CRAWLS-MOPOLITAN

Hello lovely, 

I'm just getting back from a really short girls trip to Miami for the weekend. I can't believe Halloween has essentially come and gone! Because Halloween is on a Wednesday, every Halloween party was this weekend, meaning I didn't get a chance to dress up at all. Travelling doesn't allow for costumes and unfortunately my friends weren't up to a Halloween party but we did enjoy some sites and sounds at R House in Wynwood on Friday. Every Friday there is ladies night with tasty champagne for only $1 per glass. You really can't beat that. People came in costumes and if you were driving around Wynwood this weekend, you would've seen everything from Reno 911 cops to black panther and other superheroes.

With all of the excitement I was really inspired to create one more ghoulish drink. Since my martini glass broke, I knew I needed to buy another one  I looked for a martini glass in several stores, but just wasn't able to find one. I was ready to give up. But I decided that just because I couldn't find the right glass didn't mean I couldn't still enjoy the drink. Sure presentation matters but after the stress of packing, rushing to meet deadlines and facing returning to work, I needed a little something to help me mellow out.

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To make this spooky drink, all you need is a peach flavoured drink like , a little bit of vodka and some Brandy. A squeeze of fresh lime really bonds the flavours. It's spooktacular!

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CRAWLS-MOPOLITAN

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz vodka

  • 1.5 oz peach nectar

  • 1 oz cherry brandy

  • .5 oz fresh lime juice 1 lime yields about 1 1/2 oz of juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wet the edge of a martini glass and press into gold sanding sugar and set aside.

  2. Add the vodka, peach nectar, and cherry brandy to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  3. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

  4. Garnish with an orange peel twist, a cherry, and a cuddly spider.

Check out these other holiday drinks for a spook-ta-cular celebration!

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Halloween Pancakes

Hello Lovely,

In the spirit of my, well, Halloween spirit, I’m also going to be making a big ol’ batch of these festive pancakes on Halloween morning. Because who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast, and especially who doesn’t love fluffy, bright-orange pumpkin pancakes with a spooky black cinnamon syrup on top? No one. No one doesn’t love them. A HUGE thank you to Girl Versus Dough for sharing this recipe. I tweaked it a bit. I really wanted to make the syrup, but guys, mixing red and yellow dye to get the perfect shade of orange took most of my energy. But even without the spooky black syrup, don’t these pancakes look delicious?

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Halloween Pancakes

AUTHOR: GIRL VERSUS DOUGH

PREP TIME:  15 MINS

COOK TIME:  10 MINS

TOTAL TIME:  25 MINS

YIELDS: 6 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

For the syrup:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup water

  • Black food coloring

For the pancakes:

  • 2 cups original Bisquick® mix

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • Pinch nutmeg

  • Red and yellow (or orange) food colouring

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugars, flour, cinnamon, vanilla and water to a boil, stirring constantly. Slowly add enough black food colouring to completely dye the mixture black. Stir constantly while boiling for a few more minutes until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, stir together Bisquick mix, milk, cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and food colouring until well combined. Spoon batter onto hot greased griddle; cook each side until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes each side.

  3. Transfer to serving plates; top with syrup and serve warm.

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Marshmallow Boo Treats

Hello Lovely,

Is it your turn to bring snacks and you forgot to plan again? Don’t worry, I’ve got the perfect last minute DIY that doesn’t even feel like work! Marshmallow Ghost Boo Treats- these are so simple and so much fun to make, the kids will be so excited for these. They make a great party favor for a Halloween party! 

DISCLAIMER: I’M RESHARING THIS POST FROM THE KEEPER OF THE CHEERIOS.

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Materials:

  1. Small Marshmallows or other white candy (amount depends on how many bags you want to make)

  2. Long skinny treat bags (found mine in the cake decorating section on my local grocery store

  3. Halloween ribbon 

  4. Scissors

  5. Black permanent marker

Directions:

  1. Fill bags about 3/4 of the way full of marshmallows

  2. Tie using your Halloween ribbon

  3. Draw on your ghost face with a marker

  4. Enjoy

DIY HALLOWEEN MASK

Hello Lovely,

Halloween is just around the corner! It’s that night of the year where a costume can instantly change your identity and almost anything goes. Sometimes, the best costumes are ones you can make at home. A masquerade or Venetian mask is a great costume solution if you’re short on time or money, or if you want to try creating something you can’t find at a store. So last Monday, on the holiday, I had two of my best friends, Krista and Telia (at this point, they should be your best friends too) and Telia’s daughter Bre, over for a fun craft party. We ate, laughed and created masterpieces. I ended up making Krista’s mask for her and I’m pretty proud of myself! So if you want to make one of your own, here’s the simple steps you can take to have your own masquerade or Venetian mask just in time for the holidays!

GATHER YOUR DIY HALLOWEEN MASK MATERIALS

You can make Halloween masks out of pretty much any material, from felt and balsa wood to paper and ceramics. I invited some friends over to make some simple masks with nothing more than cardboard, construction paper, and a few little bits of crafty scraps.

