Happy Halloween!

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.

Anna's "Wadybug" costume

Anna in her "Wadybug" costume

Jason is Darth Vader this year.

Jason is Darth Vader this year.

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