Let’s start the second part of the Halloween guide with a giveway-
Halloween Joke Book for Kids
There’s a brand-new Halloween eBook designed specifically for kids – 103 Hilarious Halloween Jokes – Riddles & Jokes Guaranteed To Keep Your Little Ghouls and Monsters Laughing by Scott Allen and illustrated by Michelle Dimuzio( $2.99). These are funny jokes that kids will enjoy – puns, riddles, and jokes – with delightful illustrations.
The author has offered to give away three copies to Budget Smart Girl readers, so just drop me an e-mail or post a comment and I’ll pick at random three winners. Giveaway finishes on midnight, Wednesday October 20th, 2010. I’ll announce the winners next Friday.
For the Ohio Based Budget Smart Girl
For true fashionistas, Columbus offers Highball, masquerade-style Halloween party shuts down the city’s main “drag” in Columbus (High Street along the Short North Arts District) and features a costume couture fashion showdown with local designers, live entertainment and costume contests (for kids, dogs and adults!). The event runs from 3 p.m. to midnight and is just $5. Another option that’s relatively unknown (and outside the normal realm of Halloween events), is Lima Lantern Tours. The Allen County Jail in Lima, Ohio, housed notorious criminal John Dillinger in the 1930s before his gang broke busted in, killed the local sheriff, and started a nationwide manhunt. Working with experts from the recent Johnny Depp film “Public Enemies,” Lima officials have created Lima Lantern Tours to explore the Dillinger saga and other local stories. Walking tours and horse-drawn carriage rides take place Oct. 15-16 and 29-30; tickets are $10 and $20, respectively. Tip: For those interested in a more in-depth glimpse of the Dillinger saga, there’s an exhibit at the Allen County Museum with artifacts including the gun the sheriff was reaching for when he was shot, letters from Dillinger’s girlfriend and an original jail cell. Admission is $3.
Frightfully Delicious Recipes from the Folks At Certified Angus Beef
Here are some recipes that were sent to me from Certified Angus Beef
For more information, visit www.certifiedangusbeef.com.
Spooky Spiders Ground Beef Biscuit
1/2 pound Certified Angus Beef ® ground beef
1/2 package taco seasoning
1/2 cup water
1 16-ounce tube home-style refrigerated biscuit dough
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
16 sliced black or green olives
32 pretzel sticks
Cook ground beef and drain excess fat. Add taco seasoning and water, simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Separate dough into 8 biscuits; place each biscuit into ungreased large muffin tin. Press dough firmly into bottom and up the sides of each cup.
Divide crumbled ground beef evenly into dough cups. Squirt ketchup over meat; sprinkle with cheese. Place two olive slices on top of each for “eyes.”
Bake for 20 minutes, or until biscuit edges are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from muffin cups. Stick four pretzel sticks into each side of each biscuit cup for “legs”.
Nutritional Information per Serving: 319 Calories; 15g Fat; 6g Saturated Fat; 31mg Cholesterol; 33g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 13g Protein; 1,047mg Sodium; 13% daily value Iron (based on 2,000 calorie diet).
Mummy It’s A Hot Dog
6 Certified Angus Beef ® brand frankfurters
1 11-ounce tube refrigerated breadsticks
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Remove breadsticks from container; separate into 6 coils at perforations.
To make each mummy, unroll 1 coil of dough. Wrap dough in a spiral around 1 frankfurter, stretching to fit, pinch to seal at both ends of frankfurter.
Place on ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining frankfurters and dough.
Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve with ketchup “blood” for dipping.
Nutritional Information per Serving: 346 Calories; 21g Fat; 8g Saturated Fat; 40mg Cholesterol; 25g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 12g Protein; 1,126mg Sodium; 13% daily value Iron (based on 2,000 calorie diet).
Leaky Cauldron Soup
1/2 pound Certified Angus Beef ® round steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Flour for dusting
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
315 1/2-ounce cans beef broth
1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
Salt and pepper to taste
Season beef with salt and pepper. Dust with flour; pat off excess. In an 8-quart pot or Dutch oven, heat oil, and cook beef until browned. Add onions and garlic; lower heat and simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add tomatoes and broth to meat mixture; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered 20 minutes.
