"A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween." ~Erma Bombeck
"There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch." ~Robert Brault
I was able to finish my Spooky Quilt just in time for the Halloween season. This pattern is in a book called So Many Choices by Abbey Lane Quilts. It was the first time I have ever made a stack and wack quilt. I thought the whole process was really fun. I used Halloween fat quarters that I purchased last year during shop hop when they were all on sale.
Here are a couple of very yummy recipes perfect for a nice Fall/Halloween dinner.
I love this soup! It's chock full of vegetables.
6 slices bacon 1(15 oz.) can green beans, drained
3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, chopped 1 medium to large zucchini, cubed
2 cups celery, chopped 1 tsp. dry oregano
5 carrots, sliced 2 tsp. dry basil
4 cups chicken broth 1 cup shell pasta
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained parmesan cheese
In a large stock pot, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to a plate to drain. Cook onion and garlic in bacon grease for 4-5 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook for 2 more minutes. Add chicken broth and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Add kidney beans, green beans, spinach, zucchini, oregano, basil and shell pasta. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is done. Salt and pepper to taste. Add bacon that has been crumbled. Cook for 2 more minutes. Serve with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Makes 8 servings.
Superb Herb Bread
(adapted from Taste of Home recipe)
1 cup water 1 ½ tsp. poppy seeds
1 Tbsp. powdered milk 1 ½ tsp. dried minced onions
1 egg 1 tsp. sage
1½ Tbsp. butter ¼ cup parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. sugar 2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt 1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. caraway seeds 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
Place ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Select dough setting. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a floured surface. Punch down; shape into a loaf. Place into a 9x5” loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan, spread butter on loaf and let cool on wire rack.
Did you ever have a wish to be invisible? I have; that is until I read this classic book by H. G. Wells.
Here are some cute little pretzel pumpkins. They are so easy to make and very tasty. Just take small pretzels and dip them in melted orange candy melts: add a mini green m&m for the stem. Wait for them to harden and then you have a yummy snack.