Tasty Party Jello Shots!

It’s almost time for our annual Halloween party and I spent the evening preparing some tasty jello shilot treats for our friends! The flavor conbo’s are out of the world and the perfect party kicker!

Here’s what you need:

Firey Harvest Shots

1c. Apple Cider

1 pkg Orange Jello

3/4c. Fireball Whiskey

Heat the cider and mix in the orange jello take off heat and stir until dissolved. Add Fireball whiskey and mix together. Pour into small co diment containers cover and chill until party day!

Maliboo Blue Raspberry

1 c. Pineapple juice

1 pkg blue raspberry jello

3/4c. Malibu Coconut Rum

Heat pineapple juice and add jello, remove from heat and stir until dissolved add Malibu rum and poor into condiment containers, cover and chill! Enjoy!!

Happy Halloween!

This time of year is one of my favorites! I thoroughly enjoy the changing weather, the beautiful fall colors in Michigan, and it’s the time of year when I throw one of my biggest celebrations of the season our annual Halloween Party!

This past weekend months of preparation and planning came together in a fun night full of dancing and laughter with some of my very best friends, and neighbors! Each year we choose a party theme, and decorate our pole barn accordingly. This years theme was Masquerade! I really thought this theme was going to be easier to plan for than what it was. I found it challenging to decorate for… I ended up with a gold black and purple color scheme, lots and lots of balloons… I’m still winded…, and a few decorative mask centerpieces. Oh and I found a fabulous 9ft wide mask on Amazon that was a perfect match to our colors and theme!

I cooked a big crock pot of chili, made apple crisp and some cobb salad dip with crackers, many of our friends brought along passing dishes, and we had plenty to share!

We held a costume/ mask contest this year for the first time… I have no idea how it is I hold an annual Halloween party and never had a costume contest but we remedied that situation this year! Our big winner was Kasey with her Adams Family inspired look! It really was impressive!

We danced the night away, and paid for it the next day witha bit of a headache…perhaps not so much from dancing as from jello shots but well worth this great time! Hope you’re enjoying the Fall season and spreading a little Halloween Cheer, Happy Halloween!

Fall Inspiration

I love this time of year, although… Michigan is having a very summer-y fall so far. Today is over 80F!! But, the leaves are turning, the fall decorating has started, and I’m starting to prepare for our annual Halloween party (one of my favorite parties of the year).

I’ve been wading through my instagram pages lately admiring all of the fabulous fall decor projects. The trend this year definitely leans toward the softer colors, mauvy pinks, deep purples, and white are making regular appearances on the front porches of the seasons style-makers. Here are some of my faves, enjoy!

This pic is just gorgeous and so much like Fall in Michigan just gorgeous colors everywhere you look.

This was the first pic I found with the pink, purple combo that I used on my own front yard this season. I just love how pretty it is feminine fall.

The blues and greens are pretty too and such a compliment to the front door!

Again these colors were really calling me this year and look at the dainty candle lanterns. The hint of gold is perfect!

All and all I’d say everyone is having a lot of fun being creative this Fall. I’m going to keep working on the party prep. More to come on that soon! Thanks for reading!

Apple Cider Cookies-Fall Cookie Series

Another fabulous fall flavor, apple cider! There’s always a little nostalgia with cider, visiting the orchards in he fall, warm cider on a cold day…so good!

These cookies can be made a few different ways. I tried several versions before adapting my own. I found that incorporating cider itself into the dough didn’t transfer enough of that yummy apple flavor, and even when boiled down it made the cookie dough loose and the cookies would spread too much. So I thought long and hard and came up with using instant spiced cider! It worked like a charm great flavor and texture!

Here’s what you’ll need!

1c softened butter

1/2c granulated sugar

2 Tbsp spiced cider mix

1 tsp vanilla

1/4tsp salt

2 c all purpose flour

2-3tbsp sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350F. Blend together butter, sugar, cider mix and vanilla. Add salt and Flour mix well. Roll into balls, roll that in sugar and flatten onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8-10minites or until edges are browned.

While the cookies bake make the glaze.

1Tbsp cider mix

1c. Powdered sugar

1-2tbsp milk

Mix until thin glaze consistency. Pour into cookies after you remove them from the oven.

Enjoy!!

Oatmeal Cream Pies with a twist!

It’s week two of the Fall cookie series and I found a super simple delicious recipe that anyone can make and look like a cookie pro!

Oatmeal cream pies are a soft cookie with sweet cream filling. I’m pretty sure everyone has eaten the little Debbie version of this treat.

Here’s what you’ll need:

3/4c. Butter

2 LG eggs

1 box of spice cake mix

1 c. Quick cook oats

1 container of prepared frosting, this what I used…

1tsp cinnamon

1tsp pumpkin pie spice

Blend together the butter and eggs, add the cake mix and oats stir together well. Refrigerate mix for 1-2 hours. Meanwhile put frosting in a bowl and add spices stir and refrigerate. Preheat oven to 350F. Use a small scoop to scoop cookies onto greased cookie sheet, wet your hands and press cookies flat. Bake 12-15min. Cool and add filling. Enjoy!

Fantastic Fall Cookies for the WIN!

So after polling my various social media outlets, email subscribers, and getting some feedback right here on WordPress.com, it looks like this fall I will be hosting a blog series on Fabulous Fall Cookies!

Fall cookies

I’ve already started to compile a list of favorites, and can’t wait to get in the kitchen and get things started! I will include a couple of sugar free options as well, so stay tuned! I promise there will be a little something for every taste… Happy Fall Baking Y’all!

 

In a Fall Mood

I have a serious case of Autumn-itis. I am itching to get to the cooler weather, crock pot food, bonfires, and all of the wonderful fall desserts!

I made a nice family dinner tonight and decided to top it off with a Buttercream glazed Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake A la mode.

My house smells so good right now!! Pumpkin spice anything is a quintessential fall flavor. And it didn’t disappoint this recipe was delicious!

The warm spice cake combined with a creamy vanilla ice cream was perfection.

Here is the recipe, enjoy!

1 1/4 cup butter

2 eggs

1 c. Packed town sugar

1 1/4 c. Granulated sugar

1 can pumpkin puree

3 c. Flour

2 tap baking soda

1tsp cinnamon

Allspice, nutmeg, and ginger to taste.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

For the glaze

1/4 c. Butter

2 c. Powdered sugar

1tsp vanilla

Water to get proper consistency

Pour over warm cake