Yummy, yummy, yummy…I’ve got food in my tummy

I also start work tomorrow!

A HUGE part of both Halloween and Samhain is…the FOOD!

Here are some food, and a recipe with them that I have actually used over the years. Since I am not a confident cook, below are all the recipes that I actually have used. I’m going to also include my recommendations.

Ghost S’mores Dip – Delish

This is clearly the easiest dish to make, and also one of the yummiest. You just generally melt some marshmallows and chocolate buds together, and use the biscuits or sweet crackers to dip with. These days you can find vegan friendly marshmallows as well. So you can make two different dips, but one vegan friendly.

Strawberry Ghosts – Delish

These are also pretty easy, because it’s just strawberries dipped in white chocolate, with little chocolate frosting for eyes. Of course though, if you’re running out of time though (sometimes the icing and the strawberries, kind of “melt” into each other), don’t worry about the eyes.

Graveyard Mousse – KidSpot: KiwiGirl

I have differed this recipe as few times. You can make the mousse yourself, or just buy the mousse (especially if you have a place that makes really nice mousse). You can put all sorts of animal lollies in it. I love getting frogs (which we have in Australia) sour worms. You can use any kind of biscuits for the Headstones, or none at all. One time I put gummy bears in the mousse, making it look like some buried them. There are body part lollies.

Monster Munch – Delish

Again, this is one that you can differ to your tastes. I suggest using a sweet and/or salty, popcorn. I would also suggest just using white chocolate, rather than milk or dark chocolate. I just found that the white chocolate just made it taste a little sweeter. You can add whatever you want as well, I usually use just candy corn, white chocolate drizzled, icing sugar and sweet and salty popcorn. In the recipe, the author suggests that you can use pretzels, M&Ms, Reese’s pieces.

Mummy Hotdogs – Homemade Interests

Now this is one of the harder recipes that I found to do, mainly because it a little fidgety. But they are a lot of fun to eat. Remember you don’t need to heat up the hotdogs in water, you wait until they are wrapped, and placed into the oven. They cook in the oven, with the dough wrapped around. Of course, you can choose whatever dip you want. The usual sauces and condiments go well with this recipe.

I love to drink too, all drinks…except jagerbombs and that horrible water, what’s it called, it’s got all bubbles in it…Oh, and that aniseed stuff. I have tried experiments over the years, but I cannot get drinks right.

Raynor Bear’s Cave

Love is Food and Food is Love

I decided to post a few yummy Valentine’s Day treats! Mentioning that there is absolutely no shame in making these for yourself either ~.^

I think food that is for any kind of love, should be comforting you. However, comforting food CAN BE HEALTHTY. Sometimes I’ll show my body some love, with fruit or a healthy snack. Comfort and “love” food can be healthy and unhealthy.

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The first one I’m going to show you is chocolate biscuits! Sounds boring, but my partner and I (luckily) both love the Subway cookies. There’s usually a “fight” for that last biscuit. So this recipe is a bit of a variation of those cookies.

Fudgy-wudgy chocolate cookies

So while not exactly like Subway cookies, I actually found this recipe looking for them. I’ve had baked them a few times and they always go quickly.

Strawberries dipped in stuff

Now, normally I have to buy these already made, because … well to be honest … I have no patience to wait =D Haha.

Croissants

Well, French is love … Right? And you can put so much on them! Eggs, jam, cheese, avocado, ham and cheese. And now you can make gluten free croissants.

Seafood … Well, I wont post a link to this. I am sure you all have recipes or meals with seafood, that you love. I’m not a big fan of any type of Oyster myself, but I hear they are a aphrodisiac.

What foods and treats make you feel all warm and gooey inside?

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Recipes – Nurt Thursday

Recipe – Nurture Thursday

I am going to get a little lame here…

2 Tablespoons of humanity

2 Tablespoons of Listening

1 Tablespoon of understanding

1 Tablespoon of Compassion

1 Tablespoon of Self-Love (it’s alright if it spills a little bit more every now and then).

Break for one day

Roll yourself back together…Remember to not spread yourself out too thinly.

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April Goals

My birthday is in April, so I’m hoping to do a lot of fun goals…But I have to do some serious work too!

