Well, the kids are really geared up for Halloween. They’ve been watching Halloween episodes on Nickelodeon for the past hour or so. Wonder Pets, Diego, and now Ni Hao Kai Lan. I absolutely love the things they say at this age! Anna, my 2-1/2 year old, when asked what she’d like to see on TV, says, “The scary one!” This translates to Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween, which IS quite scary to a 2-year-old, I think. Jason is very proud that he is not scared by it. He is such a brave one at 5.
Tonight, our neighbors will have a Halloween party before we all go trick-or-treating. How fun! I am bringing the Hershey’s Peanut Clusters, though when I got out my ingredients, I was ashamed of myself for having accidentally bought Nestle milk chocolate chips instead of the Hershey’s brand. Oops! It will still taste good, but I figured if I was making the recipe from Hersey’s website, I should use their brand. I had already bought the ingredients ahead of time. My sister, Kate, was the first to share this recipe with us. It’s really simple:
- 1 cup Hershey’s (or if you’re a traitor, use another brand 😉 ) milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup Reese peanut butter chips
- 2 teaspoons shortening (NOT butter, oil, spray, or any kind of substitution… won’t work)
- 2 cups of peanuts (I like roasted, salted.)
Melt the first 3 ingredients in the microwave for 1 minute, stir, then continue melting for 15 seconds at a time until completely melted. Stir in the peanuts, then place in heaping spoonfuls into little candy tins (they look like tiny muffin cups. I like to use the metallic ones.) Refrigerate for one hour.
There might be more instructions on the Hershey’s website. Anyway, they are easy to make and addictive.
I have been trying to perfect my own version of a mocha frappucino. So far, it always comes out tasting just like a frozen chocolate milk, but I think I could do better. I’m using regular coffee instead of cappucino as my drink base. I add milk, whipped cream, crushed ice, and Hershey’s chocolate syrup (yes, the real Hershey’s syrup this time.) The problem this morning was that I didn’t chill the coffee first. Next time I believe I will chill it.
I hope everyone has a safe Halloween tonight! I’ll see if I can get some costume photos up, if I didn’t already.