Add macaroni and vegetables; simmer 15 minutes more.
Nutritional Information per Serving: 259 Calories; 7g Fat; 1g Saturated Fat; 26mg Cholesterol; 26g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 24g Protein; 1,505mg Sodium; 20% daily value Iron (based on 2,000 calorie diet).
It’s Alive! Bread
1/4 cup melted butter
1 16-ounce package frozen roll dough
Coat large Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Arrange frozen dough balls in bottom of pan. Cover pan with a clean dish towel and let rise until doubled, about three hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Uncover dough, drizzle butter over top of dough and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Carefully invert pan onto serving plate; let rest five minutes before removing pan.
Pull apart and enjoy with Leaky Cauldron Soup.
Nutritional Information per Serving: 307 Calories; 18g Fat; 7g Saturated Fat; 20mg Cholesterol; 33g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 5g Protein; 913mg Sodium; 10% daily value Iron (based on 2,000 calorie diet). Recipes provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC
What To Do With Leftovers
Leftover treats aren’t that common but here are some ideas about what to do if you have candy sitting around. Thanks to all the candy companies for sending us these ideas.
Trail Mix Surprise: Add together 1 cup of each: Fisher® Milk Chocolate Peanuts, Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins, chopped dried Apricots, dried cranberries, bite-size pretzels, rice or corn cereal squares, dried banana chips, salted sunflower seeds and salted Fisher® cashew pieces. Mix all ingredients together and you’ve got Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisin Fun Mix! Store in a sealable container or zip-top bag and pour into a bowl for everyone to share, or keep stored in a cool place and grab a handful whenever the mood strikes.
For after-school celebrations: Be the coolest mom/dad with treats for after-school and other activities!
Add Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins to your favorite Oatmeal Cookie recipe to add flavor, texture and nutrients like potassium, fiber, calcium, iron and protein!
Kids love fruit snacks and they love cupcakes, so why not combine the two? To make a Welch’s® Fruity Cupcake, simply make your kids’ favorite cupcakes and top them off with any flavor variety of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks for a chewy surprise in every bite.
Make any fall party a hit even after Halloween is over:
Put out a bowl of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks pouches and you’ve invited vitamins A, C and E to the party! This is also a great portable snack that allows guests to mingle and munch without having to camp out at the snack table.
Toss 4 oz. of Sour Jacks® into a bag of already made microwave popcorn and shake the bag to mix together for a treat that’s a little salty and a little sweet (serves 2-4).
Stir 1 oz. of Sour Jacks® in with 4 oz. of vanilla ice cream to create your own Sour Jacks® Swirl ice cream (serves 1).
Here’s information on some of the products mentioned above:
And the 3M Command brand products has some spooky ideas for you and all of them can be placed around the house without causing permanent damage to the walls…what parent doesn’t love to hear that!
•Command plastic and metal hooks ($2.99-$12): Make your Halloween party “scary” good by hanging bats, ghosts and cobwebs from ceilings and walls that brush guests as they pass by.
•Command decorator clips ($1.99-$3.99): Hang eerie lights on your entryway to scare trick-or-treaters, or use the clips to hang haunted garlands on your banisters and mantle.
•Command picture hanging strips ($2.99-$4.99): Display creepy cutouts of skeletons and zombies or posters from famous horror films. Showcase framed photographs of your best Halloween costumes from years past.
Once you’ve decorated, enter images of your haunted house in the Take Command of Your Space Facebook Contest. You could win $500, plus a flip-video camera and a prize pack of Command products! Simply visit Facebook.com/CommandBrand and upload a photo or two – we love before and after shots! – along with a tip about how you used Command to decorate your space. They’re selecting a new winner every week through December 25, 2010 so you can enter more than once!
Hope your Halloween’s a fun and safe one!