Halloween Ideas for Fun and Fright + HM #205

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Halloween Ideas for Fun and Fright + HM #205

Halloween, that spookily frightful, and delightful time of year — I love it! You’ll have to check out my Pumpkin Carving Page as well as the many tips and tricks to awesome pumpkin carvings from lighting, to storage, to designs and carving. I also have some fun Halloween DIY and decor ideas like my Haunted Mirror, DIY Trick-or-Treat Lanterns, and more.  Search the blog for Halloween… You’ll find all sorts of Halloween Ideas. Be sure to take a look at what the gals of Home Matters have put together in our Halloween roundup!

Halloween Mason Jar Crafts from Stephanie @ MomDot

 

Chicken Boo-dle Soup from Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

 

Halloween Cocktails Your Guests Will Love from Skye @ Midlife Boulevard

 

Vampire Brownies Fightfully Fun Halloween Treat from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Vampire Brownies Frightfully Fun Halloween Treat

Enjoy a spooky treat this Halloween with these easy-to-make Vampire Brownies! A frightfully fun idea for any Halloween party. #recipe #brownies #vampire #Halloween

 

Frightfully Fun Vampire Brownies

Halloween Treat Recipe

Halloween can be so much fun! There are loads of easy ideas to make any Halloween party a spooktacular success. These Vampire Brownies hit the top mark on the easy spooky foods meter. Plus, your family and friends will love them! Get your kids to help bake these yummy goodies.

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Let’s Get Baking

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box – Brownie Mix
  • Needed additions for your Brownie Mix
  • 1 Bag – Peppermint Patties
  • Candy Eyes
  • White Frosting
  • Red Frosting
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Directions:

  1. Prepare Brownie Mix and baking pan according to the box directions.
  2. Unwrap Peppermint Patties. You will use 9 to 15 patties to top the brownies in a 13″ x 9″ pan.
  3. Optional – additional patties may be added to the brownie mix batter (whole or chopped). Cover these pieces with batter before baking.
  4. Bake brownies following the box directions.
  5. Once brownies are baked, remove from oven and let stand for 30 minutes. Then, top the brownies with Peppermint Patties. These will be the ones you decorate as vampires. Space the patties out so there will be one vampire per serving.
  6. Let the patties sit atop the warm brownies for 20 minutes. Then, add the Candy Eyes. You will be able to move them around a bit as the chocolate will be soft/melty. The chocolate will “glue” the eyes in place.
  7. Pipe a Red Frosting line for the mouth.
  8. Add White Frosting for the fangs. You can pipe or use toothpicks to achieve your fangs.
  9. Place the pan of decorated brownies in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.
  10. Remove from refrigerator and let brownies return to room temperature. Cover lightly.

 

 

Minty fudge Vampire Brownies are delicious Halloween goodies with and without the pappermint patties mixed into the batter. Make them how you will enjoy them best.

Print the Spooktacular Recipe!

5 from 1 reviews
Vampire Brownies Frightfully Fun Halloween Treat
 
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Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1 Box - Brownie Mix
  • Needed additions for your Brownie Mix
  • 1 Bag - Peppermint Patties
  • Candy Eyes
  • White Frosting
  • Red Frosting
Directions:
  1. Prepare Brownie Mix and baking pan according to the box directions.
  2. Unwrap Peppermint Patties. You will use 9 to 15 patties to top the brownies in a 13" x 9" pan.
  3. Optional - additional patties may be added to the brownie mix batter (whole or chopped). Cover these pieces with batter before baking.
  4. Bake brownies following the box directions.
  5. Once brownies are baked, remove from oven and let stand for 30 minutes. Then, top the brownies with Peppermint Patties. These will be the ones you decorate as vampires. Space the patties out so there will be one vampire per serving.
  6. Let the patties sit atop the warm brownies for 20 minutes. Then, add the Candy Eyes. You will be able to move them around a bit as the chocolate will be soft/melty. The chocolate will "glue" the eyes in place.
  7. Pipe a Red Frosting line for the mouth.
  8. Add White Frosting for the fangs. You can pipe or use toothpicks to achieve your fangs.
  9. Place the pan of decorated brownies in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.
  10. Remove from refrigerator and let brownies return to room temperature. Cover lightly.
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You may also want to try my Vampire Cupcakes. Have a Happy Halloween!!!

