caramel apples with my children.  I burnt the first batch of caramel and discovered burnt caramel tastes just like toasted marshmallows!  Really good stuff...  We ran out of popsicle sticks so I sent my boys out in the woods to find "real" sticks...and my son in laws went out to hide in the trees and scare my little boys!  They brought me back perfect sticks with very white faces!

I learned that you can't roll topping on hot caramel....it all runs to the bottom....don't use wax paper...AND if you dip it in chocolate and caramel everything sticks!  Oh...and deer LOVE apples....especially the ones you leave out for them.  I guess they had a happy Halloween too.

I have a good friend, Susan Neal who has the site www.sueneal.blogspot.com and is a contributor for Studio 5 on KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She did a segment last week on Halloween foods that come from pumpkins...AND I decided to use her recipes as my way to celebrate since our little ones are gone.

We carved four pumpkins and used her recipe for the roasted pumpkin seeds.  So delish!  I have made these every year...but never had them come out so well.  The secret is the 6 hour soak in salt water AND the olive oil and butter.  Very good...

She suggested roasting pumpkin...yes...the carving pumpkins.  Never have done that...but it was so good my kids (and me) were opening the oven all night snacking on the best roasted snack ever...

I tool the roasted pumpkin and mashed it into a filling for homemade raviolis....yes it is all on Sue's site!  Super duper good....

I am a queen in the kitchen when it comes to cream sauces and gravies....and this one deserved a crown.  We kept dipping our garlic crust into the sauce...so by the time this was placed on the table...we were all full pumpkin bellies!

The masterpiece...Pumpkin Raviolis with Mushroom Cream Sauce (thank you Sue)!

...and of course it wouldn't be a feast without a homemade pumpkin pie.  Guess who made it?  Count Dracula...so yes he is handsome and can bake....and bite my neck anytime he wants. 

My Edward.....

My Cowboy Adam...

I hope you had a wonderfully spooky weekend.  Go check out Sue's blog and find her yummy recipes.  She is a master in the kitchen and in the scrap-booking world.  I will do all of these things again next year...and can't wait to invite more spooky friends to join me.  You know as the witches of Woodland Hills say..."The more the spookier!"

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