Here are two more Halloween-y food ideas, neither of which turned out well enough to warrant their own story, admittedly. But they were still fun, and it's Halloween, so what the heck.
When I was growing up, we had a curmudgeony (okay, downright scary) neighbor named Mr. Gray. He lived in a Gray house. His skin was gray. His hair was gray. His aura was... black.
Every Halloween, Mr. Gray would string a sign across his driveway. It said...
Of course, that would send my brother and me into hysterics. But only after we'd passed the serious house with barely-somber faces. And then we'd crack up. Hallo... weeners! It actually still makes me laugh. Only now I feel a little bad for Mr. Gray, too. If I'd known better back then, maybe I would have slipped a Halloween-y treat onto his porch.
And then ran for my life.Anyway, here are the (I know, sorta lame) ideas for all you Halloweeners. I was a little obsessed this year, planning and scheming for the little shindig we threw. (I've garnered a reputation amongst friends and family for going overboard when entertaining. I can't imagine why.)
and Mummy Wraps!
Here's how to do it yourself, if you are so inclined.
Note: These are pretty messy to make. And the eyeballs melt in your cocoa after a minute or two. And they're fairly imperfect. I think they're fun anyway, but I'm just making sure you know.
- Full-sized jet-puffed marshmallows
- Colored mini marshmallows (just use the green ones, trust me)
- A little powdered sugar
- Throw a little powdered sugar onto a cutting board. This will help the marshmallows keep from being too sticky when you're messing with them.
- Cut the marshmallows in half. Set the sticky side in the powdered sugar.
- Using a paring knife, poke a hole just a little off center.
- Stick your finger through the hole to help widen it. The idea is to make a hole big enough to work the mini marshmallow in, but not so big it'll fall out.
- You've got the hole, now stick the mini marshmallow in! Okay, fine, here's the reason why I recommend you stick with the green mini marshmallows only: The yellow mallows
just end up looking like eggs. And the pink and orange? Mini boobs. I'm just letting you know!
- Push the mini eyeball marshmallow in so it's flush with the surface of the marshmallow.
- Soon you will have a whole sea of eyes.
- Plop two at a time atop a mugs of cocoa, and prepare for a stare down!
The truth is, and I know this, that these would look WAY better and more recognizable as mummies if they had little mustard-dotted or otherwise-created eyes. But I just couldn't bring myself to do it. They reminded me too much of creepy babies.
I told you guys I had an overactive imagination.
But they're still fun to make, and people love them.Ingredients:
- One package little smokies like Hillshire Farms' version (P.S. To Hillshire Farms - I hate your Go Meat campaign!)
- One tube refrigerated crescent rolls like Pillsbury
- Unroll the crescent roll dough onto a cutting board or other appropriate surface
- With a pizza cutter, slice it into long, skinny pieces. No perfection, please, it has no place here!
- Wrap one or two of the dough strands around each lil smokie. Wrap around a couple of times, then cross back over the sections you just wrapped for a more mummy-licous look.
- Follow the instructions on the dough tube for baking.
- Let cool, then refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving. I like to serve with straight-up mustard for dipping.
Wow. I only now just realized I should have really called these Hallo-wieners.
Oh well. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!