 

 

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Slenderizing Recipes – Brownies And Baked Donuts

Find two slenderizing recipes that will help you shed weight while tasting great. You will love these Double Chocolate Brownies and Baked Donuts. #SlenderizingRecipes #GlutenFree

Please welcome Lucy Clark as she brings us two secretly skinny recipes that will rock your world, but not your waistline!

2 Tasty and Slenderizing Recipes

Going Beyond Your Imagination

Everyone is conscious about their health these days, and no one wants to eat food that may undermine that. That has resulted in the canceling of certain foods from people’s diets for fear of the health risks they pose especially on weight increase. However, with the right recipe, you do not have to limit what you eat. Instead of going food shopping and asking every vendor whether a particular snack is gluten free, how about you make the gluten free meals yourself for a change. Read on and get full recipes of two of the tastiest snacks that you would never expect to help you shed weight.

 

Secretly Skinny Double Chocolate Brownies

It does sound impossible that chocolate brownies could be delicious yet gluten free and refined, sugar-free at the same time. Well, it is not impossible with the right recipe. One aspect that makes it gluten-free is the use of oatmeal as a replacement for flour. Yogurt and applesauce instead of oil and powdered stevia and coconut sugar instead of white sugar. So as you can see it is not a mystery as it may seem, making a healthy, tasty, weight shedding chocolate brownie. This is how you do it:

Chocolate brownies with nuts and mint leaves.

Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ a cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • ½ a cup cocoa powder
  • ½ a cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ a cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ a cup almond milk (preferably cashew milk)
  • 3 table spoons of egg whites
  • 2 table spoons of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tea spoon baking powder
  • ½ a tea spoon of baking soda
  • 1 tea spoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 a tea spoon of stevia powder
  • 4 table spoons of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray an 8×8 glass pan with non-stick cooking spray. Then set the pan aside.
  2. Add all ingredients except the chocolate chips to your food processor and blend until all ingredients are incorporated. Then add in 2 table spoons of your chocolate chips and pulse just until chips are incorporated into the batter.
  3. Pour batter into the greased glass pan. Smooth out the batter and top with the remaining 2 table spoons of mini chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until top has cracked. The brownies should be set, but an inserted toothpick should not come out completely clean. If it does, they are over baked.

Secretly Skinny Double Chocolate Brownie recipe from Grounded & Surrounded.

Printable Recipe – Double Chocolate Brownies

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Double Chocolate Brownies
 
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Double Chocolate Brownies - a slenderizing and healthy recipe that will help you shed weight while tasting great.
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Type: Dessert
Ingredients:
  • ½ a cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • ½ a cup cocoa powder
  • ½ a cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ a cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ a cup almond milk (preferably cashew milk)
  • 3 of egg whites
  • 2 of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 baking powder
  • ½ a of baking soda
  • 1 of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 a of stevia powder
  • 4 of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray an 8x8 glass pan with non-stick cooking spray. Then set the pan aside.
  2. Add all ingredients except the chocolate chips to your food processor and blend until all ingredients are incorporated. Then add in 2 of your chocolate chips and pulse just until chips are incorporated into the batter.
  3. Pour batter into the greased glass pan. Smooth out the batter and top with the remaining 2 of mini chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until top has cracked. The brownies should be set, but an inserted toothpick should not come out completely clean. If it does, they are over baked.
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Baked Donuts

You could search the world to find gluten-free donuts that are also low in calories or better yet you can bake some within the confines of your home. With the right ingredients and following the instructions as given you would not miss a thing. Plus your kids will just love these donuts; it is a guarantee that they will not get enough of them. And the best part is that you would not have to worry about them adding weight or any other health issues from these donuts. Though organic raw apples, blue grapes, and grape fruits do not make it on many people’s shopping list due to their availability and cost, they taste better when taken with these yummy donuts as juice while sitting in your lawn grass. That has been taken care of by this recipe for six.

