Candy corn has met its match

I like candy corn. I like that it really is a seasonal candy and it acts that way.  Sure, you will usually see a small bags of candy corn among the collections of other ubiquitous candies like gum drops and jelly beans in the aisles of most  supermarkets and drugstores. It is not “Halloween” corn or “Autumn” corn, just candy corn. Candy corn is a classic … Continue reading Candy corn has met its match

Halloween jars: A hauntingly fun (and frugal) notion

Um, well, sort of, kind of $10.  Don’t believe or sorta of believe me? Let’s sorta look, shall we? Jars: I am sure they cost me something at some time. Among them you’ll see two jars for sauce, one jam, one salsa, one coconut oil, three small honey, a Ball jar (purchased years ago) and one bottle from salad dressing. Cost to me? Sorta nothing. All … Continue reading Halloween jars: A hauntingly fun (and frugal) notion

Mums the bloom for a white Christmas

My sister has a beautiful way of creating floral holiday tabletop decorations that are low on expense and high on impact. Just take the cranberries you purchased over Thanksgiving that you either forgot to cook or meant to use as decoration but never quite got around to it. Yeah, those cranberries. Add them to some small vases, add water and then place some white mums. … Continue reading Mums the bloom for a white Christmas

Elevating a treat to a decadent dessert, no baking required…

 Every now and then I get a craving for a rice crispie type treat, particularly when I want something sweet and I am not in the mood to set off my home’s smoke alarm. The only skills involved in making them are melting and stirring. Maybe that is why we really only ever see the simple crispie treat as a snack, not a dessert. Well, let’s … Continue reading Elevating a treat to a decadent dessert, no baking required…

Want a green Christmas? Go orange.

What do you have after you purchase an entire box of clementines and a big ol bag of navel oranges and you have enjoyed just the right amount of candied peel and orange flavored desserts? If you are like me, you have a good number of oranges left over. Have those oranges become a little, I don’t know, stale? Oranges eventually go bad like any fruit and I am not going to … Continue reading Want a green Christmas? Go orange.

Chocolate and oranges: Tasty inside and out

It’s not just the fruit of the orange that tastes lovely with chocolate. The peel pairs nicely as well. Granted, there is a bit more preparation involved with this particular coupling, but it is well worth the effort. All you have to do is blanch the peel. Personally, I never knew one could blanch fruit, I thought it was a practice only relegated to vegetables. Which probably explains why … Continue reading Chocolate and oranges: Tasty inside and out