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(Seriously you would not it’s Autumn here at the moment…It’s 96.8 F today! = 36 C)

  • Find some low cholesterol recipes…I went to the doctors and my cholesterol is a bit high, so over the next month they want me to lower it. It has been amazing after that and looking at the actual packaging on food, how much sodium there is in everything! I need to sit down and look up/write some recipes.
  • I’ve decided that I’m going to have a “slumber pj movie night” for my birthday, it’s going to be held in the first weekend of May.
  • For my birthday I am going to look into having a “make your own smoothie” bar, since I can’t really drink. See how I can have movies and games at the same time.
  • Maybe…Maybe looking at hiring outdoor furniture for my partners house for my birthday…Maybe…
  • Look for a frame that will fit 4 A4 size pictures in…Maybe ask for one for my birthday,lol
  • Try Winter jeans/pants on, make sure that they still fit.
  • Too finish “Lord of Shadows” and write up a review

January Goals…Ticked or not to Tick?

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  • I would love to get away with my partner. There’s this little beach town that I love in my state and I have always wanted to stay  there overnight, it’s perfect Summer weather and a perfect Summer beach town. I just have to convince him!

We did do it and it was really quiet nice. We went to a little beach-town over Australia Day and it was lovely. We did about 4 or 5 different walks at different times of the day. I am so happy that we did it as well. It wasn’t even too busy because the media had reported it was going to be 41. It ended up being 38 and that wasn’t even until the last couple of hours before sunset. Most of the day it had cloud covering.

  • I’m reading  a few books while I’ve got some time off before the busy season starts at my work place. See a review coming soon!

I “kind” of did this one. By that I mean instead of writing an review for one book I compared two books. Written in the same genre, and both the second book in a series instead. I found it really interesting. I’ve never really done that before and it made me look at the books differently as well. I think it takes a lot more work comparing rather than writing up a single review. You have to consider and reconsider both books.
You can read “Take 2” here.

  • I want to get a few things set up before I really start back up at work. Like a meditation space etc.

I have got a couple of things set up for it and not having the other things hasn’t stopped me from meditation though. It’s more like it would just be a nice thing to have a proper space set up.

  • Make lasagne…from scratch! I love it and I want do it, but I’ve never done it before!

Yeah I should have known this one wasn’t going to happen. I have been cooking things, mainly slow cooked meals from scratch and some different types of bakes. I’m starting to think that making lasagne from scratch is more of a Winter meal,lol

Winter Drinks

We are now going through the middle of Winter and it is cold and I am not very good during the cold weather and I have been looking at some lovely hot, steamy drinks…So I am going to share some of them I am planning on making this Winter, I just have to figure out the amount that these recipes makes: What are some of your favourite Winter beverage recipes? any family favourites or classics?

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Recipe

Mulled Wine *looks SO easy to make!*

Easy Nutella Dessert

Another year over…

…Well not exactly yet, except it’s no another 354 days until the next Halloween again … Already there’s Christmas every where, well actually I could have sworn that they started advertising it as early as September. We’re not big on Halloween here in Australia, I even bought treats for the trick and treaters…We had none, yeah I was disappointed…We have so much chocolate! I don’t even like chocolate that much,lol. (I was Miss Beetlejuice)

I hope that you all had a fun and, more importantly, safe Halloween…I know that America is where Halloween originated from, but I’m unsure as to what other countries may celebrate it. The other one that I am aware of is Day of the Dead, celebrated largely through Mexico.

So I thought that I’d share a few photos with you from my weekend. One of the foods that I made that was such a hit and I would definitely make it again is Candy Corn Popcorn…It is really sweet and extremely easy to make!

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Recipe for Candycorn Popcorn

500 grams Candy Corn
225 grams white chocolate melts
1 Bag popped popcorn (flavour is up to you…I choose Johnnys Sweet &Salty)

  1. Place the popped popcorn and candy corn in a very large bowl (you’ll need plenty of room to stir popcorn).
  2. Melt the white chocolate melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each time, until melted. OR Heat a small saucepan of water to boil, bring down to a simmer, place a small glass bowl on top of saucepan (making sure that it doesn’t fall in) and place white chocolate into glass bowl, watching and stir as it melts.
  3. Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the popcorn and candy corn and stir to coat each piece of popcorn.
  4. Pour the mixture over wax paper and spread into an even layer.
  5. Allow to cool in the fridge for at least 15-30 minutes.
  6. Break into pieces