Various colored fresh baked donuts.

Baked Donuts Recipe

Ingredients

Donut Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend G&S GF Flour Blend Recipe
  • 3/4 tea spoon Xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tea spoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tea spoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tea spoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tea spoon stevia powder
  • 2 table spoons egg whites or 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup of applesauce
  • ¼ cup of plain almond milk
  • 1/2 tea spoon vanilla extract
  • 2 table spoons of water

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 table spoon of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tea spoon of plain unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ a tea spoon of vanilla extract

Topping

  • 3 table spoons of coconut sugar
  • 1 table spoon of sprinkles which is optional, but it makes it extra special for kids

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. You can taste test the batter.
  3. Grease donut pan with extra-virgin olive oil spray. Of course, it is a non-stick pan, but grease it anyhow, or the donuts will be a stinker to remove!
  4. Scoop batter into greased donut pan or put the mixture in a Ziploc bag.
  5. Cut the corner off of the bag and pipe into the donut pan wells.
  6. Bake @ 375F for 30-32 minutes or until donuts are fairly hard to the touch and golden brown. They may seem over baked, but the inside will be just right.

Topping

  1. Mix together glaze ingredients and pour onto a small plate.
  2. Dip one side of the donut into the glaze and then dip that same side in coconut sugar or top with colored sprinkles for the kiddos instead. Enjoy!

Baked Donuts recipe from Grounded & Surrounded.

Printable Recipe – Baked Donuts

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Baked Donuts
 
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Baked Donuts - a slenderizing and healthy recipe that will help you shed weight while tasting great.
from:
Type: Breakfast
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend G&S GF Flour Blend Recipe
  • 3/4 tea spoon Xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tea spoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tea spoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tea spoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tea spoon stevia powder
  • 2 table spoons egg whites or 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup of applesauce
  • ¼ cup of plain almond milk
  • 1/2 tea spoon vanilla extract
  • 2 table spoons of water
  • Glaze Ingredients
  • 1 table spoon of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tea spoon of plain unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ a tea spoon of vanilla extract
  • Topping
  • 3 table spoons of coconut sugar
  • 1 table spoon of sprinkles which is optional, but it makes it extra special for kids
Directions:
  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. You can taste test the batter.
  3. Grease donut pan with extra-virgin olive oil spray. Of course, it is a non-stick pan, but grease it anyhow, or the donuts will be a stinker to remove!
  4. Scoop batter into greased donut pan or put the mixture in a Ziploc bag.
  5. Cut the corner off of the bag and pipe into the donut pan wells.
  6. Bake @ 375F for 30-32 minutes or until donuts are fairly hard to the touch and golden brown. They may seem over baked, but the inside will be just right.
  7. Topping
  8. Mix together glaze ingredients and pour onto a small plate.
  9. Dip one side of the donut into the glaze and then dip that same side in coconut sugar or top with colored sprinkles for the kiddos instead. Enjoy!
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So, whether it is for dessert, snacks for a picnic or your kids’ birthday party you do not have to worry about gluten content anymore. With these recipes, you can rest assured that the tastiest of them are all here, and you now have the power to make them in your kitchen. Instead of digging deeper in your pockets to purchase other available fat burning foods to complement these tasty snacks, why don’t you start a small kitchen garden where you can grow a variety that becomes handy anytime.

Visit Lucy at her blog, Garden Ambitions, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

 

Looking for other healthy recipes? Try these Breakfast Recipes Packed With Protein, Coconut, and Blueberries, Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad, or Peanut Butter Raspberry Smoothie Recipe.

 

 

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