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MAKE A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN MASK

We all started with the same template. I made a basic half-face mask template and loved how we all created our own different interpretations from it. Cardboard was used for the main structure, but the template can easily work as a pattern for paper, clay, fabric, papier-mâché, or anything you can find. Feel free to adjust the eyes and nose areas to fit your face.

ADD YOUR MASK DETAILS

Then it’s time to decorate your mask! I do a little bit of planning of what I want my composition to look like before I commit to gluing things down. A good glue gun and some scissors is sometimes all you need.

ADD THE FINISHING TOUCH

When you feel like your mask is done, you can glue or tape on a wooden dowel to the back of the mask to wear it Venetian or masquerade style, or punch holes and add string to wear it hands-free. This easy, DIY costume is sure to make your Halloween happier!

I can’t wear a costume at my job but hopefully they won’t mind this cute little mask, right? What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

A HUGE THANKS TO THINK MAKE SURE FOR THIS ACTIVITY

Friday Favourites: Halloween Candy Nostalgia

Hello Lovely,

With my lack of experience with trick or treating, I was able to recall the candies sold at the neighbourhood Tuck Shop, outside of the blue wooden home around the corner.  Ms. Major was an older woman, who was friendly and always wore a tied haircloth.  Thinking back on the candies that were able to fit securely in my then small hands, I reflected on those frequently seen on mattresses and floors, where Trick-or-Treat buckets and bags were often overturned. These are

  1. Candy Corn – triangle shaped candy with a hint of sweetness.  It didn’t remind me of corn but I liked the flavor and texture.  It’s THE CLASSIC Halloween candy

  2. Candy Necklaces – it was the fun of temporary jewellery and being able to eat each piece, one coloured candy at a time

  3. Now and Later: Fruity Sticky Taffies that come in 5 part, single wrapped candies in fruit flavors. I was always a fan of Banana but found Cherry to leave a dye in my mouth.

  4. Sugar Daddy: Milk caramel on a stick which was easy to pull and twist with your teeth and wrap around your fingers

  5. Chick-O-Stick: Now found in a small wrapped version, this peanut butter and toasted coconut candy has a crunchy and brittle taste but it is oh so addictive!

  6. Ring Pop – This ever so popular (and fun to put on your finger)

  7. Jolly Rancher – Small, individually wrapped candies which fruity flavours mainly green apple, watermelon and cherry, were the best.

  8. Cry Baby – This brings an explosion in your mouth as these sour coated gum balls which will bring you close to tears if you decide to suck instead of chewing.

  9. Jawbreakers – This candy will take you the longest to eat and is the hardest one to bite.  With its largest counterpart weighing in at 27.8 lbs.

  10. Charms Lollipop – You can crunch or suck to find the soft, gummy centre of this candy.  My favourite flavors were Green Apple and Watermelon.

What are your favourite Halloween candies? Share with us your nostalgic moments in the comment section below!

XoX,

Mechelle

Get Your Swerve on with these Halloween Drink Ideas

Hello Lovely,

Often times at parties, the fruit punch or signature drink gets the spotlight and then it soon fades to soda and water (wine if offered at the more upscale shindigs).  But why should the cool drinks have all the fun?  Here’s a mix of warm and cold drinks to liven your Halloween party:

Apple Cider – At 3 to 4 hours cooking time, the warm Caramel Apple Cider is the longest on our list but certainly provides a depth of flavor and aroma. The flavor and scent of the cinnamon sticks, apples, oranges and other spices are truly highlighted in this drink.  Totally worth the wait and prep time.

Bailey’s Peppermint Cream Cocktail – Crushed candy cane and minty liquer add to this hot chocolate drink

Bloody Good Milkshake Shots - Melted dark chocolate outlines the rim and glad of this cool drink

Get dirty with our Dirty Ghost Martini! A basic Bailey's and vodka gets a spooky update.

Over the years, Harry Potter has become a Halloween staple. So why not drink a cocktail inspired by this great literary revolution? The Amortentia will leave your guests tongue twisted not only from trying to pronounce it but also from the love spell it'll cast on you after drinking it.

Are you brave enough to take a sip of this brightly coloured brew? Whipped cream vodka and orange pineapple juice combine with Cruzan aged dark rum to create this powerful potion. So what’s it going to be? Trick or Treat?

Vampire Kiss MartiniFor the grown-ups who aren't on chaperone duty, try this Halloween-style twist on a classic Champagne cocktail. A mix of raspberry, vodka and champagne

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Bloody Punch – Dr. Pepper fans will love this Punch as it mixes the cherry flavor of the brand with other fruity flavors such as strawberry and raspberry.  Let’s not forget the punch of carbon added by the gingerale.

Which ones are you going to try? We can't wait to see what you spook up! Always drink carefully.

XOX,

Mechelle

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