Friday, October 30, 2009

Fake Cinnamon Rolls

I just love the way cinnamon smells, especially cinnamon rolls! This is my moms recipe- she would have these on the counter almost non-stop when I was little. They're terribly easy to make and will hold their smell for quite some time!

What you'll need:
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups salt
  • Water (no specific amount)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • A couple of sticks cinnamon to garnish
Mix flour and salt. Add water- a little at a time- until it looks like cookie dough. Roll out into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up and slice about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 300* for 2-2 1/2 hours. Spray tops with non-stick cooking spray the last 30 minutes of baking to brown. Let cool. Place rolls in a decorative basket and garnish with the sticks of cinnamon.
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Witches Brew

I'm sure there are a gazillion recipes for this, but I figured I'd post it as a substitute for the one planned! I bring to you the ever popular,
Witches Brew

You'll Need:

  • 1 12oz container of frozen limeaid, thawed
  • 1 qt lime sherbet, slightly thawed
  • 1 liter ginger ale (chilled)
  • liquor if you choose to spike the punch (if so, stick the bottle in the freezer a few hours prior)

Simply mix all of the ingredients in your serving bowl! I like how the sherbet gives it foam on the top!

True to form...

I forgot to pick up the recipe that I was going to share with you today! I'd hate to guess at it and you try it tonight only to fail miserably, so I'll get two up tomorrow. In the meantime, I'll rack my brain and see if I can come up with another one for today!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Giveaway Straight From Salem!

If you're not a follower of Octoberfarm you should really check that blog out! There's all kinds of recipes, Fall stuff and a little tour of her travels around Salem, Ma!!! I've always wanted to go there, and she's somewhat satisfied my desires! At least for now! Coolest thing? She's doing a Halloween giveaway featuring items that she picked up on her last visit to Salem!
Enter for your chance to win.... unless you want to make my odds a little better!! :)

Eating Kitty Litter?!

Yes! I said eating Kitty Litter! Well, not actual kitty litter, of course, but a cake that looks so much like the real thing I've had people refuse to eat it! I first made this cake a few years ago for a Halloween party and it's been a regular at my house every year since. I've even had a couple of requests for birthday cakes! Enough hooblah, on with the cake!!

Note: This image is courtesy of a Google image search. My poor home computer is still not in proper working order and I don't want to do any more than necessary to it, so you'll probably see more of this!

What you'll need:

  • Plastic kitty litter pan (I used the large one from the dollar store)
  • Litter Scoop (again from the dollar store. I think both cost about $3)
  • 1 box Spice Cake mix
  • 1 box White or Yellow cake mix
  • 1 package vanilla sandwich cookies (NOT oreos, the ones with white icing and cookie)
  • Green sugar crystal sprinkles
  • Tootsie Rolls (the long ones work best)

You may want line the pan, but I usually don't do this. Just depends on what you want. I don't have cats so the liner is just an extra expense to me! Also, some recipes call for vanilla pudding added to the mix. I don't do this step either, though I did try it once. I made the cake ahead and by the time it was ready to be eaten, the pudding had made the cookies soggy. Blah!

Bake the cakes according to the instructions on the box. Meanwhile, in a food processor (or a zip lock with a big 'ole hammer!) crumble the cookies. Once the cakes have cooled, crumble them up with your fingers and mix the two cakes and about half of the cookies together. Spread into the litter box. Sprinkle the rest of the cookie crumbs over the top of the cake then top with the sprinkles to resemble the crystals in kitty litter. Next is the fun part! On a microwave safe dish, heat the tootsie rolls, a couple at a time, until they are pliable. Shape them into turd form and place around in the litter. I like to stick one on the scooper itself and have one hanging on the edge like the poor kitty had the runs! Be sure to get a little of the cake onto some of the tootsie rolls so that it looks like it's been a while since it was cleaned! Sudden thought: I wonder how those mini snicker bars would work with this? Hmm, I'll have to try that out next time! If you do, let me know it works out! You can put some news paper, or whatever you think makes it look genuine, under neath the pan.... just make sure your kitty knows the difference!! Enjoy!!

Since inventory has been done and work has finally slowed down, I will try and post at least one of my Halloween recipes these next couple of days! I'm so sad I've missed out on the festivities until now!!