Happy Halloween, Baby: Pops and Cake

Alrighty, so I saw these on another website (opens to a new window!) a couple of weeks ago, and for my daughter’s halloweeny get together (in which I did not play Type O Negative, I promise) I made them.

By memory, which means that hey, I’m not completely losing my mind. 😀

It was really fun. I think these could easily be adapted for other holidays. And don’t worry, if you don’t have a microwave like me, you can put a bowl over simmering water and melt them gently that way.

(And if I can do it, anyone can! :O)

And then I made cupcakes. Delicious, delicious cupcakes.
I might need to go get one right now.

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Kool Aid Pie

I love getting these ‘weird’ recipes in my inbox. This is really easy for kids to make. In hindsight, I think I should’ve let Kelly do this.

But I did it myself.
I’m so mature.
(Plus Kels doesn’t like pie. What 12 year old doesn’t like PIE?!)

Whatcha Need:

1 envelope Kool-Aid
1 14oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 8 oz container of Cool Whip
1 Graham Cracker Crust

Whatcha Do:

1. Mix Kool-Aid and SCM together well.
2. Fold into Cool Whip.
3. Pour into graham cracker crust.
4. Refrigerate a few hours before eating.

Simple.

Schwan’s is amazing, you guys.

First of all, I wanna say THANK YOU! to the people that have dropped by and said hello. It means a lot, and I love you all. You can’t imagine how nice it was to see the dramatic ARCH in the pageviews. It made me giddy.

Secondly, I gotta admit that I haven’t been doing things from scratch the past few days. On Monday my very cute Schwan’s delivery guy stopped by, and I got our food! More importantly, I got our gallon of Summer’s Dream Ice Cream. It’s described as, “A combination of rich creamy vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet.” What they forget to mention is “made by the gods”.  It’s seriously delicious and I wish they’d make it year round.

Something else I try is the Black Angus Steak Burger. You get 8 in a package, which works really well for my little family – that’s 2 meals right there. They’re incredibly juicy and unlike a lot of preformed patties, they’re not paper thin, and they’re tasty. That’s actually what we’re having tonight, with some MicrosSteam Baby Broccoli Florets.

I won’t go into all what I got, but I did wanna share some of my favorite items to buy. They really are very, very tasty. ❤

(Picture belongs to Schwan’s!)

Brown Sugar Meatloaf: AR Review

I could’ve sworn I’d posted this before I moved, but I guess I didn’t.

Oh well. Hi ladies and gents! I bring you another Allrecipes Review – one of the last on my camera’s memory card. I still haven’t unpacked/found my charger, so… *shifty eyes*. I’m hoping this won’t be the last you see of me! Haha.

Anyway. I’ve got sort of a love/hate relationship with meatloaf. They can be pretty wall-flowery, can’t they? Very boring, very unassuming, and in the worst cases, pretty dry and gross. Big hunks of vegetables that just makes everything look so unappealing – which reminds me of Eddie Murphy’s stand up routine about his childhood self wanting a McDonald’s cheeseburger – leave a comment if you remember with what I’m talking about! (Eddie rocked that purple leather outfit, didn’t he? Haha)

I didn’t think I’d ever find another meatloaf recipe I liked more than Eileen’s. I’d be perfectly okay with serving that one at a dinner party. Not with Brown Sugar Meatloaf. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing ‘lesser’ to BSM, except that it’s simple. It reminds me of something my grandmother would’ve made back in the day. It’s just down home, good soul food, and it’s delicious. I had everything on hand in my pantry, and there wasn’t anything ‘weird’ in it like Parmesan cheese (which my husband despises. Who despises cheese?!)

It’s not overly sweet, which was a concern. I couldn’t taste the saltines, and it wasn’t so jam-packed with binder that it was dry. It wasn’t overly oily, either – in fact, I probably could’ve added more of the saltines to make it hold together more – when I placed it on the cutting board, it fell apart. It wasn’t a problem, though! The ginger lends something indescribable to the meat. It really ‘makes’ the meal, I think.

Definitely try this one. I was pleasantly surprised. 5 stars.