Halloween Creepy Cocktails!

DSC_0164So lately we’ve brought some great ideas for Halloween, from table scapes and decorations to some yummy treats. The only missing piece? Cocktails! Cap off your spooky Halloween 2013 with one of these delicious, yet devilish, drinks:

Caramel Apple Punch

Serves 6

 6 oz Spiced Rum

6 oz Caramel Flavored Vodka

1 bottle Sparkling Cider (refrigerated)

1 apple, thinly sliced

In a pitcher, combine the rum and vodka and stir. Put in the fridge until ready to serve. When guests arrive, add the entire bottle of cider, and very gently stir.

Divide punch between six, ice-filled glasses. Wedge a few apple slices along the side of the glass or on top and serve.

Black Magic

Serves 1

 1.5 oz Patron XO Café Liquor

1.5 oz Vanilla Flavored Vodka

1.5 oz heavy cream or half and half

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously to make the cream nice and frothy. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

We hope these drinks add (safe) some fun to your Halloween party this week!

Happy Halloween from Christina Logan Design!

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Halloween treats are not just for kids…

Ok, I cannot tell a lie: I get a little bit jealous of kids when Halloween comes around. Yes, it is somewhat acceptable for adults to dress up for the holiday; however, gorging on copious amounts of candy is not. To address this problem, I set out to make one of my favorite treats (whoopie pies), but with a Halloween twist. Whoopie pies are fantastic because they combine the soft chewiness of a cookie with frosting all in a compact little treat that’s perfect for parties (or just for yourself!)

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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Makes about 18 cookies for 9 pies.

 1.5 cups all-purpose flour

0.5 teaspoon baking powder

0.5 teaspoon baking soda

0.5 teaspoon salt

0.5 teaspoon ground cloves

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

0.5 tablespoon ground ginger

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted & cooled

1.5 cups pumpkin puree, chilled

1 large egg

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat. Combine the first seven dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine.In a separate bowl, whisk the butter and sugar together until well mixed. Add pumpkin puree and whisk again until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk again. Finally, slowly whisk in the flour mixture until well combined. Drop large tablespoons onto the baking sheet, keeping cookies about 1 inch apart. (A small ice cream scoop is a great tool for this step!). Smooth the tops of the cookies down with a finger. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the tops crack a bit. Transfer immediately to a wire rack to cool.

Filling options are endless! Cream cheese is a traditional favorite (Recipe), although chocolate is divine too (Recipe).

Chocolate Whoopie Pies

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Makes about 20 cookies for 10 pies.

 1.5 cups all purpose flour

½ cup unsweetened cocao powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 cup unsweetened applesauce (helps cut down on sugar!)

Preheat oven to 375. In a bowl, whisk together the first 5 dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat again until smooth. With the mixer going, alternate adding small amounts of the flour mixture and then adding the applesauce, ending with the flour mixture. Mix everything until smooth, but not overly mixed. Drop large tablespoons onto a parchment lined baking sheet, keeping cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake until tops begin to crack, about 12 minutes. Transfer immediate to a wire rack to cool.

These are great with cream cheese filling or vanilla filling (recipe). Add orange food coloring or orange sprinkles for that Halloween twist.

And stay tuned for next week’s blog for a few delicious Halloween cocktails to go with these scrumptious treats!

 

Halloween Haunted Home!

We love Halloween!  It is somewhat because I, personally, am a candy addict, but it is also because it is another excuse for us adults to act like kids!  To dress up and be creative and wear costumes that we only get away with one day a year (I’m not sure what your excuse is those other days…).

While it’s always fun to go out to parties, sometimes you want to bring the party home and have people over.  We don’t all have the wallet to buy extraordinary Halloween decor, so we have scoured for some of the easiest items to make and put around your home to add a little flair without breaking the bank. Thanks to Martha Stewart for her never-ending source of ideas and images to bring events to life!

la100282_fal04_spidersill_xlUse candles and votives you have around the house already and add plastic bugs … to really freak people out, be discreet and just use a few!

la100925_fal04_rotteneggs_xlUse those bugs in your bowls of fruit too or hide them in the middle of a bowl of mixed nuts!la102781_1007_blcandles_vert Already have white candle sticks?  Grab your markers or red ink pens to drip “blood” down the stick.mld104879_hal09_table_wicks_hdGo to your local craft store or party store and you can find affordable bags or spiderwebs.  They’re easy to spread about in different parts of your house and allow you to incorporate them straight into your food in drink display.
msd104470_hal09_pumpkinfaces_vertIf you already have orange balloons from a kid’s birthday party, grab your markers and make those jack-o-lantern faces on them!  Otherwise you can buy different balloons at the store in a variety of colors with pumpkin faces, ghosts, bats and more.sheet-cover-up-1010sip9100_vert

How easy could this be? Drape your white sheets over your furniture so it looks like an abandoned house.

a98100_1000_windows_hdLastly, add some silhouettes in your window so the ambience already begins when your guests pull up to your front door.  Using paper and a cutout, attach to your sheer drapes and leave the lights on … this is sure to make people know where the party is!

Don’t forget to turn down the lights in the main level and get some haunted music!  Food and drink help are up next!